11 Tasteful Dating Apps For Women

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For all the good and great deeds social media has accomplished by making us all easily connected there’s one thing they, sadly, could never hope to change: People are a*sh*les towards women on dating sites.

It’s simply quite disgusting and tiresome to be a woman looking for smart and stimulating companionship online and be hit on by a very rape-y kind of vibe, sexual harassment-filled comments, and aggressive approaches. And let’s not say anything about the d*ck picks. Save yourself the exhaustion and instead use these dating apps for women that, at least, do a better job at filtering the creeps.

#1 Cheekd

The Cheekd travel product recommended by Lori Cheek on Pretty Progressive.

“One of the biggest struggles for New Yorkers (and I Imagine big city dwellers all over the world) is finding a damned date! We’ve launched an app that immediately connects singles in a 30’ radius (via Bluetooth) and works in a subway or a plane. It helps singles break the ice (and know who else is single) in the REAL WORLD!

If you’re near a potential spark, Cheekd makes sure you know about it. Our new app sets itself apart from other apps because it gives you the option to interact with a match before starting a virtual relationship with the compatible user. After setting up your profile and filters of what you’re looking for, Cheekd will then send you notifications when a potential match is nearby.

Instead of encouraging users to continue to hide behind a screen, Cheekd pushes you to engage in social settings while paying attention to potential matches in the area. Our new dating app gives us the power to light the spark face-to-face first and leave the online talking for later. And because Cheekd uses Bluetooth, it doesn’t require an Internet connection to function.


#2 Panion

The Panion travel product recommended by Melanie on Pretty Progressive.

Panion isn’t a dating app per se. Actually because of this, we highly recommend it at as a tool for women looking for something deeper. Panion allows you to tag your profile with keyword interests, values, and experiences, and to search for like-minded people nearby. Since the platform and the company focus solely on helping you form genuine, personality-based connections, there are fewer creeps, and there’s a better chance you could meet someone you truly hit it off with. Sometimes, without the pretense of expecting a date, it’s easier to leave the expectations aside and just go with the flow.


#3 Her Dating App

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Her – Often called the Grindr for LGBT women, Her is part dating app and part social network. The popular app enables users to like photos of others locally or globally, and connects them to chat if the interest is mutual. Join the close to 5 million lesbian, bisexual and queer people looking to connect around the world and consider upgrading to the premium membership.


#4 Good Muse

The Good Muse travel product recommended by Jonathan Ambrose on Pretty Progressive.

GoodMuse’ is a DJ location app service that helps people discover events based on their individual taste in music.

We could be classed as an alternative dating app as whilst we’re not a traditional dating platform, we do provide an opportunity for like minded music lovers to meet and potentially progress further.


#5 Piña Colada

The Piña Colada travel product recommended by Kati Schmidt on Pretty Progressive.

Piña Colada brings dating back to real life by connecting groups of six like-minded singles over great food in San Francisco’s best restaurants. We have started the business because folks in San Francisco are increasingly tired of using dating apps and are craving real life experiences. Our dinners are open to every age group, sexual orientation, and interest.

We have hosted dinners for all generations. Our youngest user was born in 1996 and our oldest in 1951. The median age is 32 years. Women clearly embrace the concept of Piña Colada: Currently, 63% of signed up users are female.


#6 Icebrkr

The Icebrkr travel product recommended by Kayla Tycholiz on Pretty Progressive.

Building rapport with strangers is hard – it’s even tougher for singles trying to make romantic connections. Developing meaningful relationships through online dating apps adds additional frustrations. Most first contact situations fail because of poor self-presentation. Icebrkr offers real-time coaching to assist them in creating accurate profiles, meaningful conversations and expedited routes to first dates. This is done through an AI chatbot/wingman named “Hootie”. Women, if you’re ready to find a real relationship and take online dating seriously, download Icebrkr today!


#7 Bumble

The Bumble travel product recommended by Celia Schweyer on Pretty Progressive.

Bumble has a similar matching system like Tinder – you can swipe left or right to decide which profile you like and with which user you want to start a conversation with. The big difference: women are in control here.

Once matches are made, women have to make the first step and message the men 24 hours after the match was made, after which the men will reply if they are interested. The navigation is user-friendly and all features are easy to find. The function “Bumble BFF” offers the opportunity to get to know new people besides from dating and find new friends – a great option for people who move to a new city or want to expand their network.


#8 Once

The Once travel product recommended by Celia Schweyer on Pretty Progressive.

Once is a “slow dating app” that was founded in Switzerland in 2015. Contrary to the fast-flowing, swamping online dating usage of other apps, Once decided to provide just one single match per day. This form of personalized matchmaking is to be taken literally here: users do not get matched by complex algorithms, but by a team of matchmakers, that read through your profile and try to find the best fit for you according to your personality.

As soon as your possible partner is found, you will have 24 hours to “crown” him by sending a message – if he or she replies you can chat for as long as you want. Through matching quality you can rate other users profile photos, so the matchmakers would get a sense for your taste of type. Additionally, your Facebook friends can write reviews about you, which broaden your profile information and therefor increase your chances to be perfectly matched.


#9 Coffee Meets Bagel

The Coffee meets Bagel travel product recommended by Celia Schweyer on Pretty Progressive.

Coffee Meets Bagel is a San Francisco-based mobile dating app that was launched by the sisters Arum, Dawoon, and Soo Kang. The app was created primarily to counteract the endless swiping and casual connections that we know from other apps on the market.

Coffee meets Bagel comes along with different features than most apps. One is known as “Ladies Choice”. Every day, male users will receive 21 profile suggestions – called Bagels, hence the apps name. The men have 24 hours to either like or pass on the “Bagels”. Among the men who expressed interest in a female profile, CMB curates the best potential matches for women. Women will then receive 6 matches who have already liked them and can chose which ones they want to connect with. This means, women have full control over who gets to talk to them. In addition, Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the best free dating apps available on Android and iOS.


#10 Feeld

The Feeld travel product recommended by Celia Schweyer on Pretty Progressive.

Feeld is a location-based social discovery dating app that is open for singles, but also for open-minded couples. Feeld offers expanded gender and sexuality options and set up reminders against any form of discrimination and to follow their terms of use, which includes the ban of nudity or other explicit content.

The app is suited for any form of sexuality and offers more opportunities than just straight or gay – an advantage other apps didn’t include in the registration process yet. The number of contact proposals isn’t limited, the app will show you everybody that fits your preferences (of course only if you fit theirs, too). Users can chat after they liked each other – this messaging service is available for all users and without a premium account.


#11 Social Catfish

The Social Catfish travel product recommended by Johnny Santiago on Pretty Progressive.

Social Catfish help people verify if someone they’ve met online is who they say they are and support users who have been affected by online dating scams.


The recommendations of products and books within this article where sourced from industry experts. Their names and websites are listed below.

Who contributed to this article?

Lori Cheek from Cheekd

Melanie from Panion Tech AB

Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

Jonathan Ambrose from Good Muse

Kati Schmidt from Piña Colada

Kayla Tycholiz from Icebrkr

Celia Schweyer from Datingscout

Johnny Santiago from Social Catfish

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