It’s super quick to join – you simply upload some photos and an optional bio, set your age and distance preferences, and away you go, swiping left or right on potential suitors.

As one of the most popular apps, your pool is likely to be huge and people do actually have conversations on Tinder – in our experience, it’s the app that leads to the most actual dates too.

This is an app for people really looking for relationships.

The app is easy to use but we personally found the number of messages, winks, views and favourites we received overwhelming. Once: Free The idea behind Once is to move away from today’s dating app culture and back towards traditional match-making – after a computer does the initial whittling down, real human match-makers pick a personalised match for each user every day.

And I’ve heard from reliable single sources (my mates, down the pub) that the caliber of singles is sizzling. Coffeemeetsbagel Hailing itself as the anti-Tinder, Coffeemeetsbagel limits your dating choice to one a day. Bristlr What’s not to love about an app for whiskered men?

It connects to users Facebook accounts and by matching people with profile info, gender, age, education, background, religion etc and promises quality of quantity for anyone suffering with a case of swipe fatigue. While preferring a clean shave myself (on my men obvs) there’s no denying that the beard trend is set to continue well into 2016, meaning that whether it’s a bit of facial topiary you like or a full on cave man, this is the app for you. Bumble An app that claims to change the rules of the game by putting women in the driving seat by always giving them the option to make the first move, and if she doesn’t say something within 24 hours, the connection disappears. 3nderapp And when you’re tired of looking for love, check out cheeky 3nderapp – for ‘kinky, curious and open-minded singles and couples’.

It’s meant to save time and free singles from hours of swiping (although to be fair that it half the fun for many of us), hence the name Once. Extra dedicated users can spend money and even exchange messages with a match-maker too.

Despite this, every day at noon, our phone pings with a message saying “Wow! Despite supposedly learning our tastes, we didn’t find our matches particularly great and because you get so few a day, it can be a rather long journey to finding someone you actually want to talk to, let alone go out with. Hinge: Free Hinge has a slick design and is meant to be for people who are over games and being treated like a “playing card”.

Similarly, your match only has 24 hours to reply – if he does though, the time limit disappears for future messages.

The trouble with this is that sometimes you just don’t have time to go on Bumble for over 24 hours, thus potentially missing out on your soul mate. Happn: Free Happn shows you singles with whom you’ve crossed paths.

These days, we’re being told, first dates are less about beer and more about doing something edgy and unique.

This dating app connects people by interests and hobbies rather than generic profile stats – and allows people to find dates in their area based on what they like doing.

We set ourselves the challenge of trying as many as we could over the course of six weeks.