This Valentines’ Day in order to help you navigate the deluge of dating apps flooding the market, we’ve picked some that you have never heard of, as well as a few that bring a little something unique to the table. If that wasn’t enough, together with our friends at Mashable and Marie Claire, we’ve brought our expert opinions on accessibility, best intended uses, and everything else in between. Hopefully, your day is filled with more Cupid than Psyche!
The dogpark of online apps is Twindog, a new way to judge people based on their preference for dogs (little dogs v. big dogs can be a real dealbreaker). Big perk here is you don’t have to weed out the “dog people” as you do on Tinder, but instead have a sea of fellow canine lovers in your area to go on dark park dates with. This app is sure to keep you out of the Doghouse!
If you’re one of those people who’s always looking for a concert buddy, cut to the chase with an app that pairs you with the right musical palette. From hunting vinyl to chasing the latest indie artists this app helps you find your jam in your jammies . Tastebuds gives you the option of adding your favorite artists and easy messaging to schedule listening parties for new releases.
Known as the “relationship app,” Hinge focuses on “stories, not resumes” and aims for users to develop real relationships that stray from the typical hookup dating apps. No swipes, but it does match you with your extended network…AKA friends of friends. (Always a bonus matching with your best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend!) All jokes aside, this one is really good (so we hear).
How About We
How About We is one of the best ways to actually get off your couch and meet someone. The meet-cute app is designed to help people offer up activities that they’d like to do with other people, including museum nights, comedy hours, and cocktail meet-ups in your area. There’s also a nifty interactive Date Map that lets you track who is else is vibing in the area and wants to chat/get tacos/hang out at a cafe.
Coffee Meet’s Bagel
Is it as ridiculous as it sounds? Probably, but people are using it. Their tagline is, “Meet your everything bagel today,” and that’s all we’re going to say about that. Like most other dating apps, Coffee Meets Bagel connects you to people you share Facebook friends with. The bonus for this one? The app only lets you see people who have liked you, so you don’t have to worry about “the one that got away” (with a bagel).
Trekkies, Potterheads, Whovians, gamers, cosplayers, and shippers of all fandoms.
Those whose dating lives have to make room for their D&D schedules and would rather talk about Westeros politics than Trump’s tweets might not have as much luck on mainstream apps like Tinder. Cuddli lets you geek out without shame. Users choose icons based on their passions, giving you the perfect icebreaker. Love long and prosper!
Bold ladies who like to make the first move.
Known as the dating app for feminists, Bumble is the Sadie Hawkins Dance of apps where women make the first move. It’s a humbling experience to be on the other end, and we have to give it up to the app for their new “no ghosting” rule, which deletes an interaction if your guy hasn’t replied to your initial message within 24 hours. #LadiesFirst