The Best Dating Apps That Aren’t Tinder

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by daniel barna

If you're one of the millions of Millenials who use their smart phones to meet, date, and hook up with other Millenials, then you can probably attest: Finding the right app can sometimes feel just as daunting as finding the right partner. But thanks to the research group Applause, you can now choose which dating app is most likely to help you fall in love, based on their Dating App Quality Index, a comprehensive ranking of the 97 (yes, 97) most popular dating apps.

Tinder, which is considered the OG of dating apps and is largely responsible for making the phenomenon mainstream, ranks surprisingly low on the list, as does Grindr, another old standby that seems to be falling out of favor with love-starved young people. Applause attributes their poor showing to consumers judging the app's quality based on their initial experiences. 

They came to that conclusion by using a simple formula that rates app reviews from Apple's App Store and Google Play, then positions them accordingly. So while Tinder and Grindr rank in the "fair" and "poor" end of the spectrum, OKCupid, happn, and something called Qeep are among the best-reviewed dating apps in an increasingly overflowing market.

Check out a more comprehensive look at Applause's findings here, and commence swiping. After all, Valentine's Day is only a few days away.