Online Dating

Badoo: Review of the App & Site — (Plus Our Top 3 Alternatives)

Hayley Matthews • 2/06/17 •
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Let’s be real — before online dating, meeting people used to be a hassle. You’d either have to have your friends or family set you up, fall for someone at work, go up to a stranger at a bar, or put a classified ad in the newspaper **shudder**.

When dating sites and apps came along, they changed everything. Singles could now instantly find a match whether they were on their laptop at home, in line at Starbucks, or anywhere else in the world. If you’re looking for the best of the best, Badoo is usually part of the conversation. We’ll take you through everything the dating site, app, and social network has to offer as well as provide a few alternatives if you’re not completely sold.

Badoo Review | Top 3 Alternatives

The Badoo App & Site: Free & Popular But Lacking in Safety Features (4.0/5.0 Rating)

One of the first things people want to know about Badoo is what their user base is like. Badoo is available in 180 countries (such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Canada, and Australia) and has more than 337 million members. They also see 400,000 new signups a day, 60 million monthly active users, and 350 million daily messages.

To get started, you can sign up through Facebook or the homepage, or you can download the app via iTunes, Google Play, or Windows. You only have to give them a few pieces of info, including your gender, age, location, and what you’re there for (to chat, make new friends, or date, but it seems mostly for hookups). Then they’ll use that to find you matches.

Badoo is a well-known dating app and site, but there have been complaints about fake profiles.

Badoo will show you a picture of a user, and you have the option to either like them (hit the heart icon) or dislike them (hit the X). You’re also able to look at their profile and add them to your Favorites list before deciding. Overall, the Badoo interface could be more exciting, but it’s good if you like something that’s straightforward and you want to get right to it.

In terms of payment, most features on Badoo are free (registration, profile creation, browsing, etc.). You’ll have to buy credits if you want to do things like have your profile featured in the top navigation bar, and if you want to activate Super Powers, such as having your messages sent to matches sooner, you’ll have to buy credits or invite other people to join.

The common thread we noticed when testing and researching Badoo is that there seem to be a lot of complaints about people noticing fake profiles and receiving messages that were clearly from scammers in other countries. According to their privacy page, safety features include email verification, cookies and other devices, and a guide on what to do and what not to do. In general, when you’re using any dating site or app, keep your wits about you.

Top 3 Alternatives

For those who feel that Badoo isn’t quite the right choice for them, don’t worry — there are tons of other great options out there. For starters, you can take a look at our top three picks below.

We like these sites not only because they’re fun but also because they’re secure. For example, every member has to confirm their email address, and if someone is harassing you, there’s a block button that will prevent them from being able to contact you and see your profile. is a well-known and trusted dating site, having led to more dates, marriages, and relationships than any other site. Full Review »

Overall Rating ★★★★★ 4.9/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 49% | F: 51%*
Popularity 13.5 Million*

OK, we won’t sugar-coat it — Match is the best online dating service in the world. The site was launched in 1995, making it the grandfather of online dating, while everyone else is the grandchildren. The app was launched in 2014 and has three stars on iTunes and three and a half stars on Google Play.

With such a rich history, Match is less likely to have fake profiles and scammers on the site, so you can go about your business without having that to worry about.

Zoosk's integration with social networks and its popular smartphone app make it one of the fastest-growing dating sites for casual and serious daters. Full Review »

Overall Rating ★★★★★ 4.6/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 48% | F: 52%*
Popularity 3.8 Million*

Zoosk is the closest option to Badoo on this list. It was one of the first dating sites to also have a mobile version, and it has more than 38 million members from all over the world who exchange more than 3 million messages on a daily basis. The main way you’ll find Matches on Zoosk is the Carousel, which is a Tinder-like feature that allows you to basically check yes or no on other users.

Elite Singles is the premier dating site for educated professionals. Most members are upper-income with college degrees, and its impressive Fraud Detection system ensures no-nonsense dating. Full Review »

Overall Rating ★★★★★ 4.9/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 43% | F: 57%*
Popularity 290,000*

EliteSingles is more of a sophisticated choice compared to Badoo because it’s for highly educated singles — as over 80% of members have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctorate degree. Some other impressive stats include over 90% of members are 30 or older, over 165,000 new singles join every month, and over 2,500 members find love on the site every month.

Badoo: A Popular Choice But Not the Only One

Badoo has been around since 2006 and has definitely made an impact in the online dating industry. If you like a platform that mixes dating with social media, give it a try and see what you think. But, with thousands of dating sites on the web, don’t forget to also keep your options open.

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