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Best Bitcoin Tumbler (Mixer) Services (2020)

What is a bitcoin tumbler? Why should you use one?

And what’s the best bitcoin tumbler around?

In this post, find out what the best 3 bitcoin mixers in 2020 are.

Why Use a Bitcoin Tumbler? (i.e., Bitcoin Mixer)

There’s a common misconception that bitcoin (BTC) is anonymous.

It’s actually pseudonymous. If your bitcoin addresses can be convincingly linked to your real identity, then every transaction you’ve made on the Bitcoin network will be linked to you too. That’s because every transaction on the bitcoin blockchain is public and permanent.

Bitcoin tumblers (or bitcoin mixers) help to anonymise any bitcoin which you suspect could be linked to your identity.

But how does a bitcoin tumbler work?

These type of services work by collecting bitcoin from multiple parties who are all looking to anonymise their funds. Users will then receive an equivalent amount of bitcoin back (minus a small fee) from a different wallet which should be completely unconnected to their original wallet (and funds). This means that the mixer (if it’s trustworthy) will cut all ties between you and your bitcoin.

Example

 

Adam buys some bitcoin (BTC) on Coinbase. Because he had to verify his identity to create a Coinbase account, he’s now connected to any bitcoin (BTC) he purchases through this website.

 

If Adam uses a bitcoin tumbler service, he’ll be able to disassociate these funds from his identity (as long as the tumbled funds are returned to a fresh, newly generated bitcoin wallet).

3 Best Bitcoin Tumblers (Mixers)

#1: CoinJoins via Wasabi Wallet (The Best Bitcoin Blender)

Wasabi is a privacy-focused Bitcoin (BTC) desktop wallet that is available on Windows 10, MacOS, and Linux. It has built-in CoinJoins which allow you to easily, quickly, and cheaply anonymise Bitcoin (BTC) by trustlessly mixing your cryptocurrency with other users.

Wasabi is the most well-recommended and popular cryptocurrency tumbler that I’ve come across. Of all the various bitcoin tumblers I’ve checked out, it’s undoubtedly my favourite too.

Wasabi only supports Bitcoin (BTC). CoinJoin fees are approximately 0.30% if you use the default settings (anonymity set of 100). In some cases, you might end up paying more than this (up to 1% of your input). It’s worth reading Wasabi’s documentation regarding this before making your first transaction.

You might also want to consider sending the same funds through CoinJoin multiple times to increase your privacy and obstruct blockchain analysis. Given that CoinJoin fees are so low, doing this isn’t cost-prohitibitve.

Unfortunately, the minimum amount of Bitcoin (BTC) required to use CoinJoins is 0.1 BTC. If you want to see how it all works before using real money, then you try it out CoinJoin via Wasabi on the Bitcoin TestNet.

Things You Should Know

  • Wasabi is privacy-focused, open-source, and well-recommended.
  • Simple, intuitive, and easy-to-use bitcoin tumbler.
  • Built-in CoinJoin functionality, which is “trustless by design” (decentralized).
  • Wasabi traffic is transmitted over the built-in TOR connection by default.
  • Low fees (approx. 0.30%).
  • You have to mix at least 0.1 BTC to use CoinJoin via Wasabi.

How Does CoinJoin via Wasabi Work?

Here’s a quick overview of how CoinJoins via Wasabi can be used for bitcoin mixing.

 

Wasabi Wallet Website

#2: CryptoMixer.io

CryptoMixer.io has been around since 2016 and is a simple, intuitive, and easy-to-use bitcoin tumbler. From what I could tell, they seem trusted and well-recommended across the crypto-community.

CryptoMixer.io claim that their mixing pool includes a reserve of over 2000 BTC. Combined with previous transactions through their bitcoin tumbler, they claim that it’s “virtually impossible to pinpoint the source and endpoint of the coins”. Bold claim.

Fees are just 0.5% + 0.0005 BTC for every transaction, although CryptoMixer.io “advise you to set a custom fee to slow down amount-based blockchain analysis”.

CryptoMixer.io offer volume-based discounts. Find out more about that here.

Why Should I Set a Custom Fee?

CryptoMixer.io recommend you set a custom fee (above 0.5%) to protect your privacy.

According to their FAQ:

“In the event that someone knows your service fee, they will be able to analyse the publicly available ledger…to see how and when your transactions were made and figure out the destination account.”

They claim that setting multiple addresses isn’t enough.

Things You Should Know

  • Minimum transaction = 0.001 BTC
  • Transactions less than 25 BTC are accepted after 1 confirmation.
  • It’s compatible with TOR browser.
  • No identifying information (account, password, or email) is collected.
  • Incoming addresses are valid for 24 hours (data is deleted after this period).
  • Customised pay-out delay (to impede blockchain analysis).
  • When you first use CryptoMixer.io, you’ll receive a code. You’ll use this in future transactions to ensure that you don’t receive bitcoin you’ve sent to CryptoMixer.io in previous transactions.
CryptoMixer Website

#3: Blender.io

Blender.io is an easy-to-use bitcoin tumbler which has a clean, simple interface.

Like CryptoMixer.io, they claim to have a large reserve of bitcoin in their mixing pool. Here’s how they say it works:

“A customer sends some amount of coins and the coins go to the end of the reserve chain. Afterwards the customer receives the same amount of coins from the beginning of the chain.”

Fees are just 0.5% plus 0.0001 BTC for each returning address which you add. According to their FAQ, you can obscure the mixing process by customising this fee (up to 2.5%). To further disconnect your identity, you’re able to add multiple addresses to send your tumbled bitcoin back to.

Things You Should Know

  • Minimum transaction = 0.001 BTC
  • Transactions are accepted after they’ve received 3 confirmations.
  • It’s compatible with TOR browser.
  • No identifying information (account, password, or email) is collected.
  • Customised pay-out delay (to impede blockchain analysis).
  • Incoming addresses are valid for 24 hours (data is deleted after this period).
  • All related data is deleted after coins have been dispatched to the target address.
  • When you first use Blender.io, you’ll receive a code. You’ll use this in future transactions to ensure that you don’t receive bitcoin you’ve sent to Blender.io in previous transactions.
Blender Website

Tips to Securely Tumble Bitcoin

  • Reduce the possibility of being connected to your cryptocurrency by purchasing it anonymously.
  • Obscure your IP with a VPN (e.g. ExpressVPN) and TOR browser (built-in to the Brave Browser) when tumbling your cryptocurrency.
  • If you’re accessing these tumblers through TOR, verify that you’re using the correct URL.
  • Pay the little bit extra and tumble your bitcoin back to multiple addresses on a fresh, unused, anonymous wallet.
  • Use the time-delay functionality supported by the CryptoMixer.io and Blender.io.
  • When possible, set a custom fee (i.e. above the default rate).
  • Most bitcoin blenders are run anonymously. Conduct your own due diligence before trusting these services with large sums.

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