If you want to order someone to your apartment for casual sex like they’re takeout, e Harmony’s not your bag. Despite being extremely popular, the app doesn’t get great reviews from users, not even cracking the top 20 dating and sex apps in ratings.
If you want to get married in the next year, for instance, you really shouldn’t be looking for your eternal Netflix partner on Seed.
If you perform well on OKCupid, you may also be invited into its top-tier wing of “most attractive” users.
Generally, if you’re looking to meet “the one”, apps like Coffee Meets Bagel, Bumble, and Hinge, aka The Relationship App, are your best bets for robust matches based on your interests, location, mutual friends, and conversation. Most users are super into creating detailed profiles, either because they want to meet someone special, or they’re friggin’ nerds.
Surge, especially, markets itself as more of a quick hook-up app than a place to make a lasting connection.
Many dating apps allow people to search for partners based on gender identification, but HER is the premier app for women seeking other women (or anyone who isn’t a cis-man).
HER is more community-minded than most dating apps, and it allows you to upload text files in addition to photos, as well as mark other people as friends instead of potential matches.
The gold standard for serious, monogamously-minded straight people is still e Harmony, but because that site refuses to let anyone other than “breeders” join (only heterosexual matches allowed), it’s difficult to sing its praises. OKCupid maintains its intellectual branding by collecting data on all of its users (answers to public quiz questions, that is) and publishing reports on what sort of behaviors gets people matched up.
Hornet also allows users to talk to men all over the world, so you can experiment with chatting up strangers until you’re ready to meet up IRL.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t have an account — swiping right and left is always going to be fun, and there’s something exciting about an app with over 50 million users — but still, you might also want to look elsewhere.
Before we go over the best apps for different people, here’s a look at the dating apps with the most satisfied users from a 2016 Applause report: Glancing at this data, we’ll note that Just Say Hi, the most popular video-based dating app, blows all competition away as the most-often enjoyed dating app on the market.
Mingle is free as well, and it adds a group chat function — remember AIM singles chatrooms? Mingle takes a chatroom, adds in Chatroulette, and puts the whole thing on your phone. A few other good options are Jaumo, Moko or Skout than Tinder.
But let’s say you’re hesitant about uploading videos and you want to do this dating app thing the old fashioned (you know, like early 2010s) way. Jaumo, according to the app data above, ranks “excellent” among users.