Calling all singles in Phoenix! If you’re getting tired of the bar scene on Mill Avenue, the Melrose District, or Old Town Scottsdale, we feel your pain. While it’s fun to go down there (sometimes), it can be tough to turn a night out into a meaningful relationship—or even a first date.
The fact that you’re here with us today means two things. One—you already know this (we’re preaching to the choir). Two—you’re curious if online dating might be the answer you’re looking for.
Here’s the short answer to your question—yes, Phoenix dating apps can do wonders to help you find the matches you’ve been looking for without the need to spend every ounce of your free time trying to get your family and friends to set you up or out at happy hours hoping something just magically happens.
Here are the top three Phoenix dating app options we feel do the best job of making these connections in a safe, affordable, and dare we say fun way.
Best Phoenix Dating App Overall
Spoiler alert—no one has life 100% together even though social media might make you think differently. However, there are a lot of Phoenix singles who are actively working toward their goals and achieving the dreams they set out for themselves. If you’re anything like us, you find that as an attractive as heck trait.
And if you’re also like us, those are the kind of singles you want to meet and go on dates with. Enter Elite Singles. While we’ve always been a little critical of the app’s name (because it can falsely give off a snooty vibe), Elite Singles is actually a down-to-Earth dating app designed for singles who have achieved or are actively working towards a better and more accomplished life. Pricing starts at around $45 per month, and some of the features we like include curated matches, more educated matches, and a user-friendly platform available on desktop, iOS, or Android.
The price is a bit higher than some options out there, but this does help to serve as a filter to those who aren’t as serious about finding someone special (even though in the process it probably does cut out a few great people who are on a tighter budget).
In a city like Phoenix that’s home to so many goal-driven singles, major corporations like PetSmart, Banner Health, and U-Haul employing thousands of professionals, and just some down-right amazing people, you can see how Elite Singles easily rises to the the top as the best dating app in Phoenix.
Hispanic Dating App for Phoenix Singles
Chispa actually means “spark” in Spanish (yes, I had to Google that). But what I didn’t have to Google is the fact that Chispa is one of the newest and fastest-growing Latino-only dating apps servicing the Phoenix area. Owned and backed by Match Group (owners of mega apps like Match.com and Tinder), Chispa takes a very “Tinder-like” approach to matchmaking with swipe features, mutual matches, and a bunch of bells and whistles you can pay for to enhance your experience.
Why did we choose this for Phoenix singles? Well, for one, over 43% of the population of Phoenix is Hispanic. And second, even though Chispa is new, it’s coming out of the gate with some pretty strong reviews on both app stores (iOS and Android). The app scored a 4.5 on the App Store and a 4.3 on the Google Play store. While we’re often hesitant of newer apps, this fact alone puts us at ease.
If you’re not Latino, this is not the Phoenix dating app option for you. If you are and you only want to date other Latinos, give it a go.
Best Swipe-Style Dating in the Phoenix Area
Less than 1,000 miles away from Phoenix headquartered in Austin, TX is the home of the next dating app on our list of the best Phoenix options—Bumble. Bumble, known as the “app designed to challenge the antiquated rules of dating” takes the mutual match game to a whole new place.
With most dating apps that you swipe for mutual matches, once a match is created, anyone can start the conversation. On Bumble, though, only women are able to send the first message once a mutual match is determined. Sorry fellas. This is definitely a shake up to how things are traditionally done that has been met with some controversy, but also a lot of love from others.
One thing we really like about Bumble is that the app gives you the option to verify yourself by taking a uniquely requested photo (usually doing a weird pose or gesture) to confirm that you are who you say you are. It’s the ultimate catfish deflector.
Ladies—if you want to try a new dating app where you’re in control (but also have to make the first move), check out Bumble. Men—if you’re cool with having to wait your turn to engage, it’s worth checking out. Bumble won’t be the right fit for everyone, but we know a lot of you out there are going to like the shakeup.
Written By: Healthy Framework Team
The Healthy Framework team has a combined 50+ years of experience in the online dating industry. Collectively, the team has reviewed over 300 dating apps and is known as one of the leaders in the relationship advice and information space. The team’s work has been featured on Zoosk, Tinder, The Economist, People Magazine, Parade, Women’s Health, Her Campus, Fox, and more.