15 Best DeFi Apps: DEXs, Staking, Lending and More

Written by: Mike Martin   |  Updated March 14, 2024

Reviewed by: Ryan Grace

Fact checked by: Laurence Willows

In this guide, we explore the top DeFi applications across popular categories:

  • Borrowing/lending
  • Decentralized exchanges (DEXs)
  • Staking
  • Derivatives and yield farming!

Staking Dapps

Lido Finance
The most trusted protocol in existence for staking ether (ETH).
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Rocket Pool
The second most popular staking protocol for ETH. User friendly.
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StakeWise
ETH staking service, with a dual-token approach.

Borrowing/Lending Dapps

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AAVE
Leading lending/borrowing decentralized finance platform by TVL.
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Compound
User-friendly with automatic interest compounding for easy earnings.
silo finance
Silo Finance
Collateralized lending DeFi platform popular for single-asset liquidity.

Decentralized Exchange (DEX) Dapps

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Uniswap
The leading and most popular decentralized exchange in DeFi.
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Curve Finance
Optimized for stablecoin swaps with low slippage and fees.
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SushiSwap
Collateralized lending with single-asset liquidity focus.

Derivative Dapps

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Lyra - Options
The most liquid and popular decentralized exchange for options trading.