11.07.2018

Find your dating app: 2018's best apps for every style of dating

Looking for dating apps for long-term relationships? Or want something fun and flirty? Prefer paid apps? Or want to start with something free? Our review of 2018's best dating apps with help you find the app (or apps!) best suited to your needs, no matter what style of dating you prefer. 2018 is the year of dating apps - and these are the best of the best.

In 2018, dating apps have become a way of life for many singles. Anyone can see why: they enable you to connect with suitable men and women at a time and place that suit you. They're the ideal way to take control of your romantic life. 

If you haven't yet jumped on board the dating app train, there's no better time than now to get started. But first: which dating app should you choose? There's a dizzying range, so how do you know which is best for your needs? Wonder no more - we here at EliteSingles have prepared an overview of the best dating apps for every style of dating. Just click a category to read more:

2018's best apps for every style of dating

 

The best paid dating apps for long-term relationships

EliteSingles: 
We firmly believe that downloading the EliteSingles dating app can be your first step towards lasting love - because we've seen it happen. The EliteSingles dating app is designed for users seeking serious relationships, and employs personality-based matchmaking to brings users 3-7 compatible partner suggestions each day. This makes it the ideal app for busy single professionals who want to be efficient in their search for love.
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store)

Match.com:
Like their desktop site, the Match.com dating app is designed for those seeking lasting relationships. It employs a mixture of matchmaking and profile searching, which means you'll see many faces on this site. It also rewards interaction, basing some matches on how much you interact with certain types of profiles -  so if you have the time to click your favourites, you'll be rewarded.1 
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store)

eHarmony:
eHarmony is another serious dating site that prefers to connect its users based on personality. With its focus on marriage, it's a solid choice for those in their 20s or early 30s who want to upgrade to a paid dating app. For those dating in their 40s and beyond though, it is worth noting that eHarmony's CEO has pointed out that the average user used to be ''36 to 37 years old," and that "now it's closer to 30."2 
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store)

Zoosk:
Rather than using a matchmaking personality test, Zoosk pulls data from your social accounts, allowing for a more efficient sign up process. Yet, this efficiency doesn't always extend to the rest of the site, with users having to click into profiles to see if they have things in common.3    
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store), Facebook or Google account encouraged

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The best free dating apps for social media fans

Tinder:
When people say 'dating app', most minds go to Tinder, the app that famously uses Facebook Connect to offer you photos of geographically close matches. From there you can either swipe left to reject the suggestion, or right to like it - two matching likes, and Tinder will connect you.4
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) - Facebook account is  preferable

​Bumble:
Think more women should make the first move? Then you may enjoy Bumble, a dating app where women have to initiate. The functionality is similar to Tinder: you swipe, and if you both swipe right, a match is created. Where Bumble differs is that the woman then has to send the first message - if she doesn't do so within 24 hours, the match expires (in same-sex matches either person can initiate).5 
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) - Facebook account is preferable

Coffee Meets Bagel:
Coffee Meets Bagel is matchmaking with a twist: guys on the dating app get up to 21 matches a day, which they can like or dismiss. Women are sent a curated selection of the men who have liked them, and can then choose to initiate a conversation (and they can also browse for a match). Like Bumble, there's also a countdown element: once you start chatting, you have 7 days before your shared chatting window is deleted.6 
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) - Facebook account is preferable

Happn:
Rather than who you know, self-described ''missed connections'' dating app Happn focuses on where you've been. It's a GPS based dating app that tracks your location in real time, and alerts you when you are a certain distance from another member. There's no personality matching, but you can link your account with Instagram and Spotify to let people see your interests. If you're OK with spontaneity then this app will intrigue.7
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) - helps to have Spotify & Instagram

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The best queer-friendly dating apps

HER:
One of the better-known gay and lesbian dating apps, HER is a top option for queer women (and womxn) seeking a Tinder-style dating app that's exclusively focused on the LGBTQI+ experience. In its previous incarnation, it was known as Dattch; as HER the app's aim is to be a more-inclusive queer dating hub. Yet, with initial matching based on liking photos from a grid of nearby users, those seeking a serious relationship will have to be ok with asking questions to see if there's a personality connection.8
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) - Facebook or Instagram account is preferable       

Grindr:
Much like Happn, Grindr is a dating app that alerts you when other members are nearby. Much like Tinder, Grindr is a dating app with a social reputation as a big player in the casual dating market. While the app does have legions of fans who love the fact that it can provide quick, fun connections with other men seeking men, in recent years Grindr has been working to provide for gay men more inclined towards monogamy too.9
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store)

OKCupid:
It doesn't cater just for the LGBTQI+ community, but OKCupid is an inclusive app with many non-binary profile options (you can choose from 13 orientations and 22 gender identities). It's also not afraid to get political: users can get badges that show support for organizations like Planned Parenthood or the ACLU. For some singles, this is a drawcard, while for others it may feel like it's breaking the politics and dating taboo.10
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) 

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The best religious or niche dating apps

Jdate and JSwipe:
Interested in Jewish dating? Then odds are you've heard of Jdate, a Jewish matchmaking site that turns 21 in 2018. The site pre-dates the rise of dating apps, but in recent years they've joined the smartphone revolution and now you can seek marriage-minded Jewish singles in the Jdate app. For Jewish men and women seeking serious relationships, it's a great place to start.

For those seeking for an exclusively app-based experience, there's also Jdate's JSwipe, a location-based, Facebook-connected dating app that includes popular features like profile swiping. While JSwipe is primarily targeted at relationship-minded Jewish singles in their 20s or 30s, world of mouth has it that grandmothers love swiping through to find a match for their grandkids - so much so that the company refers to themselves as 'Bubbe-approved'!
Both available on iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store); JSwipe requires Facebook

Christian Mingle:
Christian Mingle is a religious dating app aimed at relationship-ready single Christians who are seeking a match who shares their values. Like the Christian Mingle site, the dating app prioritizes God-centered relationships, and lets singles filter by factors such as denomination. Irreligious singles may want to turn elsewhere to find a meaningful match, but for those whose spirituality is important to them, Christian Mingle is an excellent choice.
Available on: iOS (iTunes) and Android (Google Play store) 

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The best dating app for busy single professionals

EliteSingles:

With so many paid and free dating apps on the market, it's really important to think about what you want from love before diving in. For instance, those seeking something special and long-lasting may want to consider a paid dating app: the increased cost means that singles on these apps tend to be more serious about finding love

Even within these categories, however, there's room to find your niche. With apps catering for specifics like religious dating and gay dating, it's vital to find the community that is best suited to your needs. And, if you're a busy single professional looking for a long-term relationship, then you might want to try finding your community with the EliteSingles dating app

Pitched at a slightly older, more professional crowd than many other dating apps (our average member age is 30-55), EliteSingles is a great fit for those who want to add love to their list of success. With high levels of education (91% of Canadian users are educated to Bachelor's degree level or higher); and a wide range of professions, EliteSingles members are interesting, dynamic people who are united by their desire to find a truly compatible match. 

Our dating app aids that goal by sending users between 3 and 7 tailored matches every day, matches that have been selected via our unique matchmaking algorithm. This algorithm bases its matches off our extensive personality test - an insightful questionnaire that uses the renowned Five Factor Model to take your tastes, lifestyle, and romantic goals into account when selecting a potential connection.

For singles seeking a true, lasting spark, then the EliteSingles dating app is the place to start - download it today and discover your first match!