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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

Aldermore
Double Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.6%

Why we like it: MARKET LEADING. 0.60% AER if customer makes two or fewer withdrawals within an anniversary year. If a customer makes three or more withdrawals in an anniversary year the rate reduces to 0.10% from the date of the third withdrawal. Monthly or annual interest. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. Maximum deposit £1,000,000. Manage your account online. Covered by the FSCS

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.55%

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 0.5%

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)

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.

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice.

Aldermore
120 Day Notice Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term 120 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.7%

Why we like it: Unlimited withdrawals subject to 120 days notice.

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 0.9%

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 1.05%

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 1.10%

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 0.95%

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)

RCI Bank
Fixed Rate Bond RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 5 Years
Interest AER 1.00%

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)

Nationwide
FlexDirect Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1000
Account Type Current Account
Interest AER 2.00%

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

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Looking for a savings account for 10-20k?

If you are looking to open a savings account for 10-20k, there are a variety of options depending on whether you want to access your money regularly, earn a high interest rate, split your money into more than one account, and so on. 

What is a Fixed Rate Bond Term?

Fixed rate bond terms typically vary from 3 months to 5 years. Most fixed rate bond deals are for 1 ,2, 3 and 5 year terms. The longer your money is locked away the higher the rate of interest you will receive on your money. If you don’t need instant access or easy access to your money, or a notice account then a fixed rate bond term might suit you best. 

There is usually a minimum commitment for depositing money into a fixed rate bond - usually around £500 or more, but this will depend on the fixed rate bond provider. With a fixed rate bond you are normally restricted on access to your money during the specified term. Some fixed rate bond terms will not allow you access at all - while others may provide access on certain terms e.g. one withdrawal a year. Interest paid on your savings is treated as income and you may have to pay tax on it depending on your personal circumstances. If you don’t pay tax you can receive interest gross if you complete HMRC tax form R85. Some accounts will pay interest gross and it is up to you to declare any tax owed to the Inland Revenue. Some bonds allow you to have the interest paid on maturity while others pay monthly or annually.

Minimum bond deposits can vary from £500 to over £10,000. Make sure you are happy to lock away cash for set period of time.

What is an Instant Access Savings Account?

For savers looking to access their money regularly, a good instant access savings account will offer flexible withdrawal facilities while combining these with a good rate of interest.

Interest paid on your savings is treated as income, and you may have to pay income tax on it depending on your personal circumstances. If you don’t pay tax, you can receive interest gross providing you complete tax form R85. Some accounts will pay interest gross, and it is up to you to declare any tax owed to the Inland Revenue.

What are the benefits of a Cash ISA?

  • No income tax - you don't pay tax on any interest you earn from the cash in your ISA
  • Easy access - if you choose an instant access cash ISA (rather than a fixed-rate cash ISA) it's a convenient way to save at a good interest rate while retaining fast and easy access to your money, should you need it
  • No need to declare - you don't need to declare your cash ISA on your tax return
  • Straightforward transfers - you can transfer your cash ISA to a different provider to get a better rate of interest.

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