A list of noteworthy exchanges one can use to buy/sell cryptocurrency. Novices are advised to start with Coinbase/Coinbase Pro.

First off, you should note that we almost exclusively review exchanges that we have used, with solid volume, that have built a positive reputation for themselves over time.

With that said, in a few cases where we are prohibited due to region / country, like with BitMEX, we have not used the exchange to do live trading.

In other words, these are generally all exchanges we would recommend to a friend based on reputation and/or have used ourselves.

With the above said, there are risks associated with any exchange and you must use each at your own risk.

There are specifically risks with leaving cryptocurrency on an exchange, exchanges going down, and risks in terms of placing orders (if you mess up a buy/sell order, there is no going back).

Take some time to understand the risks before trading. With that said, if you do want to trade, the following exchanges are some of the best cryptocurrency exchanges we have come across.

For more reading, see a list of exchanges for beginners.


Bitfinex

Bitfinex is a leading and important cryptocurrency exchange that offers the major cryptocurrencies for trade and is a favorite spot for margin traders.


Square’s Cash App

Square’s Cash app lets you instantly buy, sell, store, send, and receive Bitcoin. Thus, Square’s Cash app doubles as a simple Bitcoin exchange and custodial wallet.


Binance

Binance is a cryptocurrency exchange and wallet. They are one of the top exchanges for trading altcoins, have low fees, and have become the number one exchange for Bitcoin by volume as of 2018.


Bittrex

Bittrex is one of the most popular crypto exchanges for trading altcoins in the U.S.. Its complexity can be intimidating, but the learning curve is worth it.


EtherDelta (Token Exchange)

EtherDelta.com is ERC-20 token exchange for trading ethereum-based cryptocurrency tokens. It is useful for trading tokens from ICOs for Ether (ETH).


ShapeShift

One can use Shapeshift to change one type of cryptocurrency to another, making it a good choice for one who wants to obtain altcoins.


GDAX (Coinbase Pro)

Coinbase’s GDAX (now Coinbase Pro) is a cryptocurrency exchange that allows you to trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, and more, allows some coin-to-coin exchange, and pairs with Coinbase.


Kraken

Kraken is a cryptocurrency exchanged based in San Fransisco on which you can use fiat currency and trade many types of cryptocurrency.


Coinbase

Coinbase is one of the more popular and user-friendly choices for cryptocurrency investors to buy/sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, and more.