Bumble vs. Tinder

Which dating app is a better match for you?

Bumble and Tinder are two of the most popular dating apps at the moment. While both platforms exhibit some clear similarities, they each have their own unique qualities and perks to offer.

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Overall Findings

Bumble
  • Customizable profile with additional personal details.

  • Swipe left to pass on profiles, swipe right to like.

  • Only women users can make first contact.

  • Can be used to build professional networks and friendships.

  • Average cost for premium is $25 per month.

Tinder
  • Customizable profile.

  • Swipe left or tap X to pass on profiles, swipe right or tap the green heart to like.

  • Any user (male or female) can make first contact.

  • Exclusively used for dating.

  • Average cost for premium is $10 per month or $20 per month for ages 30+.

Both apps are effective for dating purposes and a lot of fun to use. Whichever you choose will likely come down to personal preference.

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Profile Customization: More Photos With Tinder, But More Personal Details With Bumble

Bumble
  • Add up to six photos.

  • "Profile Prompts" to add more personality to your profile.

  • 12 personal detail options to add.

  • Can connect Instagram and Spotify accounts.

Tinder
  • Add up to nine photos and test which ones perform best.

  • Basic profile details.

  • Can connect Instagram and Spotify accounts.

Both Bumble and Tinder make it easy for you to customize your profile, guiding you through the process along the way. Tinder's profile asks you to enter a few more details than Bumble does before it's all set up.

If you want to add more photos, perhaps go with Tinder. Tinder also has a handy "Smart Photos" mode that continuously shuffles your profiles around as your profile is shown to others on the app, then learns to pick the best one to show first.

Bumble, on the other hand, has a list of 12 built-in personal details you can add to your profile using numbers and multiple choice selections. Add your height, exercise habits, star sign, education, drinking habits, smoking habits, pets and more.

Ease of Use: Both Have Three Main Tabs

Bumble
  • Bottom buttons to switch between Profile, Matches and Messages.

  • Scroll down profiles to view photos and details.

  • Swipe system to pass or like with no limit on swipes.

  • Switch between Date, Bizz and BFF mode.

Tinder
  • Top buttons to swipe between Profile, Matches and Messages.

  • Tap profiles to browse photos, tap "i" icon for details.

  • Swipe and button system to pass or like with daily limit of 100 likes.

The interface and overall browsing system that Bumble and Tinder use are both very similar. The menu is at the bottom on Bumble and at the top for Tinder, with access to three main tabs for your profile (plus settings), browsing for matches and private messages.

Swiping is the same on both—left to pass or right to like. Tinder has extra buttons for passing and liking in case you don't like swiping (or it simply confuses you).

Unlike Tinder, which is limited to online dating, Bumble can be used for seeking three different types of relationships: dating, professional networking and friendships. All you have to do is switch between Date mode, Bizz mode and BFF mode.

Communication: Women Users Have the Power on Bumble

Bumble
  • Only women users can send an initial message.

  • Must message a match within 24 hours or it will expire.

  • Matches can be extended to 48 hours.

Tinder
  • Anyone can send an initial message.

  • No expiry period for matches.

The number one difference between Bumble and Tinder is that women users are the only ones who are able to start a conversation by sending an initial message to their matches. On Tinder, anyone can start the conversation.

Bumble also puts the pressure on users to make contact rather than waiting too long to say something. A match will expire if a woman user doesn't send a message within the first 24 hours, unless the Extend option is used to put an extension on the match for another 24 hours. Tinder has no such time limit on initial messages for matches.

Premium Versions: Tinder Has the Better Deal

Bumble
  • Get three premium features for $25 monthly.

Tinder
  • Get six premium features for $10 to $20 monthly.

  • Tinder Gold adds two premium features for $5 monthly.

Bumble Boost is expensive at about $25 per month just to see who swiped right on you, extend matches by 24 hours and rematch with expired matches. Tinder, on the other hand, gives you unlimited likes, five daily super likes, a rewind feature for your last swipe, one profile boost a month, the ability to swipe around the world and no ads—all for $10 per month as long as you're 30 and under ($20 if you aren't).

Tinder clearly offers more features for a better price—particularly if you're a younger user.

Final Verdict: Bumble Empowers Women, Tinder Is for Everybody

One app isn't exactly better than the other, but Bumble stands out for being most unique. Since women are the only ones who can start conversations on Bumble, they might feel more confident in finding quality matches and avoid having to deal with sleazy or unsolicited messages from males.

Bumble is known for being a more serious relationship app whereas Tinder has more of a reputation for casual relationships and hookups. Bumble can also be used to make professional and social connections, so in terms of relationship quality and range, Bumble wins over Tinder.

As far as free feature offerings go, both apps are pretty even since they're pretty similar. Comparing premium versions, however, it's clear that Tinder Plus has a lot more to offer than Bumble Boost—both in terms of features and cost.