Bumble vs. Tinder: Which Dating App Is Better?

Swiping to find love sounds easy, but when it comes to Bumble vs. Tinder, which one deserves your swipe right? Both popular dating apps work similarly. However, each has its own perks and limitations. In the end, it all depends on what experience you’re looking for.

What Is Bumble?

Bumble is a dating app that allows you to find potential dates by swiping left/right. The app is divided into three options (use one or all of them): Dating, BFF (friends only), and Bizz (professional networking). Upload a picture, fill out a profile, set some criteria, and start matching. You both have to swipe right to match.

What Is Tinder?

Tinder works nearly the same, but it’s just for dating. Much like Bumble, dating could be serious or casual. Users swipe left to discard a potential match or right to show they like someone. Once again, once two users swipe right on each other, they match up, and the magic begins.

Do You Get More Matches on Bumble or Tinder?

List of profiles ready to match on Bumble.

Getting matches involves several factors, including what you’re looking for, where you’re located, interests, and filters that are used. As a quick comparison of data and statistics:

  • Tinder has 75 million monthly active users, while Bumble has 58 million.
  • Tinder has 10.4 millions premium subscribers, while Bumble has 2.4 million.
  • Tinder has a 75/25 male-to-female ratio, while Bumble is approximately 50/50.
  • Most Tinder users are between 18 and 34, while Bumble users range between 18 and 44.

Overall, you’re highly likely to make matches easily on both dating apps. The ease of swiping and quickly checking out profiles makes it simple to find people with common interests. Plus, both have large user bases and are two of the most popular dating apps available.

One place where Bumble shines is the number of search filters. Tinder wants to feel more inclusive by offering fewer search filters, thus more matches for you. But Bumble gives you advanced filters, such as whether someone drinks, smokes, has kids, etc., to give you more relevant matches.

How Bumble and Tinder Compare

With millions of users on both platforms, the Bumble vs. Tinder comparison comes down to some finer points that elevate the user experience. Overall, both platforms have a similar interface, with a large profile picture and some details below.

Profile Creation

Tinder keeps things as simple as possible. Provide your name, a photo, age, location radius, gender, email, interests, and preferred age range to get started. Bumble asks for all this, along with whether you’re looking to date, network, or just make friends. Bumble also asks for your gender identity and lets you filter results based on gender.

Choosing interests on Bumble vs Tinder

Both apps let you set your relationship goals, such as casual, relationship, marriage, or don’t know. The more information you provide, the easier it is to find compatible matches.

Get room for a quick bio and more pictures with both as well. Bumble also provides some open-ended questions to add to your profile to personalize it and help people get to know you better before swiping.

Chat Functionality

One of the reasons women hate dating apps is the unsolicited, inappropriate pictures and messages from people they’ve never even chatted with yet. While Tinder and Bumble both require both parties to swipe right on each other to match, Tinder lets either party start the conversation first.

On Bumble, things work a bit differently. The entire app is designed to make women feel more empowered and safe when finding a match. So, only women can message first. If it’s a match between two men, two non-binary, or a man and non-binary user, either can message first. Also, you only have 24 hours to respond to a match before it expires, unless you subscribe to a premium plan.

Premium Features

When it comes to Bumble and Tinder, both apps are free, but both offer premium tiers with some appealing features.

With Bumble, some of the top premium features include:

Premium options for Bumble and Tinder
  • Unlimited likes
  • See who already swiped right on you
  • Set up advanced filters
  • Get SuperSwipes to ensure potential matches notice you
  • Extend the 24 hour initial message time
  • Backtrack on your left swipes
  • Spotlight your profile
  • Browse incognito
  • Set a travel location

Bumble offers two premium plans and one-off add-ons to temporarily boost your profile and SuperSwipe someone. The cheapest plan is the 6-month Premium for $5.44/week or Lifetime for $199.99.

With Tinder, some of the best premium features include:

  • Unlimited likes
  • Unlimited rewinds
  • No ads
  • Browse incognito
  • Boost your profile
  • Message before you match
  • See who’s swiped right on you
  • Send Super Likes
  • Set different locations

Tinder offers three subscription plans (Plus, Gold, and Platinum), with the cheapest being the 6-month plan starting at $16.67/month.

Choosing Between Tinder and Bumble

For many people seeking love or something more casual, they turn to Tinder or Bumble or use both to maximize matches. But, in the Bumble vs. Tinder dating battle, start with the one that works best for you, with what you’re looking for.

Bumble Is Best for You If …

Bumble is best for women who want a different experience than the typical dating app. The app is also well known for having more users looking for a relationship or marriage than Tinder. According to a Bumble user survey, only 4% of men and 1% of women are interested in just hooking up.

Tinder Is Best For You If …

Tinder is best if you want a platform with more users, fewer filters, and the ability for either party to message first. Overall, it’s better for men who prefer to take the initiative or women who don’t like sending the first message.

No matter which you choose, enjoy the process and fill out as much of your profile as possible. While you’re swiping, listen to a podcast all about dating disasters. Or, if neither app works for you, try these other dating apps.

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Crystal Crowder

Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as an IT technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most from their devices, systems, and apps. She stays on top of the latest trends and is always finding solutions to common tech problems.

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