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Best Dating Apps of 2021

We tested the most popular apps for dating to see which ones had the most user-friendly and fun experience while giving you the best shot at finding love during Covid-19. Here's what we found: 




Best Dating Apps of 2021

In this day and age, dating and making connections are increasingly being done through our smartphones. In fact, there seems to be a new dating app popping up every few months, giving single people the opportunity of finding a connection while lounging at home in sweatpants. 

In our search for user-friendly and fun online dating experiences, we tested ten different apps specifically geared towards finding connections with other people and discovered that Hinge has the best overall experience due to its thoughtful design, large user pool, ease of use, and creativity. Here's why we picked this app + more: 

Our Pick

The App Designed to be Deleted

  • The Dating App Designed to be Deleted
    4.2 Ratings 657K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Hinge has quickly become a major player in the online dating world and is the best bet when looking for your next relationship. 

Why we chose Hinge:

  • Has a fully functional free version, but the premium membership has perks that make it worth the fee of $19.99 per month
  • One of the most popular dating apps with a large user base for people in their 20s and 30s
  • Intuitive and fun user interface with streamlined design that makes it easy to use the app
  • Aimed at connecting people looking for relationships, which means higher quality matches and less ghosting than other apps
  • Added profile customization with the ability to like specific parts of other people's profile, which makes forming connections easier

We loved how simple and easy to use the Hinge app was and found that the profile customization made it fun to make connections with other users.

Read Hinge's Full Review
Runner Up

A Female-First Approach to App Dating

  • Bumble helps you chat & meet new people, and women always make the first move 💛
    4.0 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Bumble is another app that has made a splash in the conventional dating app market. While the dating portion of Bumble is great, this app has hidden gems of different modes to make all sorts of connections from friendships to business. 

Why we chose Bumble:

  • Has the most flexibility out of all the apps tested when it comes to membership options as low as $2.99
  • Women make the first move, giving more power (and less unsolicited messages) to the female to break the ice
  • Super easy and fun interface which makes swiping right and left to find a mutual connection a breeze
  • Has multiple modes other than dating to form friendship and business connections

Bumble's user-friendly and fun interface makes using the app easy. In fact, we were surprised how easy it was to spend hours on the app. 

Read Bumble's Full Review
Also Groovy

The Best for the Casual Dater

  • App to Match, Chat & Date with New People - online, near you & around the world!
    3.4 Ratings 6M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Tinder is kind of a given when it comes to online dating apps. Being one of the most popular apps on the market, it focuses a lot on visual information to make connections (like profile pictures).

Why we chose Tinder:

  • Cost-effective membership version with flexible subscriptions as low as $4.99 a month
  • Great for people between 18 and 30 looking for casual dating and hookups
  • Inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community
  • Great layout and easy to use
  • Free version fully functional
  • Only snag is lack of in-depth profile information

This app is a great choice when you're looking for something a little more casual. While we recommend may choosing a different app if you're looking for your next serious relationship, the user-friendly and original interface is worth checking out - you never know who you'll connect with!

Read Tinder's Full Review
Also Groovy

The Best App for Customization and Inclusion 

  • Find love or a date for tonight. Meet local singles and go on great dates
    4.0 Ratings 797K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


We'll admit that OkCupid wasn't at the top of our list when we first started testing dating apps. However, after using this app, it became clear as to why people love it. 

Why we chose OkCupid:

  • Paid membership version has a competitive price compared to the other apps tested at $39.99 a month
  • A modern revamp has transformed this OG dating platform into a modern dating app for a younger generation
  • One of the most inclusive and diverse dating apps on the market
  • Great compatibility algorithm with interesting and fun questions and icebreakers
  • Allows for in-depth profile customization and dating filters
  • Great for serious and casual relationships

OkCupid's inclusive platform allows users to customize their profiles and filter out other users to find exactly what they are looking for. We think that this is a great place to start if you're new to online dating or not completely sure what you are looking for yet. 

Read OkCupid's Full Review
Also Groovy

Great for the Serious Dater

  • Free messaging & video chat. Our dating app is with you until you’re with them.
    3.5 Ratings 381K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Match.com is a great place to go if you're willing to pay for a membership. Its clean and simple layout makes it easy to find people to connect with.

Why we chose Match Dating:

  • A paid membership of $29.99 per month is necessary to use the app can be very worth it for older users
  • Inclusive to a wide variety of people with a cute, easy, and straightforward user experience
  • Has a slightly older demographic than the other apps tested
  • Is great for finding a more serious relationship

While there may be a slightly older demographic that uses this app compared to the other ones on this list, it is a great spot for finding other people looking for a serious relationship. 

Read Match Dating's Full Review
Also Groovy

The Best for Busy People 

  • Meet the original anti-swiping app (that’s us 👋)
    4.3 Ratings 228K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the most unique and interesting dating apps on our list. It is great for anyone that is tight on time and doesn't have hours sifting through hundreds of profiles to find soeone they like.

Why we chose Coffee Meets Bagel:

  • The free version is fully functional but the premium version does have added perks which can be useful at $34.99 per month
  • A unique dating experience that gives a batch of curated potential connections every 24 hours
  • Once a match is made, you and your match have seven days to get each other's contact information before the match expires
  • Great for busy people that don't have hours to go through a lot of profiles 

We love that this app brings curated matches to you each day. We found ourselves getting excited when our daily matches came in. If you're looking for something different - check this app out. Insert sentence(or two) here!

Read Coffee Meets Bagel's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Hinge is the dating app for people who want to get off dating apps. And it’s working. Currently, 3 out of 4 times Hinge members want to go on a second date, we’re the #1 mobile-first dating app mentioned in the New York Times wedding section, and we’re the fastest growing dating app in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

    "Hinge’s CEO says a good dating app relies on vulnerability, not algorithms." - Washington Post
    "Hinge is the first dating app to actually measure real-world success" - TechCrunch
    "A great option for those fed up with temporary love." - TheNextWeb

    In today’s digital world, singles are so busy matching that they’re not actually connecting, in person, where it counts. Hinge is on a mission to change that. So we built an app that’s designed to be deleted.

    • We quickly learn your type. You'll only be introduced to the best people for you.
    • We give you a sense of someone’s personality. You'll get to know potential dates through their unique answers to prompts, and personal information like religion, height, and politics.
    • We make it easy to start a conversation. Every match begins by someone liking or commenting on a specific part of your profile.
    • We ask how your dates are going. After exchanging phone numbers with a Match, we’ll follow up to hear how your date went so we can make better recommendations in the future.

    The app is free to use. Members looking to see who likes them, set advanced preferences, or access Hinge Experts can upgrade to a Preferred Membership.

    Terms of Service: https://hinge.co/terms.html
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $119.99 per item
    $3.99 - $39.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Millions of people have signed up to Bumble to find dates, make new friends, and meet new people.

    Bumble is a free dating app and social network where you can find genuine matches. Whether you want to make meaningful connections, chat with new friends, or look to expand your professional network.


    Bumble is a dating app that's free to download & founded on respect, equality, and inclusion. You can find dates, make friends, and meet new people the way you've always done—but on Bumble, women always make the first move.

    - With Heterosexual matches, women have 24h to start a chat, and men have 24h to respond
    - Other matches have 24h to start a chat or reply before the match expires
    - Bumble comes in 3 modes to suit what you're looking for: Date, BFF, and Bizz


    Find a great date or chat with your new best friend with our free features:
    - Unlimited Swipe: Meet the right people by swiping left and right as much as you like
    - Unlimited chat so you can find the right matches
    - Link your Spotify and Instagram account to share your interests with potential dates and friends
    - Use Video Chat to get to know your matches better


    We're the first app to combine dating for singles, meeting new friends, and making professional connections all in one app. We make it easy for you to connect.

    - Use Video Chat to get to know your matches better
    - Send your videos and favourite pictures while you are chatting with new people
    - With Snooze Mode, hide your profile whenever you want (you'll still keep all your matches!)
    - Link your Spotify and Instagram account to share your interests with potential dates and friends

    Bumble is free and always will be! Our premium features help you enhance your Bumble experience.

    - See everyone who swiped you right (your Beeline)
    - Rematch with expired connections for a second chance at a date
    - Extend your matches by 24 hours


    Bumble is much more than just a dating app for singles. Join our genuinely inclusive dating community, meet new people, or find your ideal partner or date.

    Here are our core values:

    - We believe healthy relationships are fundamental to living a productive and positive life.
    - In the fight against old-fashioned hetero-norms, women always take the first step.
    - We've changed the rules of the game to switch up the dynamics of dating.
    Bumble is free to download and use. We also offer optional subscription packages (Bumble Boost and Bumble Premium) and non-subscription, single, and multi-use paid features (Bumble Spotlight and Bumble SuperSwipe).

    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $259.99 per item
    $1.99 - $24.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    🔥You can be here for a good time, and a long time, too.🔥

    With 30 billion matches to date, Tinder® is the🔝 top dating app🔝, making it the place to be to meet new people. Whether you’re looking for love, need a date today, or just want to chat: We’ve got something for local singles everywhere and features that give you the best dating experience possible. Like what? Glad you asked😉

    Whether you’re gay or bisexual, be proud of who you are with our Orientation feature🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
    Find out what you’ve got in common with your potential match with Interests🤝
    Bring a plus one on all your dates for extra safety with Noonlight🛡️

    Take us with you on your travels and get to know the locals — wherever you go, we’ll be there. Some people call us their “most dependable matchmaker”, some people call us 🔥the world’s most popular free dating app🔥, but you can just call us when you want to meet up with people in your area.

    🥂While you’re here — make a toast to the Gold life and enjoy all of Tinder’s premium features with our top-tier subscription🥂

    Likes You allows you to see all your fans, saving you precious time🕰️
    Unlimited Likes for you to catch feelings for as many people as you want💚
    Rewind for you to undo your last Like or Nope⏪
    Use Passporttm to go anywhere in the world to find people online outside your zip code✈️
    Boost your profile to the top for thirty minutes to get more attention⚡
    5 Super Likes per day because sometimes you really, really Like someone💝

    There’s a plus side for those not ready to commit to a relationship with 💛Gold 💛. With Tinder Plus®, you’ll unlock features including Unlimited Likes, Passport, Rewind, Boost, and 5 Super Likes per day.

    Match. Chat. Date. That’s our mantra. It’s easy and fun to find people on Tinder. Make your profile stand out with your best pics and a little something about you to increase your match making potential. Use the 👉Swipe Right™👉 feature to Like someone, use the 👈Swipe Left™👈 feature to pass. If someone Likes you back, It’s a Match! And, there’s no pressure: We created the double opt-in which means two people have to show a mutual interest in order for there to be a match. How many dating apps can say that?🤔

    Tinder is the biggest and flyest party in the world for singles — it’s about time you showed up.🍾


    If you choose to purchase Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, payment will be charged to your Google Play account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the Play Store after purchase. Current Tinder Plus subscription price starts at $9.99 USD/month, and one-month, 6-month and 12-month packages are available. Current Tinder Gold subscription price starts at $14.99 USD/month, and one-month, 6-month and 12-month packages are available. Prices are in U.S. dollars, may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period. If you don’t choose to purchase Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, you can simply continue using Tinder for free.

    All photos are of models and used for illustrative purposes only.

    Privacy: https://www.gotinder.com/privacy
    Terms: https://www.gotinder.com/terms
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $299.99 per item
    $3.99 - $29.99 per item
    Get the best online dating app for singles to find a match based on who you really are and what you love. We believe in inclusive online dating for every single person!
    Great dates come from great connections - that’s why OkCupid shows off who you are beyond a photo. Meet new people and find love based on what makes you, well, you - because you deserve it. It’s a free dating app unlike any other.

    💕 Love doesn’t discriminate, and neither does OkCupid. Create a free dating profile that highlights what makes you special and unique 💕
    🌈 Choose from over 60 different gender identities and sexual orientations: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, pansexual, queer and more. Let those colors shine through, queer dating is here!
    💥 She/her, he/him, they/them - highlight your gender pronouns and meet locals near you!
    🔥 Go on great dates, and find your match answering our unique questions!
    📸 Round it off with your cutest profile picture and you’re ready to meet new people, find love or a date for tonight 😉

    OkCupid isn’t just another online dating app. Our free dating app helps you meet singles, connect, chat or have a deep conversation through our one-of-a-kind messaging system. Focus on the connections and relationships you’re interested in, without the ones you’re not. Then, plan to meet up and go on great dates - whether you’re looking for local dating, virtual dating or anything in between!
    Take your meetings to video chats, calls and go on an online date before you meet.

    💕Take the stress out of online dating 💕
    OkCupid can help you find your match, whether you want casual dating, marriage, or just to find your love story – YOU choose what matters. Match with people with similar interests and receive personalized compatibility % when you answer our unique questions. We’re here to help you find relationships on your terms.

    Flirt, find love, build connections and go on great dates with OkCupid, the best free dating app! Download now!

    • Meet people and find relationships with our unique messaging system
    • Local dating features help you meet people nearby
    • Plan a virtual date night or future coffee meet up over the app

    OkCupid is a free dating app for everyone, but we offer an optional premium subscription that unlocks exclusive features. Additional premium dating features include:
    • See who likes you without having to like them first
    • Search singles with advanced filters and additional options
    • Enjoy OkCupid ad-free

    “Want to have ‘hell yes’ first dates? OkCupid is the perfect wingman.” - Huffington Post
    “OkCupid may be the OG of dating sites, but that doesn’t mean it’s done innovating.” - Glamour
    “OkCupid is giving you a chance to really connect with someone…” - Elite Daily

    Meet singles and find a great connection – download OkCupid and enjoy the best online dating app today!
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $179.99 per item
    $0.99 - $59.99 per item
    Match is raising dating to your level. Because let’s face it: there’s only so much left-right thumb gymnastics you can do when you’re ready for something more. Backed by 25 years of experience and real-life dating experts, our app gives you the date-smarts you need to find what you’re looking for – from matching to meeting in person.

    Did we mention free? You can now chat with your best recommendations daily, no subscription necessary.

    Meet singles nearby and get the most out of Match’s dating app with:

    Video chat: Take a break from messaging and really get to know someone. In-app video chat lets you talk and see each other live before exchanging numbers or meeting in person.

    Custom search: Feeling picky? We say power to you. Get as specific as you want when searching for singles so you never compromise when it comes to a relationship.

    Conversation starters: From trending topics to easy ice breakers, our dating app offers more ways to spark meaningful messages.

    Virtual & in-person events: Go beyond just likes and messages. Flirt face-to-face with local singles in a safe, stress-free setting.

    Access to Dating Experts: From perfecting your profile to helping you nail the first date, our team of experts has your back.

    Date Check-In: Keep your friends and family updated on your next date night by notifying them of your plans right from the app.

    Ready to find someone right for you? We’re right there with you.

    Download the Match app for free today, and in a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to better matches and better dates.
    In-App Purchases
    $5.99 - $154.99 per item
    $2.99 - $129.99 per item
    Sick of swiping? Us too, so we made Coffee Meets Bagel – a dating app for busy relationship-seekers. Unlike dating apps that ghost you, we suggest your most compatible matches every day. So there’s less swiping, and more matching, chatting, and *actual* dating.

    We’ve made over 100 million matches and counting. Ready to meet yours?


    👇 How we’re going to help you meet your person, in person 👇

    Every day at noon, we suggest a batch of your best potential matches for free. And since we’re always learning more about your type, our suggestions will only get better.

    Done with dating games and dead ends? Over 90 percent of CMB Daters surveyed said they’re looking for something serious, so you’re in good company.

    Do they smoke? What about kids? What’s their love language? CMB profiles show more of what matters in a match – so you can get a sense of their personality and know if they’re compatible right away.

    Some small talk is healthy, but the real connection happens face-to-face. Our 7-day chat limit discourages ghosting and encourages actual dates, whether virtual or in-person.


    Sure thing, so glad you asked. Coffee Meets Bagel has three main sections.

    Potential matches in Suggested are 100% free to like, match, and chat with. Every day at noon, we’ll send you a new batch based on your compatibility and Preferences for Suggested.

    2⃣️ LIKES YOU
    Go Premium to get full access to Likes You, where you can see people who already like you and match instantly.

    3⃣️ DISCOVER
    Explore more people beyond our suggestions, or start a Search to filter by distance, recent activity, and more. Sending a Discover Like in this special section costs beans, our in-app currency.



    Coffee Meets Bagel is a free dating app, but you can always upgrade to Premium for special features. Plus, Premium members get up to 2x more dates. Premium features are subject to change, but here are a few things you could enjoy:

    ✔️ Full access to Likes You: See all your likes at once and match instantly.

    ✔️ Read Receipts: See whether your messages are read, so you’re never left in the dark.

    ✔️ Activity Reports: Unlock reports on profiles, like whether they’ve been recently active.

    ✔️ 6,000 beans per month: Use beans on special features, including Discover Likes and Boost.


    1. Permissions to access notifications are strongly suggested. If access is denied, you will not be notified in real time when you have new Matches and messages.
    2. Permissions to access location are strongly suggested. If access is denied, we will not be able to Match you with users near you.
    3. Permissions to access your Photos are strongly suggested. If access is denied, you will not be able to upload pictures saved in your Photos to your profile.

    By downloading or using the CMB app, you agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, available at https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/privacy-terms/
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $179.99 per item
    $0.99 - $34.99 per item
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