Online dating can be a frustrating experiencing at the worst of times, and incredibly rewarding at the best, so finding the right app for you is really important. Though Tinder has soared in popularity and is perhaps the best known of the dating apps, there are many more out there that can suit different personalities. Here are a couple of our tried and tested alternatives to Tinder...
Online dating can take a lot of trial and error to meet the right person, and if you're honestly just looking to make dates more convenient by meeting somewhere close to you, Happn could be the dating app for you. It only shows you the profiles of people you've passed on the street, so you might have passed them at the train station or near your work. This app also only matches you with people who have also indicated their interest in you, so don't worry about unwanted messages from every random person you pass. You can make yourself stand out by clicking 'Charm' to get the attention of someone who is of particular interest.
Coffee Meets Bagel
If you find the onslaught of potential matches overwhelming on Tinder, then Coffee Meets Bagel could be the app for you. It will only give you one match a day, then ask you to give feedback on why or why not you chose the match to tailor your future matches to your tastes. The idea is so that you think a little bit more before swiping right or left, and take a little more time to get to know someone before making a judgement.
If you're someone who finds it easier to date people who you have a vague connection with, know already or can get a character reference on, then Hinge has you covered. It only matches you with third degree connections - so friends of friends, or through your work. You'll often find it attracts professionals, as you're encouraged to list your occupation in the profile.
Bumble attempts to flip typical gender roles in dating by making it compulsory for the woman to make the first move in opposite sex matches. So women have to message first in order to start a conversation with a match. In same sex matches, anyone can make the move first.
If you are looking more for just a hookup, but want to change things up from Tinder, then Blendr is a great alternative. It matches you with people nearby and it's fast to use, so you can find people within minutes.