Top 5 Dating Apps to Meet New People

For all my single friends out there, Happy Single Awareness Day! For some, today might be a crushing reality about how lonely you are. Others might be grateful that you don’t have to participate in the over-commercialized holiday where you’re expected to buy candy, flowers, and a romantic dinner. I will be at my hotel ordering room service and playing Homescapes on my bed. If you’re looking to date, there is no better day to find another single person than on Valentines Day. Here are our top five dating apps to help you find “the one”

1. OkCupid Dating

OkCupid Dating
OkCupid Dating
Developer: OkCupid.com
Price: Free+
OkCupid Dating
OkCupid Dating
Developer: okcupid.com
Price: Free+

The OG online dating service that has paved the road for connecting with people online. The extreme popularity of online dating within the younger generation has lead to a wide user base of people under the age of 30. OkCupid lets you make detailed profiles that highlight your personality or interests. The matching algorithm will help you find someone with similar interests.

OkCupid is free to download and use, but there are premium subscription that unlocks special features

  • See people who have already liked you
  • Search with advanced filters and additional options
  • Ad-free

Pricing

  • 1-month packages start at $9.99
  • 3-month packages start at $23. 99
  • 6-month packages start at $29.99
  • 12-month packages start at $39.99

2. Tinder

Tinder
Tinder
Developer: Tinder Inc.
Price: Free+
Tinder
Tinder
Developer: Tinder
Price: Free+

The dating app that started the swipe revolution. Tinder is an extremely popular dating app, especially for the younger generation. The swiping system lets you sift through many people’s profiles which increases the chance that you’ll match with someone. Swipe right on people you like and swipe left if you’re not about it. If two people like each other, you’ll be matched and sent to Tinder’s messaging platform. Check out our review of Tinder by clicking here.

Tinder offers a premium subscription service that unlocks special features.

  • Rewind: Undo any swipe you’ve done
  • Passport: Chance your location and swipe on people who live in a different area
  • Unlimited likes: There is no limit to how many people you swipe on
  • Extra Super Likes: You get five per day. If you Super Like someone, they will be notified and increases the chance that you’ll match with them
  • Boosts: Increases the visibility of your profile for 30 minutes
  • Tinder Gold: Allows you to see people who have already liked you

Pricing

  • Tinder Gold (1 month): $14.99
  • Tinder Gold (6 months): $52.99
  • Tinder Gold (1 year): $82.99
  • Tinder Plus (1 month): $9.99
  • Tinder Plus (6 months): $34.99
  • Tinder Plus (1 year): $54.99

*Tinder Plus lets you get all the premium features above except seeing people who have already liked you.

3. Bumble

Bumble - Meet New People
Bumble - Meet New People

Bumble is another dating app that utilizes the swipe feature. I don’t know how Bumble does it, but they make pictures look really good on the app. I see people who have the same picture in different dating apps, but they always seem to look better in Bumble. If you start using Bumble, you’ll immediately notice how many beautiful people there are around you. It’s like every Instagram model collaborated together and decided to go exclusively on Bumble. The only challenge is to match them. Bumble is pretty much the exact same as Tinder except the girl always messages first. The girl has to message you within 24 hours, otherwise, the match is gone forever. There is also a mode to find friends if you’re not looking to date.

Bumble offers a premium subscription service that unlocks special features. It’s called Bumble Boost.

  • BeeLine: You’ll be notified the moment someone right-swipes you
  • Rematch: You can reopen communication with an expired match
  • BusyBee: You can take as long as you like to contact a new match

Pricing

  • 1 week: $8.99
  • 1 month: $24.99
  • 3 months: $49.99
  • 6 months: $79.99

4. Coffee Meets Bagel

CMB Free Dating App
CMB Free Dating App
Price: Free+

Coffee Meets Bagel is an online dating app that gives you a limited number of matches (Bagels) each day. It uses a unique algorithm that matches you with friends of friends, rather than complete strangers. The limited number of bagels is to combat swipe fatigue which is a real thing. People experience burnout or swipe fatigue from the seemingly endless amount of people that you swipe through on apps like Bumble. Coffee Meets Bagel gives you a curated list of people who have set similar dating preferences which will increase the chances of liking each other. Check out our in-depth review by clicking here.

Coffee Meets Bagel offers a premium subscription service that unlocks special features.

  • Activity report: Learn about your Bagel’s chat activity
  • Message read: Know when your Bagel has read a message
  • More beans: Coffee Meets Bagel currency that allows you to like like people on the discover page
  • Mutual friends: You can see you Bagel’s mutual friends

Pricing

  • 1 month: $34.99
  • 3 month: $74.99
  • 6 month: $119.99
  • 12 month: 179.99
  • 3000 beans: $24.99
  • 2000 beans: $23.99
  • 100 beans: $1.99

5. Hinge

Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Developer: Hinge, Inc.
Price: Free+
Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Developer: Hinge
Price: Free+

Hinge looks to combat mindless swiping similar to Coffee Meets Bagel. Hinge looks to help you find meaningful relationships. Hinge lets you make a profile that tells a story rather than it looking like another resume. Each user’s profile looks more like a timeline of photos and facts about them. Hinge uses an algorithm that matches you with your Facebook friends which helps to filter out bots and creepers. Hinge even added a new feature that helps to prevent “ghosting”.

Hinge lets you have a 3-month trial for Full Membership which automatically transitions into a Basic Membership. Basic Membership is limited to 10 people per day and limited preferences.

Pricing

  • 1 month: $12.99/month
  • 3 months: $6.99/month
  • 6 months: $4.99/month

Although Valentines Day is totally overrated, meaningful relationships are not. Dating apps are the most efficient way to meet new people which can be incredibly difficult with a busy schedule. As much as people knock on dating apps, there are a ton of success stories so there is hope. People have different rates of success in different dating apps. I have had the most success on Tinder while my buddy has had the most success on Bumble. Go ahead and check out any or all of the dating apps on this list!

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