10 Best Dating Apps (2017)

In need of a dating app? Our experts have research numerous options and have narrowed them down to the top 10 for 2017. Below are our in-depth reviews that will take you through the membership options, user information, and success stories of each one. Even better, they're all 100% free to get started:

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Zoosk

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Zoosk

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
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Match.com

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Match.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for and receive matches around the corner and across the world, find missed connections, "like" people, as well as send and receive winks.
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Elite Singles

★★★★★
4.9/5.0
Elite Singles

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with Elite Singles, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play. Not only is everyone looking for a long-term partner, but 80% of members hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. Elite Singles sees 210,000 visitors and 2,500 users finding love every month, so it's one of the fastest growing and most reputable apps.
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eHarmony

★★★★★
4.5/5.0
eHarmony

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Long-Term Relationships, Marriages
  • Match Sysytem: Get daily match suggestions
  • About the App: Responsible for 4% of marriages in the US, eHarmony is among our top picks for relationship-minded heterosexual singles. To become a member, add the app to your phone (iOS or Android) and then take its 29 Dimensions® of Compatibility Matching Questionnaire. It's absolutely free to do both these things — as well as receive matches and communicate during other special events.
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OurTime.com

★★★★
4.4/5.0
OurTime.com

Available on: iOS, Andriod

  • Relationships: Dating and Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search by age as well as zip, gender, more
  • About the App: Made just for single seniors, OurTime is one of the most well-known niche dating apps. It's a fun and straightforward app with simple swiping features. Once two people swipe right on each other, they can communicate. For more match options, visit the Connect and I'm Interested pages. Plus, if you sign up for OurTime, your profile will appear on its sister site, SeniorPeopleMeet, for free.
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ChristianMingle

★★★★
4.4/5.0
ChristianMingle

Available on: iOS, Andriod

  • Relationships: Dates or Serious Commitments
  • Match Sysytem: Search and receive matches
  • About the App: Christian dating doesn't get any better than on ChristianMingle. With the free app, available on any iOS or Android device, you can browse the more than 2.4 million Christian singles. Since you already know that everyone is on the same religious page, you can focus on other things like age, distance, hobbies, and education to make a deep connection with someone of the same faith.
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BlackPeopleMeet

★★★★
4.0/5.0
BlackPeopleMeet

Available on: iOS, Andriod

  • Relationships: Dates, Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Browse by city, hobbies, age, etc.
  • About the App: Since it was founded in 2002, BlackPeopleMeet has established the largest online dating community for black and biracial singles of all orientations. Every month over 1.4 million daters use this simple and safe platform to connect with African-American singles in their area. You can download the app and create a profile for free to find new friends, hot dates, and love interests online.
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SeniorPeopleMeet

★★★★
3.7/5.0
SeniorPeopleMeet

Available on: iOS, Andriod

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Lifelong Commitments
  • Match Sysytem: Search and receive recommendations
  • About the App: SeniorPeopleMeet is a safe and easy-to-use dating app for singles 55 and older. Thousands of mature daters come to this niche community to find people who share similar experiences, lifestyles, and values. Whether you're interested in going on casual dates or having a long-term commitment, SeniorPeopleMeet exclusively serves senior daters with romantic opportunities on any mobile device.
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AFF.com

★★★★
3.6/5.0
AFF.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Hookups Only
  • Match Sysytem: Filter by distance, gender, encounter
  • About the App: With 77 million members, Adult Friend Finder is one of the most popular apps for the sex community. It doesn't matter if you're single or part of a couple — you're welcome to search for sex buddies, threesomes, and other casual encounters. And you won't have to pay to do that as well as download the app, fill out a profile, and chat.
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BeNaughty

★★★★
3.5/5.0
BeNaughty

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Encounters
  • Match Sysytem: Sort profiles by zip code, appearance, more
  • About the App: On BeNaughty, everyone is interested in finding sexual encounters with no strings attached. Within a couple of minutes, you can get a profile up for $0. Free membership includes unlimited photos, browsing, matches, winks, and chats. BeNaughty also has an anced anti-fraud system to ensure your personal information stays private while you flirt online.
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Review Summary

If you're having trouble deciding which dating app of 2017 is the best for you, don't worry. We've created a summary table that you can quickly scan for the most important pieces of information -- including popularity and gender ratio. We've tested every aspect of these apps, so give our reviews some thought before making your final choice!

Here are 2017's best dating apps:

Best  Dating Apps
Rank Dating App Popularity (Visits/Mo.) Gender Ratio Rating
1 Zoosk 3.8 Million* M: 48%* | F: 52%* ★★★★★4.92
2 Match.com 13.5 Million* M: 49%* | F: 51%* ★★★★★4.91
3 Elite Singles 290,000* M: 43%* | F: 57%* ★★★★★4.9
4 eHarmony 4.1 Million* M: 48%* | F: 52%* ★★★★★4.5
5 OurTime.com 1.4 Million* M: 48%* | F: 52%* ★★★★4.4
6 ChristianMingle 2.4 Million* M: 44%* | F: 56%* ★★★★4.4
7 BlackPeopleMeet 1.4 Million* M: 47%* | F: 53%* ★★★★4.0
8 SeniorPeopleMeet 2.4 Million* M: 41%* | F: 59%* ★★★★3.7
9 AFF.com 25.5 Million* M: 65%* | F: 35%* ★★★★3.6
10 BeNaughty 13.3 Million* M: 48%* | F: 52%* ★★★★3.5
7 Factors for Choosing the Best Dating App
Hayley Matthews

By: Hayley Matthews

Editor-in-Chief

The average American spends more than 4.7 hours a day on their smartphone, according to the Washington Times. For me, I’d say that sounds about right (maybe even more if I’m being honest). Whether we’re working, reading, shopping, or dating, we’re probably doing it on our phones or tablets.

That’s why it’s important to have quality apps on your phone, especially for dating. You want to have a good experience and accomplish your goals. Below we’ll take you through seven factors to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you.

1. Does Its User Base Fit What You’re Looking For?

One of the most important things to consider when deciding which dating app to download is to look at its audience. If it’s just for finding hookups but you want to find a serious relationship, then you’ll, of course, not want to go with that one.

Sexual orientation, religion, and age are also some of the top qualities and characteristics people don’t want to budge on, and reasonably so. When a dating app has a targeted audience, it can be easier to connect with the exact person you’re interested in. For example, Zoosk is great for younger singles, while eHarmony members tend to lean slightly older. Save yourself some time and effort by picking a dating app that has your preferred user base.

2. Is the App Compatible With Your Device?

Team Edward or Team Jacob, Team Pineapple Pizza or Team Anti-Pineapple, Team iOS or Team Android — these are some of the most famous matchups in history that have divided the population. When you can’t decide on a dating app, sometimes it simply comes down to what smartphone team you’re on. You should make sure the app is compatible with yours, and if it’s not, well, you have your answer. The good news is most dating apps are iOS and Android friendly, so your options aren’t as limited as you might think.

3. Does the Subscription Fit Your Budget?

All of the best dating apps offer a free trial or free membership (or both). You should be allowed to test everything out before being charged — it just makes sense. With these trials and memberships, you’re usually able to create a profile, upload several photos, search through members, receive match notifications, and communicate in a few ways (such as virtual winks and Favorite lists), among others.

Premium memberships offer features like being able to see who viewed your profile or read your message. While these things aren’t totally necessary, if they pique your interest and you have the money to spend, we’ve seen dating apps that start as low as $12.49 a month. I mean, how much do you spend on Starbucks every month? And this is your love life.

4. Does the App Integrate With Your Preferred Social Networks?

A majority of us probably have a Facebook, Google+, or Instagram account (or a combo of the three), so instead of having to repeat yourself on a dating app, check to see if you can sync up one of your existing profiles. Your information and photos can be pulled in a matter of seconds, and you can get to browsing that much sooner. More than likely, the app will also use your social profile to find matches for you based on friends of friends and will have a policy about never posting on your behalf.

5. Are There Plenty of Features for Meeting Local Singles?

Swiping, browsing, filtering, match recommendations — the dating app you go with should have numerous ways to pair you with that special someone (or someones). Take Match, for instance. This app offers unlimited searching, so you can be in the driver’s seat of your own love life. However, when you want Match to take the wheel, you can go to the Reverse Search and Missed Connections sections — as well as check your inbox — for people the app thinks you’ll like. If you’re testing out an app and it seems like it’s matching features are lacking, you might want to think twice before downloading.

6. Is It Safe and Secure?

Dating apps are fun because you can use them when you’re on your couch, waiting to order coffee, walking your dog, having drinks at a bar, and practically everywhere else on this earth. However, don’t let that cloud your judgment. You don’t want to pick an app just because it looks fun.

You also need to consider if it’s safe and reputable. Some things to look for are SSL encryption, profile verification, Block and Report buttons (for abusive members), and a 24/7 customer support team (even if it’s via email). The dating app doesn’t necessarily have to have all of these components, but the more it has, the less you’ll have to worry.

7. Does the App Have a Good Reputation?

In addition to reading a dating app’s About page and things like that, don’t forget to also look for reviews from experts, like us, as well as consumers, like yourself, and companies like TrustPilot and Glassdoor. All you have to do is Google the app’s name with the word review after it (e.g., Elite Singles review). Another tip is to go to Google News and search for the app to see what kind of news is surrounding it. Get a feel for what other people are saying out there, and even ask your friends, family members, and coworkers if they’ve used a dating app that you’re thinking about.

Consider All the Facts, And It’ll Be an Easy Decision!

Similar to choosing a house, credit card, or career, choosing a dating app is a decision that’s worth taking your time on. A portion of the 5+ hours a day you spend on your phone will go toward dating, so don’t you want the app you choose to be the best one possible? We’ve provided you with all the pertinent information — now the ball is in your court. We know the right choice will come to you!