Tinder vs Bumble

Kaitlyn Short
Kaitlyn Short | Contributor
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
8.4 Overall Score
3.4
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(241)
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#2 Bumble
6.9 Overall Score
3.7
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(110)

Overview

Tinder

Price

Free-$19.99

Time in Business

9 Years

Bumble

Free-$149.99

7 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

Bumble

6.9 of 10
3.7
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3.7
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3.9
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3.7
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6.4 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%

Bumble

110
3.7
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5 star
37%
4 star
26%
3 star
16%
2 star
5%
1 star
15%

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 Bumble

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Justin Pumilia , NJ

Had much more luck from Bumble then other apps, however there have been many matches that just don't respond in 24 hours and are gone forever unless you pay up. The app is pretty easy to use and I like that you can react to specific pictures/answers.

2 months ago

Helpful Critical Review

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What If? Stone Mountain, GA

After signing up, you can't get past go with either the face recognition feature or the acceptance of their updated terms and conditions for a second time. They must be headed for another class-action lawsuit. This second updated terms and conditions state that you must waive the rights to any class action lawsuit. If you don't accept it, you can't have access to your paid profile. I forgot the exact monthly payment amount as I haven't been able to log on. I will cancel my card so that they can't charge me w/o permission. This was the reason for the last class action suit...

1 month ago

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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