Coffee Meets Bagel limits the number of profiles you can view at one time, forcing you to consider the profiles you do see more carefully. It’s also marketed as a ladies choice app, which means women must initiate contact with a match first.
Setting up your profile is fast and only requires a few quick facts about yourself and your appearance. After you write six phrases about yourself and three phrases about what you like in a date, you can start using Coffee Meets Bagel. There is no desktop version of this dating service, though, so you have to have a smartphone, Facebook account and cell phone number to use it.
A Facebook account is required because, according to the website, matches are more successful when two people have mutual friends. The app accesses your list of friends to do this but won’t post anything to your page, so there’s no need to worry. This dating app uses “beans” as currency. You can earn beans by logging in often, by purchasing them or by completing certain tasks like using the app’s Photo Lab. You then use beans to unlock special features in the app and to “like” other user profiles. The service gives male users 21 curated matches every day that they can either like or pass on. The women, in turn, get to see which men have liked them and decide whether to like them back. If they do, the matched pair can then chat for free. In our tests, the maximum number of profiles we could like before running out of beans was five a day, which we would think keeps most people from being flippant about their matches.
In our tests, our accounts got an average of three matches, which was rather low compared to other services we tried. The messaging feature also has a seven-day time limit for conversation between two people, which kind of forces you to decide whether you want to take action on that potential love connection.
- The fact that it limits your daily matches makes you consider profiles more carefully
- Names are private until you and another user both like each other
- Setup asks you what you like in a mate
- There is no web version
- You cant like an unlimited number of users in one sitting
- It is advertised as women choice app,which might be unappealing to some men
Coffee meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is a well-designed free app great for people seeking meaningful relationships.
Setting up a profile took our testers about 10 minutes, which was average among the dating services we tested. This entailed answering some questions about physical appearance, writing six brief phrases about yourself and then writing out three things you want in a date. A Facebook account is required to set up an account, as well as a cell phone number. Coffee Meets Bagel uses your Facebook friends to improve your matches because, according to their website, relationships are more likely to succeed if the two people have a mutual friend.
The information displayed on a person’s profile includes their education, job, location, height, ethnicity and several other things. Users can also upload up to six photos to their profile. Names, however, are not shown unless two users mutually like each other.
Online dating can seem dangerous since you really never know who is on the other side of the screen until you meet in person, so we liked this extra level of security. This way, your real first name and photo aren’t floating around for strangers to screenshot and share.
This app really seems to cater toward people looking for sustained, meaningful relationships and does a good job of making the online dating process fun.