RSVP versus Bumble
RSVP has been around for years and is the paradigm for dating in Australia. Bumble is a disruptor that is much newer, specialising in female initiated online dating. If you are thinking about dipping your toes into the world of online dating, you should read the following article to see which is the best option for you.
RSVP seems to win in terms of credible members looking for quality dates and actual relationships rather than casual hook-ups and time wasters. The users we spoke to recommended it more than the alternatives.
Australian members: Over 4 million
Demographic: Middle aged users – 50% of users are aged 35 to 55
Gender split: 50% female; 50% male.
Unique features: RSVP has developed the “Discover Engine”. The Discover Engine suggests members based on historical matching data. Now if that sounds a little complicated than all you need to know is a Queensland University of Technology study has proven Discover to be more successful than standard matching algorithms.
RSVP offers tailored matches daily based on a members seeking criteria. They also use a match scoring system, showing you what percentage another members matches you by.
How much does RSVP cost?
The RSVP platform is free to join and search, but one party will need to pay to initiate contact.
Free: If you sign up for free, you can create and view full profiles, set a criteria for your matches, with new results daily and you have the ability to send and accept virtual winks, which are expressions of interest. The other party initiate a conversation with you at no cost to you.
Stamps: The RSVP currency for contact is Stamps. You can purchase between 3-24 stamps. Prices start from $5 per stamp.
Subscriptions: RSVP offers 3 levels of subscription. “Premium” allows you to see all members who have viewed your profile, highlight your profile to other members, boost you to the top of Search, Match and Discover results, added privacy options and more. “Premium+” includes all of the features of Premium with 4 contact Stamps every month. “Platinum” Will give users the same benefits as Premium with 10 contact stamps a month and includes a super wink every day, which allows other members to reply for free.
“RSVP has a level of credibility because you have to pay and there are more processes and checks in place. People are more serious about dating on RSVP, whereas other sites are more about hook-ups.” – Isabelle*.
Australian members: 1.1 million
Demographic: Younger users – 50% of users are aged 22 to 30
Angle: designed to “disrupt traditional gender roles”, women must make the first move in sending a message for heterosexual matches. (Either person can initiate contact for same-sex matches.)
Unique features: Bumble isn’t just for dating – the app also includes Bumble BFF (for platonic friendships) and Bumble Bizz (business networking), making it a kind of Facebook/Tinder/LinkedIn hybrid.
Matching: Bumble uses your GPS location to find people in your area who fit your age criteria. If you swipe right on someone’s profile and they swipe right on yours, it’s a match and you’ll both be notified.
The Bumble app is free and I have had the most dates with this app. It’s an easy format and given the female makes contact first, you can eliminate unwanted attention. – Kate*, 44
How much does Bumble cost?
The Bumble app itself is free to download, but you can pay to access a few premium features.
- Bumble Boost – From $11.99 for a one-week subscription or $33.99 per month for one month, $22.33 per month for three months or $12.50 per month for six months. This enables you to see everyone who has right-swiped you, extend your matches by 24 hours and rematch with expired connections.
- Bumble coins – $2.99 each, or $10.99 for five, $29.99 for 15 or $52.99 for 30. These allow you to access SuperSwipe, which lets you tell a potential match you’re confidently interested in them. You’ll need one Bumble coin per SuperSwipe.
RSVP Prices & Fees
RSVP Premium+ SubscriptionBest Membership Option
See Who Viewed Your Profile
Top of Search, Match and Discover Results
An Ad Free Mobile Experience
Control Who Sees Your Profile
Extra Profile Privacy Option
Priority Customer Support
4 Stamps Per Month
Other RSVP Pricing Options
If you sign up for free, you can create and view full profiles, set a criteria for your matches, with new results daily and you have the ability to send and accept virtual winks, which are expressions of interest. The other party initiate a conversation with you at no cost to you.
So Should I Try RSVP?
The site has recently modified its Matching algorithm to give members better quality matches. RSVP also has a cool Discover engine that sends you people they recommend, they might not fit all your original seeking criteria, but this system has seen unlimited success.
The membership fees keep people focussed on the task at hand, which is finding love. You are more likely to find serious contenders on RSVP than other websites. Despite a few disgruntled reviews online from people that have struck out, we believe RSVP is the best option for those over 30 looking to find a meaningful relationship.