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We've busted out our calculators to analyze, review and rate more than 110 checking accounts or their digital equivalents to help you compare what's out there, whether you need your checking account to write checks, pay bills, transfer funds or withdraw cash from ATMs.

Editor's pick: HSBC Premier Checking

  • Up to $700 in cash back
  • Earn 3% cash back on qualifying direct deposits
  • Bank with a world leader

Editor's pick: HSBC Premier Checking

Get up to $700 (max. $120 per month) for eligible new customers who open an HSBC Premier checking account. Conditions apply. Deposit products are offered in the US by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Member FDIC.

  • 24/7 priority phone assistance
  • Emergency cash at branches across the globe
  • Free international account opening

Compare checking accounts

Name Product Minimum deposit to open ATMs Out-of-network ATM fee
HSBC Premier Checking
$1
Free to use at all ATMs in the US
$0
Get up to $700 (max. $120 per month) for eligible new customers who open an HSBC Premier checking account. Conditions apply. Deposit products are offered in the US by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Member FDIC.
TD Beyond Checking
$0
1,900 ATMs across the country and Canada
$0
A checking account that offers interest plus three ways to waive the monthly fee, two overdraft paybacks a year and no ATM fees with a $2,500 balance.
TD Convenience Checking℠
$0
1,900 ATMs across the country and Canada
$3
Offering digital wallet compatibility, free Zelle transfers, TD rate discounts and no fees for students and young adults age 17 to 23. But the $15 monthly maintenance fee could chip at your funds.
Axos Bank Rewards Checking
$50
ATM fees reimbursed at any ATM nationwide
$0
Earn up to 1.25% APY while enjoying a suite of digital tools for smarter money management.
BBVA Online Checking
$25
No ATM fees nationwide at more than 64,000 AllPoint, participating 7-Eleven and BBVA USA ATMs
$3
A full-service account with convenient, surcharge-free access to two massive ATM networks
Axos Bank Essential Checking
$0
ATM fees reimbursed at any ATM nationwide
No fees. Unlimited domestic ATM fee reimbursements.

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What are common checking account fees?

Knowing the common fees you might incur is the first step in avoiding them. Here's what to look out for:

  1. Monthly fee. The basic recurring charge to keep the account open. Not all checking accounts charge a monthly fee, and some offer conditions with which to waive the fee.
  2. Overdraft fee. The penalty amount if you spend more money than the available balance in your account. Typical overdraft fees can cost up to nearly $40.
  3. Minimum balance fee. Many checking accounts require you to maintain a minimum balance or pay a fee. This is sometimes advertised as a waivable monthly fee.
  4. ATM fee. The small fee for using an ATM not included in your bank's network. ATM fees vary country to country, but most in the US cost less than $3.
  5. Foreign transaction fee. The amount, usually a percentage, of a debit card purchase made overseas. While some checking accounts don't charge at all, others can tack on as much as 3% of your purchase for using your card outside the US.
  6. Paper statement fee. The cost if you opt to receive a printed copy of your statement in the mail.
  7. Deposit fee. Having money deposited into your account from another bank could come with a fee.
  8. Transfer fee. The charge for transferring money out of your checking account to another bank. While automated clearing house (ACH) transfers are often free, they are days slower than the more immediate and more expensive wire transfers.

How do I compare checking accounts?

There's a lot to consider when choosing a checking account.

  • Options for accessing your cash. Get your cash from a teller, online or from an ATM. Online banking allows you to view your account, make payments, deposits and transfers right from your computer. Many banks offer mobile apps, making online banking even more convenient.
  • What are the monthly fees and charges? Compare the fees that various banks charge. Some banks will charge if you don't maintain a minimum balance, while others charge for using in-branch bank tellers.
  • Debit card. If your bank issues a debit card, see if it's backed by a major credit card provider like Visa or Mastercard. This will allow you to make purchases in stores and online.
  • ATM. The quickest and easiest way to access your money is through an ATM. Some banks will charge fees for using ATMs at other banks, while others will waive them. Check the network to see how many ATMs are close to you.
  • Signup bonus. Some banks reward you right off the bat by offering a signup bonus or other incentive, most often with the requirement that you deposit a minimum amount and keep it in the account for a period of time.
  • International transactions. Larger banks with an international presence can provide you with certain services if you travel overseas, including cash withdrawals at ATMs. Check the fees for international money transfers, overseas purchases and currency conversion when looking at different checking accounts.

Types of checking accounts

You can quickly narrow your search for the right checking account by identifying which features are most important to you. Check out each variant below and compare some of the best options for that type.

Best checking accounts

Based on our experience reviewing and rating more than 110 traditional checking or mobile-based debit accounts, this is our curated list of the best overall picks.

Free checking

When free and easy to use is at the top of your list, these are the accounts to pick from.

Interest checking

Do more with your checking and earn interest on the money that's just sitting there waiting for bills to be paid.

Online checking

Without the cost burden of brick-and-mortar branches, online checking accounts can serve your needs without the fees.

Digital banking

Bank from your smartphone with an app-based account and debit card.

Second chance checking

If you've been in trouble with a bank before, these accounts may be able to give you a second chance to rebuild their trust.

Not banking for yourself?

Business checking

Keep your business running smoothly with a checking account tailored to the demands of the business world.

Student checking

Prepare your student for responsible financial management with a checking account for high school and college.

Checking guides

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    AryaJuly 22, 2019

    How can I open a business bank account in us for LLC? I am from India. I want to open remotely, is it possible? I can travel to the USA, if it’s impossible to open physically.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezJuly 23, 2019Staff

      Hi Arya,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You must meet basic eligibility requirements to open a US-based business account:

      -Valid Social Security or tax identification number
      -Valid state-issued ID
      -Valid US address
      -Sole proprietor, if applying online

      Looks like you need to ensure you have the above to open a business bank account. You may check other tips and guides to open a business bank account on this page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    jgpingarAugust 28, 2018

    I need to open a checking account in U.S.
    I am a foreig citizen, so I don’t have a Social Security Number.
    What can I do?

    • Default Gravatar
      joelmarceloAugust 29, 2018

      Hi there,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      If you relocated to the US to work or study, it is possible for you to open a US bank account. As a new arrival to the US, you may find it more difficult to meet the requirements of a bank. You’ll typically need to provide government-issued ID and a Social Security number as well as proof of your creditworthiness.

      Online banking is an option, but current laws in place to protect against money laundering could prevent you from successfully opening an account. You may find better results by talking directly with a client representative at a bank’s physical branch. You will need to confirm the requirements for the bank you’re interested in as well as gather the documentation necessary. Also ask about maintenance fees so that you can plan ahead.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    LorenzoAugust 15, 2018

    Want to know what bank would be best for my needs

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoanneAugust 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Lorenzo,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Everyone has unique banking needs. Some prefer convenience and flexibility, while others want to earn points on their purchases. One of the great things about bank accounts are they can be a short term commitment.

      Review your needs regularly to see if your bank account still meet your needs.The best bank account will help you manage your finances efficiently and reach your savings goals.

      This page will further explain the different types of accounts, their benefits and what you need to consider before opening.

      Cheers,
      Joanne

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    StephanieJuly 24, 2018

    I need help with getting me bank account setup

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoJuly 24, 2018Staff

      Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      To open a bank account, you can do this online (by visiting the website of the bank) or you can go directly to the bank’s offie and physically open an account there. May I ask for which bank account this is?

      Looking forward to your reply!

      Nikki

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