It definitely hurts to pay to find love. And Tinder has done that. In the commercial world, at least love used to come free (not considering the after-costs). But then, in the world of options, Tinder should have known that there is always a right swipe to the next app, which offers more or less the same, and still for free. So, if you are looking for a date which does not bother you with the cost of arranging a meeting, chuck the tinder, finding a partner for dinner has 15 options.
1. Plenty of Fish (Android/iOS)
This app offers many features- my matches, locals, ultra match, meet me… You can also view profiles and send messages. It has around 70 million members (Guess they thought of the name after getting so many). It comes sans any gimmicks. Of course, beware of frustrated trolls.
2. Ok Cupid (Android/iOS)
With a streamlined design, it gets a leg up over other apps and even offers more options than Tinder. Try the ‘˜Quickmatch’ function which is a swipe-based matching system. It has a huge personality quiz letting you get a match percentage on your partner. You can filter people through traits and find if their wavelength could match yours. It has some of the best matching algorithms.
3. Bumble (iOS only)
Bumble keeps women on priority. Created by a lady who worked with Tinder, it addresses gender issues and lets only women to message a match first. If there is no message within 24 hours, the match vanishes. Ladies, go for it.
4. Happn (Android/iOS)
A location-based app, it uses GPS to show you people who are within a 250 meter radius. If there is match, only then will the app link you both. Going ahead, it also shows how many times you both have crossed paths along with the time and location. And its security measures seems to be quite sturdy.
5. Pure (iOS)
‘˜Uber for dates’ is its advertising slogan. A no-nonsense app, you are provided with five free tickets through which you can ask for an hour’s meeting request. If there is a match and your photos are ‘˜hit’, you can fix a time and location to meet. So, it is all up to the way you request, making face-to-face interactions real.
6. Badoo (Android/iOS)
The app is a copy of Tinder, but it allows more words to fit in to describe about yourself. It also allows you to list your interests and demographics. You can also view profiles without matching with them, and tap a ‘˜like’ if you are interested in one.
7. How About We (Android/iOS)
A creative app, it allows you to fill in your idea of a first date and browse other date ideas. There is no questionnaire as such, so it is left to you to put in your creative thoughts.
8. Hinge (Android/iOS)
Claiming to be ‘˜anti-Tinder’, the app connects only with your immediate friends, or their friends or anyone connected to you through Facebook, establishing a personal connection.
9. Loveflutter (iOS)
A combination of Twitter and Tinder, you can see a 14-character profile and a blurred image initially. The emphasis is on character than looks. Once you choose a person, and they ‘˜like’ you back, the image gets its resolution.
10. The Grade (Android/iOS)
The app uses a grading method based on your profile popularity, responsiveness and message quality. Those who get an F, cannot use the app; those getting A+ being pampered. The filtering idea is a good thought to keep away trolls and unsavory elements.
11. Glimpse (iOS)
Connecting to your Instagram account, it gathers photos of your travel and eating choices. An icebreaker, it also uses geo-location based search to match people. Specifically for people who like food, enjoy traveling and photography.
12. Coffee Meets Bagel (iOS and Android)
The app gives 24 hours to like or pass off a match. Only one match is provided a day. If you ‘˜like’ the person, you can use a private chat room and talk for a certain period after which the match is disconnected and you will have pop-ups of more mutual friends from the profiles of people you have ‘˜liked’. If you want to continue chatting with the person, you will need to buy the in-app ‘˜Beans’. It has some great privacy features.
13. The Dating Ring (Web app)
Bringing a humane touch to the dating app world, this app gets people to actually meet in real life rather than just swiping. It has features like matchmaker introductions, matchmaker chat, Photo assistance, etc.
14. Clover (iOS)
‘˜Swipe less and date more’ is the motto. Through the ‘˜On-demand’ feature, you can look at the people who have liked your profile. You can filter them using various preferences. The app is also supported on Apple Watch. You can also share photos, audio and video messages,
15. Bristlr (Android/iOS)
This one is for the bearded. So, women could find use with it. It is similar to Tinder, but as a man, you need a beard to become a member.