The 6 best dating apps for people who hate dating apps

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So, you’re over your last relationship, you’ve enjoyed your single time and now you’re ready to start dating again, yay.

The only thing is, the game has changed … big time.

If you want to find your Mr Right or just some fun, you’re gonna have to brave the world of online dating … however much you hate the idea of it.

Rather than looking at your phone with distaste, it is time embrace what is on offer (both with dating apps and potential partners!).

Follow our guide of the best dating apps for people who hate dating apps, and you might find a whole world of fun that you never knew existed.

The 6 best dating apps for people who hate dating apps

1. EHARMONY

eHarmony is No.1 on our list of dating apps for people who hate dating apps for a lot of reasons. It’s THE app if you’re looking for marriage or serious long-term relationships. It’s also brilliant if you’re completely new to online dating because of the slow pace. You have to complete a 30-minute quiz with more than a hundred questions before you can even find a match. There are no in-your-face raunchy pics here and no lame pickup lines (mostly). While you can still have fun with matches if that’s what you’re into, eHarmony is mainly for people who are tired of hookups, playing games and endless swiping. eHarmony claims to use a model to match ‘couples based on features of compatibility found in thousands of successful relationships.’

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $179.85 at $59.95/month
Cost for 6 months: $275.70 at $45.95/month
Pros: Great for the marriage-minded, easy to use for people new to online dating, profiles are packed with information, safe and secure matching, low chances of getting creepy messages
Cons: Questionnaire can be long, no same-sex matching, only paid members can view photos of matches
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: of the slow pace, safe environment and professional approach to finding The One.

2. ELITE SINGLES

Like eHarmony, Elite Singles is a dating app that’s great for anyone new to online dating. Elite’s thorough matching process involves a questionnaire that takes a few minutes to complete. Among other things, the quiz asks you how important it is that your match have certain personality traits, like being marriage-minded. You don’t have to trawl other users either, Elite chooses matches for you. The overall experience is very professional, as can be expected from a site where the typical user is aged 30+ with a college degree. But beware, it is a fairly pricey app.

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $269.85 at $89.95/month
Cost for 6 months: $329.70 at $54.95/month
Pros: Comprehensive personality quiz, targeted for an older demographic (30+), verified profiles
Cons: Expensive, you can’t view photos and send messages without paying.
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: it is easy to use, the matching process is thorough and comprehensive, and the overall vibe is very professional.

3. ADULT FRIEND FINDER

Some women just want a good time with no strings attached. If that’s your ultimate goal, Adult Friend Finder is worth checking out. Signing up is done in minutes and you can go straight to chatting up people and having fun. You can also choose the type of hookup you want (cybersex, swingers, threesomes). Just a warning: everything here is explicit, from the photos to the profiles to the messages … definitely not for conservative folks, but a great way to find a friend-with-benefits or casual sex.

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $118
Cost for 12 months: $350
Pros: Great app for someone who’s just looking for a hookup or friends with benefits. Definitely for the open-minded, not for conservative people.
Cons: Free version has lots of pop-up ads, website layout looks shady
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: it easily connects you with people who are also looking for hookups/a good time.

4. BUMBLE

If you hate dating apps because of the deluge of messages and you’re the type to make the first move, Bumble is the app for you. Bumble was created by a woman and designed to be empowering from the get go. It’s unique in that women have to message the men first. Men have 24 hours to respond or the match disappears. For women messaging other women, either one can respond first. Women who have used Bumble either love this matching process or don’t care for it. Some users reported that the number of matches are more manageable here compared to Tinder and the message quality is higher. For those who have never used a dating app before and want to feel safe online while looking for Mr. Right, Bumble is definitely a must try.

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $66.99 at $22.33/month
Cost for 6 months: $106.98 at $17.83/month
Pros: Empowers women to make the first move, reduced risk of receiving unwanted messages, easy to use even if you’ve never used a dating app before
Cons: Profiles can be very brief and lack information for women to make the right decision
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: you can make the first move, it’s a safe place to meet men, and there’s a low chance of getting creepy messages.

5. RSVP

Great news for people who are new to online dating: The fact that RSVP has been around for two decades (since 1997!) and is the country’s oldest dating platform is a sign that it’s doing something right. It’s super easy to join and meet other singles here. There are 4.42 million members and lots of active users so there are plenty of opportunities to connect and find the one, whether you’re looking for a date or a long-term partner. If you’re still worried, the app gives you safety tips so you can avoid stalkers and other shady people.

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $42 (Standout Membership), $60 (Premium Membership) and $168 (Membership + Stamps), Stamps from $5-15 (Pay as you go)
Cost for 6 months: $84 (Standout Membership), $120 (Premium Membership) and $336 (Membership + Stamps)
Pros: Connects Aussies with other Aussies, easy to use with a good balance of browsing profiles and matchmaking based on ideal partner profiles, large membership base
Cons: Fewer nearby members the farther you are from a city, you need to pay to initiate conversations
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: it makes connecting to nearby singles nearly effortless.

6. ZOOSK

Zoosk is attracting droves of Millennials like Tinder is, but not for the same reasons. Zoosk is a decade old award-winning dating app with a clean, easy-to-use interface and behavioural matchmaking algorithm that works. We like the large amount of users (40 million in 80 countries) and options to promote your profile and improve match compatibility. Even if you’re new to online dating, the app is super easy to use and not intimidating at all. Account setup is a breeze if you already have a Facebook or Google account. No endless quizzes or tedious personality tests either, just answer a few basic questions and you’re all set.

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Free version: Yes
Cost for 3 months: $89.99 at $30/month
Cost for 6 months: $119.99 at $20/month
Pros: Super easy to use, photo verification to avoid fake profiles, smart matching, large active membership
Cons: Only paid members can message you.
If you hate dating apps, you will like this one because: it’s user friendly, safe (verification option) and has a large membership base.

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