Checking accounts at traditional and online-only banks are deposit accounts that let you withdraw funds for any purpose. Most also allow direct deposit, offer debit cards, and feature online billpay, electronic funds transfer (EFT), mobile banking, and overdraft protection.
The table below lists popular checking account features and the type of bank where that feature is most often found. When choosing the bank where you want to open your checking account, make sure it has the features you want and need
|Free in-network ATMs||X|
|Free out-of-network ATMs||X|
|Online bill pay||X||X|
|Electronic funds transfer (EFT)||X||X|
|Ability to deposit cash||X|
|Face-to-face customer service||X|
|High account maintenance fees||X|
|Low or no fees||X|
Once you know the features you want, search online for banks that offer them. Be aware of the limitations of one type of account compared to another. If you can’t live without paper checks, for example, your best option will likely be a traditional bank. If you want high-yield checking, your best bet is an online-only bank.