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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 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. Must be aged 18 or older.

FlexPlus Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 3.00%

Why we like it: 3.0% AER fixed interest on balances up to £2,500. No fees on arranged overdrafts up to £250. UK & Europe Breakdown Cover, Worldwide family travel insurance. Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking. £13 monthly account fee

123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 1.50%

Why we like it: Earn 1.50% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% CASHBACK on various household bills. Monthly fee of £5. Must pay in £500 pm.

First Direct
Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features FREE £250 Overdraft £150 Gift For Switching

Why we like it: Free gift worth up to £150 for switching into account. £250 interest free overdraft. Free banking if paying over £1,000 per month. Satisfaction guarantee - £100 if you leave within 6 months

FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features 3 months interest-free overdraft No monthly account fee

Why we like it: Everyday current account. 3 months interest-free overdraft and no monthly account fee

Bank Account Barclays
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn rewards of up to £180

Why we like it: Earn rewards of up to £180 a year when you bank with Barclays - Get an annual loyalty reward of £84 plus £60 on your Barclays residential mortgage and £36 on your Barclays home and contents insurance. Start earning rewards with a monthly £3 fee based on £800 paid into your account and 2 direct debits paid out every month

Cashback Current Accounts

There are some great cashback reward incentives at the moment and with more and more accounts offering cashback on everything from your purchases to your household bills, there’s a cashback account to suit everyone. 

Some of the best cashback accounts include:

Santander 123

Santander is one of the few accounts that offer interest on your balance plus cashback rewards.

However, this account does have a £5 per month fee which is automatically taken from the account each month.

The cashback you can receive on your household bills includes:

  • 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

You will earn interest up to £20,000 on this account which makes it a great option for people with higher balances in their account who also desire a cashback reward system.

Santander 123 Lite

If you’re not looking for the high interest rates but are interested in the cashback deals then 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.

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 £3

The rewards you can earn on this account are similar to the Santander 123 account:

  • You can automatically earn 3% on seven kinds of household bills, including council tax 
  • Cheaper option than the Santander account
  • As soon as you reach £5 in rewards you can exchange it for £5

This is 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.

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."

TSB Classic Plus Current Account

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
  • Register for Internet Banking, paperless statements and paperless correspondence.

While not strictly a cashback account, they’re also currently offering 5% interest on the first £100 of contactless payments you make each month for a year. When added to the interest they pay on your balance, this makes for a very good option.

Are they worth it?

Yes, if you really make the most of what they have to offer. With banks cutting interest rates dramatically in 2016, cashback is a good way to make sure you’re still getting something back.

However, they’re only worth it on purchases you would be making anyway and be wary of monthly fees eating in to your cashback reward.

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