Review: Coffee Meets Bagel

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Setting up a profile required our testers about 10 minutes, which was the average among the dating services we tested. This involved answering some questions about physical appearance, writing six short sentences about yourself, and then writing three things you want on a date.

OUR VERDICT
Coffee Meets Bagel is a well-designed free app for those looking for meaningful relationships.

FOR
Limit your daily matches, which makes you consider profiles more carefully.
AGAINST
There is no desktop version of the service.

Setting up a profile required our testers about 10 minutes, which was the average among the dating services we tested. This involved answering some questions about physical appearance, writing six short sentences about yourself, and then writing three things you want on a date. A Facebook account is required to create an account, as well as a mobile number. Coffee Meets Bagel uses your Facebook friends to improve your matches because, according to their website, relationships are more likely to succeed if the two people have a mutual friend.

The information displayed on a person’s profile includes their education, work, location, height, ethnicity and many other things. Users can also upload up to six photos to their profile. Names, however, are not shown unless two users like each other. Online Dating can seem dangerous since you never know who is on the other side of the screen until you meet in person, so we liked this extra level of security. In this way, your real name and photos are not around strangers to screenshots and share.

Coffee Meets Bagel has some similarities to Tinder, but is more like Bumble in that women are given the power to respond or ignore their matches. Every day, male users are given up to 21 potential matches for as or pass over. Women in turn can see which men loved them and then decide whether to like them back and start a conversation. Viewing profiles and messaging are both free, but it’s up to the female user to reciprocate a male user. Once two people like each other, both parties can start a conversation. LGBTQ accounts for men and women receive multiple potential matches every day. This is done exclusively on a mobile app, as there is no desktop version of the site.

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Originally launched in 2012, the #LadiesChoice Coffee Meets Bagel initiative did not take place until 2016, according to the site’s blog. The Switch was made because Site research has shown that men like to have a great selection and women are simultaneously more selective and want more control over their dating experience. While women might really enjoy this aspect of the app, we realize that some men may not want to wait for their bagels to please their back. If so, we recommend Tinder.

The app is intuitive and designed to look modern and casual. Your matches are called “bagels” and you are referred to as” coffee”, and this theme is consistent throughout the app. Access to certain features requires the use of “beans” as a currency. You can win beans by doing certain things, like log in every day, or buy them.

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The maximum number of users you can “like ” for free in a 24-hour period is five. This may seem limiting, but we appreciate that this forces you to slow down and carefully consider each profile instead of hurrying through it. With Tinder, you can essentially like every single user you meet, only to end up with an unmanageable stack of matches. In our tests, our three fake profiles averaged three matches and three messages in 24 hours. We also found blocking and reporting inappropriate behavior was easy to access if you need to use that feature.

Remove the profile is easy if you decide to no longer be in the mood for coffee or bagels. This app really seems to satisfy people looking for sustainable, meaningful relationships and does a good job of making the online dating process fun.

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