NerdWallet reviewed the top 25 financial institutions by domestic deposit assets, the top 25 by number of branches, the top 20 by search volume, the top 10 credit unions by membership, the top 10 credit unions by deposits, and emerging and notable players.
How we picked the companies to evaluate:
The winning bank or credit union was the one with the highest rating in the ATM category. Factors evaluated include the number of ATMs available to consumers, fees and reimbursements of third-party ATM fees.
In case of a tie, financial institutions were compared by category in the following order until one institution remained:
- Checking (monthly fees contributed to 50% of the rating, domestic ATMs 33.3%, interest rate 13.3% and required minimum opening deposit 3.3%).
- Banking experience.
- Does the bank offer unlimited international ATM rebates? (Yes/no.)
NerdWallet writers and editors confirmed fees, rates, policies and other key features on each financial institution’s website. If an institution’s website was missing information, we contacted a representative directly for confirmation.
How we verified our data: