Long gone is the stigma that online dating is only for a certain group of people. It is practically accepted by everybody nowadays as something that is normal yet confusing. The real question lately is what is the best dating website out there? With so many options to choose from a can be overwhelming for some.
In my Tinder vs Match article I will be talking about two of the largest dating platforms available to you. Whereas match.com has been around for over 20 years, the popular swiping application tinder has only been here for less than 10. Another popular comparison article is my eHarmony vs match.com comparison.
As I have talked about time and time again on my website, the best dating website for a particular person depends on what they are looking for. Some people are only searching for a serious relationship while others just want casual hookups and far far away from looking for anything serious. So let’s start off with the differences between the average user on each platform.
Tinder vs Match: What are the users looking for?
While tinder has long been proclaimed as the King of all hookup applications, it has recently been accepted as a general dating application. Although overall it is still the most popular application for young adults and is still very popular for people just looking for something casual.
The overall demographic for tinder is late teens to early 30s for the most part. You will find all walks of life on tinder due to the fact that there are literally millions of users that are using. Make sure to read people’s profiles to get an idea of what they are looking for (also lots of people are not honest). Also let people know what you are looking for on the application in your profile biography. Check out this article to see if tinder is fully worth it for you.
Match.com on the other hand is more geared towards people that are looking for something serious. It has a slightly older crowd than that of tinder with the average age being in the 30s all the way up to 50s.
Although the members on match.com are generally people looking for some serious stuff, there are plenty of people looking for casual relationships as well. Due to the fact that both websites have millions of users, you will find literally every type of person on them. Check out this article to see if match.com is totally worth it for you.
Tinder vs Match: Features and capabilities
Tinder is an application in which you choose whether or not you are a guy looking for a girl, a girl looking for a guy or looking for the same sex. Then you are allowed to choose how wide of a radius you are looking for from your current location as well as the age range that you are interested in.
Tinder will then compile a list of people that meet your criteria. You will be shown these potential matches one by one. If you are interested in what you see on the profile image of your potential match, you can swipe right to say that you are interested. Swiping left means that you are not interested and you will not match with a person. When both you and your potential match swipe right on each other, it’s a match and you can begin talking on the platform.
The super like function is available both on the free version of tinder as well as the paid version. It is a feature where you can give somebody what is called a “super like”. This will notify the person through the application that you have super liked them and will put you at the top of the list of people to see.
This feature is great because there are so many users on tinder that there’s a good chance you will never be seen by the the girl or guy that you like. This super like feature puts you at the top of the list and is one of the strongest features for actually getting the match that you would like.
The premium version of tinder gives you five super likes a day and is by far the best feature of the application. The free version you only get one super like a day.
The rewind feature is only a feature for premium tinder users. It basically lets you rewind a bad swipe. Swiping the wrong way on somebody happens all the time and this feature lets you undo that bad decision.
Teleport locations is also a premium feature on tinder. This lets you swipe in any location you would like to around the world. Since Tinder is a very popular application all around the world it can be helpful right before a business trip or vacation to meet somebody in that location. I thought this is a very cool feature and have teleported myself all around the world just to see what type of people are out there!
Match.com works in a completely different way than tinder. Overall it has many more functions and features compared to the popular application. Profiles are much more in-depth and let you know a lot more about the individual compared to tinder.
The mutual match feature is one of match.com’s strongest selling points. The first thing you need to do is develop a strong profile picture with your likes, dislikes and what you are looking for. Match.com will assign you compatible individuals and rate them on how compatible they are. A complete match would be a 100% match which means that they meet all of the criteria you have mentioned.
The reverse match is almost the opposite of a mutual match. It means that you fit all of the criteria of somebody else but not necessarily that they fit all of your criteria.
Communities help bring people together that have common interests such as sports, politics and religion. This is a good way to start meeting somebody.
The daily matches feature lets you get approximately 10 matches a day based on some specific things that you are looking for. It is similar to the mutual match feature of match.com but these profiles only are shown to you for 24 hours before you receive the new 10. This is a fun thing to check on a daily basis.
Search and filter
Their are tons of search and filter features on match.com. This is something that you cannot do on Tinder. With Tinder you are simply shown a stack of people to go through one by one but you cannot search or filter by things like age, height, eye color or interests. The search can be extremely thrilling and you can find some great matches this way as well!
Tinder vs Match: Price Comparison
There is a free version of tinder but it limits you to how many people you can swipe on daily. The premium version of tinder costs differently depending on how old you are.
For individuals under 28 years of age the price for tinder plus is $9.99 a month for a one-month subscription. Unfortunately if you are over 28 years of old (like me) you will have to pay the full price of $19.99 a month for a one-month plan. If you buy a longer subscription plan the price per month decreases.
With match.com there is also a free version of the site but it is basically useless without buying a subscription plan. You are only allowed to do other people’s profiles that you are basically cut off from all forms of communication with the free version.
That being said there are multiple different subscription options for match.com. The most expensive option is the one month subscription plan which cost $35.99 as of the time of this writing. The three-month subscription drops the price down to $19.99. The six month subscription drops the price down to $17.99. The cheapest option is the 12 month option which drops the price down to $15.99 per month. Remember that you will be paying all the months up front for which ever subscription you choose.
Prices fluctuate constantly so make sure to check the website for the most current prices. Check out my article on how much does match.com cost to get the full breakdown of the prices for the UK site as well as the United States/Canada site.
Tinder vs Match: Conclusion
Well that’s about it ladies and gentlemen for my Tinder vs Match article. After seeing all the features, user demographic and price comparisons, which one is right for you?
Remember that Tinder overall is for younger people that are not looking for a super serious relationships. That doesn’t mean that you should Them out altogether because there are plenty of people that are looking for something serious. check out my article on how match.com works here to learn more.
Match.com is more for people looking for something serious and long-term overall. It has tons of features and lets you meet people in all different types of ways compared to Tinder.
Something else that you should note when it comes to Tinder vs Match. Match.com is one of the oldest dating websites and was originally only for the desktop computer. Although they have created an application, there are still more features available to you on the desktop version. The desktop version is also more polished in my opinion.
Tinder on the other hand is the exact opposite. It started as a phone application and has just recently moved to a browser option for the desktop as well. The application is more polished and easier to use in my opinion compared to the new browser option. Is just something to think about depending on device preference.
Let me know what you guys thought about my Tinder vs Match article in the comments down below!