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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. Offer for new customers only who haven’t held an HSBC current account, or opened a first direct account since 1 January 2018. Eligibility criteria and T&C’s apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.30% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £4 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: Earn 0.30% 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

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 0.8%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.4%

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)

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.3%

Why we like it: Market Leading. Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.45%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 0.9%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 0.95%

Why we like it: Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. Your eligible deposits with RCI Bank UK Limited are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

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

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Compare Barclays savings accounts

As one of the UK’s best known high street banks, Barclays offers a range of different products aimed at savers. Which account will be the best fit for you depends on your personal financial circumstances and savings aspirations. Before you make a decision, you need to make sure you are clear on all the different types of savings accounts Barclays offers and their relative merits.

Current Accounts

For small sums of money, current accounts usually offer the most attractive interest rates, but these only apply up to a certain deposit threshold. 

If your savings are more than the interest-paying limit on your current account, you will probably benefit from moving the balance of your savings into a different kind of account.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

Instant access accounts let you get at your money whenever you need it. You may be given a card to make withdrawals from cash machines or else need to make withdrawals and transfers in a branch, online or over the phone.

There tends to be a limit on the number of times you can take money out each year, and if you exceed this limit you will usually have to give up some of your interest.

Regular Savings Accounts

If you want to put a little bit aside each month, a regular savings account could be ideal. They usually give decent interest rates, but it can take a while to see the benefit of this, as it often takes a long time to build up a good amount of capital. There may also be a limit to how many withdrawals you can make each year. This means they are generally a better choice for long term saving.

Fixed Rate Bonds

Offering a guaranteed high rate of interest in exchange for locking up your money for a set period, a fixed rate bond can be ideal for depositing larger sums. They usually last for 1 to 5 years and the longer the bond term, the higher the interest rate you are likely to get.

You usually won’t be able to take any money out early if you need it. In the event that you can make an early withdrawal, you will incur a financial penalty. This means you should be very sure of not needing your savings for the length of the bond before investing.

Cash ISAs

Cash ISAs key selling point is that they allow you to avoid paying tax on the interest you earn on your deposits. The government set a yearly maximum amount that you can place into an ISA, which for the 2017/18 tax year is £20,000.

The main types of cash ISAs are instant access and fixed term. Instant access allows you to pay in and take out funds whenever you like with a variable interest rate, whereas fixed term give you a guaranteed rate of interest, but you can’t access your money until the ISA runs its course.

Fixed term ISAs usually offer better rates than instant access ISAs, and with both you need to take into account your likely tax savings when comparing this against the interest offered on other types of accounts.

Find the best Barclays savings account for you

With so many different types of savings accounts to pick from, making the right decision can seem impossible. Our savings account comparison table (found at the top of this page) allows you to easily contrast the best deals from a range of providers to find the best fit for you. We update these offers all the time to show the best the market has to offer, so make sure to check back regularly.

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