How We Test

At, we have a simple and straightforward mission: to provide thorough and unbiased reviews of online brokers.

For our current analysis of U.K. brokers, nearly 600 data points were collected over a 10-week period and used to score brokers. This makes the site home to one of the largest independent databases on the web covering the online broker industry.

We also take pride in's data quality. Every data point is carefully audited by our in-house analysts to ensure accuracy.

This rigorous data validation process yields an error rate of less than .001% each year, providing site visitors quality data they can trust. Read more about our team.

Broker evaluations and testing methodologies

Broker evaluations at are based on our collected quantitative data as well as the qualitative observations and opinions of our expert researchers.

Our evaluation process begins with a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the broker's products and services. We examine all aspects of the broker's offering that may be of interest to the broker's customers. This involves a deep dive into all websites operated by the broker, all available content across a variety of mediums, and rigorous testing of the broker's proprietary tools and/or software. All of this research informs our ultimate scores.

Additionally, we consider a broker's regulatory status, which helps us determine whether you should trust the broker to keep your money safe.

Testing devices UK how we test trading laptop

All testing is conducted on modern devices that run the most up-to-date operating systems available. Our Desktop PCs run Windows 11, and we use MacBook Pro laptops running macOS 12.4 for trading on the go. For mobile testing, we use the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra devices running Android OS 12.

All testing on mobile devices, which also informs our guide to the best mobile apps in the U.K., is conducted via an 802.11n wireless WiFi connection; 4G connections are used when WiFi is not available. All websites and web-based platforms are tested using the latest version of the Google Chrome browser.

Review categories

For our 2022 review of UK trading platforms, all U.K. brokers were assessed on 52 different variables across seven areas: Commissions & Fees, Offering of Investments, Research, Platforms & Tools, Mobile Trading Apps, Ease of Use, and Overall.

Overall score calculation: Our six primary categories are factored in to compile the Overall ranking for each broker. The weightings of each category were as follows:

Review Category Weighting
Commissions & Fees 35%
Offering of Investments 5%
Platforms & Tools 10%
Research 10%
Mobile Trading 20%
Ease of Use 20%

Each individual category score is also translated into a star rating. Specifically:

  • 95% - 100% = 5 Stars
  • 85% - 94.99% = 4.5 Stars
  • 75% - 84.99% = 4 Stars
  • 65% - 74.99% = 3.5 Stars
  • 55% - 64.99% = 3 Stars
  • 45% - 54.99% = 2.5 Stars
  • 35% - 44.99% = 2 Stars
  • 25% - 34.99% = 1.5 Stars
  • 15% - 24.99% = 1 Stars
  • 5% - 14.99% = 0.5 Stars
  • 0% - 4.99% = 0 Stars

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