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Bumble is an app made by one of the co-founders of Tinder.
That sounds promising, but is it worth your time (and money?)
You’re about to find out in the internet’s best Bumble review.
- Is Bumble Free worth your time?
- Is Bumble Boost worth your money?
- Can you actually meet a loving girlfriend or steamy hookup on Bumble?
- 3 Bumble dating tips that will put you ahead of your competition
- The most critical review of all 4 Bumble premium features ever
- My Bumble breakdown video
- Much more…
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About this review
Bumble is a solid dating app where women make the first move. Once two people become a match, the woman has to initiate the conversation. It’s especially useful for people in their late twenties looking for a relationship. There’s a couple unique benefits and drawbacks that will be discussed below.
I’m going to judge the app based on:
- Ease of use
- User demography
- User quality
- Quality of the free version
- Quality of paid premium features
- Competitive edge over other apps (like Tinder)
- Pros and Cons
- + Bonus tips to outsmart your competition on Bumble sprinkled through the article.
Bumble review in 108 words
Bumble is a free dating app that uses the swipe mechanic.
It’s focused on empowering women.
In general, the quality of users is high. The app also allows users to get verified, giving you certainty you’re speaking to the person shown in the photos instead of a catfish.
Some of the free features are Backtrack which lets you redo the last swipe three times per day.
Paid features include Superswipe, Spotlight, Extend, and Rematch. The true value of each of these will be revealed further in this article.
Once a woman has initiated contact, both you and her have the ability to call or video call each other.
Bumble video review
Bumble AKA the female friendly version of Tinder…
…should you use that app, or is it a waste of time?
In this video you get:
- Why you shouldn’t use the ‘extend’ function
- 3 Openers Bumble girls used on me
- How Bumble made me look like a public masturbator
- The type of women you find on Bumble (spoiler: they’re high quality)
- A profile review of a 52-year-old cougar
Check it out here:
PS: Your ears may get somewhat sexually assaulted by the Spanish wind. My apologies, it gets better after a while.
Bumble Dating App Review: is it user friendly?
Bumble did a few things I really like…
…and a few things you will (probably) hate.
Allow me to enlighten you.
Firstly, the app is piss easy to install.
You’ll have it up and running in a minute.
Best thing about making your Bumble account?
The option to get Verified.
Proving to Bumble and all it’s users that you’re real.
Bumble shows you a photo of someone doing a specific pose. You then have to copy that pose.
I had to touch the left side of my head with my left hand.
The app then uses its technology to see if the person copying the pose, is the same person as in the profile photos.
“Looks like the guy in the pink sweater and on the surfboard is indeed the same guy doing the left-hand-on-left-side-of-face-pose.” Said Bumble.
And I was verified.
The little blue tick of realness. People would kill to get that on Instagram.
This is a Bumble feature that Tinder could use to rid itself of its bots and fake accounts.
Other than that, Bumble is very user friendly.
There’s the swipe mechanic and direct messaging that most apps use.
Overall, only positives when it comes to the interface and ease of use.
Now on to a more important part of this Bumble dating site review:
What kind of ladies are you going to run into on the app?
Who’s on Bumble?
No Bumble app review is complete without lining up some stats.
Because a whole lot of people are on Bumble, including your future crush.
With a user base of over 50 million users, it’s safe to say that there are people you like on the app.
Even though less than 20% of its users are female, the odds of running into an interesting woman are good. Remember that on Tinder the man to woman ratio is 9 to 1.
(In the United States there are just below 13% female users on Bumble.)
So who is your average Bumble user?
Let’s look at the type of person you can expect to run into on the app.
Demography of Bumble
After using Bumble for multiple years and in different countries, I noticed patterns in its user base.
You’ll encounter all kinds of women on Bumble, but the average female Bumble user is:
- In her late twenties
- Often looking for something more serious
- Talkative if you have a good profile
Bumble even FILTERS OUT users who don’t fit this profile.
This way Bumble will repel a group of users that is typically found on dating apps like Badoo.
Conversations on Bumble can easily go a bit more in depth compared to many other dating apps. I’ll show you a screenshot example later in the article.
But first let’s answer a mandatory question:
Can you fix dates on Bumble without paying for the app?
Is the Bumble free version worth it? (+tip for more likes)
Short answer – Yes.
But you’ll need to play your cards right.
And that’s just what I’m going to help you do right now.
Some men are losing tons of matching without knowing it.
Even when they’re looking good in their first photo and the quality is high.
The thing they’re overlooking is how Bumble processes your photo.
Here, look at this profile:
What do you think?
Does this person have a good or bad first photo?
If you’re new to online dating, then this can be a hard question to ask.
So I’ll let you in on one of the ground rules for a good profile photo:
Always show your head and torso, but not your legs.
This will is the ideal crop for getting more likes and matches.
That’s why people like this guy:
Can get more matches than they deserve.
The head+torso crop is perfect for everyone that skips legday.
Anyway, I asked you whether or not you think it was a good profile.
The crop is pretty decent.
But let me tell you… you could never know if it’s a good profile or not.
I tricked you.
Because I am across this profile when looking for WOMEN on Bumble.
And the person in the profile is a guy…
That’s because this poor lady wasn’t aware of the fact that Bumble automatically crops your photo for you by zooming in on your face…
…or what they believe is your face.
When I clicked the photo to see more of the profile, this is what I saw:
See that cute girl on the right?
(No, you don’t, because I put a pink rectangle over her face.)
She’s the owner of the profile!
And she’s probably getting swiped left (disliked) a TON because of this photo.
Every guy rapidly swiping through Bumble will have disliked her profile because well… they thought she was a guy.
So when you are on the app, make sure to use a photo of just you as the first picture.
A small tip that can prevent heaps of trouble.
So far for this little dating tip intermezzo.
Further down the article I’ll give you a tip to automatically get more fun conversations.
Now, back to answering the question in the subtitle:
Is Bumble free worth it?
Yes, it is.
Depending on how good your profile is, you can have success on Bumble.
Matches, conversations, and dates are all within reach for someone who knows what they’re doing.
If you’re not shy of spending a few bucks and you want an easier time competing with your fellow men…
…then the next tip of this Bumble review might be something for you.
Let’s have a look at the the cheats you can buy with Bumble Premium features.
Is Bumble premium worth it?
Bumble premium is actually called Bumble Boost.
You can activate Bumble starting at 2.49 dollar/euro per day.
The price goes down if you buy Bumble Boost for longer time periods.
Here’s what you get:
Got too many people interested in you and can’t be bothered swiping?
This feature lets you see everyone who has liked you, compiled in one nice list.
Lost a match and want another chance?
With this Bumble feature you can reconnect with an expires match for another 24 hour chance.
Had a fun match but she didn’t talk to you within 24 hours? Now you can extend the match, giving her 24 more hours to make the first move.
Good looks and an interesting bio don’t quite cut it for you?
With this feature you can set as many filters as you like.
All sounds pretty good right?!
Allow me to give you a more critical opinion of these Bumble features:
See who’s already interested
But unless you have absolutely no time to swipe (which is impossible, we all have to poop sometimes), and have hundreds of girls lined up for you…
…this feature isn’t very useful.
Sure, it’s fun to instantly see who is interested in you. But you would have found out by swiping anyway.
A match expired and you lost her forever?!
Not anymore, just use the rematch function and you can talk to her again.
Wait, what’s that you say?
There is a reason she stopped talking to you in the first place? And by rematching her you only seem extra desperate?
Oh yeah, and she also knows you paid to be able to rematch her.
A very romantic gesture if she already really likes you and for some reason you guys didn’t find the time to text.
So you had a match and she didn’t text you within 24 hours.
Dangit! You’re helpless because on Bumble you can’t speak as a man, unless the woman speaks first.
There goes the woman who could potentially have been the love of your life!
But not anymore! Unlimited Extends to the rescue!
She gets another 24 hours window to chat you up!
Why would she text you now if she didn’t do it the last time?
Did you suddenly become twice as attractive as before?
You probably became 50% LESS attractive as before, because she hasn’t even taken the effort to text you and yet you are begging for her attention with paid features.
You are now the guy in the club that got ignored by a girl and tries a second time by buying her expensive drinks. Ouch.
If for some reason you’re a woman reading this Bumble review, then great!
This feature can save you a lot of time and frustration.
As a woman, you are getting plenty of likes, so filtering out just the ones that fit your criteria can be very helpful.
But, you’re not a woman reading this.
You’re a man, a bro, a dude, a guy, the owner of a mighty phallus that you can helicopter around with pride.
So I’m going to go out on a limb here and have a guess:
Your criteria are rather limited.
If she’s hot, you’re willing to talk to her or instantly go on a date with her.
If you’re not that type of guy, then usually a funny bio and some banter to go with her pretty face, are enough for you to be interested.
So… would you pay to only see women who:
- Are over 6 feet tall
- Are super athletic
- Have a specific star sign (“Sorry baby, I only date scorpios”)
- Have a PhD
- Are alcoholic
- Have 7 dogs
- Don’t smoke
- Want only casual but rough sex
- Never want any children
- Are atheist
- Vote for republicans
You probably wouldn’t, because your potential match pool just got diminished to 0.
Needless to say, I am exaggerating here, but it’s good to think these premium features through before getting yourself a 6 month subscription.
Something I gladly paid on that other dating app… Tinder.
But is Tinder even better though?
Let’s find out in the next tip of this Bumble dating site review.
Is Bumble better than Tinder and other apps?
Bumble has a couple features that its competitors don’t have.
The questions is, do you want to use these?
See, most people are just aware about Bumble Date
But did you know you can use Bumble to make new friends?
Or to link up with business people?
I’m going to be honest with you.
If I need new business connections, I won’t go looking for them on an app designed for dating.
I didn’t test this Bumble Bizz feature. I’m a dating coach, not a LinkedIn guy.
However, I DID test the Bumble BFF feature.
I was in the mood to hang with a fun girl just to have some laughs and maybe do something chill. Noone trying to seduce the other one. Just friends. Laid back.
That lovely idea vanished quickly.
When I set my Bumble to BFF (best friend forever) mode, I saw something I didn’t want to see:
Apparently you have to be friends with people from the same sex.
Too bad. But when it comes to same sex friends, I preach what every rapper preaches:
Small circles. No new friends, all that stuff.
You can only get comfortable enough to helicopter dick with so many people.
Anyway, that’s all I have to share about Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz.
Two more Bumble features to discuss:
Bumble Spotlight and Bumble Superswipe.
Both dissected for you in the next part of this Bumble dating site review
If you’re familiar with Tinder, then this is easy. It’s the Tinder Boost.
If you’re not familiar with Tinder, then allow me to it really simple:
Bumble Spotlight puts your profile on top of the swiping stack for 30 minutes. Resulting in more people coming across your profile.
A useful superpower if you have a solid profile.
If your profile is weak you’ll just pay between 2.33 and 3 dollar/euro to have your profile seen by a lot of people.
But they won’t match you, because you’re having no luck on Bumble.
Does Superswipe sound an awful lot like Superlike to you?
Well, that’s because Bumble’s Superswipe is a copy of Tinder’s Superlike.
By using the Superswipe, the other person will know you really like them. Increasing the odds to get a match.
The price for these is between 1.25 and 1.99, depending on how many coins you bought at once.
Final verdict for men
Do you have one or more balls held together by a sack of skin?
You’re most likely a man.
In which case this Final verdict is of your interest.
In my humble yet always accurate opinion, Bumble is a good app.
It has blessed me with some interesting conversations, good laughs, and great dates.
There’s more civilized women on this app than on dating apps like Badoo or PoF.
I still think that Tinder holds more potential than Bumble.
Definitely for hookups, but also for relationships. Though I have to admit that I see true potential to find a lovely girlfriend on Bumble.
Bumble pros & cons
Bumble review in just pros and cons?
Here you go:
- High quality women on average
- Perfect app for more serious relationships (but also works for casual meetups)
- It can be relaxing to have women make the first move
Women’s first move will generally be very boring. Expect Heys and His. A solution to this in the next tip.
- Only women can text first. That means you can’t use [optin:clickbait=the best opener ever].
- Women only have 24 hours to text you, and you have 24 hours to respond. If either of you isn’t on Bumble during that time, it’s game over.
- Some of the women that don’t initiate conversation would have converted to fun dates if only you could have made the first move.
In the next tip I’ll give you a handy technique that solves most of Bumble’s downsides.
Bumble hack for more success
This tip’s simple trick will:
- Make your matches start a conversation with you
- Stop your matches from sending boring greetings
- Gives your convos a fun vibe straight from the start
Considering that most girls send the most boring openers EVER, this is VERY good news.
This is what your Bumble match will text you 90% of the time:
Aren’t you forgetting something?
But that’s okay. God forgives you for your sins.
And takes matters into his own hands. Time to solve this problem.
Here’s what you can do to get better openers:
Get rid off your factual profile text, and replace it with a compelling CTA.
A compelling what?
A compelling Call To Action.
It’s pretty much an order you give to your reader.
Here’s one you can steal from me and try for yourself:
All women Some women will now send you amazing openers, answering the questions in your bio.
Girls who actually put in some effort, will now open you like this:
Now that’s something you can work with!
As you can see on the bottom of the screenshot, now you have 24 hours to text back.
That’s plenty of time since all you need to do is reply back to her interesting text.
You’re instantly in the middle of an interesting conversation. Whereas if she just sent you ‘hey’, you still have to do all the work.
That’s enough Bumble Review for one day.
You have a good idea what the app is like, and you’re armed with some tips to beat the competition.
Now it’s your turn.
Head out there, make an account, and make me proud!
And most of all, have fun.
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