This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.
Best Current Bank Accounts
Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Stress-free account switching in 7 days with the Current Account Switch Service. £300 ATM withdrawal per day, Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status). Online and Mobile Banking with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. 39.94% EAR overdraft charge. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: Free current account. Pays 0.05% AER interest on balances up to £85,000. Get set up in minutes. 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. Get a spotlight on your spending: See what you’ve spent instantly with real-time payment notifications. 3 month interest holiday on the first £500 of an arranged overdraft. Best British Bank and Best Current Account in 2020 at the British Bank Awards. Awarded 5 stars by Defaqto. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: A bank account that can build credit history. No credit check during sign up. Apply straight from your mobile. Instant online decision. Get your Contactless Debit Mastercard within 3-5 working days. Add Creditbuilder onto your account and it could help build your credit rating at no extra cost. Deposit cash into your account at any Post Office UK branch. Money is available in your account immediately. Manage your account 24/7 from any device with the banking app - get real time balance information, statements, add payees send payments and apply for extras. Automatic payment alerts. UK based Customer Services Team. Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
Why we like it: Earn 0.30% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on council tax bills, Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages, and Santander monthly mortgage payments. 2% on Gas and electricity bills, Santander Home Insurance premiums and Santander Life Insurance premiums, and 3% on water bills. Monthly fee of £4. Cashback capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Must pay in £500 pm. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Why we like it: Can be opened by or on behalf of any child up to the age of 18. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 18. Monthly interest. No monthly fee. For children under age 13, the account must be opened in trust and managed by an adult (trustee). If you’re aged between 13 and 18 years old and live permanently in the UK you can apply online by telephone or in branch. No overdraft facility. 1% interest on the entire balance once the balance is £100, 2.00% AER/1.98% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500, 3.00% AER/2.96% gross (variable) on the entire balance once the balance is £1,500 or over (up to a maximum of £2,000). Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000
Best Current Bank Accounts
When it comes to the ‘best’ current account, it really depends on your circumstances and what you’re looking for in a bank account.
That being said, there are some great current accounts offering rewards, incentives and high rates of interest at the moment so it’s worth shopping around and making sure your account is working for you.
Here are a selection of current accounts which we think could be the best for you at the moment:
Best for Interest on Lower amounts
TSB Classic Plus - This account has one of the lowest minimum monthly pay-ins at £500 per month so is well-suited to anyone who finds it difficult to meet the minimum payments of some other accounts.
They also offer one of the highest rates of interest on balances of up to £2,000. Interest is paid monthly and to earn it you simply pay in a minimum of £500 a month and register for Internet Banking, paperless statements and paperless correspondence.
Bonus: One of the biggest incentives on offer is the opportunity to earn 5% cashback a month on the first £100 of contactless payments. This includes Apple and Android Pay, up until 30 September 2017.
Other accounts that offer great interest on lower amounts:
Nationwide Flexplus account – however, this is for one year at a fixed rate of 5% before falling to 1% in subsequent years.
Best for interest on Higher amounts
Santander 123 - This account wins for those with savings above £10,000 - or will once the others banks' rate cuts have come into effect.
Currently, you can get 3% on balances from £3,000 to £20,000, but from 1 November 2016 it will chop its headline rate and will pay 1.5% on up to £20,000. Even after that though, it will still be a winner for many bigger savers.
This account does have a £5/month fee which is automatically taken from the account each month but for most users that's more than covered by the 3% cashback this account gives on utility bills paid by direct debit from the account. Cashback is paid directly in to your account.
Bonus: You are also able to have two accounts in your name, but one must be joint – meaning couples can save £60,000 between them.
Best Switch Reward
Halifax Current Account- this account has some great features including a £100 switch reward, paid into your account before your switch is complete.
Bonus: If you’re able to pay £750 or more in to your account, pay out at least 2 different direct debits and stay in credit each month, you could earn £5 each month with their Reward Current Account.
Combine this option with the Switch Reward and you could earn £160 in a year. This is one of the few accounts that pay both a switching bonus and an ongoing reward.
Other accounts which also offer excellent Switch rewards include:
First Direct, Co-operative and HSBC. These accounts are all offering £100 or more for switching.
Best Cashback Rewards
NatWest Reward Account - There are no monthly payments on this account making it a great option for those who are unable to meet the high minimum payment requests of some other accounts.
There is, however, a £3 charge per month.
The rewards you can earn on this account are similar to the Santander 123 account in that you can earn cashback on your household bills.
As this account is a cheaper option than the Santander account it’s a great choice for those who pay a lot of household bills out of one account and would like to see some return on that.
The scheme is quite simple, you can automatically earn 3% on seven kinds of household bills, including council tax. As soon as you reach £5 in rewards you can exchange it for £5.
Other accounts offering cashback deals:
TSB are currently offering 5% of cashback on the first £100 of contactless purchases.
This is a brief overview of some of the excellent current accounts on offer at the moment but use our website to find out further details on each of these accounts and more.