A friend of mine was telling me about his experience on the Clover Dating App. Since he knows my profession, it wasn’t that awkward when I asked to take over the app for a few hours while we hung out over several days, so I could write this review.
This represents my honest appraisal of this up and coming dating app. Above all, I’m looking at whether this app works, is worth the potential costs, and if you can find true love and a relationship from it.
Who Uses Clover?
If you’re going to use a dating app, you definitely want to know if you’re going to find the type of person you’re seeking. For example, if you’re older, you don’t want a site dominated by youths.
Demographically, Clover’s own information shows that as of 2014, the userbase was 69% male, so it seems to be male-dominated. But, don’t let that scare you off since these numbers are consistent with most dating apps. They all are male dominated. If you’re a man you’ll have competition. If you’re a woman, you’ll have choice.
In terms of ages, Clover consists primarily of users 18-34 (91%). So, it’s very similar to Tinder in this regard. If you’re younger or want to date younger, Clover is a great option. In fact, it could develop as a good “dating” alternative to Tinder which is often regarded more as a hook up app.
Clover Dating App Features
All dating apps have different strengths and weaknesses. That’s why we recommend that men and women get on multiple apps to get the very best and most comprehensive dating experience. Here are my thoughts on Clover.
Clover’s biggest strength is that it’s user-friendly, theoretically better than Tinder, Bumble, or OK Cupid because it mixes the best features of each.
Clover combines the layout of OK Cupid and Tinder. It looks kind of like Tinder, like a card containing a photo and a brief bio.
But, Clover also allows you to input more facts about yourself than Tinder, including your height, body type, income, hair color, eye color, and whether you smoke or drink (and how often). Answers appear on profiles. If you want to search based on these preferences, you have to pay for their premium service (see below).
Also, Clover allows more photos than Tinder, if you are interested in posting them.
Two unique things I like about Clover are the “mixers” and the 20 questions game.
Mixers allow you to join groups of singles with common interests. While I’m not a huge fan of over-focusing on commonalities (As I already wrote, commonalities don’t always mean much in attraction), mixers do help you meet people you can connect with in a fun way. It adds a real life twist (interacting with others) to an online platform, which is a huge plus.
Also, you can play “20 Questions” with a potential match, a game where you answer questions, your potential match does, and Clover gives you both the results. It’s a fun way to break the ice.
Clover is a very cool dating app and it’s hard to point to any specific, major weaknesses. The biggest one would be demographic. If you’re looking for older people to date, Clover’s demographics skew extremely young.
The other downsides of Clover aren’t app specific, but relate to online dating in general. But, I want to share them anyway. These weaknesses are potentially inactive profiles, disengaged users (remember the Tinder study that showed 44% are on the app simply for an ego boost or entertainment?), and a high male to female ratio.
It’s unrealistic to expect Clover to solve the problems of online dating, so this isn’t a huge knock on the app.
Clover offers premium features that cost $29.99 a month, although there are discounts for buying longer periods (3 and 6 months). The premium features include a better chat experience, sending unlimited gifts, more filters, and read message receipts. Also, if you want to sort through people meaningfully, as I stated above, you’ll have to pay for that privilege.
This is a pretty expensive cost, especially compared to Tinder Plus. I’m not sure if it’s worth it. But, if you are in the right demographics, find the mean and women attractive, and have had good results, the extra benefits could be worth it.
Overall, while I’m skeptical of all online dating, especially for men (evidence and anecdotal evidence is that only the top 10-15% of men get most of the success), if you’re looking for something a little different that seems to get a lot right, Clover is a good option.