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Bank7 VS Chime

Which bank is better for you?

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

  • Personal and business accounts offered
  • Online personal deposit accounts
  • Competitive rates for online accounts
  • Some accounts have low opening amount

Cons:

  • Accounts have monthly fees
  • CDs and checking have high opening amount
  • Interest rates not listed on the website
  • Online accounts only for new customers
  • Financial Rates: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Customer Service: 3.0 Star Icon
  • Website Experience: 4.0 Star Icon
  • Bank Fees: 5.0 Star Icon
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Pros:

  • No monthly maintenance fees
  • Pay friends through the mobile app
  • Chime Automatic Savings
  • No credit check to open accounts

Cons:

  • Limited accounts with low interest rates
  • Does not offer ATM fee reimbursement
  • No overdraft protection
  • Daily withdrawal and spending limits
Bank7 Review

Bank7 offers a variety of personal and business accounts. Checking, savings, and money market accounts are available for personal deposit or businesses. They offer business and personal CDs, credit cards, and lending options. These accounts can only be opened in a branch location.

Bank7 offers online personal deposit accounts. These include checking, savings, money market accounts, and CDs. The term length of CDs offered are 24-month and 36-month CDs. Only one online money market and savings account per person can be opened. Customers can open more than one CD and checking account.

The Bank7 online accounts offer competitive interest rates. Those rates are much higher than the Bank7 rates for in branch accounts. To earn the most competitive rate, you must have a set amount in the account. Those accounts range from $100 to $10,000, depending on the account.

Some Bank7 online and in branch accounts have low opening required amounts. The savings accounts and Bank7 checking account only require $100 to open. The Super7 checking requires $1,000. The 6-month, 12-month, and 18-month CD terms also require $1,000 to open.

All Bank7 in branch checking accounts have a $1 monthly fee. This fee is easy to waive. Electronic statements, a direct deposit, or keeping a set balance waives the fee. The online Bank7 accounts have a monthly fee of $15. Waive the online fees by receiving electronic statements and keeping a set balance. That amount is $100 for high rate online savings and $5,000 for the online MMA.

Some CDs and one checking account have a high opening required amount. The 24-month, 36-month, and 48-month CDs require $10,000 to open and earn interest. The Premier7 checking account also requires $10,000 to open. The online money market account requires $5,000 to open.

Specific interest rates for in-branch accounts are not listed on the Bank7 website. To get account rates, call a bank representative. The interest rates for the savings account are tiered. To earn the best interest on the accounts requires a set account balance.

The online accounts at Bank7 offer the most competitive interest rates. These online accounts are only for new customers to Bank7. You can open these accounts online. Everything for the account is online.

Read the full Bank7 review.

Chime Review

Chime accounts do not have monthly maintenance fees. The Spending and Saving account are completely free. There is not an overdraft fee or a monthly maintenance fee. There is no minimum balance required to keep in the account.

On the Chime app is a Pay Friends feature. You can send money to others instantly. You must have the person’s name, phone number, or email to transfer money. The intended person must have a Chime account or be approved for a Chime Spending account. You can only send up to $2,000 each month with this feature.

Chime offers an Automatic Savings tool. Each time you use your Chime debit card the amount rounds up to the nearest dollar. The extra amount is automatically transferred to your Chime Savings account. With direct deposit, you can have ten percent of your check automatically deposited into your savings account.

When you open a Chime account, they do not check your credit score or ChexSystems. If you have bad credit or no credit you can still be approved for a Chime account. Applying for a Chime account will not hurt your credit score.

Chime only offers a Spending account and a Savings account. The savings account with Chime does not earn a competitive interest rate. It does earn a small percentage of interest, but the rate is lower than traditional bank rates. The rate is not competitive with online or traditional bank interest rates. The checking account does not earn interest.

Chime offers 38,000 fee-free ATMs. If you use an ATM not included in the Chime network, you are charged a fee of $2.50 per ATM transaction. There is also a $2.50 fee for over the counter cash withdrawals. Chime does not reimburse these fees.

Most banks offer some type of overdraft protection. Chime does not. There is not a fee for over-drafting your account. But, if you do not have sufficient funds to cover the purchase, the transaction will not go through. You must have enough money in your account to cover transactions.

Chime limits the amount you can withdraw and spend with their Visa debit card each day. You are only allowed to withdraw $500 each day from an ATM, cash back during a point of sale transactions, or by an over-the-counter withdrawal. You are only allowed to make $2,500 in purchases with the debit card per 24 hours. The 24-hour period starts once the transaction is complete. Each of these different ways applies to the $2,500 allowed each day. No matter how you spend or withdraw the money, it cannot exceed $2,500 per 24 hours. Payments from the Chime Checkbook cannot exceed $10,000 in one month. You cannot make a check payment over $5,000.

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