At A Glance
Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the first dating apps geared towards women and a great starting point if you’re after long-term romance. Launched in 2012, it boasts a rather young pool of members and caters to singles worldwide. Similar to Hinge, it tends to use your Facebook profile to find you the right matches, and it focuses on getting you offline as quickly as possible. It is a great choice for women, but shier men could also find it a great starting point in the online dating world.
Bumble has become one of the world’s most popular site since its formation in 2014. This revolutionary app was founded by Tinder’s co-founder, Whitney Wolfe, who left Tinder to launch this amazing platform that’s also geared towards women. Since it was founded by the same person, Bumble shares numerous features with its sister app, Tinder, and is ridiculously easy to use. This women-friendly app has gained over 12.5 million members worldwide.
How to Choose a Dating App
Choosing a dating app is never easy, particularly when you’re a single woman concerned about safety. Bigger players, such as Match or eHarmony tend to be all-round platforms that put user safety before anything.
But if you’re not feeling like investing huge amounts of money in finding a partner, perhaps picking a free yet women-friendly dating app could be a better idea.
Do you want a long-term relationship or look for casual dating?
The former is ideal if you’re looking for a long-term commitment.
The latter could be a great choice for finding a partner, but many people on it look for casual dating too.
If you don’t know which to pick, let’s have an in-depth look at each app in this head-to-head comparison.
Both apps have excellent user pools, and they are both available in many countries, but Bumble appears to lead. The site is accessible in almost all continents, covering about 20 countries. Coffee Meets Bagel also has international coverage but is only popular in a few countries. This means you stand no chance of finding a partner on this platform if you don’t live in the USA, UK, Australia, China or Canada.
Bumble enjoys much more popularity than Coffee Meets Bagel. That is one conclusion we can’t argue about. It is at this moment I wish to name my first-round winner in this head-to-head competition. Bumble.
|Coffee Meets Bagel||Popular in 5 countries||Read review|
|Bumble||20 countries||Read review|
The popularity of a site typically depends on the number of countries it covers, but not always.
Despite covering 20 countries, Bumble only receives about 900,000 visits per month from its 11,000 weekly users. Even though women are the key drivers of relationships in this site, there is a very minute difference between the number of men and the number of women on the site.
One crucial factor that one needs to put into consideration when choosing this site is its availability in your area. If you reside in the rural areas, you are likely to spend months or years finding a match on Bumble. Remember, online daters are selective, and where you live is one significant determinant. Primarily, most online dating users live around the city irrespective of the site they're using.
Coffee Meets Bagel might be popular in five countries only, but it counts over 7 million visits. That’s quite impressive, to be honest. Perhaps the key is its women-empowering approach and the fact that it focuses on finding you a long-term match.
Regardless of the reason, the truth is that Coffee Meets Bagel wins this round, and our head-to-head competition is now a tie.
|Coffee Meets Bagel||7 million||Read review|
Winner: Coffee Meets Bagel
The sign-up process for both sites isn’t rocket science. It will only take you a few minutes to sign up. Any tech-savvy individual can sign up comfortably within 15 minutes. The apps are also safe as they do not ask too much personal information. Bumble has a straightforward process due to its long list of countries and vast members. Both Bumble and Coffee Meet Bagel ask for education, work, and other general information.
It is difficult to tell which site is easier and faster to sign up, so I have to call this a tie.
|Coffee Meets Bagel||10-15 minutes||Read review|
|Bumble||10-15 minutes||Read review|
When it comes to features, Bumble seems to be more vibrant. Coffee Meets Bagel has general features due to its massive user pool. Any single member from 18 to 50 years can use the app comfortably. Premium members of both sites can enjoy great features to help get a perfect match, but Coffee Meets Bagel has chat rooms, it can import your pictures from Facebook, has messenger notifications, and even a poke feature. This round, Coffee Meets Bagel wins. Claps!
|Coffee Meets Bagel||A wide range of features||Read review|
|Bumble||A wide array of features||Read review|
Winner: Coffee Meets Bagel
Quality of Matches
We don't need to make a comparison based on the quality of the matches. The winner is Coffee Meets Bagel! How did I know? Well, let's be logical. Bumble comes up as an alternative to Tinder. Tinder is known for its pro-hook-ups approach to online dating, and just because only women can initiate conversation on Bumble, it doesn’t mean you’ll find long-term partners there.
On Coffee Meets Bagel, it can happen to find unserious users, but it's rarer. With that said, Coffee Meets Bagel takes the trophy once more.
|Website||Quality of Matches||Link|
|Coffee Meets Bagel||Outstanding||Read review|
Winner: Coffee Meets Bagel
Aesthetics and Interface
Both apps have and use clean aesthetics. The design on each app looks quite basic. Bumble has launched a Bumble Mag—a magazine distributed offline for free for people living in the United States when you request for it. Therefore, without going far into more details, I can confidently give this one a tie. Both apps are great and are doing well as far as aesthetics and interface are concerned.
Both apps win!
|Website||Aesthetics and Interface||Link|
|Coffee Meets Bagel||Intuitive interface||Read review|
|Bumble||Intuitive interface||Read review|
Most dating sites have premiums that come in packages for various perks. The more you pay, the better the services. This is no different for Coffee Meets Bagel and Bumble. However, the payment system is quite different between the two.
Bumble offers the traditional two, four, and eight-month plans. Coffee Meets Bagel lets you buy beans, an in-app currency you can use to buy various perks.
Which one is cheaper truly depends on how well you can manage your in-app funds. For the simplicity of things, I kind of prefer Bumble.
|Coffee Meets Bagel||N° of Beans||Price||Bumble||Subscription length||Price/month|
|Read review||100||$1.99||Read review||Two months||$24.35|
Who Is It For?
Most dating sites have no restrictions on the type of relationship the members can indulge in. However, both apps are geared more towards straight men and women.
|Website||Who Is It For||Link|
|Coffee Meets Bagel||Straight men and women||Read review|
|Bumble||Straight men and women||Read review|
And The Winner Is…
Hard and tough it was, but we got a winner! Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all clap for… Coffee Meets Bagel!
Yes, most of us saw it coming. Therefore, it wasn't as surprising as I wanted it to be. Congratulations on reading through and identifying the winner before I could announce it. That is really motivating.
This app has great features. It is also easy to use. It unites members as it allows people from different countries, with different orientations and ages to interact and find love. Coffee Meets Bagel is an app for everyone.
Well, Bumble is not doing bad itself because it bagged a few points. It also has a strong theme whose aim is to empower women and allow a female-friendly dating site.
Whichever you choose, make sure to let me know in a comment below; I’d love to hear from you.
And before you go, don’t forget to share this article with your girlfriends. Let them know that women-friendly dating sites are a thing now, and these two I featured in this article can be excellent choices.