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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 £175 to switch & 7% on regular savings

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £175 when you switch to a First Direct 1st Account. You also get access to a 7% 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. No first direct fees for when spending abroad, withdrawing cash from the UK or when making a debit card payment in a foreign currency in the UK. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. For the £175 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. This offer is only available to new First Direct customers, or HSBC customers who haven't opened an account since 1 January 2020

Everyday Current Account Santander
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account every day banking needs

Why we like it: No minimum monthly funding or monthly fee to maintain the account. Get cashback, vouchers, prize draws and other offers personalised to you when you use Santander Boosts (you must have a personal Santander debit or credit card, be 18 years or over and be registered for Online and Mobile Banking). 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.

Edge Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features Monthly cashback and access to 7% savings account

Why we like it: Earn 1% cashback every month on selected household bills paid by Direct Debit, capped at up to £10 each month and 1% cashback every month on supermarket and travel spend when you use your debit card, capped at £10 each month. Access to Santander Edge Saver with 7.00% AER / 6.78% gross (variable) interest up to £4,000 with 2.50% AER / 2.47% gross (variable) bonus rate for the 12 months from opening. Get cashback, vouchers, prize draws and other personalised offers when you use Santander Boosts (must have a personal Santander debit or credit card, be 18 years or over and be registered for Online and Mobile Banking). No fees or charges for international payments or CHAPS payments. Arranged overdraft interest rate of 39.94% APR/EAR (variable). For cashback offer you must pay a minimum of £500 into your account each month, have 2 active Direct Debits, be over 18 and live in the UK permanently. Paper-free account. £3 monthly fee

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. Which? Banking Brand of the Year 2023

Current Account Chase
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features 1% cashback on your everyday debit card spending for your first 12 months. Cashback exceptions and limits apply. Plus access to a 4.1% AER easy access saver account

Why we like it: Earn 1% cashback on your everyday debit card including contactless spending. Available for your first 12 months for new customers. Max £15 per month. Cashback exceptions apply. Access to a Chase saver account paying 4.1% AER (4.02% gross) variable. Interest earned daily and paid monthly. Easy access to your money with no minimum opening balance. 5% interest on a round up account- choose to round up your spending to the nearest £1 and you'll get 5% AER (4.89% gross) variable interest on your round up account, paid monthly. Zero fees from Chase when you use your Chase debit card, both at home and away. No ATM fees applied by Chase. Open extra current accounts in seconds, for free. Use them to spend from, pay bills with Direct Debits, budget, and set aside money in the way that works best for you. Must be 18+, be a UK resident and have a smart phone and UK mobile number. No account opening fees and no monthly fee. No minimum monthly funding. In-app card control - you decide how and where your card works. You can stop it from making contactless or gambling payments, from working abroad, or from making cash withdrawals. Numberless card - your card details are stored in the app, so no one can see them but you. 24/7 customer support- either over the phone or by in app messaging

Edge Up Current Account Santander
Open With £1500
Account Type Current Account
Features 3.50% AER Interest on balances up to £25,000

Why we like it: 3.50% AER/3.45% gross (variable) on balances up to £25,000. 1% cashback (up to £15 a month) on selected household bills when you pay by Direct Debit. 1% cashback (up to £15 a month) at supermarkets and on travel costs when you use your debit card (exclusions apply). Make international payments with no extra fees (the bank receiving the payment may still apply charges). There's also no charge for making CHAPS payments from this account. No fees for using Santander Edge Up debit card to withdraw cash and make payments outside the UK in the local currency. Get cashback, vouchers, prize draws and personalised offers with Santander Boosts , free rewards service. Online and Mobile Banking available with text and email alerts. Must be 18 or older and live in the UK permanently. £5 monthly fee for maintaining the account that will automatically be taken from the account each month. Must pay a minimum of £1,500 into the account each month. Must have 2 active Direct Debits. Arranged overdraft facility (subject to status). If you use an arranged overdraft you’ll be charged an interest rate of 39.94% APR / EAR (variable). Online and Mobile Banking available with text and email alerts

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

Student Bank Account Santander
Funding required (each academic term) £500
Account Type Student Bank Account
Features Free 4-year Railcard worth £100

Why we like it: A free 4-year Santander 16-25 Railcard worth £100 plus a total average saving of £636 (average saving of £159 per year). An interest-free and fee-free Arranged Overdraft, up to £1,500 in years 1-3, then up to £2,000 if you stay on to year 5. Get cashback, vouchers, prize draws and other offers personalised to you when you use Santander Boosts (you must have a personal Santander debit or credit card, be 18 years or over and be registered for Online and Mobile Banking). No monthly account fee. Must be over 18 and live in the UK permanently Must be studying or are about to begin an undergraduate course that is at least 2 years in length, or level 4 to 7 apprenticeship. If you’re about to begin your course, you must have an ‘unconditional’ or ‘confirmed conditional’ offer (i.e. you have your exam results) before you apply. You must pay in at least £500 every 4 months and must not already have an existing Santander current account. If you do, you’ll need to transfer it

Mobile App Bank Account Revolut
Maximum Monthly Fee £12.99
Account Type Mobile Current Account
Features Set Up & Manage Current Account From Your Phone

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER: 3 months of free Revolut Premium trial instead of a cash award. Open a current account in minutes direct from your phone and receive bank card. Set budgets, get instant spending notifications, and see weekly insights to keep your spending on track. Earn rewards on travel, retail, restaurants and more. Spend abroad in over 150 currencies at the Real (interbank) exchange rates with no hidden fees. Transfer money abroad in 30+ currencies with the interbank exchange rate, with a small 0.5% fee for anything above £1,000 each month. Get paid up to 0.40% AER interest on your GBP funds. No minimum amounts. Deposit and withdraw your money whenever you want. 7x better than the banks at stopping card fraud. 0.5% fee for any international spending or transfers above £5,000 each month. 2% fee for international ATM withdrawals of more than £200 per month. Monthly fee of £0, £2.99, £6.99 or £12.99 depending on account features

Classic Mobile App Bank Account Monese
Monthly Account Fee £5.95
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 worldwide with no fee and make ATM withdrawals with fee-free limits with money-saving exchange rates. Send money to your contacts and request payments from them. You can also save when you transfer money abroad (from 0.5% fee) 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. Accident, sickness, unemployment protection, hospital stay and purchase protection all available

Go Henry
Go Henry Kid's Bank Account Go Henry
Open With £0
Account Type No fixed term
Features Pre-paid Debit Card & financial education app

Why we like it: Children’s pre-paid debit card account. Can be opened on behalf of any child from the age of 6 to 18. With the GoHenry prepaid debit card and app, kids learn how to budget—and grow to understand the difference between wants and needs by spending wisely. Parents can help guide their progress with real-time updates, customisable controls and more. Kids and teens can gain skills in the app, learning about investing, credit and more. Then apply their knowledge with their real money. Now with new lessons for kids aged 12+. 92% of parents say their kids are more money confident since joining GoHenry. Choose from 45+ card designs—and personalise it with your child’s first name, too. Covered by your account’s FSCS protection up to £85,000. 30 days free, then £2.99/month. No overdraft facility

NatWest Rooster Money Child's Bank Account NatWest
Open With £0
Account Type No fixed term
Features Kids' prepaid debit card and pocket money app

Why we like it: Children's pre-paid bank account. Can be opened on behalf of any child 3 years. Debit card available for the child from ages 6 to 17, with Pocket Money app. Set up with real or virtual money. Keep track of spending. Unlock extra features like Chore Manager - teach your kids the importance of earning money. Great for teaching kids good money habits from a young age. Manage all pocket money in one place. Help your kids make spending decisions when out & about. A child friendly interface that empowers and encourages kids to engage with their money. Safe and secure card. You’re still the primary account holder, so you are covered by your account’s FSCS protection up to £85,000. Monthly fee's start from zero to £1.99 per month. No overdraft facility

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Compare Current Account Rewards

Current accounts that reward you when you spend

There are a lot of current accounts around at the moment that are offering ongoing rewards for making minimum payments in to your account or simply switching to them. Below are a selection of some of the best deals around at the moment.

1) Cashback Rewards

NatWest Reward Account

NatWest offer a cashback reward account. There are no minimum monthly payments making it a great option for those who are unable to meet the high minimum payment requests of some other accounts. There is a £3 charge per month but this can soon be made up by the cashback rewards.

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% cashback on seven kinds of household bills, including council tax. As soon as you reach £5 in rewards you can convert it to money and transfer in to your current account or even use it 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.’

Santander 123

Also providing rewards in the form of cashback on your household bills, this account charges £5 a month which is automatically taken out.

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 also earn interest up to £20,000 on this account.

Santander 123 Lite

If you’re not looking for high interest rates but are interested in the cashback rewards then the Lite account may suit you, 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.

TSB Classic Plus Current Account

TSB are also currently offering a cashback reward by giving 5% interest on the first £100 of contactless payments that you make every month for a year.

Apart from this incentive, TSB offers 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 it is well-suited to anyone who finds it difficult to meet the minimum payments of some other accounts.

They also offer a high rate of interest on balances up to £2,000. Interest is paid monthly and to earn it you simply pay in the minimum per month, register for internet banking, request paperless statements and sign up for paperless correspondence.

2) Cash Rewards

Currently the Co-operative banks and Halifax are both offering monthly cash rewards for switching to them.


The Co-operative’s Everyday Rewards programme allows you to earn up to £5.50 per month for switching and depositing £800 a month in the account with four active Direct Debits The Co-op are also currently offering a joining reward of a free £150.


Alternatively the Halifax Reward current account will pay £5 into your account each month, totalling £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. They're also offering £100 in cash for switching to their account.

First Direct

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

First Direct do not pay any interest on your money held by them, but as a reward they will pay you £100 for joining them.

They will also pay you a £100 if you leave them in the event that you are not satisfied with their customer service. Both are subject to terms. You can also benefit from an interest free overdraft up to £250, which is currently the highest in the market.


If you’re looking for your account to work a bit harder then HSBC’s Advance or Premier accounts could be for you. HSBC are currently offering the following rewards:

  • Open and switch to one of these accounts and you'll get £150
  • Stay for a year, you'll get a further £50 bonus
  • You’ll also get a 0% overdraft for six months when you open the account, though the limit you get is credit score dependent

However, the account has a high minimum monthly pay-in at £1,750 a month so consider whether you'll be able to meet this before opting for it.

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