Tinder vs Bumble

If you’re new to the online dating scene or are switching from another dating app, then you’ve probably heard of Tinder and Bumble. 

Tinder immediately gained popularity when it debuted in 2012 and became one of the fastest-growing dating apps due to its simple swipe right and left format. Bumble appeared a few years later in 2014 and while it didn’t garner the same mass following as Tinder, the dating app has over 22 million users — as of November 2017. 

Tinder and Bumble are incredibly similar in terms of platform-style; both have users swiping left and right to find potential matches. The biggest difference? Bumble requires women to message first. 
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#1 Tinder
8.6 Overall Score
3.4
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(201)
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#2 Bumble
6.9 Overall Score
3.6
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(81)

Overview

Tinder

Bumble

Price
Price
Free-$19.99
Free-$149.99
Time In Business
Time In Business
8 Years
6 Years

Ratings

Tinder

Bumble

Overall Score
Overall Score
8.6 of 10
6.9 of 10
Review Score
Review Score
3.4
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3.6
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Value for Money
Value for Money
3.8
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3.6
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Quality of Product or Service
Quality of Product or Service
3.7
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3.8
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Customer Service
Customer Service
3.7
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3.7
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Company Trustworthiness
Company Trustworthiness
3.7
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3.7
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Likely to Recommend
Likely to Recommend
6.9 of 10
6.2 of 10

Reviews

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Bumble

Number of Reviews
Number of Reviews
201
81
Review Breakdown
Review Breakdown
3.4
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5 star
24%
4 star
27%
3 star
23%
2 star
15%
1 star
10%
3.6
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5 star
40%
4 star
23%
3 star
14%
2 star
2%
1 star
21%

Reviews for Tinder

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Theodore Niemann

September 27th, 2020 Boulder, CO

Tinder is a good place to meet new people, but if you're looking for an actual relationship, then you should probably just try to meet people in person somewhere else. Most people are just looking to hook up or just use the app when they're bored.


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Gaelynn Varney

September 27th, 2020 Taft, CA

Almost every man that I met online initially, were only interested in getting ,well, you know. When I did meet someone in person, twice, he was a total liar and user. He was also cheating on his wife! Bad news! Got rid of site immediately after.


Reviews for Bumble

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Melanie

September 27th, 2020 Vancouver, WA

I met my fiancé on Bumble! It took three years of kissing (or just grabbing coffee with) frogs, but I'm glad I took my time and used this app. I liked the format of the ladies making the first move. I also liked the added addition of question and answer sections. Overall, the app is fun and seems less sketchy than others.


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Dayna Lyons

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Good luck ever canceling your subscription. Tried 3 times to cancel and they keep auto renewing. Now they are blaming Apple and saying sorry we can't help call Apple. Really?!? Horrible customer service


The Final Word

Signup Process
The signup process with Bumble is relatively simple and straightforward. All users need to create an account is a phone number or Facebook page. Connecting your Facebook to Tinder will result in a faster signup process since all your information and pictures will be uploaded directly from your Facebook account. However, signing up with your phone number requires you to enter in your information and pictures manually, but this shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.

Signing up for Tinder is identical to Bumble. Users can connect their Facebook to their Tinder account for a streamlined sign-in process, or they can use their phone number. If they choose to sign up with a phone number, they’ll need to give the dating site an email, birthday, gender, and profile pictures.

Device Compatibility

Tinder and Bumble are available on iOS and Android devices. Plus, users can use their desktop to find dates, send messages, and chat with nearby matches.

Premium Services
Tinder offers two premium services: Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. Tinder Plus’s services give you the ability to rewind your last swipe, swipe as much as you’d like (unlimited likes). Plus you’ll get five Super Likes each day and one profile Boost each month.

Tinder Gold offers all the same features as Tinder Plus, but you also can see who likes your profile before you swipe.

Boost is one of Bumble’s premium features and lets you see everyone who right-swiped on your profile, extend your matches by 24 hours, and rematch with expired connections.

If you want access to more of Bumble’s premium features, you’ll have to purchase Bumble Coins — the in-app currency. Bumble Coins will allow you to use features such as SuperSwipe or Spotlight.

Profiles and Matches
The important thing to remember is that both Tinder and Bumble’s platforms rely on people matching solely based on looks. Personality, lifestyle, and other important compatibility factors all take a back seat until a conversation begins.

Tinder does allow users to include a short bio about themselves, but most people either just swipe right or left and don’t even look at the bio section.

Bumble’s profiles are a bit more robust. Users can fill out a basic information form which includes things like height, exercise, education level, religion, and what kind of relationship they’re looking for. Additionally, users can add profile prompts which are essentially ice breaker questions that help people get a glimpse into their personality.

That being said, Tinder and Bumble both let users connect their Instagram and Spotify accounts to add a bit more personality and character to their profile.

Security
If users want to verify their account on Bumble, the app will have to take a selfie in a specific pose. This helps to eliminate fake profiles and scam accounts from popping up on the app. If the verification photo is approved, the profile will get a little blue checkmark.

Tinder has a similar blue checkmark symbol, but this is often reserved for public figures. Tinder mostly encourages users to be cautious when giving out sensitive information and to look for profiles that are linked to a Spotify and Instagram account — as these are less likely to be spam accounts. Tinder also strongly encourages users to report any spam or fake accounts they may come across. While these are great safety tips, they don’t do much to stop fake accounts from entering the dating site.

Recommendation
In the end, it really depends on what you’re looking for in a relationship. Tinder is the better option if you’re looking to date casually. Bumble is a much better option for those wanting a serious relationship. While both apps feature a swipe right to like and swipe left to pass platform, Bumble allows users to really build out their profile and find potential matches with similar interests and lifestyles. However, Tinder offers way more with its premium services, so if you’re willing to pay, then Tinder has more to offer.

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