August 21, 2022

Lox Club is a members-only dating app primarily for Jewish people, though anyone can apply

Lox Club is a members-only dating app primarily for Jewish people, though anyone can apply

It feels like a very grown-up app-the people on it are serious about dating and it has a fun, sweet, yet no-nonsense vibe. The app’s motto is “Find your person,” so it’s a good place to start for anyone looking to go beyond the hookup world.


Match is one of the OG dating sites from the mid-aughts that made the switch to an app-style platform but retained its subscriber-only model. The benefit of a pay-to-play model is that the people who are on the app are serious about finding someone. No one’s shelling out money who doesn’t actually want to get meaningful results, you know?

It’s one of the best sites for single professionals, so there are lots of high-quality matches to be found (their words, not mine-you can’t ascribe a monetary value to a human!). You don’t need to worry about wasting your time with people who are dabbling in more casual scenarios because everyone on the app is on a mission to find love.

Lox Club

The gist? “The Lox Club is like a deli; it’s culturally Jewish, but you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it.” I’m not Jewish and I was accepted back when I was single and mingling. It’s primarily based in the states, but is available everywhere, so members can see compatible matches from cities all over the world-perfect if you’re looking for a way to get an EU passport. (Wink, wink!)

The app specifically recruits funny, down-to-earth, ambitious people who are looking for something realpared to other apps, it’s a pretty small pool of members to pick from, but we’re talking quality over quantity here.

OK Cupid

Similar to eharmony, (but much more affordable) OK Cupid matches users based on an extensive questionnaire and an algorithm-based matching system that links you up with compatible potential dates. It’s a fairly successful and decently accurate system if you’re willing to be really honest about what you’re looking for and who you’re interested in.

Some more good news? This dating site is insanely popular! Like Match, OK Cupid started out as a website that turned into an app, making it much more convenient.

For reasons we needn’t get into here, I was blacklisted from Raya a few years back and wasn’t able to take advantage of this exclusive dating app while I could. Luckily, I have plenty of friends who have found long-term relationships on the members-only app and lived to tell the tale.

Raya used to be a secret dating app for celebrities, but now most people can get on it (present company excluded) if they have a friend pass and are selected by a mysterious committee. If you’re not put off by the slightly status-y vibe or the monthly fee, then you’ll be able to check out some seriously cool people all over the world.

I knew I had to include Ship on this list of the best dating apps for your 30s, because unlike most other options, Ship requires the cooperation of your friends-they’re the ones doing the swiping for you! My friend Jessie and I made profiles for each other last year and had a blast sending each other potential matches. You set up your profile, get matched to other users that your friends like, and then get to chatting!

I found it to be an incredibly refreshing and fun take on the traditional dating app. It felt much less arduous-and since it’s still pretty small-scale compared to other apps, there’s less wading through mud, if you know that I mean. By the time I got to my mid-30s, I knew it was time to recruit some pals to weigh in on my questionable dating habits. This free app made the process easy and fun.

Anita Quinn
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