Newsflash, folks. You don’t need heaps of dolla to be a professional frisk-taker. And that’s especially great news during these “self-isolating” and, often, financially-difficult times…
The rollercoaster process of dating is pricey enough without the added cost of subscribing to numerous dating platforms. Especially when there are plenty of free ones out there that will get you miinglin’ (and keep your pockets jiinglin’) as much as possible.
Without further ado, here are 5 of the best free dating apps and their main pros and cons.
Match.com is all about finding ‘something real.’ If you’re in search of your soulmate, these guys will sort you out free of charge.
Main pro: You can go into ‘zen mode’ on this site, which means you will only be contacted by the people who meet the criteria on your profile.
Main con: It’s free to become a member but users must subscribe to send and receive messages.
Bumble is online dating with a feminist twist. If you’re female and sick of the gender inequality synonymous with dating apps, you’re going to want to check Bumble out.
Main pro: You can filter out lazy, uninterested users on Bumble because conversations on the app expire after only 24 hours.
Main con: Bumble makes women do all the work. If you struggle consistently coming up with cracking opening liners, this app is not for you.
Her is a leading dating app for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and feeling unlucky in love, it might be time to download Her.
Main pro: The app allows users to read up on LGBTQ+ news and local events (perfect for date planning).
Main con: You can only message friends and matches on the app, so reaching out to people who haven’t matched with you is a no-go.
Grindr has been hailed the OG of gay dating apps. Based around location, men appear in order of proximity. If you’re gay and haven’t tried Grindr yet… seriously, where have you been?!
Main pro: Grindr’s reputation speaks for itself. It’s the most popular dating app for gay and queer men and is renowned in the dating space.
Main con: Multiple users report that Grindr can often be too sex-oriented. Of course, it’s all about what you’re looking for. However, if you’re searching for a long-time partner, this might not be the app for you.
Offering certain features no other app has, Hinge has blown up in the dating world as of 2 years ago. It’s ideal for both serious and non-serious dating.
Main pro: Users must answer a series of questions on their profile, narrowing down the search and getting to the specifics right away.
Main con: People often see the same matches appear on their feed over and over again, which can be repetitive and slows down the dating process in general.
So, what are you waiting for?
You’ve got all the gear (and hopefully some idea). It’s time to go forth and miingle.