What Are The Best Dating Apps For 2019?

Whether you like it or not, dating apps are completely taking over our world. Never before has hopping online to find a fling or a forever partner been so widely socially acceptable. So the big question is, what are the best dating apps out there besides Tinder, and which one(s) should you sign up to? Maybe you’re interested in the best dating apps for relationships. Maybe you’re looking for dating apps like Tinder that can just be used for hookups. You probably also have questions about free or paid dating apps, or what platform they are available on. Regardless of what you are looking for, I’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at the very best dating apps to close out 2019 and star 2020 off with a bang.

Facebook Dating

Facebook Dating is not yet available for many people, but going into 2019 expect it to hit your news feed. As I wrote about in this article, once opted in Facebook Dating will give users daily suggestions of other singles. Keep in mind, it’s technically not an app, rather an extra feature within Facebook, like ‘marketplace’. Users can either express their interest in other singles, look through upcoming events or browse groups they are joined to view other like-minded singles. Facebook appears to be putting a heavy focus on separating itself from apps like Tinder, and being the go-to place for serious relationships.

As of October 2018, Facebook Dating has been launched for testing in Colombia, and there is no word of a release date for the rest of the world. But if all goes smoothly in Colombia, expect Facebook Dating to be hitting your country soon.

Paid or Free: Free Platform: Web – Mobile Only

Now

Online dating is heavily used by busy professionals who don’t have much time to spare. Now, is targeting these busy individuals and helping save even more time with arranging an actual time to meet. Now allows the user to select their schedule so their match doesn’t have to keep going back and forth trying to find a time that will suit them both. Plus, it’s a great way to ensure users don’t think their matches are being flakes by always saying they’re busy. Definitely not a dating app for time wasters.
Paid or Free: Free, With Paid Keys To Unlock Features Platform: iOS

It’s Just Lunch

Even though it’s not an app, I just had to include It’s Just Lunch on this list. That’s because it is hands down the best matchmaking service out there in 2019/2020. Period. But why is that? Well, it’s simple really – guaranteed dates. Yep, that’s right. It’s Just Lunch guarantees you a minimum of 6 face-to-face dates chosen by their matchmaking experts. With 24 years experience, these guys know what they’re doing.  

It’s a pretty simple concept: the team gets to know you, they pick you a minimum of 6 dates based on your personality, values and preferences and then they set it up. You just need to turn up.

I personally believe this service should be reserved for people who are very serious to find their significant other. It’s Just Lunch is seemingly targeted towards busy professionals who would prefer to outsource their dating to the experts. So, if you are still in your late teens and just searching for a hookup, It’s Just Lunch might not be for you. But if you are wanting to find a partner following a method that has been proven for thousands of couples over 24 years, then give It’s Just Lunch a go. You can even dip your toes in by having a team member from It’s Just Lunch give you a quick call to see if the service is right for you. Go ahead and check it out here.

Paid or Free: Paid

Platform: Web and Face To Face

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel puts a lot of the power in the hands of the ladies. How it works is every day the guy (known as “coffee”) will receive 21 matches (known as “bagels”). They will either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ on their options. Following this, of the men that did express interest, the app will present the best possible matches to the ladies. Users are allowing someone to do the choosing for them, but on the same note, it’s a very efficient form of dating. Especially for the ladies.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: iOS and Android

The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle is all about quality, not quantity. You could say that, or call it the Tinder for successful people. The inner Circle describes itself as a selective app that matches users with like-minded and similarly successful people. Even though that sounds quite pretentious, the emphasis seems to be on people that are educated, career driven and have their sh*t together. It connects users LinkedIn account, so if you want to get involved be sure that your profile picture on there isn’t too embarrassing! Apparently there’s quite the waiting list, as candidates are screened before joining. Its interface is more similar to Facebook than Tinder, allowing users to browse profiles, rather than swipe. The whole thing sounds a little wanky to me, but if you’re determined to meet someone as successful as you, give it a try.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: Web, iOS

Hinge

Hinge operates by helping users find a match that they share mutual friends with. Based on their Facebook friends Hinge will present many profiles that they can scroll down through. It’s had a recent revamp putting a heavy focus on it being an app strictly for relationships. I guess it makes sense because you probably don’t want to have too many hookups with friends of friends. It could result in a few awkward moments at the next group drinks.

It apparently creates “smart matches” between people who are looking for something similar. This is because it allows users to make clear what they are “looking for” as well as a series of “prompts” of which they can choose 3. These include finishing sentences on their profile such as “the dorkiest thing about me is…” Even though users view profiles in a similar way to Tinder and either like or dislike them, apparently they are only presented with matches Hinge’s algorithm has determined they would like.

Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS and Android

Crush

Crush is another dating app rising in popularity and will surely make an impact in 2019. It puts most of the power in the hands of the ladies, by giving them the final say. Users swipe through profiles just like they would Tinder. The only difference is the woman will get to ask a question, the guy must answer and if she likes the answer she can unlock the match and start talking. If she doesn’t the two are unmatched. Crush is very similar to bumble but takes the ball even further into the ladies court.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: iOS and Android

Bumble

Yet another app that puts the power in the hands of the ladies. Guys have to wait until the woman sends the first line, otherwise, the match will expire within 24 hours. If the guy doesn’t reply to that message in 24 hours, it will also expire. Bumble’s main goal is to encourage actual conversations and also eliminate a bit of creepiness associated with some of its other online dating counterparts. Bumble also has expanded with more in-app options. Bumble BFF is a feature you can select to help find friends. And Bumble Bizz is a networking platform. Bumble is one of the most popular apps going. It’s user interface and basic functions are very similar to Tinder. But the simple change of putting the ball in the court of the ladies, has secured its spot as one of the most popular online dating apps going into 2019.

Paid or Free: Free, Paid Bumble Coins To Unlock Features

Platform: iOS and Android

OkCupid

OKCupid is a much more refined form of online dating. It allows users to be very specific in helping them find a potential partner. It works off the concept of helping users find a partner based on interests and passions. Users can select what they’re “open to” in terms of a relationship or hookup. Also, they have many more gender options to choose from. OKCupid may be the right dating app for you to use if you’re sick of endlessly swiping through people to find someone that fits your particular preferences.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version (many features require this) Platform: Web, iOS and Android

Tastebuds

Tastebuds is all about matching users with people who share a similar music taste. It’s also a great way for people to discover new music. Users can search people who also like similar artists or be suggested people based on their favorite artists. If you’re a music lover, find that special someone to visit gigs with.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: Web, iOS

Happn

Were you too afraid to say hello to that cute girl and regret it like crazy? That’s where Happn comes into play. It was founded on the idea of missed connections. There are plenty of other apps jumping on this idea, even Tinder has included ‘Places’ which is eerily similar, and apparently, Happn isn’t happy about it. It tracks users location and presents profiles they have been in the same vicinity as. Unlike Tinder Places it doesn’t show the exact location they’ve passed by each other, so they don’t have to worry about a match showing up at their favorite coffee place. There are even added features like the ability to send voice messages.
Paid or Free: Free, With Paid Coins To Unlock Features Platform: iOS and Android

Badoo

Some of you may have never heard of Badoo, but it is one of the world’s most popular dating apps with over 400 million users. It is different to Tinder in the fact that users don’t swipe through profiles. Rather, they upload a photo of a celebrity or someone else that’s their type and the profile works its magic to help try to find potential matches that are their taste. Although it is supposed to be more tailored to users personal preferences, they will have a smaller number of potential dates to choose from. It’s an interesting concept that you should try out.

Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS

Elite Singles

Elite Singles is all about top quality candidates looking for a serious relationship. It’s trying to move away from the hookup culture that comes along with many online dating apps. It’s intended for a more mature audience with 90% of its users being over 30. They’re also an educated bunch with 80% having university degrees. Only hop on here if you’re serious about finding a potential partner.  

Paid or Free: 3, 6 or 12 Month Paid Subscription Platform: Web, iOS, Android

eHarmony

eHarmony is another serious dating app/site that has been matchmaking for years. It puts a heavy focus on serious relationships, even leaning more towards marriage. The average age is roughly around 30 years old. Expect to find users on here that definitely want something serious and don’t think they’ll find it on Tinder.
Paid or Free: 1 & 3 Month Paid Subscriptions Platform: Web, iOS, Android

Do I Date

Do I Date Is Tinder with ratings and reviews. It may sound like it would have its clear drawbacks, but the apps aim is to create a much more transparent form of online dating. Sleazy dudes beware. Just like Yelp, users can leave a review on their past dates. Users can remain anonymous with their reviews to clear any awkwardness, but chances are it will be obvious who the reviews are from. Plus, if there are a lot of reviews that can’t be a very good thing, right? On the same note, if users have an ex that is bitter for whatever reason, their rating could take a big hit… If you are someone who has no reservations about being completely open about your dating life, then give it a try!
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS

Plenty Of Fish

Plenty Of Fish is one of the most popular dating apps in the world with roughly 70 million users. It’s a very traditional form of online dating with profiles being public, allowing anyone to spark up a conversation. No gimmicks, rather just straightforward online dating. The best part about it is it’s free. POF tends to lean more towards relationship-focused dating with bios usually being much more in depth. If you are someone that doesn’t like random people sliding into your DM’s, this probably isn’t for you.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: Web, iOS and Android

Miss Travel

Miss Travel is for the intrepid traveler. Its main focus is to help users find a travel companion to enjoy luxurious getaways with. With almost 700,000 users, users won’t have to travel alone ever again. The big difference of Miss Travel compared to many popular dating apps is the fact is doesn’t rely on location services. Meaning users can match with anyone in any location and start making travel plans.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: Web

Skout

Skout puts more focus on friendship or just making “meaningful relationships.” Users like or dislike profiles like Tinder, but profiles are presented in a grid for users to view. Users can match with people locally or anywhere else in the world. It’s been around for ages and seems to be a little bit of an amalgamation of many popular dating apps and social platforms, rather than focusing on one core idea. Give it a try if you’ve tried out all the other dating apps and are focused more on finding friends, and maybe something more.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS and Android

How About We

How About We is an app that cuts to the chase. Instead of worrying that matches will only be interested in a Netflix and chill sesh, How About We is all about meeting somewhere users would like to check out. Users simply post date ideas, match with people, then make arrangements to go. Because matches are planning dates before even matching, they have the potential to go to some really cool and different places. Users also have a Date Map where they can post that they want to catch up for a beer at a nearby bar, and someone can get in touch and accept. Perfect for last-minute free time.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: Web

Twin Dog

Twindog is Tinder, but based on users dog preferences… I just had to include this in this list, because I personally love dogs. Whether or not my dog preference will actually help me find love, well that’s another story. But it might be a bit of fun, and one hell of a story if you actually meet someone on there that ends up being your significant other. Users can also use it just to find other fluffy friends for their doggo. More dogs the merrier I say.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: iOS and Android

Down

Down is basically for those who are too chicken to say they are interested in someone they know. It works by allowing users the chance to swipe up (for dates) or down (to get down) on Facebook friends. So users already need to know the person you they swiping on. They are anonymous when they swipe, and they won’t be notified unless they swipe back. Users will see 10 new profiles a day to swipe on. It seems like quite a long shot that the girl you fancy from work will happen to be on this app, but also like you. But then again, there are 5 million singles using it. So give it a go if you’re intrigued! But beware; the reviews aren’t so complimentary when it comes to the 7-day free trial. Be aware that you will be charged after the trial is up!

Paid or Free: Free 7-Day Trial Then Monthly Paid Subscription Platform: iOS and Android

Loveflutter

Loveflutter has been dubbed the “quirky” Tinder. The simple rundown is potential matches pictures are blurred but their bio and twitter timeline is visible. Users can like or dislike and then unlock their pictures. It also allows users to promote places that they can suggest for a first date. If looks aren’t everything to you, then why not try it out?
Paid or Free: Free Platform: iOS, Android

The Grade

The Grade works off a similar principle to Tinder’s secret ranking system (the ELO score) but is much more transparent about it. It keeps the quality of users high by booting anyone who receives an F rating. To earn an F rating users must either be an absolute creep or match with people and never talk. This is a great way to make sure that all the profiles users are swiping through are high quality, but also that they won’t mess around. Plus, boasting an A+ rating must be a good boost to the ego.
Paid or Free: Free Platform: iOS, Android

Match

Match is directed at those seeking a serious relationship. It allows users to browse profiles, but its algorithm also suggests types of profiles they may be interested in. It does this by collecting data on the profiles users interact with, so the more they use it, the better tailored the suggestions are.
Paid or Free: Free Trial, 1, 6, 12 & 24 Month Paid Subscriptions Platform: Web, iOS, Android

Zoosk

According to Tech Crunch, Zoosk is the number one dating app in the app store, of all time. It efficiently connects to users social accounts and offers them personalized SmartPick introductions based on their profiles. Users also have to verify their profile, so they can rest assured there are no catfish present. Singles can browse through their suggested ‘introductions’ or search people based on certain preferences like body type, religion etc. With 40 million members it may be worth the try!

Paid or Free: 1, 3, 6 & 12 Month Paid Subscriptions

Platform: Web, iOS, Android

Religious Dating Apps

JDate

JDate is a very popular and tenured dating site for Jewish people. It is open to non-believers, but they do have to state if they are open to converting to Judaism or not. It’s a much more traditional user interface and idea, as it has been around since 1997. It’s similar to some of the above apps in that it will offer up several tailored suggestions per day, based on users interests. On top of that, singles may perform their own searches with many options. JDate has been the cornerstone of online Jewish dating for years now. Give it a go if you want to find a Jewish partner (and preferably you’re Jewish).
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: Web, iOS, Android

JSwipe

JSwipe wanted to get in on the success of JDate and Tinder, so they combined the two. In a nutshell, it’s Tinder for Jews. Even its interface looks eerily similar, offering a free daily ‘Super Swipe’ – very original. Although, JSwipe is trying to create a more wholesome vibe to help Jewish singles find a forever partner. Generally, the profiles contain a lot more info to help with this. Also, a very interesting feature is that after 18 days, matches and all their messages will be permanently deleted, encouraging users to make things happen and not just endlessly message.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS, Android

Christian Mingle

Christian Mingle is for people wanting to find like-minded believers ready for a serious relationship. It strives to help users find love in a God-centered relationship over anything else. With a more traditional dating interface, users can filter their searches by a few factors such as denomination. If your faith is extremely important to you, it might be a good place to start.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: Web, iOS, Android

Muzmatch

Halal, free and fun. Muzmatch prides itself on being the place where single Muslims meet. With over 500,000 Muslim members in 190 countries, it’s a great place for Muslim users to find people that share their faith. It offers a similar function and user interface to Tinder, asking singles to like or pass on others. It offers a couple of cool features with safety being a top concern. Users can keep photos hidden until they decide, plus they need to verify their profile with a selfie, SMS confirmation and a GPS location check. Like a few of the apps already discussed, singles are rewarded for good behavior, earning profile badges if they receive positive feedback. For that extra peace of mind, users can include a chaperone (known as a Wali) in their conversations.
Paid or Free: Free, Some Extra Paid Features Platform: Web, iOS, Android

Crosspaths

Crosspaths is another Christian focused dating app. It offers a Tinder-esque functionality with liking or disliking other single Christians, matching and messaging. But in saying that, there are also search options, with filtered preferences. Users can select options which best describes their faith using the ‘faith spectrum’ to help find like-minded individuals. Users can plan their own meetup, or attend one of the companies sponsored mixers or ‘social good events.’
 Paid or Free: Free, Some Extra Paid Features Platform: iOS, Android

Gay (LGBTI) Dating Apps

HER

HER is a dating app for a wide range of people “from lesbians to queers, bois to femmes, trans to fluid and everything in between.” It has over 3 million users and promises a safe and supportive community. It’s not only a dating app but also a social platform. It allows users to get involved in community discussions as well as attend events. On the dating front, its UI is similar to Tinder in that users can either like or pass on a profile, with many preferences in their settings.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS, Android

Zoe

Zoe is another dating app for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. It has a simple user interface to Tinder allowing users to swipe left or right on profiles. The main difference is it includes a personality test, which gives users a compatibility-rating % with other users. It also includes a series of questions for users to answer in their profiles such as Zodiac sign and Alcohol. It isn’t trying to strictly be a dating app, encouraging users to try it out even if they’re looking for a friend or just a chat.
Paid or Free: Free, Paid Premium Version Platform: iOS, Android

Grindr

Grindr is the world’s largest networking and dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people. It works off a similar model to Happn in that it works off users device location services and shows other users close by, with a series of filters to use. In its inception, it was mainly used for casual and quick hookups, but in recent years it has also opened its doors wider to more monogamous relationships.
Paid or Free: Free Trial, Monthly Paid Subscriptions Platform: iOS, Android

Best Dating Apps For Different Dating Styles

Best Dating Apps For Relationships

  • •Facebook Dating
  • •Hinge
  • •OkCupid
  • •Elite Singles
  • •Match

Best Dating Apps For Hookups

  • •Tinder
  • •Down
  • •Bumble
  • •Happn

Best Dating Apps For Busy Professionals

  • •Now
  • •How About We
  • •Inner Circle
  • •Elite Singles

Best Apps For Friendship

  • •Bumble (Bumble BFF)
  • •Skout

Final Thoughts

The massive selection of dating apps can sometimes make it tough to pick which one is right for you. Online dating shouldn’t be a stressful thing, so if you are really worried, maybe try out a couple and see which one suits you best. If you really don’t know what you are looking to get from online dating, try some of the free dating apps and that should soon help you form your opinion. If you are a Tinder user but are reading this article because you feel you aren’t getting enough, or the right, matches, download my List Of 5 Ways To Get more Matches.

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