1. Bumble

Bumble is a location-based app with headquarters in Austin Texas. It was founded by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe in December 2014.

The app is designed in a way that allows women to make the first move. After a match is made, you have to initiate conversation within 24 hours otherwise the match expires. The app works on a swipe feature similar to Tinder.

Dating app reviews - Bumble
Dating app reviews – Bumble

The users of this app are young, professional and mostly in their 20s and boasts of over 20 million registered users. The app offers three unique features, you can meet a potential date via Bumble Date or a platonic friend on Bumble BFF or even a potential business partner or do networking on Bumble Bizz.

All these features are included on the app which is available for download on both Google Play and App Store for Android and iOS.

How much does it cost?

Bumble is a free app and you are not required to make any payments unless you need to unlock more premium features.

For the paid subscription known as a Bumble Boost, you have to pay $9.99 a month which allows you to skip the line to see people who have liked you and get an unlimited extension of time past the first 24 hours and keeps your matches after they have expired.

The app also has an in-app currency known as Bumble Coins, which you can use to pay for some of the premium features such as SuperSwipe. SuperSwipe works like the Super Like feature on Tinder that shows a potential match that you are interested.

Bumble has a Beehive section on the website which has a number of blog posts and articles that tackle topics ranging from dating to modern-day relationships. They also provide tips on how to make your profile better.

Dating app reviews - Bumble
Dating app reviews – Bumble

Is it secure?

Bumble has a very modern feel and it has a specialized focus on women taking control of the conversation. According to the founder, she created this app to offer a unique and different dating experience that focuses on respect and equality.

It is common for people looking for hookups and casual relationships but some serious relationships can arise from here so it is worth a try. The free version is very adequate to get swiping and make some connections.

2. How About We

How About We is an online dating site based in Brooklyn, New York. It is part of a network of online publications – HowAboutWe Media that helps individuals to find their soul mates with more emphasis to take the conversation offline. It is available both on the desktop version and app for download on Android and iOS.

How much does it cost?

Sign up on How About We is free but you have to be a paying member to see your messages or respond to your “Intrigues”.

Dating app reviews - How About We
Dating app reviews – How About We

Creating a new profile on the site is quite easy and you are asked to answer a few questions but they are not mandatory. Every profile displays a photo and a “How about We…” fun date idea.

You can also meet new people by browsing using the search function which filters your results based on location or who is online. Once you see a profile you like, you can click on “I’m intrigued” button to show interest.

The site focuses more on people taking the online conversations offline and meeting up for one on one dates.

Therefore, they have a Speed Date feature which provides you with other users profiles accompanied by date ideas which you can swipe either “Yes” or “No” to. This feature is a fun way to match with someone who has the same ideas as you with regards to a suitable date idea.

Is it secure?

How About We does not do a thorough screening of the new users who join the site hence you need to be cautious when meeting new people. However, the site is perfect for people who are spontaneous and looking to go out on fun dates and start something new with a person they may connect with.

3. Lovoo

Lovoo is a social dating app founded in Dresden, Germany in 2011. With offices in Berlin and San Francisco, the company has 70 million registered users worldwide. They focus on helping their users to meet people with the same interests or a similar lifestyle nearby.

Dating app reviews - Lovoo
Dating app reviews – Lovoo

You can create a new profile by registering either via email or your Facebook account. The site is divided into Discover, Play, and Profile. On the Discover tab, you are shown profiles that are near you where you can filter according to location, gender, and age.

The Play tab allows you to play the “Match” game which shows you one image at a time for you to select either “Yay” or Nay”. Under the same section, you can see who has liked your profile. On your profile, you can add more details about yourself and verify your account.

How much does it cost?

To sign up for a premium subscription, the cost is $9.99 for one month or you can choose to pay in bulk which gives you a discounted rate of $24.99 for 3 months and $33.99 for 6 months. Once you join Lovoo, you get free credits to use.

However, you can purchase more credits to enable you to reveal profiles immediately. An upgrade to premium lets you enjoy more benefits such as more visibility on the Match game, to see who has visited or liked your profile or even go Incognito which allows you to browse other people’s profiles in private.

Dating app reviews - Lovoo
Dating app reviews – Lovoo

Both the site and app have a very simple and modern layout for anyone to use. Since the app boasts of a large group of users from all over the world, you can customize your location depending on where you are. Additionally, it is translated in several languages including French, Portuguese, German, Italian, English and many more.

Because of this there are large numbers of people who join the app from different places in the world. If you want to meet an exciting date or start a relationship with people from different cultures, this might be the app for you.

4. The League

The League is a social dating app launched in 2014 in the United States by Amanda Bradford. The app targets professionals and the matches are based on your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles which are carefully analyzed before your profile is approved. The app uses a swiping feature similar to Tinder.

Dating app reviews - The League
Dating app reviews – The League

For you to join the site, you have to download the app on your device. They have a strict policy on new users joining the site and will vet to ensure that only serious individuals become The League members.

They have a very long screening process that can take months as they are backlogged with a waitlist. However, you can choose to speed up the process if you pay for membership upfront which is usually non-refundable.

Once you are on the app, it is very easy to navigate. You will get 3 potential matches a day with the number going up if you upgrade to a Premium subscription.

Is it secure?

As a paid member, you get to enjoy many perks which include limited waitlist time, increased number of friend requests and daily prospects and you will also receive invites to The League events. The site conveniently provides you with a “Concierge” that is supposed to help and guide you to get matches.

Dating app reviews - The League
Dating app reviews – The League

The site pays attention to the safety of its members in that your profile will be seen by users that meet your preferences. Their advanced screening process guarantees you that your matches are not random people and that their information is verified. In addition, matches on The League expire after 21 days, therefore, no time for games or “ghosting” if you are serious about chatting.

The League Love section of the website shows the success stories of people who met via the app and are now married and pursuing their business and career dreams as well.

This site is for serious professionals who are looking for someone who shares your education level and ambition and lives in your neighborhood. The downside of the app is if you don’t want to pay for a membership, you must be willing to go through a very long verification process.

5. Happn

Happn is a location-based dating site launched by Didier Rappaportin 2014 in France. The app lets you find the people you have crossed paths with be it in a café, on the street or at work and you would like to meet them one more time. For each time you happen to cross paths with a registered member on Happn, his or her profile will show on your timeline and from here you can decide on whether you like them or not.

Dating app reviews - Happn
Dating app reviews – Happn

During sign up, you have to use your Facebook account which verifies that your profile is real. Once you find someone you like and you would like to reach out, you can see the last time you met and send out a “heart” to show interest. If they send one back, then it’s a match. You can only communicate with people that like you which makes it easy for you to avoid spammers.

The app will go ahead and show you how many times you have met a fellow user and where. However, if you do not want their profile to show again on your profile, you will just select the “cross” button. The app does not have a search button for you to find users but rather provide you with matches that fit your preference.

The site has additional features for you to send voice calls to your match, play the CrushTime in-app game or even share your Spotify playlist. This is a means to boost the connection with your match.

How much does it cost?

The app has an in-app currency “Coins” which you can use to send a “Hi” to someone you are interested in. If they respond back, you have created a “Crush”. As a new user, you will get 10 free coins which you need to purchase if you don’t use them in time and they expire.

Is it secure?

Happn have put safety measures in place to protect users. Only the location of the users you have met will be saved. In case you feel threatened, you can report or block the users. The app is most suitable for users who live in a big city and can be limiting if you are located in a small town. This gives you a large pool of users to choose from within close proximity.

Just like on Tinder, you can easily connect your profile to your Instagram account for your matches to get to know more about you. Happn is a fun app that you can use to make connections with strangers but you need to exercise caution.

6. Hinge

Hinge is an online dating app founded by Justin McLeod in 2012. Their tagline is “The Relationship App”, and its base is Millennial users.  Match.com has acquired the share majority of Hinge. Using your list of Facebook friends to get you matches, the site is absolutely free. The app is available for download on Google Play and App store for both Android and iOS.

Dating app reviews - Hinge
Dating app reviews – Hinge

Signing up to the site requires you to have a Facebook account. This will draw information about you which will be displayed on your profile. The same applies to your profile pictures but you can choose to change this and upload new ones directly from your device. Next, you develop your profile under the “Share Your Story” section which provides more information about you.

Dating app reviews - Hinge
Dating app reviews – Hinge

Hinge pulls all your matches from your Facebook mutual friends which means you are not talking to random people and you already have something in common.

However, this can be awkward especially if you are avoiding someone or they might be an ex. Once you are set up, the app provides suggestions for you to decide whether you like them or not. If it’s a match, you can use the app’s free texting service to chat.

How much does it cost?

Both the app and the website attract a large number of users as they are relatively easy to  navigate. On the App Store, the Hinge app has a rating of 3 out of 5 stars. For $7 USD per month, you can get the 3-month free trial on the app to gauge if you still want to stay. After this period expires, you can opt out of the site or choose to continue to use a paid account.

In comparison to apps like Tinder, Hinge offers more to the swipe culture by ensuring that the matches are people on the same page and share common interests. As their tagline suggest, the site targets individuals who are seeking long-term relationships rather than casual hookups.

7. Pure

Referred to as “The Hookup app”, Pure is a dating service that was created by GetPure Inc. and is well known as the sex-first app. It was developed in 2012 by Roman Sidorenko and Alexander Kukhtenko. This site is unique for its time-limiting feature, once you create a profile, it will disappear within an hour’s time. It is available for download on Android and iOS

Dating app reviews - Pure
Dating app reviews – Pure

Once you have created a profile and uploaded a profile photo, other users can show their preferences by indicating “interested” or “not interested” against your profile.

Once the one hour limit expires, you will lose all your previous data or messages and you have to create a brand new profile in order to enjoy the services of Pure. A match occurs if you click “Yes” on a photo and the other person likes you back.

How much does it cost?

It is purely a fun app and not meant for any serious relationships, but for casual hookups.

You get a 7-day free trial once you sign up to the site. If you are just out to find a hookup or a no strings attached kind of arrangement in your city, then this is the perfect app for you.

Therefore, if you are looking for a hookup with random people, this is the app for you.

Is it secure?

The site is highly anonymous and does not keep your data past that one hour which means you have to connect with someone very fast before your information self-destructs. In addition, this means that is highly safe and does not keep your personal information.

A downside to this, is you are not assured there will be people available to connect online within the one hour period. The app uses geo-location to find you partners that are within your location. It works in a similar fashion to Tinder but it will get you a hookup way faster than Tinder.

The app is common in cities like Moscow, London, Mexico and New York. It does not target any specific age groups and is open to individuals above 18 years.

8. Tinder

Tinder is the world’s most popular dating app. Based in Los Angeles, California, the location-based app was launched in September 2012 by Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, Jonathan Badeen Joe Munoz, Alexa Mateen, Dinesh Moorjani, and Whitney Wolfe.

It was the first ever “Swipe” app which allows users to meet new people nearby by either swiping right if you “like” a profile and swipe left if not. Estimated to have over 50 million users globally, it is very popular with the millennials and is mostly known as a hookup app.

It is available for download on Android and iOS as well as desktop known as Tinder Online.

Dating app reviews - Tinder
Dating app reviews – Tinder

To register on Tinder, you can use your Facebook account or phone number. You will fill out your basic information such as gender, age, and location and then upload a profile photo.  

Next, you need to indicate on the settings, the distance, the age range that your potential matches should be at. If you register via Facebook, the app will draw profile photos from your page but you can also choose to upload some directly from your device.

Dating app reviews - Tinder
Dating app reviews – Tinder

In comparison to other dating apps, you can access most of the key features on Tinder without necessarily upgrading to a Premium account which makes this app very popular and accessible to everyone.

How much does it cost?

However, if you choose to upgrade, you can select between Tinder Gold at $15 per month which is a members-only service and Tinder Plus at $10 which comes at an additional cost on top of the subscription.

This app has some unique features that make it stand out. The major one is the “Swipe” feature that has been a game changer in the online dating world.

On a premium subscription, you get SuperLikes and Boosts that place your profile on top of the others significantly increasing your chances of meeting someone new. In addition, you can link your profile to your Instagram page or even Spotify which will show your users some of your favorite artists and music.

Tinder has one of the simplest and easy to use designs layouts on the app.  Even if you choose a paid upgraded account, it is still very affordable which makes it popular globally.

Is it secure?

Additionally, the fact that is location-based, it allows you to meet people who are in your city.  The geo- location will automatically adjust if you travel and change cities.

The focus is more on the physical appearance which makes matchmaking more of a fun game rather than a serious pursuit of a lifetime partner. and frustrating especially if you are browsing through profiles without much success.

This app is not recommended as the best option if you are looking to make any serious connections.

9. Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) is a free online dating app service based in San Francisco that was designed to help singles meet new people and make connections. Uniquely designed, the site allows you to meet new members via your Facebook account. The app is available for download on Google Play and App Store.

Dating app reviews - Coffee Meets Bagel
Dating app reviews – Coffee Meets Bagel

Once you have logged in, you need to answer some simple questions that provide information about yourself and details about your ethnicity, age, religion, height and much more.

You can upload a maximum of 9 photos on your profile which can be from your Facebook page or directly from your device. You can also create three icebreakers when signing up that will only be seen by your matches.

The app has a customized service known as #LadiesChoice which is unique to the app. Each day at noon, the men will receive up to 21 quality matches which are referred to as “Bagels”. They can select to either Like, Pass or Connect.

If they like someone who liked them too, it is a match. After matching, the app gives you 7 days only to initiate a conversation. Once the seven-day window expires, you will not be able to continue the conversation and you will have to spend beans to initiate the conversation once again.

Dating app reviews - Coffee Meets Bagel
Dating app reviews – Coffee Meets Bagel

How much does it cost?

If you want your profile to be highlighted, you can unlock more features by using the in-app currency known as Coffee Beans. With Beans, you enjoy features such as Rematch, which allows you to view a profile again, Discover – which shows you more matches outside of your curated matches and send a Woo to someone get you noticed faster.

In order to get more Coffee Beans, you can either purchase more in the Bean shop or perform some fun tasks like voting in Photo Lab, fill out your Coffee Meets Bagel profile or invite your friends to join the app. Additionally, if you regularly share about Coffee Meets Bagel on social media, you can earn more beans.

A free account allows you access to basic features only and you will need to upgrade to unlock more features. On premium, you receive an activity report of your matches which has been key in reducing “ghosting” on the app as well as read receipts to see who has read your messages.

Is it secure?

Coffee Meets Bagel is suitable for making serious connections especially if you live in a big city. The focus is more on quality over quantity which works well in connecting you to a meaningful relationship.

It gives more preference to the ladies by reducing the number of unnecessary messages they receive on a daily. The app has led to a number of successful marriages and engagements in the USA.

10. Plenty of Fish

PlentyOfFish (POF) is an online dating service that has a completely free membership. Founded by Markus Frind in 2003, the company is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The site is available in nine languages and is very popular in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Brazil. It is owned by the Match Group which also owns other dating sites such as OkCupid, Tinder, and Match.com. You can access POF on the website or by downloading on your Android or IOS device.

Dating app reviews - Plenty of Fish
Dating app reviews – Plenty of Fish

Signing up on POF is very simple and does not require you to fill out a long questionnaire. On the landing page on the website, you create a username, password, select your birthday, gender, country, and ethnicity. You need to create a creative and interesting headline which makes your profile stand out.

Dating app reviews - Plenty of Fish
Dating app reviews – Plenty of Fish

After the initial registration, you will take a “Chemistry Quiz” which ideally tests your compatibility with other users.

You can also take a “Relationship Needs Assessment” which looks at your past relationships and gives tips on how to improve your relationships in the future. All these services are offered for free during registration.

How much does it cost?

Since POF is free, you can send and receive messages from anyone without spending any money.  It is a great way to interact and quite user friendly.

You only upgrade if you want to unlock more features such as see who has viewed your profile or who has read your messages and the upgrade will also highlight your profile to make you more noticeable. POF allows basic users to upload up to 8 pictures or 16 if you are on an upgraded membership.

Similar to apps like Tinder, POF does not require you to upgrade to a paid account for you to access the basic features and to communicate. 

But if you choose to upgrade, you will receive read receipts notifications, see who viewed your profile and enjoy an ad-free experience when browsing. The subscription will be automatically renewed unless you choose to cancel before the period expires.

Is it secure?

The site does not have an option to log in via your Facebook account like all other popular dating sites. Therefore it does not verify profiles.

This is a downside and increases the chances of your coming across undesirables and scammers and a also will lend itself to an abundance of fake profiles. Oftentimes, to the discerning, it is not hard to spot scammers, however, you need to be cautious and not reveal too much personal and absolutely no financial information.

POF has one of the largest pool of users globally as registration is pretty easy. It is suitable for both serious and casual relationships. If you are new to the online dating world, POF is definitely a place to start.

11. OkCupid

OkCupid (OKC) is an American based online dating website that uses multiple-choice questions  to match members. It is one of the older dating sites and it was launched in January 2004 by Chris Coyne, Christian Rudder, Sam Yagan and Max Krohn.

Initially designed as a website, you can now download the OkCupid app on your phone via Google Play or App Store for both Android and iOS. The site has approximately 10 million registered users from all over the world.

Dating app reviews - OkCupid
Dating app reviews – OkCupid

This platform allows you to easily create a new profile using your Facebook account. Once you log in you can now create a personalized profile which allows you to fill out a number of questions in the “About Me” section and info such as your first name, your gender, and date of birth, country and city that you live in.

The site gives you about 15 Yes or No questions, which they use to calculate and find you the best matches. The site will show you the percentages of people that are mostly compatible with you for you to start chatting.

You will then need to upload profile pictures. OkCupid allows users to upload a maximum of 6 photos. If you create an account via Facebook, the site will pull your data from your profile.

OKCupid’s algorithm generates matches using the data from the user’s activities but mostly based on the answers you have given while creating the profile. On a free account, you can take the personality tests for free and message your matches.

How much does it cost?

To upgrade to become an A-list user you enjoy an ad-free experience, get to see who likes you and use advanced search filters. You can choose between A-list basic which costs $10 per month or A-list Premium for $30 per month.

Sending and receiving messages on OkCupid is absolutely free for everyone. The site started out as a standard online dating website but with time has now moved on to launch an app so that users can access it from anywhere and anytime.

However, the app does not offer anything new in terms of features, therefore, you can choose the option that suits your lifestyle the most.

OKC is not up to par with modern dating apps like Tinder which means it has fewer users and less daily traffic. It is suitable for all types of relationships, whether you are looking for casual hookups, flings or serious relationships.

12. Tastebuds.fm

Tastebuds is a dating app created by Julian Keenaghan and Alex Parish that allows you to meet people through music. Via this site, you will come across people that share common interests with you, you get to discover new music and chat with people around you who have the same taste in music. You can download Tastebuds from the App Store.

To join the site, you will do a quick sign up via Facebook or register by filling out the basic details such as Email, your username, city, gender, and age.

Dating app reviews - TasteBuds
Dating app reviews – TasteBuds

Once you log in, you need to select your sexual orientation, what you are looking for whether it’s dating, concert buddies, new friends or music discovery. Then you need to upload a profile picture and select your favorite music.

Dating app reviews - TasteBuds
Dating app reviews – TasteBuds

The site goes a step further to integrate with events service Songkick which usually allows the users to arrange to meet at concerts they’re attending.

Tastebuds is a good place to meet new friends who share a common interest with you in terms of music. Dubbed the Tinder for music lovers, it is a must try if you are into music.

13. DateMySchool.com

DateMySchool.com is an online dating platform specifically targeted at university students and alumni. The site was co-founded by Columbia University students, Balazs Alexa and Jean Meyer in November 2010. You can download the app both on Google Play and App Store for Android and iOS 

Is it secure?

To register on DateMySchool.com, you are required to provide a university email address which ensures that only students and alumni that are verified join the site. When joining, you can filter your search results based on departments or schools.

Dating app reviews - Date My School
Dating app reviews – Date My School

The site is known for its advanced privacy settings. Once you join, you are assured there will be no scammers or fake profiles. You can change your settings to determine the people who see your profile and also hide your profile that nobody can see you.

Additionally, the site also has an anonymous invite module that you can use to invite your fellow classmates to join DateMySchool.com.

This is the best dating site if you are in college as you are guaranteed that you will meet fellow students. There are success stories of people who met on the site while in college and are now married.

How much does it cost?

To make it better, the site is absolutely free so you will not have to spend a dime as long as your personal and background information is verified and you are allowed to join.

14. Chemistry.com

Chemisty.com is a free online dating site and a sister company to Match.com owned by InterActive Corp (IAC). Founded in 2006, the site matches you with other members based on your compatibility by using an in-depth personality test developed by Dr. Helen Fisher.

Dating app reviews - Chemistry
Dating app reviews – Chemistry

During sign up, you are required to take a personality test that the site will use to get what you are looking for in a partner and match you up with other users. This can take up to 30 minutes of your time as the site requires you to respond to a number of multiple-choice questions and fill out a very detailed profile.

If you find someone that you like from the matches, you can make a connection by sending them an email or a message or even a flirt on the site to show you are interested.

How much does it cost?

On a free account, you can view your matches but you must upgrade to a premium account in order to communicate with another member or see who has noticed you.

Chemistry. Com was designed for single serious people who are looking to meet individuals who want to make a serious meaningful connection. Most of the members are aged 30 and above and are not looking for a casual hookup.

The matchmaking system allows users to meet users who have a similar personality type which increases its success rate.

15. ChristianMingle

ChristianMingle is an online dating service specifically created for Christian singles. Launched in 2001 by Sparks Networks, it is one of the few dating apps that focus on a specific niche.

It caters to men and women who are looking for a long-term relationship or marriage partner who holds the same faith and belief in God. The company launched an app in 2014 available for download on Google Play and App Store for both iOS and Android.

Dating app reviews - Christian Mingle
Dating app reviews – Christian Mingle

Known for its high success rate especially among Christian singles, the site is guided by the tagline, “Love is Patient. Love is Kind. Love is Here.”

To register for an account on ChristianMingle, you will need an email address or a Facebook account. After which, you will receive an email verification notification to go ahead and confirm your account.

Choose a username, and answer questions pertaining to your church affiliation, marital status and fill out your profile.

ChristianMingle uses Color Code Personality Tests to get you fellow users that are compatible with you.

Additionally, the site will match you up with matches based on the information you provided when signing up to the site. You can use either the app or website as both are simple to use and navigate.

How much does it cost?

For you to communicate with another user, you must be on a paid subscription. The Basic option costs $30 dollars for a one-month subscription while the Premium costs $50 dollars for the same period of time.

This offers you more features such as read receipts for your messages and email as well as private browsing.

Christian Mingle attracts users that are between 25- 40 years and are looking to settle down.

Is it secure?

The vetting procedure is very thorough and you have a high chance of meeting a real profile. If you are a committed single Christian looking into online dating, ChristianMingle is your best option.

16. DroidMSG.com

DroidMSG.com is one of the largest free online dating services that allow you to make free video calls to other users. With a direct registration process, you just need to fill out a username and password to start browsing.

The site will show you the photos of the other users on the home page for you to check out. You can download the app on your Android device from Google Play.

Dating app reviews - Droid MSG
Dating app reviews – Droid MSG

How much does it cost?

All the features on Droidmsg are absolutely free for everyone and do not require an upgrade. You can easily browse through the profiles of other users and message or even go ahead and video call. This site has minimal restrictions and it is very easy to start to communicate with another user.

The interface is not as modern and updated compared to the common dating sites such as Tinder. In addition, it has many ads and doesn’t provide the best user interface. 

Is it secure?

The fact that it is free to join, there is little or no verification process which significantly increases your chances of bumping into scammers or fake profiles.

If you are looking for something serious, this may not be the app for you.

17. Mingle 2

Mingle2 is an online dating site that allows its users to connect absolutely free. It is unique in the sense that instead of the site matching you with users, you can pick your own matches in the Discovery section.

The site boasts over 9 million users per month. You can easily use the desktop version or download it on your iOSor Android device.

Dating app reviews - Mingle 2
Dating app reviews – Mingle 2

At the sign-up stage, you need to fill out basic information that includes your email address, date of birth, gender and country. Next, you need to add more details about your appearance and lifestyle.

In order to meet a match, you can search for other users either by username, who is online or filter factors such as location, age or sexual orientation. The site also has a Mutual Match section for you to play the Hot-or-Not game where you select Yes or no against profiles that have been presented to you. 

How much does it cost?

This is one of the fastest ways to meet people who are interested in you on the site. Once you find a user you like, you can send them an email or add them to your favorites to chat later. Mingle2 attracts a large number of users because it is absolutely free.

The website design is a bit outdated compared to other common dating sites but it is simple and easy to navigate. From the homepage, you can be able to easily navigate between your potential matches and your mutual matches.

This section also displays all your recent activity and any new updates. On the downside, the site is not ad-free which is not fun when browsing.

Is it secure?

Due to the free nature of this dating app, there is always a chance that there are a number of fake profiles, therefore, you need to exercise caution when chatting or meeting a new person. The site is suitable for people looking for casual relationships.

18. Match.com

Match.com is a premier online dating service launched in 1993 by Gary Kremen and Peng T. The service is present in more than 25 countries and has been translated in more than eight languages.

Owned by Interactive Corp (IAC), Match.com has acquired a number of free dating sites such as OkCupid in 2011 and Plenty of Fish in 2015. Match.com launched its mobile app version in 2010 which is now available for download on Google Play and App Store on both Android and iOS.

Dating app reviews - Match.com
Dating app reviews – Match.com

Registering on the app is pretty easy. You can log in, via your Facebook account or choose to use your email address. You will then fill out a questionnaire about you that helps the app know about your personality and what you are looking for.

The app works by delivering 9-12 daily matches for you to choose if they are compatible. You can also search for your own matches and from this, the app ‘learns’ your preferences and will be able to match you better.

How much does it cost?

You must have a paid subscription in order to communicate on this app. A free account limits you to creating a profile, sending or receiving winks from other users.

You can also receive emails or messages from other users who like you but you can only reply when you upgrade. For paid subscribers who do not get a match within the first six months, Match.com guarantees six more months for free service.

Is it secure?

The app has unique features such as Top Spot to highlight your profile, Match Events to meet up your date and Profile Pro to help you write an impressive profile. The app is compatible with Apple Watch, Android system, and Android Wear and iOS system and can be used on the go.

19. Badoo

Badoo is an online dating app that was founded by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev in November 2006. The app is available in 190 countries and has so far been translated into 47 languages. Badoo is a free app where members get to enjoy key features without paying for a subscription.

So far, the app has a membership of over350 million people worldwide which has contributed to Badoo been ranked as one of the top dating apps globally. The app is available on the website and also for download on Google Play or App Store for Android and iOS.

Dating app reviews - Badoo
Dating app reviews – Badoo

Creating a new account requires you to sign-up either via Facebook or an email address. Fill in the “about me” section and upload some photos. Since the app uses geo-location, you will be able to get matches that are nearby. The app has an “Encounters” section which allows you to swipe through profiles and select the ones you like.

How much does it cost?

The key features on Badoo are free and do not require you to upgrade. However, you can earn the in-app currency known as “Credits’ to unlock more features such as Superpowers which allows you to unlock your last votes on a profile, browse in invisible mode and receive read receipts.

In 2017, the app launched the “Lookalike” feature that lets you use facial recognition technology to search for potential matches who look like your favorite celebrities.

The app has a simple and colorful layout for everyone to navigate. It is also constantly upgraded to ensure you enjoy superior functionality.

20. MeetMe

MeetMe is a location-based dating app that helps millions of users find connection and meet potential dates. Previously known as Yearbook, it is one of the most popular dating apps for people in their 20s and was developed by siblings, Catherine and David Cook.

It features a simple colorful interface that is very easy to use. The app boasts over 100 million downloads across different platforms. It is available in web version as well as for download on iOS or your Android device.

Dating app review - Meet Me
Dating app review – Meet Me

To join MeetMe as a new user, you can register using your Facebook account or your email address. The app only requires basic information and a profile picture and you can get started.

You can choose to add additional details later. The app stands out because it has so many fun options such as games for its users that make it appealing compared to other sites. You can use the search function to get potential dates who are nearby.

How much does it cost?

The site has an in-app currency known as Lunch Money that you can earn by playing games, browsing the site or even finding secret admirers in Match. This will allow you to unlock other fun features on the app. Unique features such as “Ask Me” allow you to send anonymous questions to other users which makes it such a fun app to use.

With MeetMe, you can send and receive messages in spite of your subscription status. It is not your usual traditional dating app, have some fun as you make new friends.                                                                                                                                                                              

21. Alikewise

Alikewise is the ultimate dating site for book lovers. As a niche dating site, it seeks to match up people that are into literature. The site was founded by Matt Masina and Matt Sherman in 2008 to draw individuals who are intelligent and love books.

Dating app reviews - AlikeWise
Dating app reviews – AlikeWise

It is free to create a profile and send messages to fellow members on the site. Based on the information you provide during sign up on your favorite books or literature, you can meet someone who is into the same.

Making a connection on Alikewise is on a deeper level and is not based on the physical appearances like on the other apps.

If you are a book junkie, then definitely this is the site for you to meet new people. There is a high chance of meeting very intelligent people whom you might end up starting a romantic relationship with.

22. ConnectingSingles

 This is one of the free online dating sites for singles all over the world. With no hidden charges or Premium features, ConnectingSingles is the site for you to meet new people instantly.

Dating app reviews - Connecting Singles
Dating app reviews – Connecting Singles

The site offers more than a dating experience. On the homepage, there are sections such as articles, blogs, polls, poems, forums, music, and recipes all created by members of the site.

This will allow you to show other users what you can do and some of your interests which is a good conversation starter. The games and polls also keep the members engaged and entertained.

ConnectingSingles will also let you meet people who are nearby or in your location. This is good especially if you live in a big city, you can be able to meet people for one on one dates. However, the site is outdated and constantly experiences technical difficulties.