The 10 Best Apps To Grind To (That Aren't Grindr)

They say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but for whatever reason, the sea of dating apps appears to be lacking plenty. With the meteoric rise and virality of apps like Tinder, Grindr, and the ever-popular OkCupid, it would appear the pool of smartphone dating is a small one. Fortunately, that is far from the truth.
The pool of prospective dates and bed buddies is larger than a five-block radius. (Though, let's be real here, the GPS location services of many apps are sketchy at best.) There are apps for all kinds of sexualities ranging from casual hookups to specific fetishes. Beardizers? There's an app for that. You want to casually drop a line (and a wink) to a Facebook "friend"? Go for it — heck, why not do it anonymously while you're at it; there's an app for that, too.
So, while your friends and officemates giggle and quietly swipe left and right on that other app, you can smile proudly to yourself knowing you've found love (or lust) in a rather not-hopeless place. And, hey, there's no shame if you're just looking for the latter; there's obviously an app for that, too.
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Photo: Courtesy of DOWN.
We all have sent or accepted a friend request because of a nagging crush. While poking them feels a little too forward and directly messaging them carries unnecessary anxiety, DOWN lets you connect with your crush anonymously. According to the app's CEO, Colin Hodge: "We the distinct advantage we offer our users is delivering the highest quality matches they will find through any dating product – with people they already know and have feelings for. While so many products match people with strangers or burn through matches that go nowhere fast, we offer users an opportunity to simply take some of the awkwardness out of approaching a crush."
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Photo: Courtesy of Pure.
Pure's whole mantra is the less small talk, the better. Hell, skip the foreplay and get down to exactly what you set out to do installing the app: to get some.
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Photo: Courtesy of How About We.
How About We
Sure, it's marketed as a twee dating app that may or may not have been inspired by the late-Diana Vreeland, but date ideas can quickly switch from date to mate here. Unlike Pure, the intentions of its users are a mixed bag.
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Photo: Courtesy of Blendr.
Meet the app the kids are calling "the straight Grindr." Let's hope you haven't forgotten those good 'ol AIM chatroom acronyms like S2R and P4P.

Psst! Those mean send to receive and pic for pic, respectively.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hinge.
Hinge is like the GILT Group of dating apps. Everyday at noon, a list of potential companions pooled from your friend or friend's network is sent to you. Then it takes the Tinder approach to connecting users by only matching those who mutually favorite one another. Hinge away.
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Photo: Courtesy of Skout.
This dating app allows you to send gifts. Who doesn't like a gift? Plus, Skout allows users to shamelessly promote their profile to increase their chances of scoring a movie companion, or whatever it is they're looking for.
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Photo: Courtesy of Swoon.
Swoon is one of the prettiest and easiest dating apps out there. It functions similarly to Tinder, but with an interface that's so well-designed, you won't feel ashamed opening it up wherever you are.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sonar.
Here's an app that foregoes the whole "how about we..." question and heads right for the answer. Check into the local gallery and watch your chances of a meet-cute rise. (Side note: Does it still count as a meet-cute if you made your location known to a sea of prospective dates?)
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Photo: Courtesy of Brenda.
Gay, bi, and curious men have nicknamed Grindr as the Yellow Facebook. This is Brenda, the Purple Facebook made for women who like women.
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Photo: Courtesy of Scruff.
Most dating apps allow you to filter your preferences; Scruff filters body hair. Word on the street has it pegged as the Grindr for Beardizers.