Most of the others let you view your potential matches without charging, but make you pony up and subscribe if you want to actually reach out to them. Options—letting you pay to boost your ranking in search results, letting someone know that you are really, really interested in him or her or them, or undoing a dreaded left-swipe that was supposed to be a right-swipe—will cost you extra.While the monthly charges for the apps we review here range in price from to more than , most offer a discount if you commit to a long-term subscription such as six months or a year. While some apps may advertise themselves as free, all of them will try to get a buck from you in the end.
If you're a man seeking a man or a woman seeking a woman, you'll want to steer clear of eharmony: It doesn't even give you the option of a same-sex match.
When it comes down to actually putting yourself out there and creating a profile, all apps ask for the basics: name, age, location, a photo, a short blurb about yourself, and (usually) if you can stand a person who smokes. Some apps, like Tinder, value photos over personality.
Others, like eharmony, make you fill out an endless questionnaire before you can even think about browsing for your match.
Dating is hard work, so we did some of the legwork for you by taking a deep dive into seven of the most popular apps.
Check out our brief thoughts on each below, and then click through to read our in-depth reviews.