This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.
Savings Accounts vs Fixed Rate Bonds
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
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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.
A good instant access savings account will offer flexible withdrawal facilities with good rates of interest, and is suited to savers looking to access their money regularly.
Easy Access Savings Account-
-An easy access savings account is essentially what it says; a savings account that gives you easy access to your money.
-With such an account you can access your savings without giving prior notice, and without forfeiting any interest.
-There may be restrictions on the number of penalty free withdrawals you can make in any specific time period and, although you have easy access to your savings, unlike an instant access savings account there might be a few days’ delay before you have the cash in your hand.
Fixed Rate Bonds:
Fixed rate bond terms vary from 3 months to 5 years, most being for 1 ,2, 3 and 5 year terms. Generally speaking the longer your money is locked away the higher the rate of interest you will receive on your money.
- There is usually a minimum commitment for depositing money into a fixed rate bond. This makes fixed bonds unsuitable for those who wish to top up a savings account in small amounts or through regular saving. 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.
- With a fixed term these types of savings bonds have a maturity date at which time you will be contacted by your savings provider and provided with options on how you wish your money to be returned to you.
- With a fixed rate bond you are usually 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.