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Best Banks and Credit Unions of 2020

May 1, 2020
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The best bank or credit union for you depends on what you’re in the market for: a savings account, a checking account, or both.

NerdWallet spent more than 200 hours comparing and rating dozens of financial institutions to identify those with the best deposit accounts.

Top Overall Banks: Seven financial institutions earned excellent marks in both our checking and savings categories. If you want to keep your checking and savings accounts at the same bank, go with one of these options. (This year, Discover earned our nod for having the best overall checking and savings accounts.)

Our list includes a credit union. Generally speaking, credit unions emphasize customer service more than banks do and pay higher interest rates — although online accounts, like the ones on this list, tend to pay great rates, too. Read our article for more on credit unions vs. banks.

Top Savings Accounts: If you’d like to split your accounts between different banks, consider one of these savings accounts. They have annual percentage yields above 1.50% — much higher than the national average of 0.05%. This is important because people typically use savings accounts to set money aside for goals, such as a trip or a down payment on a house. Your savings will grow faster with one of these accounts. Read more in our article about savings accounts.

Top Checking Accounts: If you’re more interested in checking accounts, these banks offer perks, such as interest or ATM fee reimbursements. And, crucially, they have large ATM networks and don’t charge monthly fees. Since checking accounts hold most people’s daily spending money, they should be easy to access and cheap to maintain. Read more in our article about checking accounts.

Some of Our Top Overall Banks

5.0 NerdWallet rating

at Varo,

Deposits are FDIC Insured

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • 55,000 ATMS, no foreign transaction fees

  • Up to 2.80% APY on savings

  • Read more in our Varo review


at Simple,

Deposits are FDIC Insured

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • 40,000 ATMs, saving and budgeting tools

  • Up to 0.80% APY on Protected Goals

  • Read more in our Simple review

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • Over 80,000 free ATMs, interest checking available

  • 0.65% savings APY

  • Read more in our Alliant review

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • Over 43,000 ATMs, strong customer service

  • 0.80% savings APY

  • Read more in our Ally review

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • Thousands of ATMs and ATM fee reimbursements, 0.25% checking APY

  • 0.80% savings APY

  • Read more in our Bank5 Connect review

4.5 NerdWallet rating

  • Over 60,000 free ATMs, cash-back rewards

  • 0.70% savings APY

  • Read more in our Discover review

Some of Our Top Savings Accounts

4.0 NerdWallet rating

3.5 NerdWallet rating

3.0 NerdWallet rating

» Looking for more excellent savings options? Browse our best savings accounts

Some of Our Top Checking Accounts

Axos Bank™

at Axos Bank™,

Member, FDIC

4.0 NerdWallet rating

4.5 NerdWallet rating

4.5 NerdWallet rating

» For more checking options, take a look at our best checking accounts

 Did you have something more specific in mind? If so, check out these articles:

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Best Banks and Credit Unions of 2020

Financial institutionBest for ...
Ally BankOverall, customer service
Discover BankOverall, cash-back rewards
Alliant Credit UnionOverall, ATM availability
Capital One 360Overall, flexible overdraft options
Varo BankOverall, high rates
SimpleOverall, budgeting tools
Bank5 ConnectOverall, interest for checking
HSBC Savings, 0.50% APY
Marcus by Goldman SachsSavings, 0.60% APY (annual percentage yield) as of 9/9/2020
BarclaysSavings, 0.60% APY
Charles Schwab BankChecking, worldwide ATM reimbursements, 0.03% APY
Connexus Credit UnionChecking, excellent APY
Axos BankChecking, 24/7 phone support