Best regular savings accounts – December 2022

You can earn an attractive rate on the best regular savings accounts. We tell you the best on the market to take advantage of right now

Cash savers looking for the best savings accounts could be in for a treat this week as banks boost the interest rate on regular savings, with one bank pushing the rate to a captivating 7%. 

While interest rates are still far from beating eye-watering inflation rates, 7% will certainly spark interest for those looking for a home for their cash holdings.

First Direct has launched the best market rate for regular savings with 7% interest, up from 3.5% - and its sister bank HSBC is has boosted its interest rate on the regular saver account from 1% to 5%. We have all the details below on who can get these and how - as well information on other regular saver options on the market right now. You can also sign up to our newsletter, where we will send you the latest rates and updates on savings accounts.

And, if you do not have current accounts with these banks, then you can also switch current accounts and bag a ‘free’ switching bonus - with HSBC offering £200 and First Direct £175 if you switch to them.

Here are the best regular savings accounts on the market.

The best regular savings accounts 

Regular savers come with a few more restrictions than easy access or fixed term savings accounts, such as how much you put in a month and access to withdrawals, so make sure to pick one that suits you. 

First Direct -  7% AER, plus £175 switching bonus

First Direct has doubled the rate on it's regular saver, which has jumped from 3.5% to a handsome 7%. 

You can pay in between £25 to £300 into the account each month. 

To benefit from the 7% rate you will need to be a First Direct current account holder. The rate will only be available for 12 months after which it may drop.

Via this link, if you do not have a First Direct current account* you can open the account now. The good news is if you switch to it, you can also bag a £175 cash bonus. To qualify for the switch bonus, you need to use the bank's switching service and be a new customer (you do not qualify if you have previously had a First Direct product or had a HSBC current account on or after January 2019). You must pay in at least £1,000 within three months of opening the account.

First Direct will pay your £175 bonus into your account within 28 days of you meeting all the eligibility criteria.

*When you sign up via this link, we may earn an affiliate commission from this deal.

Lloyds Bank Club Monthly Saver - 5.25% AER

The best rate on the market, Lloyds is offering 5.25% on a maximum deposit of £400 per month, and to give some certainty the rate is fixed for one year. 

As it’s a Club Saver, you need to hold a Lloyds current account already, be a Lloyds Club customer and you can’t have opened this same account in the last 12 months. 

A minimum monthly payment of £25 is required and if you want to be flexible with your cash, this account has no restrictions on withdrawals. After one year you can search for a better rate as your account will become a standard saver. 

Natwest Digital Regular Saver - 5.12% AER

With just £1 you can open this Natwest Digital Regular Saver, but the 5.12% rate is only available on balances up to £1,000. After that the rate drops to 1% on balances between £1,000 and £5,000 and a further drop to 0.5% on balances above £5,000. So if you want to save more than £1,000, this might not be the best rate around. 

You must be a Natwest current account holder to be eligible for this account and the maximum you can put it per month is £150. The regular saver does offer flexibility with withdrawals, allowing you to access your money whenever you want and the rate on this account is variable. 

Royal Bank of Scotland Regular Saver - 5.12% AER

Like the Natwest Regular Saver offering, the Royal Bank of Scotland 5.12% rate is only received on balances up to £1,000, 1% on balances between £1,000 and £5,000 and 0.5% on balances over £5,000. 

The rate is variable so it can change at any time. To open this RBS saver you must hold a current account with them. A minimum of £150 per month is required and you can withdraw your cash whenever you need it. 

HSBC - 5%  AER, plus £200 switching bonus for new customers

HSBC boosted the rate from 1 % to 5% on its regular saver account from 1 December.

The regular saver account allows you to put away up to £3,000 - and you can pay in between £25 and £250 per month. This rate is fixed for 12 months after which the rate may go down.

To benefit from HSBC’s 5% interest regular saver account, you will need a HSBC current account - and you can open the account now.

Via this link, if you’re new to HSBC, you can bag £200 for moving your current account to the HSBC Advance account* using the bank's switch service.

The account is free, but you will need a minimum of £1,500 paid into the account within 60 days of opening the account and should be switching over at least two direct debits.

To qualify for the £200 bonus, you must be new to HSBC or First Direct (its sister bank) and can't have had an account there since January 2019. The switch must be from another account.

*When you sign up via this link, we may earn an affiliate commission from this deal.

Yorkshire Building Society Loyalty Regular eSaver - 5% AER

This regular saver is still on the top end of the scale when it comes to rates as it offers 5.00% on savings, but it can change at any given time and there is a £500 maximum limit on deposits per month. 

You need to have been a YBS account holder for at least 12 consecutive months to open the regular saver. There is a minimum deposit amount of £10 per month and you can only withdraw on one day per year based on the anniversary of your account opening. You risk being charged a penalty if you withdraw money more than what’s allowed. 

Bank of Scotland Regular Saver -  4.5% AER

With only a minimum monthly deposit of £25 and no restriction on withdrawals, you can take advantage of this BoS rate by putting away a maximum £250 a month. But note, whatever you withdraw can not be put back into your account. 

The 4.5% rate is fixed for a year and then the account will change into an instant access savings account, when it will be a good time to search for a new and better rate. 

How does a regular savings account work? 

Compared to other types of saving accounts, there are more caveats to consider when opening a regular savings account. Here’s what to look out for. 

Interest payments - You might find the best rate on the market but it’s down to how you want your interest to be paid, as some offer monthly interest and other banks offer it annually. 

Existing customers - Most regular savers offer the best rates to their existing customers, just like in our best regular savings accounts list. So, it might be that you don’t get the top rate, but you get the best rate available to you, depending on what current accounts you hold. 

Monthly payments - To receive the best rates, a lot of regular savers ask for a minimum payment each month. They may not be big as some only require £25 or even £10 a month, but it’s important you don’t forget to pay in as you could risk losing the account. 

Your cash is protected - The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) protects all of the banks mentioned in our best regular savers on balances up to £85,000. So it’s good to spread your money across your current accounts and savings to ensure you don’t have more than £85,000 in any one account. 

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