Australia’s best bank accounts and savings accounts of 2018 revealed

Kelly Emmerton

28 Feb 2018

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You probably know that interest rates have been stuck in a rut for some time now, and savers are feeling the pinch. But never fear - this March it's the time of year again when the Mozo Experts put their heads together to work out which bank accounts and savings accounts out there offer Aussies the best bang for their buck.

This year, there were 510 products from 78 providers to judge, and only the top 10% in each award category were named winners. We’ve listed some of our Editors favourite winners here, so if you’re on the search for somewhere to stash your hard earned rainy day fund, we reckon these award-winning bank accounts and savings accounts are a pretty good place to start...

BANK ACCOUNTS

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ING Orange Everyday
  • $0 account fees

  • Mozo Experts Choice Award winner 2018

  • No ATM fees at home or abroad when you deposit $1,000 each month + make 5 card purchases in the month

Our verdict

A Mozo People’s Choice Award winner 6 years running, the ING Direct Orange Everyday is certainly a crowd pleaser - and now it has an Experts Choice Exceptional Everyday Account Award under its belt as well! Combining a convenient everyday banking experience with no account fees, zero ATM fees at home or overseas and no international transaction fees on your spending online or abroad (as long as you deposit $1,000 each month + make 5 card purchases), this account is perfect for savvy spenders.

Where do I get it? Find out more at ING Direct >>

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Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account
  • Earn Qantas Points on your balance and purchases

  • Free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership

  • No monthly account fees when you deposit at least $2,000 each month

Our verdict

Rewards lovers and Qantas Frequent Flyers won’t be surprised to see the Bankwest Qantas Transaction account picking up an Experts Choice Award for being an Exceptional Everyday Account. Not only can you keep your cash in this account fee free by depositing $2,000 each month, but you can also cash in on 0.4 rewards points for every $100 in your account every day. Plus, you’ll also earn 5 Qantas points on eligible purchases made with the linked debit card, making this one a traveller’s new best friend.

Where do I get it? Find out more at Bankwest >>

SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

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Rabobank High Interest Savings Account
  • 3.05% introductory interest rate for 4 months

  • $0 account fees

  • Mozo Experts Choice winner 4 years running

Our verdict

RaboDirect’s High Interest Savings Account took out two Experts Choice Awards this year - one in the Kick Start Savings category, and one for No Strings Saving - and it’s not hard to see why. You can get your rainy day fund started with a bumper 3.05% interest rate, then keep it chugging along nicely with a competitive 1.80% ongoing rate. This one’s a top pick for savers who don’t want to have to jump through hoops in order to earn a decent return on their savings stash.

Where do I get it? Find out more at RaboDirect >>


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ME Online Savings Account
  • 2.85% bonus interest rate

  • Fee free online and phone transactions

  • $0 account keeping fees

Our verdict

Perfect for active savers, the ME Online Savings Account took home an Experts Choice Regular Saver Award. It comes with an ongoing base interest rate of 1.30%, but it doesn’t take much to bump that up to the special 2.85% - all you need to do is have your savings account attached to a ME transaction account and make a weekly Tap and Go purchase on your ME debit card. Plus, there are no account fees to worry about.

Where do I get it? Find out more at ME >>


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Westpac eSaver
  • 2.41% introductory rate for 5 months

  • Free phone and internet banking

  • No monthly service fee

Our verdict

If you’d rather leave your savings in the hands of a major bank, then check out the Westpac eSaver account, winner in the Kick Start Savings - Major Bank category. This online account comes with a special rate of 2.41% for the first 5 months, then an ongoing rate of 0.80%. So for savers who are happy to do their banking online and want to give their balance a quick boost, Westpac is the big bank to start with.

Where do I get it? Find out more at Westpac >>

This is just a few of our winners, so to see the full list, make sure you check out our Experts Choice Bank Accounts and Savings Accounts pages.

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