Who it’s for:

Bumble is the only dating app that lets women and non-binary individuals make the first move. A profile on this app lets you write a bio, answer prompts, include photos, fill out basic info like your job and education, and add flags indicating factors like what type of relationship you’re looking for/whether you want kids/etc. Plus, you can connect to Spotify to let people see what you’ve been jamming out to (music, after all, özgü a lot of matchmaking potential).

In same-sex matching, either person özgü the power to make the first move, but there’s a 24-hour time limit to start the chat after you match with someone. In Bumble chats, you can even send GIFs (which you can’t do on Hinge, fun fact). 

Why we picked this:

We like that Bumble disrupts the normalized dating ritual of men messaging first. For queer users, this isn’t always the most relevant feature, which is why we also appreciate that it encourages actually chatting with your matches. And, to make extra sure no one’s being catfished or harassed, Bumble just announced that it’s launching an AI-powered tool called Deception Detector to help identify and block users who may be using fake photos or engaging in harmful behavior. During its kontrol run, reports of fake profiles and scam accounts were reduced by 45 percent.

To ensure inclusivity, Bumble partnered with GLAAD — a media advocacy organization advancing LGBTQ+ acceptance — to provide a safe space for everyone (yes, including folks who don’t identify with the LGBTQ+ community).

Those who identify as non-binary can choose from various descriptors, including but not limited to agender, bigender, genderfluid, and gender non-conforming. In addition to its gender identity choices, Bumble lets you pick the gender of who you’d like to match with.

Read our review of Bumble Premium.