Bank of the West VS Commerce Bank

Which bank is better for you?

  • Financial Rates: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Business accounts are available
  • Direct deposit is not required
  • A variety of different lengths of CDs
  • Transfer money to others with PopMoney

Cons:

  • Low-interest rates on accounts
  • High initial required amounts for CDs
  • High required amounts for accounts
  • Products change based on states
  • Financial Rates: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 5.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 3.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • Rewards for saving in money market
  • ID restoration
  • Many accounts, even business accounts
  • mySpending card

Cons:

  • Only three withdrawals per month
  • Low-interest rates
  • Accounts have lots of fees
  • Customer service not open 24/7
Bank of the West Review

Bank of the West offers checking, savings, CDs, and money market accounts for your business. Credit cards, loans, and lines of credit are also available. Bank of the West offers payroll services and payment processing options. Foreign exchange services for business accounts are also available. Interest rates for their different business accounts are not listed on the website.

Bank of the West does not require you to have direct deposit into their checking account. There is a monthly maintenance fee, but you can waive that fee by depositing money into your account each month. You can deposit any amount by an ATM, in-branch, direct, or mobile deposit to waive the fee.

Bank of the West offers Flexible-Term CDs, Premium Money Market CD, and a Relationship CD. Within these different CD types are a variety of term lengths, except the Relationship CD. That only has a 12-month term option. To apply for a CD and get the specific term lengths and rates you have to visit a branch. You cannot apply online.

With Popmoney you can send or receive money with only an email, text, or account number. You decide where the money is deposited. You will receive an alert when the transaction is complete. There is a fee to send money overnight, and not all customers qualify to use Popmoney.

Personal banking accounts of Bank of the West do not have competitive interest rates. The rates are much less than online-only banks but similar to typical bank interest rates.

To open a CD, you must have an opening balance of $1,000 for the Flexible-Term CDs and Premier Money Market CDs. To open a Relationship CD, you must have $2,500 and a checking account with Bank of the West.

To waive the Premier Checking account fee, you must have $25,000 in qualifying accounts. The Choice Money Market account requires $5,000. CD accounts require $1,000 to $2,500 to open. The Classic Savings account requires $300. There are other options for ways to have monthly fees waived. Know the options if you cannot keep the required amounts of money in the accounts.

Bank of the West accounts are not available in all states. To apply for an account, you must have an address in one of the states listed. Interest rates and products differ between states. The name of the bank may be slightly different as well depending on the area.

Read the full Bank of the West review.

Commerce Bank Review

Get rewarded for saving money with Commerce Bank. When you open a myRewards money market account, you will earn a bonus at the end of each year. Commerce pays 0.05% of the average collected month-end balance after every 12 months. The maximum reward each year is $200.

ID restoration protects your information. Family ID restoration protects you and your family. Know if someone uses your personal information without your knowledge. ID Restoration Plus offers proactive credit and internet monitoring. Protect you and one family member by signing up for the plus plan. There is a monthly service charge of $2.95 for the family plan and $8.95 for the plus plan.

Commerce Bank offers a variety of accounts. Checking accounts, account for students, savings, money market, and CDs. They also offer business checking and savings accounts, loans, bonds, investments, and credit cards.

Commerce offers a mySpending card. This is a reloadable Visa debit card. Load the amount you want onto the card. The card is accepted anywhere Visa is. There is no monthly fee. It costs $5.95 to buy the card the first time. You must load it with at least $20 the first time. There is a loading limit of $3,000 per week.

Savings accounts only allow for three withdrawals per billing cycle. Any more than three will cost you $2.00 per withdrawal. Federal regulations allow six withdrawals from a savings account per billing cycle.

Interest rates for Commerce Bank accounts are not competitive with other online-only banks. Their rates are typical of brick and mortar banks.

Accounts with Commerce Bank have a plethora of fees. Accounts have monthly service charges. There are also fees for paper statements, some E-statements, and non-Commerce Bank ATM fees. The student checking account has a $2 fee for every check written and for each teller-assisted withdrawal. Know the requirements to have fees waived.

Customer service is not open 24/7. Customer service hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. These times are Central Time. There is a 24-hour account information line.

Read the full Commerce Bank review.

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