KeyBank Review: Checking, Savings and CDs

Margarette BurnetteFebruary 9, 2018

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Overall bank rating

KeyBank

    3.0

    NerdWallet rating 

    The bottom line:

    KeyBank’s approach to banking includes no-frills checking accounts and convenience, with 1,200 branches in 15 states. The Cleveland-based bank’s overdraft fees are high, however, and savings accounts have low rates. Certificates of deposits also have bare-bones interest rates. But customer service is robust for a midsize bank; it includes live phone help, Twitter assistance and chat support, as well as in-person service.

     

    Best if: You're looking for a midsize bank with good customer service and you prioritize branch accessibility.

     

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    Pros

    • Monthly fees on savings and checking accounts are cheaper and slightly easier to avoid than those at the biggest banks.

    • Customer service is accessible through many channels.

    Cons

    • Low rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit.

    • Overdraft fees can get expensive, and you can get hit with an extended overdraft fee.

    RATING METHODOLOGY

    NerdWallet’s overall ratings for banks and credit unions are weighted averages of several categories: checking, savings, certificates of deposit or credit union share certificates, banking experience and overdraft fees. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include rates and fees, ATM and branch access, account features and limits, user-facing technology, customer service and innovation. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.