Comparing brokers side by side is no easy task. For our annual broker review, we assess over a dozen brokers on hundreds of different variables to find the best online broker
. Yielding a database of over 5,000 data points, let's compare E*TRADE vs Robinhood.
To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the online broker commission rates for placing regular stock and options trades. E*TRADE, with its regular stock trades costing $6.95, is more expensive than Robinhood's rate of $0 per trade. With options, the base fees charged are $6.95 (E*TRADE) and $0 (Robinhood). Each option contract then costs $0.75 at E*TRADE and $0 at Robinhood. It's important to note that not all brokers charge a flat fee per trade. Thus, it is important to read the full commission notes for each broker, which we include with each online broker review
Next to commission rates, being able to trade what you want is important. Robinhood supports Stock Trading and Options Trading while E*TRADE supports Stock Trading, Options Trading, Mutual Funds and Futures Trading. Looking at mutual funds, E*TRADE offers its clients access to 8998 different mutual funds while Robinhood has 0 available funds, a difference of 8,998. Commission free ETFs can also be valuable for customers, with E*TRADE having the upper hand thanks to its 225 available commission free ETFs compared to Robinhood's offering of N/A.
Trading access aside, by comparing popular features and functionality, we can break down relevant differences between both brokers. Neither broker offers virtual trading. Taking a look at mobile trading, E*TRADE along with Robinhood both support the iPhone App, iPad App and Android App. Not to be left out, online banking is also a nice benefit for many investors, and some brokerages provide these services to clients. Checking Accounts and Debit Cards are available to clients of E*TRADE while Robinhood offers customers none of these. On the whole, when it comes to tools, research, and mobile trading, E*TRADE posted awards Best in Class - Research in 2018, while Robinhood found itself with none of these.
Overall, E*TRADE takes the upper hand with 4.50 stars over Robinhood's 2.50 stars.