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Best Dating Apps of 2021: Money-Saving Review

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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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Best Dating Apps of 2021: Money-Saving Review

Introduction

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

  • Designed to be Deleted

    4.2 Ratings 568K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free 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

  • Bumble helps you chat & meet new people, and women always make the first move 💛

    4.1 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    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!

    3.4 Ratings 5M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    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 

  • Find your person on OkCupid! Meet singles virtually for local and online dating.

    4.0 Ratings 751K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    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

  • Free messaging & video chat. Our dating app is with you until you’re with them.

    3.5 Ratings 355K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    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 

  • Meet the original anti-swiping app (that’s us 👋)

    4.3 Ratings 215K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    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
    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.

    🌟 BUZZ ABOUT 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

    HOW WE GET YOU OFF HINGE
    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
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $119.99 per item
    $3.99 - $39.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Million people have registered on Bumble to create meaningful relationships, find online friends and make purposeful connections. Bumble is a dating app that allows you to make new connections, whether you’re looking for a partner, to make new friends, or to expand your professional network.

    Making the first move on Bumble could change your life!

    DISCOVER OUR AMAZING FEATURES
    - Top Filters: Find your right date or next BFF and get an unforgettable first online encounter
    - SuperSwipe: See someone you really like? Send a SuperSwipe to get their attention
    - Spotlight: Get more visibility by putting yourself at the top of the stack for 30 minutes

    CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME
    Continue to enjoy dating as you’ve always done, finding love or friends is as easy as pie on Bumble, but women always make the first move.

    - Bumble is a free dating app to download and use based on respect, equality and inclusion
    - On 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
    - We offer the possibility to meet people in different fields with our 3 modes, Date, BFF and Bizz

    WE’RE NOT JUST FOR DATING ANYMORE
    We’re the first app that combines the possibility to date, flirt or find your new boyfriend or girlfriend, meet new friends and make professional connections in one single app.

    - Use Video Chat to make or respond to a first move and to know your matches better
    - Send your videos and favourite pictures while you are chatting with new people
    - Hide your profile with the Snooze Mode for as long as you want (you’ll still keep all your matches!)
    - Link your Spotify and Instagram account to make friends and get more dates

    BOOST YOUR DATES WITH BUMBLE PREMIUM
    - See everyone who has right-swiped you (your Beeline)
    - Extend your matches by 24 hours
    - Rematch with expired connections
    - Unlock SuperSwipe, Spotlight and Travel to make the most of your profile

    THE BUZZ IS REAL
    Bumble is much more than just a dating app, enter the truly inclusive dating community, discover single people who are looking for the same thing as you and find that ideal partner who will make you vibrate. This is our commitment to our core values:

    - We believe healthy relationships are fundamental to living a productive and positive life.
    - We fight against old-fashioned heterosexual relationship habits, women always take the first step.
    - We've reformed the rules of the game to change the dynamics of dating.



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    Bumble is free to download and use and always will be! However, we also offer an optional subscription package (Bumble Boost) and non-subscription, single and multi-use paid features (BumbleCoins).

    https://bumble.com/en/privacy
    https://bumble.com/en/terms
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $149.99 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 dating app for singles to find a match based on who you really are and what you love. Try virtual dating to meet new people and stay social from home.

    Great dates come from great connections - that’s why OkCupid shows off who you are beyond a photo. Find love based on what makes you, well, you - because you deserve it.

    💕 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

    OkCupid isn’t just another online dating website. 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.

    Virtual dating can help you find love even when you’re at home. OkCupid can help you connect and chat with singles near you, then you can take your meetings to video chats, calls and more until you can meet.

    OkCupid can help you find someone special, whether you want casual dating, marriage, or just to find love – YOU choose what matters, With unique questions that allow you to match with people with similar interests and receive a personalized compatibility %, we’re here to help you find your next relationship.

    Love doesn’t discriminate, and neither does OkCupid. If you're gay, lesbian, nonbinary or don't fit into any one label, OkCupid can help you find love too. You can even set your pronouns at registration!

    Find love, build connections and go on great dates with OkCupid! Download now!

    OKCUPID FEATURES

    💕ONLINE DATING APP 💕
    • Build a dating profile that highlights what matters to you
    • Answer unique questions so OkCupid can find you dates you're compatible with
    • Set dating preferences, whether you're straight, gay or anything in-between

    💕MATCH, CONNECT AND MEETUP 💕
    • Meet people and chat with our unique messaging system
    • Virtual dating for singles staying home
    • Local dating features help you meet people nearby
    • Plan a virtual date night or future coffee meet over the app

    💕DATING APP UPGRADE 💕
    OkCupid is absolutely free to download and use, but we offer an optional premium subscription that unlocks exclusive features. Additional features to our free dating app include:
    • See who likes you without having to like them first
    • Search singles with advanced filters and additional options
    • Enjoy OkCupid ad-free

    Meet singles and find a great connection – download OkCupid today!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    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.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $42.99 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 - $74.99 per item

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