Converter of the Month

We’ve given each currency converter a rating so you can easily figure out how much one currency is worth against another. Contact us to add your website.

 

Expedia

Expedia

Expedia converter. This is quick, easy and to the point. You won't find any instructions on how to use it, but it's easy to figure out.

Just enter the amount you are converting and the two currencies you want to convert from and to, and hit the button.  The results appear on the next page, including the currency conversion rate used to perform the calculation.  It also tells you the date the amount is valid for.

You can also see another chance to perform another conversion underneath this.  This is a good feature as it gets rid of the need to go back and forth between pages.

We have tested the Expedia converter and have found it to be very reliable and always available with accurate rates. The currency rates are based on various publicly available sources.

How do we rate it?

The Expedia currency converter gets 5 out of 5 in our book.  This is for its simplicity and effectiveness.  It is very easy to use and quick to give results as well.

 

Post Office

Post Office

You may already go to the Post Office to exchange your currencies.  But you can also go online to use their currency converter if you wish.

You simply have to select whether you want cash, Traveller’s Cheques or a money card and then you select the currency you want to convert your money into.  The relevant exchange rate automatically appears in the box underneath this.

There is a button you can click on for additional assistance if you need it.

How do we rate it?

This converter gets 4 out of 5, purely because it is not a currency converter in the normal sense.  If you want to convert from anything other than British pounds you will find it difficult to do so.  It’s ideal for holidaymakers but it is harder if you want to use it for obtaining general information.  You’d be better off with another converter in this case.

 

Travelex

Travelex

Travelex is one of the leading names for providing currency for various purposes.  For example if you are going on holiday you can get your foreign currency from them.

Their converter is on the front page of their website and it is built into the request for buying currency.  Choose which format you want to receive it in and then indicate which currency you want.  Enter the amount in the box provided – the conversion will instantly change depending on the amount you put in.

There is also a box you can click on to get all the other rates available. 

How do we rate it?

This one gets 5 out of 5 stars.

 

FT

FT.com

The FT is known as a financially focused website so it shouldn’t surprise you to know they have a currency converter available.

This is quick easy and simple to use, since there are only three boxes to fill in.  Enter the amount you are converting and the two relevant currencies; it converts from and to.  There is no button to click – you just have to wait for the results to appear.  This happens very quickly.

The exchange rate then appears in a small white easy to see box.  The exact amount you will get for the exchange will also appear in the box.

How do we rate it?

This converter receives 4 out of 5 for its speed and accuracy.  We also like the fact it does the work automatically once you have entered all the pertinent information.

 

Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Bloomberg is one of the major currency and business related websites online today.  It has a currency converter which can be found at http://www.bloomberg.com/personal-finance/calculators/currency-converter/.

As with many other good converters online, this one is kept very simple.  Just three boxes are required to have information entered in them to find out the exchange rate.  Enter the amount and the two currencies you want to convert from and to, and that’s it.

You then click on the green convert button to get the amount.  Instead of being taken to a new page you will see the conversion directly below.

How do we rate it?

This one gets 4 out of 5, dropping that final point for a very good reason.  You do not get the actual exchange rate displayed, which is disappointing if you want to know it to compare with other sites and their exchange rates.

 

Oanda

Oanda

If you are familiar with the Oanda name, you may already have come across their converter at http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/.

The good thing about this one is that it is in large type across the width of your computer screen.  You are prompted to find the currency you have and to enter the amount you want to exchange.  You can then select your second currency as well.  You will find the rate on the right changes as you enter your amount.

As such there is no conversion button as it all happens automatically.  In addition to this you can use the arrows in the middle to swap the currencies around.

How do we rate it?

This one isn’t quite as straightforward as other currency converters online today, but is very good.  For this reason we give it 5 out of 5.  Anyone wanting a basic conversion without buy or sell rates would do better to go elsewhere.

 

XRates

X-Rates

If you want a nice and simple converter without the buy and sell option for going on holiday, the X-Rates version at http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html is the one to try.

This is small and neat and nothing else clutters up the page around it.  You need to select the two relevant currencies and the amount you want to convert.  The conversion will appear in the small box above these options as you enter the information.

On the right hand side you will see a ‘quick bar’ which has the country flags of some of the most popular currencies.  These include the yen, the pound and several others.  You can also invert these to fill in the opposite box.

How do we rate it?

For speed and accuracy this gets 4 out of 5.  It is also easy to use and the flags are a nice additional touch as well.

 

XE

XE.com

The universal converter on this site is supremely easy to use and it can be found at http://www.xe.com/ucc/.  The good thing about it is that it has dozens of the most popular currencies and they are included in scrolling boxes for you to choose from.

Just enter the amount you are converting to begin with and then find the two relevant currencies you need.  When you click on the ‘go’ button you will be taken to another page to get the results.  These show you the relevant figures in bold.  Underneath this you will see the exchange rates in both directions.  For example it would be from USD to GBP and from GBP to USD, or whichever currencies you chose.

How do we rate it?

This gets 5 out of 5 for clarity, ease of use and depth of information.  You cannot do much better than this.

 

CNN

CNN

CNN is known for its news but the site is big enough to have a section dedicated to currencies and money as well.  The converter is at http://money.cnn.com/data/currencies/.

Scroll down a little to see it and then enter the amount you want to convert.  There are two scrolling boxes underneath this with the most popular currencies in them – more than thirty in all.

Once you have entered the relevant information the figure underneath the last box in the greyed out bar will change to reveal the exchange rate.  You do not need to click any buttons or change pages to see it.

How do we rate it?

For a simple, no frills currency converter this one gets 4 out of 5.  Some may prefer a little more information than you actually get, such as when the exchange rate was applicable.  This is the only thing that slightly lets it down.

 

Reuters

Reuters

Reuters is a world famous website dealing with financial news, currency news and much more besides.  Their converter is at http://www.reuters.com/finance/currencies.

It is easy enough to understand – the amount is given in red so you have to erase the example and type in whatever you are exchanging.  If you need to alter the currencies you are swapping from and to you can do this by clicking the drop down arrow and selecting the appropriate ones.  From there you hit the red go button to get your results.

The exchange rate used appears underneath the conversion.  You can also click on the small calendar indicated and select another date from the past to convert with instead if you wish.

How do we rate it?

This converter gets 4 out of 5, purely because it is quick and easy to use.  It also gives you the ability to get historical rates.