Barclays Bank Review: High-Yield, No-Fee Savings

GOBankingRates Score

4.3
Quick Take: Barclays Bank offers only savings products: an online savings account and a CD. With no retail branches or ATMs, these accounts are a good place to stash some money that you want to keep separate from the rest of your accounts.
  • Rates
    4.5
  • Accessibility
    4.0
  • Fees
    4.5
  • Online Services
    4.0
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Pros

  • Online savings account pays a higher APY than most competitors
  • Competitive CD rates 
  • No monthly maintenance fees
  • No minimum balance requirements

Cons

  • Only offers savings accounts and CDs
  • No mobile app for U.S. account holders

About Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank was founded in 1690 in London. The global bank offers retail banking, credit cards, wealth management, investment banking and corporate banking. In the United States, Barclays offers online retail banking for savings products, as well as investment banking and wealth management. 

The online banking business is based in Wilmington, Del., which is also home to the credit card and payment group. Barclays has won a couple of GOBankingRates awards for 2022, ranking in the Best Online Banks and Best Savings Accounts categories. 

Savings Account 

The Barclays Bank Online Savings account offers a APY interest rate, with a $0 minimum balance to earn that APY. It ranks No. 18 in the GOBankingRates Best Savings Accounts study, due to the lack of fees and competitive interest rate.  

There is no minimum balance required to open an online savings account. Funding the account is possible by setting up direct deposits or making transfers from other banks.  

To make withdrawals, you’ll need to make an electronic or ACH transfer since Barclay does not issue debit cards for the account. Keep in mind that there is a limit of six free transactions per month due to federal regulations. 

Certificates of Deposit

Barclays Bank CDs are available in terms ranging from 12-60 months. The interest rate varies from for 12 month CDs to for 60 month CDs.

A Barclays CD doesn’t come with any unique features. The interest rate is about average for most banks, but potentially low for an online-only financial institution.

Best Features 

Barclays Bank’s U.S. offerings are limited. However, its rates, fees, accessibility and online platform stand out as its strongest aspects. The no-fee savings account with a competitive rate of is a large part of why Barclays ranks as one of the best savings accounts available.  

The online platform is easy to use and makes it possible to open and fund a CD or savings account in minutes. Although a debit card isn’t available, transfers between banks are possible and easy to set up as alternatives to ATM withdrawals

Editor’s Favorite

The Barclays Bank Online Savings account offers a competitive interest rate and has no monthly maintenance fee or minimum balance requirement. This account could be a good choice if you are saving for a specific goal and want to keep the account separate from your other accounts. You can set up periodic automatic transfers from another account and just forget about it until you reach your savings goal.

Banking Experience 

With just two products, you will need to move money from another bank to fund your Barclays savings or CD account. Because all transactions are online, Barclays will verify your external account before transfers can be made. To do this, Barclays will send two test deposits of less than $1 to your external account within two to five days of you adding the link to your Barclays account. Then you will need to log into your Barclays account and report the amount of the test deposits.

This process ensures that you have access to the external account you are using to fund your Barclays account. It also means you will have to wait for two to five business days before you can fund your Barclays account.

Customer Service 

If you’re having trouble setting up an account or have questions, customer service can be reached by calling 1-888-710-8756. 

Accessibility and Branch Availability 

Barclays doesn’t have any branches in the U.S. The bank is online-only in the U.S. 

Digital Experience 

Barclays Bank is unusual in that it offers only online savings products, but no mobile app for the U.S. You can open and fund your account online by transferring money electronically from another account. To add to your account, you can set up direct deposit, transfer from an account at another bank or use Barclays Bank’s Deposit Checks feature, which entails uploading pictures of the front and back of the check to your online account.

How to Make a Deposit 

There are four ways to make a deposit into a Barclays Bank account:

  • Transfer the funds from an external account into your Barclays Bank account, which requires that you first set up the external account and link it to your Barclays Bank account. This process can take several days.
  • Use Barclays Bank’s Deposit Checks through Online Banking. When you are logged into your account, select the Deposit Checks tab. Enter the information about your check, and upload pictures of the front and back of the signed check. Then submit your deposit.
  • Set up direct deposit into your Barclays Bank account. To do this, you will need to provide your Barclays Bank account number and routing number — 031101321 — to the entity that is originating the direct deposit.
  • Mail a check to Barclays, P.O. Box 4538, Carol Stream, IL 60197.

How to Open an Account 

To open a Barclays CD or savings account you’ll need to apply online, provide personal and contact information, including your Social Security number, and fund the account by entering your bank account and routing number. 

Barclays Bank vs. Competitors

When deciding where to bank, you have many choices. It makes sense to compare several options to find the one that’s best for you. Here are some competitors to Barclays Bank and how they stack up.

Bank Best For
Barclays Bank High interest rate on saving accounts
Ally Bank High rates on all products
Santander Bank Branches and ATMs in the Northeast and Florida
HSBC Relationship banking services

Barclays Bank vs. Ally Bank

Ally Bank offers higher interest rates on all products including checking and money market accounts. Barclays Bank has a long history and a significant presence in the investment banking arena, so Barclays is a good choice for those who may be concerned about stability.

Barclays Bank vs. Santander Bank

Santander Bank has a large presence, with over 14,000 branches and 2,000 ATMs, making it a solid choice for those who want to do their banking in person. The Barclays Bank interest rate on savings accounts of APY, however, beats Santander’s APY.

Barclays Bank vs. HSBC

HSBC offers “relationship banking,” including better interest rates if you have $75,000 in deposit or investment accounts, $5,000 in monthly direct deposits or a $500,000 mortgage. At Barclays Bank, by contrast, you can have a single savings account with a small balance and can still earn APY.

Final Take

Barclays Bank is a good choice if you want to keep your savings or CD accounts separate from your checking account. The interest rate on the online savings account is competitive and is not dependent on having a minimum balance. The fact that Barclays Bank has a large investment banking arm and worldwide presence bodes well for its long term success.

Barclays Bank FAQ

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.
  • Is Barclays American or British? 
    • Barclays Bank is a British bank. Barclays Bank of Delaware is a division of Barclays Bank that conducts business in the United States.
  • Are Barclays Bank of Delaware accounts FDIC insured?
    • Yes. Barclays Bank accounts are insured by the FDIC, up to the maximum amount allowed by law.
  • Are there fees for Barclays accounts?
    • There are no monthly maintenance fees or annual fees for Barclays accounts. Fees may be assessed for excessive savings account withdrawals, early withdrawal of a CD or other reasons.
  • How many Barclays Online Banking accounts can I have? 
    • You can have up to 25 online accounts at Barclays Bank.
  • How long are deposits on hold?
    • Deposits made to a Barclays Bank account will be held for five business days before the funds are available. This applies to both electronic deposits and checks.
  • Does Barclays offer free money for signing up for an account?
    • Right now, Barclays does not have any account opening bonus promotions, but it has been known to offer promotions in the past.

Karen Doyle contributed to the reporting for this article.

Rates are subject to change; unless otherwise noted, rates are updated periodically. All other information on accounts is accurate as of Aug. 22, 2022.

Editorial Note: This content is not provided by any entity covered in this article. Any opinions, analyses, reviews, ratings or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any entity named in this article.

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Cynthia Paez Bowman is a personal finance writer with degrees from American University in international business and journalism. Besides writing about personal finance, she writes about real estate, interior design and architecture. Her work has been featured in MSN, Brex, Freshome, MyMove, Emirates’ Open Skies magazine and more.
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