Tinder vs Badoo

Kaitlyn Short
Kaitlyn Short | Contributor
When it comes to finding the love of your life who do you trust? Badoo or Tinder? 

Badoo was founded by Andrey Andreev and first launched in Moscow in 2006. Today, Badoo boasts of being the largest social discovery network in the world. The popular dating app is available in over 190 countries. Most of Badoo's new users are in European and South American regions. 

Badoo’s website and mobile app cater to a younger generation and has a similar layout to Tinder. But Badoo has a few extra features that Tinder just doesn’t offer. Similar to Tinder, Badoo has a bit of a reputation for being a hookup app. However, there are a number of members who are looking for a serious relationship. 

Tinder was first introduced on college campuses in 2012 and instantly gained popularity. The dating app requires no approval process before users can message each other and the app popularized the simple swipe right to “like” and swipe left to “pass.” 

Tinder is one of the simplest ways to meet new people in your area. Throughout the years Tinder has notoriously been called a “hookup app” and garnered a less than favorable reputation, but it remains one of the most popular dating apps. 
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#1 Tinder
8.4 Overall Score
3.4
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#13 Badoo
4.5 Overall Score
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Overview

Tinder

Price

Free-$19.99

Time in Business

9 Years

Badoo

$1.99-$39.99

15 Years

Ratings

Tinder

Overall Score
8.4 of 10
Review Score
3.4
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Value for Money
3.6
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Quality of Product or Service
3.6
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Company Trustworthiness
3.6
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Likely to Recommend
6.5 of 10

Badoo

4.5 of 10
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2.0
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2.3
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2.0
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0.0 of 10

Reviews

Tinder

Number of Reviews
241
Review Breakdown
3.4
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5 star
22%
4 star
29%
3 star
24%
2 star
15%
1 star
10%

Badoo

10
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10%
4 star
0%
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1 star
90%

Reviews for Tinder

Helpful Favorable Review

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Taylor Hall Los Angeles, CA

Tinder is well known to be a hook up app. If you are looking for quick dates based on looks, that’s exactly what you get. It is very easy to use and very simple. The users can express themselves easily, and are able to communicate with each other without difficulty. I have spent some time on it for a friend and never had any issues.

2 months ago

Helpful Critical Review

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Justin Pumilia , NJ

I have been using this service for almost a year now and have come to be very disappointed. I have had 11 potential matches for almost the whole time and have never come across one. I have a feeling that it is a pay to get matches type situation. Maybe it is user error but I find it had to believe that when I swipe right on everyone for a week and get nothing from it that it is a user error.

2 months ago

Reviews for Badoo

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Brenda Mertes Houston, TX

Badoo has been fun. I haven't taken it seriously, but it is nice to be able to simply click a little heart icon to show interest in someone and learn that a hundred people actually like you back. Chats are casual and you can see who wants kids, who is living with their parents, and what their interests are.

1 year ago

Helpful Critical Review

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Pete Nikolic Columbus, OH

Don't use this service it's a scam!!!!! I purchased a premium for $12.99 for s month just to see what is all about and without my knowledge, Badoo charged me an additional $39.99. If I didn't check my PayPal account I would not be able to see that transaction at all. It's a scam so stay away from it.

1 year ago

The Final Word

Signup Process (Winner: Tinder)
The signup process with Badoo is simple and straightforward. To create a free profile, you will need to enter your name, birth date, location, and email address. After creating a profile, Badoo lets you start a conversation with nearby people and upload videos or photos.

However, if you want to maximize the benefits you get with Badoo, you’ll need to verify your profile. To verify your account, you’ll receive a verification email which will then have you link to your Facebook or other social media accounts, or you’ll enter in your phone number to check your identity.

While the signup process with Badoo is simple, Tinder makes it even easier. All you need to signup for Tinder is a Facebook profile. The dating app will take all your information (location, gender, age, work, educational background, etc.) to create your profile. Once that is complete, you’ll have full access to send messages and meet new people.

Device Compatibility (Winner: Tie)
Both Tinder and Badoo are compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices. However, Tinder and Badoo also let users log on via desktop. While today most people usually use their phones for online dating, it is nice that both companies offer an alternative option.

Premium Services (Winner: Tie)
Badoo’s Premium Services vary from seeing who added your profile to their favorites list to having your profile bumped up to the top of the search results. There are some other perks to having a premium service; users can undo their last vote, chat with the most popular users on Badoo, have your messages read first, and browse Badoo without anyone seeing that you visited their profile. You can purchase a one-month subscription for just $9.99. Although for the best deal, you’ll want to subscribe to Badoo’s six-month subscription for $39.99. If you don’t feel like signing up for a subscription plan, you can purchase credits, which allow you to increase your likelihood of getting featured.

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold are Tinder’s Premium services that claim to help users receive more likes, views, and messages.  Tinder Plus features include Unlimited Likes where users can swipe right as much as they’d like, Rewind (to undo an accidental swipe), Boost their profile to the top for 30 minutes, and Super Like (which will help your profile stand out). Tinder Gold includes all the same features as Tinder Plus, but you get access to the Likes You feature — this feature allows you to see who liked your profile even before you swipe. Tinder users can expect to pay anywhere from $.99 to $19.99 per month for these premium features.

Both online dating services offer a fair amount of premium features that increase the chances of someone liking your profile or messaging you for a date.

Profiles and Matches (Winner: Tie)
If you’re looking to connect with people with similar interests, hobbies, or lifestyles, be prepared to swipe through a lot of profiles. Neither Tinder nor Badoo has a matching algorithm. A match is made when both users like each other.

The majority of dating sites often have users complete a personality test or fill out a form that helps the dating site connect people with common interests. While filling out a form may seem time-consuming and unnecessary, it does come in handy when you’re looking to genuinely connect with a potential match.

Security (Winner: Badoo)
While it’s extremely difficult to catch every single fake profile and scam account, Badoo has more security features than Tinder.

Badoo users can verify their profiles with pictures, phone numbers, or they can link to their social media accounts. If you’re nervous and want to control who can/can’t see your profile, be sure to adjust your privacy settings. Badoo has a reasonably comprehensive privacy settings menu that allows you to adjust the setting to your personal preferences. Users can even customize their privacy settings to only allow users with a verified profile to contact them.

Badoo’s Privacy Policy also states, “Badoo uses automated decisions to block accounts as part of its anti-spam procedures. In order to do this, our systems check accounts and messages for content that indicates breaches of our Terms and Conditions of Use.” Although the system isn’t perfect, it does show that the company does care about its users and has a few levels of security to keep them safe.

There are a lot fewer security measures on Tinder; users are encouraged to report any fake or scam profiles by sending in the user name, bio, photos and the reason for the report.

Tinder does offer verified badges but these are often reserved for public figures. Tinder does recommend that users confirm their authenticity by connecting an Instagram account to their profile.

Recommendation
Online daters won’t have to worry about their options being limited with either of these dating sites. Badoo has over 411 million registered users worldwide and 50 million people use Tinder every month. However, if you’re looking for a long, committed relationship, these relationship websites might not be for you. There are no matching algorithms and a match is determined if both users like each other. However, it's not that you can't find love on these sites, you'll just have to sort through hundreds of profiles of people looking for something more casual. You’ll need to be prepared to swipe left and right on hundreds of profiles and even then you might not have anything in common with the other person. 

Although both sites have a bit of a “hookup” reputation, there are users who are out there looking for a committed relationship. 

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