Bumble Review – Who the App is and isn’t Good For?

Fact Checked by: Debbie Gutfreund, MA

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If you are a single woman, we have no doubt you’ve heard of bumble. It is the platform that is focused on shifting the antiquated dynamics of dating and handing the power of choice back to women. The main way this is done is by changing the communication rules so that the woman must like a profile before the profile owner can message them and also be the one to initiate (and unlock) the conversation.

Many women seem to love Bumble, but we wanted to know if they are using this one feature as a novelty that lets them ignore other features. If this feature isn’t adding to the app, like for same-sex couples or non-binary singles, does the rest of the app stand up? And what do we make of user reports from women saying the app is just too much work?

Well… Today, we are taking a look at every aspect of Bumble to see if it is truly worth a download. Additionally, we’re going to take a look at whether or not the app is good for men, women, or anyone else across the LGBTQ spectrum. If you’re ready, let’s buzz right into our Bumble reviews.

Who is Bumble Good For? (And Who it Isn’t)

Listen, we have some problems with Bumble and think that they could improve a few aspects of their app. But, overall we are pretty impressed with the platform, the user base, and how well it works. So, yes, Bumble can be worth it depending on who you are.

Here are some factors to look at to help you decide if Bumble is right for you:

Who Bumble Is Good For

  • Women who don’t want to receive unsolicited messages.
  • Those who want a more casual dating app experience without it devolving into a hookup app.
  • Singles that like being able to buy added features a la carte.

Who Bumble Might Not Be Best For

  • Men who prefer to make the first move. 
  • Women who prefer to see a match make some initial effort.
  • Singles who can’t check their matches frequently enough to keep them from expiring (within 24hrs).

Is Bumble Good for Women?

The Bumble app was designed with women in mind. So, for the most part, yes, the Bumble dating app is good for women. The one caveat, though, is that if you’re a woman who doesn’t want the onus of always having to be the one to make the first move and send the first message, it might not be a great fit. It ultimately depends on your preferences.

Though Bumble aims to put women first it’s admittedly not for everyone. So, if you think you’d agree with the other female Bumble users reporting that chasing men is “a lot of work” or even “a burden”, then this probably isn’t going to be the app for you.

Is Bumble Good for Men?

In our opinion, yes and no. Yes because the app is known to attract some higher quality women looking for something a little more serious. However, there are some potential issues. First, the app was designed so that men wouldn’t be able to send the first message, and while the app has recently adjusted it’s stance on men first messaging, some users may still find the “Opening Moves” system less than ideal. Imagine matching with an amazing women only to see the match expire in 24 hours because she didn’t get the first message out in time.

Second, you may run into some jaded women who are on Bumble because they have some issues with men. This is most certainly going to be the minority, but something to be aware of.

Is Bumble Good for LGBTQ+?

The Bumble platform does now allow same-sex matches. However, there’s no rules or standards in place for who gets to send the first message for non-heterosexual couples.

While this is great for the community, it unfortunately now becomes a “normal” dating app for you. So you are still able to make matches but you aren’t really getting the uniqueness of the platform. Given that and the lack of diversity in the gender identification questionnaire, we would say that there are better LGBTQ+ dating apps than Bumble.

Is Bumble Membership Worth It?

If you’ve gone through this section of our Bumble review and think the app sounds like a great fit then there’s a very good chance it is. We think that there is some real value to paying for an advanced membership. But if you are just getting into using a dating app, we recommend signing up for a free membership first. By claiming a Bumble free trial you can try the app for free without ever opening your wallet.

CategoryScore
Quality Matches8.0/10.0
Features7.5/10.0
Ease of Use7.5/10.0
Support8.5/10.0
Cost8.5/10.0
Overall7.5/10.0
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7.7/10.0

Pros and Cons of the Bumble Dating App

Pros

  • Keeps women from being overwhelmed by unsolicited and unwanted messages.
  • Profiles are short and concise, which makes signing up a breeze.
  • Has fun alternative app options like Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz.

Cons

  • Matches are lost after 24 hours of no communication.
  • Unfortunately limited selection of gender identifications when signing up.
  • The cost for paid versions is higher than other similar apps.

Some data about Bumble worth noting at a glance

  • Over 100 million users as of 2020.
  • Bumble is the second most popular dating app in the US behind Tinder.
  • 72 percent of Bumble’s users are under the age of 35.
  • 4.2 star rating and nearly 500,000 reviews on IOS.
  • 3.4 star rating and over 200,000 reviews on Android.
  • Additional Bumble Facts:
    • Site Name: Bumble.com
    • Paid or Free: Free membership with paid features available
    • Average Sign-Up Time: ~ 3 minutes
    • Paid Membership Pricing: Plans starting as low as $30.99 per month

Bumble is Quite Rich in Features

Bumble has a lot of interesting features, but they can be a little confusing to navigate or understand. Let’s take a look through some of the main features and how they are used. 

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Bumble Boost

Bumble Boost is something between a premium upgrade and an a la carte feature. It costs $10.99 for a week of bumble boost, but there are other payment options to extend your boost as well. When you purchase bumble boost you will gain some of the perks under a premium membership including backtracking, extending match time, unlimited swipes, one spotlight per week, and 5 super swipes per week. 

Beeline

The Beeline, which is available with the premium subscription, lets you see a list of members who have liked your profile. This gives you a way to focus on profiles you know will be a match if you also like them. 

Match Extension

Match extension gives you another 24 hours to contact a match before the match expires and disappears. This is available on both a Bumble Boost and the Bumble Premium subscription. 

Opening Moves

As we’ve previously alluded to in this article Bumble is no longer a strictly women first messaging app. This somewhat controversial shift has come in the form of a new feature called “Opening Moves”. This gives men some wiggle room to reach out first, but some would argue it still doesn’t let them “make the first move”. We’ll explain…

Sticking with the brand’s core theme of female empowerment in dating this new feature will allow men to message a woman without first being messaged. However, only in response to a question or prompt selected by the woman.

So, is this undoing decades of progress or a long awaited response to female Bumble users who felt the app was too much work? We’ll let you decide!

Backtrack

Backtrack lets you under your last swipe. This is available on both the Boost and Premium versions of Bumble. 

Spotlight

This feature allows your profile to be featured in other member’s match feeds for a full 30 minutes. It’s a great way to drum up a lot of attention, especially during peak hours.

SuperSwipes

Super Swipes are very similar to Super Likes on Tinder. When you Super Swipe on a user, your profile is shown to them directly and they are informed that you are interested in them. This feature is found on Bumble Boost and the Premium membership.

Advanced Filters

Narrow your searches down in as meticulous a manner as you choose with advanced filters. This feature is only available on Bumble Premium. 

Incognito Mode

This feature is available for premium members. When in this mode, your likes are only shown to members who like you back. This keeps those who did not like your profile from knowing that you liked theirs. In other words, it removes some of the embarrassment that comes along with trying to date online. 

Travel Mode

Travel mode is great for those that plan to move in the future. They let you preemptively match with singles in other parts of the world. 

Will You Find Quality Men and Women?

The quality of singles at Bumble are pretty great when compared to similar, swiping-style apps. This is partially because men who want to send unsolicited messages tend to steer clear of the app, but also because there seems to be a healthy level of safety moderation to prevent scammers from joining.

Bumble Dating App Screenshots - Meet Real People

Here are some other thoughts and anecdotal user reviews we’ve heard about the singles on Bumble:

  • There tends to be more people looking for more serious relationships (unlike with Tinder)
  • You’ll probably find fewer “alpha males” as the lack of the ability to message first is a turn off for this personality type
  • You may run into women who have had a lot of negative online dating experiences and could be jaded
  • Anecdotal reports are that the userbase is older than you would find on a swipe app like Tinder

A Review of the Prices for Bumble Premium

While you do have access to some features for free on Bumble, the real success is often found through the paid upgrades and enhancers. Here’s a quick look at how much those things cost on the app. And if you’d like to see a complete breakdown, check out our dedicated Bumble pricing page for more information.

Membership TypeMembership LengthMembership Cost
PremiumLifetime$229.99*
Premium6 months$99.99
Premium3 months$59.99
Premium1 month$29.99
Premium1 week$13.99
Premium1 day$3.49
Boost6 months$59.99
Boost3 months$39.99
Boost1 month$18.99
Boost1 week$6.99
Boost1 day$1.99
Spotlights1x$4.99
Spotlights5x$12.99
Spotlights15x$29.99
Spotlights30x$49.99

Reviewing Bumble Customer Support Options

Bumble does not have a customer support phone number, which we are unhappy about—but we’re divas. We are pleased to see, though, that they have some options that are a little quicker than sending a canned response in via their website. 

They also allow users to message them on Facebook and Twitter for additional support. There are some websites that list phone numbers for Bumble customer support, but the official site makes it clear that these are fake numbers and you should not use them. 

No! This is a common misconception because of the communication rules regarding heterosexual matches. The idea behind Bumble is to allow women to feel safe while dating online. That being said, there are some men who aren’t going to be huge fans of the platform, which is okay.

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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.