Tinder Versus Hinge

As the online dating debate rages, many daters ask what’s better Tinder or Hinge? Tinder and Hinge have been around for 8 years, but Hinge has recently gained notoriety after pivoting from a traditional swipe app. Both of these dating apps are extremely effective in landing yourself an online date but they do have their stark differences. This article will take a deep dive into Tinder versus Hinge. 

Dating App – Tinder

Let’s start with Tinder. Tinder has become known as a hookup app, and there’s some truth to that. Many guys may want a quick fix and take it less seriously than Hinge, but if you respect your boundaries and unmatch the thirsty men, you can find your diamond in the rough. 

Tinder Profile Creation 

Tinder allows you to add photos, an about me, job title, company, school, etc.. Pretty basic info to get started. Once you create your profile, you can begin swiping. With Tinder Plus, you can hide your age and distance.

Tinder Plus & Tinder Gold

As mentioned above with Tinder plus you can hide attributes on your profile. You can also adjust your location. Tinder pulls your coordinates based on location, so if you live outside of a major city you will have fewer matches versus changing your location to the major city nearby.

You can also adjust your location when traveling abroad. Change your location one week before you arrive, so you can line up your dates when you arrive. 

With Tinder Gold, you can see who has already liked you. However, it is highly suspect — they don’t show you everyone that liked you, even though they claim they do. When you do see someone that has liked you, you can swipe right on them immediately, resulting in a match. 

With Tinder’s premium pricing, you also get a boost monthly, resulting in up to 10x higher visibility of your profile. You will get a ton of matches especially if you boost your profile on a Sunday night. 

You can also pay separately for a Super Boost, increasing your profile visibility 100x. This will cost you $130 for 12 hours. 

Tinder is making some serious money from its add-ons. 

Tinder Plus Features

Upgrade to Tinder Plus for premium features like: 

  • Unlimited Likes 
  • Rewind your last swipe 
  • 5 Super Likes a day
  • 1 Boost a month 
  • Passport to swipe around the world 
  • No ads 
  • To subscribe, open Tinder > tap the profile icon > Settings > Get Tinder Plus. 

Tinder Gold Features

With Tinder Gold, you get access to all the same features that Plus offers, as well as exclusive access to our Likes You and Top Picks features. 

  • New Top Picks every day 
  • Unlimited Likes 
  • Rewind your last swipe 
  • 5 Super Likes a day
  • 1 Boost a month 
  • Passport to swipe around the world 
  • No ads 
  • To subscribe, open Tinder > tap the profile icon > Settings > Get Tinder Gold.
tinder premium and tinder gold

Swiping on Tinder

Back to the app functionality. As you likely know, Tinder is a swiping app. If you like someone swipe right, conversely if you don’t, swipe left. Once you and your perspective date swipe right, you’re entered into a match where you can proceed to text. 

Dating App – Hinge

Hinge has reverted away from swiping, leading to a lengthy registration process. They try to create the precedent that you must share a ton of info about yourself to lead to high-quality matches. Aside from adding your photos and basic info, they ask for your education level, height, family plans, vices (drinking, smoking, drugs). When filling out this lengthy section you can indicate what you’re looking for on each preference section. These more detailed preferences are for premium users only. You also have an opportunity to highlight your personality by filling in facts about yourself or what you’re looking for. This provides a deeper dive into who you’re versus Tinder which is more surface level, relying more so on your photos.

Below is the difference between Hinge’s free membership versus paid. 

Free Hinge membership:

  • Filters for gender, location, age, distance, ethnicity, and religion.
  • The same curated community of relationship-seekers as Preferred membership.

Preferred Hinge membership:

  • Basic Hinge filters plus additional filters for height, whether someone has children, whether someone wants children, politics, drinking, smoking, marijuana, and drug use.
  • Unlimited number of likes to use
  • Option to see everyone who likes you at the same time in one organized view.
  • Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
  • Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period.

Matching on Hinge

Hinge used to be a swiping app and claim to be a social network for dating now. Justin McLeod, the founder of Hinge claimed to me that they weren’t a dating app, which I totally don’t buy.

conversation with the founder of hinge, justin mcleod

Without swiping you see one profile at a time. You can essentially like one of their photos or one of their interesting factoids in their profile while providing an (optional) comment.

Again, by seeing each dater’s facts and photos laid out one under the next, you get a better idea of who the person is from a personality and value perspective. As a premium user, you can even filter out people that may not be a fit for you, for example, a smoker, etc. 

Once you like one of their photos of facts, they get notified and can like you back. Once you both like each other, you’re entered into a match, similar to Tinder. 

Is Tinder or Hinge a better dating app?

Tinder and Hinge are worthy apps. Tinder has become the quintessential dating app on the market, but Hinge has made a name for itself being known more so as a relationship app. Both dating apps that take a tremendous amount of time to go from swiping to asking someone out on a date. If you’re looking for a ton of matches, Tinder is the way to go. If you’re looking for something more serious and willing to put more effort into each match, stick with Hinge. 

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