Let’s face it, navigating online dating is a whole ‘nother ballgame these days, and there are a bunch of different options and boastings on offer from the best dating apps. Swiping on Tinder? Pinging a message on Bumble? Formulating a crackin’ profile on Hinge? It’s an absolute minefield out there, and it’s all too easy to hop from one to the other.
An endless roster of actively seeking singles (even ones with really niche preferences) are accessible on your commute, and profiles are swamped with Uber ratings, food preferences and requests that we follow these complete strangers on Instagram (like we weren’t going to stalk you anyway). Not only this, but apps themselves are now flooded with options – fancy filtering for height, asking for recommendations on your next holiday or networking at a group cocktail making class? These are all options that apps can offer.
According to the latest study from my favourite dating app (biased, I know, but I did meet my partner on there) Bumble, over two thirds of respondents are using apps to find a steady relationship. This shows that, despite what you may think, the UK population is ready and willing to meet someone long-term. In a super revealing comment on our generation, however, the study also revealed that over 70% of UK users are using emojis to flirt. Well, sometimes you can be lost for words…
Plus, a survey on UK online dating from Comscore revealed that over 7.6 million of us visited a dating app or site in June 2019… that’s a whole 1 in 6 of internet users over the age of 18. And we’re not in it for a few swipes then tapping out, either, with the average dating app user spending 191 minutes of their precious time searching.
With all this to consider, how are you expected to find time to pick the best dating apps to bless with your presence? How do you know what apps have the ‘best’ single people lurking on them, whether you define that by most intelligent, tallest, or your perfect astrological match?
You’re in luck, we’ve tried and tested the best dating app options on the market and we’re here to help you find your perfect match (the app, that is. No guarantees on the new bae, sorry).
From detailed profiles you can devour like a book to linking you with someone new for a quick meet-up, whether you’re looking for a slow-burning, blossoming romance with your future life partner or just dipping your toe back in the dating water after a broken relationship – we applaud you, it’s tough out there – these are the best options on the market to explore new dating opportunities.
Stuck for what to say? Try the best opening lines for Bumble to get initial conversation flowing easily.
Need profile tips? Here are the top tips from Tinder on how to have the best dating app profile.
Best dating app for: Putting yourself out there
You’ve got 24 hours, and you get the first word – no pressure, right? Bumble breaks down the unspoken rule of dating where we wait to be approached – ball’s officially in your court here. Try asking everyone the same three questions if you want to see how they all measure up, treating it like a job interview or go for a tried and tested ‘drinks Thursday?’ if you’re feeling bold.
Cost: Free, with premium option ‘Bumble Boost’ and beeline features from £6.99
Writer’s block? Check out the tips Bumble gave us on the ten best opening lines.
Best dating app for: Showcasing your spellbinding fluency in sarcasm
Hinge lets you customise your profile to add three key bits of personal information – claiming this will help you find something more real. You can certainly tell more about your potential partners from their profiles, but the catch? It comes with the pressure of coming across as witty, fun and effortlessly debonair. Plus the answers might get a little old – we get it, people hate slow walkers.
Cost: Free to download, with Hinge Subscription options from £10.49
Check out our interview with CEO & Founder for more tips
Best dating app for: Endless possibilities
It’s no secret that Tinder is one of the most widely used, most saturated apps and it’s changed the way we date. If you’re looking for a whole host of options, Tinder’s the place for you. Disclaimer: 4 in 5 profiles feature dogs and/or naked torsos. Only let the former sway you.
Cost: Free, with Tinder Plus options from just 79p!
Best dating app for: Joining a community of lesbian and queer womxn
If you’re looking for a safe way to meet a community of likeminded women in group chats, at events, or discuss anything from LGBTQ+ news, HER is the perfect platform.
Cost: Free, with HER Premium memberships from £7.99
Best for: Approaching that guy you always stare at on the northern line without looking like a stalker
If you pass them IRL, they’ll appear on the app, and Happn will even rack up how many times you cross paths. Living in a big city can cause issues, though – think needle in a haystack…
Cost: Free, with starter packs of coins available from £1.99
Best for: Finding cultured and ambitious people who are looking to date more seriously
A super selective process, say goodbye to swiping and hello to screening fuller profiles that showcase hobbies, favourite venues and past holidays. Find top tips on your next holiday, or just enjoy the notification every time someone new is checking your profile out…
Cost: Free to join, but you’ll need to pay for a full membership (£19.99+) to see your messages and message others
Best dating app for: Fusing fun experiences with meeting new people
Let’s Day Out is the union between an exclusive events app and a premium matchmaking service. Vicky Cheng, CEO of Let’s Day Out, is tying these two together brings the “in-person” back to meeting new people. Her app matches users that share similar interests and invites them to exclusive events in London (think pasta making, gigs and bottomless brunches). The app then lets you stay in touch with these people. Experiences, friendships, networking, dating – it’s all here.
Best for: Avoiding being seen, and keeping things private
How often are you put off by being spotted by the man in IT or adding facts like your surname, job or 4 filtered (it’s okay, we all do it) photos for everyone to see? With Pickable women reveal themselves to men they’re interested in. For the men? They get a fun dashboard to gamify the experience and give them better feedback in future. This could be a game changer.
Cost: Free, with premium options from £4.99
Best for: Finding the next best thing to Tom Hardy
The fancy facial recognition technology means you can scan the single market for someone who looks just like one of your fave celebs. View our Sexiest Men of The Year for inspo. (Badoo will have you believe 95% of Hackney’s bearded population bares semblance to Jake Gyllenhall. Don’t be fooled).
Cost: Free, with limit extensions from £1.99 and super powers from £9.99
Best for: Patiently waiting for the one
Give the lowdown on your tastes, hobbies, age, education etc. by linking up to Facebook and Coffee Meets Bagel will serve you up a single, quality match each day. They’re right there on a plate, but if they’re not your thing you’ve got a full day to uncomfortably ignore Jordan while you wait with baited breath for tomorrow’s option.
Cost: Free, with extra beans from 99p!
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March 23, 2020