Atom Bank savings accounts review

Atom Bank offers a broad range of savings accounts with interest rates up to 5.15%.

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Atom Bank

Atom Bank was founded in 2014 as the UK’s first app-based bank. It was also the UK’s first digital-only bank to be granted a regulatory licence.

As well as offering mortgages and business loans, Atom Bank also offers a range of savings accounts.

Atom Bank's top savings rate of 5.15% is available on one of its fixed-rate bond accounts.

Easy access savings accounts

Table: sorted by interest rate
Atom Bank's best easy access rate of 4.11% is significantly lower than today's market-best rate of 7.49%.
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Name Product Account type Withdrawals Min. opening balance Interest rate Deposit protection Open via Incentive Apply link
Atom Bank – Instant Saver
Variable
Instant access
£0
4.11% AER variable
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
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Fixed-rate bonds

Table: sorted by interest rate
Atom Bank's best fixed-rate bond rate of 5.15% is very slightly lower than today's market-best rate of 5.5%.
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Name Product Interest rate Invest Interest paid Withdrawals Open via Deposit protection Open via Incentive Table product description Apply link
Atom Bank – 6 Month Fixed Saver
5.15% AER fixed for 182 days
£50 - £100,000
Monthly
Withdrawals not permitted
Mobile app
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
Go to site
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Atom Bank – 1 Year Fixed Saver
5.15% AER fixed for 1 year
£50 - £100,000
Anniversary of account opening
Withdrawals not permitted
Mobile app
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
Go to site
View details
Atom Bank – 1 Year Fixed Saver
5.15% AER fixed for 1 year
£50 - £100,000
Monthly
Withdrawals not permitted
Mobile app
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
Go to site
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Atom Bank – 6 Month Fixed Saver
5.15% AER fixed for 182 days
£50 - £100,000
On maturity
Withdrawals not permitted
Mobile app
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
Go to site
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Atom Bank – 9 Month Fixed Saver
5.15% AER fixed for 274 days
£50 - £100,000
On maturity
Withdrawals not permitted
Mobile app
FSCS logo
protected
Open via: mobile app
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What is Atom Bank's best savings account with the highest interest rate?

The best savings account depends on what you want from your savings. If you're after fast access to your money, then an easy-access account should suit you. However, if you're happy to lock your money away for a time to access a higher rate, then a fixed-rate bond is a good option.

Finally, if you're looking to maximise your returns and shield them from income tax, consider an ISA. Below, we've listed the different types of accounts Atom Bank offers, plus the highest interest rate currently available.

Savings account types include Easy access, fixed-rate bonds
Best easy access rate 4.11%
Best fixed-rate bond rate 5.15%
Fixed bond terms 6 months - 5 years
Opening options Mobile app
FSCS protection

How to open an Atom Bank savings account

To open a savings account with Atom Bank, you will need to be at least 18 years old and a UK resident. To open an instant access account, you will also need to have a UK current account so that your savings and current accounts can be connected.

To apply for an account, you will first need to download the Atom Bank app (if you’re a new customer). Once you have downloaded the app, tap on “New customer, get started”, select the account you want and then tap “Apply”.

Completing your application via the app should only take a few minutes. You’ll need to provide a few personal details, such as your name, address and date of birth and set up your security. As part of the security set-up, you will need to provide a 6-digit passcode, a scan of your face and a recording of your voice.

Atom Bank will also run an identity search with a credit reference agency but for savings accounts, this will only leave a “soft footprint” on your credit file so it won’t affect your credit history.

Documents needed to open an account

When you apply for a savings account, you don’t need to provide any paper documents. Atom Bank will instead verify your identity electronically through the app.

Is Atom Bank safe?

Yes, Atom Bank is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and PRA. This means all eligible deposits are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy to open an account. Quick to open via the app and no paper documents required.
  • Flexibility. Range of accounts available, whether you want to lock your money away or easily access your funds.
  • FSCS protection. Money in accounts will be protected up to £85,000 per person.

Cons

  • App access only. You can only open and manage your account via the app.
  • Limited account balances. You can only save up to a maximum of £100,000 across all Atom Bank fixed rate accounts, and £200,000 across all Atom Bank savings accounts.

Our verdict: Is a savings account from Atom Bank worth it?

If you’re happy to manage your account via an app, the savings accounts on offer from Atom Bank are well worth a look. Both the easy access and fixed rate options pay competitive rates of interest and the application process is quick and easy.

However, if you’re looking for an alternative way to bank or an alternative type of account such as a cash ISA or regular saver, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

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