Binance US Review: What to Know About the Pros, Cons, and Features

Binance’s US-only crypto exchange pares down some offerings to comply with US regulations but still delivers an outstanding user experience along with easy and affordable trades for most crypto investors.

  • January 30, 2023
  • 3 Min Read

Our take on Binance

4.0
Milk Road Rating

The bottom line:

Binance.US offers a feature-rich trading platform with support for 130+ cryptocurrencies and some of the highest staking yields in the business. Traders can choose from a user-friendly front end or an advanced trading platform with charting and additional order types. I found Binance more welcoming compared to other popular exchanges. With low fees, a clean UI, and a wide selection, Binance delivers a winning combination.

Best for low fees

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Cryptocurrencies

100+

Fees

0.015%–0.1%

Yield

Staking

USA Coverage

Yes, excluding NY, HI, TX, VT

What is Binance.US?

Binance is the largest centralized crypto exchange, but Binance.US is a US-only exchange built to comply with US regulations. A crypto exchange offers a way to buy cryptocurrencies with fiat money or to trade cryptocurrencies in trading pairs.

Centralized exchanges (CEXs) differ from decentralized exchanges, like Uniswap, in that centralized exchanges are run by a management team. CEXs also have to comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) rules in many jurisdictions.

Binance.US lacks some of the features of Binance.com, including margin trading and futures trading, but these omissions are due to US regulations and don’t affect everyday trading for most users.

Instant BuyEasily buy, sell, or convert supported assets right from the home screen.
Advanced TradingEnjoy predictable trading fees, market, or limit orders, and access to advanced charting tools.
StakingStake 26 cryptocurrencies to earn yields of up to 15%.
Two-factor authenticationSecure your account with two additional verification methods.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy-to-use UI
  • Same features on web and mobile app
  • Low fees
  • SMS and Google Authenticator 2FA
  • Wide staking support
  • No fees for BTC and ETH (USD pairs)

Cons

  • No fee schedule for Instant Buy
  • No support for PayPal
  • Fewer crypto options than some exchanges
  • Not available in NY, TX, HI, and VT

Expert Review: Binance.US for Trading and Staking

I tested Binance.US to see where the US-only exchange shines and where it could use a bit of polish.

Spoiler alert: Binance.US isn’t perfect – but it comes impressively close.

One slight disenchantment centered on funding methods. PayPal isn’t supported, and I had to use the slow method to add my bank account (two days). But if you’re using a supported bank or debit card, the Binance trading experience is among the best you’ll find in the crypto world.

Here’s my hands-on review of the web UI. Binance also offers a mobile app for iOS and Android.

Account Setup

Similar to other crypto exchanges like Coinbase or Uphold, you’ll need to provide documentation of your identity for full access on Binance.US.

For basic access, Binance.US requires the following:

  • Full Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Address

Advanced verification requires a driver’s license, passport, or similar ID, as well as a selfie. This unlocks wire transfers and higher limits for deposits.

I found the account setup process painless with Binance.

Funding

Setting up funding for my account wasn’t quite as easy, though. Binance uses Plaid to verify bank accounts, but Plaid wasn’t able to connect to my bank account.

Binance Plaid add account

A second option takes a day or two, sending a small deposit to your account.

By contrast, adding a bank debit card took seconds.

With full verification, you’ll have the following funding options:

Funding methodFees
ACH Bank TransferNone
Debit Card (credit cards not supported)3.75%
Apple Pay (debit only)3.75%
Wire TransferDeposits: none, withdrawals: $15

I already had MATIC in my MetaMask wallet, which I sent to Binance rather than deposit with my debit card.

Trading

Binance offers two ways to trade. You can buy, sell, or convert right from the dashboard, with an option to preview the trade, including fees.

Binance calls this Instant Buy.

Here’s the preview of my trade, which includes a weekly recurring purchase (dollar-cost averaging).

Binance confirm purchase

The Instant Buy fee is 0.3% in the above example. I found several examples like this in the 0.25% to 0.3% fee range. Instant Buy also uses a small spread that allows Binance to “hold” the price until you complete the transaction.

The alternative is Advanced Trading, which brings support for market, limit, and stop-limit orders while removing the uncertainty over fees. I could view the fee for each pair by hovering over the “VIP” level in the top-right corner.

Advanced Trading also brings advanced charts, including trend lines and Fibonacci retracement.

Binance advanced trading

In general, I found Advanced Trading easy to use. Trading pairs were a bit difficult to locate, however. Binance offers four trading pairs for MATIC, but an initial search shows just one.

Binance pair search

Trading Fees

Binance also impressed me with low trading fees. Currently, Binance offers free trades for eight trading pairs, which Binance calls Tier 0 pairs:

  • BTC/BUSD
  • BTC/USD
  • BTC/USDC
  • BTC/USDT
  • ETH/BUSD
  • ETH/USD
  • ETH/USDC
  • ETH/USDT

All other pairs on Binance are Tier I. Trades for Tier I pairs vary based on your trailing 30-day trading volume and whether you’re placing limit orders or market orders.

  • Market orders use “taker” fees (you’re taking orders off the market).
  • Limit orders use “maker” fees (you’re making a market with your order).

You can save 25% by paying fees with BNB, Binance’s utility token. This option was automatically turned on in my account settings.

Your 30-day trading volume determines your “VIP” level.

VIP Level30-Day Trading VolumeTier I Maker FeesTier I Taker Fees
VIP 1Less than 10K0.3%0.45%
VIP 2$10K - $50K0.1875%0.3%
VIP 3$50K - $100K0.1125%0.1875%
VIP 4$100K - $1M0.0750%0.1500%

Beyond $1 million in 30-day trading volume, five additional tiers bring more savings as trading volume increases.

Staking

Binance lets you stake 26 cryptocurrencies to earn a yield as high as 15% (ATOM). I staked TRON with a few clicks.

Binance stake TRX

Unstaking proved to be hassle-free as well, but some tokens require an unstaking period. For example, when I staked BNB, I had to wait seven days to withdraw my staked tokens.

Security

Binance offers two ways to secure your account access in addition to a password. I added both SMS authentication and Google Authenticator.

The few extra seconds at login are worth the added security, particularly with my bank account associated with Binance.

Binance 2FA options

Withdraw

Binance doesn’t charge for ACH withdrawals to your bank account, and there’s a low $1 minimum withdrawal. However, withdrawals via wire transfer bring a fee of $10 to $15.

Sending your crypto to another wallet comes with a network fee for that transaction but no additional fees from Binance. I was impressed with the number of networks Binance.US supports. For example, I could send Tron to another wallet using Binance.US, a task that proved impossible with Uphold, another leading exchange.

Binance’s minimum withdrawal to an external wallet amount varies by network. On ERC-20 (Ethereum), I had to withdraw at least 9 MATIC, whereas the minimum on the Polygon network jumped to 20 MATIC.

Binance first asked me to authenticate my withdrawal request with Google Authenticator and then sent me an email to confirm.

Support

Binance.US offers support via email or chat. I used both methods to inquire about fees for Instant Buys, which differ from Binance’s published fee schedule.

Binance support chat

I learned that Binance does not publish a fee schedule for Instant Buys. However, you can preview the fees for each trade before confirming the trade.

In my experience, fees for Instant Buys (and sells) ranged from 0.25% to 0.3%.

In both support cases, Binance.US support was prompt and friendly. Nicely done, Binance.

  • Binance.US Mobile App Overview

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    For trading on the go, you can use the Binance.US iOS or Android app. I used the Android app, secured by fingerprint login.

    All the features of the web app were available with a few clicks within the mobile app as well, including staking, trading, and the option to set up an auto-buy.

    Binance mobile confirm buy

    You may have to add tokens to the mobile interface. For example, my TRON balance didn’t show in my wallet initially. A click on “Add Coin” restored my unseen balance.

    Binance Pay (mobile only)

    With Binance Pay, you can send or receive crypto to and from other Binance users with no fees (up to $1 million daily receiving limit).

    I had some trouble finding the Binance Pay screen (hint: scroll the banner on the app’s home screen), but then was able to search users by name, phone number, or email address. You can also grant Binance access to your contacts list.

    Unlike the send feature, which sends crypto to an external wallet, Binance Pay transfers crypto from one Binance.US account to another user’s account.

  • Binance.US vs. Coinbase

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    For ease of use, staking options, and low fees, Binance comes out on top. But Coinbase offers more cryptocurrencies.

    ExchangeBinance.USCoinbase
    Trading fees0% to 0.45%, 0.25% to 0.3% on Instant Buy (plus spread fee)Up to $2.99 (flat fee), or 0% to 0.60% (Advanced Trade)
    Number of cryptocurrencies130+200+
    Staking26 cryptocurrencies7 cryptocurrencies
    Ease of use4.5 stars (out of 5)4 stars (out of 5)
    Standout featuresClean UI, easy staking, low feesLearning rewards, web3 wallet,
    PlatformsWeb, iOS, AndroidWeb, iOS, Android

To Sum It Up

Binance.US impressed me with its super-clean user interface and low trading fees. My only minor grumbles centered on setting up payment methods with my particular bank, which may not be an issue for other users. Overall, Binance.US offers a great trading experience for both beginners and experts but could benefit from an easy-to-reach learning center for those new to trading.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Binance.US better than Coinbase?

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    Each exchange brings its own advantages and disadvantages. Coinbase makes more information available for beginners right from the home page, whereas Binance offers a cleaner interface overall, combined with lower trading fees.

  • Why can't the US use Binance?

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    Binance.com offers margin trading and futures trading, both of which face heavy regulation in the US. To comply with US regulations, Binance launched Binance.US, a separate exchange for US customers.

  • Is Binance.US FDIC insured?

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    USD deposits are insured with pass-through FDIC insurance for up to $250,000. However, crypto assets, including USD-based stablecoins, are not insured through the FDIC.

  • Does Binance.US report to the IRS?

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    Binance.US sends out 1099-MISC forms for accounts that earn more than $600 in a calendar year. The IRS receives a copy of these forms as well.

  • Does Binance have better fees than Coinbase?

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    In most cases, fees trading fees on Binance.US are slightly lower than those on Coinbase. This is especially true when comparing against Coinbase’s flat fees, which can be up to 10% or more on smaller purchases.

  • How do tax reports work on Binance.US?

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    Binance offers a way to generate customizable tax reports on both the web and mobile apps. However, the date range is limited to 12 months, and there’s a limit of six reports per month.

    Binance tax reports

Contributors

  • Avatar of Eric Huffman

    Eric Huffman is a staff writer for MilkRoad.com. In addition to crypto and blockchain topics, Eric also writes extensively on insurance and personal finance matters that affect everyday households.

  • Avatar of Gary Anglebrandt

    Gary Anglebrandt is a US-based editor, copywriter, and communications consultant with a background in business and international news. Beyond the US, he has worked from Seoul and Beijing, and continues to work with professionals based around the globe.