You know what you want—whether that’s a long-term partner or a weekend fling. So how do you get what you want? That’ s all about choosing the right dating app. It might sound simple, but there are about as many dating apps as there are sexy singles out there. To save you some time (and bad dates), we’ve rounded up the best dating apps of 2020 for every—OK, almost every—need.
1. If you’re looking for someone to settle down with: Hinge
Marketed as the app that’s “designed to be deleted,” Hinge is super confident in its abilities to set you up with someone with whom you can go the distance. The app actually changed its approach last year with the intention of making profiles more to the point with helpful personality prompts. Refuse to date someone of a specific political party? Can’t see yourself with someone who doesn’t want kids? Hinge is where you can feel free to display your deal breakers so no one’s time is wasted.
2. If you’re LGBTQIA+ and looking for a safer space to connect: Her, Lex and Chappy
It’s true that most of the popular dating apps have space just for the LGBTQIA+ community, but if you have tried (and are over) those and are looking for something more specific to you and less hetero- and cis-normative, these apps are worth exploring. Her and Lex cater to lesbian, bisexual, asexual women, womxn, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, intersex and genderqueer people to meet lovers and friends. Chappy is a newer dating app for queer men backed by Bumble (more on them later) that’s giving Grindr a run for its money in terms of creating a safe and judgment-free space.
3. If you’re pretentious and you know it: The League
You’ve made it—cheers to that—and now you’re looking to date people on your level. Hey, we’re not here to judge how you love. That’s where The League, an “elite” dating app, comes into play. It requires you to apply first and vets potential members before granting them access to each other. You’ll need to supply your LinkedIn profile, job title and the college you graduated from in order to be considered. This might seem pretentious to some, but if exclusivity is what you’re after, you’ve found your app.
4. If you’re looking for a love connection in your 30s or 40s: Match
Match recently reported that nearly 50 percent of its users are between the ages of 30 and 49—the largest age group currently using the app. This makes sense considering Match prides itself on helping people meet their life partners, which is something more of us are looking for in our 30s and 40s than in the party days of our 20s. You can download Match and browse profiles for free, but if you want to message someone, you have to subscribe for at least $22 per month.
5. If you don’t have time to swipe: Coffee Meets Bagel
We get it—swiping through profile after profile can feel super overwhelming, especially with a full-time job, kids, aging parents and the tons of other commitments we have to juggle each day. Coffee Meets Bagel wants to help cut down on the time you have to spend devoted to a dating app in order to get an actual date by sending curated matches, or “bagels,” to your inbox. Gimmick-y wording aside (er, I’m not a bagel?), CMB goes the extra mile by sending suggestions for how to break the ice with a new match.
6. If you are just starting out or open to anything: Tinder
Tinder might have a bad reputation as strictly a hookup app, but if that’s what you’re looking for, we’re not here to judge you. This doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t meet Prince Charming on Tinder, but your chances are just a bit lower since the app has been a known go-to for singles looking to have a good time. Beware, however, that Tinder was the OG geo-based dating app before dozens of others flooded the market with different specialties, so there might not be a ton of fish left in this digital sea.
7. If you’re looking for something more serious in your 20s and 30s: Bumble
What has set Bumble apart from the get-go is that the app is catered to women who like the idea of reaching out to a potential partner themselves. Instead of allowing anyone you match with to strike up a conversation with you, Bumble makes it so that the woman initiates contact in a heterosexual connection. This all but eliminates the barrage of sometimes inappropriate and downright sleazy people who would otherwise slide into your DMs without warning. A bonus for 20-somethings: Bumble has more than 50 million users, 72 percent of whom are under 35.
8. If you’re over 50, divorced or widowed: OurTime
For singles over 50 who are divorced or widowed, the concept of meeting a new partner on a dating app might feel like a joke. After all, aren’t apps for hookups? Not if you’re on the right app. That’s where OurTime comes in. The program says that of its almost 2 million users, 54 percent are divorced and 15 percent are widowed. The minimum age requirement for the app is 50, so you know you’ll be surrounded by those in similar places in their lives, looking for companionship…or honestly, who knows? Maybe a casual hookup. You go, girl.