Updated 18/10/2017: I recently came across a new app called Traks (Tr@ks) which I reviewed here Tr@ks dating app – a Brisbane start up. Don’t forget to check it out as well.
I know there’s a lot of guys out there that are fed up with the current state of gay online dating so I thought I would review the top 6 alternatives to grindr in my opinion. This post focuses on apps for gay men and to provide a more targeted list I excluded apps that used the term hookup in their write up as I’m focusing on dating here.
My Top 6 Alternatives To Grindr
Surge, previously named lavender, surge seems to be gaining popularity in the last year or so. It’s an exclusively gay tinder, it works on the same principal of matching based on photos before you can chat. There are definitely genuine guys on there, but it also has its fair share of spam profiles.
Meet Market is relatively new app on the scene, with version one only being launched in November 2015. This one shakes things up a bit by allowing users to upload videos along with photos to their profile. What better way to get your message across, potential dates can see you relatively unedited and get a bit of a feel for your personality.
Hornet. Using a similar grid technology to Grindr it shows you the nearest users to you. It has less users than Grindr so chances are you will have a further reach geographically depending on the user density in your area. This could be a Pro or a Con really, I’ll let you decide.
Compatible Partners is an app from eHarmony that is specifically for Gay and Lesbian users. You can set up an eHarmony profile through the app and see daily compatible matches for free, but for most of the browsing and usage you will need to sign up as a paying member, which starts at $24.99 a month.
Mr X – Marketing itself as something different, it claims to be primarily a social network for gay men and is targeted at men over 30. It has functionality built in for liking & commenting on photos plus one on one chat. So far this is the first one I’ve seen that actually accepts remotely like a social network with the ability to ‘follow’ guys plus some pretty decent filter options to find Mr Right.
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VGL, another app that purpotes to be a social networking app, but I just can’t shake the Grindr-esq feel. You can hold public and private photos on your profile and it doesn’t take a detective to figure out what’s behind that locked icon. Though VGL actually has a verified function which aims to eliminate catfishing.
Have you used any of these? let me know what you think of these ones or if there’s a good one that I’ve missed.
Inspiration for this post hit after reading a post by another gay blogger that I follow https://martinpwilson.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/digital-dating-tips-for-your-online-profile/
I should also make it clear that I am not saying you shouldn’t use Grindr, just that from my experience its primary function is not to find a long last relationship.