Quick comparison table: how Bumble, Tinder, & POF stack up
- Inexpensive premium features
- Various relationship tests
- Available on multiple platforms
- Large user base
- Requires a lot of information to sign up
- Many restrictions on sending messages
- Poor matching system
- No integrations with other services
Here are a bunch of fast facts about the three services to give some context for the head-to-head contests to follow.
Winner: best free experience
The thing about “free” dating apps is that you’re enticed to upgrade to get full functionality. But how much mileage do you get out of the free version before you feel like wanting to upgrade?
Bumble’s main restriction is that you can only extend the amount of time you have to respond to a match before it expires once per day. You also can’t re-connect with your expired matches right away. But your matches can come back to you eventually, so it’s not as big of a deal as it sounds.
Tinder has rather stricter limits on its free use. You can only “like” a limited number of profiles per day, you can’t undo a “like” or “dislike” (you can occasionally undo a “dislike” in Bumble with the “Backtrack” feature), and you are limited to matching in your current location – you can’t change it to search for matches somewhere else.
Plenty of Fish has some restrictions, too. You only get 8 profile photos maximum, you can’t search for users by name (which, to be fair, you can’t do on Tinder or Bumble regardless), and you won’t always see someone’s full profile.
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Winner: best premium pricing and features
If you’re going to pay for dating, getting value for your money is as important – if not more – than getting a cheap price.
Bumble’s “Boost” feature gives you more chances to extend the amount of time you have to message a match before they expire, as well as immediately re-connect with expired matches. You can also spend Bumble “Coins” for greater exposure to potential matches. Honestly, though, these features are expensive and don’t add much to the free app.
Tinder’s “Plus” feature is reasonably priced and lets you do things such as “like” unlimited profiles per day, undo your latest “dislike,” get more exposure for your profile, and even change your stated location so you can search for matches anywhere in the world. The “Gold” feature just adds the ability to know who has “liked” you before you “like” or “dislike” them, which doesn’t seem worth the price increase.
Plenty of Fish’s prices for its premium services are pretty cheap, and you get a lot of goodies. You get twice as many pictures for your profile, extended profile viewing, the ability to send “gifts” to special users, and the ability to search for a user by name, in addition to a host of other profile-enhancing perks.
When it comes to both price and number of upgrades, Plenty of Fish comes out slightly ahead of Tinder, while Bumble lags behind.
Winner: best dating app for women
Let’s face it, ladies: dating can be tough, especially if your inbox gets bombarded with emails from guys you aren’t the least bit interested in. So which app has your back?
Bumble’s big female-friendly feature is that a girl has to send the first message in a match (except in same-gender matches). This takes the pressure off guys to make the first move, and off girls to respond to someone they don’t end up all that interested in. There’s also a 24-hour limit on sending the first message, so you don’t get hung up waiting for a response forever.