How Plus Size Dating Apps are Changing Online Dating

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If you’ve watched a Romcom anytime in the last 30 years, you probably know how Hollywood feels about plus size people. If you are a BBW or a larger man, you’d better be funny or rich to land a partner. Well, Hollywood has it wrong.

Your weight doesn’t define your worthiness, and the millions of plus sized individuals in happy relationships attest to that. Still, the dating scene can be a little scary when you have a little more to love. Some people never matured past name calling and can make putting yourself out there hard.

So, where can you turn to find other BBWs and bigger men? Good news; you have options. In this article, we’re sharing the best plus size dating apps that are perfect for BBWs and bigger men to find someone special.

WooPlus leads the charge in creating a safe and accepting environment.

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When we say “new” in the dating app world, it usually doesn’t mean in the last few months, as apps that new need more time to even become relevant. But for WooPlus, which was founded in 2015, we certainly consider that new as most of the other plus size app options on this list have been around for decades.

Here’s what we like about WooPlus. First, it’s 100% geared toward BBW dating, which means it should have a much safer, more inviting, and more inclusive environment from the get-go. Second, WooPlus gives you access to all of your matches prior to choosing to upgrade to a paid account. It’s a bit of a try-before-you-buy option, which really ensures you’re getting exactly what you want and expect.

And one thing that’s exciting is the app recently announced that they have reached over 5 million users. Our biggest drawback to the platform for the longest time was the lower numbers of singles on the app, but it sounds like that is no longer something to be worried about. And on top of all of that, WooPlus recently underwent a major overhaul and upgrade, which is something to be excited about.

Large Friends promotes the importance of a safe space in online dating for BBW singles.

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Large Friends has been around since 2002 (over two decades) and has matched thousands of plus size singles with loving, caring partners. The app is intended as a safe dating space for plus size men and women, but you don’t have to be plus sized to join. Instead, you simply need to be someone who is attracted to plus size people, which means if you are plus sized but attracted to thinner partners, you can still find your match on Large Friends.

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In addition to all of this, Large Friends also offers supportive blogs, great first date ideas, and unique matching features to make the process even simpler. As it’s well documented that sometimes being overweight can cause anxiety issues, it’s nice to see these lower threshold matching options to help you gain the confidence to get out there.

Christian Mingle helps to combat cyberbullying through education.

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Christian Mingle is a popular dating app among religious singles, but did you know that its anti-harassment policies and anonymous browsing option makes it ideal for plus-size singles? While we hope that you are never bullied online for any reason whatsoever, it’s unfortunately true that cyberbullying for adults is on the rise. Because of that, any great plus size dating app is going to have to have policies and procedures like this in place to keep you safe.

Enough about the negatives; let’s talk about what’s great about Christian Mingle for BBW dating. First, we’ve found that most faith-based dating apps are much more inclusive than mainstream options when it comes to things like weight and body image. Second, Christian Mingle has over 15 million members, which means quite a few singles of all shapes and sizes for you to mingle (literally) with. It’s also nice to see that Christian Mingle doesn’t have body type as a matching preference that you can choose, which promotes getting to know the whole person.

If you’re a Christian BBW single who wants to find a more serious relationship, you’ll enjoy what Christian Mingle has put together.

Other ways these apps have changed the landscape

Before we send you on your way, we wanted to take a moment to share a few more reasons why we chose to select these options as the best of the best. There are literally thousands of factors we consider, but we wanted to share a few of the ones most important to plus size dating.

The apps offer a safe dating space for plus-size singles.

Plus size dating is all about feeling safe and comfortable in your own skin. While no app can police every single ignorant person, there are apps that do a much better job at it. What you’ll find is that the options we’ve suggested go above and beyond to try and make the experience as welcoming, safe, and inclusive as possible.

The user pool for all these apps are numerous and well-moderated

No matter if it’s a dating app specifically for plus size singles or it’s for singles of all shapes and sizes, one thing is for sure—you better have options. Bigger people don’t just date other people because they’re also bigger. They have the same needs to find someone they match with, they connect with, and shares the same interests and goals. For that reason, these options are ones that come with, well, a lot of options.

Plus-size men and women are both catered to on all of these apps.

Sometimes with dating apps, especially niche apps, they tend to favor one sex or the other. And while this might sound great if you’re on the good side, it’s really not if you’re looking for heterosexual dating. This is why we look for apps that truly take inclusivity all the way across the finish line.

Each app is feature rich without being overwhelming and hard to use.

Everyone deserves a top-notch online dating experience filled with features to help you connect. What you’ll find is that these plus sized apps have robust enough features to help you have success without overcomplicating the process and negatively impacting the experience.

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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.