Either you’re entirely new to dating apps.
Or you have some experience with Tinder, but are curious about Hinge.
Point is, you don’t know what’s best for you.
So today, we’ll pit Hinge vs Tinder and see what app comes out on top.
- 10 Tips that help you pick the best app for you
- How to build your profile if you want hookups
- A dating app alternative that’s good for one night stands and relationships
- The trick to sending texts that always get a reply
- How Hinge can give you more matches than Tinder
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A big factor when choosing your favorite dating app is price.
“Is it worth it to spend my hard earned buckaroos on this?”
To properly answer that question, we need to compare premium features.
Let’s start with Tinder.
A user who bought Tinder Plus gets:
- The ability to set his location anywhere in the world
- Unlimited swiping (otherwise you get 100 likes every 12 hours)
- 4 extra Super Likes per day
- 1 Tinder boost a month (where your profile sits at the top of the swipe stack of every user in your area for 30 minutes)
- Limited visibility (only get seen by people you’ve liked first)
- Control over your age and distance info
- Unlimited rewinds
- No ads
If you go for the highest paid Tinder membership called Gold, you also get:
- Daily curated matches (4 to 10 profiles that Tinder’s robots think are a good match for you)
- The ability to see who liked you
In comparison, Hinge premium gives you:
- Unlimited likes (free only gets you 10 likes a day)
- See everyone who liked you in one glance (free forces you to scroll)
- The ability to filter out people based on their profiles
- Access to Hinge experts who give out dating advice
If you put Tinder and Hinge’s premium features side by side, the verdict seems clear.
Tinder offers way more bang for your buck.
But that’s far from true.
Because Hinge offers Tinder’s two best paid features for FREE: unpaid Hinge shows you who likes you and lets you swipe from any location in the world.
And premium Hinge offers a crucial feature that Tinder doesn’t: the ability to filter.
So when it comes to features, it’s not even close.
Hinge beats Tinder by a mile.
But what about price?
Tinder roughly runs you $9,99 a month if you’re under 30, and $19,99 if you’re over 30. You can get a slightly cheaper subscription if you commit to several months.
Hinge’s highest price, however, is equal to Tinder’s lowest price. A Hinge membership varies from $4,99 to $9,99.
- Hinge premium is cheaper
- Hinge offers two of Tinder’s best premium features for free
- Tinder premium costs more
- Tinder asks money for features Hinge gives for free
When it comes to price and features, Hinge beats Tinder hands down.
#2: How to make an account
Another big part of choosing your dating app is account creation.
“How difficult is the account to set up?”
Just like most swipe based dating apps, registering for Tinder and Hinge is easy.
If you have your perfect profile photos, you can be done in minutes.
Both dating apps have a similar account creation.
- You download the app onto your phone
- You login with your Facebook or phone number
- You verify your number
- Enter basic info like your birthday, name and gender
- Upload your photos
- Fill in some boxes with extra info about yourself
The biggest difference between Tinder and Hinge in terms of account creation is that Hinge:
- Asks you to fill in prompts
- Demands you upload 6 photos
Prompts are setups from Hinge to share a little about yourself.
Hinge wants you to fill in a minimum of 3 prompts.
Which beautifully ties into your 6 photo minimum.
Maybe you don’t have 6 dynamite photos that make you look like the ultimate sexual fantasy.
Not a problem.
Hinge is fine with you uploading a photo of your favorite spot in the world, your Instagram feed, or your most hilarious meme.
Which Hinge confirms with prompts such as:
- “Dating me will look like”
- “Found in my 90s time capsule”
- “How history will remember me”
And many more.
That said, I recommend you have at least 4 photos of yourself where you look like a Greek God.
Because you’re only as attractive as your worst photo.
Anyway, getting ready to swipe in Hinge and Tinder is easy and quick.
This round is a tie.
3: Type of users
This is without a doubt the biggest difference between Tinder and Hinge.
The type of users.
Tinder has hordes and hordes of users.
As of September 2019, Tinder had almost 8 million registered users in America alone.
And Tinder is available in 190 countries, so… Tinder is bustling with users from everywhere.
Which makes it tough to cram everyone into one box.
With so many different age groups, backgrounds, and levels of education it’s impossible to make any bold statements like, “Tinder is for hookups,” or “People on Tinder are only looking for BLANK.”
Truth is, Tinder can be used for anything: making friends, finding a partner or spouse, or casually testing someone else’s bed springs.
That said, there is one thing that I can say for certain about 90% of Tinder users:
People on Tinder are numb.
Whether it’s new matches, funny jokes, witty pick up lines, people on Tinder are just not as emotionally invested anymore.
On Tinder it’s pretty normal to get matched with someone who just doesn’t respond to anything you say.
For many people, Tinder has lost its magic.
Hinge is different.
It’s still newer and more unfamiliar. So people are still curious about what Hinge has to offer.
Which means people on Hinge are far more likely to text back.
Plus, Hinge is “designed to be deleted.” And wants to help its users find a relationship.
Hinge’s commitment to helping you find the One is a huge motivator for its users to stay active and interested.
The short of it?
- For many, Tinder is an afterthought. While every Tinder user secretly hopes they’ll find the one, years of iffy conversations have made people less motivated to give the app their full attention. While Tinder 169% leads to dates and bedroom calisthenics, don’t expect all your matches to be super invested.
- Being new and centered on finding your special someone, Hinge feels exciting and attracts super motivated users. Although Hinge users can be open to something more casual, expect most people to be looking for relationships.
So which of the two dating apps is best for you?
That depends on you.
Do you prefer to date with the prospect of finding a partner? Pick Hinge.
Do you live outside a city? Pick Tinder.
Are you open for anything as long as you can start dating? Pick both.
4: Ten copy pastable lines that work wonders
Dating online is a totally different beast from dating in person.
Suppose you have a blinddate and you just met up.
The best subject to talk about is…
The topic doesn’t matter, because the first few minutes are about shedding nerves and getting used to each other.
So in real life, chit-chat is good. But online, chit-chat is AWFUL.
If you’re going to yap about nothing, you may as well unmatch right away.
Because online, you’re competing with hundreds of other people who are interested in the same person as you!
So if you don’t show that you’re different and cool, you’re out.
You’ll be ignored and have to move onto your next match.
And if you’re like most people, you’ll be boring and ruin your next match too.
And the next. And the one after that too.
Until you learn how to be fun, flirty and exciting.
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5: Best app for hookups
We already touched on this and the answer was simple.
Not because Tinder is known as the “hookup app.”
But because Hinge is designed to help you find a relationship.
Tinder is good for every type of relationship imaginable.
That said, just because Tinder is better for hookups doesn’t mean getting laid is easy.
It’s called “getting lucky” for a reason.
But with the next quick tip, you’ll increase your luck tenfold.
If you want a better chance of hooking up, the most important thing is your photos.
Not so much how attractive you look, but what your photos say about you.
Every image communicates a story. Such as:
- “He’s smart.”
- “He’s friendly.”
- “He’s nice.”
- “He’s sensitive.”
- “He’s masculine.
If you’re using dating apps to get laid, you want to subtly communicate that you wouldn’t be a great partner.
The key word being subtle.
Showing off your chiseled body in every photo while wearing a tanktop that says, “I love anal” won’t do you any favors.
So what do you do instead?
You stay away from any photos that make you look like a reliable cuddly bear who will always give her a shoulder to cry on.
More concrete, stay away from:
- Posing with pets
- Photos of you at a family gathering
- Graduation pics
- Holiday photos like Christmas and Easter
And have more photos of you:
- Doing masculine activities, such as dirt biking
- Showing some muscles (keep on your shirt though)
- With a 5-day long stubble
- Wearing dark colored clothes
Although subtle, following these guidelines will definitely get you more hookups.
6: Best app for a relationship
This answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think.
Despite popular belief, Tinder isn’t just for hookups.
I’ve seen hundreds of Tinder bios that read:
Not interested in ons or fwb
Translation: Not interested in One Night Stand or Friends With Benefits.
Plus, half the people I know who are in a relationship met on Tinder.
Heck, a member of team TextGod actually married one of his Tinder matches.
So to say Tinder isn’t for relationships is wrong.
That said, is Tinder the best for when you want a relationship?
It’s tough to say.
Sure, Hinge is designed to find you your partner.
But because Hinge (as of June 2020) has a relatively small audience, she may not yet have an account.
So if you’re living in the sparsely populated countryside, Hinge probably isn’t your best bet to find a girlfriend.
The only drawback to Tinder, is that it gives you access to people of all ages, subcultures and interests, but NOT a way to filter out your type.
The only way to filter out people on Tinder is by going through someone’s photos, bio and Spotify, and hoping it’s personal enough to get a good impression.
With so little info, you can’t really write someone off without chatting with them for a bit.
In short, finding Mrs. Right on Tinder takes time.
In comparison, Hinge gives you far more information than Hinge through all the different prompts. Of which she’ll have at least 3.
Plus if you buy Hinge premium, you’ll be able to filter out people based on factors like alcohol use, education level, and political views. So that whoever shows up in your swipe stack is closer to your type.
What does all this mean?
- If you live in the city, Hinge will most likely have a big enough audience that includes plenty of women you’d like to date. Because Hinge is designed to help you find your bae, Hinge will probably get you a girlfriend quicker than Tinder
- If you live outside the city, Hinge probably won’t be popular enough for you to find your special lady. But Tinder will be.
TLDR; Hinge if you live in the city, Tinder if you don’t live in the city.
7: Best alternative for Hinge and Tinder
Just because you first thought of Hinge and Tinder…
…does not mean they’re right for you.
Although Tinder is the most popular of the bunch, there are dozens of dating apps to choose from.
Based on your interest in Hinge, I have another recommendation for you.
Like Tinder, Bumble is a swipe-based app: you move down a stack of profiles by swiping photos left or right.
Which gives you the idea that the selection process is pretty superficial.
But unlike Tinder, Bumble gives you lots more information to help you make the right choice.
Outside a brief bio, the dating app also gives you:
- Little icons you can pick to show if you have cats, if you have a graduate degree, what you’re looking for, etc. Plus, Bumble lets you filter out people based on these badges. Free members can pick a maximum of 3 filters.
- Prompts that appear between photos. Such as “My super power would be…” or “After work you can find me…”
Although it seems insignificant, these extra nuggets of information really do help give you a better idea of who you’re staring at.
But this isn’t even what makes the dating app stand out.
What Bumble is most known for, is empowering women.
On Bumble, women text first.
Which doesn’t exactly mean that men no longer have to break the ice. (When women text first, they rarely serve the conversational ball so that it’s easy to hit back.)
But empowering women does attract a totally different audience.
A better audience.
Compared to Tinder, women on Bumble are generally:
- More invested
- More educated
- More mature
Which leads to far better conversations.
Also important to know, is that women on Bumble are not as focused on relationships as those on Hinge. So less serious than Hinge, more serious than Tinder.
So Bumble hits a nice sweet spot.
That said, there’s one drawback to Bumble.
The feminist dating app’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness.
It probably wasn’t obvious before, so let me explain.
When women text first, that means a match is no guarantee you’ll actually chat.
Until she texts first, all lines of communications are closed.
So you have to wait for her message to talk back and forth.
But that’s not the worst of it.
The woman has to text you within 24 hours, or else you lose the match.
So if you match a girl while she’s distracted with real-life stuff, odds are that she’ll forget to check Bumble and that you’ll lose a match.
Which will happen quite regularly.
Luckily, Bumble is aware of that issue. So the dating app gives you one chance to extend the text window with another 24 hours.
Giving her 48 hours to reply.
In short, Bumble is a nice blend of Hinge and Tinder.
- It has a large audience (although smaller than Tinder)
- Free options to filter out your type
- High-quality women
8: Biggest difference between Hinge and Tinder
The biggest difference between the two dating apps says a lot about which is better for you.
Your daily ‘likes.’
Tinder lets you like up to a maximum of 100 profiles every 12 hours.
Hinge, however, only gives you 10 likes a day.
(Going paid gives you unlimited likes.)
Why does the amount of likes you get reveal what app is best for you?
Because it gives you a taste of the app experience.
Tinder involves lots of swiping, getting lots of matches, and texting to dozens of girls at the same time.
Hinge involves selective swiping, getting a couple of matches, and texting a few girls that meet your standards.
So Tinder uses the shotgun approach and Hinge the surgical approach.
Which explains why Tinder barely has no screening options (outside: gender, location, distance, and age) and why Hinge does.
On Hinge you can pre-screen profiles based on:
- Max Distance Range
And if you upgrade your subscription, you get the next filters:
- Family Plans
Label any of those preferences a dealbreaker and you won’t ever see them.
A super sweet timesaver.
Even when you’re not actively searching for Mrs. Right, Hinge tries to bring her to you through ‘compatible matches’.
Tinder offers a similar service, but only if you buy their premium Gold package.
According to Hinge, the ‘Most Compatible’ matches are 8x more likely to go on a date with you.
While I can’t be sure if that’s true, I do know that Tinder’s similar service is absolute horse shit. Read my article and I’ll tell you why.
So let’s get back to our question, Hinge vs Tinder.
Which app better suits you?
If you have a clear idea of what your ideal partner looks like, Hinge’s filtering options will save you hours of swiping and texting matches you’d never want to date.
If you aren’t sure about what you like and you don’t mind sinking in lots of time into dating, Tinder will get you much more dates and steamy bedroom adventures.
9: How to send texts that always get a reply
Once you match, Tinder and Hinge are almost identical except for 1 thing.
Sending the first text.
Let me explain by looking at Tinder.
Tinder is clear-cut.
You swipe her right. She swipes you right. It’s a match. You can both text each other.
Hinge is slightly different.
Although the same applies to Hinge, the relationship app adds 1 super useful dynamic…
The ability to text while Liking a profile.
What the heck does that mean?
Let me show you.
Check out the next Hinge screenshot.
If you can pull your eye away from the cute girl, I want you to look at two icons.
The small heart in the bottom right of the photo, and the big black X in the bottom left of the screenshot.
Hit the X to dislike a profile and continue to the next in your stack.
Or hit the heart and you can like the profile PLUS, and this is the important part…
Leave a comment on her photo which can act as your first text.
Which means you can start the conversation, before matching.
I can’t overstress how HUGE that is.
On Tinder, all you have to convince her of your worth is your photos, bio and a Super Like. (A Super Like basically says, “Of all the girls on here, you’re special.”)
So if she doesn’t like your photos, you’re shit out of luck.
But Hinge gives you the opportunity to show off your epic personality before matching.
So even if she’s not super into your photos, but does love your comment, she may like you and text you back.
So let me give you an idea of what Hinge comments look like.
Although the above screenshot didn’t show it, you can leave a comment on every girl’s photo and prompt.
Which makes breaking the ice easy.
Just scroll through all the photos and prompts and see what triggers a good response in your head.
What counts as a ‘good response’?
Let me show you what I mean with another screenshot where I respond to the prompt, “We’ll get along if you have a dark sense of humor.”
Warning: not for the faint hearted.
Is your lunch still inside your stomach?
Then let me show you how she replied.
That’s the power of a strong opener.
Because it was personal, different, and exciting I was almost guaranteed a reply.
Plus, the conversation easily got rolling.
The point to remember?
Tinder wouldn’t have given me the option to blow her away with my opener, unless she would have liked me on the basis of my photos.
So Hinge makes it a thousand times easier to match with girls.
10: Hinge vs Tinder final verdict
The moment you’ve all been waiting for.
Or the moment you instantly scrolled to.
Hinge vs Tinder… who wins?
Let’s tally up the pros and cons.
- Hugely popular and active dating app
- Amazingly diverse audience
- Quick account creation
- Free is enough to get you dates
- Casual expectations make it good for hookups
- Also good for relationships
- Tinder Passport is great premium feature
- Works incredibly well for finding a relationship
- Tons of screening options to speed up the process
- Prompts make Hinge more personal
- Comment system increases odds of matching
- Gives almost all of Tinder’s paid features away for free
- Users are very active and invested in texting back
- Quick account creation
- Cheap premium subscription
- Small user base, get few matches outside of cities
- Not great for hookups
So what’s the verdict?
Hinge beats Tinder in almost every conceivable way, except for audience size.
Which is its biggest downfall.
If Hinge grows in size and Tinder doesn’t step up its game, I don’t think Tinder will stand a chance.
That’s almost the end of Hinge vs Tinder.
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