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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.5%

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.

Nationwide
Triple Access Online Saver Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term 1 Year, with three free withdrawals
Interest AER 0.5%

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

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)

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.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.59%

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
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)

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

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Features 2% AER Interest (T&Cs)* Fee Free Account

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

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features For Children 18 or younger 13 3% AER Interest (T&Cs)

Why we like it: Earn 0.30% 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.

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Compare Nationwide savings accounts

Nationwide is the world’s largest building society with a number of different types of savings accounts available. Getting the best one for your saving goals means you need to understand the pros and cons of the different types of accounts.

Current Accounts

For smaller amounts of money, a current account will often give the best rates of interest. However, if you exceed Nationwide's interest paying limit, the excess balance of your savings will earn no interest.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

If you want to save while still having access to your money whenever you need it, an instant access account is ideal. You can add and remove money to suit you, although there may be a yearly limit on the number of withdrawals you can make. Most providers will allow you to perform transfers over the phone or online, and you may be issued a cash card to use at ATMs.

Regular Savings Accounts

One of the most popular ways to save is to put a small amount of money away each month. Regular savings accounts allow you to do this while offering attractive rates of interest. There may be a yearly limit on the amount of withdrawals you can make, and you will normally have to make a minimum deposit each month or pay a penalty.

It is worth bearing in mind that it can take a long time to build up capital this way, so you may not initially see much of a return in spite of the favourable interest rates.

Fixed Rate Bonds

Fixed rate bonds offer a guaranteed rate of interest for a set period (usually between 1 and 5 years). This means they are often seen as a “safe bet”, because you know how much you will get back when the bond matures. The longer the term of the bond, the better rate you will normally get.

Cash ISAs

If you are a UK tax payer, it is often advantageous to place at least part of your savings into a cash ISA. This is because ISAs allow you to earn interest without paying tax on it. There is a limit to how much you can put into an ISA which is determined by the government for each tax year. For 2017/18 it is £20,000.

The most common types of ISAs are instant access and fixed rate. These operate similarly to instant access savings accounts and fixed rate bonds, respectively, but with the added advantage of not having to pay tax on the interest you earn.

Find the best Nationwide savings account for you

Knowing where to put your savings to get the best return is a challenge, especially with the ever-changing rates and features different providers offer. Our savings account comparison table, at the top of this page, shows you the best deals on the market to help you find the best savings account for your financial needs.

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