The 10 Best Dating Apps of 2018

Find the partner you seek

A close-up stock photo of a person's hand holding a smartphone with a dating app on its screen.
There is a wide variety of dating apps for just about every kind of dater.

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There's an app out there for virtually any kind of desired dating experience. And yet the best dating apps allow you to not only customize your match preferences but also the dates you go on. Here are the 10 best dating apps that allow you to do just that: customize just about every thing. These apps will let you control how you meet and who helps you along the way. 

Here are the best dating apps of 2018 to help you find that special someone. 

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Hinge: Best (Serious) Relationship App

A screenshot of one of the Hinge app's profile question prompts. This prompt says,
When using the Hinge app, you have to answer three writing prompt-style questions.

If you're willing to put in the effort and you want a serious relationship, Hinge might be the app for you. 

Of all the dating apps on this list, Hinge is probably the most traditional as it mostly requires photos and questionnaire answers. Hinge is a very minimalist app and so the main focus will be on your photos and your responses, forcing you to really put some thoughtful effort into your profile. 

Hinge is free to download. The app comes with a free membership, but it does offer monthly subscription access to premium services called Preferred. A Preferred Hinge membership has features such as unlimited likes for matches and access to more match filters to help narrow down matches to your preferences. A 1-month subscription is $12.99. 3 and 6 month subscriptions are less per month, respectively. 

It's available for Android and iOS

What We Like:

  • Fun, thought-provoking profile question prompts to answer. 
  • Ability to hide certain questionnaire answers. 

What We Don't Like:

  • It's required that you have six profile photos. 
02
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Cuddli: Date Your Fellow Fans in Your Favorite Fandoms

A screenshot of Cuddli's Interests icons. Cuddli members must choose five icons to fill in the empty, white circle slots on the screen. The icons are of hobbies and are white outlines with black backgrounds.
Cuddli users must select five icons to show the hobbies and pastimes they are most interested in, to display on their profile.

For those seeking dates who are into the same fandoms and other geek-related things, Cuddli might just be the app for them. 

Cuddli allows potential matches to connect over their favorite pastimes with features such as date night suggestions (powered by Foursquare), and a minimalistic dating profile (choose icons to display your interests).

Available on Android and iOS. The app is free to download and use. 

What We Like:

  • Choosing icons to display interests to quickly show what hobbies you like. 
  • Cute but gimmicky Let's Dance feature that allows you to meet a match at random by dancing and moving your phone if someone else is dancing as well. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Let's Dance feature is a bit sensitive. Slightest movement can cause a match to load. 
03
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Chappy: Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, The Gay Dating App That Lets You Choose

A screenshot of Chappy's Slider feature. Chappy members can choose from three dating options: Mr. Right Now (on the left of the slider), Mr. Right (on the right side of the slider) and Mr. Who Knows is in the middle of the slider. This screenshot shows someone choosing Mr. Who Knows.
Chappy members can choose from three dating search options, depending on what kind of man you're looking for.

Chappy is a gay dating app that allows you to choose what kind of dating experience you want.

There are three modes to choose from:  You can select to search for Mr. Right, Mr. Right Now and Mr. Who Knows.

Mr. Right is for those looking for a long-term relationship. Mr. Right Now is for those looking for something more casual or short-term. And Mr. Who Knows is for those who aren't sure about what they want. 

Chappy also allows you to look at your potential match's recent Instagram photos. You can also send photos and GIFs through the app as well. 

Available on Android and iOS, Chappy is free to download and use. 

 

What We Like:

  • Privacy feature: Screenshots of Chappy chat screens are disabled. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Very minimal information is shown on a profile: just photos and about three facts about you.  
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Bumble: For Daters Who Love to Multitask

A screenshot of the Bumble dating app and the Bumble Bizz feature that allows you to toggle from dating mode to career networking mode.
Bumble allows you switch modes from dating to business to friendship all with a swipe and a tap.

Bumble is for those ambitious multitaskers who want to date and network and find their new best friend all in one app.

The app allows you to find all of those people by letting you toggle between three different modes: Bumble BFF, Bumble Bizz and Bumble Date. The BFF mode is for searching for new friends and the Bizz mode is for career-related networking.  

Another notable feature? When you're in Date mode, women are required to make the first move in heterosexual matches. For same-sex matches, either person within the match can initiate a chat, but it has to be done within 24 hours. Otherwise, the match will expire. 

Available on Android and iOS, Bumble is free to download and use.

Bumble users can also access premium features by either purchasing a subscription (Bumble Boost) or their in-app currency, Bumble Coins. One Bumble Coin is $1.99. Bumble Boost's prices vary depending on the plan but the lowest one is $8.99 per week and the highest is $24.99 per one month subscription. 

What We Like:

  • You can connect your Instagram and Spotify accounts to show your most recent photos and current favorite artists.

What We Don't Like:

  • The settings only allow you to determine your sexual preference, age preference and distance of your potential matches. 
05
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HER: The Most Inclusive Dating App for Queer Women

A screenshot of Communities feature on the HER app. HER app users can choose to be a part of three communities to get news and status updates from other HER app users about their favorite topics. On this screen, two communities are shown: News and Entertainment and Artists, Musicians and Creators.
You can join communities on HER to meet like-minded people and keep up with the latest news on your favorite topics.

HER is a very inclusive dating app for queer women. It is not just a dating app for lesbians. HER includes those that identify as lesbians but also other LGBTQ individuals that identify as female or non-binary. 

HER also functions as social media/community app for queer women, as it allows you to share status updates, links, and videos. You can also see local queer events. 

HER is available on Android and iOS and the app is free to download.

You can access premium features such as unlimited swipes and read receipts by paying for a monthly subscription called HER Premium. The prices vary quite a bit depending the country, but it ranges from the lowest at about $10 for one month to the an annual premium of $90 for 12 months.  

What We Like:

  • The Communities feature: You can keep up with current events on your favorite topics and connect with like-minded people. 

What We Don't Like:

  • Features such as changing your location require a subscription to their premium service. 
06
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Coffee Meets Bagel: Best Dating App for Online Dating Newbies

A screenshot of Chats feature on the Coffee Meets Bagel app. You can only chat with your Bagels once you have both liked each other.
The Coffee Meets Bagel app requires that you and potential matches must 'like' each other before you're allowed to chat with each other.

If you're new to online dating or just dating in general, most swipe-happy apps like Tinder can seem overwhelming, especially with its sheer number of possible matches. Coffee Meets Bagel in comparison is much simpler. You can start off slow with just a few matches per day as CMB users are only allotted a few curated matches to browse.

In heterosexual matches, the men are shown curated matches and the women are sent "bagels" which are matches that have already shown interest in them. In same-sex matches, everyone gets a few curated matches to browse.

This app is available on Android and iOS. Coffee Meets Bagel is free to download and use. There a premium features that can be accessed with a CMB Premium subscription. Like HER, the monthly pricing may vary depending on the country but the range is as follows: It's about $35 for one month and $179.99 per year.

You can also purchase or earn Beans, which is an in-app currency that allows you to unlock premium features. 100 Beans is $1.99. Earning free Beans requires inviting friends to join the app and other social media-related tasks. 

What We Like:

  • There are ice breaker questions that have responses that aren't shared on your public profile, but are shared with you Bagels to help generate conversation. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The app requires you to authenticate your profile with Facebook to find matches for you. 
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Vouch: Let Your Friends Do the Matchmaking

A screenshot of the Vouch app's settings. Users can change things like Distance, Age and Notification preferences.
Vouch has a very simple setup and and there aren't many preferences you can set.

Vouch is a dating app that lets your friends play matchmaker. With Vouch, you'll make a profile as usual but then you have to select and invite friends to become a Voucher.

And once the app matches you with someone, your Voucher gets to review the match as well and then they get to decide whether or not you get to chat with this new match. If they approve, you're given 24 hours to chat with your match. 

Available on Android and iOS. Vouch is free to download and use.

There are in-app items you can purchase to enhance your experience, such as the Restart Expired Match feature, which costs $0.99. 

 

What We Like:

  • Your trusted friends can help you pick matches and even send you tips and advice within the app. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The app's interface is not intuitive. 
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Clover: Fastest Option for Dates and Hookups

A screenshot of Clover's mobile website. This screenshot shows off one of Clover's features: the Live Mixers chat rooms. The chat rooms have different themes like Game of Thrones night and 90s Babies.
A screenshot of Clover's mobile website. You can meet people on the Clover app via its Live Mixers chat room feature.

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Clover gives you fast access to dates and hookups. Among all of its features, the most interesting is its On Demand Dating feature which allows members to set up dates quickly.

Clover also shows you local events and parties. But if you don't feel like venturing out, you can meet new people in Clover's themed chat rooms called Live Mixers.

Available on Android and iOS, Clover is free to download and use.

You can upgrade to its premium service to access features such as advanced match filters and read receipts, by purchasing a Clover Premium subscription. It is $29.99 for one month and $89.99 for six months. 

What We Like:

  • The Live Mixers chat rooms that allow you to connect with other people with similar interests.  

What We Don't Like:

  • Can be a bit buggy and slow at times. 
09
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Happn: Meet People in Your Area

A screenshot of the Happn dating app's I'm free to.. feature. Here, you can announce to local Happn users what activity you'd like to do, like go to the movies.
On Happn, you can announce to your fellow Happn users what you feel like doing in order to meet people with similar interests where you are.

Most dating apps and sites allow you to narrow down your matches by location, but Happn's entire focus is on your exact location and whether or not you've crossed paths with a potential match.

As you go about your day, if you happen to cross paths with another Happn user, their profile will show up on the app's timeline. If you're interested, you can send a secret like and they'll only find out if they show interest as well. 

Available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The app is free to download. You can upgrade to premium services (like being able to see everyone who liked you) with a subscription. One month is $22.99; a six month subscription is $13.66. An annual subscription runs about $9 per month.  

What We Like:

  • The CrushTime game, which allows you to guess who likes you from four profiles you crossed paths with. 

What We Don't Like:

  • It can take a while to load your timeline of fellow Happn users you crossed paths with. 
10
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Badoo: Best For Social (Media) Butterflies

A screenshot of the Edit Profile screen on the Badoo dating app. In addition to asking you about your preferences there is also the option to add videos to your profile.
You can add videos to your Badoo dating profile.

Badoo is a global dating app that boasts almost 400 million users. The app helps you find local matches, but its most notable qualities are its video chat feature and Livestream feature. With Badoo you can video chat with matches, post videos to your profile and livestream via the app to earn tokens that give you access to premium services. 

Available on Android and iOS. Badoo is free to download and use. There is a Badoo premium service that allows you to have access to features like unlimited messaging. The service starts at $2.99 per week. 

What We Like:

  • You can add videos to your profile. 

What We Don't Like:

  • The app rates you on your popularity and your popularity level seems to affect how visible your profile is to potential matches.