There are so many dating sites and apps available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to start. As an Asian man or black woman (AMBW), it’s essential to find the sites and apps that have the best range of interracial members. All dating sites and apps should, of course, be inclusive, private, and secure.
In this review, I will look at some of the best AMBW dating sites and apps. I will discuss the features, pricing, and security of each site. Hopefully, in reading this, it will give you more of an idea of what’s available, so you can make an informed decision on which is the ideal dating platform for you.
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eHarmony claims that 450,000 couples have found love through their website. They operate a site that is mainly for those looking for serious relationships. Again, eHarmony is also available as an app.
The sign up process involves filling out a questionnaire to determine your personality traits. You then receive what the eHarmony team decides are compatible matches.
This site allows you the most freedom with a free membership. You can sign up, create your account, and view your matches. You also have the option to send ‘smiles’ or pre-written ‘Quick Questions’ to let matches know that you’re interested and start up a conversation. eHarmony also offers a three day trial of the full membership, so you can get more of an idea of the site before subscribing.
A full subscription gives you customizable messaging and unlimited access to the accounts of your matches. The basic membership options start at $29.90 per month for six months. You then also have the choice of $29.95 a month for three months or a big jump to the one month option, which is a single payment of $59.95.
eHarmony will close the account of anyone reported for suspicious behavior. If they do decide to close an account, then the potential matches will all be informed and advised to cease any communication with the person involved. This site has several blog posts in the Dating Advice section to tell you how to be more careful with online dating.
- Offers a 3-day trial of the full subscription
- More freedom on only the free membership
- Option of just a one-month subscription
- Limited number of matches
- No search option, which makes discovering people more lengthy
Match.com is said to be the ideal site for getting back out there dating. It’s a household name among dating sites and advertises itself as having someone for everyone.
Once you’ve created your profile, you can then find your matches using the criteria search. One feature of the Match.com site is that you can switch on a ‘zen mode.’ This will only allow those who fit into your criteria to contact you.
Match.com is free to join, but the free membership is limited. You can create your profile and search for matches, but only subscribers can send and receive messages.
There are three pricing options to choose from, which vary depending on the length of your subscription. A 12-month subscription is $23.99 per month, for six months you pay $26.65 per month, and three months will cost you $31.99 per month.
The Match.com site has a Customer Care team who make efforts to remove fake accounts. The moderation team manually checks all of the photos and personal ads site-wide. There’s also a built-in screening system that helps to identify suspicious accounts. It will then remove the account and prevent the user from re-registering.
- Lowest price plans for subscription
- ‘Zen mode’ only allows the kind of people you’re looking for to contact you
- Customer Care team manually checks all accounts for suspicious activity
- Takes time to be approved on sign-up
- Match ‘owns’ your profile, so can still use it for advertising even after you try to cancel
This particular site is known to be directed at slightly older users. It’s best for educated singles in their forties. Although that may not be ideal for everyone, it’s still worth mentioning as it’s a top-rated site with very diverse members.
The majority of users are looking for a committed relationship, and the age range is between around 30-55 years old. EliteSingles is also available in a mobile app.
This works a little differently from the more aesthetic-orientated sites, as users are required to fill in a personality test upon registration. The site will then use this to match the members based on their compatibility and will send its members 3-7 matches per day.
Similarly to the previous site, EliteSingles is free to join and search for matches. However, only the subscribers are permitted to send and receive messages. The pricing is again dependent on subscription length, although all of the options are more pricey than the other sites.
For a subscription of one year, you pay $31.95 per month, topping the upper end of the price options for the other sites. The six-month subscription will cost you $44.95 per month, and the three months is $59.95 a month.
All of the matches sent by EliteSingles are manually verified to avoid matching members with fake accounts. Their Customer Care team does daily profile checks to keep a safe dating environment with real people.
- More personality-based making you more likely to meet someone that you have things in common with
- Only receive 3-7 matches per day, allowing you to be more focused in your efforts and not consume too much of your time
- Can’t see the pictures of your matches on a free membership
- Most expensive subscription
- More limited age range
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This is an app designed for more mature dating. Its primary market is individuals in their fifties, possibly divorced or with grown-up children who are looking to find someone. Lumen understands that dating at this age can be a bit of a minefield, so they aim to make the process a bit easier.
To prevent the exchange of boring pleasantries, Lumen requires that the first message to a match has to be at least 50 characters long. This is intended to stimulate a more interesting conversation right from the outset. If you find someone that you are interested in, you can add them to your ‘favorite’ list to make sure you can find them later on.
To avoid an overflow of messages, Lumen has a 72-hour timeframe for responses. If you fail to reply to a message within 72 hours, then the message will be automatically erased from your inbox. This will prevent unwanted messages from clogging up your inbox, and giving you easier access to those people you do want to speak to.
You have a decent amount of access as a free member with Lumen. You can set up your account, view other profiles, and message other users. The subscription comes in if you want to start more than six conversations per day, which is the limit for free members.
If you want to upgrade to an unlimited profile, then you have a reasonable range of options available. The shortest subscription is just for one week and costs $11.99. One month is $35.99, three months is $24.00 per month, and six months is $16.66 per month.
All accounts on Lumen are verified and require detailed profiles. Every user has to have at least three photos and a lengthy bio, which makes it more difficult for people to set up fake accounts. Selfie verification is also required when uploading the images to ensure that they are the user and not another person’s picture. Even after this, profiles are regularly checked for any suspicious activity.
- Profile verification is extensive, making it much less likely to encounter fake profiles
- Three photos and an extensive bio as a requirement gives you a much better idea about potential matches
- Free membership allows you to use all of the features of the app to a certain extent
- Can’t see who’s picked you as a favorite without paying
- Distance filters constantly revert to maximum after being set
Bumble is intended to empower its female users by creating an app where only women are allowed to initiate conversation. Profiles aren’t as detailed as on some of the other apps, but you can video call to get to know your matches better before you meet.
Lazy users are quickly lost on Bumble, as you only have 24 hours to start a conversation with your matches before they expire. You can connect to Bumble using your Facebook profile, and the app will fill in all the basic details for you, making account creation much quicker and more straightforward. You’ll then need to select up to 6 photos from your Facebook, write a 300-words-or-less bio, and answer 3 ‘My Move Makers’ to complete your profile.
The extra feature of Bumble is that it has three different modes. These include Bumble Date, Bumble Bizz, and Bumble BFF. You can change between modes by clicking the logo at the top of the screen. BFF is a place to make new friends in the area you’re in, and Bumble Bizz is a place for networking. You can set up a different profile for each mode, and each will only be visible in the selected mode.
You can use most features of the app for free. The payment only comes in if you want to upgrade to ‘Bumble Boost.’ This allows you to see users that have already liked you and will cost you between $8.99 a week or $24.99 a month, depending on the subscription that you choose.
You can also pay for a ‘Spotlight’ boost, which will place your profile as one of the first that people see when they log onto the app for the next 30 minutes. For this, you need to purchase Bumble coins, which can be used for either Spotlight boosts, or SuperSwipes. These will cost you $1.99 for one, or up to $34.99 for 30.
Whichever mode you’re using, Bumble will ask you to verify your profile using a selfie function. The app will give you a specific gesture to follow when taking your photo, to ensure that you’re a real user.
- Female empowerment, the woman initiates the conversation
- Completely free to use if you don’t need the special features
- Different modes depending on what you’re looking for
- Only 24 hours to respond to matches
- Less detailed profiles mean that you get less info about potential matches
Badoo is designed for users who want to keep their options open. It has a wide range of users, all searching for different things, giving you plenty of scope for potential matches. The profiles show you reasonably basic information, and you will be notified when someone likes or messages you. Instead of calling itself a dating site, Badoo advertises itself as a social media network for dating.
When you first sign up, the app will present you with four options as to what you’re looking for; just to chat, casual dating, a serious relationship, or just staying open-minded. As well as the standard swipe function, you also have the option to drop in on people’s live video chats.
You can again upgrade to a Badoo Premium account to access extra features on the app. The subscription prices are as follows; one month for $12.99, three months for $10.66 (per month), or six months for $8.00 (per month).
Similarly to Bumble, you can also purchase credits to spend on things such as viewing who’s favorited you, becoming a featured member, and highlighting your messages. Credits cost between $2.99 for 100, up to $39.99 for 2,750.
Badoo requires users to go through an extensive photo verification process when signing up for the site. You’re required to connect your profile to a social media account during this process. Users can also report accounts for suspicious activity at any time.
- Best app for keeping your options open
- Wide range of users means there isn’t a specific age/type of person this app is designed for
- Completely free to use
- Notifications can get overwhelming with so many users
- No suggested matches, so you just have to wade through all available profiles
5 Major Factors AMBW Singles Should Consider in Dating Sites
Decide Whether You’re Prepared to Pay or Not
This is a big one, and it depends on how serious you are about meeting someone. In general, people who are looking for love and a serious relationship will be more prepared to pay to access a dating site. This will give you access to those more elite sites, with compatibility testing and suggested matches.
If you’re just looking to meet some people or for a more casual relationship, then a free site or app may be a more straightforward option for you.
The Communication Makes the Connection
A significant factor to consider when looking at different sites and apps is the type and amount of contact you can have with potential matches. While some apps will allow you to message any of their members, most will only let you talk with people you’ve matched with.
In some cases, this communication is decreased further with conditions or time limits, so it depends on how many people you want to talk with at any given time.
Try Before You Buy
To make a more informed decision about which dating site or app suits you best, you may want to try a few of them to get more of a feel for how each one works. Especially with the sites or apps where you can set up and use your profile for free. You can try out a few different ones to work out, which gives you your ideal matches, has your preferred interface, and is at a pace you can deal with.
Watch Out for the Liars
Although all the sites and apps I’ve mentioned have measures in place to combat fraudulent accounts, they can’t catch everyone. Furthermore, they can’t stop people from lying about personal details such as their age, their job, or their interests. It’s worth keeping in mind that not everyone you meet online is going to be entirely honest with you. Stay safe, and don’t put too much trust in people you haven’t met.
Remember That Good Things Take Time
Just remember that true love isn’t going to happen overnight. No matter what you’re looking for, it may take you a little while to find it. This is especially poignant for those looking for a serious, long-term relationship focused on AMBW. If you’re going to find your perfect match, then it’s going to take both time and patience to do so.
Out of the best AMBW dating sites I’ve reviewed, I decided that eHarmony.com comes out as the top pick. It has one of the largest pools of members, giving you more opportunities for matches, and giving more options for AMBW users. I particularly liked the addition of the ‘Quick Questions’ feature.
From the apps, my top pick would be Badoo. This advertises itself as being open to everyone, so again, it’s a particularly good place for AMBW users to set up a profile. I felt that this app gave you the most variation in what you might be looking for. It was completely free to sign up and use it if you don’t want to pay for the additional features. The extensive verification process also means you’re less likely to come into contact with fake accounts.