Best Online Savings Accounts with High Interest of 2019

I’ve used online savings accounts for years. The Dough Roller editorial team has researched hundreds of options and selected the highest yield options based on interest rate and fees. The result is this list of the best online savings account offers.

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Online savings accounts are one of the best places to stash your cash. Also called high yield savings accounts, you earn some of the highest available interest rates for a savings account, and you get the convenience of online account management and easy transfers to and from your existing bank accounts.

Recently, a reader e-mailed me asking where to find the best online cash accounts. So here is my list of some of the top paying online savings account offers.

Deal of the Day: CIT is now offering up to a $300 cash bonus when signing up for a Savings Builder Account. The current APY is 1.85% and funds are FDIC insured up to the maximum amount.

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Best Savings Account Deals

  • CIT Bank: Earn 1.85% APY with just a $100 deposit required to open an account. (Savings Builder).  And for a limited time, take advantage of a cash bonus offer of up to $300!
  • Barclays Bank: Earn 1.80% APY with no monthly maintenance fee and no minimum balance to open.
  • Citi: Earn 2.05% APY with no minimum deposit required.
  • American Express National Bank Member FDIC: Earn 1.75% (as of 11.07.2019) Annual Percentage Yield with no minimum balance.
  • Ally Bank: Earn 1.70% APY with no minimum balance

Online Savings Account Details

Because of their convenience, security and favorable interest rates, online savings accounts are perfect for emergency funds or other short-term savings. Interest rates on these savings accounts do change, and here are some of the highest yield account offers to make the most of your money.

CIT Bank sports one of the highest savings account rates available at 1.85% APY with their  Savings Builder account.  To earn the 1.85% APY, you need to either make a deposit of $100 per month OR maintain a balance of $25,000.  Initial opening deposit minimum is just $100.

And now for a limited time, CIT is offering a $150 bonus for new accounts that deposit $25,000 within the first 90 days or a $300 bonus for new accounts that deposit $50,000 within the first 90 days.

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Barclays offers one of the highest savings rates available today at 1.80%, topping out at 21x the national average. There are no monthly maintenance fees and no minimum balance requirements. The Barclays website also features a savings goal tool. It enables you to save a specific amount for a set goal.

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American Express National Bank member FDIC currently pays 1.75% APY (as of 11.07.2019) for it’s online savings account product.  American Express has NO monthly minimum or deposit requirement and the interest rate is paid across all balances.  This is my online savings account of choice.

This short review was prepared by DoughRoller. The opinions expressed in this short review are ours alone and do not reflect the view of American Express National Bank nor American Express Company.

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Citi offers their Accelerate Savings account which is currently yielding a 2.05% APY on all account balances.  Citi has the largest fee free ATM network with over 60,000 ATM’s across the country and you can always move funds fee-free between Citi

Capital One 360 is the bank a lot of my family uses. Both of my teenage children have Money accounts, and my wife and I have checking accounts. The interest rates are extremely competitive, there are virtually no fees, and the website is extremely easy to use. In addition, I use the Capital One 360 iPhone app to check balances, make transfers, and deposit checks.

Ally Bank: This is another great bank, and it is currently paying an APY of 1.70%. While it’s not the top rate, I’ve found the Ally website to be extremely easy to use. And the bank also offers an excellent lineup of CDs.

Discover Bank: Discover Bank offers a very competitive savings account rate at 1.80% APY. There is no minimum balance requirement to open an account. Interest is compounded daily, and there are no monthly fees.

FNBO Direct, better known as First National Bank of Omaha offers online savings accounts, CD’s and fee-free bill pay for all its customers. This is the bank that I personally use and even though the APY isn’t the best on this list, the online interface and customer service is top notch. FNBO Direct is an excellent choice. It currently pays 1.90% APY.

Savings Account Alternatives

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38 Responses to “Best Online Savings Accounts with High Interest of 2019”

  1. You should add First Foundation Bank to this list. They have been offering a 2.40% savings since August. They also provide a free ATM card that reimburses ATM fees up to $20 if you withdraw cash from any ATM in the country.

    • Kevin Dean

      Just as an update to this question. My wife and I had in the past followed who had the best APY and we’d move our money around according to who was leading. We’ve been with 1stsecurity for about 9 years or so and they’ve had the best APY. Yes, things have gone down quite a bit, but they are currently sitting at a 2.51% with a checking account of $50K or less. Savings accounts are typically much lower as they currently have theirs at 1.31%. I don’t know what the rules are here about posting links, but they can be found at We’d found them through Dave Ramsey a while back.


    First off thank you for your wealth of knowledge and podcast. Since listening I have saved 50.00 a month on my cable, lowered my home insurance premium by 500.00, and saved over 200 on my auto insurance. Now I am looking at high yield savings accounts and see that CIT bank has 1.35% but notice you don’t have that as a recommendation. Also Discover Bank offers 1.15% with a 250.00 cash offer if you deposit 20,000. I an thinking of putting 20,000 in CIT for the higher interest and 20,000 in the discover for the cash offer even though the rate is 1.15%. What are your thoughts on that? This is our emergency fund money that is currently making nothing sitting in BofA Money Market account.

  3. nazer baradaran

    i am an invester over seas and i can get up to 10% APR per year in some banks tax free from the origen .so you tell me how this compares to your rates .for example i get $95.00 us dollares for each $10000.00 dollares per month .now can any one beat that ?

  4. dewalt

    Can some one explain me how this works? Im looking into invest some money but I have no idea where to start! How it work and how u get your monet

  5. The TOP High Yield Online saving bank is and has been over a year is South Shore bank. Until very recently offrerd 2.1 % rate and just now dropped to 1.90% !
    Why is this bank NOT reported is a mystery to me……
    I do have an account there for last six months and surprised no one comes close to this bank!!

  6. Fontaine

    How about American Express Personal Savings account? Like Discover, they recently started offering a savings account with a 2% APY. Any opinion on this one?

  7. Hi – great list of online savings accounts – but there are more! I work with ShoreBank that has a competitive online savings account at 3.5% interest. Some more details: $1 minimum, no monthly fees, online and phone customer service. If you are interested in promoting good causes – ShoreBank is a great option. ShoreBank has a bottom line mission to invest in socially and environmentally (and sometimes both at once) responsible projects and businesses – so a good rate, a great cause.

  8. Big Winner

    It would be interesting to find out a comparison between the yields of the savings accounts now versus a year or two ago. I seem to remember that ING and others were at 4.5-5% in 2006, but I could be mistaken.

    • joanoark06

      Your right! Here it is in 2019, the Fed cut rates for the second time this year, and I’ve watched my savings accounts that I have a few of, fall from 2.20% and some above to 1.90% to even below! It’s really sad! And you wonder why Americans can’t save, but hey, the rates are FANTASTIC for BORROWING money, or in other words, getting yourself in DEBT!! Burns me up, and our “president”, says, he wishes that the Fed would cut more!! That burns me up too!

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