At a glance
OkCupid was launched in 2003 and is so far the most popular dating site. It is used in over 100 countries and welcomes all men and women regardless of their sexual orientations, welcoming both straight and members from the LGBT community. It is free to use, making this site to be one of a kind and hence the popularity. The fact that it is free enables young people who are on a budget to enjoy their services and express themselves freely.
Tinder, on the other hand, was founded in 2012, and it is used globally; hence more popular than OkCupid. It is available in over 190 countries and in 34 languages. It attracts both young singles and the older generation for either hookups or long-lasting relationship or rather long-term dates.
How to Choose a Dating Site
Choosing a dating site can be grueling, tiring, and hectic as there are over a hundred dating sites hence one needs to narrow down to their tastes and preferences, and this is the reason, we create a head to head competition to help you narrow down to one that suits you best.
So, what kind of relationship are you looking for?
Are you a long-term or short- term person in terms of relationships?
Do you want casual hookups and friendship, or are you looking for a life partner?
Once you have answered these questions, it becomes easy for you to decide and am here to take you through these two most popular dating sites and ease you down to one that perfectly suits you.
If you are a newbie on the dating site, you might want to use the OkCupid “try before buy” formula as it will appeal to you more.
Basically, both OkCupid and Tinder offer almost the same services as you realize that both are used by the young and restless people, although with Tinder, one may be able to find a life partner. It is hard to say the same for OkCupid as it is a free site meaning that most of the people are young and not on any budget, unlike Tinder, which has both the older and younger people.
Since you have to pay on Tinder, people with fake profiles and scammers are unlikely in this site; therefore, one is assured of safety and also interaction with a milliard of people, and in as much as people use Tinder for casual hookups, there is a high chance you might get your soul mate.
Before we conclude which is which, let's look at both sites and analyze the pros and cons of each and see which one wins against the other.
Are you ready? Go!
Both these sites have a huge user pool, and they are used internationally. These two sites are suitable for romance near you, although there could be limitations, so let's see which one is readily available for you in terms of countries used.
OkCupid is available in over 100 countries, and a vast pool counts in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and perhaps Antarctica. The only countries where OkCupid is not used or available are those where a US company is not allowed to conduct legal business.
As we saw earlier, it is used in over 190 countries, and it is expanding its boundaries. According to its statistics, Tinder registers over 1.4 billion swipes, and that speaks volumes about this site. Compared to OkCupid, it is our winner on availability.
|OkCupid||Over 100 countries||Read review|
|Tinder||Over 190 countries||Check it out|
While availability is vital when choosing a dating site, what matters more is the popularity. This is because there are many dating sites that are available in fewer geographical regions but are highly popular. There is little or no fun in signing up for a site that is only available in your area, yet nobody uses it.
1.4 billion swipes a day on Tinder should win on popularity, don't you think so? Well, let us find out what exactly makes it win or not win.
Tinder is the most popular dating site in the world but has fewer members compared to OkCupid, and Tinder receives about 10 million monthly visits per month in spite of having a staggering number of members. OkCupid, on the other hand, 100 million visits per month. Needless to say, anything the numbers just speak for themselves.
This is explained by the fact that one is a free dating site while the other is a paid one. Not fair, I know, but we have to find a winner. You might think that OkCupid has lots of scammers and people with fake profiles, but I can assure you such people are discovered in less than 10 minutes; hence, it is an excellent site to mingle and interact with other users.
|OkCupid||10 million||Read review|
|Tinder||100 million||Check it out|
As the platforms are different, so is the sign-up process. One is undeniably faster than the other, although both have their own limitations.
OkCupid takes less than 15 minutes to fill in their 15 questions, which are based on your personality and the type of relationship you are interested in. These questions are easy to answer, and they are two-choice answers making it even more straightforward. You may fill in a profile though it's not mandatory.
Once you are through with the signing up process, you can immediately start contacting whoever you want, receive messages, and chat with all members.
The sign-up process for Tinder is a bit different, as you will need a Facebook account. If you don't have a Facebook account and would not need it for dating, then it will be awful. Nevertheless, signing up on Tinder takes 5-10 minutes, which is much faster than OkCupid.
|OkCupid||5-10 minutes||Read review|
|Tinder||15 minutes||Check it out|
These two dating sites have fun features, but as usual, they are different in their own unique ways. OkCupid has all the features you will need to find a compatible match. The platform lets you set your own search parameters. This helps you decide on what kind of relationship you want, from friendship to hookups to casual dating or long-term dating relationships.
Since the site is majorly for casual dates, setting long-term relationship, tend to discourage some users. Despite this setback, expect to find yourself a perfect match.
The best feature in OkCupid is the hot-or-not game, which is fun and meant to help you find a compatible match.
Tinder has fewer features compared to OkCupid. It is quite a fun and straightforward app meant to hook you up with your match. There are no games, and one is matched based on the preferences. This is a downside, but at least it helps you get your match after all, what are dating sites for?
On features, it is a tie.
|OkCupid||Multiple features||Read review|
|Tinder||Multiple features||Check it out|
Quality of Matches
Here again, we ask the common question, are you looking for a long-term relationship or a short-term one? This question comes in handy because the two sites are different in terms of signing up as with Tinder you pay, but with OkCupid, it is a free site.
Being a free dating site, OkCupid’s most members are looking for casual dates and hookups. This does not mean that it has poor quality members; it just means that it would be harder to find a partner who is looking for a long-term relationship.
In as much as Tinder is a paid site, it is also is famous for casual hookups, but compared to OkCupid, I would say you are more likely to find a long-term relationship as the members vary from the young generation and also the fact that it has fewer members.
Both sites provide online dating, which is the whole reason why you would have an account. But if you are looking for something that will last, try Tinder.
|Website||Quality of Matches||Link|
|Tinder||Great||Check it out|
Aesthetics and Interface
The two platforms have clean aesthetics and easy-to-use interfaces, though Tinder is a bit easier to pilot because of its few features. Both apps have excellent user responsiveness.
OkCupid is not outstanding from a visual point of but exceptional in terms of functionality. The app does not stand out as the design of the interface is rather basic. This makes it easy for most users but lets a lot to be desired, especially if you are accustomed to the 21st-century web design.
OkCupid being simple doesn't necessarily mean it is ugly; it just lacks the wow factor.
I prefer Tinder more on this aspect since it is easier to get a notification than checking a website section. Another feature on this site that prevents strangers from sending unwanted messages is the Two-Way Opt-In messaging system.
|OkCupid||Simple yet functional aesthetics||Read review|
|Tinder||Beautiful layout||Check it out|
It is quite easy to decide that OkCupid gets the point in this case, but let's look at its premium membership and determine the winner fairly and squarely with actual figures.
For one to see who has viewed your profile, browsing without revealing one's identity, and also to get extra perks, one needs the premium membership.
Tinder knows how to do business as it has varying prices to the younger audience. Tinder Plus is only $9.99/month for 30-year-old and below. Older people or if you are older than 30, you would have to pay $19.99/ per month.
The site also has a Gold membership option, which is a plus plan for you since you will pay $29.99/month, and you will have the advantage of getting more perks.
If you choose to buy a six-month subscription, then it will cost you less than $10 on OkCupid. Paying on a monthly basis is only $19.95 a month.
Therefore, in this case, even with the extra perks, Tinder is by far more expensive than OkCupid.
|OkCupid||Subscription length||Price/month||Tinder||Subscription length||Price/month|
|Read review||One month||$19.95||Check it out||One month||$29.99|
|Three months||$14.95||Six months||$18.83|
|Six months||$9.95||12 months||$12.50|
Who is it for?
This competition seems to have been quite harsh and am used to finding a winner, but, in this case, these two sites won’t let me have the pleasure as they have a tie. They both are equally good in terms of the features and the interface so they had a tie. In other areas, just like any two different sites offering different services, the sites are quite different yet equally similar.
Simply put, OkCupid is for the young and restless audience, whereas Tinder is of all ages.
Tinder is for the people who are looking for something long-term while OkCupid is for casual hookups and friendship.
While you can find love and hookup on both platforms, there seems to be a clear preference of one over the other, depending on what exactly you are looking for.
Both Tinder and OkCupid are for all people with different sexual orientations; that is, if you are non-binary, queer, asexual, lesbian, gay, or straight, you are eligible to join. Although OkCupid makes it clear and straightforward as you find members in this site are quite clear on their intentions.
So again, in this case, OkCupid gets the point.
|Website||Who is it for||Link|
|OkCupid||Straight men and women + LGBT individuals||Read review|
|Tinder||Straight men and women + LGBT/queer/asexual individuals||Check it out|
And the Winner is…
Surprisingly, our winner in this head to head competition is…OkCupid! I mean it is cheap, has a wide variety of users, has good graphic designs, and has no limitations on who you are communicating with.
It might be hard to find love on OkCupid as the many members that are in the site want casual dating, hookups, and friendship, but who knows what is there for you. You might find love, and since there are a number of marriages that happened to couples who were just hooking up and ended in long-lasting marriages. You might want to take your best shot and who knows!
It has good graphics and is very easy to sign up and unlike Tinder you do not need any payment to get a mate.
Tinder is a good site for you will never lack people to interact with due to its large number of members from different countries.
It all comes down to your preferences and needs of an individual. Therefore choose what really works best and is convenient for you.