Hinge Review

Reviewed by
Fiona Eckersley
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Editor Rating
Membership Base
Match & Search
Cost & Prices

The Pros and Cons

Although it’s not one of the dedicated female dating apps, Hinge has proved especially popular with female users. Unfortunately for the men, though, you’ll need to upload six photos to even create an account; maybe that’s what makes it one dating sites with a high female to male ratio!
Messaging is a free feature
Requires verification for all members
Lengthy signup process
Focuses on the serious relationship too much

About Hinge

Hinge was originally released back in 2012, but it didn’t take off much until recent years. Unlike Tinder, this platform bills itself as the “dating app that’s designed to be deleted,” meaning it’s supposed to help the end user find a meaningful, long-lasting relationship. Despite a somewhat slow start, the platform seems to be rapidly increasing in popularity.

Membership Base

It may not have been extremely popular when it was created, but Hinge has come a long way, with over five million people currently signed up for the service. It is especially useful for straight men seeking serious relationships since there’s essentially a match for everyone. Most users fall between the ages of 24 and 32, but there are still plenty of members outside of this age range who use the app as well.

Hinge App Review

If you were thinking of using this service on your desktop computer, we’re sorry to inform you that you’re out of luck (at least for now!). The app can only be used on mobile devices and is currently available for download from both the iOS App Store & the Google Play Store. This works out well, though. Since there’s only a mobile version available, the app is constantly being upgraded and improved, which means you’ll never have an issue with the app.

Costs and Prices

Although a premium membership certainly isn’t required to meet new matches here, it will certainly increase your chances. The biggest advantage of membership is that you can send unlimited “Likes” (and you need to match with someone before you can message them!).
Plans Monthly Cost Total Cost
One-Month $9.99 $9.99
Three-Month $6.99 $20.97
Six-Month $4.99 $29.94

Hinge Special Featuress

Hinge has a unique feature called “We Met,” which allows you to let Hinge know how your IRL date went. It uses this information to recommend higher-quality matches in the future. All the other features are pretty standard – communication, search for matches and safety are integrated in the app without complaints.


As far as online dating platforms go, Hinge is definitely one of the safest around. Not only has it never been hacked into or compromised, but this platform also requires all of its members to verify by phone or email before they can use the platform, ensuring that no fake accounts make it onto the app.

What It’s Like to Use Hinge

Sign Up Process

Sign Up
If you were hoping for three-second signup, you’re about to be disappointed. Hinge prides itself on creating meaningful connections, so it requires all of its new members to complete the “My Vitals” and” My Virtues” questionnaires.
“My Vitals” covers all of your basic information (such as gender, sexuality, and ethnicity), whereas “My Virtues” is a long list of in-depth questions on various topics like drug use and politics. Since you can’t join the platform from Hinge.co (it’s not Hinge.com!), you’ll need to complete these questionnaires entirely on your phone, which is somewhat time-consuming.

Profile Creation

A lot of profile information on this site is provided during the two initial questionnaires, but once those are completed, you’ll still need to upload six photos to the platform and answer at least one written question before you can use the service.
Fortunately, if you don’t have many good photos on your phone, you can import some from Facebook. For the questions, it’s important to remember that your answers will show up on your Hinge profile, so it’s worth putting some thought into your answers so you can showcase your personality.

Searching and Matchmaking

The app will provide you with potential matches, and you can choose to either “Like” them or “X” them. Free members can only send ten “Likes” per day, whereas premium members can send an unlimited amount of “Likes.” It encourages users to complete their profiles by limiting the search filters that they can use until they’ve provided the necessary information on their own profiles.

Contacting Other Members

Once you’ve found someone you find attractive on Hinge and sent them a “Like,” all that’s left to do is to wait for them to “Like” you back. Until they do, you won’t be able to message them. However, once they do, you can enjoy the unlimited messaging back and forth, even if you’re a free member! There is a downside, though: it only supports text-based messages, which means no sharing photos or sending videos in the app.

Experts Conclusion

If you’re looking for a hookup, Tinder is your best option, but if you’re searching for an honest connection, you’ll definitely be better off using this site. We tested every feature during this Hinge dating app review, and we weren’t disappointed. Not only is the app completely usable by free members, but the membership is priced low enough, so it’s actually worth picking up! When the hookup apps get old, and you’re looking for something new, download this application. You’re sure to love as much as we did.


Is Hinge legit?

Yes, it is 100% legitimate! This service has been around for a few years and since then generated nothing but good reviews and happy couples.

Can I send messages for free on Hinge?

Yes, you can message someone to your heart’s content (you just need to match with them first!).

Is Hinge safe?

Yes, this website is safe to use, though (like all dating apps) you should still meet in public for your first date.