The best dating apps to beat loneliness

With more and more people adopting the digital lifestyle, demand for tech that can help us build connections in just one click continues to rise. And in the modern world where every fifth relationship is said to start online, the importance of choosing the right dating app cannot be underestimated.

This site is designed to save users from drawing in the dating app-mania and help them pick the best app for finding love – or at least, someone to go out with – as fast, easy and fun as possible.

Check out our comparative study and keep it mind when choosing a dating app that may transform your whole life.

Below you will find:

  • a summary table for each dating app
  • brief descriptions of the best dating apps
  • apps’ advantages and disadvantages
  • rates for various criteria of dating apps
  • objective reviews of each app written by users on the App Store or by our website’s visitors. Note that all reviews were written by real people who actively used these dating apps.

Here are the best dating apps to help you find a date

Dating Apps Usability Design Huge Database Spam Defense Scam Defense Fake Profiles Protection Security Interests Matching Values Matching Psychological Matching Smart Matching Quick Match People Search Service Guarantee Interesting Features Support Total Score
Happn 6 7 2 2 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 8 6 0 3 3 49
Are You Interested 3 4 7 3 4 4 5 1 0 0 0 7 3 0 1 5 47
Badoo 7 8 8 3 4 5 6 1 0 0 0 8 5 0 3 5 63
Bumble 5 6 2 2 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 7 3 0 1 3 41
eHarmony 4 6 6 7 6 6 7 5 8 9 0 7 8 0 10 7 96
Hinge 4 5 3 2 3 3 5 1 0 0 0 7 4 0 1 3 41
Hot or Not 6 7 6 3 4 4 4 1 0 0 0 9 5 0 3 5 57
How About We 8 9 3 4 5 5 6 1 0 0 0 7 3 0 10 4 65
Match 8 7 10 7 8 7 8 6 0 0 0 9 9 10 8 8 105
MeetMe 4 6 7 2 3 5 4 3 0 0 0 7 3 0 5 4 53
Meetville 9 9 8 9 9 8 8 9 9 8 8 9 8 10 9 8 138
OKCupid 7 7 8 6 5 5 6 7 0 0 0 7 9 0 5 5 77
POF / Plenty of Fish 6 7 8 3 5 4 3 4 0 0 6 8 6 0 5 4 69
Tagged 6 6 8 5 5 4 3 5 0 0 0 7 3 0 1 3 56
Tinder 7 7 8 2 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 9 2 0 3 6 52
Twoo 3 5 6 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 7 3 0 1 4 38
Zoosk 7 6 7 6 5 4 6 5 0 0 7 8 7 0 5 5 78
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Are You Interested

Online dating app for adults that is fully integrated with Facebook. AYI counts 1+ million active singles and offers its users the opportunity to connect with each other over mutual friends and similar interests.  Clean interface, minimalist profiles and basic filtering system will suit singles interested in casual dating, but those looking for long-term relationships may want to try something more advanced

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Badoo

Geolocation-based app designed to help users meet and hang out with people within their GPS coordinates. Badoo lacks the majority of features that are common for the most dating apps, offering the simplest way to find a match based on mutual friends and places you love. The app will suit those who look for a quick way to connect with people around, though beware of spam bots and pop-up ads.

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Bumble

Female-oriented dating app that puts safe and respectful communication first. Bumble provides a quick matching system based on mutual opt-ins, empowering women to start a conversation, thus avoiding unwanted messages. However, if no communication takes place within 24 hours, your connection disappears forever, which is hardly convenient for those who prefer to give a lot of thought before starting a new relationship.

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eHarmony

Dating app aimed at finding the most compatible partner for long-term relationships. eHarmony allows users to take the relationship questionnaire which serves for daily matching, and provides extra features for attracting more potential partners. To put online communication into real life, the app offers a date-planning book and useful tips to guide users from the first date till the wedding altar.

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Happn

Another geolocation-based app aimed at meeting people you’ve crossed paths with in real life. Happn uses GPS tracking to monitor its members and notifies them when they walk across one another. Users can like each other, though it remains secret until liking is mutual. And only in this case you are allowed to start a conversation, which can make you wait for too long before finally getting in touch with your crush.

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Hinge

Dating app that puts focus on connecting users through real friends just as they do at a social gathering. Unlike GPS-based apps that choose location as one of the main matching criteria, Hinge finds a compatible partner based on mutual friends. On the one hand, it helps to avoid randos, but your matching opportunities get so severely restricted by your friends’ networks that it may slow down or even impede your dating life.

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Hot or Not

Game-based app designed to ‘play’ with photos and rate people as hot or not. HNT allows users to check pictures of single locals and vote for the best of them. A match happens when two people rate each other as hot, thus they can connect, start chatting and build a closer connection. The app will suit those who look for a quick match based solely on physical attractiveness, but may seem too shallow for serious-minded daters.

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How About We

Online dating app that invites users to post a favorite date idea, thus allowing to find a person willing to join and do the same as quickly as possible. HAW withdraws down from a classic matching system based on profile browsing and ranking, and focuses on speeding up real-life dating. Users can browse interactive maps for local date ideas, choose a favorite one, get connected and go out on the same day.

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Match.com

Mobile matchmaker from one of the largest dating services on the Internet. Match.com is based on a classic matching algorithm that delivers only those singles who meet your specific profile standards. The app uses a familiar swipe-based choice of potential dates and offers a wink feature to attract your crush and engage in flirting. The app will suit those who look for basic dating app experience without many expectations.

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MeetMe

Mobile app designed to connect singles who live nearby and share the same interests. MeetMe’s primary aim is to help members find new friends to chat with, but it also offers a special meter that estimates users’ popularity during the day. The app has adopted a classic newsfeed feature of social media and allows to update a user’s status just like Facebook. MeetMe will suit people interested in light chatting, but those who look for a deeper connection will definitely need something extra.

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Meetville

Dating app that offers brand-new experience in chatting, flirting, making friends and finding soul mates. Meetville is based on a unique matchmaking algorithm that takes into account common interests and values to suggest the best partners. The Q&A section allows users to estimate their compatibility, while extra features like ‘winks’ and ‘faves’ help attract as many potential matches as possible. The app will ideally suit those who are tired of shallow matchmaking apps and want to bring their dating relationships to the next level.

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OKCupid

Matchmaking app that offers simple and fun dating experience. OKCupid adopted a widely-used matchmaking system where members state what they look for and receive profiles of potential partners that might suit their interests. The app offers the same basic functionality as other apps in its category, including chatting and profile ranking, and will suit people looking for light flirting and casual dating.

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POF

Dating app that claims to have the highest chances for users to find true love. Just as other classic dating apps, POF selects potential matches based on users’ profiles and location, and in case of mutual interest, they can start building a deeper connection. On the whole, the app provides an impressive number of profiles to choose from, but lacks advanced search options that bring quality matching results almost to naught.

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Tagged

Social-networking app aimed at finding locals for flirting and dating. Tagged performs basic functions that are common for social media – including posting, adding and suggesting new friends – and uses a simple matching algorithm based on location and personal profile info. The app will suit social-media addicts who look for light flirting and hooking up, but might seem too shallow for serious-minded singles.

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Tinder

Geolocation-based app designed to connect users with interesting people nearby. Tinder requires a login via Facebook as its matching system takes into account FB interests and shared friends to find a potential partner. The app uses a familiar swipe-based system to like or pass recommended profiles. Matching happens only in case of mutual liking, thus Tinder will be a good choice for people who are easily embarrassed and feel a little shy about dating.

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Twoo

Social-networking app that promises a fun way of meeting people nearby. Twoo uses simple search criteria like location and gender to start matching, and a classic swiping feature as the pathway to a potential date. Besides chatting, the app offers photo-sharing and invites members to play an introductory game to break the ice. Twoo will suit those interested in flirting and hooking up rather than in building serious relationships.

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Zoosk

Matchmaking app that offers a personalized approach to dating. Zoosk analyzes lifestyle answers and send users potential matches they’re likely to be interested in. Besides chatting and messaging, Zoosk encourages real-life dating with meeting invitations that can be accepted, declined or postponed. The app will be a good choice for those who take dating life seriously and look for advanced matching technology.

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