A Closer Look at the Best Dating Apps
Which is the best dating app for me?
If you’re pulling your hair out trying to decide between a slew of apps with names like ‘Cherish’, ‘Tikkle’ and ‘LoveHouse’, fear not; EliteSingles has assembled a definitive who’s-who of well-known dating apps to help you make the right choice for your specific needs and tastes. With Pew Research showing a sizeable increase in people turning to apps to meet their significant partner since 2013, how on earth do you work your way through it all? We’ve examined several key competitors below, highlighting what works in each before comparing them with our own app, to show you why ours is one of the very best dating apps around today.
Match.com - Search based on interests and personality
Features: Browse profiles based on criteria such as appearance, interests and job type. Personalized matches are sent to you every day that have been matched with your personality and the interests you list when signing up.
The EliteSingles approach: Our personality test is one of the most extensive out there, based on an algorithm implemented by psychologists and statisticians. This means that we’re able to accurately match you to singles that share not only your interests, but attributes of your personality too. We send our users seven compatible matches every single day to allow you to narrow your search; perfect for discerning professionals.
Also, unlike Match.com, any paying members of EliteSingles will enjoy an advert-free experience. Expect adverts on Match.com, even when registering as a paying member.
Tinder - Swipe 'yes' or 'no' to match with singles
Features: Tinder allows users to browse a variety of singles in their area via simplistic profiles that feature several photos and a brief bio. By either swiping left or right on a user’s profile picture to indicate interest (or lack of), users find matches primarily based on physical attraction.
The EliteSingles approach: The vast majority of Tinder users are aged between 18 and 30, and relationships formed through the app are infamous for being of a more frivolous nature. A lot of the app’s interface is geared towards this; more fickle judgements are encouraged through the lack of personality-based pairing. If you’re looking for a longer lasting and more genuine romantic relationship, EliteSingles’ personality test, matching algorithm and general user base is by far the more sensible option.
Also, the best dating apps provide cross-platform functionality, which Tinder (and several others on this list) do not. This means that the only service provided is through the app, and there is no desktop version available. The EliteSingles app sits comfortably alongside the desktop version, meaning that you can use our services in whichever way suits you best.
eHarmony - Match with singles based on a personality test
Features: eHarmony follows a similar format to EliteSingles, in that singles signing up will fill out a personality test that is then used to match them to individuals with similar interests and values.
The EliteSingles approach: If you’re a professional person trying to find love, your choice of app is crucial to the degree of success you experience; there are a lot of singles out there who may only end up wasting your valuable time. This is something we understand innately at EliteSingles, and it’s the reason that our core user base is primarily educated, professional singles between the ages of 30 – 55.
PlentyofFish (POF) - Pair up with a personality test or by swiping
Features: Again, PlentyofFish uses a personality test to pair up potential love birds. Like Tinder, PlentyofFish is free to use, although it does offer in-app purchases. Also like Tinder, POF allows users to either press ‘tick’ or ‘cross’ on other singles profiles when seeking a match.
The EliteSingles approach: POF’s average user age is between 18 and 35, which means a much lower chance of finding a match for more mature users.
Also, because PlentyofFish is free, it has to include adverts in its service, which means a less streamlined, clunkier interface for the user. With the EliteSingles app, paying users can expect a smooth, ad free experience with a highly intuitive interface.
Zoosk: Behavioral matchmaking to connect large membership base
Features: Zoosk is available as an app or on a desktop and requires a paid subscription to unlock key features. With various browsing options, it uses behavioral matchmaking to learn about the user and connect them with SmartPick matches. Features like Zoosk coins can be used to send virtual gifts, and millions of users mean there is always someone available to chat to.
The EliteSingles approach: If you know what you’re looking for, you probably don’t want to waste time waiting for an algorithm to learn more about you and send you matches. At EliteSingles the personality test comes first, and using psychological research to understand your preferences, we know what you want from the get-go.
Happn - Meet singles who frequent the same areas as you
Features: Happn takes a slightly different approach to dating, putting proximity first. The app provides users with potential matches based on who they have crossed paths with in the past, with the idea being that singles will have something in common right from the offset.
The EliteSingles approach: The range for potential matches is only 250 meters, which can severely limit your dating options, especially if you live in a neighborhood that doesn’t contain many singles your own age, or if you live outside the city. This issue is eliminated in the EliteSingles app, as we allow our users to set their area themselves. Just because you may live in a remote location, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your perfect match!
Coffee Meets Bagel: A choice of matches who already like you
Features: On Coffee Meets Bagel you’re sent select ‘bagels’ - potential matches- at noon every day. If you both want to connect, a chat opens for 7 days. This dating app, with a female focussed reputation, uses your Facebook account to identify matches from with the pool of friends of friends. It does lower the overwhelm by streamlining the selection process, and using an in-app currency (‘beans’) you can also ‘Give & Take’ profiles.
The EliteSingles approach: We prefer to use advanced matchmaking based on personality research to select a match. The ‘because you’re friends of friends on Facebook’ approach to compatibility has the potential for some misguided matching and fickle first date convo about your mutual connection who can quickly become your only commonality.
Bumble - Swipe to match, but only females can initiate conversation
Features: Bumble is a dating service based entirely within an app, and is based primarily on looks and first impressions. However, the difference from Tinder is that Bumble requires female users to make the first move. If a match occurs and the female party doesn’t initiate conversation with 24 hours, the match will be erased.
The EliteSingles approach: As with Tinder, criticisms of Bumble are primarily the fickleness of its matching process – a hindrance that prevents them ranking among the best dating apps for professional singles. As users match based largely on just a few images, users can spend a lot of time attempting conversations with matches, only to find that they have nothing in common. This is where the EliteSingles matching process shines: by pairing singles based on our personality test and their shared interests, users are much more likely to strike sparks when beginning a new conversation.
OKCupid - Browse and find matches via questions and responses
Features: Another free-at-entry option, OKCupid allows users to browse and find matches without paying anything. Matches are found via answering various questions and dictating your ideal partner’s responses to those questions.
The EliteSingles approach: OKCupid allows users to message anybody they wish, which can mean dozens of unsolicited messages crowding your inbox. The interface and functionality is somewhat garbled too; profile pictures are small, and profiles are overcrowded on the mobile platform. In contrast, the EliteSingles app is sleek and incredibly intuitive to use, and you can only be messaged by singles you’ve matched with, making for a dating experience that is far more enjoyable.
Hinge: Using Facebook to find love
Features: On Hinge all the matches are selected from your extended social network, meaning you will always have at least one mutual friend. The upside is you could uncover the dirty details before meeting from said friend and it encourages real relationships over casual connections with prompts to meet up IRL. You need to use Facebook to sign up, and this dating app is based entirely on your FB profile. There’s no matchmaking algorithm, anyone can comment on each other’s photos if you pass the FB test of chemistry - mutual connections.
The EliteSingles approach: We value your privacy, and like to make a big deal of confidentiality and keeping your personal details safe. You can choose what you want potential matches to know about you on your profile. Because Hinge only matches you with people you have mutual friends with, there’s a lot of potential for some awkward social overlap.
What makes EliteSingles the best dating app for professional singles?
The EliteSingles app is able to stand confidently out from the crowd for a number of reasons. In order to be one of the very best dating apps around, we offer a distinct range of services on a high-functioning platform.
- The app is designed to be slick and easy to use, in order to suit our user base of dynamic, educated professionals. Never mind cluttered menus and difficult to navigate site structures – our app couldn’t be simpler to use.
- Registered users are sent between 3 and 7 personality matches every day, thanks to our unique matchmaking algorithm and our personality test based on the renowned Five Factor Model. By measuring different parameters of our users’ personalities, such as open-mindedness and adventurousness, we’re able to accurately predict which singles you will have a connection with.
- Users can check out who has viewed their profiles – the perfect starting point for a conversation.
- You can easily swap messages, comment on each other’s listed interests (a great way to initiate a new conversation) and send pictures using our unique messaging system. With our premium membership, you’re able to send as many messages as you like, giving you all the resources you need to seek out your next love.
As it is supported on both iOS and Android, our app is available on both the iTunes Appstore and Google Play. If you’re searching for romance, don’t waste one more second: sign up to EliteSingles and take our personality test today, and get the ball rolling.