Online dating is now commonplace. Whereas before it was taboo, almost any single (and sometimes taken) person has some dating app on their phone, the two powerhouses we look at today are Tinder vs. Bumble. Taking advantage of millennials short attention spans especially, these apps have given new life to casual dating. Which one is better?
In this article, we’re going to compare the apps based on the following metrics:
Features – What each app allows you to do
Quality – How the app runs
Value – How each app values your time and money
Over the years, Bumble and Tinder have begun adopting each other’s features and improvements to the point where they are almost the same. Tinder came first but took a few ideas from Bumble once that took off.
Chiefly, both apps allow you to search for men and women. You browse through profiles and swipe right for yes and left for no. Upon swiping, you’ll be notified if it’s a match or move on to the next profile.
On Tinder, a match allows either person to start the conversation via text, gifs, or emojis. Bumble only lets the woman message first, with a 24-hour countdown to send the first one. If the match is about to expire, the man can extend the match for another 24 hours, giving the woman more time to send a message. Similar to Facebook, you can like messages on either app.
Both apps give you multiple options for choosing who shows up on your feed. You can customize by distance (0-100 miles), age (18-55+ on Tinder and 18-80 on Bumble), and gender (men, women, or both). Bumble gives an additional “search for friends” option. When someone likes you, you’ll be notified with a blurred out picture of their profile.
Users want to put their best foot forward. Each app has you fill up to six photo slots, a job position, a 500-word bio, your education, Spotify, favorite song, and gives the option to connect your Instagram profile. Other users decide if they like you based on this information, and will swipe left or right.
Bumble gives you unlimited swipes. Tinder limits swipes with a refresh. Accidentally swipe left on someone? Bumble gives you three rewinds on a cooldown. You can “super-like” someone on Tinder, which notifies them of your choice and moves your profile to the top of the line.
Bumble. Tinder gives you a lot of features but limits the usage of them behind paywalls. Bumble offers most of its features for free.
Each app is aesthetically pleasing. Tinder sports a very clean white and orange color combination, with an emphasis on pictures before profiles. Bumble is the same way, though the app blows up photos a bit too big, resulting in most looking blurry.
Unfortunately, they both have their buggy moments. Crashes are somewhat common. Tinder is known to log users out randomly with no explanation. Swipes don’t always go through, resulting in repeating profiles and wasted time. Bumble can fall into a glitch where it has to reload a profile after each swipe, and location scouting doesn’t work very well on either app. Spotify integration is infamously inaccurate on both, and updating pictures/job descriptions will crash either at times.
Despite this, they both do their job – matching users with their preferred gender. Tinder has more users due to being more popular, and as a result, has a more casual feel. You’ll still find people looking for their soulmate, but don’t be surprised at the amount of casual dating on there. Bumble tends to be more serious. Since females have the power, you’ll find more relationship inclined matches on there.
Tinder. Both apps are buggy, but if you’re going to put up with one, you might as well put up with the one that has more people on it.
Regarding free vs. paid features, Bumble easily takes the win. It gives you more freedom with unlimited swipes, free rewinds, and searching for friends. However, Tinder has a much larger pool of users and doesn’t limit the first message to women only.
The paid version of each app gets a bit more tricky, so we’re going to break it down so you can decide which works for you.
Tinder has two paid modes. TinderPlus is available at $9.99/mo for one month, $5.84/mo for six months, and $4.59/mo for 12 months. A more expensive Tinder Gold comes in at $14.99/mo for one month, $9.17/mo for six months, and $7.09/mo for 12 months.
Unlimited swipes are usually the biggest draw for Tinder Plus, but it comes with a ton of extra features.
You get one free “boost” a month. A boost places you as the top profile in your area for 30 minutes so everyone will have the option to swipe. Boosts can also be purchased separately at 1 for $3.99/ea, 5 for $3.00/ea, and 10 for $2.50/ea. Plus users can decide who they want to see between app-specific recommendations or recently active users first. You can change the app so only people you’ve swiped on will see you, instead of the whole user pool. Paid profiles also get five free super likes a day.
Hiding your age and your location becomes available, alongside the option to swipe anywhere in the world instead of just a 100-mile radius. Lastly, Plus users get the option to rewind an accidental swipe, and ads are gone for good.
For it’s higher price, Tinder Gold offers all of these features with the additional feature of seeing who likes you automatically and being able to match with them.
Because it gives you more features outright, the paid benefits of Bumble aren’t nearly as high as Tinders.
“Bumble Boost” is available at $7.99/mo for one month, $5.00/mo for three months, and $4.17/mo for six months. You can also spend $2.99 and get it for one week.
Boost users can automatically see who swiped on them, giving them the option to swipe back instantly. Expired matches stay in a queue, and paid users can rematch with them at any time. This tier also provides you with unlimited extends so that you can provide a woman with the hint.
Instead of offering free super-likes, Bumble offers “super-swipes” which are activated via “bumble-coins.” 1 coin = 1 super-swipe. Coins are sold at $1.99 for 1 coin, $7.99 for 5 coins, $14.99 for 10 coins, and $24.99 for 20 coins.
Tinder. If you’re going to pay for an app, it should be Tinder hands-down. Paying gives you the additional features that Bumble has for free, alongside a ton more.
Tinder is the best bet for most users, especially if it’s just for casual dating. You can find all types of users on there, both men and women can message equally, and it offers a ton of value for your dollar.
Bumble is a well-made app, but the limited pool of users, lack of paid features, and focus on serious dating may turn some people off.