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Top 10 Liquid Staking Projects and How Kintsu Stands Out: Introduction to Liquid Staking

Poted May 24, 2024

Top 10 Liquid Staking Projects and How Kintsu Stands Out: Introduction to Liquid Staking

Liquid staking is a transformative concept in the DeFi ecosystem, allowing users to stake their assets while retaining liquidity. This innovation addresses the major drawback of traditional staking, where staked assets are locked and inaccessible. Liquid staking platforms issue tokens representing the staked assets, enabling users to engage in other DeFi activities while earning staking rewards. Here, we explore the top 10 liquid staking projects and compare them with Kintsu's offerings on Monad, Aleph Zero, and beyond.

Top 10 Liquid Staking Projects

Lido Finance is one of the most popular liquid staking platforms, primarily supporting Ethereum 2.0. It issues stETH in exchange for ETH, allowing users to earn staking rewards while using stETH in various DeFi protocols. Lido boasts high liquidity, wide integration with DeFi applications, and strong community support.

Rocket Pool is a decentralized Ethereum staking pool that issues rETH for staked ETH. It allows anyone to run a node with minimal ETH, promoting decentralization. Rocket Pool is known for decentralized node operations, low entry barriers for node operators, and integration with DeFi.

Ankr offers liquid staking for multiple blockchains, including Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, and Polkadot. It provides aTokens representing staked assets, offering multi-chain support, an easy staking process, and DeFi integration.

StakeWise is an Ethereum liquid staking platform that issues sETH2 for staked ETH. It is designed to maximize staking rewards and provide a seamless staking experience. StakeWise offers features like fee splitting and automated compounding to enhance user returns.

Marinade Finance focuses on the Solana blockchain, issuing mSOL in return for SOL. It aims to decentralize and secure the Solana network, offering a user-friendly interface and an active community.

Persistence enables liquid staking for Cosmos, Ethereum, and other blockchains, issuing stkTokens. It is recognized for its cross-chain capabilities, strong ecosystem, and comprehensive staking options.

Acala focuses on Polkadot and Kusama, issuing LDOT and LKSM for DOT and KSM respectively. Acala combines Polkadot and Kusama focus with DeFi hub capabilities and robust security measures.

Benqi is a liquid staking platform for the Avalanche network, issuing sAVAX for staked AVAX. Benqi integrates well with the Avalanche ecosystem, offering high liquidity and additional DeFi opportunities.

LiquidDriver is a liquid staking solution for the Fantom network, issuing lTokens. LiquidDriver provides high yield opportunities, deep liquidity, and community-driven governance.

Stader Labs provides a liquid staking solution for multiple blockchains, including Terra, Ethereum, and others. Stader issues liquid staking derivatives that can be used in various DeFi applications, enhancing liquidity and staking efficiency. It focuses on decentralization, security, and providing a seamless user experience.

How Kintsu Stands Out

Kintsu is building advanced liquid staking solutions that not only compete with but also surpass existing platforms in several ways. Our premier liquid staking tokens, sAZERO for Aleph Zero and the upcoming sMONAD for Monad, allow users to stake their assets and earn rewards while keeping their assets liquid. This enables seamless participation in DeFi activities across multiple ecosystems.

Through Dedicated Governance, Kintsu ensures that the network remains secure and community-driven. Governance token holders can vote on the on-chain Validator Registry to add or remove validators and adjust stake distributions, maintaining network integrity.

The composable nature of Kintsu’s protocol allows easy integration of Kintsu LSTs into DeFi, gaming, and other protocols, creating compounding opportunities. With Kintsu, leveraging LSTs is straightforward because our core product is a standardized token that represents a share of the automatically compounding staking pool. This feature enables seamless transactions, network security, and reward earning, making Kintsu’s LSTs highly versatile.

Kintsu integrates advanced privacy features, including zero-knowledge cryptography and multi-party computation, to ensure transaction privacy while maintaining transparency where needed. By offering liquid staking tokens, Kintsu lowers the barriers to entry for staking, making it accessible to a broader audience without the need for long lock-up periods or large amounts of capital.


The Liquid Staking Token (LST) space is revolutionizing DeFi by offering enhanced liquidity and staking rewards. Kintsu is poised to lead this transformation with its innovative solutions, starting with the upcoming mainnet launch on Aleph Zero and the introduction of sAZERO. The anticipated sMONAD on Monad will further enhance Kintsu's offerings, showcasing our commitment to governance and community involvement. Kintsu's commitment to advanced privacy features, lowering entry barriers, and increasing validator participation promises a secure, community-driven future for liquid staking. Stay tuned for exciting developments as Kintsu aims to support multiple chains, redefining the DeFi landscape.

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