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The Top 20 Rated Dating Apps Out There Right Now

A lot has changed since the days when people put on their finest clothing, fixed their hair just right and jumped in the car to go out to meet new people. Bars, night clubs and other entertainment venues were the most popular places to go. Today, the way that we meet new people for dating and other types of relationships has moved to an online format. In addition to this, there is a high demand for dating apps that make the process not only more convenient, but also safer. We’ve put together a collection of the top twenty dating apps that are out there right now, for your consideration. If you’re looking for a specific type of app, it’s likely to be on our list.

1. Zoosk

Zoosk is a free dating app that has been around for a while. The fact that it's integrated with Google+ and Facebook, makes it convenient and simple to complete the sign-up process and look for potential matches. Zoosk offers a variety of convenient free apps which can be used for iPhone or Android. There is also an app that is made to work with Facebook and it's also free. This app gives you choices that best suit your lifestyle and preferences. There is a download required when you sign up for this app, but previous and current users give it a thumbs up for being on top of the technology and easy to use.

2. WooPlus

WooPlus is a dating app that is completely free to download and use. This one has been created specifically for larger men and women. It is also for anyone who is looking for a plus sized partner. To start using, you must first download WooPlus through Google Play and iTunes. Next, complete the questions and submit your information. This will allow you to upload photos of yourself and browse through the profiles of other users. You can also communicate with the people that you're interested in getting to know without paying a single penny. This is another dating app that comes with high recommendations from users. It's effective and the technology is well thought out to make finding that special person easier than some of the other free apps.

3. offers a free app that you can download and sign up for dating services. It's for singles and it's a convenient way to make connections whether you're at home, or on the go. Simply join the site, create your user profile, add a few pictures and you're set to begin browsing through their collection of other singles who have also joined the site. The app is available in a few different formats. You can access your account via desktop, any Android devices or iOS. This makes it convenient for you to check on your matches or read any messages that have been forwarded to your inbox wherever you are. There are millions of people who use this dating app, so you'll get good exposure to the people who are interested in meeting you. The site is for both men and women of all sexual orientations and all types of relationships including people looking for serious relationships as well as those who are just looking around for dating prospects.

4. Happn

Happn is a highly rated dating app that has a unique appeal for users. There is a GPS system attached that shows if you've been in the same area recently with a person that you're interested in. After joining, completing your profile and uploading your photos, you're ready to start browsing through the profiles of other people who are looking for a special person, and start chatting with them. This app shows how close you and your potential dating matches have been to each other, so you'll know if you have any routes or special places in common. In fact, all the people who are identified as potential matches are people you've recently been in the same vicinity with. In case you've seen a special person that you've wanted to meet, but haven't had the nerve to talk to, this app is a good way to bring the two of you together in one place, if they are also using the app. It's a novel way to get to know the people around you. You must have been within 250 meters of one another to be matched together. There is no need to worry about stalking though. If a person attempts to contact you via the app, you need to tap on the heart to begin moving forward with the connection process. If you're not interested, simply don't tap on the heart and the situation goes away.

5. Elite Singles

Elite Singles is a dating app that you can find on Google Play and in the App store. It doesn't cost anything to download and it allows you to complete your information and upload photos to your profile. You can browse through the profiles and the program allows you to be matched with others and to receive information about your matches. The way that you communicate initially is to send winks to one another. These are virtual winks by the way. Most of the people using the Elite Singles apps are educated with either a bachelor's or master's degree. Twenty percent of users are not college graduates. You can download the app and try it for free.

6. OKCupid

The OKCupid dating app is one of the more popular dating apps because you don't need a Facebook account to sign up for it. After creating a username, there is a profile questionnaire that is a little lengthy and this is a drawback for some people, but others appreciate the fact that it is so thorough in assessing personalities and preference in suggesting matches. It allows you to tell all about yourself and what you are looking for in a potential partner. The app attempts to find the most compatible matches for recommendation. You have control over which answers that you give on the questionnaire are made public and which are kept private. You are free to browse through the profiles located on the site. You can easily link this app to your Instagram account, but it isn't required. This dating app gives you a range of options for viewing profiles and accessing the settings with a slide out menu. You can use the tap method to view your options on a touch screen. The OKCupid app also offers an option called "quickmatch" if you are only interested in viewing the photos. The messaging and liking options are a lot like those Tinder uses, but you can only see who has liked you if you upgrade to the A list status which does come with an upgrade fee because it is a premium service. The main drawback with this app is that it only allows you to see the last five visitors who have checked your profile unless you complete the upgrade to premium services. If you're still using the free basic services with this app, anyone can message you and there is no way to stop them unless you do upgrade.

7. Hinge

Hinge is another highly rated dating app that operates similarly to Tinder, but users have made the claim that there are aspects of the Hinge dating app that are much better. This app makes use of your Facebook account to look for connections and it focuses on people who are downline on the friends of your friends list. It searches for likes and preferences that you share with these people. You are given a questionnaire to complete and this is how the app determines compatibility scores. The interface is a lot like Tinder’s. It's easy to use and it gives you the protection of only allowing people who you have matched with already to contact you. This stops all unsolicited messages. Any photos that you want to use must be added from your Instagram or Facebook accounts. While there are benefits to using the friends of friends, format, this can be a drawback if there aren't many compatible people in the downline. You can get the Hinge dating app by downloading it from iTunes Google Play.

8. Bumble

The Bumble dating app is much like Tinder, but the functions are not exactly alike. One of the most novel things about Bumble is that once matches are made, the woman is required to message the man first. The app only gives her twenty-four hours to send him a message before the connection between the goes away. This is for ladies who don’t mind being the first to initiate contact with a guy. If the matches are same sex, the site allows either person to send the first message. To use this app you must have a Facebook account because this is where you sign up.
scroll through additional photos instead of super liking someone. This means that just because someone twitched their thumb up on your photo, you won’t have to see their profile first every time you open the app, even though you swipe left on their profile every time. You can download the Bumble app from Google Play.

9. eHarmony

eHarmony is an online dating website. It was launched on August 22, 2000, and is based in Los Angeles, California. The company is privately held. Large investors include Sequoia Capital and Technology Cross Ventures.  It's widely considered one of the most popular dating sites (and now apps).  eHarmony was one of the first ventures to narrow down the dating process to a number of questions asked of its users.   To this day it prides itself on its unique ability to psychologically profile each and every one of its members so they can find their most suitable match.  The only downside is the membership prices can be steep but that's a small price to pay for finding the one.

10. Luxy

Luxy is an exclusive dating app that is intended as a dating site for millionaires. It is for both men and women and it has been ranked as the number one trusted site for the affluent. Singles are not charged a fee for creating their profiles, uploading their pictures or for searching for their matches. Through this app, you can access the site anywhere you are. You will receive suggestions for matches and be allowed to communicate with one another through a messaging system. This is a premium site that allows you to try the basic options for free, but if you want to use all the features, you will need to upgrade to premium status and pay the fee.

11. MenNation

The MenNation dating app is intended for the gay community who are interesting in dating or hookups. The site is established and has been active for several years. There are currently more than 79 million bisexual and gay men who have signed up for the services. The site is open to couples and singles. The site has some nice perks because it allows you to use the app without paying and if you find someone you're interested in, you are free to send a flirt if you want to test the waters, or you can begin a conversation via the messaging app with them. The site also allows you to see who is online and who is not. This allows for faster communication. You are welcome to try the MenNation dating app by downloading it for free.

12. Sapio

The Sapio dating app is totally free to use. The purpose of Sapio is to get down to brass tacks in helping users to find the most compatible matches. After downloading the free app, you will be directed to answer 300 questions that are designed to be open ended and get to the real you. Answer the questions fo find the ones that are the most important to you so you can receive the best possible matches. This app contains filters that help you to refine your search and save time when you're looking for a certain kind of person.

13. Plentyoffish

PlentyOfFish (POF) is an online dating service, popular primarily in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United States. It is available in nine languages. The company, based in Vancouver, British Columbia generates revenue through advertising and premium memberships. While it is free to use, PlentyOfFish offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as who has "liked" a member through the service's Tinder-like MeetMe feature, and allowing users to see whether a message has been read and/or deleted.

14. HitWe

HitWe is a dating app that offers free online dating that is combined with the features of a social media app. It's an amazing site that boasts a total user base of 2.5 million per day and averages 12 million active users per month. HitWe is a popular site and the way to get it is to go to Google Play and find the Dating section. HitWe is located in this category and you can meet new people using this dating app for free.  Hitwe is  one ofthe fastest-growing social discovery networks. You can easily meet people around the world and chat without any restrictions or limits.

15. Tinder

Tinder is one of the most widely used dating apps that is available today. There are many users who give it a thumb up for helping men and women find their ideal matches. Whether you're interested in a long-distance relationship, dating, hookups or some other type of relationship. In order to download the Tinder dating app, you are required to have a Facebook account. This is where you enable your Tinder account. You must be over the age of 18 to sign up. Tinder allows you to set up a profile using up to 500 characters in your biography, and allows you to upload up to six pictures. You can link your account to your Instagram if you would like. The site allows you to set preferences about how you browse through profiles and it allows people who may be interested, see your profile. During your browsing sessions you can view photos, name and age. When you tap on the screen, it brings up even more information, but the long story remains hidden unless you want to see it. Tinder is popular because it has one of the best user interfaces of all the apps in existence today. It's trendy and easy to use with useful features that make it fast and easy to find the people that you are most interested in viewing. You can message people that you are interested in but there is a mechanism in place that doesn't allow anyone to send you a message unless you've indicated an interest in them. There are nearly 50 million people currently using the Tinder dating app.

16. Tastebuds

Tastebuds is an iOs only dating app, so while it may not be everybody's cup of tea, it is popular with this crowd. This unique app uses your musical tastes to find compatible matches for you. It can be linked with your Facebook account if you prefer, but it's not necessary to do so. When you build your profile, you can make it as long or short as you like. This allows you to put the information that you truly want in your profile without answering questions that you have no interest in. The questions that are asked are mostly focused on music. When you are ready to begin browsing through the profiles on the site, it will include all of their information including clips from their favorite songs. You may skip over profiles that don't interest you, or click on "like" if you find a person that interests you. The app also allows you to send a message or even a song and you don't need to wait until they match with you. The user interface is simple and easy to use. There is nothing complicated about using this app. The major issue with this app is that there is no place where you can view all of the people that you have matched with. You can only look at those that you've began messaging. There are also a few glitches with the music clips as sometimes they stall while playing. It's not a perfect app but it is an interesting one that quite a few people like to use. You can download it from iTunes.

17. LuvFree

The LuvFree dating app is one hundred percent free. It allows you to sign up, build a profile and start viewing profiles while others view yours. It matches you with people who are the most likely to be compatible with you based on the information that you supply. You can send the people you like virtual kisses or communicate with them via messaging. It is available for use on Android devices, so you can use it on the o or anywhere you happen to be. It's for singles who want to meet new people for dating, friendship, relationships or marriage.

18. Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that is used with Facebook. After completing your profile, it allows you to set your preferences. The site is programmed to send you one bagel each day. A bagel is the profile of a person that you are the most likely to match with. You are allowed 24 hours to make the choice of whether or not you want to match with them. You are also given the option of passing. If you each like one another, messaging is enabled in a private chat format. You only have eight days to message one another without earning extra beans that allow you to continue, or purchasing them for more app functions. The app is free for basic services but there are definitely some limitations if you choose the non-premium status. It works best when you pay for the extra functions. If you see someone that you like, you'll need to pay to purchase beans to be matched with them. It's an odd and quirky dating app, but it's kind of fun, especially if you're really into coffee and bagels. You can download this dating app at iTunes and Google Play.

19. JDate

JDate is an online dating service aimed at Jewish singles. The service is one of a number of demographically focused online match-making websites operated by Spark Networks, Inc.  JDate was founded in 1997 by Alon Carmel and Joe Shapira. After the launch, membership grew rapidly by word of mouth in tight-knit Jewish communities. Because of the focus on relationships between Jewish singles, JDate is considered a special-interest online dating site. Former CEO Adam Berger calls this type of service "niche" dating. The site won a 2006 Webby award for social networking. On November 10, 2014, JDate launched a dating app designed for Jewish singles

20. ChristianMingle

ChristianMingle was launched in 2001 by Spark Networks. The site has over 16 million members. Because of the focus on relationships between Christian singles, ChristianMingle is considered a special-interest online personals site. Former CEO Adam Berger has referred to this type of service as "niche" dating.  In the 2013 Webby Awards, ChristianMingle was an honoree in the Religion & Spirituality category. The site also received the Editor's Top Pick - Christian Award from in 2015. In 2013, the company authorized the repurchase of $5 million of its outstanding common stock. ChristianMingle launched its dating app in late 2014

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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