Bumble offers an experience that’s very similar to Tinder, but with a twist: Women have to start the conversation.
If they don’t, the match will disappear after 24 hours, although you can upgrade to a paid account to keep matches around longer.
It organizes in-person events like speed dating, happy hours, and game nights for its members to help accelerate the search for “the one,” and it works — studies have shown it’s one of the top two sites to produce marriages.
(Match.com’s user base is slightly older, too, which may indicate more people who are ready to settle down.) However, Match lacks the robust matching algorithm of Ok Cupid — it came in fourth place for good matches in our testing — and isn’t as streamlined as Tinder or Bumble. We also tested three other sites: e Harmony, Plenty of Fish, and Zoosk.
Meanwhile, Plenty of Fish lives up to its name — we received twice as many messages compared to Ok Cupid.
All of our top dating apps use an algorithm to match you with people you should be compatible with and interested in — and keep those “automatic nos” out of your feed.
This is the real heart of online dating (anyone could sift through profiles on their own) and some sites and apps do it better than others.
But of course, without your voice, it’s hard for your personality to shine through in your profile.
The best ones strike a balance between both approaches.