Compare Instant Access Savings Accounts

Compare the best instant access savings accounts available in the UK and find the saving account that will pay you a high interest rate and still give you easy access to your money when you need it. Choose the instant access saving account that's right for you and apply online today.
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State Bank of India Online Instant Access Savings Account Issue 4
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£5001.25% variableFSCSOnline & Branch
 
GE Capital Direct GE Saver Issue 6
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Easy Access£5001.10% variable
on £1+
FSCSOnline
Interest can be paid monthly or annually. The monthly interest option pays a marginally lower interest rate of 1.09% Gross (1.10% AER).
 
Halifax Online Saver
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Easy Access£10.90%
inc. 0.70% bonus
for 12 months
FSCSOnline
Different rates apply depending on balance. When the 12 month introductory period ends, the Online Saver variable rate will apply, currently 0.20% gross/AER.
 
NatWest Instant Saver
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£10.5% variableFSCSOnline, Branch & Phone
 
RBS Instant Saver
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£10.5% variableFSCSOnline, Branch & Phone
 
Newcastle Build. Soc. Newcastle Big Home Saver
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£13.02% variableFSCSBranch & Post
 
Harpenden Building Society 21 Club
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£12.25% variableFSCSBranch & Post
Only available to savers between the ages of 18 and 21.
 
Newbury Building Society Existing Members Account Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£502.1% variableFSCSOnline, Branch & Post
This product is only available to existing customers.
 
Buckinghamshire B.S. Simple Regular Saver Issue 2
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£102% variableFSCSBranch & Post
 
Monmouthshire Building Soc. First Home Bonus Saver
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£202% variableFSCSOnline, Branch & Post
 
Nationwide Loyalty Saver 15 Year Issue 4 Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£1,0001.7% variableFSCSOnline & Branch
 
Tipton & Coseley Hallmark Access
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£1,0001.7% variable
on £50,000+
FSCSBranch & Post
 
Newbury Building Society Welcome to Newbury
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£501.65% variableFSCSOnline & Branch
Available in branch only.
 
Nationwide Loyalty Saver 10 Year Issue 4 Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£1,0001.6% variableFSCSOnline & Branch
 
Loughborough Postal
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Easy Access£1001.55% variable
on £25,000+
-Post
 
Britannia Select Access Saver 4
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£5001.5% variableFSCSBranch, Phone & Post
Available in branch only.
 
Cumberland eSavings Account Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Easy Access£1001.5% variable
on £1+
FSCSOnline
This product is only available to existing customers.
 
ICICI Bank UK HiSAVE Remittance Account
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Easy Access£11.5% variableFSCSOnline
This Savings Account is specially designed to give you benefits for money transfers to India and lets you earn interest on the balance maintained.
 
Nationwide Loyalty Saver 5 Year Issue 4 Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£1,0001.5% variableFSCSOnline & Branch
 
Stafford Railway Pullman Ex/C
Account TypeOpen WithInterest Rate (AER)Protection SchemeAccess
Instant Access£11.5% variable
on £250,000+
FSCSBranch & Post
 

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How to Find the Best Instant Access Savings Accounts

Find out how an instant access savings account could help grow your savings.

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Instant access savings accounts give you the flexibility to save money in an account which attracts a good rate of interest while allowing you the freedom to access your funds on demand without penalties or restrictions.

Because of the flexibility easy access savings accounts offer, the rate of interest paid on instant access savings tends to be slightly lower than on fixed term or notice accounts.

However, if you're savvy about looking for the best instant access savings accounts and are willing to move your money around in return for the best instant access savings accounts rates, it is still possible to get a good return but you do need to stay on your toes.

Many instant access bank accounts advertise attractive savings accounts interest rates to entice new customers, but lower the rate shortly after so that it's no where near as competitive as the best instant access savings account available. As such when you're looking for a new easy access savings account you need to check whether the account's interest rate is fixed or variable before you open it.

If the interest rate is variable you need make sure that it remains competitive otherwise you'll loose out. If it's fixed you need to make a note of the higher rate end date and move your money once the return drops.

Regardless you should keep an eye on the rate you're earning and see how it compares to the top 10 instant access savings accounts on the market. As soon as you find that you could earn more interest elsewhere it's time to switch to the best easy access savings account you can find that suits your circumstances - with an instant access saving account you have the flexibility to do this as and when you like.

You should also keep an eye out for interest bonuses. These will inflate the return you get on your easy access savings for a number of months. After this time, the interest rate will drop and what was a high interest savings account will become mediocre. Once this happens it makes sense to move your money to a more profitable home.

Additionally, many financial institutions offer tiered interest rates on their instant access accounts; these are designed as an incentive because the more you save the more interest you'll earn.

What's more, the majority of instant access savings accounts can be opened and kept open with a minimal balance (often as little as £1) making them suitable for even the novice saver.

Interest is usually paid annually, either on the anniversary of the account opening or on a pre-specified date. Some institutions may offer the option to take instant access savings monthly interest payments, although this may be subject to a slight reduction in the rate of interest paid.

When you're researching your options you'll need to consider how you'll want to access your money. For example, if you want branch access you'll need to opt for instant access branch savings accounts, whereas if you're happy with online banking then you'll need to check this is offered.

The flexibility with which money can be accessed is a definite benefit of instant access accounts as money is available when you need it. Conversely however, this easy access feature may also offer the temptation to spend. So after building up a reasonable amount in an instant access account it may be worth looking to investing some of the money in a longer term account so that your savings can earn a higher rate of interest.

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