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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

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)

Aldermore
Easy Access Account Aldermore
Min deposit £1000
Term Easy Access
Interest AER 0.3%

Why we like it: Market Leading. Balances from £1,000 to £1 million. Unlimited withdrawals without restriction or loss of interest. Eligible deposits covered by UK FSCS.

Plum
Easy Access Account Plum
Min deposit £0
Term 1 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.55%

Why we like it: You need to download the Plum Savings App and sign up for the Plum Plus or Plum Pro subscription to access 0.60% AER. Plum can help you save automatically. Interest is calculated daily but is applied to your account monthly. Your money is covered by the FSCS up to £85,000, if the scheme applies to you. If you would deposit £1,000 into your savings account, without adding or withdrawing any money throughout the year, you would have a predicted £1,006 in your account at the end of the year (at 0.60% interest). Interest accounts are provided by Investec Bank, who have the right to change the rate at any time. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older

RCI Bank
95 Day Notice Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £1000
Term 95 Day Notice
Interest AER 0.45%

Why we like it: Interest paid monthly or annually. Manage account online. Which? Recommended Savings Provider. Unlimited withdrawals subject to 95 days notice. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 18 or older. 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
FlexAccount Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Fee FREE Account

Why we like it: Everyday current accout. No monthly account fee. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

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

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £125 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £125 for SWITCHING to an HSBC Advance Account. Earn 1.00% AER/gross when you save between £25 and £250 per month. Arranged overdraft limit of at least £1,000 on account opening. Money banking app. No monthly account fee. Easy switching with the Current Account Switch Service. Must be 18 or older and be UK resident. Must pay in £1,750 per month or £10,500 over 6 months. Must be approved for an arranged overdraft of £1,000+. Get the £125 when switching to an HSBC Advance Account as a new customer with at least 2 Direct Debits or standing orders. Eligibility criteria and T&C’s apply. Offer may be withdrawn anytime

First Direct
1st Current Account First Direct
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £100 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - £100 for SWITCHING to a First Direct 1st Account. 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

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Childrens Current Account
Features 0.60% AER Interest Up To £20,000 £5 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: Earn 0.60% 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. 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. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

Nationwide
FlexPlus Current Account Nationwide
Open With £1
Account Type Current Account
Features Free insurance £13 pm Account Fee

Why we like it: UK & Europe Breakdown Cover, Worldwide family travel and mobile phone insurance, and commission-free cash withdrawals and card payments abroad. Free mobile banking app, text alerts and secure online banking. Access to Flexclusives - Select Credit Card and low personal loan rate. £13 monthly account fee. Bank is registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so any money you keep will be fully protected, up to £85,000

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Compare Savings Accounts For 6 Months

When putting your money into a savings account, you need to consider how long you intend to save for and how much of a return you would like to see. You can then compare the different types of savings accounts available to see which ones best match you saving goals.

If you are looking for 6 month savings accounts options see the table above.

Current Accounts

Current accounts generally offer the best rates of interest for smaller sums of money. However, if you go over your account’s interest limit, your remaining balance will likely earn you nothing. 

To get the best deal, you may have to shop around and be willing to transfer your current account to a new provider. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some current accounts offer a better interest rate during an introductory period which then drops dramatically once that period is over.

For example Post Office offer 1.30% with their Online Saver for the initial 12 months of opening the account. Following the introductory period, the interest rate reverts back to their underlying rate of 0.25%. This may be a good option for short term interest, as you could benefit from the competitive interest rate before it drops.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

This type of account allows you to earn interest on your savings while still giving quick access to your money when necessary. Some instant access accounts come with a card that lets you draw money out at cash points, others require you to take money out in branch or transfer it to a current account online or by phone.

Please be aware there may be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make per year without losing some of your interest.

Easy Access Savings Accounts

Essentially the same as instant access accounts, except there may be a few days' delay when you wish to take money out. This is to allow withdrawal and transfer requests to be processed.

Some providers also refer to their instant access accounts as easy access accounts.

Notice Savings Accounts

These are similar to easy access and instant access savings accounts, except you have to give a certain amount of notice before removing funds. Common notice periods range from 40-95 days. The longer the notice period you are willing to give, the higher the interest rate you will usually receive.

Notice savings accounts may be a solution for shorter term savings. Providing you are prepared to tie up your savings for a longer period of time, you could benefit from the higher rate of interest and give notice towards the end of the 6 months. By doing this, it may allow you to receive higher tax-free returns than other savings accounts.

Regular Savings Accounts

If you want to put away a little bit of money each month over a longer period, a regular savings account is likely to be the best choice. This kind of account usually requires you to deposit a minimum amount each month and will normally specify a maximum you can put in each month as well. There may also be a limit on how many withdrawals you can make each year.

Regular savings accounts often offer very attractive rates of interest, but it is important to note that, because you are only slowly building up capital, your initial yearly returns may be modest. This means that, while they can be used for short term savings, regular savings accounts are usually a better choice for longer term savings.

If you choose to put your capital into a regular savings account, you are compromising higher rates of interest to receive more freedom and flexibility; if your aim is to get the best interest over the course of 6 months, this may not be the best method to do so.

Fixed Rate Bonds

Fixed rate bonds tend to offer attractive rates of interest, which will be guaranteed for the life of the bond (typically 1-5 years). The caveat here is that you cannot usually take money out of the bond until it matures (i.e. reaches the end of the fixed interest period).

This means most fixed rate bonds are not ideal for short term savings, although some providers do offer fixed rate bonds with terms as short as 3 months which may be worth considering.

However, the interest rates on offer for shorter term fixed rate bonds are similar to those available in more flexible accounts. Therefore, unless you are able to find a fixed rate bond that gives you a significant financial advantage, it may be better to use one of the aforementioned accounts above or a cash ISA.

Cash ISAs

UK tax payers normally have to pay tax on any interest they earn on their savings. However, a cash ISA allows you to earn interest, tax-free, on deposits up to an agreed yearly limit. For the 2017/18 tax year that amount is £20,000.

There are two main types of cash ISAs – instant access and fixed-term. Instant access cash ISAs allow you to withdraw money whenever you need without paying a penalty, making them ideal for short term saving. Fixed-term cash ISAs have similar conditions to fixed rate bonds, so you may be unable to withdraw money until they reach the end of their term or have to pay a penalty in order to do so.

Cash ISAs do not always offer the best interest rates, so you will need to assess whether any tax savings will outweigh the benefits of the higher interest rates provides by other types of accounts.

Find the best short term savings account for you

With so many different brands and products on the market, it can be hard to figure out which offer the best deals for you. The comparison table at the top of this page is regularly updated with the most attractive deals on short term savings accounts from across the industry. This makes it easy for you to contrast the features of different accounts with 6 month options and find the right one for your saving needs.

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