This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.
Best RCI Bank Instant Access Savings Accounts
Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. 0.60% AER if customer makes two or fewer withdrawals within an anniversary year. If a customer makes three or more withdrawals in an anniversary year the rate reduces to 0.10% from the date of the third withdrawal. Monthly or annual interest. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. Maximum deposit £1,000,000. Manage your account online. Covered by the FSCS
Why we like it: Instant access to your savings. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Interest paid monthly, either to a linked current account, or adding it to your Online Flexi Saver account. Easy application process, you just need a UK mobile phone and UK driving licence or passport. Manage account online. Maximum balance £250,000. Must be aged 18 or older and have a UK address. Must have a linked UK current account. Your eligible deposits with Investec Bank are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services. Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
Why we like it: Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.
Why we like it: You need to download the Plum Savings App and sign up for the Plum Plus or Plum Pro subscription to access 0.60% AER. Plum can help you save automatically. Interest is calculated daily but is applied to your account monthly. Your money is covered by the FSCS up to £85,000, if the scheme applies to you. If you would deposit £1,000 into your savings account, without adding or withdrawing any money throughout the year, you would have a predicted £1,006 in your account at the end of the year (at 0.60% interest). Interest accounts are provided by Investec Bank, who have the right to change the rate at any time. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older
Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.
Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice.
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
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.
RCI Freedom Savings Account
A great way to focus on your savings is opening the RCI Bank's high interest account, the Freedom Savings Account.
With one of the UK's top rates, unlimited access and a 7 days per week UK support service, the RCI Freedom Savings account is a great option to kick-start a new savings habit.
Unlike other savings accounts, you can enjoy free, unlimited payments and withdrawals.
The RCI Bank Freedom Savings Account, which has no restrictions on access, pays a competitive 1.30% AER (variable). This places the account at the top of the easy access savings tables.
You can open the Freedom Savings account with a relatively low £100 deposit which also compares favourably to the £1,000 required by some other savings accounts.
RCI provides, as standard:
- Competitive easy access savings rate
- No penalties, tiers, fees or notice periods
- Pay in from £100 up to £1m
- Interest paid monthly or annually
- Easy saver rates
- Deposits are protected up to €100,000 by their deposit guarantee scheme
- Unlike many accounts which are internet-only, you can operate the Freedom account both online and on the phone
However, if you are planning on investing a large sum of money (around the £70,000 mark) it's important to understand that RCI bank does NOT fall under the UK Financial Services Compensation. Instead you money is protected by the French Deposit Guarantee Scheme (Fonds de Garantie des Dépôts et de Résolution or FGDR). This scheme protects up to the sterling equivalent of EUR 100,000 of your cash. This covers the first £85,000 of savings per person, per banking institution, if your bank or building society goes bust. This figure is variable depending on the exchange rate.
Useful information to know:
- The Freedom Savings Account is available to UK residents aged 18 or older.
- No upper age limit, suitable as a savings account for over 60s
- You need to pay in and out through a linked UK current account.
- Your first payment must be at least £100.
- Keep your Freedom Savings Account open by maintaining an account balance of at least £1.
- Existing customers can check their current rate here
What makes it special?
As well as being one of the most competitively priced, RCI's Freedom account is entirely 'clean'. With no temporary eye-catching bonus, the rate you see is (albeit variable) the rate you get. In cases where a temporary bonus puts the rate much higher than its nearest competitors, opting for a bonus account can make sense, so long as you are proactive about switching again when it expires. For those people who do not want to switch accounts regularly however, this is a great way to avoid hassle. Some banks and building societies write to some savers to let them know when their bonus is about to expire. When they do, they will give at least 14 days' warning. But others don't. These include Lloyds Easy Saver and e-Savings, AA Savings Account, part of Halifax, Santander Instant Saver 3 and their e-Savings.
Finally, being able to access your account with no restriction and the low first payment minimum are definite plus points, and they make this account a very attractive way to start saving.