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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Santander
Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Earn up to 15% cashback

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

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £125 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £125 for SWITCHING to an HSBC Advance Account. Earn 1.00% AER/gross when you save between £25 and £250 per month. Arranged overdraft limit of at least £1,000 on account opening. Money banking app. No monthly account fee. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and be UK resident. Must pay in £1,750 per month or £10,500 over 6 months. Must be approved for an arranged overdraft of £1,000+. Get the £125 when switching to an HSBC Advance Account as a new customer with at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Eligibility criteria and T&C’s apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £100 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £100 for SWITCHING to a First Direct 1st Account. Access to Regular Saver Account paying 1.00% AER/Gross fixed for 12 months if saving between £25 and £300 a month (up to £3,600 per year). £250 interest-free overdraft (subject to status). No minimum monthly funding and no monthly account fee. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Get the £100 when switching as a new customer and paying in at least £1,000 within three months of the account opening

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.60% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £5 pm Account Fee

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. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Features 2% AER Interest (T&Cs)* Fee Free Account

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. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Starling Bank
Mobile App Bank Account Starling Bank
Open With £0
Account Type Mobile Bank Account
Features Fee FREE Account Pays 0.05% AER

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

Nationwide
FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account

Why we like it: Everyday current accout. No monthly account fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Bank is registered with 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 £13 pm Account Fee

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. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Santander
123 Mini Current Account Santander
Open With £0
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features Children 18 or under 3% AER Interest (T&Cs)

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 Joint Accounts

Joint accounts can be very useful things. It’s an easy way to avoid arguments over household spending and bills an can help with saving for a large purchase, such as an expensive holiday.

Many couples don’t shop around for a current account and instead simply open one with the bank they are already with but this may not be offering the best deal.

While any bank will offer a joint account, couples should ideally look for one which pays high interest or offers some form of cashback or switch reward in order to maximise their joint savings. Compare accounts below:

Rewards

Clydesdale Signature Current Account »

With a Signature account you get:

  • Annual travel insurance
  • UK breakdown cover
  • Mobile phone cover
  • Discounts from Sainsburys and Morrisons
  • Discounts on cinema tickets, holidays and concerts

This account has a £13.50 account fee - Click here for more information »

Santander 123

The appeal of the Santander 123 accounts are the cashback rewards.

This account does have a £5/month fee which is automatically taken from the account each month. 

You will earn interest on balances of up to £20,000 on this account which makes it a great option for joint saving.

The cashback you can receive on your household bills include:

  • 1% cashback on water and council tax bills and on your Santander monthly mortgage payments (up to a maximum of £1,000)
  • 2% cashback on gas bills and electricity bills.
  • 3% cashback on mobile, home phone, broadband and paid-for TV packages

Santander 123 Lite

If you’re not looking for high interest rates but are interested in a cashback deal, the Lite account may suit you more as the £5 account fee of the original 123 account is reduced to £1.

You will receive the same cashback on monthly bills and still have access to the 123 World offers and special deals which Santander offer as standard.

To qualify for the cashback on both of these accounts you must:

Pay at least £500 into your account each month

Have at least two active Direct Debits - you'll receive cashback on any qualifying household bills you pay by Direct Debit

Useful to Know

  • Household bills don’t include TV licence, maintenance contracts (e.g. boiler repair cover), other insurance contracts, commercial use or commercial mortgages.
  • This account does not offer interest on your balance.

NatWest Reward Account

NatWest also offer a cashback reward account. There are no minimum monthly payments for 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 charge per month of three pound.

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 which you can convert to money and transfer in to your current account or even use towards your NatWest credit card balance.

NatWest state that:

"There's no limit to the rewards you can earn. On average, currently our customers earn £120 per year in rewards, based on average monthly Direct Debits of £333 (£4,000 per year) and excluding the monthly fee."

High Interest Accounts

If you’re not likely to have a lot of bills coming out of the joint account then a high interest account is going to offer a better deal for you. Currently the highest interest accounts include:

Nationwide FlexDirect Current Account

Nationwide Building Society is the second-most-switched-to bank at the moment.

Nationwide FlexDirect pays 5% AER fixed for a year on £2,500, which would give you a maximum £122.25 interest. This rate is fixed for the first year you hold the account, which gives some security in a world of uncertain savings rates. The rate falls to 1% in subsequent years.

To incur the interest, you'll need to pay in £1,000+/month. So if you're after an account that pays you interest when you have money in your account, and if you prefer to do your banking online or over the phone then this could be the current account for you.

TSB Classic Plus Current Account

Described as the ‘current account that gives you plusness’, TSB offer a great deal on its Classic Plus Current Account. 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 5% AER (variable) interest on balances 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.

  • They’re also currently offering 5% interest on the first £100 of contactless payments which you make.

Switch Bonuses

Currently the Co-operative bank and Halifax are both offering monthly cash rewards for switching to them.
The Co-operative’s Everyday Rewards incentive allows you to earn up to £5.50 per month for switching and depositing £800 a month in the account with 4 active Direct Debits

Alternatively the Halifax Reward Current Account will pay £5 into your joint account each month, giving you £60 in a year. To earn this reward you must pay £750 a month and pay two different Direct Debits from the account to trigger the bonus.

First Direct are also offering £100 cash for switching to them which is more than the monthly reward totals of both Halifax and Co-operative.

As these offers only last a year customers need to be proactive with switching their accounts after the year to maximise their saving potential.

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