I've been online dating off and on for about 4 years now, and I have tried everything from Tinder & Bumble to Plenty of Fish and the League. I've definitely had more luck with some of these apps than with others, and some of them are definitely better if you're just looking for a self esteem booster. Here's my reviews of each of the most popular dating apps.
Tinder has to be first on this list because it's the most well known and also the worst of them all. Don't expect to find true love on this app. Full of fuckboys. Even the seemingly nice guys are fuckboys. Do expect to find lots of cheesy pickup lines and extremely hot men to match with. Great for a self esteem boost, not so great for a real relationship.
2. Coffee Meets Bagel.
Here to waste your time. It takes forever to get a match and then also takes immense effort to move the conversation offline. Plan to spend like 3 months on this app to actually see a return in your time investment.
Tinder with a prettier name. Also on Bumble girls make the first move. If you don't like making the first move, this app definitely isn't for you.
Set your expectations low and prepare to be overwhelmed. On Clover, you see an ever growing list of the people who like you. These people can like you even if their not within your preferences unless you pay for the app. This means that you're getting hundreds of likes every week by men who you probably won't ever be interested in. It takes forever to go through the list to even see someone who piques your fancy and isn't 45 or creepy.
Shows you people you've crossed paths with, meaning this app is throwing men at you that you've probably walked past or ridden past on the train. Kinda creepy tbh, but if you work downtown this app really isn't that bad. You're probably crossing paths with young professionals so the chances are high that you'll meet someone who check off most of the boxes on your list. The only downside is that you may run into some of the people you've crossed paths with and then you have to pretend you don't know they have six-pack abs and an adorable german shepherd.
6. Plenty of Fish.
Do your social media stalking before you go on a date with anyone you meet here. The men on here are shady af. Better yet, don't use this app.
7. Ok Cupid.
Ok this one I haven't actually used. I downloaded and decided I had to answer too many questions so I deleted it. If you're like me and you don't want to answer 17,000 questions this app probably isn't for you either.
I had to try it. It's literally everywhere. Here's the catch, in order to see messages from guys you either have to also match with them or pay for premium. Pretty annoying if you ask me.
9. The League
One word, EXCLUSIVE. That's how they got me. You have to be accepted by the app admins in order to use it. They only accept professionals with a college degree and it's not in every city. I was on the waitlist for about 3 days before my profile was approved. This one has yet to result in a date but I only just started using it. Will hold out judgement for a later date.
Overall, I'd much rather just meet someone IRL but it seems like this is where dating is heading. So pick your poison and have fun with it.