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This comparison simply includes all savings accounts.

HSBC
Advance Current Account HSBC
Open With £1750
Account Type Current Account
Features Get £170 when you Switch

Why we like it: SPECIAL OFFER - Get £170 when you switch to an HSBC Advance Bank 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+. For £170 Switch Offer: Switch using Current Account Switching Service with 2+ Direct Debits/standing orders within 30 days and pay £1,500k+ into account within 60 days. Once eligible, HSBC will pay £170 into your account within 30 days. Offer excludes customers who’ve held an HSBC/opened a first direct current account since 1/1/19

Santander
123 Current Account Santander
Open With £500
Account Type Current Account
Features 0.50% AER Interest Up To £20,000

Why we like it: Earn 0.50% 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.

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. 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

Investec Savings
Fixed Rate Bond Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term 1 Year
Interest AER 2.25%

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 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

The Access Bank UK
Fixed Rate Bond The Access Bank UK
Min deposit £5000
Term 2 Years
Interest AER 2.50%

Why we like it: Save from £5,000 to £500,000. No additional deposits or withdrawals permitted. FSCS Protected

RCI Bank
Freedom Savings Account RCI Bank
Min deposit £100
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.10%

Why we like it: Market Leading Easy Access Account. 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)

Brown Shipley
Easy Access Account Brown Shipley
Min deposit £1000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.10%

Why we like it: Market Leading Easy Access Account. Register for a free Raisin UK Account to apply for product and receive a £30 cash bonus for deposits of £10,000 or more. Interest paid on maturity. Maximum deposit £85,000. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 18 or older. No withdrawals permitted

Investec Savings
Online Flexi Saver Investec Savings
Min deposit £5000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 1.06%

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)

Nationwide
1 Year Triple Access Online Saver Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Easy Access or up to 1 Year
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: Make up to three withdrawals during the 12-month term of this account. Open with £1. Manage your account online. Interest paid at maturity. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Make more than three withdrawals and the rate drops to 0.01% AER/gross p.a. (variable). Not available in branch

Yorkshire Building Society
Internet Saver Plus Yorkshire Building Society
Min deposit £10000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.77%

Why we like it: Tiered interest: £1 to £10,000 – 0.60% Gross/AER, £10,001 to £50,000 – 0.77% Gross/AER, £50,001 to £500,000 – 0.82% 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

Leeds Building Society
Online Easy Access Account Leeds Building Society
Min deposit £1000
Term Instant Access
Interest AER 0.71%

Why we like it: Interest paid annually. Unlimited deposits and withdrawals. Open and manage online. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and be aged 18 or older

Nationwide
1 Year Triple Access Online ISA Nationwide
Min deposit £1
Term Easy Access or up to 1 Year
Interest AER 1.00%

Why we like it: Make up to three withdrawals during the 12-month term of this account. Open with £1. Manage your account online. Interest paid at maturity. FSCS Protected. Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older. Make more than three withdrawals and the rate drops to 0.01% AER/gross p.a. (variable). Not available in branch

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Compare Ulster savings accounts

Ulster Bank offers various accounts targeted at different kinds of savers. Knowing which is best for you means being clear about your own financial situation and saving goals. See below for a selection of saving accounts.

Current Accounts

A current account may well offer you the best return on relatively small amounts of money. 

If there is too much money in your current account, you will generally get a better return by moving it to a different kind of account.

Instant Access Savings Accounts

Ulster bank eSavings currently offers a market leading instant access account of 1.25% AER/Gross pa (variable) which can be accessed online, by telephone or via a mobile app.

If you want to a deposit a lump sum while retaining the option to add to it later or take money out when you need it, an instant savings account may be best. There are normally no fees or penalties for adding and removing funds, although there may be an annual limit on how often this can be done.

Many instant access accounts allow you to take money out at cash points, making them especially convenient. You will normally also be able to make online and phone transfers when you need to.

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you have a lump sum that you don’t need to use any time soon, a fixed rate bond can offer very good returns. The headline advantage is that you get a guaranteed rate of interest for a set period (often 1-5 years), although you cannot normally touch your money until that period expires.

The longer the life of the bond, the better interest rate you will usually get. Some providers may allow you to make early withdrawals but this will usually incur a penalty in the form of lost interest.

Cash ISAs

ISAs allow you to avoid paying tax on the interest you earn from the money deposited in them. This can make a very significant difference to the return you earn, especially if you are a higher rate tax payer. The amount you can deposit is set annually by the government and is £20,000 for 2017/18.

You main options with an ISA are instant access and fixed term accounts. An instant access cash ISA gives a variable rate of interest, but lets you add and take away funds whenever needed. You will get a higher rate with a fixed term cash ISA and this rate will be guaranteed for a set period, but you cannot take money out or put more in during the lifetime of the account.

Find the best Ulster Bank savings account for you

Using our savings account comparison table, above, you can see exactly what the best deals currently on the market have to offer you. These deals are frequently updated to reflect the best value we can find from across the industry, so make sure to check back regularly to stay up-to-date.

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