14 Best Female-Friendly Dating Apps & Sites

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14 Best Female-Friendly Dating Apps & Sites

Gina Stewart Gina Stewart
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Do female-friendly dating apps even exist? You bet they do. We like to call them the anti-Tinder.

Tinder inspired a new era of online dating when it launched in 2012. This infamous dating app pioneered swiping technology and encouraged singles to make snap judgments based on looks. Lovely, right? But it’s been undeniably popular, and many dating sites and apps have duplicated this fast-paced mutual matching system in hopes of competing with Tinder.

However, not all apps have tried to emulate Tinder. Some have gone the other direction and challenged its quantity-over-quality approach. Tinder may claim to be female-friendly, but we all know who really benefits from superficial swiping. It’s like open season for creepers and jerks.

If you want to escape that hookup culture, this list is for you, ladies. We’ve reviewed the 14 Best Female-Friendly Dating apps to help you find a real romance and relationship in the online dating scene.

1. Match.com

Over 51% of Match.com members are female, and Match knows how to look out for their interests. Every person who signs up must verify their email, and the site is full of expert safety tips to follow both when you’re talking with a match online and meeting in real life.

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4.9/5.0

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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Since 1995, Match.com has introduced relationship-minded singles to the more eligible dates in town, and its personality-driven matchmaking has satisfied women of all ages and backgrounds.

2. Zoosk

Zoosk was one of the first dating sites to integrate with social networks like Facebook, making it easier to confirm if the person you were talking to is real. About 52% of the Zoosk membership base is female.

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4.7/5.0

Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships

Match System: Search and get match recommendations

Our Experts Say: “Zoosk is integrated with social media sites, like Facebook and Google+, so it's very popular with singles on the go...” Full Review »

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Over 40 million singles have trusted Zoosk with their love lives, and its private messaging features give them the opportunity to flirt, chat, and get to know someone special.

3. eharmony

Founded in 2000, eharmony is perhaps the most serious dating site in the industry, and that’s one of the main things we love about it. The site uses a 29-dimension personality test to identify true compatibility and streamline the path to love.

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4.7/5.0

Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships

Match System: Personality test suggests matches

Our Experts Say: “Accounting for 2% of U.S. marriages, eharmony's compatibility-based system and commitment-minded user base are ideal for those seeking a serious relationship...” Full Review »

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As a premium dating site, eharmony focuses on finding its members a serious, long-term relationship, so you can be sure that you won’t be bombarded by guys who just want to hook up.

4. WooPlus

WooPlus describes itself as “the most comfortable plus-size dating community,” and we’d have to wholeheartedly agree. Voluptuous single women are free to be themselves and be comfortable in their own skin, and that’s what the men who join the app admire most.

Screenshot of the WooPlus homepage

The body-positive message on WooPlus appeals to women who have a lot of love to give. All curves are considered beautiful here, so create a free profile to boost your confidence and find a hot date.

5. I’m Yours

I’m Yours is a great option for British women who want romance or a serious relationship, not a hookup. All you have to do is fill out your name, date of birth, and the gender you’re interested in, upload and photo, and then you can start browsing. The site also has an auto profile matching system that can do all the work for you.

6. Morak

Morak promises to find commitment-minded U.K. singles that special someone in just four steps: 1) Join for free. 2) Search. 3) Connect. 4) Find love. The site also makes your safety a top priority. Some of the security features include Profile Watch 24/7 moderation, anti-scam software, and expert advice available on the blog.

7. Happn

Happn is a dating app powered by real-life interactions and serendipity. Whether you’re at a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, park, or anywhere else, you can use Happn to discover singles who frequent the same places you do.

The Happn app shows you where you cross paths with romantic interests (without revealing anyone’s exact location), and that has made it a powerful tool in the hands of local daters.

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Your Happn Timeline shows you the profiles of people you’ve crossed paths with in real life.

Sometimes online dating can make you feel disconnected from people instead of more connected, but Happn perfectly blends the personable side of offline dating with the convenience of online dating with its location-driven matches. If you often find yourself in well-populated areas, you can rely on Happn to help you break the ice and find hot dates in the area.

 

8. Hinge

Known as the relationship app, Hinge has become one of the most popular ways for serious daters to meet one another. This dating app is “designed to be deleted,” meaning its goal is to get singles off the swiping carousel and into a steady, satisfying relationship. Easier said than done, right?

Fortunately, Hinge has the quality-driven tools to back its goodhearted mission. The app offers in-depth profiles and a thoughtful swiping system to help singles get to know one another on a deeper level before they even say “hello.”

Screenshot of Hinge's homepage

Hinge boasts a 72% success rate when it comes to first dates leading to second dates.

On Hinge, you have to like or comment on something specific on someone’s profile if you want to inspire a mutual match. You can’t just breeze through the app and send likes at a random — Hinge daters expect more from their dates, so we recommend putting a little time and thought when writing your initial message.

Hinge has seen a lot of success stories over the years, and you could be one of them if you give this free platform a chance.

 

9. Bumble

Tinder Co-Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd left the biggest name in the dating industry in 2014 because she was tired of bro culture, sexual harassment, and settling for second-rate experiences. She thought women deserved better, so she created Bumble, which the media hailed as the first feminist dating app. Bumble is pretty much just like Tinder except that women are in control of the conversation.

Once a mutual match is formed between a man and woman on Bumble, the woman has 24 hours to make the first move (as in, send a message) or the connection disappears forever.

Screenshot of Bumble's homepage

Over 90% of Bumble users say they want to find a real relationship on the app.

Bumble has turned heads with its progressive values and women-first interface, and we applaud its courage to be different and empower women.

10. Lucky

The Lucky dating app offers a private and anonymous space where women can swipe on attractive singles and spark mutual interest. From there, users can correspond. You must select your availability for that day — 1 hour, 3 hours, or 6 hours later — and you’ll see profiles within a 100-mile radius of you.

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Lucky is a judgment-free hookup space where women can pursue their pleasures.

Finally, women can use an app to get lucky without making themselves a target for all the creeps on the web. It’s a fast and hassle-free way to create intimacy with no strings attached.

“Lucky favors the quick,” the team says. “Because you’re both on Lucky, and you both want hook up, tonight, without any of the clutter that comes with a typical dating app. It’s now or never.”

11. OkCupid

In 2004, OkCupid launched as the math nerd’s solution to love. Which I’ve gotta admit sounds pretty intriguing to me. The dating site and app now operate under the motto “dating deserves better” and offer 100% free chatting and matchmaking for singles seeking all types of relationships.

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OkCupid is responsible for over 91 million love connections a year.

The thing that makes OkCupid great for women is that it has compatibility ratings on every profile and can assess what qualities you have in common — and where you disagree. That way, you are more informed when you like a profile and create a mutual match.

 

12. Pozee

A location-based Australian app, Pozee basically functions in that you say if you’re single and open to being approached, and then you let real life work from there.

Screenshot of Pozee's homepage

Pozzee aims to bring conversation back to the online dating scene.

There’s no in-app chatting — nothing but a pic and “single and ready to mingle” status.

13. Wyldfire

On Wyldfire, men can only join by invitation from women. This way men on the app have a “vouched for” type status by the women who let them join.

 

14. The Catch

With The Catch, women invite a group of men to play a Q-and-A game and narrow down the “contestants” based on the guys’ answers. They then chat up the last man standing.

Screenshot of The Catch's homepage

Currently, in beta in San Francisco, founder Shannon Ong wanted to make a safe place for women to do online dating.

Women Love Dating Apps That Love Them

At the end of the day, women expect a lot from the online dating scene, and they don’t always get gratification from casual dating apps like Tinder. Sometimes, they need to slow down, filter their messages, and assess their romantic options in a more thoughtful way. That’s what female-friendly dating apps are there for.

How do you feel about the quality of dating apps today? Do these apps sound better than Tinder? Which would you be most likely to use? Let us know in the comments.

Photo source: telegraph.co.uk