If you’ve been looking into the dating app industry lately, you’ve likely heard of Hinge. They talk a pretty big game with their tagline “the dating app designed to be deleted.” If their claim is true, then the real question is—are people deleting the Hinge app because they found love or are they deleting it because they hate it?
We’re going to answer that question once and for all today.
Our Hinge reviews are going to focus on a deep dive into everything Hinge has to offer, by taking a look at what makes them so different from other dating apps, and helping you to decide once and for all if Hinge is legit and worth your time.
If you’re ready, let’s get into it and discuss the things your decision may hinge on (all cheesy puns intended).
Is Hinge Worth It? – The Bottom Line Upfront
What makes the Hinge app interesting is that it’s not really a cookie cutter version of other dating sites with a few small tweaks to try and look a little different. The owners of Hinge (Match Group) really took a swing with the overall layout and the numerous ways that users can interact to try and offer a different kind of online dating experience.
Did they hit it out of the park? It depends on what you like. If you’re someone who subscribes to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, you might find Hinge a bit annoying. The app uses what we call artistic free-flow profiles where all of the text information is jumbled in between the photos. It creates a bit of a story-telling-esque’ where you see a photo and then a little bit of text and then another photo and so on.
If you really like organized order to the chaos of dating, you might not like this. Additionally, if there are things that are major deal breakers for you that you always check first on someone’s dating profile, you’ll be spending a lot of time on profiles that may not be great fits for you.
However, if you’re someone who likes to rock the boat and a little creative chaos is okay with you for the good of the experience, you might think Hinge is pretty legit. It does give off this feeling of slowly getting to know someone instead of just auto-piloting through photos and the profile information.
Again, whether or not Hinge is worth it depends on how you like information (and matches) presented to you. We’ll talk more in the rest of this Hinge review about how Hinge works and some of the unique features offered that may help you if you’re still on the fence about giving it a try.
Some Info on Hinge Alternatives
If the more traditional dating site options sound like more of your speed you’re not alone! There’s a reason most other sites do things a particular way after all. So with this in mind, we wanted to include a few helpful comparisons for you to consider (find links below).
Overall Hinge Reviews Rating
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Pros and Cons of the Hinge Dating App
One of the best ways to figure out if Hinge is worth it for you is to look at the pros and cons. It’s a quick way to see if something stands out as a make or break feature or item that lets you know how to proceed. Here are the major pros and cons of the Hinge app.
- Reinvented the way that you view profiles for a slower-paced, more immersive feel
- Offers several low-commitment ways of showing interest to a match
- Seems to be growing in popularity thanks to the company’s aggressive marketing pushes
- The complexity of the app can make figuring out all the features a bit of a timely process
- The artistic profiles may leave you annoyed trying to find particular pieces of information and also with the time it takes to get yours how you want it.
- Profile load times can be slow and occasionally buggy due to the complexity of some features
- In our Hinge review tests in major cities, it really looked like everyone on the app was a model straight from a magazine. This could be a pro, but it also might be a bit of a turn off depending on what you’re looking for.
Who Hinge Might Be Good For
- Younger singles in the 18-35 year bracket
- Those looking for a more casual dating experience
- Singles who have tried online dating before and want something considerably different
- Singles that want to explore modern and unique dating app features
Who Hinge Might Not Be Best For
- Those seeking a serious commitment
- Singles who like organized dating profiles that they’re used to navigating
- Singles who want to be matched based on personality compatibility
- Those who want to have access to more matches per day
- Android users as the app is reported to crash and be unresponsive on Android devices
Hinge Dating App Review – Table of Contents
Hinge Features Overview
One thing we really like about Hinge is the way they approach dating app features. They are trying to move away from the vague and redundant features of most apps (like super liking—we’re looking at you Tinder) and using a combination or rewording and repurposing to make the online dating process a little happier.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular and impactful features we played around with during our most recent Hinge review. First, let’s look at what features you get with the Hinge free trial and what features you’re going to have to pay to get your hands on.
|See Who Likes You
|Unique Profile Features
|Set Advanced Preferences
|Yes (twice as many)
|Yes (1 per week)
|Yes (1 per week)
Unique Profile Features
One thing we did like from our most recent review of Hinge is that they do allow all users regardless of payment or premium status to use all of the robust and unique profile fields. These include a lot of things that you’re not going to see on other sites like:
- Recording little videos for your profile
- Connecting your Instagram account right on your profile (actually shows photos there)
- Conducting a poll
- Your vaccine status
- Your Zodiac sign
- Unique short answer prompts (pick the ones you want). We included a screenshot below of a few of the sample short answer options available:
Set Advanced Preferences
Want to dial in your matches as much as possible? As a premium Hinge app member, you’ll be able to more aggressively filter your matches by height, children, family plans, education level, politics, drinking, smoking, marijuana, and drug preferences. Free members are only able to set by age, maximum distance, ethnicity, and religion (and even these you can’t set until you complete your profile).
Deal breakers are an advanced form of setting preferences for your matches. If you designate something as a deal breaker (smoking, having kids, etc.) than potential matches that have the deal breaking quality will be strictly removed from your search results. Your standard preferences are a guide for the matching system and you may still see matches from outside your listed preferences, which is why deal breakers are so useful!
Roses are Hinges answer to “super likes.” When you see a profile that interests you, you can give that profile a rose. This pushes your profile to the top of that person’s list so they see you as one of their first match options.
Since this feature provides you a bit of a leg-up against the person’s other matches, it can be a little costly. Each user gets one free rose each week. Beyond that, they cost $3.99 a piece, so you will want to use them sparingly.
Boosting a dating profile is not some new or unheard of dating app feature, but we really like the way Hinge approaches the boosting process. First, they do not show that you have boosted in any way. Instead, you just show up as a match for a lot of people during the hour in which your boost is active.
Secondly, you will see a lightning bolt next to matches that are a direct result of your boost. This transparency is really stellar because it allows you to make an educated decision on whether or not boost purchases are worth it for you.
As you are discovering profiles you will be able to skip those that you don’t like. Where Hinge is a bit different is that they have a safety net for those fast clickers that get ahead of themselves. Accidentally skip an interesting profile? Click the undo button and their profile reappears.
You can only undo immediately after skipping, so this won’t help you if you suddenly want to view a profile you skipped 15 minutes ago.
Standouts is a really interesting feature that Hinge offers. It acts as a prompt board where you can see your matches responses to prompts to get a feeling for their personalities. This is a great way to see beyond the surface level of a match’s profile,
The Quality of Singles at the Hinge Dating App
Alright, this is where we’re going to allow ourselves to indulge in some rumors that we’re unable to confirm except for our anecdotal research on the topic. That we share so you can choose to take this first part with a grain of salt. There are rumors that Hinge only shows you the most attractive profiles when you’re a free member to entice you to upgrade to premium.
Again, we have no way of knowing this is true, but it’s important to at least mention when talking about the quality of the singles on the app. During our anecdotal Hinge app reviews, we definitely saw almost 100% model-quality singles when flipping through our first few sets of matches. Does this mean anything? Absolutely not. Is it possible that everyone on the app is just that dang physically attractive? Not sure.
But check this out. If it is true, that’s okay. That means there are a ton of “regular folk” as well as super attractive singles on the Hinge app, which would be a win. And if it’s not the case and everyone on the app is just that dang good looking—well, that is probably a positive unless you’re someone that is looking for something a little different.
What we did see particularly on our last Hinge review (and this is, of course, anecdotal again) is a lot of singles that put they’re looking for a serious relationship or committed relationship, but the profiles are highly…provocative? In other words, most of the pictures we saw were showing off a lot of skin, which some might say doesn’t quite coincide with looking for a serious relationship.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with showing off what your mama gave you. But we just want to share because part of the quality of the singles on a dating app involves if their intentions line up with their actions. We won’t give our final ruling on that here, but we’ll let you use the information that we’ve provided to make your own judgment call (or just try out Hinge yourself).
How to Sign Up for Hinge
Speaking of trying out Hinge yourself…signing up for an account is actually quite fast as long as you have a smartphone (iPhone, tablet, iPad, or Android). If you don’t have any of these and only have a laptop or desktop, you’re not going to be able to sign up as there is no web-based version available.
As for signing up, all you have to do is download the app, sign up with your phone number (And verification), and you’ll be seeing matches in no time. That’s pretty much all there is to it! You have the option to connect your account to Facebook and/or Instagram, but it is absolutely not necessary.
Pricing | How Much Does Hinge Cost?
As you have probably already figured out because you’re a smarty pants, Hinge is not free. Yes, there is a free trial and free account that do give you some abilities to “get in the game”. However, to get access to all the features (and more of the free features), you will need to upgrade to a paid premium account.
How much does that cost? Glad you asked! Here’s a breakdown of the most recent costs. And if you would like to learn a bit more about what comes with each membership, how you can pay, how renewals work, and how the a la carte features (like roses, standouts, boosts, etc.) work, check out our Hinge pricing guide now.
Customer Support Options
The customer support options at Hinge leave a lot to be desired. If you follow the links to contact support at Hinge you end up on a run around through their limited FAQ section. If you follow the links in this section that specifically say “contact us,” or “technical support,” you will be disappointed to find a page asking you to uninstall and reinstall the app. There is no information about actually contacting customer support.
It does look like Hinge recently added a support bot, but that’s a far cry from actual live support. After some playing around, we did find that if you type “agent” it will give you the option to select an issue and contact support. We’re not able to tell you how effective that response is, though, as we don’t want to be reporting fake issues during our review process.
Hinge Dating App Review FAQ
Can I downgrade my premium subscription to the base option?
Yes. You do this through cancelling your premium membership in your settings. If you cancel in the middle of a month, you will still have access to premium features until the end of said month.
How do I set my search Preferences?
You can edit your search preferences in the settings portion of your app. These preferences will affect who you see in the discover page, but you will sometimes still be shown users outside your preferences. You can also utilize deal breakers, which keeps users with those features from being included in your discover page.
Can I get a refund if my app stops working?
No. You will need to be sure that the app is working properly on your device because you are unlikely to receive a refund even if the issues with the app are beyond your control. This is one of the reasons the majority of users stick with the free profile.
Can I use Hinge for free?
Yes! The majority of Hinge’s users use the free version of the app because it allows access to the majority of features and services. That means you can get essentially the full experience without spending a dime.
Does Hinge live up to its slogan?
User experiences seem to really vary depending on where you live and what mobile device you have. Overall, it does seem that more people are deleting the app out of frustration than are deleting the app thanks to finding a partner.
Written By: Matthew J. 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.
John Baxter Stringfellow is one of the most acclaimed cybersecurity experts in the world. As Healthy Framework’s Chief Cybersecurity expert, John helps the team assess which dating apps are safe to use, which may have vulnerabilities, and how users can keep themselves safe when dating online. John’s impressive array of independent credentials as well as Microsoft credentials include CEH(Master), CISSM, SSCP, CECI, CCIP, among many more. With 20+ years of expertise in securing digital landscapes, John’s expertise helps Healthy Framework readers better understand the safety side of online dating.