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Best Dating Apps of 2022

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: 

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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: 

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Hinge - Dating & Relationships Hinge - Dating & Relationships Runner Up Bumble - Dating. Friends. Bizz Bumble - Dating. Friends. Bizz Also Groovy Tinder - Dating & Make Friends Tinder - Dating & Make Friends Also Groovy OkCupid: Online Dating App OkCupid: Online Dating App Also Groovy Match Dating: Chat, Date, Meet Singles & Find Love Match Dating: Chat, Date, Meet Singles & Find Love Also Groovy Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

The App Designed to be Deleted

  • The Dating App Designed to be Deleted
    4.2 Ratings 716K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
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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

  • The dating app to match, chat and date to find a relationship or meet friends.
    3.9 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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!
    3.2 Ratings 6M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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 

  • Join millions of singles looking to match right now and start 2022 with love
    3.9 Ratings 831K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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

  • Online dating: meet, chat & connect with singles. Find someone right for you.
    3.5 Ratings 393K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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 

  • The dating app for real relationships
    4.1 Ratings 234K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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
    Download. Delete. Never repeat.
    Hinge is an inclusive dating app for people who want to get off dating apps for good. That means we’re for real people like you looking to date and find relationships, in the real world.

    -3 out of 4 people on Hinge want to go on a second date
    -#1 mobile-first dating app mentioned in the New York Times wedding section
    -Fastest growing dating app in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia
    -Home of viral Voice Prompts

    Dating is hard. We try to make it a little less-hard.
    The internet brings people together, but digital dating puts matches before connecting, in person, where it counts. To change that, we built a dating app designed to be deleted. AKA, a dating app built to get you on actual dates.

    -We quickly learn your type and only introduce you to your best fits
    -Your answers to unique prompts help others see your personality shine brighter than just a profile picture
    -We help conversation flow—matches begin with a Like or Comment on a specific part of someone’s profile
    -We actually check in to see how dates are going and follow up on how we can make better recommendations

    Designed to be deleted
    -Put it all out on the table—we ask about religion, politics, future plans, etc.
    -Roses to kickstart potential connections and relationships
    -Focused, curated Standouts shared with you every day
    -Experience team dedicated to maintaining a zero-tolerance, safe, and inclusive environment for online chats and offline dates
    -Voice Prompts to get a better sense of people’s personalities off the app

    Love for Hinge
    -"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

    More great dates start with Preferred.
    We’re a free app, but for those who want to invest even more into finding their next relationship, we have Hinge Preferred.

    -More control over who you see
    -See everyone who likes you at once
    -Send unlimited likes
    -Work with Hinge experts
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    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 for singles where you can find friends and meet new people. Whether you want to meet friends, make genuine matches and meaningful connections, chat with strangers and new friends or look to expand your professional and social network.

    Changing the rules of dating

    Bumble is a free dating app 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

    Discover our amazing free features

    Meet new people, make a video call and find a great date or chat with your new best friend using our free dating app:
    - Unlimited Swipe: Meet new 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

    Match with the right people

    We're the first app to combine dating for singles, meeting new people, 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 favorite pictures while you are chatting with new friends
    - 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

    Boost your dating life with bumble premium
    Bumble is a free dating app 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
    The buzz is real
    Bumble is much more than just a dating app for singles. Join our genuinely inclusive dating community, meet new people, make friends 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).

    https://bumble.com/en/privacy
    https://bumble.com/en/terms
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    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.🍾

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    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
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $299.99 per item
    $3.99 - $29.99 per item
    Get the best online dating app experience and find a match based on who you really are and what you love. OkCupid is all about inclusive online dating for every single person!
    We know how hard it is to find a serious relationship, to have that meaningful connection (and dare we say -find love?!) with another special person, but don’t worry - we’re here to help!
    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 that you’ll super like ;)

    💕 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 great date for tonight. 😉
    👯 meaningful connections can come in many shapes and sizes - create new friendships, chat with new and interesting people, or find a new exciting romance!

    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 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 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!

    💕 MATCH, CONNECT AND MEETUP 💕
    • Meet people and find relationships with our unique messaging system
    • Local dating features help you meet people nearby

    💕 DATING APP UPGRADE 💕
    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
    Send unlimited likes for more matches!
    Set Dealbreakers so you can find just who you're looking for, and match on what matters

    💕 WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING 💕
    “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!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $249.99 per item
    $0.99 - $59.99 per item
    Welcome to Match. Here, being real beats playing it cool. Knowing who you are and what you want is always a priority. And not settling for anything less isn’t a bad thing. Some call it picky, but we say more power to you. Backed by 25 years of experience and real-life dating experts, our app lets you date like an adult – from matching to meeting in person.

    Did we mention it’s 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: 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.

    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.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    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 👇

    💜 PERSONALIZED MATCHMAKING
    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.

    💜 RELATIONSHIP-SEEKING COMMUNITY
    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.

    💜 DETAILED PROFILES
    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.

    💜 CHATS MADE FOR MEETING
    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.

    ...

    📍 GIVE ME A TOUR OF THE APP 📍
    Sure thing, so glad you asked. Coffee Meets Bagel has three main sections.

    1⃣️ SUGGESTED
    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.

    ...

    ✨ MEET CMB PREMIUM ✨

    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.

    ...

    PRIVACY
    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/
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $179.99 per item
    $0.99 - $34.99 per item
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Lauren Trifunovich
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Lauren Trifunovich

Lauren Trifunovich currently lives in Chicago. She got her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Neuroscience and a Master's in Counseling. She currently owns an online yoga company and loves to hike, cook, and read in her free time. 

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