Bumble is a free dating app used by millions of people worldwide. It’s free to match with other users – and it’s also free to send messages.
But, Bumble has premium features for people who are serious about online dating.
Bumble Boost is one of Bumble’s paid 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.
Why on earth would anyone pay money to use a dating app that’s otherwise free?!
Here’s the thing: Like we discussed in our Bumble review, 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.
What Features do You Get in 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.
- Rematch Someone
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 Rematch saves the day. 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! This feature prevents you from having silly regrets about “lost” matches.
- Extend Your Time With a Match (Unlimited Extends)
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.
- Bumble Spotlight
Though a stand-alone bumble premium feature, Bumble Spotlight is now included in the revamped Bumble Boost & Bumble premium subscription for One Spotlight per week.
Once you activate the spotlight feature, your profile will advance to the top of the stack to be viewable by more people instantly. It will last for 30 mins. This will help you get more impressions on your profile which means you will see an increase in matches.
- Bumble SuperSwipes
Bumble SuperSwipe is just like Tinder Superlike. This feature allows you to show the person (you right-swiped on) that you're very confident about them and super-interested in them.
- Unlimited swipes
A lot of Bumble users are unaware that Bumble does have a swipe limit. Though, there are no specific numbers given by Bumble. Bumble says that they have done it so that people can be more careful with who they right swipe on for meaningful connections.
However, with this subscription now, you will also get unlimited swipes. So, if you're a person that abuses right swipes, then unlimited swiping is a good feature to have.
How Much Does Bumble Boost Cost?
Bumble boost costs depend on the duration of your membership. They allow you to try it for a week, a month, 3 months, and 5 months. The longer you subscribe, the cheaper subscription will get. Bear in mind that Bumble Boost’s prices change often. When it was first launched, it cost as much as $9.99 per month.
- $7.99 per month
- $2.99 per week
Alternatively, you could choose a subscription plan:
- 3 months – $5.00 per month
- 6 months – $4.17 per month
Is Bumble Boost worth it?
If you’re a busy person who lives in a big 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.
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 try 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.
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 liked you. Instead, it shows you who 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.
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 it will definitely help you get 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.