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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 Post Office savings accounts

Putting money into a savings account can be a smart move, as long as you find the right one for your financial circumstances and saving goals. Below is a list of the main types of savings accounts the Post Office currently offers so you can find out more before moving forward.

Current Accounts

Post Office current accounts are provided by Bank of Ireland UK. Current accounts often give better rates of interest than a lot of dedicated savings accounts, but these rates are only available on deposits up to a certain size. 

Finding the best interest rate may require you to shop around and switch to a different provider. It is worth bearing in mind that many of the best rates only apply for an introductory period. After this initial window, the interest rate may drop considerably.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

If you have a lump sum that you want the freedom to add to or take money out of, an instant access account is a wise choice. You will usually be able to make deposits and withdrawals without paying a fee, although there may be restrictions on how many times you can do this annually.

Instant access accounts can usually be managed online or by phone, and you may be issued with a cash card allowing you to make withdrawals at cash points.

Notice Savings Accounts

The Post Office currently offer a Reward Saver account, which is a form of notice savings account. This gives you a slightly better rate of interest than an instant access savings account, but in exchange you will have to give 30 days’ notice for any withdrawal. If you want to remove funds sooner than this, you will have to pay a no-notice penalty fee.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you would like to know for definite how much you will get back from your savings, a fixed rate bond may be the best bet. You can usually deposit very large sums into a fixed rate bond if necessary, and you will earn a guaranteed rate of interest for the life of the bond. Fixed rate bonds usually last for 1 to 5 years. Bear in mind that the longer the bond term, the higher the interest rate will be.

Fixed rate bonds are best suited to long term saving, as you cannot normally take money out until the bond term expires.

Cash ISAs

When planning your savings, it is important to know that you will usually have to pay tax on the interest you receive. The exception for UK tax payers is when you place your money into a cash ISA. These allow you to earn tax-free interest on deposits up to a certain size.

This amount you can put into an ISA is set by the UK government and is £20,000 for the 2017/18 tax year.

The main types of ISAs are known as instant access cash ISAs and fixed term cash ISAs. Instant access ISAs pay variable rates of interest, and allow you to put in and take out money whenever you want. Fixed term ISAs are like fixed rate bonds, giving guaranteed interest rates over a set period in exchange for locking your money away.

Find the best Post Office savings account for you

How do you know which savings account will offer you the best deal for your savings? Our comparison tool at the top of the page allows you to easily see what the most attractive accounts from across the market have to offer. That way you can be confident that you have the best options in front of you when making a decision.

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