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Kraken

Country
United States
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
Low

Kraken is a globally operating US-based bitcoin exchange founded in 2011 and the world's largest bitcoin exchange in euro volume and liquidity.

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$261.17

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.26% taker/maker fee. Depending on volume and trade type this fee might be lower. Additional fees for payment methods:

  pay out: €0.09
  pay out: $5 - $60 (depends on your country)
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Gemini

Country
United States
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
< 1 Week
Fees
Low

Gemini is a US-based exchange founded by the Winklevoss brothers. Gemini's verification process requires the upload of a ID document and a proof of residence and typically takes up to three days.

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$261.37

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.25% trading fee. Depending on volume and trade type this fee might be lower. Additional fees for payment methods:

  $0
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+0.1% more than best price

HitBTC

Country
Hong Kong SAR China
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
Low

HitBTC is a cryptocurrency exchange, founded in 2013. It's main purpose is to exchange cryptocurrencies to other cryptocurrencies and it is focused to be used by experts. 

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$261.40

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.10% trading fee. HitBTC does not specify deposit/withdrawal fees which may occur in addition to trading fees.

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+0.1% more than best price

Bitstamp

Country
Luxembourg
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
Low

BitStamp is the first licensed cryptocurrency exchange in the EU. Verification is usually completed within a few hours and requires the upload of an ID card and proof of residence.

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$261.65

price for ETH1

Includes trading fee of 0.25%. Depending on volume, the fee might be lower. Fees for payment methods:

  €0 (pay out: €0.90)
 

0.05% (minimum fee €7.50)
pay out: 0.09% (minimum fee €15.00)

  5%
  5%
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+0.2% more than best price

Bitfinex

Country
Hong Kong SAR China
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
Low

Bitfinex.com is a prominent cryptocurrency trading platform. It allows users to exchange several cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and others and supports a number of professional trading features, such as margin trading.

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$261.78

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.20% maker/taker fee. Depending on volume and trade type this fee might be lower.

  pay out: 0.1% (minimum fee: $20)
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+0.2% more than best price

Coinbase Pro

Country
United States
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
< 1 Hour
Fees
Low

Coinbase's crypto exchange GDAX has got a new name: Coinbase Pro. While the standard service is intended for the broader masses, the Pro branding is targeting professional crypto traders by offering a professional trading interface and lower fees. The verification works the same for both services.

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$261.85

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.25% taker/maker fee. Depending on volume and trade type this fee might be lower. Additional fees for payment methods:

  €0.15 (pay out: €0.15)
  $10 (pay out: $25)
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+0.3% more than best price

Lykke

Country
Switzerland
Ease of Use
Good
Verification
< 3 Days
Fees
Low

Lykke is a cryptocurrency exchange that provides a wallet app. Currently, buying and selling cryptocurrencies is possible via their iOS or Andoird app only. The app guides you through the process of creating your wallet and veryifing your account using an ID card.

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$263.69

price for ETH1

Price applies when sending funds via bank wire / SEPA. An additional deposit transaction fee of 3.9% applies for other payment methods.

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+1.0% more than best price

Coinbase

Country
United States
Ease of Use
Excellent
Verification
< 1 Hour
Fees
Medium

Coinbase is a digital asset broker headquartered in San Francisco, California. They broker exchanges of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other digital assets with fiat currencies in 32 countries, and bitcoin transactions and storage in 190 countries worldwide.

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$263.82

price for ETH1

Includes 1.49% fee. Additional fees for payment methods:

   €0 (pay out: €0.15)
    3.99%

 Fees vary slightly depending on our location.

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+1.0% more than best price

Revolut

Country
United Kingdom
Ease of Use
Excellent
Verification
< 1 Day
Fees
Medium

Revolut is a London-based digital banking startup that provides a mobile app that includes a pre-paid debit card, fiat currency exchange, and p2p payments. In their latest move they introduced buy, hold and exchange features for Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum.

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$266.33

price for ETH1

Rate applies when paying via SEPA / bank transfer. Additional rates for other payment methods apply:

    1-4%
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+2.0% more than best price

EXMO

Country
United Kingdom
Ease of Use
Good
Verification
< 1 Week
Fees
High

EXMO is a UK-based digital currency exchange that operates globally. Account verification is required by uploading an ID document and a proof of residence.

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$268.68

price for ETH1

Price includes 0.20% trading fee. Additional fees for payment methods:

  €25
  2% + $20, pay out: $20
  pay out: 3% + $7.50
  pay out: 3% + $7.50
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+2.9% more than best price

Bitpanda

Country
Austria
Ease of Use
Excellent
Verification
< 1 Hour
Fees
Medium

Formerly known as Coinimal, Austrian broker Bitpanda is a popular European alternative to Coinbase offering many payment options to buy more established cryptocurrencies. The online video verification process takes a couple of minutes and requires a government-issued ID.

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$270.33

price for ETH1

Includes 1.49% buying or 1.29% selling fee. Additional rates for payment methods:

  €0
  ~ €2
    2%
  2%
  3.6%
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+3.5% more than best price

SpectroCoin

Country
Lithuania
Ease of Use
Excellent
Verification
< 1 Week
Fees
Medium

SpectroCoin offers a wide range of cryptoservices, including brokerage, Bitcoin wallets and debit cards. You can verify your account by uploading a copy of your ID and may be required to further provide a selfie.

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$272.36

price for ETH1

Rate applies when paying via SEPA / bank wire. Additional fees for other payment methods:

    5.5%
  2%
  2%
  5%
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+4.3% more than best price

Coinmama

Country
Slovakia
Ease of Use
Good
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
High

Coinmama is a Bitcoin and Ether broker from Slovakia.  Once verified, you'll be able to buy - in total - up to 10,000 USD/EUR worth of bitcoin with credit/debit card. Currently, it is not possible to sell cryptocurrencies on the platform.

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$276.86

price for ETH1

Includes 5% processing fee.

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+6.0% more than best price

CEX.IO

Country
United Kingdom
Ease of Use
Average
Verification
> 1 Week
Fees
Very High

CEX.IO is an exchange that allows you to buy digital currency worth up to $300 per day without verification. Withdrawals or limit increases require verification using ID card and proof of residency.

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$284.37

price for ETH1

Includes 7% Instant Trade fee. Additional fees for payment methods:

   $0 (pay out: $50)
    3.5% + $0.25

 

Fees vary slightly depending on currency and location.

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+8.9% more than best price

Changelly

Country
Czech Republic
Ease of Use
Good
Verification
< 3 Days
Fees
Very high

Changelly is primarily a pure crypto exchange service that allows users to convert between cryptocurrencies easily and fast. In cooperation with payment provider Simplex they also offer purchases of Bitcoin and Ether with credit cards.

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$290.28

price for ETH1

Includes Changelly fee (5%) and Simplex card processing fee (5%, $10 minimum).

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+11.1% more than best price

BitBay

Country
Poland
Ease of Use
Good
Verification
< 3 Days
Fees
Medium

BitBay is the biggest Polish cryptocurrency exchange. To buy or sell currencies you need to verify your account using ID card and proof of residency which may take up to 72 hours.

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$296.89

price for ETH1

Price includes trading fee of 0.70%. Depending on volume and trade type this fee might be lower. Additional fees for payment methods:

  pay out: €1.50
  pay out: 0.35% + $1.25 + third-party bank fees
  5%, minimum €10
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+13.7% more than best price

What are cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies or digital currencies are digital assets designed to work as a way to exchange value. Digital currencies use cryptography to secure all transactions and to limit the creation of additional units of the currency. The most commonly known cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, a worldwide digital payment system.

Most digital currencies rely on a technology called blockchain which was first pioneered by Bitcoin. The blockchain is a immutable set of transaction records. This means that every transaction made on the blockchain is saved indefinitely in a publicly available database. As a result, the blockchain enables two parties who never met to make trustful transactions, without the need for an intermediary like a bank or payment processor.

What is Ethereum (ETH)?

Ethereum (ETH) is an open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality. Ethereum provides a cryptocurrency token called "ether", which can be transferred between accounts and used to compensate participant nodes for computations performed. Contrary to Bitcoin, Litecoin or many other cryptocurrencies, the primary use case for Ethereum is not as a payment system, but rather a distributed computing system.

How to buy Ethereum (ETH)?

Ethereum is traded at so called exchanges. Exchanges are platforms that allow the exchange of fiat currencies such as Dollars or Euros against digital currencies. Besides exchanges, there are so called broker services, which aim to facilitate the buying process for non-experts. These brokers allow the purchase of Ethereum at a fixed price and often feature more payment solutions and are easier to use for beginners.

Look out for the following conditions before you select a marketplace to buy Ethereum :

  • Fees: Exchanges usually charge a relatively low trading fee between 0.1 and 0.3 percent on every trade, whereas broker services usually charge higher buying fees of up to 10 percent. Besides trading fees there are often fees for deposits and withdrawals.
  • Verification: Most exchanges and broker services require you to verify your identity before you can start depositing fiat currencies like Dollars or Euros. The verification methods vary among different providers, but usually you will be required to upload a copy of your passport (or other identity document) and a valid proof of residence (e.g. a utility bill). The verification process may take between 10 minutes (using video conferencing tools) and several weeks.
  • Payment Methods: To buy Bitcoin, Ethereum or other currencies you need to deposit money on a marketplace. Most exchanges only offer you the possibility to deposit money using wire transfer, which can take up to 5 days. Broker services, however, often offer additional payment methods such as VISA or MasterCard at an additional payment fee.
  • Security: Security also plays a major role when trading cryptocurrencies- There have already been several hacks of cryptocurrency marketplaces. Cryptoradar helps you filter providers by offered security features such as 2FA, cold storage or multisig wallets. We also encourage you to not keep significant amounts of fiat or digital currencies on exchanges as these might be affected in case of an hack.