At A Glance
Zoosk is one of the most popular dating sites. Available in over 80 countries and 25 languages, it’s responsible for a wealth of long-term relationships and marriages. A quick sign-up process and easy access to a huge user pool make it a winner, especially among people searching for serious romance.
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps. Launched in 2012, it impresses with a really huge user pool and is responsible for more than 10 billion matches made up to date. While the company claims it addresses all singles, the truth is that Tinder is more suitable for the young and restless looking for short-term romance and hookups.
How to Choose a Dating Site
Choosing a dating site – or service in this case – is a tad more complicated than imagined.
People of different ages tend to prefer different kinds of platforms.
Then, there is user preference and overall site behavior to consider.
The first thing you should weigh in when choosing a dating platform is the type of relationship you’re looking for.
Do you want a one night stand or look for serious romance?
Are you comfortable with never seeing a date more than once or twice? Or would you like some commitment?
In the former case, Tinder is undoubtedly a great choice.
In the latter, go for Zoosk.
We’ll see in a moment.
When looking for a dating site, most users tend to consider availability first. After all, in a game for two, there is no fun when you’re playing alone.
Not surprisingly, both Zoosk and Tinder have international availability.
Zoosk covers 80 countries and is highly popular in the US, Canada, and the UK. It is translated in 25 languages and has a big user pool.
Tinder is currently present in 190 countries and expanding. Not only it has a huge user pool, but according to its statistics, it counts over 1.4 billion swipes a day. One point four billion. Now, if that’s not availability, I really don’t know what is.
|Zoosk||Over 80 countries||Read review|
|Tinder||Over 190 countries||Check it out|
One point four billion. Need I say more? Tinder is undeniably one of the most popular dating apps on the planet. Surprisingly though, it has fewer members than Zoosk. Tinder receives about 10 million visits per month despite having a staggering number of members. Zoosk, on the other hand, has around 25 million visits per month.
The gap might be explained by the huge difference between the platforms. Zoosk attracts singles looking for a long-term relationship or marriage. Tinder is appealing to a younger audience that often looks for one night stands and short-term relationships.
And that’s how the small fish beats the big one without too much struggle.
|Zoosk||25 million||Read review|
|Tinder||10 million||Check it out|
Like you could expect from two platforms that are so different, signing up is equally different on each.
Zoosk offers a straightforward signup process that requires you to fill in your email address, choose a password, and fill out a quick questionnaire. Signing up takes about half an hour, and once you’re done, you have full access to the platform.
Full access doesn’t mean that you can interact with people, though. While being a member is free, chatting with potential dates isn’t. But more about plans and costs below.
Signing up on Tinder is incredibly fast, but the platform comes with one major drawback. You have to sign in with Facebook.
If you don’t have a Facebook account or wouldn’t want to use it for dating, that’s too bad. Sure, you can create a Facebook account, then sign up to Tinder.
Whether you have the account or not, signing up requires 10 minutes tops. That’s why most people love it. After all, if you want to have access to the fun fast, Tinder is the way to go.
|Zoosk||20-30 minutes||Read review|
|Tinder||5-10 minutes||Check it out|
When it comes to features, Zoosk may win the round. Being a dating site created for singles in search of true love, it has a wide range of features developed to help you find the best possible match – Tinder kind of lacks this versatility.
Perhaps the best feature is the behavioral matching that finds you a compatible partner based on your personality.
Zoosk also features a compatibility score function that shows you how compatible you are with a member and has various games you can play to find new matches.
Tinder doesn’t have any of these, but that’s not necessarily a downside. It is a simple app that does what it’s supposed to do. Match you with those you like.
There is no behavioral match, just a match based on your preference. The app doesn’t have a search function, and that could be a drawback; but all in all, it’s a fizzy and fun app to use when you’re in the mood for a hookup. After all, this is how the greatest love stories are born, isn’t it?
|Zoosk||Wide variety of features||Read review|
|Tinder||Multiple features||Check it out|
Quality of Matches
Both Zoosk and Tinder count millions of members, most of whom are genuine. And they both have an excellent quality of matches – it’s just that they aren’t the same quality for all members.
If you’re looking for long-term dating or marriage, you’ll like the quality of members on Zoosk. If you look for one night stands or no-commitment relationships, you’ll find yourself better on Tinder.
Considering that you’re probably tackling the idea of online dating because you want to find a long-term partner, I’m gonna say Zoosk is a whole lot better than Tinder for the purpose.
|Website||Quality of Matches||Link|
|Tinder||Great||Check it out|
Aesthetics and Interface
Both platforms have clean aesthetics and easy-to-use interfaces, but Tinder seems a bit easier to navigate. Perhaps because it has fewer features, but overall, it’s quicker to learn how to use Tinder compared to how to use Zoosk.
User responsiveness is excellent on both. You can expect push notifications on mobile from both apps, but there are a few differences too.
Tinder sends notifications when it founds a mutual match. Zoosk shows you who visited your profile.
I prefer Tinder more on this aspect, as it’s easier to get a notification than checking a website section.
Another nice feature on Tinder is the Two-Way Opt-In messaging system that prevents strangers from sending unwanted messages.
|Website||Aesthetics and Interface||Link|
|Zoosk||Functional and beautiful layout||Read review|
|Tinder||Attractive visuals and easy to navigate||Check it out|
Like most serious dating sites, Zoosk and Tinder are not free, at least not if you want to fully enjoy the website features. While pricing is similar, Tinder knows how to do business better than Zoosk, by offering different prices to the younger audience.
Indeed, Tinder Plus comes at only $9.99/month for people up to 30 years. If you’re 30 or older, you can expect to pay $19.99 per month.
Besides the plus plan, Tinder also has a Gold membership options. Prices, in this case, go up to $29.99/month, but you’ll get more perks.
Zoosk has a sole price plan, which might be okay for most folks but a bit too expensive for younger singles. You won’t have the flexibility to pay less either if you don’t want to use all the services offered by the platform.
|Zoosk||Subscription length||Price/month||Tinder Gold||Subscription length||Price/month|
|Read review||One month||$29.99||Check it out||One month||$29.99|
|Three months||$20.00||Six months||$18.83|
|Six months||$12.50||12 months||$12.50|
Who Is It For?
Simply put, Zoosk if for singles decided to find eternal love. Tinder is for those committed to endless nights of fun, not necessarily with the same partner.
While you can find the love of your life or a hookup on both sites, there seems to be a clear preference of one over the other, depending on what you’re looking for.
Both apps address people of all ages and sexual backgrounds. Yet, Zoosk tends to be more heterosexual-oriented while Tinder is more liberal. Due to the striking differences between the two, it’s hard to decide who wins this round. I’ll call it a tie.
|Website||Who Is It For||Link|
|Zoosk||Straight men and women + LGBT individuals||Read review|
|Tinder||Straight men and women + LGBT individuals||Check it out|
And The Winner Is…
Surprisingly… or not… the winner is (drum rolls) Tinder. It’s fresher, younger, and has a multicultural spirit that we love.
It’s available in more countries, really easy to use, and you can find anything that you want on this easy-going platform.
Zoosk is undeniably a great choice too. If you want a long-term relationship, is probably a better bet.
Ultimately, is down to you.
What are you looking for and which site would you like to sign up to?
Tell me in a comment below; I’d love to hear from you.
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