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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 2.00%

Why we like it: 2.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £1,500 for the first year. You must pay in £1,000 or more each month to receive interest (excluding transfers from any Nationwide account held by you or anyone else). 12 month fee-free arranged overdraft available. No monthly fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Must be aged 18 or older

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 0.6%

Why we like it: Earn 0.60% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm.

Starling Bank
Mobile App Bank Account Starling Bank
Monthly Account Fee £0
Account Type Mobile Bank Account
Interest AER 0.05%

Why we like it: Get set up in minutes. No paperwork, monthly fees or branch visits. Send money abroad: Fast and secure money transfers to bank accounts in 38 countries worldwide. No fees when you pay with your card abroad or withdraw money. Real Mastercard exchange rates and real-time notifications in both currencies. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. Current account is completely free.: No charge for making electronic payments, domestic transfers or ATM withdrawals. Three-month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Earn Interest: current account pays 0.05% AER on balances up to £85,000.Card gone missing? Lock it in-app temporarily while you look for it or cancel it with a tap if you think it’s gone for good. Personal loan available that’s straightforward to use, competitively priced and tailored to you. Best British Bank and Best Current Account in 2018, 2019 and 2020 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto too. Fully registered bank and a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexPlus Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Free insurance

Why we like it: UK & Europe Breakdown Cover, Worldwide family travel and mobile phone insurance, and commission-free cash withdrawals and card payments abroad. Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. £13 monthly account fee

Nationwide
FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features No monthly account fee

Why we like it: Everyday current accout. No monthly account fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate.

Compare the best current accounts to switch to

Many customers stick with the same current account for years, never really giving much thought to whether they are getting a good deal or not. In reality, the features and benefits of current accounts, including the interest rates they pay on your balance vary significantly between providers.

If you have not compared current accounts recently, there is a good chance that you are not getting the best deal currently available and it is well worth looking around to see what different providers have to offer you.

What to look for in a current account

There are various features to look out for when deciding which is the best current account to switch to. Depending on your financial situation and personal circumstances, the importance of these factors will likely differ, as will which current account is best for you.

Interest rates

If you are likely to stay in credit, the interest rate you earn can make a big difference. Likewise, if you are in your overdraft a lot, the interest you are charged can soon add up.

Joining bonuses

Many banks and building societies offer cash rewards for switching your current account to them, as well as other introductory offers which may appeal.

Minimum deposits

Many current accounts require you to pay in a minimum amount to open the account and a minimum amount each month to keep it.

Maximum deposit

While current accounts don’t tend to have a maximum deposit as such, they do normally only pay interest up to a certain balance. If you are likely to be significantly in credit, make sure you choose an account with a high interest threshold or explore other options for your savings.

Fees

Many current accounts are free, but some charge a monthly account fee. These tend to offer extra features, but make sure you know what you are getting for your money so you can decide whether it is worth it.

Cashback

Many current accounts offer cashback when you use the account to pay household bills. This can soon add up and is well worth looking into if you are a regular bill payer.

Overdraft

If you need an overdraft, make sure to check what the limit is and what costs there are associated with it e.g. interest rates, fees for going over your limit etc.

Additional benefits

Many current accounts offer additional benefits, such as free anti-virus software, railcards and more. These can add up to significant savings if those benefits are useful to you.

Current account best buys

First Direct Current Account allows you to open an account with just £1 and give you a free £250 overdraft and £100 for switching.

TSB Classic Plus pays one of the best rates of interest at 3% AER on balances up to £1,500. This is a better rate than many savings accounts. You can also get up to £10 cashback every month.

Santander 123 Account pays an attractive 1.5% AER on your entire balance up to £20,000. This is a much higher limit than many current accounts, so a good option for those with significant savings.

Find the best current account to switch to

Knowing which current account offers you the best deal can be a challenge and most customers don’t want to spend hours researching all of the different options before making a decision.

Our current account comparison tool (see the top of the page) makes life much simpler. It shows you the best deals on current accounts available now from all the leading lenders, making it quick and easy to compare the different accounts and see which offers the best deal for you.

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