Years ago I met one of my now ex-boyfriends at a party, and we happened to start talking because he heard me say how much I love James Bond movies. We went back and forth the rest of the night about our favorites, exchanged numbers, and ended up dating for a couple of years.
That kind of magic, when a random, seemingly mundane moment changes your life, happens to people all over the world every day. But it’s hard to mimic those butterflies with online dating quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to meet people. Skout is on a mission to make more of those magical encounters happen, and they’re doing a great job. Here’s my take on the app as well as some other options for you to consider if you want to browse more before making your final decision.
Skout: Free, Fun & Fresh (4.3/5.0 Rating)
Skout was founded in 2007 by a team that wanted to “take online social interaction further than anyone had thought possible in the past,” whether someone was looking for friendship, dating, relationships, marriage, or any other type of companionship. The app has tons of features, such as sharing photos and sending messages and virtual gifts, but probably the one Skout is most known for is Shake to Chat — which can get you talking to a random member at any time. The Feature Me service is also useful because it will showcase your profile to their community of millions of men and women, who come from over 180 countries and speak more than 14 languages.
Skout is available for free via Google Play and iTunes, where it has four-star ratings and numerous positive user reviews. Anjearie Niemandt said, “…For real it’s great. I have met some really nice people. I got their numbers, and they even followed me on Facebook and Instagram,” while Mary Rose Fresnoza proclaimed, “This app is amazing in connecting people from different places. It’s easy to check out people’s profiles.”
Our Top 3 Alternatives
I’d say one of the main downsides of Skout is that if you’re specifically looking for a date or long-term partner, you might have trouble finding one since so many people are also on there for other reasons. If this sounds like it would be an issue for you, then take a look at our top three alternatives, all of which specifically focus on romantic connections and have free desktop and mobile versions.
What you can do for free on all of these sites is browse profiles, create one of your own, receive compatible matches, and communicate in various ways, including virtual winks and Favorites lists.
Relationships: Friends, Dates, and Relationships
Match System: Browse by zip, age, appearance, more
Our Experts Say: “Match has facilitated the most dates and relationships of any dating site, and its large audience and high success rate make it our top review...” Full Review »
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|Gender Ratio||M: 49% | F: 51%*|
We all know Match, so it’s hard not to say something you’ve probably already heard, but it’s worth repeating because what Match has accomplished is just mind boggling. We like to think of Match as the grandfather of online dating since it was founded in 1995. Every site that’s come after it has modeled some component after Match. The main reason we suggest Match over Skout is connecting with someone for a date or relationship is really easy — everyone is on there for the same reason, not for friendship or pen pals.
|Gender Ratio||M: 48% | F: 52%*|
Zoosk, one of the top-ranked apps on iTunes and Google Play, has a lot of similarities to Skout, but it also has a lot of significant differences. For one thing, Zoosk’s size is ridiculous: 38 million+ members in 80+ countries who send and receive 3 million+ messages a day. The service is also available in 25 different languages and is open to singles of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, and cultures — making it among the most inclusive options you’ll find out there.
Relationships: Serious Relationships
Match System: Search, Receive Partner Suggestions
Our Experts Say: “Elite Singles is a leading dating site just for busy, single professionals. More than 80% of members have earned a college degree, and most are looking for a serious commitment...” Full Review »
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|Gender Ratio||M: 43% | F: 57%*|
Most of us have somewhat of a list in our heads of what we’re looking for in a date or partner, and, for tons of people, education is on that list. For those singles, we tell them to try EliteSingles. About 82% of its users hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree (or a combo of the three). More than likely, you also won’t be spending to much time on the site because more than 2,500 users find their ideal match every month. You could be one of them!
While Skout is Leader in the Market, You Do Have Other Options
Compared to other social- and dating-related apps, Skout is doing a lot of different things to bring people from all over the world together, and if that sounds like it would be up your alley, give it a try. It won’t cost you anything, and you just might meet someone who gives you butterflies online and offline. Just like what happened with me at that party — you never know when your life may change.
However, don’t forget to browse around some of the other apps we’ve listed above just in case you see something that can better meet your needs.