Stake pools help decentralize the network by delegating stake across many validator nodes. Each stake pool has its own unique validator criteria and delegation strategy, with some pools requiring that validators be geographically decentralized and meet minimum performance criteria in order to be added to the validator set.
Diversifies your stake investment
By delegating SOL to a stake pool instead of an individual validator, delegators help ensure stake (and therefore voting power) is decentralized across many validator nodes. This helps strengthen the Solana network in the long term. In addition, delegators receive liquid stake pool tokens which they can use on DeFi applications (a feature that is not available when staking to an individual validator).
Current stake pools on Solana
You can now improve the decentralization of the Solana blockchain by participating in stake pools. A stake pool spreads your delegation across many high quality validators. Liquid stake pools allow you to move in and out of the pool without warm-up or cool-down periods. See the links below to learn more about the different liquid staking solutions on Solana.