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How Finder rates crypto trading platforms

Our full methodology explains how we analyse, score and rate crypto platforms on the features that matter most

Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Awards methodology

To help navigate the complicated world of crypto, we’ve launched an extensive review of cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers available in Ireland and around the world. The goal is to recognise and award products that have a global footprint and excel across each of the following categories: Beginners, Value, Altcoin Trading and Advanced Features.

These awards are then used to inform our “Top Pick” selections across many of our cryptocurrency guides.

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How do we choose our award winners?

Set up by Finder’s data scientists and cryptocurrency experts, platforms are scored on a set of criteria. The criteria are weighted differently for each category. The platform that scored highest across 4 categories was named the winner.

Platforms were asked to participate as either a broker or an exchange. For the purposes of this award program, brokers are defined as platforms that act as a retailer that buys and sells cryptocurrency directly to the customer, while an exchange is an open marketplace that connects customers to a spot market. Finder awarded one overall winner for each platform type. The exchange or broker that scored highest across 4 categories was named as the winner for each platform award.

In the event of a tie, standardised fee data was used with the lowest fees dictating the winner.

What features do we compare?

Awards are based on a comprehensive list of 55 individual criteria that broadly fall into one of the following 6 areas: value for money, coins available, beginner-friendly, advanced features and trading, customer support and security.

Each individual criterion received a weighting, which varied depending on the category. Each category has a unique combination of weightings.

For instance, criteria that related to fees were up-weighted for the “Value” category, while criteria related to derivatives products received a weighting of zero for that category.

The weighting of each category is outlined below.


This category attempts to capture a wide range of factors that all ladder back up to a beginner-friendly experience for users.

  • Value for money – 15%
  • Coins available – 5%
  • Beginner-friendly – 45%
  • Advanced features and trading – 10%
  • Customer support – 15%
  • Security – 10%

This category focuses heavily on fee data, which is further balanced by beginner-friendly features to award platforms that provide a cost-effective purchasing experience.

  • Value for money – 55%
  • Coins available – 10%
  • Beginner-friendly – 35%
Altcoin trading

This category focuses heavily on the number of coins and tokens available on the platform in addition to liquidity and trading pairs.

  • Value for money – 15%
  • Coins available – 50%
  • Beginner-friendly – 10%
  • Advanced features and trading – 25%
Advanced features

This category looks to spotlight platforms that offer a broad range of features on top of the standard trading experience, such as lending products, advanced order types, derivatives and NFT markets.

  • Value for money – 15%
  • Coins available – 20%
  • Beginner-friendly – 5%
  • Advanced features and trading – 45%
  • Customer support – 5%
  • Security – 10%

The “Best Global Cryptocurrency Exchange” and “Best Global Broker – Crypto Trading” awards were given to the platforms that had the highest average score across each of the 4 categories.

Each category score was evenly weighted to contribute 25% of the overall score. To account for global spread, Finder also considered the total number of markets in which the products were supported to arrive at an overall score.

Criteria and weightings were chosen by an expert panel of Finder crew including data analysts and editorial staff. They took into account user experience, industry standards and regulatory requirements to help inform their decisions.

Does Finder compare all cryptocurrency exchanges?

This awards program is submission-based, meaning only brands that submitted their product data were included in the analysis.

A total of 219 cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers globally were invited to participate in the awards and provide data. They were selected based on appearing in the list of the top 50 platforms by trading volume on CoinGecko as well as the top 50 by average liquidity on CoinMarketCap.

All brands contacted for Finder’s local awards program in the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, and New Zealand were also asked to participate, provided they met the eligibility criteria around market coverage.

Because it takes a long time to source and properly analyse exchange fees and features, and it’s important that we don’t share misinformation, we’re not able to cover 100% of the market.

Award eligibility

Platforms were given multiple weeks to respond to our invitation and provide data. Any that did not reply were approached a second time. Platforms that did not respond, or chose to decline, were excluded from the awards. Only platforms that provided data were included in the awards.

Brands were required to have their trading platform supported in at least 2 markets across 4 broad geographic regions: Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Brands were asked to provide data for 2 countries in each region and if they did not operate there, they were given a reserve list of markets to choose from.

Given this is a global award, Finder did not require brands to be registered with any local regulator.

The Finder editorial team's ratings

Cryptocurrency exchange platforms are not created equal. To help you identify where an exchange shines – or falls flat – Finder's editors objectively assess each platform across a spectrum of performance metrics.

Finder considers 7 key factors in our ratings to get an overall score:

  • Supported cryptocurrencies
  • Fees and costs
  • Transferring money or crypto assets
  • Customer service
  • Ease of use
  • Staking and earning
  • Trustworthiness and security

Our ratings are designed to help you assess a cryptocurrency exchange's strengths and weaknesses. The best way to inform your decision is to read Finder's full platform review for an in-depth breakdown of its features.

Our ratings

Finder rates crypto platforms using a system of 1 to 5 stars.

★★★★★ – Excellent
★★★★★ – Good
★★★★★ – Average
★★★★★ – Subpar
★★★★★ – Poor

How do we choose our “Top Picks”?

Our top picks are displayed at the top of many of our cryptocurrency guides and feature 3-5 “Best for X” categories.

The exchanges are awarded titles using the methodology above and from time to time may also include some “Promoted Picks”, which have been chosen from among our commercial partners based on factors that include special features or offers and the commission we receive.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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