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10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020 (no paid reviews)

You will be surprised to see the list…

Disclaimer: Before we dive deep in, let me first acknowledge, this article is unlike others with paid fake reviews, I have not added any affiliate links to any app or website, what’s described below is purely a byproduct of my own personal experiences.

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There are a lot of dating sites in Ireland, but in 2020, unless you are thinking of browsing your potential matches while still being seated on your office chair, dating sites are obsolete and useless, unless they are accompanied by mobile apps no one really visits them over the availability of a wide variety of dating apps out there.

For me personally there is more than one category when it comes to dating and depending on your purpose of dating in the first place is what determines what app to choose from.

First, you need to focus on figuring out what your purpose of dating is and then you’ll decide what tools to choose from in order to get the job done:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

Now that we have discussed the reasons and depending on your reason for a relationship its crucial that you select the right tool for the right job and that is finding the right partner based on your relationship needs.

Choosing the right site can be tough, it can also be the biggest determinant factor between your success VS failure. Here is my top list of most useful “Dating Apps” in Ireland.

#1. MATCH APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

These days everyone seems to think if you are paying for a membership, it means you are serious about settling down. But you might also be way too eager to find your significant other if you’re paying to get dates, especially when there are tons of free dating apps available.

Match.com claims to be responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than almost any other dating site not just in Ireland but in the world, does that mean Match.com is better than any other app out there? The answer is No! They are however good at finding you a match if your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

With the above goals in mind, Match.com are so confident that they’ll find you a suitable love amongst their thousands of Irish members that they offer a guarantee: Find someone special in 6 months or else get 6 more months for free.

If so, you can’t go wrong with match.com app there is a whole list of forms to fill as they really put emphasis on things like what you’re into, your height, your beliefs and a whole bunch of other things than just a physical attraction alone, therefore people who are serious about relationships and commitments tends to go down that route of filling those up. So those who are seriously looking for a relationship aren’t afraid to pay a few bobs if that’s what they must do in order to meet their match.

#2. EHARMONY APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Just like Match.com the eHarmony is also a dating app for people looking for serious relationships. After the initial long-winded signup process when you finally get to browse the profiles they look really detailed, like a fancy CV designed by a graphic designer. You even have the option to put your favorite TV programs, music, sports, and more on your profile, and some people appreciated that they allow the personality to be the main focus. So feel free to download and check them out of your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

eHarmony claims to have helped more than “600,000+ couples tie the knot and counting,” its because their matches are based on a deeper level of compatibility, not likes and dislikes. Are they into resolving conflict in a similar fashion? Are they both romantics at heart? Are they both working? Are they both outgoing? Are they both into watching movies? Are they both into eating healthy? Are they both into exercising? Are they both into keeping fit? Are they both into the same belief system, or tolerant if their partner had other beliefs or was atheist? so on and so.

eHarmony is also a paid service and rightly so, those who are looking to meet likeminded potential partners wouldn’t mind paying their membership fee.

#3. OKCUPID APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Two of my colleagues at work met their spouses through OkCupid, I was shocked when they told me that. I decided to join and my last relationship also came from OkCupid, as a matter of fact, I’ve been on OkCupid, on and off, for roughly the last 8 years.

Just like the in-depth profiles you see on Match.com and Eharmony, Ok Cupid is no different when it comes to user profiles, they are much more in-depth than most dating apps and if you answer a seemingly endless series of questions, they will spit out a reasonable Match/Enemy percentage ratio on profiles to help you gauge compatibility.

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

However, they made some significant changes to their platform the last year and now OkCupid is a bit more like Tinder and Ello.ie, focusing more on swiping and taking out the ability to message a user without matching with them first. You can still send a message through but it just won’t be visible to your recipient unless you match. Who doesn’t love sending a thoughtful message to someone who might never see it? 

When it comes to dating apps I am a huge fan of double opt-ins, I only want to hear from people that I am interested in and those who I am not interested in I wouldn’t want to hear from or read their messages. Considering that, its a great feature.

#4. TINDER APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Although Tinder is made and catered towards the younger generation, think of it as the TikTok of adult dating. Having said that, I must acknowledge that there is a fair share of middle-aged to older people that uses tinder as well but not nearly as many as the younger people, tinder is a fantastic app if your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

Nevertheless, it’s not to say people have never found someone genuine they later married and have children but its rare, there is a lot of talk on the internet mostly from women not being able to find someone they want to have a longterm relationship with, and profiles with bio “not into one night stand, not looking for a hookup” is rather common but Tinder is an app used mainly for hookups.

#5. ELLO.IE APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Ello.ie was launched on the 23rd of August 2019, therefore, it’s relatively new to the dating market and because “it’s only available to download for singles in Ireland” you will only see locals on their apps. Don’t let this put you off they claimed to have hundreds of users signed up to their app and using it. 

I would recommend Ello.ie App if your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

With that being said, it’s important to keep in mind that my recommendations are based primarily on my own dating app experiences as a woman living in Dublin Ireland.

#6. HINGE APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Hinge focuses on common connections that you and a potential partner share on Facebook and in fairness that is just as great as the judgment of your friends and family, use it for your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratching (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

Obviously, most of us are trying to find and meet new people especially those that far removed from our everyday lives. The app also asks to fill out their questionnaires which helps them to match you with better connections and that’s a plus for the majority of serious relationship seekers out there.

#7. BUMBLE APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Bumble is actually “Tinder for women with a mix of added scarcity.” You see their ads while walking around the city center if you live in Dublin. Bumble requires women to message first and if the guy doesn’t message back within 24 hours, he loses the potential match. Because that’s the one thing my love life was really missing…  time limits.

I understand their timer is designed to encourage contact, and some people really do appreciate that feature. But those who procrastinate and in fairness Irish are well known for possessing this quality, that is the biggest deal-breaker for Bumble, sometimes people simply just don’t have time to dive into a conversation right away, use it if your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6)

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

Also because women must message first, Bumble tends to fall on a bit of the feminist side lacking dominating alpha males. Bumble also has a BFF feature, but that’s really not the focus of these 10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020, so I’ll save it for another time. 

#8. POF APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

No doubt there is plenty of fish in the sea and proof is in the POF app. Although I found this popular app to be full of people who are:

# POF Veterans (on the app for years, don’t ask me why)

# Married/Committed People

# Single Mothers & Fathers

# People With Tons of Baggage (usually requires several 28 wheeler trucks to carry)

# Unattractive (without the snapchat filters)

# Jobless (without an actual job or life purpose)

I think these are enough for now if you have any more to add feel free to contact me and I will do the honor as long as they are accurate and to the point. This app, however, can be used for the following relationship goals.

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

You cannot use POF for your ego boost because people will simply send you messages and if they don’t hear back from you they will know you’re on the app for a tease and that will set them off. Other than that POF is used for all sorts of purposes by a wide variety of people despite its shady and bad quality reputation. 

#9. BADOO APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

Badoo offers several features, enabling users to chat with other people. When they first sign up, individuals select whether they want to meet new people to date, chat or to make new friends. Users can chat, match with others, upload photos and videos, as well as share their interests and see any friends in common.

I have used Badoo and met people from there, I’ve become really good friends and no sex ever happened. So it can be used just to make normal friends. I personally found the quality of people on Badoo to be a lot better in comparison with POF that houses the most dysfunctional people.

Feel free to use Badoo for the following relationship goals.

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

You will also come across people from all sorts of nationalities and backgrounds so feel free to explore the diversity of people and personalities if you’re open to it.

#10. HAPPN APPS

10 Best Online Dating Apps In Ireland 2020

This app has a fair share of its usage in Ireland, it matches you with people who are either physically around you or happen to be nearby. It’s a good concept and helpful for people who want to come across someone in a more organic setting. I installed and used the app since July, That said, I’ve personally not met a single person who actually uses the app.

I remember within the first few hours of signing up, Happn welcomed me with 24 users it said I had crossed paths with, even though I hadn’t left my place all day or perhaps it was people walking past my house or in the bus/taxis, use it if your relationship goals are:

1. Itch Scratch (no strings, pump and dump)

2. Friends With Benefits (it’s like the 1st point with the possibility of doing it again)

3. Ego & Instagram Followers Boost (no commitment, no intentions of meeting, with or without sex, attention seekers)

4. Rebound (when you are in need of distraction, with or without sex)

5. Casual Relationship (this is one step before settling down and starting a family, like point 6) 

6. Ready to Settle Down and Start A Family (seriously looking for someone)

It might be helpful if you’re looking to date a guy/girl next door, but I struggle to see why this is much of a catch when its rivals like Tinder already show the distance between you and other users. Frankly, if I saw a handsome guy in a coffee shop, I’d rather just approach him than check if he uses Happn.

The app caters to people who don’t want to use online dating apps but who also don’t want to approach people in real life, so it seems.

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