Dating and dating apps has traditionally been male-driven. Over the years we have seen multiple apps for cisgender men and women in their 20’s. However, there is a limited amount of resources available for queer women, women of color, plus-sized women, or those over 50+.
Many women have become jaded with dating apps like Tinder which have earned a reputation for being less about dating and more about having short flings. However, there is hope for those looking for love. Here are 6 apps that are created for women by women.
Price | Free & premium plans for $10/month
Perks | Women message first, 3 services (Date, BFF, Biz), premium/paid perks
Best For | Women in new cities
Bumble was created by Whitney Wolfe Herd who had worked for Tinder. She launched the app in 2014 after leaving Tinder because she decided to challenge the antiquated rules of dating. Bumble currently has over 35 million users and women make the first move. The app only allows women to message their matches first. If there is no response within 24 hours, the message disappears. The app also launched Bumble BFF and Bumble Biz for those looking to make friends and build professional networks. These are particularly useful for those moving to a new city or country.
Price | Free to see, pay to message $29/mo
Perks | Many filters to sort through profiles with
Best For | Those with a conscious lifestyle
For those who are looking for partners who want the same healthy, happy and balanced lifestyle they strive to achieve try the MeetMindful app. The MeetMindful app prioritizes common interests like spirituality, yoga, travel, and healthy eating with authentic profiles. After signing up, users are then asked to fill out a profile before seeing matches in your geographic area. In the first 2 days, users are given a chance to try the premium subscription to see all the perks the app offers such as advanced filtering and the ability to send messages.
3. Coffee Meets Bagel
Price | Free to use, premium option available ($35/mo)
Perks | Curated matches each day
Best For | More authentic connections
This app aims to take away the traditional judgment based on pictures first. Coffee Meets Bagel will give a limited number of matches each day and every day at 12 PM, you’ll receive new matches from an algorithm designed just for you. The app curates your interests and geographic information. With the emphasis firmly on quality, the app has more users seeking serious relationships or authentic connections.
Price | Free to see, $39.99/mo to message
Perks | Multitude of gender/sexual identities, specific niche
Best For | Womxn and queer people
HER is a dating platform aimed specifically at queer womxn. Whether you are lesbian, femme, trans, fluid, or queen, HER has possible partners for you. For years, queer women were not represented on online dating apps like Tinder and Grindr. In response to the lack of representation, queer womxn Robyn Exton created the app that now has more than 3 million users around the world. Users also have the ability to report profiles made by straight men or straight couples, and the app also has inclusive sexual and gender identities.
Price | Free to see, $4.99 to start
Perks | Women rate men, specific niche
Best For | Plus-sized men & women
WooPlus is a relatively new dating app. It is aimed at plus-sized men and women. The app was created after a viral Tinder experiment featuring girls bigger than their photos. The WooPlus founders wanted to introduce a safe space for curvier users. Those with fetishes are strictly banned to ensure the space remains safe and comfortable for those who use the app.
Price | Free to see, pay to message ($57.95/mo)
Perks | Personality test, easy to navigate
Best For | Over 55+ community
This one is specifically aimed at anyone over 55. SilverSingles is a mature online dating community made specifically for those looking for a partner in the prime of life. After signing up, users take a personality test to find matches near you. The app offers plans for one, three, and six months. It allows users to flirty basic communication for free and then paid opportunities to send messages.