In this review, I take you through Coinbase, one of the most popular and trusted cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Coinbase’s design is simple and user-friendly, even for the new crypto investor. The platform’s popularity continues to grow and is available in over 100 countries and with over 35 million users buying, selling, and trading cryptocurrencies.
Firstly, I’ll provide an overview of Coinbase, take a look at their other features such as Coinbase Earn and Coinbase Pro. I will then explain, how to buy, sell and store bitcoin and crypto using the Coinbase platform.
What is Coinbase?
Coinbase.com is a secure online trading platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency, such as Bitcoin. The platform is ideal for new users getting into cryptocurrency, purchasing their first Bitcoin with the likes of a credit/debit card, or via bank transfer. It is easy to use, convenient and has easy onboarding.
Coinbase Pro is a trading platform aimed at more experienced traders. Traders can exchange a wider range of assets with more advanced order types, using order books, charts and graphs. One of the advantages of trading on Coinbase Pro, compared to Coinbase is their lower trading fees. To reduce your trading fees even further, it’s worth checking out the Binance Exchange.
If you would like to find out more information check out our Coinbase Pro Review & Tutorial.
Coinbase Wallet & DApp Browser
The Coinbase Wallet is a standalone app, that allows users to store their own crypto and explore the decentralized web with a Dapp browser. This wallet is not to be confused with the Coinbase app, which is also available on Coinbase.com.
It’s not recommended to keep your crypto on Coinbase or their Coinbase Pro exchange. With this crypto wallet, you are able to safely store your crypto assets and have full control. However, if you would prefer further security with your crypto stored offline, it’s worth looking into a hardware wallet such as a Ledger or Trezor.
If you would like to find out more information check out our Coinbase Wallet Review.
Coinbase also gives you the opportunity to earn free crypto with their Coinbase Earn feature. Coinbase Earn provides its users with an incentive to earn free crypto while learning about crypto, in a simple and engaging way.
Coinbase $10 Bitcoin Sign-up Bonus
If you’re new to the Coinbase exchange, they offer new users a sign up bonus of $10 when buying or selling at least $100 (or more) of crypto.
For more information on Coinbase referral code or sign up bonus click here.
Coinbase Supported Cryptocurrencies
With Coinbase the availability for depositing, buying, selling and withdrawing cryptocurrencies will vary by each asset. You may also find that the fees and availability will depend on your country and payment method.
However, Coinbase exchange supports the most popular cryptocurrencies such as the likes of, Aave, Bitcoin, Cardano, Chainlink, Compound, DAI, EOS, Ethereum, Ripple, Stellar Lumens, Tezos, USDC, and Wrapped Bitcoin.
You can check out the full list of supported cryptocurrencies here.
The fees that you pay with Coinbase will depend on the method of payment you choose and your location. The most expensive way to buy your crypto on the Coinbase exchange is via credit/debit card payments with a fee of 3.99%. This isn’t a way that I personally recommend buying your crypto due to high fees associated. Although it may be one of the most convenient, and you are paying for this convenience.
Other types of buy and sell orders with Coinbase incur a fee of 1.49%. This doesn’t seem huge, but if you compare this to Binance Exchange’s 0.1% or even their own Coinbase Pro platform at 0.5% you are definitely paying over the odds here.
As well as charging fees for instant buys and with payment via bank transfers, Coinbase also charge a spread of about 0.50% for both buy and sell orders. However, the actual spread may be higher or lower due to market fluctuations.
If you’d like to check out more information on Coinbase Pro you can click here.
Coinbase Fees UK
The fees that you will pay with Coinbase exchange will differ depending on your location. Below is the Coinbase fees for those of you in the UK. However, you can find a full list of fees on their site.
Coinbase Fees US
The fees that you will pay with Coinbase exchange will differ depending on your location. Below is the Coinbase fees for those of you in the US. However, you can find a full list of fees on their site.
Coinbase customer support is one of their biggest downfalls and has been heavily criticized on the likes of TrustPilot giving them a rating of “Bad”. Although I have never personally experienced any issues with Coinbase. I can see how frustrating it can be if something goes wrong or you need help.
During crypto bull markets, Coinbase will have a surge of newbies signing up, and with more new users comes more complaints and customers needing help. So Coinbase has become a victim of their own success, and hopefully will be ready for the next Crypto bull market.
Is Coinbase Safe?
To use the Coinbase exchange, you access the site with a username and password plus any form of 2 factor authenticate you have associated. Coinbase is a centralised exchange and therefore has control over your crypto, with no access to your private keys. This means you are entrusting a third party to look after and secure your crypto assets.
Although Coinbase has not reportedly suffered an attack, there have been reports of Coinbase freezing user accounts. Therefore, I’d personally recommend not to keep your crypto in an exchange which is far more likely target for hackers. When you have finished trading, move your crypto to the safety of a wallet, such as the likes of a hardware wallet like a Ledger or a Trezor.
Louise created the Every Bit Helps YouTube channel back in 2017, after finding the process of buying Bitcoin difficult. Therefore, in an aim to help others, she hopes that her tutorials will make the process of buying, selling and storing crypto a lot easier for newbies in the future.
After spending 20 years working in London in cyber security, she left the corporate life after having her second child in 2018. Louise now travels the world with her two small children trying to make the most out of life.