The Hustle

Ranked: America’s Best Dating Apps

If Applause were your best friend, they’d tell you, “Bro, I don’t block. I guide.” In a recent study, app analytics startup Applause measured the reviews of the 97 most popular dating apps to see which apps were user’s favorite....


February 11, 2016

If Applause were your best friend, they’d tell you, “Bro, I don’t block. I guide.”

In a recent study, app analytics startup Applause measured the reviews of the 97 most popular dating apps to see which apps were user’s favorite. To qualify for the study, each app had to have at least 2,000 app store reviews, meaning niche sites like Farmers Only weren’t included.

Here are how America’s 11 most popular dating apps ranked.

11. Hinge (22/100)


Hinge shows users a dozen or so matches a day. So how are they different? Unlike Tinder, only people in your network (aka friends of friends) are shown.

10. Grindr (28.5/100)


Grindr has been helping gay guys meet gay guys in their area since 2009.

9. Zoosk (30/100)


Unlike the others, Zoosk’s claim to fame is its verified photo feature. In other words, the person you chat with actually looks like their photo.

8. Match (31/100)


Launched in 1995, Match.com was one of the first online dating sites ever. While most of the apps on the list are more casual, Match’s schtick is that it’s for people trying to find a serious relationship.

7. Lulu (33.5/100)


While not a traditional dating app, Lulu lets users rate men in their social networks. Recently acquired by London based dating platform Badoo, Lulu is a favorite amongst females.

6. Down (39/100)


Created by the same guy who made Bang With Friends, Down is exactly what you think it is: a simple way to ask others if they’re “down.” Cool story bro.

5. Tinder (39.5/100)


The one that started it all.

4. Bumble (40/100)


Created by a former Tinder founder, Bumble is basically the same thing as Tinder but the women have to message the guys first.

3. Coffee Meets Bagel (53.5/100)


Coffee Meets Bagel sends users one match a day. Simple. They made national news when Mark Cuban famously made an acquisition offer of $30 million on Shark Tank.

2. Happn (57/100)


Happn is kind of like when you act creepy and Google cute people you just met. The app presents you with users in your area who you physically crossed paths with.

1. OkCupid (61/100)


Interestingly, OkCupid is owned by IAC, which also owns Tinder and Match.com. These guys know the dating game. While their famous for their website, OkCupid also allows users to use a Tinder-style swipe in their app.

Now you know which apps you should and shouldn’t use. Go on and be fruitful.

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