Top 10 Best Dating Sites and Apps for Singles

Are you a swipe right kind of person or do you prefer keeping things casual while testing several different dating sites?

With so many people looking for their significant other online, it’s no wonder that there are thousands of apps, sites, and message boards that offer you the chance to meet new people. But which one is the best for you?

I did the research and below you can see top 10 best dating sites and apps for singles according to their activity, reviews from users, and general feeling. My main criteria were ease of use, number of available profiles, and the general rate of success in actually meeting someone in real life.

So do a bit of browsing and choose the one(s) that work for you!

#10: Coffee Meets Bagel

The app is free and works on both Android and iOS devices. It’s not too popular online, but I like it because, unlike other apps or sites, you are not just presented with an endless stream of profiles so you waste your time browsing or swiping.

Coffee Meets Bagel sends guys 21 quality matches every day based on their Facebook accounts and profile data. Your job is to indicate which of the profiles you like and wait to see if they like you back. If this happens, you are allowed to chat with each other.

In my opinion, the app is perfectly safe because it gives women the final choice. Users can’t send messages to other users unless they both agree to this exchange. Even more, while the app is free, every activity you do (daily logins, or other similar activities) brings you coffee beans that you can spend to show interest in other groups that are not necessarily a match to your profile.

#9: Bumble

Bumble praises itself as more than just a dating app – it’s a networking possibility! Yes, most people use it for dating, but they have a new mode where you can try to meet people interested in making new friends. It’s basically the same Tinder swipe system, but you see profiles of people of the same sex, interested in connecting with the world.

But let’s go back to the dating app; it’s free and works on both Android and iOS. The app is a bit different than other similar systems because here women make the first move. The app matches profiles where both users have swiped right, but the woman will decide if she wants to start a chat or continue browsing.

#8: eHarmony

The site is in the business of online dating for a long time. In fact, eHarmony is the creator of a unique algorithm that matches profiles based on preferences and personal experiences. True, you have to fill in a lengthy questionnaire in order to put your profile on its feet, but once you do, you’ll get matched with like-minded people.

I like that the eHarmony app uses the same algorithm as the site, but you will have to pay for access to their database. It’s free to install the app and create your profile, but in order to get matches you will need a paid subscription.

#7: Tastebuds

The Tinder app for music lovers, Tastebuds will match people together based on their music preferences. In my opinion this is a legit way of matching people because music is a powerful driver in everyday life.

So, if you can listen to the same tunes, there may be more than just a spark between the couples that meet in real-life based on a match that happened using this app. Still, you should know that only iOS users have the possibility to use it, meaning you’ll have another thing in common besides musical taste.

#6: Match.com

Just like eHarmony, Match.com was an online dating site long before there was an app for it. So I couldn’t make a top best dating sites and apps for singles without including them, could I?

Match.com offers a free app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users and you can register and create a profile for free. However, to make the most out of a profile on this site, it’s best to register with a paid subscription.

Match.com is one of those sites that allow users to browse their database looking for people who catch their eye. But, in order to connect with someone, you’ll send a “wink” and only if they wink back, you can chat and share stories.

#5: Happn

How many times did you pass by a cute guy or girl and didn’t have the courage or the opportunity to say anything? Well, Happn is the app that can actually get you connected with people you’ve crossed paths with in real-life.

The app shows you other Happn users you’ve crossed paths with and allows you to show interest by sending them a Charm. Of course, if you’re shy, the app allows you to like a profile in secret – so you can take your time and decide if that person is worth your effort.

Still, if you decide to send them a notification, you will have to purchase coins, but the price is quite affordable.

#4: Plenty of Fish

The name is quite straightforward and the site has been around the online dating world since before Tinder. This means that indeed, you’ll have plenty of fish from which to choose and you can use both the site and the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps.

The registration is free but you will have to choose a subscription in order to use all the available features and get in contact with the users you consider a good match. The cool thing is that you have access to a wide range of users from all over the world and different walks of life, so you won’t get bored.

I placed it fourth on my top of best dating sites and apps for singles because you’ll have to search for your significant other. Also, nowadays the site is mostly used for casual hookups, rather than long-term relationships, but you’ll have a huge pool of profiles to dig into (if you’re into this type of research).

#3: Zoosk.com

Yes, Zoosk requires a paid membership but it’s wildly popular among singles all over the globe. It’s also a well-established online dating site, even though the interface is fresh and modern (unlike other sites in the niche!).

Zoosk offers an algorithm that checks profiles to make sure you are a real person and the people you are matched with are just as real. I also like that they offer solid dating advice through interesting articles, and the fact that both the apps and the site are continuously learning from your behavior. This means that the more you use Zoosk, you’ll be provided with better matches.

#2: Tinder

If you’ve never swiped right or left, you should give Tinder a chance. There’s a reason why it’s not one of the most famous dating apps in the world!

The app is insanely easy to use (even a two-year-old understands what to do with it!) and offers a simple, yet effective interface. The images are large and clear, and you are offered with three options: swipe right (you like the profile), swipe left (it’s not for you), or swipe up (you really, really like the profile).

It’s on the second place of my best dating sites and apps for singles because it’s amazing when it comes to functionalities, but it’s also the main reason why so many singles are just looking for a hookup.

#1: Hinge

Basically the same thing as Tinder, Hinge doesn’t ask for your Facebook profile for an account. The interface is the same, but the connections are made through friends and friends of friends. It will also ask you a bunch of questions to establish your preferences and personal interests that you can answer by swiping left or right, which is a lot of fun and a lot less time-consuming!

I chose Hinge as the number one app on my best dating sites and apps for singles top because it allows you the option to ask a friend. This means that, if you like someone and want to know more about, you can follow the trail to someone you know in real-life and ask them. It gives you a lot more confidence in the profile and it has a nice human touch.

Unlike Tinder, Hinge is built around the idea of dating, which is why I like it best.

A Few Final Words

I hope you like my top 10 best dating sites and apps for singles and if you have other options, please let me know. At the end of the day, it’s important to stay safe when you try online dating and have a bit of fun with the concept. You never know what could happen!

Theodore
 

Theodore created PracticalPsychology in his mother's basement after quitting university at age 19. From there, a dream was born to change lives by helping people understand how their brain works. By applying practical psychological principles to our lives, we can get a jumpstart on the path of self-improvement. 1,500,000 Youtube subscribers later, and that dream continues strong!

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