This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.
Savings Accounts vs ISA
Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 1.10% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 1.33% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 1.38% Gross/AER. Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted
Why we like it: Interest paid on maturity. Automatic repayment to your linked account. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Must have a UK residential 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
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: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £150 when you switch to a First Direct 1st Account, or if you're not ready to switch £20 welcome when you open a current account. You also get access to a 3.5% AER/gross fixed for 12 months Regular Saver Account 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. For the £150 switching cash offer you need to open a 1st Account, switch your everyday banking to us using the Current Account Switch Service and pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account. To get the £20 welcome cash offer you need to open a 1st Account and log into our app / online banking within three months of opening the account. This offer can’t be added to any other joiner or switcher offer
Why we like it: Earn 0.75% AER (variable) interest on balances up to a maximum of £20,000. Up to 3% cashback on household bills - 1% on council tax bills, Mobile and home phone bills, broadband and paid-for TV packages, and Santander monthly mortgage payments. 2% on Gas and electricity bills, Santander Home Insurance premiums and Santander Life Insurance premiums, and 3% on water bills. Monthly fee of £4. 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.
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. Voted best British Bank and Best Current Account 2018 - 2021 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: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected
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)
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £250,000. FSCS Protected. Winner of Platinum Feefo Trusted Service Award in 2021. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older
Why we like it: Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £25 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid monthly. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older.
Why we like it: Unlimited payments and withdrawals. Interest paid annually. Open in a single or a joint name. Maximum deposit £500,000. Open and manage account online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident. Must be aged 16 or older
Ensure your savings are getting the best interest deal possible:
Why Have A Savings Account?
A good instant access savings account will offer flexible withdrawal facilities with good rates of interest, and could be suited to savers looking to access their money regularly.
Business Savings Account:
- Interest rates
- Minimum deposit
- Maximum deposit
- Notice period to make a withdrawal
- Any fees or penalties for making withdrawals
- How your interest is calculated and paid
Charity Savings Account:
There are three main types of savings accounts that charities tend to use – easy access accounts, notice accounts and fixed rate bonds. Which will offer the best choice for you will depend on how you plan to use your charity’s savings and what level of return you would like to achieve.
Why Have An ISA?
- Online access - Some ISA providers will provide online access to your investment allowing you to see performance of your ISA.
- You can avoid paying tax on interest rates you earn.
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 it's a convenient way to save at a good interest rate while retaining fast and easy access to your money
- No 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
- Be prepared to invest for the medium to long term with an Investment ISA - five years or more is recommended.
- Different Investment ISAs have different investment options. These range from as little as £10 per month (e.g. through a fund) to a specified minimum investment (e.g. £500).
- If your current investment ISA isn't performing as well as you'd like, you will usually be permitted to transfer it another provider.
- If you have an investment ISA from a previous tax year, you're permitted to move this into a current investment ISA or split it between more than one investment ISA.
- If you want to open a Junior ISA for your child or grandchild, then you can also invest in the investment on their behalf up to a maximum of £4,260.
What is a fixed rate ISA?
Fixed rate ISAs allow you to earn a guaranteed rate of interest on your savings without paying tax on that interest. They are normally offered over 1-3 years with the level of interest staying the same for the entire period of the ISA. For the 2020-2021 tax year, over-18s can place up to £20,000 in an ISA.
What is a Lifetime ISA?
The lifetime ISA is designed to allow people aged between 18 and 40 year old to save for both the deposit on their first property as well as their retirement simultaneously.
In addition from being able to save in a tax advantageous wrapper if a saver withdraws the money contained in the account after their 60th birthday, or use to purchase their first property they will receive a 25% bonus on their savings from the government which essentially means they could benefit from an extra £1 for every £4 they contribute to the ISA.