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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

First Direct
1st Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £150 to switch or £20 to open

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £150  when you switch to a First Direct 1st Account, or if you're not ready to switch £20 welcome when you open a current account. You also get access to a 3.5% AER/gross fixed for 12 months Regular Saver Account 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. For the £150 switching cash offer you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. To get the £20 welcome cash offer you need to open a 1st Account and log into our app / online banking within three months of opening the account. This offer can’t be added to any other joiner or switcher offer

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 £170 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £170 when you switch to an HSBC Advance Bank 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+. For £170 Switch Offer: Switch using Current Account Switching Service with 2+ Direct Debits/standing orders within 30 days and pay £1,500k+ into account within 60 days. Once eligible, HSBC will pay £170 into your account within 30 days. Offer excludes customers who’ve held an HSBC/opened a first direct current account since 1/1/19

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.75% AER Interest Up To £20,000

Why we like it: Earn 0.75% 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.

NatWest
Select Current Account Natwest
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Everyday Account

Why we like it: An everyday current account. Great money management tools with our mobile banking app. ‘Criteria Apply’. Multiple ways to pay: Apple Pay, Google Pay™ and Contactless Visa Debit Card. Limits apply. Arranged overdraft available (subject to eligibility). No monthly fee. Defaqto 5* rated. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you’ll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable

Santander
123 Lite Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers

Why we like it: Up to 3% cashback on selected household bills, capped at £5 for each cashback tier each month. Earn up to 15% cashback with Retailer Offers. Easy to manage online or on mobile app. Get access to a range of 123 offers. Arranged Overdraft facility (subject to status) - 39.94% APR / EAR (variable). Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Customers must pay a minimum of £500 into account each month, have 2 active Direct Debits, log onto Online or Mobile Banking at least once every 3 months. Must not currently hold 2 Reward accounts. £2 monthly fee.

NatWest
Reward Current Account Natwest
Open With £1250
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn Up to £4 in Rewards a month

Why we like it: Earn £4 a month back in Rewards by making a minimum of 2 direct debit payments of at least £2 each, or earn £1 a month in rewards with 1 mobile app login. Earn Rewards that you can redeem as cash back, gift cards or e-codes with our retail partners. Great money management tools with our mobile banking app. ‘Criteria Apply’. Arranged overdraft available (subject to eligibility). Multiple ways to pay: Apple Pay, Google Pay™ and Contactless Visa Debit. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Customers need to pay at least £1,250 into any eligible personal current account every month (excludes transfers between your own accounts). Must not currently hold 2 Reward accounts. £2 monthly fee. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you’ll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable

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.

Royal Bank of Scotland
Select Current Account Royal Bank of Scotland
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE when you Switch

Why we like it: An everyday current account. Great money management tools with our mobile banking app. ‘Criteria Apply’. Multiple ways to pay: Apple Pay, Google Pay™ and Contactless Visa Debit Card. Limits apply. Arranged overdraft available (subject to eligibility). No monthly fee. Defaqto 5* rated. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you’ll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable

Royal Bank of Scotland
Reward Current Account Royal Bank of Scotland
Open With £1250
Account Type Current Account
Features Earn Up to £4 when you Switch

Why we like it: Earn £4 a month back in Rewards by making a minimum of 2 direct debit payments of at least £2 each, or earn £1 a month in rewards with 1 mobile app login. Earn Rewards that you can redeem as cash back, gift cards or e-codes with our retail partners. Great money management tools with our mobile banking app. ‘Criteria Apply’. Arranged overdraft available (subject to eligibility). Multiple ways to pay: Apple Pay, Google Pay™ and Contactless Visa Debit. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Customers need to pay at least £1,250 into any eligible personal current account every month (excludes transfers between your own accounts). Must not currently hold 2 Reward accounts. £2 monthly fee. Representative example: If you use an arranged overdraft of £1,200 you’ll be charged interest at 39.49% EAR variable

Monese
Multi-Currency Mobile App Bank Account Monese
Maximum Monthly Fee £14.95
Account Type Mobile Bank Account
Features Fast Free Payments to 31 countries

Why we like it: Open a GBP and EUR current account using your mobile in minutes, with no credit checks and no proof of address required. Track your account activity in real-time, get an overview of your monthly outgoings, set budgets and set your savings aside from your day-to-day spending. Get instant updates on your mobile whenever you receive or spend money. Add money to your account instantly by debit card or bank transfer. Spend on your Monese card and make ATM withdrawals worldwide with fee-free allowances and money-saving exchange rates. Send money to your contacts and request payments from them. You can also save when you transfer money abroad at the wholesale currency exchange rate. Transfers between Monese accounts are also free and instant. You can use your Monese app in any one of 12 languages

Santander
123 Mini Current Account Santander
Open With £0
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features Children 17 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 17. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 17. 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 17 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

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Understanding current account interest rates

Current accounts' interest rates vary considerably, but some current accounts pay highly attractive rates of interest – often better than many dedicated savings accounts.

The drawback is that current accounts tend to have relatively low deposit limits above which you will earn no interest. It is therefore usually sensible to keep as much of your savings as possible in a high-interest current account, then put the rest in a different current account or other type of savings account.

Current accounts generally have two different interest rates – the one they charge you when you are in credit and the one you pay when you are overdrawn. Different current accounts are likely to be more appealing than others depending on whether you tend to be in credit or not most of them time.

AER versus APR

When people talk about interest rates, they will usually refer to an interest rate that is a certain percentage AER or APR.

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate and is usually quoted for the interest you will pay on loans and credit cards.

AER means Annual Equivalent Rate and is used for the interest you earn on your savings. AER is the amount you would earn if your interest was only paid once a year, whereas in reality current accounts usually pay interest monthly.

Compare current account interest rates

To find the best current account interest rates, you need to compare current accounts from all the top providers on the market. The current account comparison table at the top of this page makes this process quick and simple, allowing you to find a great deal with minimal hassle.

Below are three of the top current accounts available right now:

Santander 123 current account

This account offers 1.50% AER/1.49% gross (variable) on balances up to £20,000. You can also earn cashback of 1-3% on a variety of household bills. This includes payments on a Santander mortgage or insurance policy.

This account has a £5 per month account fee. You must make a minimum monthly deposit of £500 and have two active Direct Debits to qualify for cashback.

TSB Classic Plus account

You can earn 3% AER interest paid monthly on balances up to £1,500 with a TSB Classic Plus account. You can also get £5 per month cashback if you have at least two Direct Debits from the account and another £5 per month when you use your debit card at least 20 times in that month.

There is no monthly account fee, but to earn interest you must pay in a minimum of £500 each month.

Nationwide FlexDirect current account

You get a market-leading 5% AER (4.89% gross p.a.) interest on balances up to £2,500 for the first 12 months with this account. However, the interest then drops to 1% gross p.a./AER (variable), so it may be worth switching to a different account after the first year.

There is no monthly account fee, but you won’t earn any cashback and you have to pay in at least £1,000 a month to earn interest.

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