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. Skip ahead to our top picks.
Top Overall Banks: Three financial institutions earned spots in both our best checking and best savings accounts lists. If you want to keep your checking and savings accounts at the same bank, go with one of these options.
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 2% — much higher than the national average of 0.09%. 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.
|Top Overall Banks|
Alliant Credit Union
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|Top Checking Accounts|
Capital One 360
Charles Schwab Bank
» For more checking options, take a look at our best checking accounts
Banks and Credit Unions
Savings and Money Market Accounts
Best Banks and Credit Unions of 2019
|Financial institution||Best for ...|
|Ally Bank||Overall, customer service|
|Discover Bank||Overall, cash-back rewards|
|Alliant Credit Union||Overall, ATM availability|
|HSBC||Savings, 2.30% APY|
|Marcus by Goldman Sachs||Savings, 2.25% APY|
|Barclays||Savings, 2.20% APY|
|Capital One 360||Checking, flexible overdraft options|
|Fidelity||Checking, 0.37% APY|
|Charles Schwab Bank||Checking, worldwide ATM reimbursements, 0.40% APY|