The Top Columbus Dating Apps & Sites for 2021 (Our 9 Favorites)

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With so many options out there how can you find the best dating apps in Columbus? You don’t want to waste time trying every single app, but you also don’t want to miss out on finding “the one” if that’s what you’re looking for. We took the guesswork out of it and tried over 150 dating apps for you!

Our team of experts has narrowed it down to eight of the best Columbus dating apps and sites. Wherever you are in Columbus, whether you’re Downtown, in the Discovery District or Uptown, we’ve got the perfect app for you.

Raya features

#1 – Raya (iOS) is one of the best dating apps in Columbus for "elites"

Raya is the best place to meet local celebrities or other so-called "elites", if you’re also one. Celebrities can include people like movie stars, singers and the like. But it can also be top-level executives or high-profile singles. Raya bases your celebrity status on your Instagram following. You need a minimum of 5,000 followers, but the more you have, the better.

As Raya is meant for celebrities, there is a detailed application process and you usually need a referral. If you do get approved, however, you can reap all the rewards Raya has to offer.

Why Raya is a great option for stars

  • All sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome
  • Only verified people will be on the app
  • Raya is also great for networking with other high-profile users

What we don’t like about it

  • The application process is long and, more often than not, results in rejection.
  • You need a large Instagram following to get approved.


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#2 - eHarmony (Android; iOS) is the best Columbus dating app for long-term relationships

eHarmony is the best dating app in Columbus for those looking to find a long-term relationship. Many people think online dating is just a place to find flings, but eHarmony is not like that. The site puts each user through a detailed sign-up process and has an amazing track record for actually helping people find long-term relationships. Nearly 70% of people who have been on the app for a year end up finding their future spouse, pretty incredible.

This detailed questionnaire puts off people who are just looking for a fling, so you know your matches will also be looking for something long-term. This also helps eHarmony send you matches that you will actually be compatible with. With over 35 million users on eHarmony (and a ton in Columbus), you are sure to find your match!

eHarmony trial

Why eHarmony is one of the best dating apps in Columbus

  • By far the best results for real relationships
  • Big dating pool, especially in Columbus
  • You receive personalized matches from eHarmony daily

What we don’t like about it

  • You have to answer 80 multiple choice questions to set up your profile
  • Matching is a little slow at first before ramping up



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#3 – Dig is for dog lovers (iOS)

Dig Dates is the app that dog lovers didn’t know they were missing. People always say, “Dogs are man’s best friend” and anyone who has a dog can attest to that. Dig Dates thus helps connect dog lovers who can easily relate to each other.

Using dig dates ensures that you never have to worry about meeting up with someone who won’t love your pet as much as you do.

Why you should download Dig Dates immediately

  • Dig Dates gives you dog-friendly date ideas in Columbus
  • You will receive five curated matches every day
  • Dig Dates is part of the Pledge 1% movement, which supports nonprofit organizations

What we don’t like about it

  • Many of the app’s features are only available on iOS right now
  • The dating pool is limited as Dig Dates is still fairly new



AFF sample screen

#4 - AFF is the best hookup app in Columbus

AFF is the app you need to try if you're not looking for a relationship but still in the mood for a little fun in the bedroom. There are plenty of apps and sites out there that say they can help with this but AFF has been the one that delivers the best results in Columbus from what we've seen, especially for guys.

AFF has two very important things going for it. First, it has a ton of singles using it (over 60 million) and a lot of them are local. Second, the users on this app are VERY engaged and actually want to get together. Unlike other hookup apps (like Tinder) which are mostly filled with women who want attention this app actually delivers.

For those who want something fun and flirty this should be your first option.

Why AFF is one of the best dating sites in Columbus

  • The most popular pure hook up app out there
  • Has been the app that guys are getting the best results with in Columbus
  • Very simple to use and not 100% focused on profile pics

What we don’t like about it

  • You have to signup through their website
  • The design could use an update
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#5 - Hinge is great for getting to know someone (Android; iOS)

Hinge is quickly becoming one of the best dating apps in Columbus thanks to its non-swiping approach. Constant swiping left or right solely based on pictures makes people feel detached from dating. Hinge instead encourages users to match with people by “liking” a specific photo, video or blurb on their profile.

Hinge thus tries to help people make more of an effort in matching as you have to slow down and check out the whole profile first. For this reason, Hinge tends to be millennials’ choice in dating apps for long term relationships.

Why Hinge is one of the best Columbus dating apps

  • The app is user friendly, and your profile is easy to set up despite how personalized you can make it
  • Hinge suggests a “most compatible” person to you every day
  • The free version has plenty of great features

What we don’t like about it

  • No one has to message first as you can select an option to ask your match to start the conversation or vice versa
  • You only get 10 “likes” a day with the free version



Bumble interface

#6 – Bumble is one of the best dating apps in Columbus for women (Android; iOS)

Bumble is an app made for women. Many women on dating apps are flooded with messages that can sometimes be crude and offensive, if not just plain overwhelming. On Bumble, women have more control as they must be the ones to message a man first. This empowers women to make their own choices about who can and cannot message them. Now if that doesn’t qualify Bumble as one of the best dating apps in Columbus, we don’t know what does!

The main catch is that you have to work quickly. Once you match, you only have 24 hours to reach out before the match disappears.

Why you should try Bumble

  • Bumble is one of the most popular apps among millennials now
  • Women have total control over their dating lives
  • The app is super user friendly

What we don’t like about it

  • Bumble’s premise of women messaging men first is irrelevant for same-sex couples
  • Women may not be used to making the first move but have no choice on Bumble



Down user interface

#7 – Down App is the #2 option for casual flings (Android; iOS)

Down is the best app for people who are just looking for flings. People aren’t always so forthcoming about what they’re looking for on dating apps, but with Down, the expectations are clear.

Down is a discreet way to meet sexy singles nearby who are also looking to get into bed quickly. But it can also be used to find dates. If you swipe up, you tell the person you are looking for something serious and swiping down shows that you want to “get down”.

Why Down is worth a shot

  • Your intentions and your match’s intentions will always be clear
  • Down will suggest daily picks
  • Although the app is predominantly used for short-term, it’s still possible to find a relationship

What we don’t like about it

  • You need to sign up using a Facebook account
  • An attractiveness rating is created based on your views and matches



Christian mingle features

#8 – Christian Mingle is the one of the best dating sites for Christian singles (Android; iOS)

Christian Mingle is the perfect dating platform for Christian singles in Columbus. As being religious is becoming less common, especially among young people, finding someone who shares the same values as you can be tough.

Thankfully, Christian Mingle exists to help Christians find their perfect matches. With over 1 million members, finding a match in Columbus is easy, and to make it even easier, Christian Mingle will recommend compatible matches to you daily.

Why Christian Mingle is great

  • Matches are recommended to you daily
  • The paid version is affordable
  • You can also search for matches on your own

What we don’t like about it

  • The free version does not allow users to send or receive messages to other users
  • Christian Mingle’s features are lacking



Screenshots from Loosid

#9 – Loosid is a great app for sober people (Android; iOS)

Loosid knows how tough choosing sobriety can be, especially if your partner doesn’t understand your struggle. They created this app to help those struggling with alcohol and substance abuse find like-minded matches. No doubt it's one of the best dating sites in Columbus if you want to steer clear of alcohol.

They encourage sobriety by offering booze-less dating guides as well as treatment center guides.  So you no longer need to worry about explaining to new dates why you aren’t up for getting a drink on your first date. If you ask us, Loosid is one of the best dating apps in Columbus if you’re in recovery.

Why Loosid is the best app for those looking to stay sober

  • Loosid is great for dating as well as meeting a community of sober people
  • You can join groups or events on Loosid
  • Recovery support and tools are readily available

What we don’t like about it

  • Loosid is still quite new, so the dating pool isn’t big
  • Profiles don’t need to be fully formed to start using the app


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