The USP: Like Tinder, except once you match, only the ladies can make the first move and say hello.Pros: It means women have an extra barrier against the 'hey hun wanna fuk?? It also means if she's got in touch with you, you definitely weren't an 'accidental swipe', meaning you'll be leaving less of those unanswered hellos that slowly chip away at your soul. Though one minor gripe is that Bumble's algorithm clearly pulls ten of the highest rated profiles to the top of your feed every time you log in.The USP: Gives you the chance to tell your friends (rather than strangers) that you want to sleep with them.Pros: There is a strange thrill in being able to 'swipe' that acquaintance you've always fancied, asking them for a date (up) or telling them you want to sleep with them (down). Cons: It pulls in every single woman who happens to be your friend on Facebook, even if they haven't joined Down yet (your cowardly come on will be waiting for them if they ever do), making it rather pointless.The USP: Their mantra and methodology is explained thus: 'Each day at noon, guys will receive up to 21 quality matches – known as “Bagels”. Then, Coffee Meets Bagel will curate the best potential matches for women among the men who expressed interest.'Pros: A more curated selection than just endlessly swiping through everyone.Cons: The app requires you to give over control over to someone else to decide for you.which might get in the way of sweet conversation.Verdict: This app allows you to eliminate the middleman.If you lack inhibition, Hinge could throw the door wide open.
The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.Cons: If the date goes horribly, there are no assurances you won't bump into her when you're buying milk a few days later. If you actively pursue a date on Hinge, discretion mustn't be an issue – your friends are bound to find out.Also, spend too much time on it and you start getting paranoid you're seeing 'someone you liked on Happn' every time you sit in your local cafe. This means having a handy mutual connection to discuss / slag off when you meet up for drinks.Whether they are honest about it or not, every heterosexual internet dating app out there aspires to be the 'Grindr for straight people'. Pros: The screening process ensures out-and-out perverts are banished, which means everyone wins (except the perverts).The fun and well organised events means membership feels a bit more like a club, and less like pin-balling around a vast galaxy of random singletons.The USP: Endless personality quiz questions that give you a match percentage with would-be partners. If dating apps have an 'atmosphere', then How About We is a pleasant summer garden party where people enjoy polite conversation and no one makes an inappropriate lunge on anyone else until at least 1 am.Pros: You can weed out people with traits or points of view you find simply unacceptable. Cons: Too many basic functions are restricted to paid membership. The USP: It's a huge ocean, with more members than any of the others (around 70 million).It's disheartening how many women have to resort to 'please no sex pests' appendixs on their profile information.Verdict: Easy to navigate, simple and free to use, void of distracting gimmicks. Pros: Easy and efficient to use, you can find a hookup within minutes.Pros: Once you get over the slight stalker complex Happn instils on you by showing women who walked past your front door an hour ago, matching with users within a 250 meter radius is actually quite handy.Chances are you live or work in the same area, so arranging a date becomes a lot simpler.