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Top 10 Dating Sites For 2019

Match.com

9.5 /10

Intended For : Friendships, informal dating, serious dating and long-term relationships

Regions : USA and global

Membership options : Free Sign-up, premium and premium add-ons

Cost : $9.95 per mth (24 mths) $18.95 per mth (12 mths) $39.95 per mth (6 mths) $59.95 (1 mth)

In Essence :

Long established brand leader Match scores highly in all the key areas and is feature packed. The large membership base also means a plentiful supply of local dates.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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52%
48%
36 m

Intended For : 50+ singles, friendship, dating and serious relationships.

Regions : USA & Canada

Membership options : Free sign-up, browsing and premium.

Cost : $11.99 (6 mths) $17.99 (3 mths) 23.95 (1 mth)

In Essence :

Our favoured site for senior dating. OurTime has an intuitive user friendly platform and is by far the most highly populated site for the 50+ dating sector.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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47%
53%
9.15 m

Intended For : Serious dating, long-term relationships and marriage.

Regions : USA and global

Membership options : Free sign-up and premium

Cost : $10.95 (24 mths) $25.95 (12 mths) $42.95 (6 mths) $59.95 (1 mth)

In Essence :

eharmony has firmly established its reputation as a site for the seriously intentioned. It claims to be responsible for more than 100,000 marriages per year.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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49%
51%
5.32 m

Intended For : Professionals, informal dating and long-term relationships

Regions : USA and global

Membership options : Free sign-up, free browsing and premium

Cost : $17.95 (12 mths) , 24.95 (6 mths) 34.95 (3 mths) 54.95 (1 mth)

In Essence :

Catering for educated professionals with a matching algorithm that goes that extra mile towards providing well matched date suggestions that could lead to long-term relationships.

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Usage (visits/mth)
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50%
50%
1.47 m

Intended For : Christians seeking like-minded values friendship, dating and serious

Regions : USA, Canada, Australia and UK

Membership options : Free sign-up, browsing and premium

Cost : $14.99 (6 mths) $19.99 (3 mths) $29.99 (1 mth)

In Essence :

It's not Christian owned like some of the smaller Christian focused sites. It is, however, user friendly with the largest user base and therefore should give the most local matches.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
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44%
56%
1.1 m

Intended For : Informal dating, social contact and serious dating

Regions : USA

Membership options : Free-sign-up, browse for free and premium

Cost : $19.95 (12 mths) $21.95 (6 mths) $37.95 (3 mths)

In Essence :

Launched in 2002, SeniorSingles uses a sophisticated matching algorithm and provides members with a good selection of what should be well matched local dates.

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Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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45%
55%
1.0 m

Intended For : Christian singles looking for friendship, dating and long-term relationships.

Regions : USA & Canada

Membership options : Free sign-up, free browsing and premium

Cost : $8.99 (6 mths) $12.32 (3 mths) $16.99 (1 mth)

In Essence :

Formerly known as ChristianPeopleMeet, the site caters for like-minded faith and values Christians. Coming under the Match.com group umbrella it's growing in popularity with Christian singles.

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Usage (visits/mth)
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50%
50%
532 k

Intended For : Friendships, informal dating and serious relationships

Regions : Primarily USA

Membership options : Free sign-up, browsing and premium.

Cost : $11.95 (6 mths) 13.95 (3 mths) $17.75 (1 mth)

In Essence :

The site of choice for African Americans looking to meet like-minded black singles. Competively priced, the site provides for what it says on the tin and does it well.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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46%
54%
3.79 m

Intended For : For: Sports and fitness enthusiasts seeking activity partners, dating and serious relationships.

Regions : USA, UK, Canada

Membership options : Free sign-up, free browsing and premium.

Cost : $9.99 (12 mths) $14.99 (6 mths) $21.99 (3 mths) $39.99 (1 mth)

In Essence :

One of the most popular niche sites. Fitness-Singles appeals to those who enjoy an active sports and fitness lifestyle and desire a like-minded partner.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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52%
48%
609 k

Zoosk.com

6.9 /10

Intended For : 20's to 30's, social connections, informal dating, mobile app dating

Regions : USA & Global

Membership options : Free, tokens, premium subscription

Cost : $14.95 (6 mths) $19.95 (3 mths) $29.95 (1 mth)

In Essence :

More orientated towards social connections, Zoosk is our favoured social networking mobile app option.

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Male / Female Ratio
Usage (visits/mth)
Mobile App
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50%
50%
25.6 m

Top Dating Sites

How to select the best and avoid the worst

online dating has now become the norm as a means of meeting people for meaningful relationships. The standard light-hearted line in dating profiles used to be ‘must be prepared to lie about how we met.’ Now it’s just the norm and almost expected that couples probably got together via a dating site.

Who knows, perhaps we will see a reverse stigma in the future, and when, for example, two people meet in a club they will say ‘let’s pretend we met via a dating site’! Regardless, it is the pragmatic and popular way of meeting people these days.

With online dating, you don’t have the awkwardness of coping with a blind date that hasn’t fulfilled expectations. Neither is there the awkwardness of rejecting a request for a date from someone you already know in ‘real’ life. It’s the perfect means for busy professionals to have a decent social life and avoid going down the path of complicated work-based relationships.

These days, the matching systems used by the bigger sites are quite sophisticated regarding coming up with compatible dates. There’s no doubting, however, that regardless of how many features, members or patented matching algorithms a dating site everyone still needs that bit of luck.

Here we take a look at the components of what makes a good dating site. What do the very best sites do that makes membership an enjoyable experience and helps tip the balance in your favor regarding finding the right person.

Cost
Prices vary a lot, and there are also a lot of marketing ploys and sometimes a lack of transparency. Most sites, however, are pretty clear and charge a regular monthly subscription. In almost all cases the average monthly subscription cost goes down the longer you subscribe.

One month can sometimes seem a little short as frequently people do like to exchange a fair number of messages and get a ‘feel’ for someone before committing to meeting in person. Twelve months can result in a low average cost per month, but it’s pricey if you meet someone after three weeks.

Generally, a three-month sign-up is a sensible compromise option. If you are not exactly sure of what you are looking for then taking out a longer subscription does mean you can take your time and meet a few people without rushing. Date and commit in haste and repent at your leisure is a slight variation on a wise saying.

Most sites offer a free sign-up option. That’s a sensible idea if you are testing the waters to see if online dating is for you. It only makes sense though if you can browse the existing online members to see if there are a few people in your locality you would like to meet.

Some sites don’t offer this browsing or limit it by blurring pictures. The reason is two-fold; firstly, they want you to sign up and part with your cash and, secondly, it’s to satisfy the wish of many members who sign-up who only want to be seen by other members equally committed. They don’t necessarily want their profile to be visible to an ex or nosey neighbor who signs up with a faceless profile merely out of curiosity.

The other option is the free sites. Some are quite good but, inevitably, the absence of payment means it attracts plenty of ‘players’ with less serious intentions. Worse still, there is no payment deterrent to the loathsome scammers who frequent every site. Still, if you are savvy enough to spot the rogues, then it’s an option to consider.

Most of the free sites, however, do have fees for premium options which seems a bit of a contradiction. These include things such as putting your profile at the top of the pile and highlighted in dayglow yellow. Be careful of some of the sites that require you to buy tokens to use key parts of their website. It can be a rather sneaky way of disguising high prices.

Membership
We are talking numbers, local dates and having enough choices here. You might be attracted to one of those obscure niche sites or be taken in by some hyped up marketing by a website with relatively new members. If you do want to date a farmer then of course opt for one of the niche sites but check whether there are enough members. If not, mainly if you are outside of the big cities, then be prepared to travel some distance.

BlackSeniorPeopleMeet.com site is a very defined niche, and perhaps we will see BlackSeniorFarmingBikerPeopleMeet.com. Jesting aside, if you are looking for a particular niche such as a senior who enjoys travel, then, to get a decent number of dating prospects, it’s best to join a site with a large membership such as Match and then type in your preference criteria.

Types of Site
Essentially, there are four types of site. Firstly, there are sites such as eHarmony and EliteSingles that use extensive questionnaires and personality test. Their algorithm then does the work to provide you with a regular supply of matches in your email box. Secondly, there are free sites that take basic information and let you do the searching. Thirdly, there are fascinating niche sites and, lastly, there are the likes of Match that do give suggestions based on similar interests but still allow complete freedom to self-search. Even Match has its version of the 150-plus question sign-up site in the form of Affiny.

Intent on finding a committed relationship and don’t want to spend hours searching for matches? The likes of Elite and eHarmony will suit you. Alternatively, if you don’t trust algorithms and artificial intelligence to deliver Mr or Mrs. Right, then Match or a similar site will be ideal. Looks do come into our choices of course and the self-select sites give you the freedom to pick those whose physical appearance appeals.

Features / Search
A site can have the most amazing bells and whistles features but have a small membership base and, invariably, the subscription will turn out to be a waste of time and money. Nonetheless, all things being equal regarding member numbers, the variety and quality of features can help the searching process.

A site should have an excellent search facility where you can search on interests, education, physical characteristics, and personality traits. Other essential features include the ease of messaging someone, flagging up your interest and the ability to block someone unappealing who is being persistent or troublesome. Some sites offer ice-breaker question suggestions, and these can be useful regarding initiating a chat that goes beyond ‘how are you?’ or ‘nice weather!’

Mobiles are an accessible and convenient means of accessing dating online, and generally, the top desktop sites are matched equally regarding the quality of their mobile app. There are very few dating sites that don’t have a mobile app these days — the few that don’t usually have a good responsive version of their desktop site that transfer well to mobile usage.

Some of the sites such as Match set up events, and these provide an excellent opportunity to be brave and get away from the laptop and meet a few potential matches in person. The attraction of these events is that they are less intense than a first ‘one to one’ date and with plenty of excuses and options to escape from those with whom you have little in common.

Paying attention to dating safety is something we can’t emphasize too much. Some sites provide a messaging service, so you don’t have to reveal personal numbers or information before you are sure whether you want to meet. Others offer a webcam option which is very useful in case you don’t want to reveal your skype or other messenger ID.

It’s always useful to use a video messenger app before meeting for a couple of main reasons. Firstly, there is the chance to get to know someone from the safety of your own home and, secondly, it’s not uncommon for profiles to use younger pictures. In the latter case, there isn’t much scope for hiding age and appearance in a video call. Some sites allow you to use your own ‘phone to speak to prospective matches without revealing your number.

The top online dating sites tend to be easy to use with a nice layout and their features and platform very intuitive to use. It’s essential for the senior dating sites to score highly on ease of use. The younger generation will find the variety of dating features easy to navigate, but some of the older generations that are less tech-savvy will be suited to sites that focus on the basics. After all, the primary objective is to meet someone rather than be tested by a site over-burdened with exciting features.

Privacy
It’s important to strike a sensible balance between revealing enough about yourself to attract interest without sharing too much that compromises your privacy. It’s a delicate balance, but we provide some tips in our online profile writing article. Most of the top sites allow you to protect yourself while using their website.

The best sites allow you to hide your profile with ease if you fancy a break from the dating game or want to give it a boost to the top of the pile if you lack messages and contact from other members.

We aim to flag up scams and things to avoid, and the very best dating sites will devote a section of their website to give you advice on staying safe and avoid the pitfalls that, unfortunately, do exist. All the top sites have a means of efficiently reporting rude behavior and possible scammers.

Customer Service
Not all sites have a customer support telephone option but, to their credit, the likes of Match do. EliteSingles justifiably prides itself on its customer service, and it won the Newsweek award for ‘best customer service’ in their online dating category. Other sites rely on email support, and any decent site will usually respond to member queries or concerns within 24 hours. In our reviews, we give you the details for contacting customer services for each specific site.