I have been using Bitpanda for more than two years now. Bitpanda has been very reliable in the past, support was always super quick, and their platform is quite easy-to-use and neatly designed.2 years ago
Coinbase is a good place to buy cryptocurrencies if you are new to crypto or just want to buy and hold crypto for the long-term. It has a beautiful and user-friendly UI and has a decent selection of payment methods.
If you want to trade more actively you can use your Coinbase account to trade on their exchange GDAX which has lower fees and more advanced features.
Bitfinex is one of the largest exchanges out there and targeted towards pros. It has a bit of a learning curve, but if you want to trade large amounts of crypto, Bitfinex is probably the place to be.
However, I cannot recommend this exchange for small investors. First they tried to get rid of small investors by requiring a minimum deposit of $10.000. While this limit has been lifted recently, they increased the deposit and withdrawal fees to a minimum of $60 which is kind of a rip-off if you're not transferring tens of thousands of dollars.
Bitstamp has been my major go-to-marketplace in the past and has so far been very reliable for me. However, they only support a very limited number of cryptos and overall the platform feels a little bit dated nowadays (also if you compare the web platform to Bitstamp's own app)...2 years ago
Luno is very easy-to-use and comes in a very familiar look if you're a frequent Google user (it looks as if Google created a Bitcoin exchange). If you're new to Bitcoin, Luno is certainly one of the marketplaces you should consider.2 years ago
BitRush is hands-down the easiest way to buy cryptocurrencies. All you need is a Bitcoin/Ethereum wallet and a credit card. No need to sign-up for an account and no need to verify your identity (for purchases of up to €2.500). This means that you can buy cryptocurrencies in no time.
The biggest downside of BitRush is that they’re often a bit more expensive than other marketplaces.
Even though CoinFalcon is a rather new exchange with little track record, this exchange has the potential to become a big player in my opinion. It features a great design, offers lots of different cryptos, and is easy-to-use. The only downside is that their spread between buying and selling price is often quite high.
So, if value great user experience over cheap prices and want to diversify your portfolio, then CoinFalcon might be a good exchange for you.
Kraken was the first exchange I signed up to, but I never actually got to buy anything because it's very badly designed.
It also has had some big performance issues within peak times, e.g. around the time of the Bitcoin all-time-high last December. The situation has improved now, but this might just be down to decreased trading volume...
Safello's verification process is tedious and the prices on the platform are very expensive. I cannot recommend this marketplace.2 years ago
HitBTC has been on the market for many years, but I cannot recommend them as they have a somewhat bad image. Their support is also very unfriendly and unresponsive and their affiliates have been scammed for many months (not receiving any refferal statistics or payouts).2 years ago
Binance Jersey is the fiat gateway of one of the biggest exchanges there is - Binance. Hence, I think it's a rather reliable exchange. I find Binance easier to use than many other exchanges and their prices are usually some of the best.2 years ago
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Kraken is one of the longest-standing crypto exchanges and since it's recent overhaul also fairly easy-to-use. Verification it a breeze and currently takes less than an hour (even with manual review).1 year ago
eToro is one of the biggest CFD trading platforms, but you can also buy and withdraw real crypto on their platform if you meet a couple of conditions:
- minimum withdrawal amount is 0.008 BTC
- crypto must be bought with a bank transfer deposit
- you must at least have a bronze level eToro Club account (if I understand correctly, everybody with less than $5000 in their trading account is automatically a bronze level member)
The platform is generally quite easy to use, but some important features are quite hard to find, e.g. the feature to withdraw crypto.
Furthermore, some features may be a bit confusing at first. For instance, it's important to know that when you want sell crypto that's already in your trading account, you need to "close" the trade and not open a new "sell" trade (otherwise you have two open trades).
eToro's support website is very good and provides info on most issues. I also contacted support to withdraw crypto and received a helpful reply within a day.