What are the best dating sites for women?
For single ladies looking for a date, a movie date, a friend with benefits, or a love commitment, here are the top dating services and apps for single women
Any woman who is serious about finding a long-term partner has considered Match at least once. Its decades in the industry have provided it with ever-evolving information for singles looking for that special someone. But don’t anticipate a corny questionnaire or outdated graphics to reflect the fact that it was created in the 1990s.
Match’s well-populated but balanced user base has been one of its shining points of constancy over the years. Even if you’re seeking love in a less-populated location, there’s an almost equal split between men and women, users who don’t have kids and users who do, and a reasonably packed feed of people to match with.
Match’s questionnaire has been completely redesigned to be less of a grueling interrogation and more of a conversational probe into how you’d react in realistic situations — both with a partner and, say, a neighbor who needs assistance at 3 a.m. Match pairs you with someone whose ideal lifestyle fits yours thanks to the inquiry into your daily routines and ideals (plus the possibility to designate features that are deal-breakers). The combination of whimsy and logic reduces the burden of signing up for a paid dating site.
If you have a Tinder profile, you presumably have one on Hinge and Bumble as well. Although the major three rapid-fire apps may appear to be interchangeable, Hinge has a set of unique profile requirements and a data-driven algorithm that distinguishes it from competitors that simply send everyone within a 10-mile radius your way.
It’s never impossible for a man to inquire whether you’re DTF in the first five minutes. However, Hinge’s specific appeal to folks looking for a relationship (or at least willing to be shackled) reduces the chances of women being pursued with a poorly placed peach emoji.
Despite the fact that we’re always on the lookout for new dating apps and get high if a cute match swipes right back, no one wants to be on them because uninstalling them means you’ve found someone. That’s the whole point of Hinge. In the real world, it appears to be working: when users were asked how their first date went, 72 percent stated they’d be open to a second date. (You can also report your date to Hinge if he or she said something disrespectful.)
Is it your biggest nightmare to go on a date with someone extremely attractive just to discover that they are uninterested in women’s issues? OkCupid recognizes that the world’s hottest, coolest individual isn’t all that hot or cool if they’re tone-deaf to the present social justice atmosphere.
By answering deal-breaker questions like “Would you date someone who has a gun in the house?” or “Should the government mandate children to get vaccinated for avoidable diseases?” users can shed light on subjects they care about and weed out people they don’t want to argue with. OkCupid is considered one of the most progressive dating services on the market for allowing all users to choose their pronouns and add a Black Lives Matter logo to their profile. Per OkCupid’s own stats, liberal women and people who vote have better luck on the site.
Of course, politics aren’t the only element that influences romantic relationships. OkCupid includes in-depth user biographies derived from sophisticated, on-the-edge-of-modern-dating questions that delve into love language without being clichéd. OKC also assigns a compatibility rate to every individual you meet on the site.
Have you ever seen an eharmony commercial and wondered if a dating site with such a corny commercial actually works? Surprisingly, it does. According to a spokesperson for the site, 54 million people have used it, accounting for 4% of all marriages in the United States. Is this a guarantee that you’ll walk down the aisle within the first year? Perhaps not, but it does limit your choices to singles who want to be exclusive, meet the family, or move in together.
What was once a doozy of a sign-up process is now short, sweet, and free of the weird religious questions that held it back from being a heavy hitter for the younger crowd. The comprehensive questionnaire covers 32 dimensions (up from 29) of what makes a happy relationship. Instead of blatantly asking if you get mad easily or if you’re emotionally stable, eharmony may ask how you handle apologizing after a fight or if a certain action would piss you off. These hypotheticals draw more natural responses, and a few other fun ones are thrown in to cover hobbies, traveling, and other factors that make good ice breakers.
It’s worth noting that eharmony hasn’t always been an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ people. Compatibility Partners, a gay and lesbian spin-off site, has been folded into eharmony’s overall site following a 2010 lawsuit, though users on Reddit as recently as 2019 say it still looks focused more toward straight people.
Bumble requires women to message first in order to address one of the most popular complaints about dating apps: that women are bombarded with creepy messages. It may push some women out of their comfort zones, but unlike Tinder, you’ll know if someone swiped right on you before moving forward. It also relieves the pressure on guys who feel compelled to initiate every discussion. (Either side can break the ice in a same-sex match.)
Matches expire after 24 hours so you can’t agonize over that opening line for too long, and your match list won’t be filled with people you forgot you matched with 57 weeks ago. This is clearly not the ideal setup for someone who wants to sit back and wait for the algorithm to have five hotties waiting each time the app is opened.
You’ll view photos and brief profiles of prospective matches in your area, and you can swipe right or left depending on your interest. Except for the fact that Bumble lets you retrace if you accidentally swipe left on a hottie, it’s a pretty close rip-off of Tinder.
Most heteronormative dating services don’t provide queer women a good chance at establishing a relationship, what with creepy males trying to be women, entitled men assuming you care about their lesbian fetish, and straight girls searching for a third for a threesome with her and her partner. If you’re tired of your ex being the only lesbian you know, try HER, an award-winning app created for queer women by queer women.
HER could expand your dating pool beyond the people you already know in real life, as the user base of over four million continues to grow steadily (especially in cities). In 2019, HER updated its profiles to allow users to express themselves more freely in categories such as gender, sexuality, pronouns, diet preferences (such as veganism), and star signs, as well as a “What does this mean?” field in the sex, gender, and pronoun categories to provide a more comprehensive understanding of identity. There’s also a text bio section where you can show off your sense of humor or describe the type of relationship you want, as well as more specific sections like “newly out,” “in a relationship,” and “travelers.”