When one think of dating apps, Tinder is probably the first name that comes to mind. The app is insanely popular all across the world. As per the latest statistics (late 2021), Tinder boasts of over 75 million active users across the world and registers over 1.6 billion swipes every day. It also helps that the app is available in 190 countries across the world and supports more 40 languages.
OkCupid markets itself as a dating platform which doesn’t only focus on your looks. In fact, when you visit the service’s official website, it reads, “You are more than just a photo”. OkCupid’s idea is to give you more refined dates based on your interests and passions. So, you can weed out prospective matches based on the things you dislike. OkCupid takes most of the guessing out of the dating process before you are matched. One thing that might not sit right with people when it comes to using OkCupid is that most of its features are hidden behind a paywall. That said, if you want your dates to be selected based on your preferences and not just looks, OkCupid is certainly the app to use.
Coffee Meets Bagel is dating service which has come up with one of the most fresh dating ideas in the world of online dating that I have seen in a while. The dating service gives more power to the woman by taking away the guessing game which comes with Tinder. Women only receive suggestions from those guys who have already shown an interest in them. How it works is that every noon guys will receive up to 21 quality matches known as “Bagels”. The guys have the option to like or pass on the matches. Then the service takes all the guys who have expressed their interest and curate the best potential matches for women. Thus, women are receiving high-quality matches from men who are already interested in them. The best part about using this service is that you are receiving highly-curated suggestions for you once in a day, so you don’t waste time swiping away like on Tinder.
Happn happens to take a unique approach to dating. The service’s tagline reads, “Find the people you have crossed path with” and it literally lets you do that. Happn combines the power of social media with your location to show people who are around you. Every time you cross paths with another Happn member in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline. The app evens shows you the number of times you have crossed path with the same person which might not be that useful but certainly is interesting to see.
Back when Hinge was released, its main aim was to match you with friends of your friends. However, the app has since changed its stance on online dating and has now taken a smarter approach to match two people. The app now has a timeline-esque profile page with like buttons on every separate element on a user’s profile. This allows people to like exactly what they, well, like about the other person. Not only does this give the other person enough information about what you like about their profile, it also leads up to a more natural and fluid first conversation. Try out Hinge if you’re sick of Tinder’s ambiguous nature and want a dating app that gives you more control over your likes.
Plenty of Fish is for people who like Tinder but want to use it for free. The app provides most of its features for free allowing users to send unlimited messages, check unlimited profiles, and more. It also hosts one of the largest dating communities in the world with its member’s list reaching more than 150 million. That is more than double of what you can find on Tinder. That said, with quality, quantity suffers. There are a lot of fake profiles and frustrated men on this service which makes it harder for a woman to find a good match. Also, the app is currently available only in select countries that include Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and Italy among others.
If you are a lady and tired of receiving obscene messages on all the dating apps that you have tried, Bumble is for you. Bumble is much like Tinder with one basic difference. The difference being the fact that the service only allows a woman to start a conversation. The first step is similar to Tinder as in the app shows you the profile of your prospective matches and you can like or dislike them. Once both people like each other they can start the conversation.But wait, if you are a guy, you are not in luck as only the women have the power to start the conversation. This approach has benefits for both men and women. First, women don’t have to go through terrible pickup lines every-time there’s a match, and for men, well if a woman starts the conversation, it means she is really into you and all you need to do is not ruin this up. Additionally, the app has dedicated sections for people looking to date, make friends and network, which is a nice touch.
eHarmony prides itself to be the first service within the online dating industry to use a scientific approach to matching highly compatible singles. According to their webpage, the service uses its propriety Compatibility Matching System technology to match single women and men based on almost 30 dimensions of compatibility for lasting and fulfilling relationships. What this means for you as a user is that you can be sure that the matches shown by the service consist only those people who are highly compatible with you so you have a higher chance of making the date work. eHarmony is for people who are tired of going on dates and finding that the other person is nothing like them. If you are looking for successful dates and long and fulfilling relationships, do give this service a try.
Skout is an app which focuses on both dating and friendship. You can select to date people who are near you and connect with them or you can connect with people who reside in other countries or even continents to talk to them and make friends. The app basically functions as Tinder allowing you to like and dislike people. Once both persons like each other they are matched and can chat with each other. The only major difference between Skout and Tinder is that tthe app wants you to focus more on value-filled relationships than an endless parade of dates. Recently, Skout has also added a new Live Broadcasting feature so you can broadcast yourself live, or join in on a live-stream hosted by another person to share experiences with the wider community on Skout. It’s a pretty interesting feature for an app focused on dating and making new connections.
Match.com has long been a trusted dating app and therefore, it deserves to have a special mention on this list. Since before the days of Tinder, Match.com has been acting as a bridge for couples to meet online. The best part of this app is its strong filters that let you filter out people based on your preferences. That allows you to match with people with like-minded personality. Match.com prides itself in providing an experience which results in a real relationship and if that’s what you are looking for, there is no better place to find your soulmate online.