When it comes to exchanging your native currency for Bitcoin (or any other crypto) there are a LOT of options out there and its hard to sift through them to find the best. Last week I talked about Coinbase being a great place for beginners to get their feet wet with cryptocurrency. Once you HAVE gotten your feet wet you may want to move on to a more advanced platform that has more options and different fee structures. I took a look at some of the most popular places on the internet to exchange your USD to Bitcoin and more so you don't have to sift through them yourself!
Buying Bitcoin With USD
Here are the 5 exchanges that I have personally tried that I feel have a good balance of features and fees. Click the name to jump to the details of each one.
I will also talk about 2 other services I have not tried yet but look really interesting. Hopefully I can give them a trial run in the next few weeks.
Kraken was the 2nd place I signed up after Coinbase. They are based in San Francisco, CA which I like since I am also in CA. They have some basic tools, but the site could use a better UI for ease of beginner use. Here are their fees associated with depositing USD to buy Bitcoin.
- USD Bank Wire Deposit ($5 USD) – US only
- USD Bank Wire Deposit ($10 USD) – outside US only
- USD Bank Wire Withdrawal ($5 USD) – US only
- USD Bank Wire Withdrawal ($60 USD) – outside US only
Check out Kraken.com to sign up for an account.
Bitfinex is the one that I hear the most about in places like Steemit.com and other online boards. It is certainly one of the most popular. They have a great platform with advanced tools like margin trading and their fees are not bad for trading as well. Here are their USD deposit and withdraw fees specifically for Bitcoin.
- Bank wire 0.100% of the deposit amount, with a minimum fee of $20.00
- Bank wire 0.100% of the withdrawal amount, with a minimum fee of $20.00
- Express bank wire (within 24 hours on business days) 1.000% of the withdrawal amount, with a minimum fee of $20.00
Check out Bitfinex.com to sign up for an account.
This is an exchange that I found on my quest to find the best places to trade USD for Bitcoin. The name is funky (what's an “.io” address?), but they have a solid reputation and pretty nice interface similar to Coinbase. Their fees are some of the better ones and they have easier options for depositing USD to buy Bitcoin like using a credit card.
- VISA 3.5% + $ 0.25
- MasterCard 3.5% + $ 0.25
- Bank transfer $ 0
- Crypto Capital $ 0
- VISA $ 3.80
- MasterCard 1.2% + $ 3.80
- Bank transfer $ 50.00
- Crypto Capital 1%
I found OKCoin through a fellow steemians post and decided to check it out. They have a decent interface and the fees are not too bad. Be prepared to use your phone and verify through SMS to sign up for an account. Here are their fee structures.
- Bank transfer / Wire: Corporate 0.1% and Individuals 0.1% *Bank transfer fees are not included
- Bank transfer / Wire: 0.1% (Bank transfer fees are not included), mininum fee $1
Check out OKCoin.com to sign up for an account.
Interesting Mentions For Future Investigation
While I have tried the above platforms and can say I recommend them, while sifting through dozens of sites for the best place to exchange US Dollars for Bitcoin I came across two platforms that work a bit different. I didn't get to try them, so I CAN'T recommend them just yet, but they are interesting and worth a peek.
LocalBitcoins.com – You can agree to meet an individual person to buy bitcoins with cash, or trade directly with online banking. Bitcoins are placed in LocalBitcoins.com web wallet from where you can pay your bitcoin purchases directly. Very interesting concept, but I have not been able to try to meet anyone in person in my area yet.
Bitquick.com – Similar to LocalBitcoins but is more focused on online transaction between individuals versus walking into a bank or meeting in person. They have a very nice interface, but once again I can't recommend them JUST yet as I have not had the chance to try their services.
There are a ton of options to buy Bitcoin once you get your feet wet with a platform like Coinbase. Out of the dozens I tried, these 4 are the ones I can personally recommend. I really like CEX.io for its many options to deposit and it certainly tops my list, but they are all really great and worth a look!