Comparing 9 of the best dating apps

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Best dating apps

With so many options out there, finding the best dating apps for you can be a daunting process. Free or paid? Casual or serious? That’s why we’re here to help you decide the best dating app to choose

If you’re looking for a meaningful relationship, the eharmony app has been designed for you. But don’t take our word for it; when it comes to deciding between the best dating apps, we want to make sure that you make the right choice for you. That’s why we’ve taken a close look at several key competitors to identify their key features, find out what works for them, and show you why we still believe eharmony is one of the very best dating apps out there.

Match.com

Match.com allows users to scroll through singles’ profiles, filtered according to criteria such as appearance, interests and job type. Potential matches are sent every day, based on your personality and the interests you list when joining.

How eharmony works
Over 50s years of research into what makes relationships work has been distilled to create eharmony’s unique compatibility matching system. It uses 18 key dimensions of compatibility to match you with people that share your core values and personality traits. In other words, it looks far deeper than just shared interests to find matches that are truly tailored to you.

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Tinder

On Tinder, users can browse through hundreds of profiles that are limited to photos and a brief (optional) bio. Swiping left or right on a user’s picture to indicate whether you’re interested or not means that users are matched primarily on physical attraction and first impressions.

How eharmony works
eharmony’s approach to matchmaking is focused on compatibility. Singles aren’t judged solely on looks; instead, members can assess their matches based on detailed profiles and a comprehensive breakdown of their shared dimensions of compatibility. It’s also designed for people looking for meaningful relationships, not the more fleeting connections Tinder has become known for. Tinder’s users are mostly aged between 18 and 30 and the app is designed to appeal to this age groups’ more casual approach to dating.

EliteSingles

Similarly to eharmony, EliteSingles asks users to complete a personality test that is then used to match them with professional singles that display similar traits.

How eharmony works
eharmony’s unique compatibility matching system is the product of over 50 years of research into what makes relationships work. It goes deeper, considering shared values and personality traits, as well as personal preferences, to match members with singles that are truly right for them. As experts and pioneers in the online dating industry, eharmony attracts members that are looking for meaningful relationships and are willing to invest time and money in the search.

PlentyofFish (POF)

It’s free to sign up to PlentyofFish, but in-app purchases unlock additional features. Users are matched through a chemistry test and, like Tinder, POF users can ‘tick’ or ‘cross’ other profiles to indicate whether they’re interested or not.

How eharmony works
As a free platform, PlentyofFish needs to feature adverts, which can lead to cluttered pages and a confusing user experience. eharmony members have access to a streamlined, ad free experience with detailed profiles and comprehensive compatibility scores that are easily accessible.

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Happn

Unlike others in the best dating apps category, Happn focuses on proximity above all else. The app provides users with potential matches from a pool of singles they have crossed paths with. The thinking is that if you tend to frequent the same places, you’ll have other things in common too.

How eharmony works
While it does take members’ locations into account, eharmony’s unique compatibility matching system analyses over 100 different data points to match you with people who share more than just your postcode. Happn’s matching range is restricted to just 250 metres, which could seriously limit your dating options, especially if you don’t live in a large city or you work far from home. eharmony members can choose their own distance settings so you can find compatible matches from both near and far (if you’re open to long-distance).

Bumble

The Bumble experience is very similar to Tinder but on this app, women make the first move. The decision whether to swipe right or left is largely based on looks and short optional bios. There’s also a time limit to try and prevent ghosting. If a woman doesn’t initiate contact with her match within the first 24 hours, the match will be erased (although can be reinstated for a fee).

How eharmony works
The limited profiles on Bumble still mean that users match with people based largely on looks, without knowing whether they could be compatible or even if they’re looking for a relationship! eharmony offers one of the most detailed profiles in the industry, and members can see how their matches score in each of eharmony;’s 18 dimensions of compatibility – that’s why its members often say their first date feels like their fifth. There’s no need to worry about being overwhelmed with unsavoury messages either; only your personalised set of matches can contact you.

OKCupid

OKCupid users can browse matches and send messages for free. Matches are made via a short questionnaire, which asks you whether you’re looking for friendship, short or long-term relationships, as well as what you’re looking for in a potential partner.

How eharmony works
Anyone on OKCupid can message you, meaning your inbox will quickly be filled. It leaves users little time to read the profiles properly and it’s tempting to base decisions purely on photos. eharmony sends its members a carefully-curated batch of matches every day – quality over quantity. That way, you can take time to consider whether you want to message them or not. You’ll never receive messages from members that you’re not matched with.

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Badoo

An international social network, Badoo is one of the world’s largest apps, introducing people looking for friendship and romantic relationships. You can find people nearby, swipe through pictures of singles you may or may not be interested in, and message both potential matches and friends.

How eharmony works
eharmony attracts members that are looking for meaningful relationships and the detailed Relationship Questionnaire determines the kind of relationship they want, so there’s no confusion when you’re matched. Badoo allows any user to message another and, as the site is free, you may find that those who get in touch are not as genuine as they appear.

Why is eharmony the best dating app for singles looking for meaningful relationships?

The eharmony app has been specially-designed with those looking for a meaningful relationship in mind.

  • The app experience begins with the Relationship Questionnaire. This allows eharmony’s unique compatibility matching system to get to work, focusing on traits such as conflict resolution, ambition, and emotional intimacy. 18 of these dimensions of compatibility – along with 50 years of in-depth research – allow us to accurately predict which singles you’ll be most compatible with.
  • Registered members receive a carefully-curated batch of between 5 – 10 matches each day. Each match features a detailed profile including comprehensive compatibility scores, so you can see exactly why you and your match have been connected.
  • All members can easily favourite, send smiles and ask multiple-choice quick questions to their matches. With a subscriber membership, you can send open messages – the first step to kick-starting your own love story.

The eharmony app is available on both iOS and Android, on the iTunes App store and Google Play. So, if you’re looking for a meaningful relationship, try something different today. Join eharmony.


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