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Capital One vs. Chase: Which Is Right for You?


When you’re deciding whether to open a savings account with Chase or Capital One, you should look at the rates and perks each offers and whether they’ll meet your financial needs. Both Chase and Capital One are two large banks that offer you widespread access to your money. They additionally offer extensive ATM accessibility and convenient mobile apps, but the prices at which their primary products are provided aren’t entirely the same.

Who Should Bank With Chase?

Chase Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. The bank offers around 16,000 ATMs nationwide, and provides an impressive branch total of 4,700 branches in 48 states. If you’d like to find one of Chase’s physical locations near you, you just need to go to the location finder on its website and enter in the appropriate information.

In addition to the location finder, Chase also offers a convenient way to keep up with your accounts. It provides a user-friendly mobile app that allows you to easily access your money. If you’d rather view your accounts without using the mobile app, an ATM or a branch, you can also access your finances through Chase’s online banking system. Perhaps one of the most advantageous parts about signing up with Chase is that the bank offer sign-up bonuses for new users. These offer details vary per month.

One of the downsides about Chase is that it generally offers low-earning interest rates and requires monthly maintenance fees. So if minimal monthly fees and high interest rates are priorities to you, you should keep that in mind before choosing Chase.

Who Should Bank With Capital One?

Capital One is a financial institution that offers competitive interest rates along with checking, savings and credit card accounts. When it comes to branch accessibility, the bank is limited in its reach. Capital One maintains a presence in only eight states, plus D.C. Besides branch accessibility, the bank offers great return rates on its savings accounts. Its checking accounts also earn interest, which is relatively rare. Plus, none of the Capital One 360 accounts charge a monthly fee and most of the accounts don’t require a minimum opening deposit.

Capital One also offers a user-friendly website that’s easy to navigate. The only catch about the bank is its limited branch locations. The bank only offers physical branches in Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and D.C. But if branch accessibility isn’t crucial to you, you could simply manage your finances either through the mobile app or online. You could also do your banking through Capital One’s recently introduced Capital One Cafes. The bank offers these cafes in seven states and they function as casual environments for both dining and banking.

Capital One vs. Chase: Bank Account Options

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Both Chase and Capital One offer checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs) and IRAs. However, the terms and conditions for those products do vary per bank. Chase offers two primary savings accounts, including the Chase Savings and Chase Premier Savings accounts. While the accounts do require monthly fees, there are ways for you to waive them. However, the costs for opening a CD do differ in range. The APY the CD earns at depends on the account balance you open the CD with, and the term length you choose. Chase’s CD term lengths range from one to 120 months. Luckily, Chase’s CDs don’t require a monthly maintenance fee.

Chase does offer quite a few checking accounts tailored toward your financial needs. Offered under checking accounts are Chase Total Checking®, Chase Premier Plus Checking, Chase Secure Banking, Chase Sapphire Banking, Chase Private Client Checking and two additional student and kids checking accounts (Chase First Banking, Chase High School Checking and Chase College Checking).

Capital One offers two different savings accounts, including the 360 Performance Savings and the Kids Savings Account. The 360 Savings® Account functions as your most basic savings fund. The Kids Savings Account, on the other hand, allows you to deposit money into your child’s savings account. One of the best features about the Kids Savings Account is that it requires no minimum opening deposits or maintenance fees.

Both savings accounts also automatically provide you access to Capital One’s Automatic Savings Plan. This plan basically let’s you give Capital One permission to save money for you. You just have to tell the bank how much money you’d like to save, and how often you want it transferred to your 360 Savings account. In addition, Capital One’s CD rates exceed those offered by Chase. Capital One’s CD term lengths range from six months to five years with APYs between 3.90% and 5.00% (as of May 20, 2024). You can now also easily add beneficiaries to your Capital One CDs online.

Capital One vs. Chase: Fees

Both Chase and Capital One charge different fees for different banking actions, but it might shock you to see how far the gap between those fees is. Chase’s checking and savings accounts do require monthly maintenance fees but these are waivable. All Capital One accounts, however, come without monthly maintenance fees and minimum opening deposits. You’d think this no-fee Capital One trend would end here, but it doesn’t. Chase charges a $3 fee for every withdrawal made from an out-of-network ATM, while Capital One charges a slightly lower $2.

Chase vs. Capital One

AccountChaseCapital One
Basic Checking Account$12 per month, waivableNo monthly fees
Basic Savings Account$5 per month, waivableNo monthly fees
Non-bank ATM in the U.S.$3 per transaction$2 per transaction
Overdraft$34No-fee overdrafts

There are some fees you can avoid with careful attention to your account. When it comes to overdrafts, Chase charges a $34 fee, but also offers free overdraft protection transfers. You’ll typically be able to avoid monthly fees when using Capital One, as well as a program for if you overdraw from your account. You may also receive a fee on outgoing wires.

Capital One vs. Chase: Rates

When it comes to interest rates, Chase only offers a 0.01% APY for both its savings and checking accounts. Capital One, however, offers a 4.25% APY for its 360 Performance Savings Account.

Chase’s CD rates are also considerably lower than that of Capital One. In fact, Chase’s term rates vary from 0.01% up to 4.75%. On the flip side, Cap One’s CD rates vary from 3.90% up to 5.00% (as of 5/9/24).

All rates above are current as of May 20, 2024.

Bottom Line

capital one vs. chase

Both Chase and Capital One provide their users convenient access to their accounts, and also offer easily navigable websites and mobile apps. Capital One is a great choice for you if you value high interest rates and fee-free bank accounts, but don’t mind limited branch accessibility.

Chase, on the other hand, may be best if you’re looking for big banking perks. These include sign-up bonuses, branch accessibility and various account options. Chase’s account-linking option can also be good for you if you plan to keep your money solely within their bank.

Tips for Finding the Right Bank 

  • Before you choose a bank, you should determine what your savings goals are. Then review whether that bank will help you meet them. Do the deposit minimums and fees align with your financial situation, or would opening a free checking account be better? Does the bank offer widespread branch accessibility or are they limited in their physical presence? Make sure to consider these things before opening an account with a new bank. This will help ensure that you find the bank that’s best for you.
  • If your financial situation has recently changed or you’re hoping to make the most of your finances, consider talking to a financial advisor. Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

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