The 10 Best Dating Apps for Men in 2021
So, you’ve found yourself back on the single market again. Finding the right person was hard enough pre-corona but with all the dating apps out there now (over 1,500 to be exact-ish), how are you supposed to know which ones are worth it and which ones are a total waste of time? We’re glad you asked.
Dating apps have become the next best thing to pick up a date during the pandemic and with their super high success rates and convenience, they’ve managed to reel in even the hopeless romantics. Whether you’re looking for love, casual dating, or even looking to experiment, there’s a dating app out there for it.
We like to think no one is crazy enough to have signed up to over 1000 dating apps (and we definitely wouldn’t recommend it), so we’ve put together a selection of the top 10 best dating apps for men in 2021.
You’re probably already on this dating app. But just in case you aren’t, simply swipe right for yes and left for no on each profile that you come across. It had a bad rep of being a hookup app when it first entered the dating scene (depending on what you’re looking for that is), but now you could be one swipe away from finding your soulmate.
As Tinder can be used for both serial dating and serious relationships, it’s important you actually read the bios and not get distracted by their photos. They’ll tell you everything you need to know. If they don’t, there’s no harm in asking. It’s 2021, telling a woman what you want straight up is no longer seen as desperate. You’re now a go-getter. With the global pandemic being the cockblock of the century, no one has any more time to waste. It’ll show you value your time and theirs which is a win-win in our eyes.
If you’re fed up with being catfished, Tinder has introduced the verified blue tick to confirm you’re talking to the right person (and no, you don’t need to be a hotshot celebrity to have one). All you have to do is take a few pictures in different poses and upload them in private to Tinder. If you’re who you say you are, you’ll be approved. As the majority of people on the dating app use this feature, it’s best that you do too otherwise you’ll probably be accused of being a catfish.
Hinge gives you an insight into someone’s personality and their looks at first glance. Because let’s be honest, even the most attractive people can become unattractive if their personality sucks. To complete your profile you have to choose three sentences to finish that’ll be displayed for users to see. It comes with the catch of being original and witty, but we think it balances itself out as they’re a great way to start a conversation.
The ultimate goal on Hinge is to delete the dating app because you’ve found someone worth deleting it for, and it does a really good job at it. It has a selective algorithm designed for fewer but more suited matches so you’re not going to give yourself a hand cramp swiping hell no all day and questioning where your life went wrong. Hinge claims that 3 out of 4 first dates lead to a second, so we’re pretty sure they know what they’re doing, even if you don’t.
For men tired of constantly making the first move and ballsy women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want. Ever wonder why you’ve matched with a woman on a dating app for her to then ignore your message? The answer is almost always for an ego boost (unless you were being hella weird). She knows you like her and that’s enough for her. You even liked her so much that you followed up with a message and now her ego has grown twice in size without so much as a “thank you”.
Bumble lowers the chances of being ghosted as she has 24 hours to make the first move before you automatically get unmatched. If she’s serious about getting to know you as a person and not just another match, she’ll message. After that, it’s anyone’s game. If you get seriously flustered over having to come up with a chat-up line all to be ignored or have a thing for confident women, Bumble is for you.
Still crushing over that beautiful woman you saw on the tube last week? Get yourself on Happn. You might not have been feeling yourself that day and lacking confidence, or she was just impossible to get to in rush hour. Either way, this dating app gives you a second chance at first meetings.
Every time you cross paths with someone on the app in real life they show up on your timeline and where you missed each other the first time (approximately – that’d be creepy otherwise). It has a radius of 250 meters from wherever you are, keeping matches local to save you the trouble of falling for someone who lives 250 miles away. We’re not about long-distance dating when we’ve had to socially distance all year.
5. Plenty of Fish
One of the first things people say to comfort someone that’s just been dumped is “there’s plenty more fish in the sea.” Which is true and sounds like a good thing. But when you think about how many people there are out there, being able to find the right one for you can feel overwhelming. Or you’re living in a small town where the dating pool is more like a shallow puddle. Plenty of Fish can widen your horizons with approximately 3 million members logging in daily to try and find their catch of the day.
It’s one of the first dating apps to include a live streaming feature to chat to other singles. When live streaming, you can choose to play Next Date – aka speed dating. You’ll have 90 seconds to live video chat with the option to exit the event and take it off a timer to discuss a real-life date.
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Get ready to fill out an extensive personality questionnaire covering everything from what you like to put on your toast in the morning (Marmite can be a real deal-breaker) to your core values. Like Marmite, you’ll either love it or hate it. Filling out a questionnaire might seem excessive when some dating apps allow you to start swiping in seconds, but it can save you time in the long run by finding potential partners that fit your super-specific criteria.
Do you have a mental dating checklist that takes up most of your brain? Or worse – an actual checklist? (Burn this ASAP – you’ll never live it down if someone was to find it). You could cut it down but then you’d be settling. OkCupid believes you deserve better.
With OkCupid, you can say exactly what you’re looking for. It even offers 22 gender and 13 orientation options making it one of the most inclusive dating apps out there.
Match is a paid-for app but don’t let that put you off. We’re pretty sure it’s worth it as it was launched back in 1995 and is still one of the most popular dating apps with 1.6 million success stories. With Match, you can pretty much view anyone’s profile so you’re way more likely to be part of the statistic.
If you’re new to the dating game or newly single and forgotten how to be, you’ll benefit from Lara, dating coach at Match. Whether you want to find ways to improve your profile, dating advice, or help with dreaded icebreakers, Lara can familiarise you with the field. You’ll be scoring on your own in no time.
Match also holds fun events to meet singletons in your local area so you get the opportunity to meet someone more naturally. You can even bring your most trusted wingman.
If you’re open to a relationship, Match is the place to be. The app rewards its most genuine male members with The Match Badge of a red rose. Women love Match as it literally finds the roses amongst thorns. It pays off to be a real gent.
8. Coffee Meets Bagel
If the name alone doesn’t make you want to sign up, let us tell you why you should. Like every coffee needs a bagel, every singleton needs this dating app. Some of us are too busy to swipe left and right for hours on end (no judgment here, it’s addictive) or just hate the idea of having to put in the effort. We don’t go out in the real world searching for a partner and Coffee Meets Bagel does all the hard work for you.
All you have to do is fill out your profile – the more you share about yourself the more likely you’ll find someone with similar interests. It’ll then send you suggestions best suited to you every day at noon. We won’t blame you if you want to take your lunch break at noon from now on.
Hate small talk? So does this dating app. The most meaningful connections blossom in person and it’ll turn up the heat to get you one step closer. After seven days your chats with matches will expire so it’s up to you to arrange that first date within a week of matching and get that coffee and bagel!
While some dating apps have the option to get serious, Eharmony is all about finding true love. No hookups welcome. It’s aimed at older singles who have their lives together and ready to settle down which is obvious as they still use TV commercials. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sign up if you watch more cable than TV and drink a glass of wine for dinner (adulting is hard), as long as you’re looking for someone else to do it with long-term with its age adjustment settings.
Eharmony’s compatibility matching system has over 50 years of research behind it and is the most likely dating app to lead to happy relationships. So, grab that glass of wine and search for your life partner to share a bottle with.
Not everyone looking to date is single (we’re talking open relationships and threesomes here, not cheating). It’s a safe, judgment-free app that allows you to live out your non-monogamous sexual fantasies. While you can use it to date, the majority of users on Feeld are driven by the desire to experiment – very Fifty Shades of Grey. But arguably hotter as it didn’t involve threesomes.
Whether you’re in a couple, looking to be part of, or casually date one, Feeld will match you with like-minded people. Who said three’s a crowd anyway?
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