Tinder may have started it all, but it seems like every few weeks I hear about another dating app that is supposed to have better features. Since I’m a bit of a dating app junkie, I decided to try the top five dating apps—so you don’t have to—to find out which one’s are worth swiping.
Pros: The inventor of swiping, Tinder has a very easy-to-use interface that makes it perfect for browsing while watching TV, waiting for your train to arrive or whenever else you have a few minutes.
Cons: Many people I’ve talked to agree that the quality of potential daters on this app has gone a little bit downhill, which can make it hard to locate any quality options. Tinder is also well known to be full of bots, especially for those looking to meet women.
Pros: Hinge pulls friends from Facebook friends, which can be a nice common factor when talking to a stranger. The app only gives you a certain number of matches over a certain time period, which made sure that I didn’t stay on the app too long.
Cons: The pictures on people’s profiles can either not load well or be of bad quality. And the other side of limiting the number of profiles you can see at a time, it takes away from something I love about dating apps, the game-like time-suck that’s actually almost as much fun as dating sometimes.
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Pros: This app focuses solely on providing you one profile a day, which you can either say yes or no to. When you respond yes or no to the match, they are actually interested in why you did or didn’t choose this person and ask you to select a reason from options such as not enough education or seems fun.
Cons: I hated the one option a day feature. Some people may get overwhelmed when there are so many options, but it didn’t work for me to have one potential dater a day.
Pros: This is a very easy to use and highly rated app. It makes it easier to browse the profiles and can be connected to your full online account.
Cons: Maybe it’s just the area around me, but I have never had luck finding people based on percentages of compatibility.
Pros: This app has the usability of Tinder but is even better, in my opinion. Information is available to view without opening up into the person’s full profile, which makes it easier to browse. Once you match with someone, the woman has 24 hours to initiate the conversation before the man is put back in her queue. And now, you can even find a new BFF on there!
Cons: Since women have to initiate the conversation, it’s common that many men just swipe right on everyone and then decide if they like you after you message them.