Well-thought out, relaxed vibe
I def like that this app isn't all up in my business. You can only message if you mutually like each other, yet it doesn't limit your success with annoying features such as judgy rankings (*ahem* The League) and quasi-gender friendly rules (*ahem* Bumble). The consideration CMB puts into how different genders actually approach online dating seems well thought out: men get more daily matches to choose from, women get a smaller but more selective group of men who have already shown interested. Unfortunately I can't speak to how or whether this works for same-sex matches.
Granted, I also haven't been on here long and I did find the beans/bagel/woo lingo more confusing than clever. Same with the daily matches vs. discovers+likes vs. discovers+w/o likes. But the interface is easy to use and I find that the profiles offer an ideal amount of information - assuming people bother to fill them out ;) Also, the phot lab feature is pretty awesome. I've always wondered which of my pics people prefer...now I know!
Most importantly, the vibe I'm getting from the users on here is laid back, friendly, and genuine. Definitely not something I can say about most other apps, at least not in NYC. Apparently if you want to take your CMB game to the next level, you can purchase a monthly membership thingy or something like that, but I'm happy with the basic (and free) format for now.
The bagels are a gambling system
I already noticed that this app will calculate who gets liked more often and put them in the bagel section instead of the daily free rotation. I'm fine with that, it's business. But after buying extra bagels multiple times on top of my subscription I thought how am I going to know if these people will ever see me? Especially when there's naturally more men on dating apps then women, there's more clutter for them to go through. A bagel costs something like $4-$5, a little less with the discount, so it's a gamble to send someone a bagel not knowing AT ALL if they'll even see you. After a month of this I still have zero matches, I feel CMB delays when people see you as long as they see you stop paying for awhile. That's how I met someone on here last year, after a couple months of not paying attention to the notifications I matched with someone I must've like weeks or months ago. I'm just hoping people who paid up at least for awhile can actually get on the higher end of the algorithm, someday.
Response: I understand the app can be used for free, but it's absolutely clear the more attractive choices are on the discover section in which you have to buy bagels to send to people than the daily free rotation of people. I spent money on bagels on multiple occasions never knowing the person I liked will ever see me. I'll also go days without liking a single person on the free rotations. 380 beans for a bagel to send to one person is ridiculous.
Good but not without issues
By Anonymous Person AAA
I've been using CMB and a few other dating apps for a while and I personally like this app the best. I like that the app encourages you to fill out meaningful information about yourself (if the person obliges) and generally result in more genuine interactions with matches. I also like that you can personalize your bagel search to fit your preferences. Although you can pay for additional features, the app is still usable and effective with the basic free functionalities unlike some other apps.
As for issues, in the past few months, it seems like the app has gotten a lot more buggy (i.e., the bagel wouldn't load, app freezing). I'm personally not a fan of the app removing the history feature. Even if some people aren't a fan of the feature, I feel like it should be an option for whether you want to get rid of it or not; otherwise, it feels like a feature was just removed without additional benefit. Perhaps a compromise would be good in which you can see a limited history, so you can at least see who you like today or share the bagel with a friend who you think would be a potential good match. Although I haven't met my special person yet, overall I still think this is still the best dating app but I think it could be better if some issues were addressed.
Too Many Fake Profiles
The app itself is ok. I agree with all the negative reviews. Been using it for a few months. I’ve been connected with multiple men, but the problem is most of them end up being marked unsafe. Most of these men that were marked unsafe were men claiming to be in the military. There was one match in particular that was marked unsafe and then a see the same man in the suggested section, but using a different profile. This site needs to do a better job of identifying fake profiles, especially if the same photo are being used for different profiles. Women, beware if a man you connect with claims to be in the military. Most like he is fake. Now any time I see military on the guy’s profile I immediately pass. The ones that I matched with that had no issues don’t respond. What is the point in liking me if you are not going to chat. In my experience, there is no good quality of men on this site. You are also limited on the number of bagels you get everyday. If I am interested in someone in the discovery section I have to pay money to get beans just to like them and hope that they like me back. There is no guarantee that he will even see me. So far I’ve had a bad experience with this site and have been very discouraged with on-line dating. I haven’t had any successful matches that lead to actually meeting up in person.
Of All the Apps, CMB Wins
I have tried several apps including Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Hinge, and the Inner Circle over the past few years. This year, after a break from dating, my friend recommend CMB. I decided to give it a try because the other apps were either geared towards hookups or the guys wouldn’t make the first move/hold a conversation. There is something about having a limited amount of “matches” and “bagels” that help keep the app intended for its true purpose: dating and not just swiping. I matched with one of my bagels two weeks after getting the app and while I ignored his first message, he reached out again a week later. The conversation was about to expire so he really had to step up his game to get my number. A couple weeks later and we were official. A lot of people around us were surprised at how well matched we were (including myself!). My friends know I’ve done the dating apps for a while so they always ask me for recommendations. I think everyone has an app that suits them but I tell them: if you want genuine connections and guys who aren’t just into the “swiping game”, then CMB would be the app for you.
Coffee found bagel
I had absolutely zero experience in dating, and very little desire to find a partner. However, out of sheer boredom and a vague hope to meet someone I could be friends with, I tried out Bumble BFF. Not much luck there. Then Bumble date. Bit better, but man there were so much jaded users, lol. Then I tried CMB. The design of the app is nice, because it makes users write an actual profile about themselves. Great if you care who you’re matching with! I liked the limited number of potential matches, since you’re not aimlessly swiping though photo after photo, you take time to really think about the person on the other end. In my experience, the people on CMB felt more genuinely interested in a conversation than other apps. I ended up meeting someone who was almost in the opposite fields, but we talked a lot and ended up going on a date...which lasted 12 hours. I asked them out shortly afterwards.
So TLDR: this app found someone who was completely chill with dying alone their first partner. I adore the service, and my s.o both talk about how incredibly lucky this app exists. (*･ω･)ﾉ
Rarely Get Seen by Any Bagels Starting These 3 Months...
I have used CMB for a year and it is currently my favorite apps as it did introduce me to a group of more genuine people of quality and I didn’t spend to boost my profile. However, starting these 3 months, I rarely get seen by the potential matches anymore; 90% of the bagels CMB sent to me are the ones that haven’t seen me before. And CMB keeps up-selling me the $1.99/$3.99 boost service, as if I don’t buy it, I will remain as this invisible person on CMB. I checked my preference and made sure that I was realistic — male, age 28 to 40, taller than 5’10, all ethnicity and religion are welcome, within 50 miles. And I also examine myself — 28 yrs old, 5’8, 125 lbs, non-smoker, with a master’s degree in a good university and a good job in Fortune 500, and I provide photos of good quality and a succinct, interesting bio.
Still, CMB keeps sending me bagels that haven’t seen me and keeps inviting me to upgrade and pay. I had bought the boost service once but I don’t think I will again as if CMB is not going to let me be seen unless I pay.
I couldn’t help but wonder — Why am I not being seen by guys on CMB any more? Can someone from CMB help me answer this? Thank you!
CMB bringing LFD!
This is RIDICULOUSLY premature, as I’ve only gone out on a single date with the extraordinary woman I met through the CMB app, but we’re both head over heels and amazed that it happened through a dating app. I’ve used several other apps in the past (OkCupid, Tinder, and Bumble), but their algorithms seemed to connect me with people who weren’t of much interest to me. I really like the opportunities CMB offers users to express aspects of themselves and what they’re looking for, without being overwhelming (like OkCupid and Match) or limited (like Tinder). The woman I met on CMB who has just blown me away said that she had a sense from my profile that there could be a very strong connection, which is exactly what I felt from reading hers—uncommon for me on dating sites, where people might seem interesting, but there isn’t this intense, mutually held interest. Anyway, a big thank you to CMB and please keep your fingers crossed for me! (The date was five hours long and very difficult to end, and we’ve been on the phone for hours and hours since).
Classy and Quality App
I really enjoyed using this app. I used one of the other major dating sites about a year ago that I had to pay for, and had a bad experience, constantly getting approached by men I would never be interested in. This did not happen on Coffee Meets Bagel. First of all, the set-up is short and to the point. I don’t know how it is for men, but if you are a woman the app uses some sort of algorithm to send you what it believes are a few good, quality matches a day, based on men who have already paired with you. It gets rid of the endless swiping of Tinder, and I found that there were more profesional men in my age range. More than half of the paired matches I was sent were men I was attracted to both visually and on many other levels. It was very easy to use, and I felt safe using it. It even let me know if we were connect on FB. I found someone in less than two weeks to start dating. I highly recommend this app to professional women in their late 20’s to 40’s. I hope this review helps ladies!
The app is fairly easy to use, but the guys are just like they are on any other dating app. Even though you both have to have liked each other to open up messaging, many of them won’t message you back. Which makes no sense because they already liked your profile. But then I read that the app gives men several more options every day than it gives women to simulate what it’s like for men vs. women. This basically devalues the women presented as matches to the men. As a woman I think a little harder about the like/pass I grant one of the 4 or 5 daily matches given to me—I look at the written profile, not just the pictures. Apparently guys just make a quick judgment on pictures, hit “like”, and then can’t answer a simple hello (or initiate communication) from someone whose profile they already liked because they don’t actually read it until they get a message from you. Of course some guys are fine. But if you give them too many choices then the women just sit around waiting for something to happen. The discover tab also frequently shows me more attractive matches who have already liked me, but of course they cost beans. I am done with this app.