Bumble is a free dating app used by millions of people around the world. It’s free to download and install, free to match with other users – and it’s also free to send messages.
And yet, one of its most popular features – Bumble Boost – requires you to pay money.
But why on earth would anyone pay money to use a dating app that’s otherwise free?!
Here’s the thing: Like all dating apps, Bumble has its pros and cons. While some people can land dates without using the Boost, others say the Boost is what makes Bumble so great.
But is Bumble boost worth it for you? In this article, I take a look.
What Is Bumble Boost?
Bumble Boost is one of Bumble’s premium features. It gives you the ability to see who’s liked you, and it essentially works a lot like Tinder Gold. Let’s take a look at what it allows you to do.
Features of Bumble Boost
See Who’s Liked You
Bumble lets you send messages for free, but it’s a swipe app that only lets you send messages to people you’ve already matched with. And as anyone who’s used Bumble will tell you, landing a match can actually be really tricky.
Even if people have “liked” you, you still need to find their profile to like them back. And because Bumble queues up hundreds of profiles for you, it could take a very long time to find them!
With the Bee Line feature, you get to save yourself a whole load of time by seeing instantly who’s already liked you. Then, all you need to do is decide whether or not you want to swipe left or right for them.
One of the “problems” with Bumble is that it only gives you 24 hours to strike up a conversation with new matches. If you don’t make a move, the match expires.
For a lot of people, 24 hours is fine. It’s plenty of time to say “hi”!
For some, though, 24 hours isn’t that much time. After all, what happens if you get busy or if something comes up and you forget to check Bumble? By the time you get around to checking it, that cute match you landed 25 hours earlier has now vanished … forever.
Bumble Boost saves the day with its Rematch feature. This allows you to rematch with any one of your expired matches. Most people probably won’t find it useful, but it will definitely appeal to busy folk who forget to introduce themselves to new matches.
Also, it’s sometimes the case that we match with someone we’re not sure about. We wonder if we should shoot them a message. By the time we finally decide to message them, they’re gone! Bumble Boost prevents you from having silly regrets about “lost” matches.
Extend Your Time With a Match
Bumble Boost also comes with a feature called Busy Bee, which allows you to extend the amount of time you have with a match before they expire. Again, it’s ideal for daters who are busy bees and who may not have the time to say “hey” to a match before they vanish.
I have to say that this particular feature doesn’t appear that much different from Rematch, but it’s still a feature that some people will find useful.
How Much Does Bumble Boost Cost?
Bumble is free to download, install, and send messages. But Bumble Boost currently costs:
- $7.99 per month
- $2.99 per week
Alternatively, you could choose a subscription plan:
- 3 months – $5.00 per month
- 5 months – $4.17 per month
Bear in mind that Bumble Boost’s prices change often. When it was first launched, it cost as much as $9.99 per month.
Pros of Bumble Boost
- Saves you time – Easily the biggest advantage of using Bumble Boost is that you won’t need to spend an endless amount of time swiping to see who’s liked you. Instead, Bumble Boost shows you who’s liked you right away
- Never miss a miss-match – You can still land matches with the free version of Bumble, but because you can’t see who’s matched you, you might miss out on a really cute match. Also, because of the way the Bumble algorithm works, and because there are so many people who use the app, a really cool person may have liked you, but it’s possible that you might never even come across their profile to like them back. And that sucks!
- Works well if you live in a big city – Because of the way Bumble works, those who live in highly populated cities usually find themselves swamped with potential matches, many of which are unsuitable. The easiest way to find desirable profiles you want to match with is to use Bumble Boost
Cons of Bumble Boost
- Works better for busy people – If you’re the type of person who checks Bumble a few times a day, you won’t even need the BusyBee and Rematch features
- Doesn’t guarantee good matches – There’s no doubt that Bumble Boost will definitely help you land more matches. But Bumble Boost alone won’t guarantee you good matches. It’s all on you to improve your profile and make it more appealing to more people
Is Bumble Boost worth it?
If you’re a busy person who lives in a large city, Bumble Boost is definitely appealing. It saves you time by helping you see at a glance who’s already matched with you, and it means you don’t need to spend forever wading through piles of profiles. But, if you live in a smaller area and you usually check Bumble a few times a day, Bumble Boost will have less appeal.
Ultimately, though, is Bumble Boost worth it in terms of matches? Will it help you get more matches?
People who upgrade to Bumble Boost often do so to get more matches. Because the feature shows you exactly who’s already liked you, it can certainly increase your chances of matching with someone. And because it shows you, everyone who’s liked you, there’s every chance you’ll match with at least a handful of people you probably wouldn’t have come across if you were just using the free version.
The best thing to do is to give Bumble Boost a test-drive by using it for a week or a month at first. Then, if things aren’t working out, you can easily just switch back to the free version. If things are working out, you could consider locking yourself into a 3 month or 6-month subscription.