Chip Review

Chip is great for instant access savings but beyond this its fees are too high.

Nick's verdict

Chip aims to make saving money easy through smart AI tools like Autosaves that analyse your spending and automatically put money aside for you. It has a nice app but the cherry on the cake is the interest if offers. Its Instant Access Saver account, which usually sits close to the top of the list of the best easy-access accounts on the market, currently offers 4.84% and its Cash ISA a whopping 5.1%.

However, we’re not so in love with the investing side of the app, which is limited to a small number of funds. We also hate that it charges you for making Autosaves unless you sign up for a subscription. It goes against the whole point of the app. We’d suggest only using it as an easy-access account or Cash ISA into which you transfer money directly to avoid costs – and for this purpose it’s pretty awesome.

📱 Nicely designed app.

🤖 Genuinely useful AI features like Autosaves.

📈 5.1% interest rate.

🧑🎓 Good for beginners.

👛 Charges you every time you do an autosave.

💰 Investing is limited to 14 funds.

💸 Have to pay a subscription to access all features.

💳 Can only link one bank account.

☎️ Customer service is slow to respond.

💷 Withdrawals take two working days.


Chip is a savings and investing app with a clear vision: to help people build long-term wealth by making saving and investing straightforward and accessible.

It was founded in 2017 by Simon Rabin, who remains the CEO and Alex Latham. Under their leadership, it has grown from a simple savings app into a more comprehensive financial platform offering both savings and investment options. Through Autosaves they leverage AI to simplify the process of saving for the average person. Today it has over 500,000 customers and, through crowdfunding, thousands of investors.

The product broadly splits into two areas – savings and investing – so we’ll review them separately.


Saving is the key product Chip offers – it’s so good we use it ourselves.


[.custom-color]There are a number of accounts that Chip offers – but some of them might as well be shut down as they are less than useless![.custom-color]

Instant Access Account: This account allows for quick and easy access to your funds. It features a very competitive 4.84% annual interest rate. The highest on the market is currently 5.15% with an easy access account from Coventry Building Society – but Chip is up there with the best accounts fairly consistently. You can also get boosted to 5.06% if you invite a friend to join and they take you up on the offer. We’ve been impressed at how it responds every time the Bank of England puts up its rates by increasing its own rates quickly.

The interest is calculated daily and paid monthly on the fourth working day of each month.

Your money is held with ClearBank. Chip is not actually registered as a bank and instead sets up an account with Clearbank in your name. It makes little practical difference day to day as you still do everything through Chip’s app as though it was your bank. The setup also gives you FCA and FSCA protection (see our Is Chip Safe? section).

Deposits can be made starting from as little as £1, up to a maximum of £250,000.

Prize Savings Account: This unique account gives users the opportunity to win cash prizes. By maintaining an average monthly balance of over £100, every £10 deposited counts as an entry into a prize draw. The draw includes a grand prize of up to £10,000 each month, along with numerous smaller prizes that add up to a total pot of £75,000.

It’s essentially a modern-day Premium Bonds. We wouldn’t recommend it though. The odds of you winning with a £10,000 deposit, are 1 in 1.6 – but this is most likely to be one of the smaller prizes. It’s therefore very difficult to work out the effective average interest rate.

If you like a bit of a punt though, knock yourself out.

Cash ISA: Chip also provides the option for customers to register their interest in a Cash ISA (Individual Savings Account), which is a tax-efficient savings account available in the UK. It’s offering an amazing rate of 5.1% at the moment. You’re allowed to put in up to £20,000 a year and all interest earnings will be free from tax. However, most people won’t go anywhere near their default annual tax-free limit which is £1,000 of interest income for basic rate taxpayers (higher and additional rate payers should check here).

And then there are the not-so-useful accounts…

90-Day Notice Account: This account requires a notice period of 90 days for withdrawals and only offers 4.1% interest. So it’s more restrictive and pays less than the easy access account. Avoid!

Easy Access Account: Similar to the Instant Access Account, but with 1.1% interest – eugh!


Chip savings features tested

Autosave: Chip connects to your bank account via Open Banking and then uses artificial intelligence to analyse your spending habits and calculate an affordable amount to save. The AI considers your current account balance, upcoming commitments (like bills or subscriptions) and recent spending patterns to determine an amount that won’t impact your daily finances. Once the AI calculates an appropriate amount to save, it automatically transfers this money from your current account to your Chip savings account.

You can turn up or down the aggressiveness of the saves that Chip makes. Within the app settings you can pick a level from 5-Bold to 1-Relaxed. You can also pause or cancel automatic saves at any time. We’d suggest starting low while you get comfortable with what the AI is doing within your account.

It’s a great feature but we were a little disappointed that in our tests you couldn’t connect to all banks. We used Chase Bank for our main day-to-day spending and this was not on the list of banks to choose from, despite having Open Banking.

We also think the cost is way too high coming in at 45p every time you make an autosave (though it is free on the premium subscription tier). These charges can really add up over time. We’d recommend just doing transfers straight into the account.

Recurring Saves: This feature allows you to set up regular, automatic transfers from your bank account to your Chip savings account. You can choose the amount and frequency of these transfers. We love that you can even select a specific day of each week or month (see the screenshot above). It enables a consistent and disciplined approach to saving, tailored to your individual financial goals and capabilities. The minimum you can set to save each time is £10.

However, non-subscription users are also charged for this – 25p for each save – so again we’d recommend straight transfers into your account over these more automated alternatives.

Savings Goals: Chip’s Goals feature enables you to set specific savings targets within the app. You can create individual goals, assign them names, and decide how much you want to save towards each. The app tracks your progress. We’ve gone through the process and screenshotted it above.


Chip has a standard free model and a subscription level called Chip X. It costs £5.99 every 28 days or you can pay £65.05 upfront for the year which effectively reduces to cost to £4.99 every 28 days. We do wish Chip would change this to a monthly charge as we found it really annoying for the fee to come out on different days each month.

On the savings side, the only benefits are that you don’t have to pay for Autosaves or recurring saves. It’s therefore not, in our opinion, worth buying Chip X if you don’t use the investment side of the app.


Chip’s investing accounts are fine, but if don’t stand out in the field. If you’re not also using their savings account you should probably look at another, cheaper fund investment platform (we would recommend InvestEngine).


Stocks & Shares ISA: Available under the Chip X subscription, this is a type of investment account that allows for tax-efficient investing. You don’t pay UK income or capital gains tax on returns from investments held in this ISA, nor do you pay tax on any dividends. You can contribute up to £20,000 within a tax year. Chip’s ISA is flexible, meaning you can withdraw and replace cash within the same tax year without affecting your annual allowance.

At the moment you can’t transfer your existing ISAs over to Chip. However, they do have a form on their site for you to register interest so it looks like this functionality is coming soon.

General Investment Account (GIA): It gives you the same functionality as the Stocks & Shares ISA, but it doesn’t have any tax benefits.

Chip doesn’t offer a Lifetime ISA or SIPPs so isn’t as attractive for those saving for their first home or retirement.


[.custom-color]Chip has a relatively limited range of investments.[.custom-color]

You can’t invest in individual stocks via the app – instead, there is a curated list of funds to pick from. Let’s take a look at them:

Funds Available to All

  • Cautious fund: Invests in bonds cash and property that are typically seen as lower risk (and lower reward) than stocks. Has 0.75% historic average returns.
  • Balanced fund: Invests up to 65% in stocks and shares. Has 2.1% historic average returns.
  • Adventurous fund: Invests up to 85% in stocks and shares. Has 4.5% historic average returns.
  • S&P 500 Tech Fund: Offers exposure to some of the largest and most influential tech firms in the United States. Has 19.72% historic average returns.
  • FTSE 100: Invests in the 100 biggest publicly listed businesses in the UK, like Vodafone and Rolls Royce. Has 4.71% historic returns.

Funds Available To Chip X Subscribers

Subscribers can get access to a wider set of funds:

  • Cautious X: Has 3.11% historic returns.
  • Balanced X: Has 4.97% historic returns.
  • Adventurous X: Has 6.39% historic returns.

These are similar to the accounts available on the free tier but are more actively managed by Blackrock’s investment team.

  • Ethical X: A fund that aligns with ethical principles, investing in companies that meet ESG (Ethical, Social and Governance) standards.
  • Healthcare Innovation: Invest in companies involved in medical research and technology. Has -0.19% historic returns
  • Emerging Markets: Invests in companies in countries with the potential for higher growth. Has historic returns of 2.94%.
  • Crypto Companies: Investing in companies involved with Blockchain etc. Has historic returns of 8.94%.
  • Physical Gold: Invests in 100% gold bullion. Has historic returns of 10.26%.
  • Global Companies: Invests in huge companies globally. Has historic returns of 8.35%.

None of these funds are actually run by Chip. They simply represent pre-existing funds, run by big asset management firms, that Chip has selected and given more understandable names. For example, the Global Companies fund is actually just a wrapper for iShares’ Core MSCI World UCITS ETF.

It’s a really limited selection and, being frank, we think it’s a boring list of funds. It might be interesting for those who also use Chip for their savings and want to dabble in investing, but if you’re serious about putting your money into funds we would recommend trying out InvestEngine – especially as it has much cheaper fees.


[.custom-color]Investing fees aren’t particularly cheap, especially for small portfolios.[.custom-color]

The costs of investing in the funds depend if you are a subscriber or not.

Let’s break down what you get for subscribing on the investment side of the app:

Feature Chip Chip X
Price Free £5.99 every 28 days
General Investment Account Yes Yes
Stocks & Shares ISA No Yes
Access To All Funds No Yes
Platform Fee 0.5% annually (min £1 a month) Free

Plus each fund itself will charge you a fee. This money doesn’t go to Chip.

So if you want to take advantage of the ISA tax benefits you’re going to have to pay. We think the subscription cost here is too high when Chip is only offering 14 funds to pick from. For example, InvestEngine offers over 500 funds to choose from and will charge you nothing but the fund fee. Freetrade meanwhile has a cheaper subscription cost of £4.99.

You can use these platforms to get the same results you would through Chip. Take, for example, the Clean Energy fund that Chip offers – the exact same fund (iShare Clean Energy Fund) is available on InvestEngine.

If you’re already subscribing for the savings side it could be worth a look, but otherwise, we can’t recommend this as a paid investing product.


[.custom-color]Customer service is not great.[.custom-color]

You can only contact Chip via web chat or email. We tested the web chat and it first triaged us by chatbot. It was a frustrating experience that forced you to pick from predetermined options. When we got the option to speak to a human it took over a day to get a response.


[.custom-color]Yes, Chip is great for beginners.[.custom-color]

Chip’s well-designed app, easy-to-understand language and limited choice of funds make it a good choice for investing novices. However, that £5.99 fee is very high if you only have a small portfolio!


[.custom-color]Chip is considered a safe platform for saving and investing.[.custom-color]

It is regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and offers protection for investments and savings up to £85,000 through the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). Additionally, investments are held within the funds themselves, not by Chip, providing security even if Chip faces financial issues.


Chip is great for instant access savings but beyond this its fees are too high and its investment product is very limited and not worth the price.

More reviews from us...
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy Policy for more information.