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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 5.00%

Why we like it: 5.00% interest for 12 months on balances up to £2,500 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. Must be aged 18 or older.

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.30%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING RATE. No notice period. Deposit from £100. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply in minutes.

AA Savings
Easy Saver AA Savings
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.15%

Why we like it: Free withdrawals and no notice period. Deposit from £100. Includes a fixed bonus of 0.95% gross fixed for the first 12 months. Quick and easy online application

Oak North
Fixed Rate Bond Oak North
Min deposit £1000
Term 12 Months
Interest AER 1.87%

Why we like it: £1,000 minimum deposit, £250,000 maximum. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Oak North
Fixed Rate Bond Oak North
Min deposit £1000
Term 18 Months
Interest AER 1.95%

Why we like it: £1,000 minimum deposit, £250,000 maximum. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Oak North
Fixed Rate Bond Oak North
Min deposit £1000
Term 24 Months
Interest AER 2.14%

Why we like it: £1,000 minimum deposit, £250,000 maximum. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

Oak North
Fixed Rate Bond Oak North
Min deposit £1000
Term 30 Months
Interest AER 2.16%

Why we like it: £1,000 minimum deposit, £250,000 maximum. Interest paid on maturity. No withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 2.31%

Why we like it: Save from £1,000 to £1,000,000. No withdrawals before the end of the term. RCI Bank are protected up to a total of €100,000 by the FGDR (Fonds de Garantie Dépôts et de Résolution), the French deposit protection scheme. Apply online.

Vanquis
Fixed Rate Bond Vanquis
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 2.52%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Vanquis
Fixed Rate Bond Vanquis
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 2.66%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000. Interest paid monthly or annually. Apply online. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Compare high interest savings accounts

With any savings account, the interest rate you earn makes a big difference to the ongoing value of your money. There are several different options when it comes to high interest savings accounts, so it’s important to understand the various possibilities and work out which one best fits your needs.

Current Accounts

The highest interest rates are often found with current accounts, although these usually only apply up to a certain deposit threshold.

If your savings go over the interest-paying limit on your current account, you will need to move them to a different kind of account to get the maximum return on your money. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some current accounts offer higher rates for a limited time after you sign-up and then drop to a much lower interest rate long term. You may therefore be better placing your money into a different kind of account, with a fixed interest rate, for saving over a longer period.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you are willing to lock your money away for a fixed term (generally 1-5 years), you can get very attractive rates of interest that are guaranteed for the length of that fixed term. The longer you can go without access to your savings, the better interest rate you will usually be offered.

Because you won’t have access to your savings if you need them, fixed rate bonds are generally best suited to long term saving. They are, however, often a good choice if you have a large lump sum that you wish to see a return on, as the maximum deposits are often as high as £5million.

Regular Savings Accounts

For people who want to build up their savings over time, a regular savings account will usually offer an attractive rate of interest. To qualify, you will need to commit to making a minimum deposit each month and there will usually be a maximum deposit as well, which prevents you from building up your savings too quickly. There will usually also be a yearly limit to how many times you can take money out of your account if you need to.

Because you can only grow your savings pot slowly with a regular savings account, it will take a while before you start seeing any significant returns on your money. However, if you are planning for long term savings, then this can be an attractive option.

Notice Savings Accounts

If you want to be able to access your savings when you need them, but still get a good interest rate, a notice savings account can be a good compromise. This allows you to remove money from your account whenever you want as long as you give your account provider an agreed period of notice first.

In exchange, you will usually be offered a better rate of interest than you would get with an account that gives instant access to your money. Notice periods generally start from around 30 days, but the more notice you are willing to give, the higher rate of interest you will usually receive.

Cash ISAs

Cash ISAs may not necessarily offer the very best rates of interest, but this can be offset by the fact that they allow you to earn  tax-free interest on deposits up to a yearly maximum set by the government. That amount is £20,000 for the 2017/18 tax year.

Fixed term cash ISAs will usually offer the best return with similar conditions to fixed rate bonds (i.e. not being able to remove funds before your ISA matures, and receiving higher interest rates the longer the account term).

Instant access cash ISAs give you more flexibility by allowing you to put money in and take it out at your convenience, but the trade-off is that you will usually be offered a lower interest rate that for a fixed term cash ISA.

Find the best high interest savings account for you

The interest rates offered by various brands on their savings accounts vary over time in response to market conditions and consumer demand. This can make finding the best interest rate available at any giving moment a challenge.

Our high interest savings accounts comparison table (above) allows you to easily size up the best deals in the industry to find the right choice for you. That way you can be confident of finding the best savings account for your needs.

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