With over 91 million people now using location-based mobile dating apps to meet someone special, new apps seem to pop up every day. The choices are overwhelming, and who’s got time to test drive them all?
Don’t waste your time with apps that aren’t worth the download. Instead, start swiping your way to success with these 7 best dating apps:
Out of all the dating apps out there, we’ve gotten the best results for our clients on Tinder.
If you live in a large city, the potential dating pool is huge – the app claims to produce 26 million matches every day.
Because Tinder is location based and 76% of users live in urban areas, your odds of finding a match significantly decrease in smaller, rural cities.
You can download Tinder for free, or opt for the “Tinder Plus” or “Tinder Gold” options. Upgrading to Tinder Plus costs $9.99/month if you’re under 30, and $19.99/month if you’re 31+.
Tinder Gold will run you $21.99 a month if you purchase one month at a time. A 6-month subscription is about $12/month, and you'll pay about $10/month for committing to a year's worth of Tinder Gold.
If you’re a free user, you’re restricted to a daily budget of swipes. Once you’ve seen around 100 profiles, you have to wait about 12 hours before you can swipe some more. But upgrading allows you to swipe as much as you’d like.
The monthly fee allows you to undo left swipes, and if you travel frequently upgrading makes sense because it allows you to change your geographic location. So with a little pre-planning, you can have attractive women waiting to meet you at your destination before you’ve even stepped off the plane.
With Tinder Gold, you can see who liked you in a special grid view. That means you'll instantly match with anyone who catches your eye.
You’ll find women of all ages using the app, although it’s most popular with the 16 to 34-year-old crowd. Tinder’s been long considered a “hook-up” app, but you can also find women seeking long-term relationships there as well. Women are women. Just like you can meet your future wife at a bar, you can meet your future wife on Tinder.
Click here for 11 Tinder Hacks that will get you out on a date by this weekend.
This dating app only matches users who share Facebook friends. It’s like Tinder without the randomness, and many users find feel more comfortable when they know people in common with their dates.
Think of it this way – Hinge is like introducing yourself to the hot girl at your friend’s party, while Tinder is like approaching her at the bar.
Plus, Hinge reveals enough information about your match to let you do a quick Google search to verify that she actually exists. And if she lists her work info in her Facebook profile, you can see that too – so before you meet her in person, you already know she’s a real person with a real job and real friends.
On the downside, the user pool is much smaller than on an app like Tinder, and success largely depends on how many of your Facebook friends are also using it.
And unlike Tinder where you can mindlessly swipe for hours, Hinge only sends you a finite number of matches each day, which you then accept or reject.
Hinge profiles aren't the traditional “About Me” style. Instead of filling out a bio, you select a “prompt” to answer. Prompts are questions or statements like “If I had to get a tattoo of an emoji” or “two truths and a lie,” which you can fill out in 150 characters or less. Answering one is mandatory, and you can elect to fill out up to 6 total.
Profiles also reveal information about what college she went to and where she works. So you know a little more about her up front, which can help you decide if she’s a good prospect.
According to Hinge, the male/female ratio is 50-50, and 90% of users are between 23 and 36. The average user has about 50 Facebook friends on Hinge.
Give Hinge a try if you have at least a few hundred Facebook friends and you’re the type of guy who wants to scrutinize profiles before swiping right. But we generally recommend that you use it in addition to, not instead of, Tinder.
If you’re on the hotter end of the spectrum, Bumble is a good bet. It’s based on the same format as Tinder, with one huge exception – only women can initiate contact. Once you’ve both swiped right, she has 24 hours to send you a message before the match disappears.
If you upgrade to Bumble Boost, you can use the “Busybee” feature to add an additional 24 hours to the match window. You'll also have access to the “Beeline”, which limits your feed to women who have already liked you, thus guaranteeing a match. “Rematch” allows you to reconnect with past matches for an extra 24 hours.
The cost to upgrade starts at $9.99/mo, with a discount available when you purchase a 3 or 6-month subscription.
Since your profile has to make her want to start a conversation with you, having 6 strong photos and an interesting 300-character-or-less profile is crucial. According to one of the app’s founders, the odds of getting a message are in your favor – around 60% of matches result in a conversation.
The app’s gender demographics are supposedly about equal, with 55% of users being male.
If you live in a major metropolitan area like New York City, Happn is worth a shot. This app took Tinder’s concept and added an interesting twist: Women appear in your feed after you cross paths with them in real life.
So if you’re in line at Starbucks and a female Happn user is sitting at a table, you will appear in each other’s feeds. If you both accept the match, you can start messaging.
The app launched in Paris, and has been accumulating users around the world ever since. But since matches are based specifically on proximity – you literally have to walk right by each other. Don’t bother downloading it unless you’re in a heavily populated city.
5. Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is similar to Tinder and Hinge, but takes a “men want selection, and women are selective” approach. This #LadiesChoice stance makes it a popular app with women – they outnumber men 60:40 on CMB.
Men receive up to 21 matches, called “bagels,” at noon every daily. Women only see bagels who have already “liked” them, and who meet their search criteria. When possible, matches are pulled from mutual Facebook friends.
CMB is a great option if you don’t have time to devote to the tons of swiping and messaging required for success on an app like Tinder.
Users have 24 hours to review each match, and can only exchange messages for 7 days. Odds are good she’ll be checking out your profile, so it needs to stand up to her scrutiny. Although you only have to write three sections (“I am”, “I like”, and “I appreciate when my date”), you’ll want to put some thought into your answers.
Click here for tips on how to make your profile stand out from the competition, and make her want to meet you.
OkCupid's mobile app allows you to manage your OkCupid.com account on your smart phone. The main difference is the mobile app incorporated Tinder’s swiping system. It uses the same algorithm as the website, which shows you potential matches based on your answers to questions designed to gauge your personality and values.
One million people install the app every week, according to the company, and about 7.3 million messages are exchanged every week.
PlentyOfFish also developed a great app for its dating site users. The company claims 80 percent of POF usage now takes place on mobile devices.
POF is one of the largest free dating sites out there, and using the free app gives you access to a huge dating pool.
The app uses the same matching algorithm as the online site, and there’s no limit to the number of matches or messages you can send and receive.
There you have it – the 7 best dating apps. Online dating just got even more convenient. But if you’re not sure how to bring your A-game, or don’t have time to keep up with all that swiping, let us help.
Our dating experts know these apps inside and out, and we can find and message attractive women for you. All you have to do is show up to your dates! Click here to learn more about the quickest and easiest way to meet your ideal girl.