10 Best Dating Apps & Sites To Find Your Perfect Companion

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Google “Online dating” and you’ll see that the cyberspace is afloat with such services. And that makes finding the most reliable or effective dating app a tall order. But you have nothing to fret about! We’ve come up with a list of the best dating apps & sites in our opinion after much research and scrutiny. These apps can surely help you to find the perfect companion you’re looking for, with whom you could do all the fun stuff as playing, reading, smelling flowers, binging on movies together, traveling, or whatever you love for that matter.

P.S: You’ll notice that our list excludes the daddy of all popular dating apps, i.e. Tinder. Well, that is because it is known to most, including parents and grandparents. Plus, although it does aid in getting into serious relationships, the dating app is notorious for being suffused with perverts and casual daters.

Best Dating Apps Free And Paid Currently Available

1. OKCupid

okcupid

An uber-colorful app, OKCupid serves as the ultimate cupid to help you find a partner. Currently, the dating app boasts of over 1 million monthly downloads; pretty awesome right? Though OKCupid works on the same ‘like or pass’ concept as Tinder, it does have a few major differences in that it is backed by an excellent algorithm system. You’ll be asked to answer random questions, from basic to super weird. It goes beyond the usual swiping hinging merely on a face. What’s more? OKCupid is for people of all sexual orientations. The only downside is that because it is free to download, crowd-filtering is not up to the mark.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases, offering premium packages starting at $9.99/month.

Supported on: Android and iOS

OkCupid
OkCupid
Developer: okcupid.com
Price: Free+

OkCupid Dating
OkCupid Dating
Developer: OkCupid.com
Price: Free+

2. Match.com

match.com

Match.com endorses the idea of coming across true love, albeit, digitally. It had been established as far back as in 1995, at a time when “online dating” was still frowned upon. But today, the dating site flaunts a membership of millions of singles. You can set preferences for potential matches on basis of parameters like appearance, lifestyle, values, and interests.

As of today, the service is accessible in over 25 nations, in about 8 languages. Though you can use their dating app too, Match.com best works on a browser via laptop or computer. Our only complaint with the service is the lack of well-built mobile interface.

Price: Free, with the option of availing premium features at an additional cost.

Supported on: Android, iOS, Mac OS, and Windows.

Match Dating -  Meet Singles
Match Dating -  Meet Singles
Developer: Match.com LLC
Price: To be announced

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

3. Happn

happn

Has it ever happened that you cross paths with someone who you feel greatly attracted to and wish that you could somehow meet them again? Happn is a good place to begin those “unlikely to materialize” kind of dating adventures. Why you ask? The service works takes a very unique approach and uses GPS to display people who you have already chanced upon at one point or another. You’ll also be able to see the number of times you’ve bumped into this person over a period of time.

Similar to most apps, if you get a “like” back, you can begin chatting with your prospective match. Note that this is best for local dating and limits your dating-pool to where you live since the person you come across has to be on “Happn” too. Also, remember that you can’t send unlimited messages unless you have sufficient credits, which come at an additional cost. It is one of the best dating apps that i have come across because of its unique approach.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.

Supported on: iOS, Android, and Windows phones.

happn
happn
Developer: happn
Price: Free+

happn — Dating app
happn — Dating app
Developer: HAPPN SAS
Price: Free+

4. Bumble

bumble

Whitney Wolfe, the former Tinder co-founder is the brain behind Bumble. And the popular dating app is quite like the aforementioned, except, her aim is to promote annoyance-free and safe online dating especially for women. This is why Bumble allows only the ladies to say hello first, in spite of a mutual match. Furthermore, if the men don’t reply within one day, the matches drop out of sight. This is to eliminate pointless matches that keep piling up to no effect.

Users can “backtrack” an accidental left-swipe or use the “BFF” mode to chat with same-sex users with noble intentions (in this case, either party can message first). Apart from seeking a relationship, this app also encourages people to grow their network, both personal and professional.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.

Supported on: iOS and Android

Bumble
Bumble
Price: Free+

5. MeetMe

meet me

Sitting on a cushy user-base of about 90 million active users, MeetMe was launched back in 2005. You might know of it as “myYearbook”, MeetMe’s former name. Though the dating service is accessible through its web interface, it works the best on mobile phones. Much like other good dating apps, MeetMe also uses the GPS system to show profiles of people around you. You can use it to not only date but also simply chat up with like-minded people or make friends.

Price: Free, with additional premium features available with monthly (or quarterly or yearly) paid subscriptions.

Supported on: Android, iOS, and Windows 10.

MeetMe -
MeetMe -
Developer: MeetMe, Inc.
Price: Free+

6. Clover

clover

Clover may not enjoy popularity the way Tinder does, but it deserves every bit of your attention. The hookup service is focused on facilitating quick connections, whether it is to date, find love, or simply have some fun. Clover has a few unique features such as “Mixers” using which you can join and set up group chats surrounding a particular subject.

There’s another premium feature called “On Demand Dating” which allows you to schedule an actual date with a mutual match without wasting much time. This increases the chances of going on more dates as opposed to simply scanning through profiles and never really meeting face to face.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases starting at $9.99 a month.

Supported on: Android and iOS

Clover Dating App
Clover Dating App
Developer: Clover Inc.
Price: To be announced

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

7. Coffee Meets Bagel

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Coffee Meets Bagel, commonly known as CMB, is an uber cute dating app which aims to eliminate the unnecessary time and effort it takes to swipe through profiles. It does so by prompting “Bagels” or prospective matches (up to 21) everyday in the noon, based on your personal data such as age, interests, mutual connections, religion, height, etc.

Finally, when two people like each other, CMB will curate the most suitable match for women to help take it further. They call this system the “#LadiesChoice”. We personally feel that this approach is quite effective in the otherwise world of dating apps overloaded with options.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases.

Supported on: Android and iOS

8. eHarmony

eharmony

Launched in 2000, eHarmony was especially created to help singles make deeper, more fulfilling connections and eventually find “The one”. They use the “29 Dimensions” model to provide better suited matches taking into consideration your bio, interests, and other data and gauging compatibility thereof. The most distinguishing feature of this online dating service is the “Relationship Questionnaire”, which as the name suggests is simply to get to know you and your preferences, thereby displaying fitting potential matches.

Price: Absolutely free to use

Supported on: Mac OS, Windows, Android, and iOS

eharmony Official Dating App
eharmony Official Dating App

9. Plenty Of Fish (POF)

pof

An extremely well-made app, POF is predominant in countries like the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United States, and Brazil. What’s great about POF is that it is available in 9 different languages so if English isn’t your strong point, don’t worry.

The dating app currently claims to have a total membership of one hundred million users and is one of the very few apps to allow users to send each other messages without upgrading to a premium plan. Similar to other dating apps, POF evaluates compatibility and suggests matches upon taking a “Chemistry test” for ensuring a long-lasting connection.

Price: Free, with optional premium memberships.

Supported on: iOS, Android, and Windows

POF Dating
POF Dating
Developer: PlentyOfFish
Price: Free+

10. Hinge

hinge

Hinge is an ideal dating app for the weary ones. If you’re too lily-livered about meeting total strangers, then this should be your go-to dating app since it provides potential match suggestions based on your Facebook friends network. That means, anyone you match with is directly or indirectly a friend of your friend. Though it functions quite like Tinder, it sets itself apart in that it offers features like a better matching-algorithm by means of interesting questions which you need to answer. This will only help them to get to know you better.

Price: Free, with in-app purchases

Supported by: iOS and Android

Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Hinge: Dating & Relationships
Developer: Hinge
Price: To be announced

The app was not found in the store. 🙁

In The End

For all the singles out there who are looking for their better half, I hope that this list of free best dating apps will help you out. All the dating apps added here are unique in their own specific way, though i have not included tinder in this list, you can always try that too. If you know of any other good dating app or site, do let us know!

Howdy mate, I am sid. A software engineer by profession doing that 9 to 5 job working on Linux and SQL. My passion for writing & broadcasting useful info brought me into blogging. I like playing Table Tennis, Video games, reading novels, and also sleeping. In ReadVia.com- we try to provide exclusive and fun tech info. I hope you like the content posted here & find it useful.

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