Ethereum Mining Pools

Once you get Ethereum mining hardware, your next step is to decide on which Ethereum mining pool you’ll join.

A mining pool helps you get more frequent payouts rather than only getting paid when you solve an Ether block.

Note that mining has a lot of up-front costs, and if you just want Ether than it’s usually a better idea to just buy Ethereum.

You’ll also need Ethereum mining software to point your hardware towards your selected pool. And, an Ethereum wallet to receive payouts to. A hardware wallet like the Ledger Nano X would be the best option.

We’ve listed the top pools in order of hash rate share according to Etherchain:

ethereum mining pools

Just a note about pools:

The pools below are mining pools. This means you need to own mining hardware.

You Can't Mine Ether Without a Wallet

You need a wallet before you can mine Ethereum.

Our guide on the best crypto wallets features wallets that support ether. Read it here!


Ethpool/Ethermine

Ethpool and Ethermine are two different sites although they appear to be basically the same pool.

They are currently the largest Ether mining pool with about 25% of the network’s hash rate.

f2pool

F2pool is also a Bitcoin mining pool. Its Ether mining pool appears to only be available in Chinese, so this is not a good option for most of our readers.

DwarfPool

DwarfPool is the third largest Ethereum mining pool with about 13% of the network’s hash rate. In addition to Ether you can mine a bunch of other currencies like Monero and Dash.

2Miners

2Miners has 0.4% of the network hashrate. It has servers in the USA, Asia and Europe.

Ethfans

ethfans is another Chinese pool with about 8.6% of the network hash rate.

Quick Tip

Mining is not the fastest way to buy ethereum.

Buying ethereum with a debit card is the fastest way.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section will answer common questions about Ethereum pools.

How do I know which pool is best?

All of the pools are pretty good and ideally you will just want to choose one that is reliable, has low fees, and has a server near you.

Can I just join a Bitcoin pool?

No, Ethereum mining pools and Bitcoin mining pools are completely different!

How do I know if a pool is paying accurately?

You can check in your Ether mining software that you are really being paid according to your shares contributed.