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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

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 0.50% AER Interest Up To £20,000

Why we like it: Earn 0.50% 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.

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. Voted best British Bank and Best Current Account 2018 - 2021 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

Investec Savings
Fixed Rate Bond Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 2.25%

Why we like it: Interest paid on maturity. Automatic repayment to your linked account. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Must have a UK residential address and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted. Can’t have held an Investec Online Flexi Saver or Fixed Rate Saver in the last 12 months

Paragon Bank
Fixed Rate Bond Paragon Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.55%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £25 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.10%

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)

Brown Shipley
Easy Access Account Brown Shipley
Min deposit £1000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.10%

Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £30 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.06%

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)

Nationwide
1 Year Triple Access Online Saver Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Easy Access or up to 1 Year
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: Make up to three withdrawals during the 12-month term of this account. Open with £1. Manage your account online. Interest paid at maturity. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Make more than three withdrawals and the rate drops to 0.01% AER/gross p.a. (variable). Not available in branch

Yorkshire Building Society
Internet Saver Plus Yorkshire Building Society
Min deposit £10000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.77%

Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 0.60% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 0.77% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 0.82% Gross/AER. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older

Leeds Building Society
Online Easy Access Account Leeds Building Society
Min deposit £1000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.71%

Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Open and manage online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Nationwide
1 Year Triple Access Online ISA Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Easy Access or up to 1 Year
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: Make up to three withdrawals during the 12-month term of this account. Open with £1. Manage your account online. Interest paid at maturity. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Make more than three withdrawals and the rate drops to 0.01% AER/gross p.a. (variable). Not available in branch

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Compare First Direct savings accounts

First Direct is a UK retail bank that operates entirely over the phone and online. Their range of savings products include accounts suitable for a variety of different types of customers, so make sure to familiarise yourself with all of the options before making a decision.

Current Accounts

If you want the best interest rates on a smaller sum of money, keeping it in your current account can be a smart move. Current accounts generally offer very good returns up to a pre-agreed deposit limit, although if you exceed this limit you will likely earn nothing on your remaining balance.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

A simple type of savings account that lets you earn interest while still having instant access to your money if you need it. First Direct instant access savings accounts allow you to instantly transfer money to any other First Direct account over the phone or online. Transfers to other banks can take longer. There may also be a limit on how often you can take money out each year without paying a fee.

Regular Savings Accounts

Many savers want to tuck a little bit away each month and build up their capital over a longer period. Regular savings accounts are designed for this and generally offer good interest rates. The only issue to consider is that you will be likely to get little back out of the high interest rate until the funds in your account start to reach a significant level. This makes a regular savings account best suited to long term saving.

Fixed Rate Bonds

For larger lump sums, a fixed rate bond is often the best way to go. It lets you generate a guaranteed return on your money in exchange for locking it away for a fixed period (generally 1-5 years). The longer you can do without your money, the better interest rate you will usually earn.

Some providers will let you take money out of a fixed rate bond early, but you will typically have to pay a penalty for doing so. This is likely to be in the form of sacrificing some of your interest payments.

Cash ISAs

ISAs are one of the most popular ways of saving in the UK as they allow British tax payers to earn interest without paying tax on deposits up to a certain size. The deposit limit for ISAs is set by the UK government and is £20,000 for the 2017/18 tax year.

You can usually choose from two main sorts of cash ISA – instant access or fixed term. Fixed term ISAs offer guaranteed rates of interest for a set period, but you cannot use your money during that period. Instant access ISAs let you put in and take out money as necessary, but usually offer lower rates of interest which are variable so can move up and down over time.

Find the best First Direct savings account for you

Getting the right savings account can make a big difference to how much you get back when you eventually need to use the money you have put aside. Our savings account comparison tool lets you contrast the different factors, including the interest rates offered with various types of accounts. We keep the tool updated with all the best deals on savings accounts from across the industry, so make sure to visit us regularly so you don’t miss out.

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