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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

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account Regular Saver paying 1.00% AER/Gross

Why we like it: Access to Regular Saver Account paying 1.00% AER/Gross fixed for 12 months 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. Mobile banking app. UK based contact centre. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and UK resident. Get the £100 when switching as a new customer and paying in at least £1,000 within three months of the account opening

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

Cashplus
Personal Current Account Cashplus
Open With £0
Account Type Current Account
Features No Credit Checks Online App

Why we like it: A bank account that can build credit history. No credit check during sign up. Apply straight from your mobile. Instant online decision. Get your Contactless Debit Mastercard within 3-5 working days. Add Creditbuilder onto your account and it could help build your credit rating at no extra cost. Deposit cash into your account at any Post Office UK branch. Money is available in your account immediately. Manage your account 24/7 from any device with the banking app - get real time balance information, statements, add payees send payments and apply for extras. Automatic payment alerts. UK based Customer Services Team. Your money is protected up to £85,000 by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)

Santander
123 Mini Current Account Santander
Open With £0
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features Children 18 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 18. Debit or cash card available for those aged between 13 and 18. 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 18 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

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.58%

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)

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)

Investec Savings
Fixed Rate Bond Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 1.05%

Why we like it: Market leading 1 year fixed rate bond. Interest paid on maturity. Automatic repayment to your linked account. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident, have a UK 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

QIB UK Bank
Fixed Rate Bond QIB UK Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 1.25%

Why we like it: Market leading 2 year fixed rate bond. Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a cash bonus. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

QIB UK Bank
Fixed Rate Bond QIB UK Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 3 Years
Interest AER 1.30%

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

Aldermore
Fixed Rate Bond Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 4 Years
Interest AER 1.05%

Why we like it: Minimum deposit £1,000 - No withdrawals permitted - FSCS Protected

Cambridge & Counties Bank
Fixed Rate Bond Cambridge & Counties Bank
Min deposit £10000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 1.29%

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

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Compare joint savings accounts

Joint savings accounts allow couples, or any other pair of people, to pool their savings into a single account. This can make it easier to manage your savings and allow you to achieve a better return by giving you a bigger pot of money to collect interest on.

Agreeing on the best joint savings accounts to match both of your needs can be tricky, which is why it is a good idea to be well-informed about all the different types of accounts available to you.

Current Accounts

If you have a relatively small amount of savings, a joint current account will likely offer the best rate of interest.

However, if your savings exceed the upper limit on which your current account pays interest, you should look at transferring the balance to an alternate account to maximise your return. Also, remember that interest rates on current accounts change over time, so you will need to review regularly whether it is worth moving more of your money to earn more in interest.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

If you want to earn interest on the whole of your savings while still being able to use them whenever you need them, an instant access account is ideal. Some instant accounts will allow you to take money out from cash points, while others will require you to go into a branch or make a phone or online transfer. The only real restriction here is that there may be a limit to how many withdrawals you can make per year.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

These are similar to instant access accounts, except you may have to wait a few days for withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed when you want to take money out.

Notice Savings Accounts

These accounts offer the flexibility to access your savings when you need them, and give a better interest rate than most instant and easy access accounts. You can still take money out whenever you want to, but you have to give the bank a pre-agreed period of notice first.

This notice period commonly varies from 40-95 days with some accounts going up to 120 days. You will usually get a higher interest rate the longer you are willing to wait when you want to make a withdrawal.

Regular Savings Accounts

Making relatively small monthly deposits can allow you to build up substantial savings over time. Regular savings accounts are designed for this kind of financial planning, and they tend to offer very attractive interest rates.

The downside is that there is normally a minimum monthly deposit, so you have to commit to continuing to save each month.  There will also usually be a maximum monthly deposit, preventing you from building up your savings faster if you start having more to spare.

This means that although the interest rates of regular savings accounts are usually good, it could be a while before you start seeing solid returns on your savings. They are, however, ideal for long term savings.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you have a significant lump sum to deposit which you do not immediately need, a fixed rate savings bond can be the ideal solution. They offer a guaranteed rate of interest in exchange for locking your money away for a pre-agreed period.

Fixed rate bonds usually last for 1 to 5 years and the longer their term, the higher the rate of interest you are likely to get. Some will allow you to withdraw funds before the end of their term, but you will usually have to pay a penalty fee for this.

Cash ISAs

ISAs are linked to the national insurance number of the person who opens them, so cannot be operated as joint accounts. However, they are still worth considering for couples and other partners looking for the best ways to save.

Because an ISA can only be in one person’s name, the other person in the partnership needs a good deal of trust in the one taking out the ISA if they are pooling their savings. In return, they will be able to earn tax-free interest on an amount determined by the government. For the 2017/18 tax year that amount is £20,000.

Find the joint savings account for you

Agreeing the best savings account for two people to share can be difficult, especially when there are so many different brands and products to choose from. Our joint savings account comparison table at the top of the page allows you to quickly and easily compare some of the best offers. These deals are updated frequently, so make sure to check back regularly for the latest offers.

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