4 Paid Dating Apps That Are Worth It

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If you’re looking for love on a free dating app but struggling to find the right person, it might be time to upgrade to a paid app. Premium dating apps offer additional benefits and a higher success rate to users looking for their partner. GOBankingRates spoke with relationship and matchmaking experts to determine which paid dating apps are worth the investment for your love life.

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Scott Valdez, founder and president of VIDA Select, said the popular paid dating site (and app) Match is generally a good investment for daters over 35.

“Match has a big advantage over other dating sites in that you can search for matches on your own,” Valdez said.

Match, an online dating pioneer launched in 1995, offers a fun but serious approach for those looking for a long-term relationship. Use keywords in your profile to match with users who have similar interests.

If you have a good chat and want to see a live user, Match encourages users to try the Vibe Check feature. This video chat feature allows you to see any eligible Match member in the app and on desktop as long as each member has messaged each other or something similar. Additionally, Vibe Check on Match is free to use. All you have to do is be in conversation with someone.

The league

Emyli Lovz, co-founder of emlovz, says The League is where super-ambitious singles go to meet equally successful people.

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Launched in 2015, The League is a community designed for the overly ambitious. Users can date like-minded people with passion and drive using the app. CEO and Founder Amanda Bradford wrote in the League’s mission statement that the community was built to celebrate smart, outspoken, high-achieving women who put their education and career path first.

Users interested in joining the League can register to become a member and pay for a membership. A paid subscription allows users to increase the speed, quantity and quality of matches. It also supports the League’s mission to continue to act as a selective, high-quality dating community. The common thread is ambition and the will to succeed.


Hinge, billed as the dating app designed to be taken down, is built on the belief that anyone looking for love should be able to find it. The app is aimed at a slightly younger demographic than Match and is available in both free and paid formats. If you find no luck using the free version, you might want to upgrade to the premium version.

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Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking, said she sees high success rates with Hinge because the app focuses on quality interactions. The extra money spent on the app might get you the right match.

“When deciding which paid dating apps are a worthwhile investment, I recommend following the same logic: how many potential matches will I have?” Valdez said. “Hinge has a large number of users and the premium features can save you a lot of time.”

One of these features is unlimited likes. Lovz said Hinge already stands out by only offering 10 likes per day to free users. With an ever increasing number of users, this is not enough. It’s a feature worth having.


Not everyone will be able to enter Raya, a private community and one of the most exclusive dating apps. (Many celebrities and social media influencers are members of the Raya community.) Users can apply for membership and see if they are accepted to connect and collaborate with people around the world.

Trombetti recommends applying for membership and seeing what happens after approval. “If you are approved for the app, I suggest you try it out and pay for the service, because everyone else on the app needs to be verified and pay as well.”

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