Which Gay Dating App is the Best? Grindr vs. Hornet vs. Tinder vs. Blued

The Internet has paved way for a lot of innovations when it comes to communicating with people from anywhere in the world. Along with this development is the rise of dating apps, and as time progresses, dating apps have evolved and catered to people with different sexual preferences.

With the rise of various gay dating apps, we are provided with a lot of options. But which one is the best? I am here to show you some key features and reviews on some of the gay dating apps I have used to help you with that.

I posted a poll on my Twitter account that ran for a week so people can help me decide which among the four Is the best Gay Dating App. With the help of Twitter Pages Bromance Manila, MaleVouge, and AlterPilipinas, a total of 1422 people responded. The results show us that 64% of the respondents think Grindr is the Best Gay Dating App, followed by Blued with 16%, then Tinder with 14%, and the app with the lowest percentage isHornet with only 6% of the respondents voting for it.


That poll could just be a popularity contest for the apps, so I provided more information in this article about the apps to help you choose which app you should use if you’re looking for actual dates online, and not just hookups. Let’s start!


Blued is developed by Blue City Holdings Ltd., and it started as a Chinese gay dating app. You can join the app by signing up, by connecting via Facebook, or by connecting via Twitter.

Among the four apps in this article, Blued is the only one that lets you follow other users, and share status updates, photos, and videos on your profile. The app also lets you send voice messages, pictures, and stickers with anyone from anywhere in the world.

With 27 million users, the app is definitely useful when it comes to socializing with other gay men, which could eventually lead to a build-up of fans from around the world. The recent update of the app introduces a new feature called Blued LIVE! Going live will notify your followers so they can interact with you.

The Adrenalist Writer’s Verdict: Blued is the app for the Social Media savvy gay people who like to share their stories and adventures, and influence the people who follow them. Based on that, I think this app is more catered for those who are looking to build a network of followers more than those who are looking for potential dates. I haven’t talked to a single user who is interested in dating, so that is a little bit of a let-down. The app is perfect for stalking popular guys who might not want to date you and for hunting evasive gay men who truly like to go out on a date.


The most popular among the four gay apps on this article, Grindr is an app that has over 2 million users online from 196 countries every day.

The app’s free features include loading up to 100 guys on a location-based grid, chatting and sharing private photos, customized searches, and saving and blocking users. Its biggest downside is its premium feature that only allows you to view up to 300 guys, however this is also its best factor as it shows you only guys who are nearby.

The app also lets you pick a ‘tribe’ which allows you to choose the group that you most connect to. There are 12 categories to choose from: Bear, Clean-Cut, Daddy, Discreet, Geek, Jock, Leather, Otter, Poz, Rugged, Trans, and Twink.

Grindr also won the award for “Best Mobile Dating App” at the iDate Awards 2011 beating other dating apps such as Zoosk, and LoveStruck.

The Adrenalist Writer’s Verdict: I think the percentage of people who voted for Grindr speaks for itself, and I think it’s fair to say that Grindr is, indeed, the most popular gay app. Others consider it more of a hook-up app because there are a lot of users who prefer NSA. However, it also has a great number of users who are willing to date, and be in a relationship. Based on my experience, I have met a lot of people from Grindr whom I dated afterwards.


Hornet is a free app developed by Hornet Networks Limited. It boasts a number of 7 million users, and Davey Wavey calls it “the App that Grindr should have been.”

The app allows you to have up to four public and private photos to display on your profile in the free version. It also has an Explore feature that lets you find guys anywhere in the world letting you connect with other users that you can mingle with, especially If you’re planning to travel.

The Adrenalist Writer’s Verdict: Hornet’s free features definitely beat Grindr’s. I do hope that the factor that affected my experience is just my geographical location because while there are users who are willing to date, they are usually the NSA types and there are only a few people whom you can take seriously. It’s also a little surprising but understandable that most people in the app aren’t out of the closet. If you’re going to take it from me, the chances of getting a serious date from the users that you chat with on Hornet is less than 10%.


Wait? Is Tinder a Gay Dating App? Let’s just put it this way: There’s Straight Tinder, and there’s also Gay Tinder. By changing the settings in your app, you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Tinder is an app developed by IAC that uses Facebook to cater to users who are mutually interested with each other. That’s right, swiping right doesn’t mean you’ll automatically get to talk to the guy; the other party has to be interested too in order for the magic to start.

Tinder lets you upload up to six photos on your profile. If you’re a free user, it lets you swipe right only to a limited number of people in a day. It allows you to connect your Instagram account to integrate it with your Tinder profile, and it also shows common connections with the people that you’re trying to match with.

Tinder Plus, the premium version of the app lets you use the Super-Like and Rewind feature, as well as the Passport to connect with people from anywhere in the world.

The Adrenalist Writer’s Verdict: Compared to the other gay dating apps on this article, I think Tinder has to most number of decent users. Most of the people I talk to on the app are more interested in making friends and going on dates than the usual hookups. If you’re looking for serious takers, Tinder is the place for you. Having someone to talk to who is mutually interested is the best factor of the app. In my opinion, the chances of getting a real date from the number of matches you have on Tinder is higher than any of the other apps in this article.

Final Verdict

Among the four choices, I think Tinder and Grindr are equally the best, but based on the percentage of people who voted on the poll, plus my experience, we can conclude this article by giving the Best Gay Dating App title to Grindr.

Which Gay Dating App do you think is the best? What other Gay Apps are perfect for finding a date? Share your experience in the comments below!

Header Image: Betsie Van Der Meer via Getty Images Retrieved from Huffington Post.

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