We’ve all heard of Tinder, and while it’s a great app for connecting with people near you and finding dates, there are plenty of other great apps. The industry has grown to cover the huge range of interests and desires that different people have, so it’s easier than ever to meet someone new once you’ve found the right app. With so many dating apps out there, which one is the best? We’ve tested countless apps, and found the following to be the best choices.
Let’s start off with the big one: Tinder. Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps in the world, and is especially popular in the United States. It’s simple to use: swipe left if you’re not interested and swipe right if you are.
The issue that I have with Tinder, however, is that I don’t find it a great option for finding a serious relationship. It’s more of a hook up app than a way to find a long-term relationship. I highly recommend staying away from Tinder if you’re looking for a long-term relationship.
While Tinder’s rating has gone up for users looking for long-term relationships, it is still one of the most used dating apps.
This app was one of the first dating apps to allow users to find friends of friends. The way it works is similar to Tinder: the users are shown a list of people nearby who they might want to match with. The more you use the app, the more people you can find in your area that you like. The more you connect with people, the more likely you are to find people you would like to date.
Over 50 million users have downloaded Happn, and it is still growing quickly. The chances are good that someone to hook up with with so many users.
Zoosk works slightly differently to Happn, and lets you start searching with someone you already know. If you have a friend on Facebook who has also downloaded the app, you can start connecting with them.
Hinge is the first dating app to give you the option to search for a match based on your “8 values.” Hinge gives you a list of basic parameters, and then you choose one that you align with. This is a personal choice, of course, but the company behind Hinge claims that people are twice as likely to be attracted to someone with the same values as them.
The app gives you the option to filter by gender and your location, and then you enter your name, picture, and date preferences. When people you’ve matched with also opt to see each other, you’re taken to a private chat where you can easily message. It’s a very sweet, simple app.
If you’re looking for a less traditional dating app, the best app is Bumble, which is basically designed with the woman’s experience in mind. This is the best app for people who prefer to be looked at, and for people who have left Tinder feeling bitter about the way their matches turned out.
If you find it hard to connect with other people in person, Bumble is the app for you, as all matches are made in the same way – by mutual friends. This helps to eliminate the need for profiles on the app, so there are no unwanted messages, and makes it a great choice if you’re looking for a more intimate, less overtly sexual, relationship.
If you’re looking for a more personal experience, Hello is a very popular app in the Australia, and is gaining popularity in other parts of the world.
Coffee Meets Bagel
To get the ball rolling, we recommend using an app that gives you instant matches. This way, you don’t have to waste time scanning profiles or chatting with people. All you need to do is swipe right if you think they’re cute, or left if you’re not feeling it. You’ll also be shown people who you don’t match with and people who like you back.
Once you’ve connected, you can message right away and can block anyone you don’t want to message. When you first get your Coffee Meets Bagel feed, you’ll be greeted by thousands of messages from people who have swiped right on your profile. You’ll want to scroll through this as quickly as possible, as some people will send over “hearts” for you to view and determine if you want to chat with them.
If you’re really trying to avoid any kind of relationship or going on dates, and you really just want some no strings attached sex, then MegaPersonals is the app for you. On this app, they’re very upfront about what it’s for so everyone’s always on the same page. With their massive user base, we’d be surprised if you can’t find a hook up in your own town on the same day you sign up.
Happn is the “unhooked” dating app, which means that it focuses only on mutual attraction. The app was designed to help friends get together and meet more people who share their interests. Friends can also share their connections with others who meet their criteria, which can really increase your chances of finding new friends, too.
You can swipe right or left on photos of potential matches, and that will notify you if you’ve matched. You can chat to people and exchange numbers, which is always a good thing to do when you’re looking for a date. The app itself doesn’t track your location, and the more you use it, the less it will do that — to help prevent “ghosting.” It’s free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.
The apps included here range from dating apps designed just for finding a date, to finding casual sex, and everything in between. Most of these apps offer you the option of maintaining your privacy, but you can still opt in to their functions, if you want to make a date public or let your potential match know you’re available.