Navigating the waters of online dating for the first time is challenging — there are too many options to consider. Understanding it would take years to tests hundreds of available paid and free dating apps properly, we have compiled a list of 23 services that have a strong reputation, a vast pool of matches, and are reasonably comfortable to use. In this post, we’ll review them one by one.
23 popular apps review
Do you think that finding the pair is challenging? Well, talk about choosing the right dating website. According to statistics, there are over 80,000 options out there. To narrow down the list of potential options, we selected 23 good dating apps for every dating objective possible.
Using dating apps is not loads of fun. You might have to look through dubious profiles that are better to be unseen forever. Yet, if, at the end of the day, you found a match, the pain was all worth it.
That’s how dating used to look like before the upbringing of Tinder.
Clean, minimalistic navigation is the first thing that meets you on Tinder. Signing up takes about 2-3 minutes considering a possibility to import a Facebook or a Google account into the platform.
Tinder is known for swiping. Choosing a match is simple — swipe left for “No” and right for “Yes”. Such a selection is fully appearance-based. There’s no denying swiping gets exceptionally addictive — it’s also a perfect activity to indulge in while sitting on a bus, waiting in line, etc.
Here’s a short rundown on how the app calculates matches.
- More people swiped right on your photo — the rating increases;
- People who swiped right on your image are high-rated — the rating increases;
- If you swiped right on a group of accounts that were liked by a different user, you’re likely to see other profiles that person matched (complicated, huh);
- The profiles will eventually be recycled — this way, you’ll be able to give a second chance to those you rejected the first time.
Tinder Plus — Users up to 30 years old: $9.99 / Users over 30 y.o. — $19.99
Tinder Gold — $29.99 per month.
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Regardless of an alleged “positioning” of a dating website, all platforms have users that want nothing but a hookup. If you’re in for no-commitment dating yourself, Pure app looks like the place for that. It manages to match a beautiful, edgy interface, with a plethora of features, and enjoyable user experience.
Here’s a short description of the most notable features of your potential profile at Pure:
- It will be destroyed in an hour after creation;
- No information is displayed;
- You will be able to change a profile picture within an hour.
Navigation of free dating app
Pure has a straightforward navigation. To find a date, you need to browse through profiles and click “Yes” when you see someone you wouldn’t mind getting busy with. All the conversations and pictures will be automatically deleted along with the profile — no risks of hacking, no commitments.
Pure has a no-nonsense approach to matchmaking. Without ratings or a preference-based system, a user will simply browse through the pictures of all app users in the area.
Weekly billing — $14.99; monthly — $29.99; quarterly — $58.98; yearly — $75.6.
Released in 2004, OKC has seen millions of users build relationships, break up, and get back together. It’s the best dating app that has a strong reputation and millions of daters with high commitment rallying behind it.
OkCupid is super-inclusive when it comes to profile building. If you’re looking for an app that doesn’t presume every person on the face of the planet is straight, the platform gives you 20(!) options. You’ll be able to choose a gender and sexual orientation that truly defines you.
During matchmaking, the platform follows a classic, Tinder-like swiping system. To improve the quality of the match search, OkCupid has a built-in filter system. Also, you can save search results and come back to them later — a convenient option for a busy millennial.
OkCupid uses a variety of algorithms to determine the odds of your message, turning into an insightful conversation. The list of factors for choosing a match includes location, age preferences, interests, political views, etc.
- $9.95/mo — monthly billing
- $6.96/mo — once-in-six-months billing.
A-List Premium Subscription
- $24.90/mo — monthly billing;
- $19.90/mo — once-in-six-months billing.
Coffee Meets Bagel is a lightweight, friendly app for those that are willing to explore various relationship options. There’s little intimidating sexual tension on the app — a perfect place for introducing yourself to online dating.
Setting up a profile at Coffee Meets Bagel is fun, quick, and not intimidating. All you have to do is to complete short sentences. To increase the odds of successful matching, Coffee Meets Bagel users are recommended to upload a few profile pictures.
The app provides users with a limited number of matches — up to 30 faces per day. After having found a potential partner, you’ll be able to talk to each other via a time-limited chat.
Coffee Meets Bagel is an exemplary case in terms of transparency. It matches its users based on social media connections — you will likely see the profiles of people who are Facebook friends of your own friends.
Coffee Meets Bagel Premium Subscription costs $35/month.
Hinge is another app that walked away from a Tinder-like swiping system. With this one, you will be able to show more than a stylish outfit and a fancy filter — there’s enough room to express opinions, share thoughts, and find a partner that sees the world through a similar lens.
Signing up on Hinge takes time. The app asks users to go over ethnicity, drinking and smoking habits, religion, etc. If you feel that answering these questions make you uncomfortable — feel free to skip.
Using Hinge, you will have no choice but to browse profiles one by one. The thing is, the program doesn’t allow users to move on to the next potential match until they haven’t either accepted or rejected the previous one.
To mark someone as a match, choose a section of that person’s profile and press “Like”.
Apart from browsing through the list of curated matches, Hinge rolls out one “Most Compatible” profile suggestion on daily. How does the program decide who that one most fitting candidate is? Hinge uses a Gale-Shapley algorithm to find suitable matches.
Using the free app version, users can only put a limited number of likes. Want more? Then you’re expected to pay $7 per month.
RAYA is an LA-based dating app. Here, top creatives can look for soulmates. Only top-notch professionals are let in.
Creating an account from RAYA is complicated. To get in, you need to have a recommendation from someone who’s using the app or submit a profile for moderation. You’ll only be accepted if the managing team decides you’re fit to date la crème de la crème.
RAYA follows a swipe-based navigation system. All is simple — go right is for matches and left to pass. If both users match each other, they can connect in chat. The profile is a classic reel of images paired with a background track.
RAYA uses a location-based filter system for matching. To find a celebrity-hookup or a date-to-be, enter your city. Keep in mind that most of your matches will either be LA or NYC-based.
Here’s a low blow — RAYA has no free version — a subscription costs $7.99/month.
Match.com is an app that has witnessed the early days of dating. Released as a website in 1995, it has become known as a place to build stable relationships.
The registration process at Match is relatively straightforward. All the required fields contain personal data — name, birth date, state, gender, and sexual orientation. Then, you will be offered to answer questions in a profile builder.
You can search for your next romantic interest in the “Matches” tab. You can filter search results by defining age, gender, or location preferences.
The algorithms used to pair millions of people on Match are rather multi-layered
- Characteristics both members of a couple chose when filling in the survey;
- User activity — do you usually email matches who want kids or not, how important the income of a significant other is for you, etc.
- The behavior of users who mirror profiles and activities;
- Patterns noticed by developers over the last 16 years (for instance, a republican-democrat outreach is more common than a vice versa move).
- Premium: from $8.99/mo;
- Standard: from $7.99/mo;
- Boost: $0.60 per credit.
For one thing, Bumble is famous for putting women behind the driver seat.
The app claims not to be interested in hookups. To prove the commitment of its user base, Bumble has conducted a dedicated survey — according to it, only 4% of men and 1% of women on the platform are headed straight for the home run — the rest craves meaningful and lasting connections.
Signing up with your Facebook account is all it takes to create a Bumble account. Your profile picture on FB will automatically transfer to the app. Fill in a few personal data fields — age, gender, occupation, and so on and upload up to 6 additional pictures.
Bumble borrowed Tinder’s swiping system. There’s a curious thing worth mentioning. Bumble went “ladies first” in building the matching process. If a man and a woman respectively matched each other, she is expected to make the first step.
- Users that matched you will show up first;
- Popular profiles in the area will be among the first on the list;
- The quality of photos and bios determines the number of people that’ll see the profile;
- User activity is not taken into account.
The cost of Bumble Boost — $25/month.
If you like to play games, watch potential matches compete for you, and all that jazz, Quiz Date Live should sound intriguing. To become a contestant, send an email to the moderation team. As soon as you’re approved, start by telling participants something about yourself. Then, you can host a competition and see who among potential matches knows you better.
To register as a live show host, you need to be pre-approved by community managers. To sign up and watch the streams of others, you will have to fill in a short registration form. All hosts are asked to prepare a short introductory speech that would motivate participants to join.
Quiz Date Live is a mix of a live chat app and a trivia tool. When hosting a show, you’ll see the live chat, the number of active viewers, and the answers to your questions in a separate tab. You will be able to see the location of all potential matches — so would they know where to find you. However, there’s no geolocation filter.
There are no filters, swiping, no long questionnaires to fill. Trivia has three rounds.
- One: all viewers answer questions about a trivia host;
- Two: a host asks a question and chooses three best answers;
- Three: Impressing a trivia host on camera.
Date Quiz Live is free to use.
The idea of seeing your significant other in a tight crowd is so cinematic and romantic. Let’s face it, love-of-the-first-sight stories usually don’t happen, nor do they last.
Happn is the new dating app that aims to revive the tradition of building relationships with randos you meet in the street.
Creating a Happn account is a two-minute business — you just need to log in with your Facebook account.
To find potential matches on Happn, you’ll have to browse through the list of app users that passed you by in the street. Like the profiles that make the cut by your personal standards.
Happn has a “Secret Like” feature. In a nutshell, the one you liked will not know about your attraction before liking you back.
Happn revives the concept of a “chance encounter” by using Uber-like geolocation filtering. The app scans all devices in the range of 250 meters.
- $24.99/mo — monthly billing;
- $15/mo — 6-months billing;
- $10/mo — 1-year billing.
Among top dating apps, Plenty of Fish is known for its impeccable track record. The user base of POF is skyrocketing — up to 100 million users worldwide.
Plenty of Fish has a tad lengthy registration process. The form has around 20 questions — you’ll have to spend 5-10 minutes to create an account. The good news is, no social media accounts are required to get on the platform.
Plenty of Fish has a remarkably thought out interface of its built-in messenger. For one thing, you can send voice memos. Also, a user can choose a “priority message” that will always end up at the top of the list.
According to the app’s official website, two primary factors used to match couples are height and income.
Not all POF users are happy with such algorithms. They took it to Reddit with jokes like “I’m tall but unemployed, how will I be matched”.
- $9.80/mo — quarterly billing;
- $5.95/mo — yearly billing.
Being a picky dater online is a nightmare. You have to pass on most of the matches as they are not smart enough, not too determined, don’t make enough, and so on. After having dated for a while, you can’t help think being picky is intrinsically wrong.
The League — an app to help CEOs and executives find soulmates — is here to prove you wrong.
Creating a profile on The League is not easy. You need to submit a request to the waiting list. And wait you will — at times for as long as a year.
The good news is, you can pay $350 to bypass the waiting list and get an account — many users find it too risky of an investment. After joining, you don’t have to fill in the profile — all the data is pulled straight from Facebook or LinkedIn.
At a so-called “Happy Hour”, you’ll get an email with the profiles of potential partners. The system itself is beneficial as you don’t have to waste time looking for matches on your own. You can get a League Ticket that will send a new batch of prospects. A pack of profiles costs $6.99.
A user can define a dream match by specifying the following characteristics:
The cost of The League Premium:
- $199/mo — monthly billing;
- $83/mo — yearly billing.
If you feel like traditional dating websites don’t offer enough freedom for gay couples, how about testing niche platforms? Her is an app “made for queer women by queer women”.
It has an atmosphere not many top dating apps manage to provide, with community-related events, an engine for sharing curated news, and many more features.
Your personal account on Her will heavily resemble a mood board, with pictures and posts that give an in-depth feel of your personality. Don’t worry about filling endless personality questionnaires — the app asks for little essentials.
“Her” took a Tinder one-profile-at-a-time matching system to a whole new level. To save users’ time, the app offers a reel of potential matches rather than asking you to reject or approve of every single candidate.
To help women land a match, an app uses a system of filters. You’ll be asked to choose among 12 sexual orientation options. It’s seemingly an advantage — in reality, most users are blaming the dropdown list for extreme vagueness and confusion.
The cost of Her Premium:
- $14.99/mo — 1-month billing;
- $10/mo — 6-months billing;
- $7.50/mo — 12-months billing.
Clover claims to be a marriage of science and convenience, a “Match meets Tinder” kind of app. Yet, it has started standing out as soon as the platform has launched its on-demand dating feature.
Clover is on the of the apps with the fastest profile creation algorithm. It takes around 2 minutes to sign up. A user has to upload one picture and specify your intent of using the app, such as:
- Looking for friends;
- Looking for dating;
- Want a long-term relationship.
Clover follows along with the line of being like no other dating app. Thus, there’s no swiping. Instead, users click on profiles. There are three ways to interact with a potential match:
- Ask him 20 questions;
- Request a date;
- Recommend a user to a friend.
The app offers users an extensive system of filters — you can define the height, occupation, ethnicity, even the body type of a dream match.
Clover Premium Cost:
- $29.99/mo — 1-month payment;
- $20.00/mo — 3-months payment;
- $15.00/mo — 6-months payment.
eHarmony, according to the website’s founders, has an impressive success rate — it has become a starting point of over 110,000 marriages. There are hardly many dating websites out there capable of standing against such an impressive track record.
To sign up, you’ll have to fill in a short form with necessary personal information — gender, age, location, marital status. There’s a detailed survey as well — brace yourself to answer strings of questions.
As eHarmony has a paid subscription, there’s a limited number of ways to contact a potential match. You can find out more about the partner by answering questions (all created beforehand by the platform) about their work, hobbies, and habits.
eHarmony is an example of “bipartite matching” — a profile of every user is shown to a group of potential matches. There’s a long string of factors that come into play — physical attraction, the level of extraversion and sociability, and so on.
- One-month subscription — $59.95/mo;
- 6-months subscription — $39.95/mo;
- 12-months subscription — $18.95/mo;
- 24-months subscription — $9.95/mo.
There has been a lot of shade thrown at Zoosk for a not-so-thorough profile moderation. The app users claim the number of fakes on the app is skyrocketing.
It takes no time to create a profile if you have a Facebook or Google account. Sign in with those, answer a list of questions about your education, religion, smoking habits, and body type, upload your best picture — you’re golden!
The design of Zooks is highly engagement-driven. There are various ways to express interests — like the profiles of potential matches or be a little gutsier and shoot a message.
Zoosk implements fancy technology — a proprietary behavioral matching algorithm. The app learns what kind of profiles you view and likes and offers similar ones for subsequent searches.
- $29.95/mo — 1-month payment;
- $19.95/mo — 3-months payment;
- $15/mo — 6-months payment.
AdultFriendFinder openly admits to its reputation of the place for “sex and swinger”. Straight from the first screen of the app, it’s clear — a “friendship” will be quick, mature, and, most certainly, not platonic.
Signing up on AdultFriendFinder is lightning-style fast. All the app wants is your name and a password. Adding a picture or a bio is not mandatory — though it’s best if you do. Don’t worry about being inappropriate here — in fact, the website is one of the few places that encourage loosening up.
On the app’s home page, there’s a reel of potential matches in your area that are on the same page sexually as you are. A friendly warning: the feed does get intense.
There’s a system of filters to help users navigate through matches — age, location, body type, etc.
AdultFriendFinder will offer you a reel of random users as soon as you visit the app. To add precision, specify your preferences (in terms of looks and desired sexual activity). The app will factor new data in, and you’ll get a list of curated matches.
- $39.95 — 1-month billing;
- $26.95 — 3-months billing;
- $19.95 — 12-months billing.
Real-life relationships can be praised and all — yet, there are times when all you need is a dose of quick-and-dirty. For moments like these, iHookUp is around. It’s an app for users who know what they want and don’t plan to hold back on getting it.
Creating an iHookUp profile is to-the-point. Write down your name, location, the gender you’re interested in, and the reason you came in the first place.
The minimalistic and not-too- raunchy design of iHookUp is highly appreciated compared to most adult dating apps. After all, no one wants to be engrossed by full-screen D pictures and all that. That said, iHookUp is not ad-free.
The selection of profiles relies on your answers to questions provided by the platform, such as:
- Your friends tell you that you are…
- What are you passionate about?
- What should a date know about you?
- Not many know you are…
iHookUp redirects you to the “Payment Methods” page straight after signing up. To use the app freely, users have to pay for a premium membership — it’ll be $39.99 per month.
Elite Singles is a dating app that uses a Five-Factor personality assessment system for matching.
Before entrusting your next relationship to science, you need to create a profile. Get ready to answer a tedious personality test. As a reward for commitment, you’ll get a detailed personality analysis based on the Five-Factor Model at the end of the test.
The navigation of Elite Singles somewhat makes up for a tedious registration process. You can either subscribe to a daily newsletter that’ll send the profiles of potential partners in batches or talk to those who have visited your profile.
Elite Singles offers filter-based matchmaking. Several search options can be defined by a user — the distance range, the age, occupation, education, gender, sexual orientation of potential matches, and so on.
- Light: $37.95/mo — 3-months billing;
- Classic: $21.95/mo — 6-months billing;
- Comfort: $19.95/mo — 12-months billing.
99 flavors is another sex-only app on the list. Here all users are discreet about their aspirations. While some are in for a traditional hookup — a fair share of 99 flavor users are couples looking for a way to spice up their sex life.
The sign-up is quick and straightforward. There are all the usual gender, sexual orientation questions — altogether, creating an account doesn’t take more than 1-2 minutes.
99 flavors is visually disturbing. There are above-the-line pictures all over the place. Other than that, 99 flavors provides users with a relatively extensive set of features — you’ll be able to send instant messages, stream live on a webcam, and exchange pictures in private to get that tension flowing.
- $30/mo — monthly billing;
- $20/mo — 3-months billing;
- $8/mo — 12-months billing.
Cams.com is an app that makes a distinct presence compared to all similar platforms. Its easy-to-navigate interface and a wide selection of models are benefits worth exploring.
Cams.com is like any streaming service in terms of registration. There’s no need to upload a picture, pass tests, or answer lingering questions. A username and a password needed to get access to live shows.
Cams is a place where people with traditional preferences and those who look for non-conventional models come together. There’s a filter system that helps you set the parameters of the model — gender, body type, hair color, race, and so on.
The primary way to sort through models on Cams is by using the comprehensive filtering system. Search parameters include gender, age, ethnicity, region, and language. Choose webcam shows from three major groups — Free, New, and Nude.
Cams has a token-based pricing system.
- $12 for 100 tokens;
- $26 for 250 tokens;
- $50 for 500 tokens;
- $99 for 1,000 tokens.
GayFriendFinder invaded the dating scene way before homosexual dates became a thing. With over 20 years of reputation, GayFriendFinder has earned the status of a trusted, no-scam platform.
GayFriendFinder has a smooth, under-5-minute sign-up process. To create a profile, specify your dating preferences — single dates or a couple.
GayFriendFinder has implemented the filtering system to help users dort through matches. Once you found a worthwhile profile, choose among three ways to get things going: sending an email, a direct message, or have and a live chat in case your potential partner is online.
Aside from basic search filters, GayFriendFinder offers no proprietary matching algorithm. Most likely, the lack of advanced filtering has to do with the limited user base of the application.
- $22.99/mo — monthly billing
- $13.99/mo — 3-months billing;
- $8.99/mo — 12-months billing.
- $30.00/mo — monthly billing;
- $13.99/mo — 3-months billing;
- $7.99/mo — 12-months billing.
ALT was created for those who feel like there’s a spark missing in their intimate lives. The app markets itself as a platform for “mature dating” that includes BDSM, bondage sex, etc.
ALT has a 5-step profile registration process. The required fields demand personal information, sexual orientation, marital status, and preferences related to sexual activities.
Matchmaking and messaging on ALT are quite comfortable. You’ll be able to add potential partners to hotlists, take a look at the list of users who liked your profile, write your own blog posts describing new sexual experiences or share those of other users.
ALT has a search system with all the filters a sexual adventure-seeker might dream of. Your search options will include:
- Sexual orientation;
- Marital status;
- Body type.
- $22.94/mo — monthly billing;
- $13.79/mo — 3-months billing;
- $10.29/mo — 12-months billing.
- $34.44 /mo — monthly billing;
- $17.24/mo — 3-months billing;
- $10.29/mo — 12-months billing.
The Bigger Picture
To make things clear once and for all, here’s a way to find out which dating app is the number-one-choice for you.
Name of the app
It’s the right one if you…
Are new to dating and eager to test the waters — there are millions of Tinder-dedicated guides and tutorials.
Are in for no-commitment sex and want absolutely no one to know.
Want to be a part of a community of amazing (and single) people from all over the world.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Rely on friends to settle your dating life.
Crave in-depth conversations rather than a hookup.
Live in LA and NYC and are famous enough to come across as and date a celebrity.
Look for an OG dating site that’s proven to be reliable.
Believe that girls do “run the world”.
Quiz Date Live
Are a trivia fan or an avid “The Bachelor” viewer.
Believe in the power of chance encounters
Plenty of Fish
Want to start a relationship right away — with no shortlists or waiting around.
A high-profile executive or a CEO looking for someone who’s not out of your league.
A woman looking for a meaningful romantic relationship with ladies.
Want to order dates like it’s Thai food.
Are committed to a long-term relationship and looking for a lifetime match.
Want your actions to speak your mind
Look for plain sex — no foreplay
Want to browse an innocently-looking hookup app
Put your trust in psychology and let it choose your next partner
Are a couple looking to spice things up in bed
Want to “get it on” without leaving the room
Are a British or an Australian mate with trust in an OG gay dating app
Have a sexual curiosity drive.
We hope the table above helped you narrow a list of options to try down. Now it’s time to take your phone out, download the app you like, and get on a dating treasure hunt.
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Unlike most free fuck sites with no credit card, we do not have awkward questionnaires. The service works as a local sex app based on your location: the first thing you need to get a match is your registration. After your sign-up, you will see lots of people in your district with the distance between you shown. To try your fate, you can like, dislike or super like other members to come together.
The last step is a flirty conversation, which starts if your chemistry is mutual.