Stir Dating App Review (2024)

July 10, 2024

Price

From $9.99/month

Number of Members

40 million

Recommended age range

18+

Our Verdict

Is Stir Worth Signing Up For?

Stir is an online dating app that’s designed for single parents and people interested in having children. Created by leading dating app company Match.com, Stir is a great platform for meeting like-minded singles of all genders and sexualities. On the downside, it’s relatively expensive compared to other dating sites, which may not be ideal for a single parent.

Pros

  • Focus on parents and people who want kids
  • Inclusive for different genders and sexualities
  • Strong safety and security guidelines

Cons

  • Expensive subscription and upgrade prices
  • Standard dating app features require in-app purchases

Stir at a Glance

8
Editorial Score
Sign Up Process
8
Matchmaking
7
Free Services
8
Features
9

Overview

Best For: Single parents looking for casual or serious relationships.

Number of Members: Currently unknown

Favorite Features: Question prompts, ability to align schedules with potential dates

Video Chat: Yes

How Stir Works

Stir is an online dating app available for Android, iOS, and desktop made by Match.com with parents in mind.

Although it’s pricier than other apps, the dating pool is very specific, so your chances of finding love on Stir are higher than if you were to use another app.

How to Sign Up for Stir

Stir’s signup process is fast, easy, and fun. You can complete it on the website or through the app.

The gender choices are extremely inclusive. It’s not just “man” or “woman” — there’s an entire selection to choose from, including transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and “other” if none of their options match your identity.

You’re also asked your age, the gender you’d like to meet, and for basic information like your name and email address. Once you’ve confirmed your email address, you can then move on to the more exciting step of setting up your profile.

Setting Up Your Profile on Stir

After signing up, it’s time to personalize your profile.

Stir allows you to upload up to six photos and prompts you to fill out all main sections of your profile, with questions about your height, if you have kids, and if you drink or smoke.

You’re also encouraged to answer parent- and dating-related questions that will end up on your profile, similar to the dating app Hinge. These prompts include questions like what your perfect night without kids is, what you do on Sunday mornings, your favorite guilty pleasure, and your overall life goals. This really lets you showcase your personality and individual quirks to potential matches, and helps you get down some information if you’re not sure what to write about.

The last page features an option to sign up for a paid membership, which you can skip if preferred. After this, it’s time to explore the matchmaking part of the app.

How to Find Matches on Stir

Stir’s interface is similar to other dating apps, so it’s simple to navigate. Some of the main features include browsing in both public and private mode, messaging, video chat, the ability to Like or SuperLike. All of these features are straightforward and easy to use—but most, if not all, require paid upgrades, which is a big disadvantage.

The homepage is named the Discover page, and this is where you can “Skip” or “Like” singles. Profiles show the person’s information, including their photo, age, location, height, bio, and if they have kids.

You can’t actually search through multiple profiles. You browse one person at a time, and the results are only based on age, distance, and gender filters. If you like someone on the Discover page and have messaging capabilities, you can get their attention by sending them a message. From there, you can initiate a video chat or phone call.

Safety & Security

Stir is very transparent about how to stay safe while using their service and how it uses cookies and processes your data. Something we like is that you can choose which cookies you enable (when using the desktop version). Plus, the company reminds you about its policies before you officially sign up.

When you go to your Matches tab for the first time, there’s a pop-up that says “Let’s commit to staying safe” where you agree to prevent fraud, be respectful, and immediately report inappropriate behavior.

Stir has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to nudity and sexual content, harassment, hate speech, and any illegal activities. It also has a safety tips page with a list of considerations and ways to stay safe in terms of online and offline safety, sexual health and consent, and resources for help, support, or advice. Refunds may also be available on request for those who decide to cancel their subscription.

Stir App

Stir has a dedicated mobile app available on both Android and iOS devices, which is free to download. However, while the app boasts all of the features available on the website, you will need to upgrade or pay for in-app purchases to use these.

The app is very easy to use and works similarly to Tinder and Hinge, focusing on photo-centric profiles which you can browse before determining who’s a potential match. Instead of swiping, tap the X icon to pass or the heart icon to like. The center button allows you to buy packs of Super Likes, starting from $1.60 for a pack of five.

Stir Customer Support

There’s plenty of help on hand should you run into any issues when using Stir, which is definitely a plus point when looking for a dating app.

Stir’s extensive FAQ page is complete with guides and answers to questions about canceling memberships, messaging, billing, paid features, and more. If you can’t find the information you’re seeking, you can contact Stir by clicking the “Email Us” button on their contact page and filling out the attached question form.

The Stir customer service team is available via email Monday-Friday between 8AM and 5PM CST, so it’s likely you’ll get a speedy response to your query.

How to Cancel or Pause a Stir Subscription

There are many different ways to cancel your Stir subscription, depending on whether you use an Apple or Android device. The easiest way, however, is to head directly to the Stir website on a desktop computer.

If you don’t have a paid subscription, or if you’ve already turned off your auto-renewal, you can cancel your subscription by heading to the “Account Settings” page and then clicking “Manage Subscription.” Here, you’ll be guided through the process of removing your account. Once your membership has been canceled, Stir immediately hides your profile and photos from other members.

If you’ve paid for your subscription but it’s not yet come to an end, or if you want a refund, your best bet is to reach out to Stir directly via the contactme@match.com email address.