We've ranked the best gadget insurance companies based on the level of cover they offer and customer reviews. We've also compared their cover to highlight features that may help you make a decision about getting insurance.
- Row.co.uk Mobile Phone & Gadget Insurance (Loss Cover)
- Cover Cloud SmartPhone, Gadget and Laptop Insurance Elite
- Loveit Coverit Premium
- Protect Your Bubble
- Switched On Insurance Gadget Insurance Ultimate Cover
- Helpucover Gadget and Mobile Phone Insurance
- Leisure Guard Gold
- Gadget Cover Supercover
- i-Digital Premier
- Debenhams The Gadget Insurance Ultimate Cover
There are lots of gadget insurance providers out there and each of them has lots of cover options. Some of the important things to look for are accidental damage, theft, loss and breakdown.
Most of the gadget insurance policies in our top 10 include this cover as standard. You pay a little bit more for it but it's better than paying for insurance that offers no payout when you lose your phone or iPad.
We chose our top 10 gadget insurance policies based on real customer reviews, a score relating to the quality of cover from an independent financial services rating firm, and any awards a company has won, as opposed to which companies are cheapest.
Policies are rated by their customer reviews from websites like Reviewcentre and Trustpilot, which we think gives a sense of their reliability and trustworthiness.
Looking for mobile phone insurance in particular? Check out our guide to the best mobile phone insurance policies.
In this article
- Top 10 gadget insurance policies
- Gadget insurance comparison table
- Gadget insurance reviews
- Are you already covered under your home insurance?
- Common exclusions - don't get caught out
In the table below we compare the best gadget insurance policies, including looking at loss and worldwide cover and the maximum age the gadget can be. All of the policies in our top 10 include theft, accidental damage and liquid damage.
Most have no limit on the number of claims you can make but it's important you check whether your provider includes a limit.
It's important to consider the excess, this is the amount you will have to cover if you make a claim. Although most of the insurers in the table below have similar excesses, there's still a big difference between £25 and £75, especially if you're getting cover for a cheaper phone.
|Gadget insurance policy|
|Protect Your Bubble||12|
|Debenhams The Gadget Insurance Ultimate Cover||36||£25, £50, £75 or £100 depending on device and claim|
|Gadget Cover Supercover||18|
|Helpucover Gadget and Mobile Phone Insurance||36|
|Leisure Guard Gold||18|
|I-Digital Essential Plus and Premier||24|
|Switched On Insurance Ultimate||36|
|Cover Cloud Elite||36|
Gadget Cover gadget insurance review
Gadget Cover is a fairly small UK company, offering insurance for phones, laptops and other gadgets. Its gadget insurance protects against theft, accidental damage, breakdown and liquid damage, with loss cover as an additional extra.
Gadget Cover is rated 5 Star out of 5 by independent review site Defaqto. At the time of writing, Gadget Cover currently has a 5.1/10 rating for its mobile phone insurance on customer review site Trustpilot, based on over 851 reviews.
Protect Your Bubble gadget insurance review
Protect Your Bubble gadget insurance offers cover for theft, accidental damage, breakdown and liquid damage, with loss cover as an additional extra.
At the time of writing, Protect your Bubble had a rating of 8.6/10 on Trustpilot based on over 15,000 customer reviews.
SwitchedOn gadget insurance review
Switched On's Ultimate Cover includes accidental damage, breakdown and malicious damage, theft and loss cover. It’s worth noting that theft and loss aren’t included in its more basic policies.
On customer review site Trustpilot, Switched On has a 7.6/10 rating for its insurance, based on over 200 reviews, and on Feefo it scores 3.9/5 from over 80 reviews in the past year.
i-Digital gadget insurance review
i-Digital offers three tiers of cover: Essential, Essential Plus, and Premier - the information in our table is based on i-Digital's Premier cover. i-Digital will cover gadgets against theft, accidental damage and breakdown under all three tiers, with loss cover available under Essential Plus and Premier.
i-Digital has a slightly lower excess than some of the other policies we looked at – £25-£50 depending on the type of gadget and claim.
Gadget Buddy gadget insurance review
The Gadget Buddy policy we reviewed includes cover against accidental damage, breakdown and malicious damage, theft and loss. Theft and loss aren’t included in its more basic policies.
Gadget Buddy restricts its cover to gadgets up to 18 months old.
On Feefo it scores 4.3 stars out of 5 from 16 reviews.
CoverCloud Gadget Insurance Review
CoverCloud offers three tiers of gadget cover – Standard, Premier and Elite. Elite Cover protects against both theft and loss, as well as accidental damage and breakdown.
Unlike most other providers, CoverCloud allows you to choose your own level of excess, from £50, £75 and £100 per claim. The higher the excess, the lower your premium.
On customer review site Feefo, it scores 4.4/5 from over 200 reviews in the past year.
InsureMyPocket Gadget Insurance Review
Like many other gadget insure providers, Insure My Pocket offers three tiers of cover – Silver, Gold and Platinum. We focused on Platinum, which provides cover against theft and loss, as well as accidental damage.
Helpucover Gadget Insurance Review
Helpucover gadget insurance offers cover for theft, accidental damage, breakdown and liquid damage and loss.
Unlike the rest of the policies and providers we looked at, Helpucover offers a fixed price of £14.99 a month. The policy gives you a maximum of £1,500 worth of cover each year, and you can register an unlimited number of gadgets worth under £150 (such as cameras or sat navs).
Helpucover also has a fixed excess of £50 per claim.
InsureandGo Gadget Insurance Review
Insure and Go gadget insurance offers two tiers of cover – Standard and Elite. Elite includes protection against theft and loss as well as accidental damage and breakdown.
Like CoverCloud, Insure and Go gadget insurance allows you to choose your own level of excess.
Home insurance policies sometimes include gadgets as part of your home contents cover, which means that your laptop, phone or tablet could already be covered for theft from the home or if there’s a fire. If you have accidental damage cover, your gadgets may also be covered for accidental damage while they're in your house.
However, it’s important to note that your gadgets won’t be covered while you're out and about, unless you take out additional personal possessions cover.
It might not add much to your premium but be aware that the excess might be higher than with a specialist gadget insurance policy, and you may lose any hard-earned no claims discount if you make a claim.
Gadget insurers have come under fire recently for having exclusions that many people think would be covered under a normal policy.
Make sure you read the small print of any policy documents to avoid getting caught out. These are some common exclusions and qualifications:
- Theft While you may think that theft cover would protect gadgets like your phone or laptop from all situations, some insurers specify that your gadget must be taken by force. So if your phone is stolen from your back pocket while you’re at a concert, for example, you might not be covered
- Reasonable care Some companies may refuse your claim if you didn’t take ‘reasonable care’ for a claim of loss or theft – this might translate to leaving your phone or laptop on a train, or in a coffee shop. Always check the small print of any policy to check what’s covered under ‘loss’
- Your gadget's age Insurers sometimes take a hardline, and won’t insure gadgets over a year old. If you've got something older, check out Debenhams, which insures gadgets up to 36 months old
- Proof of purchase Insurers will need proof of purchase if you make a claim in the form of a receipt or similar. This means that second-hand gadgets are unlikely to covered, and you’ll find it hard to get covered if you’ve lost your receipt
- Delayed police report Some insurers specify that you must tell the police if your gadget is lost or stolen within a certain time. This is usually 24 hours, but sometimes can be as little as 12 hours
- Water damage While some insurers include water damage as part of accidental damage, some don’t, so if you’re prone to dropping your phone down the toilet, be sure to check the small print
You could also check out our article about the Insurance T&Cs you wish you'd seen for more information.