OakNorth Bank savings accounts review

OakNorth offers a broad range of savings accounts with interest rates up to 5.2%.

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OakNorth Bank was founded by two entrepreneurs, Rishi Khosla and Joel Perman, and gained regulatory approval in 2015. The bank offers a range of savings accounts for both individuals and businesses.

Easy access savings accounts

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OakNorth's best easy access rate of 4.56% 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
OakNorth Bank – Raisin UK - Easy Access Account
Variable
Instant access
£20,000
4.56% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – Easy Access Limited Edition - Issue 3
Variable
Instant access
£20,000
4.56% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – Easy Access Cash ISA - Issue 18
Cash ISA
Instant access
£1
4.25% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – Easy Access Deposit
Variable
Instant access
£1
3.75% AER variable
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Cash ISAs

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OakNorth's best cash ISA rate of 4.75% is very slightly lower than today's market-best rate of 5.1%.
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Name Product Interest rate Minimum investment Interest paid Withdrawals Deposit protection Open via Incentive Table product description Apply link
OakNorth Bank – Fixed Rate Cash ISA
4.75% AER fixed for 1 year
£1
Monthly
Instant access (charge applies )
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Rate Cash ISA
4.61% AER fixed for 2 years
£1
Monthly
Instant access (charge applies )
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Rate Cash ISA
4.4% AER fixed for 3 years
£1
Monthly
Instant access (charge applies )
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OakNorth Bank – Easy Access Cash ISA - Issue 18
4.25% AER variable
£1
Monthly
Instant access
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Fixed-rate bonds

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OakNorth's best fixed-rate bond rate of 5.01% 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
OakNorth Bank – Fixed Term Savings Account
5.01% AER fixed for 1 year
£1 - £500,000
On maturity
Withdrawals not permitted
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Term Savings Account
5% AER fixed for 182 days
£1 - £500,000
On maturity (compounded annually)
Withdrawals not permitted
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Term Savings Account
5% AER fixed for 274 days
£1 - £500,000
On maturity (compounded annually)
Withdrawals not permitted
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Term Savings Account
4.72% AER fixed for 1.2 years
£1 - £500,000
On maturity (compounded annually)
Withdrawals not permitted
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OakNorth Bank – Fixed Term Savings Account
4.65% AER fixed for 1.5 years
£1 - £500,000
On maturity (compounded annually)
Withdrawals not permitted
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Notice savings accounts

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OakNorth's best notice savings account rate of 5.2% is very slightly lower than today's market-best rate of 5.25%.
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Name Product Account type Withdrawals Open with Deposit protection Interest rate Open via Incentive Table product description Apply link
OakNorth Bank – 95 Day Notice Base Rate Tracker Account - Issue 1
Variable
95 days notice needed
£1 - 500,000
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5.2% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – 120 Day Notice Account - Issue 34
Variable
120 days notice needed
£1 - 500,000
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4.75% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – 90 Day Notice Account - Issue 32
Variable
90 days notice needed
£1 - 500,000
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4.7% AER variable
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OakNorth Bank – 35 Day Notice Account - Issue 15
Variable
35 days notice needed
£1 - 500,000
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3.6% AER variable
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What is OakNorth'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 OakNorth offers, plus the highest interest rate currently available.

Savings account types include Easy access, cash ISAs, fixed-rate bonds, notice accounts
Best easy access rate 4.56%
Best cash ISA rate 4.75%
Best fixed-rate bond rate 5.01%
Best notice account rate 5.2%
Fixed bond terms 6 months - 5 years
Notice account periods available 35 days - 120 days
Opening options Website, mobile app
FSCS protection

How to open an OakNorth savings account

You can open a personal savings account online or via the app, provided you are over 18 years old and a UK resident. Simply fill in the application form and provide a few personal details including your name, date of birth, address, email address and phone number as well as the details of the bank account you’re transferring funds from. You will also need your National Insurance number if you’re opening a cash ISA.

Business savings accounts can only be applied for online. Accounts are available to businesses that have been registered in the UK for at least 3 years and are registered with HMRC to pay tax. You will need to provide personal details including your name and date of birth as well as the residential address for all applicants. All applicants must be aged 18 or over, UK residents and liable to pay tax in the UK.

What docs do I need to open an OakNorth account?

When you apply for a savings account with OakNorth Bank, your identity and address will be checked through electronic databases. However, you might also be asked to provide the following:

  • A good quality photo or scan of a valid passport or valid UK driving licence, sent via email
  • A good quality photo, scan or downloaded PDF of a valid proof of address document such as a utility bill, bank statement, council tax statement or HMRC notification, sent via email

Alternatively, you can send original or certified copies by post.

Is OakNorth Bank safe?

Yes, OakNorth Bank is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and PRA. All eligible deposits are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This rises to £170,000 for joint accounts.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Flexibility. OakNorth Bank offers a range of savings accounts, whether you’re looking for easy access or long-term gains.
  • FSCS protection. Money in accounts will be protected up to £85,000 per person.
  • Low deposit requirement. Personal savings accounts can be opened with just £1.

Cons

  • Better rates elsewhere? OakNorth Bank offers competitive rates for its personal accounts, but its business account rates are pretty poor.
  • No branches. You will need to open your account online or via the app.

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

OakNorth Bank offers a huge variety of both personal and business savings accounts and, unlike many of its competitors, you can choose from a wide range of terms for its fixed rate bonds. The interest rates on its personal savings accounts are competitive too, making it a very attractive option. But remember that OakNorth Bank does not have any branches so you’ll need to be happy banking digitally.

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