The 15 Best Dating Apps to Meet Someone Awesome

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Between work, going to the gym, and trying to make new friends, it can be hard to also find time to meet the love of your life. Online dating is one of the best ways to find everything from a one night stand to your future spouse, but it can be tricky to figure out which apps are best for your personality and needs.

Here are the 15 best online dating apps.

The tried and true:

Bumble: Bumble adds some pressure so people actually make conversation with each other instead of just racking up matches for the sake of it, as matches expire after 24 hours if no message is sent. And for heterosexual couples, only ladies get to message first, so it’s good to know that someone is actually into you when you see a notification in your inbox.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Grindr: Grindr is geared toward gay, bi, trans, and queer people, and the app functions similar to Tinder, with users filling out profiles and swiping left or right to get location-based matches. Grindr also lets users set filters on the matches that they see.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

OkCupid: OkCupid was the first free online dating site, and the app makes matches by asking their users a set of questions to figure out what they’re into and the issues that they care about. OkCupid is also super inclusive, and they were the first app to introduce 22 gender and 13 orientation options in 2014.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Tinder: Chances are, you’re probably already on Tinder, alternatively loving and hating its barebones system—swipe left for no, swipe right for yes. And while Tinder definitely has a reputation as a hookup app, there are tons of people who have found love at first swipe, so there’s something on there for everyone.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.


The trendy:

Coffee Meets Bagel: This app sends you curated suggestions each day at noon, and you can “like” or pass on the person. If they like you too, you’ll match. An interesting facet of CMB is that chats expire after 7 days because the app believes that “the most meaningful connections happen face-to-face,” so it’s up to you to exchange contact information within a week of matching.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Happn: Tired of matching with people that are too far away? With Happn, every time you cross paths with someone who is also on Happn, their profile with show up on your timeline, and you can even see the number of times you guys have crossed paths. You can then like them, and if they like you too, it’ll become a “crush” and you can start chatting with each other.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Hinge: Hinge focuses on finding you matches that are already in your social network by matching you with people that you share Facebook friends with, but you can also match with people you aren’t already connected with. Hinge profiles also let you add a lot of information, from photos and videos to details about your beliefs and values. Hinge also has an interest in how your dates go, and if you exchange phone numbers with a match, Hinge will follow up and ask if you guys met up. It’s an optional feature of the app, but the app uses that info to recommend new people for you.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.


The very, very specific:

Feeld: If you’re looking to join the 18% of men that have had a threesome, Feeld just might be for you. Whether you’re in a couple or flying solo, the app will help you match with other people looking for a party of three. The app also has a “hide” setting so you won’t match with your Facebook friends.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Growlr: If you’re a guy that’s into hairy guys, say hello to Growlr. The app touts itself as the “complete social networking app for gay bears.” While you can definitely find a date on Growlr, and the app can be used for just finding friends, and it features a section where you can be upcoming events in your area.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Sweatt: Fitness routines are very important, and you just might want to meet someone who also goes for runs at 5 a.m. Sweatt lets you add your workout habits to your profile, from how many times a week you workout to what workouts you most enjoy.

Download the app on iOS and sign up for the Google Play waitlist here.


The paid apps:

Match: Match.com was launched way back on 1995, and they haven’t slowed since then. With Match, you’re not limited to people you match with, and you can view pretty much everyone’s profile, but you can also set filters if you want. Match can also recommend people for you, and the “Missed Connections” feature will let you know if you’ve been geographically near someone else who’s on Match.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

eHarmony: While eHarmony allows you to create a free profile, you have to pay for pretty much everything else, including messaging. The site uses a 150-question long survey to find your compatible matches, so you now everyone on there is pretty serious. eHarmony’s sister site Compatible Partners is geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Download eHarmony on iOS and Google Play.

Download Compatible Partners on iOS.

Elite Single: If you feel ~elite~ and need someone to match your BEE (Big Elite Energy), check out Elite Singles. You fill out a questionnaire and the app will present you with potential matches. The app also let’s you know who’s been looking at your profile.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.


The up and coming:

Pickable: Women are completely anonymous on Pickable, and they’re the only ones allowed to browse through potential matches. Men create profiles with their photos and basic info, and they’ll be notified when a women wants to chat with them. Once a woman’s chat request is accepted, either person can send the first message. Unfortunately, Pickable can only work if you are attracted to the opposite sex, but the app says they’re working on an LGTBQ+ only app.

Download the app on iOS and Google Play.

Ship: Match Group and Betches Media partnered up to create this app, which lets you swipe for matches with your friends. Users on Ship gets their own “Crew,” and members of your Crew can like people for you if they meet your search settings. If that person likes you back, it’s a match.

Download the app on iOS.

Quiz Date Live: Ever wanted to be on a dating show? On Quiz Date Live, players compete for a featured dater by answering a series of questions. The final three then get to impress the dater through live video—think telling jokes or performing your best dance moves. The winner and the featured dater will then go on a date paid for by Quiz Date Live. The only catch about the app is that only straight women can be featured daters right now, and you have to email the company to apply to be said dater. However, there are reportedly plans to allow male and LGBTQ+ contestants to be the featured dater.

Download the app on iOS.

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