Finder Awards 2017 winners revealed
3 November 2017, Sydney, Australia – The winners of the finder Awards 2017 were revealed at a gala Sydney ceremony, attended by cutting edge start-ups and industry heavyweights last night.
The 20 best products were selected from over 6,000 offerings across credit cards, home loans, insurance and mobile phones.
Among the winners were McGrath Pink/Community First Low Interest Black Visa for Best Low Rate Credit Card and AMP Bett3r Account for Best Savings Account. Reduce Home Loans Rate Buster took out Best Home Loan (Owner Occupied – Variable) and Reduce Home Loans Investor Rate Buster Variable, while Newcastle Permanent Building Society walked away with the Best Home Loan (Owner Occupied – 3-Year Fixed).
The product categories were introduced this year to recognise the best in market. The selection process was based on a custom-developed in-house methodology together with market expertise. Factors of consideration included value, key features and industry-specific metrics.
As well as recognising the best products on the market, the finder Awards applauded those businesses leading the way in innovation.
The seven Innovation Awards winners were decided after an extensive judging process in a range of industries from finance to technology, retail and travel. Judges included Lisa Montgomery, consumer finance specialist, Tim McIntyre, Editor at MoneySaver HQ and Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at realestate.com.au.
Spare change investment app Acorns took out the Best Personal Finance App, while pocket money fintech startup Spriggy were winners in two categories – Best Banking Innovation and Most Innovative Team.
Fred Schebesta, co-founder and director of finder.com.au, praised all the winners and finalists for raising the bar for all consumers. preneurs, start-ups and Australia’s top companies and showcase the best value and most groundbreaking products and innovations. I congratulate them for being progressive and putting consumers first,” he said.
“These are the 27 products and services that should be on every Australian’s radar.”
“With new products being released across the country every day in a range of industries from finance to technology to retail and travel, it’s hard to cut through the noise.
“I hope these winners inspire more Australians to find better,” he said.
Josh Beitz, General Manager of Reduce Home Loans, “To be announced as a finalist against such big brands like loans.com.au, UBank and Mortgage House was a great achievement on its own but to win not just one but both categories is a real testament to the dedication and passion the whole Reduce team has and next year we will continue to strive to not only to bring fully featured 5 star rated products to the market but at the lowest possible interest rates available,“ he said.
Best Home Loan (Owner Occupied – 3-Year Fixed)
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan
Best Home Loan (Owner Occupied – Variable)
Best Investor Home Loan (PI 3-Year Fixed)
Best Investor Home Loan (PI Variable)
Reduce Home Loans Investor Rate Buster Variable
Best Health Insurance (Value)
Health Care Insurance Limited Premier Package|
Best Health Insurance (Comprehensive)
Bupa Australia Ultimate Health Cover
Best P2P Personal Loan
RateSetter 2 Year Personal Loan
Best Car Loan
loans.com.au New Car Loan
Best Personal Loan
Pepper Money Unsecured Variable Personal Loan
Best Travel Card
NAB Traveller Card
Best Travel Insurance (Value)
Online Travel Insurance – Comprehensive
Best Travel Insurance (Comprehensive)
Fast Cover Comprehensive Plus
Best Premium Frequent Flyer Credit Card
Westpac Altitude Black – Altitude Qantas
Best Postpaid Month-to-Month SIM
Vaya Unlimited 13GB month-to-month
Best Prepaid SIM
Boost Mobile $30 UNLTD+
Best Savings Account
AMP Bett3r Account
Best Transaction Account
Macquarie Transaction Account
Best Low Rate Credit Card
McGrath Pink/Community First Low Interest Black Visa
Best No Annual Fee Credit Card
American Express Low Rate Credit Card
Best Balance Transfer Credit Card
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card
Best Personal Finance App
Best Online Shopping Innovation
Best Online Customer Service
Best Travel Innovation
Individual Traveller Logic Program by Fast Cover
Best Tech Innovation
Best Banking Innovation
Most Innovative Team
Mario Hasanakos & Alex Badran, founders of Spriggy
More than 3 million Australians turn to finder.com.au every month to save money, time and make important life choices. We compare virtually everything from credit cards, phone plans, health insurance, travel deals and much more.
Our free service is 100% independently-owned by two Australians: Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia. Since launching in 2006, we’ve helped our users make more than 17 million decisions.
We continue to expand and launch around the globe, and now operate in the United States and United Kingdom. For further information visit www.finder.com.au.