Hinge vs Tinder – Which One Gives You Most Dates?

Either you’re entirely new to dating apps.

Or you have some experience with Tinder but are curious about Hinge.

The point is, you don’t know what’s best for you.

So today, we’ll pit Hinge vs Tinder and see which app comes out on top.

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Both dating apps give you the option to pay for more features.

Hinge only has one paid membership:

  • One month: $29,99.
  • Three months: $59,99 ($19/month).
  • Six months: $89,99 ($14/month).

What does it give you?

  • View all the profiles that swiped right on your profile.
  • Gain access to advanced features in your profile such as family plans, politics, education, and vices.
  • Unlimited likes.
  • Get more suggestions for profiles that stand out.
  • Ability to buy Roses (super duper likes) and Boosts (get more views for 1 or even 24 hours).

Tinder has three upgrade plans: Tinder Plus, Tinder Gold, Tinder Platinum.

Tinder Plus will run you $8.99 per month if you’re under 30. $19.99 if you’re over 30.

What you get:

  • No ads.
  • Unlimited right swipe.
  • Unlimited rewind swipes.
  • Like profiles around the world.
  • Choose who sees your profile, be shown only to those you have liked.
  • Control your age and distance.

Tinder Gold is listed at $14.99 per month. Over 30? Then it’ll be $29.99.

What you get:

  • All Tinder Plus benefits.
  • See people who like your profile.
  • One free boost per month.
  • Five free super likes per week.
  • Access to all Top Picks every day.

And finally, Tinder Platinum will cost you $17.99 per month if you’re 29 or younger. $39.99 per month if you’re 30 and up.

What you get:

  • All Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold benefits.
  • Your likes have priority, your profile will be seen faster than anyone without a Premium account.
  • Send messaging before matching with someone if you use Super Likes.
  • View profiles you’ve liked in the past week

But is it worth it?

  • Hinge premium is cheaper.
  • Hinge premium offers fewer features.
  • Hinge offers two of Tinder’s best premium features for free.
  • Tinder premium costs more.
  • Tinder premium offers more features.
  • Tinder asks money for features Hinge gives for free.

WINNER: Hinge freemium, Tinder premium.

Making an account

You can build a dating profile on either dating app with your number, email, or Facebook account.

If you have your photos and bio ready, you can be swiping in minutes.

Here’s what it will look like:

  • You download the app onto your phone.
  • You log in 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.

But Hinge and Tinder account creation do have differences.

Hinge demands you upload a minimum of 6 photos and choose three prompts to answer.

Prompts are setups from Hinge to share a little about yourself.

Such as:

Tinder has no such requirements.

But that’s also a problem.

On Tinder, you’ll often find profiles with only a couple of photos and no additional bio or info. Making it hard to start a fun conversation.

Thanks to Hinge’s rules, you’ll never have that problem.

Everyone you’ll find will have a completely filled out profile.

WINNER: Hinge.

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Type of users

This is without a doubt the biggest difference between Tinder and Hinge.

Hinge is built for people looking for a relationship. Tinder, on the other hand, is made for… ehm… everyone 18 and up.

Because Tinder lacks a clear target audience, you’ll find all sorts of people. Which is a two-faced gift.

You’ll definitely find someone who’s right for you, but your search will likely take a long time. And thanks to the superficial Tinder profiles, you won’t know they’re right for you until you start chatting or see each other in person.

Another big difference between Tinder and Hinge’s demographics:

People on Tinder are less emotionally invested.

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.

WINNER: Hinge (if it’s popular enough in your area).

Matching potency

Probably the biggest difference between free Hinge and Tinder:

Tinder lets you swipe right 100 new profiles every 12 hours, Hinge only lets you like 8 profiles PER DAY.

This doesn’t have to be a problem if you have an attractive profile.

8 matches per day is usually more than plenty.

Especially when you consider Hinge’s extensive filtering options:

On Hinge you can pre-screen profiles based on:

  • Age.
  • Gender.
  • Height.
  • Ethnicity.
  • Location.
  • Max Distance Range.
  • Religion.

And if you upgrade your subscription, you get the next filters:

  • Children.
  • Family Plans.
  • Education.
  • Politics.
  • Drinking.
  • Smoking.
  • Marijuana.
  • Drugs.

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 your lifepartner, Hinge tries to bring her to you through ‘compatible matches’.

Still, 8 matches per day is going to suck for you dopamine junkies out there. You know who you are.

WINNER: Tinder.

Separating bad from good profiles

The easier you can recognize someone is good or bad for you, the better. Right?

Nobody wants to waste time if they don’t want to.

What does each app offer users to make their profiles unique and stand out?

Tinder gives users the ability to:

  • Upload photos.
  • Write a bio.
  • Add 3 – 5 passions
  • Share their smoking habits, zodiac sign, or pet situation.
  • Connect their Instagram and Spotify.

Hinge allows you to do ALL the above (not counting Spotify) and answer additional prompts that sit in between your photos. Including a special option, where you can answer a prompt using a voice recording.

WINNER: Hinge.

Odds of matching

Hinge does something differently from Tinder which greatly increases your odds of matching.

The ability to leave a comment while Liking a profile.

Which means you can start the conversation, before matching.

I can’t overstress how HUGE that is.

On free Tinder, all you have to convince her of your worth is your photos and bio.

If that didn’t do the trick, 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.

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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.

WINNER: Hinge.

Best app for hookups

Tinder is better for hookups.

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.

WINNER: Tinder.

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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 still 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.

Tinder is.

The big drawback?

Without good filtering options, 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.

WINNER: Hinge if you live in the city, Tinder if you don’t live in the city.

Hinge vs Tinder: Which is right for you?

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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.
  • Superficial swiping (appearances are everything).
  • Little to no screening options.
  • Many users aren’t that invested in texting (slow texts and ghosting).


  • 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.
  • Relatively small user base, get few matches outside of cities.
  • Not great for one night stands, but more than OK for casual dating.

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.

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

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