Zurich Life Insurance Review

  • A major global organisation with a large presence in the UK life insurance market place
  • At least 98% of all life claims paid out between 2013 and 2016
  • Many add-on options for life insurance plans, making it easier to understand and purchase

About Zurich Life Insurance  

Zurich Life Insurance (known as “Zurich Financial Services” prior to 2012) was founded in 1872. Today it is one of the world’s top 100 largest public companies and also one of the world’s largest insurance groups.

It employs around 55,000 people in just over 170 different countries, including approximately 11,000 in the UK.

For your peace of mind, Zurich Life Insurance in the UK is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Zurich Life Insurance’s life insurance options

Zurich Life Insurance’s product portfolio includes the following:

Life Insurance

The company offers:

  • level cover.

This offers a single cash payment of the sum assured.

It pays out the sum over the whole term of the policy, so the figure you receive in the event of your death would be the same in the first or last year. It is typically associated with protecting interest-only type mortgages or families who simply wish to know they will receive a predictable larger sum in the event a claim is made.

Under this plan, you also have options to convert all of the life cover under the plan to a new plan, which will provide cover for the rest of your life (lifetime protection). You can also, if you wish, include the option to renew the plan at the end of the term for a further term;

  • decreasing cover.

This provides a lump sum but one that reduces over the term of the policy.

This typically is associated with protecting a standard repayment mortgage which has a reducing debt balance over time. Typically, this type of cover will cost less than level cover, although payments do stay the same over the term of the policy;

  • life or earlier critical illness cover.

This pays out a cash sum not only if you die within the plan’s term but also if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness that is expected to lead to your death within 12 months or if you’re diagnosed with a critical illness (definitions, terms and conditions will apply),

  • extra life cover

for an additional premium, this will pay out a monthly amount if you’re unable to work due to sickness. Qualifying conditions, terms and limits will apply;

  • indexation

This (increasing the amount of cover in line with a variable such as price index) is available as an option.

Critical Illness Cover

You can:

  • add this cover to the level life insurance plan and decreasing mortgage cover. It pays out a cash lump sum if you get one of a list of specified illnesses, covering 85 conditions such as cancer, heart attack and stroke;
  • covers children between the ages of 3 months up until they are 18 (their 18th birthday). Up to a maximum of one claim per child can be made – this will not affect the benefit level as held by the policyholder.

Plan options

Selected plans can offer additional cover components to include:

  • total permanent disability cover;
  • payment protection benefit;
  • waiver of contribution benefit (all at extra cost).

Some of Zurich’s additional benefits and options are included under the general heading of “life insurance”.

Important – Please remember that Zurich Life Insurance’s life insurance products are not savings or investment plans of any kind. These policies have no cash-in value and should not be considered as any form of investment.

Your premium provides you with life cover. If you stop paying your premiums, your cover will cease, unless you have stopped paying for approved reasons under any “waiver of premiums” options the provider might offer. If you cease paying for other reasons, there would be no money due back to you from previously paid premiums.

Reasons why you may consider Zurich Life Insurance’s life insurance plans

The main attractions of these plans and ones which might make Zurich Life Insurance’s quotes interesting include:

  • they are a very large global player in the insurance industry;
  • in the period 2013-2016, Zurich paid out in at least 98% of life insurance claims;
  • critical illness cover for children is included in appropriate plans;
  • critical illness options are available as “bolt-ons” for specified life insurance plans;
  • if you have added critical illness cover, options exist to include a payment protection benefit should you be unable to work due to illness or injury;
  • 5-Star Defaqto rating (2018) for the level plan cover;
  • Zurich Life Insurance does not offer a specific branded “Over-50s” life product but they do provide a “whole of life” product. Also, if your level life insurance provides life cover only, you can convert some or all of your cover to “Whole of Life Insurance” at the end of the plan. There’s no need to provide Zurich with further details about your health or activities;
  • other additional and optional benefits can include waiver of premium, renewable and convertible term as well as an indexation option.

As with all life insurance reviews, qualifying conditions and terms may apply. These should always be noted carefully and complied with to ensure that cover remains fully in place.

See how Zurich Life Insurance Compares

Company Monthly Premium  Cover Amount

 Legal & General



Get a Quote


Get a Quote
Royal London




Get a Quote


Get a Quote




Get a Quote


£22.00 £100,000
Get a Quote




Get a Quote


Get a Quote
Based on male non smoker aged 50 yrs of age for 20 years - no health questions answered. This is for illustration purposes only & you should obtain a personal health quotation as policies do vary. Correct as at 11/01/2018

How to get a Zurich Life Insurance life insurance plan quote

To make a life insurance comparison, you can use our compare service through our partner Reassured. They are regulated by the FCA and will, on your behalf, look at the whole of the market for similar plans being offered at the same price, ensuring that you get advice on all providers’ plans that suit your circumstances and budget.

You could start by getting an online life insurance plan quote here and then if you wish, call them on 0808 301 2291 to discuss your options and how they can keep the monthly costs as attractive as possible for you.

Get a Quote


Life Insurance

We will compare Zurich with other plans for you

zurich life insurance reviews

For Free Advice

01933 427799

Looking to buy a new plan?

We compare the market to help you save money

Our advisers are waiting for your call

Our Trusted Partners

over 50 life insurance    funeral plans   equity release         best energy deals   over 50s car insurance  making a Will

We use cookies to improve our service to you. You can read our cookie policy here. By continuing you agree to our use of cookies.
To learn more about what cookies are and how to manage them visit AboutCookies.org