Online dating services are websites and applications meant to assist people in finding dates. In 2016, nearly 15% of Americans have engaged in some form of online dating. These services are great for those who are new to certain areas, or are in a position where meeting someone is difficult.

Most online dating services function in the same way, they match people based on their personality profiles. While dating applications are primarily focused on pictures and short-form descriptions, dating websites can be more well-rounded.

When selecting an online dating service, ensure that its features match what you are looking for. While certain websites will offer personality tests, compatibility ratings, proximity searches, and member blocking, others are designed for specific gender searches.

Before finalizing one’s online dating choice, first consider whether it is beneficial to join a paid or free service. While paid subscriptions may provide greater depth, such as advanced searching or automated results, free services will still assist in finding a partner. If a paid service is desirable, make sure you examine the fine print. Is there privacy and identity control? Is the subscription monthly or annual? Is renewal automatic? Are there any discounts available? Does the service provide any sort of support?


Top 9 Companies

#1
9.1 / 10
  • Very detailed search results
  • Great site for people searching for long term relationships
  • Member ID verification
  • Secure calls
  • Automatic membership renewals
  • Limited to straight relationships
#2
8.4 / 10
  • Know your personality type for free
  • “Chemistry” based matchmaking
  • Over 13 million people who have taken the personality test
  • Daily matches
  • Voice notes
#3
7.9 / 10
  • Daily matches
  • Text alerts for winks and emails
  • Private mode (optional upgrade)
  • Mobile access
  • Create an account in seconds
#4
7.4 / 10
  • For people in their 30’s searching for a serious relationship
  • Create an account in seconds
  • Free online dating service
  • Cancel anytime
  • Low membership fees
#5
6.8 / 10
  • Mobile app
  • Create a profile in seconds
  • Email notifications
  • Questionnaires
  • Available in multiple languages 
#6
6.3 / 10
  • Available for mobile devices
  • Plenty of free features
  • Up to 16 images in your profile
  • Large pool of members to choose from
  • Dating tips and guides
#7
6.0 / 10
  • Profile photo required
  • Detailed personal profiles
  • Sign up for free
  • Communication and messaging tools
  • Privacy tools
#8
5.3 / 10
  • Free messaging
  • VIP support
  • Virtual currency, credits
  • Games
  • Social network
#9
5.0 / 10
  • Low-cost monthly membership
  • Create an account in minutes
  • Free chat and messaging
  • Mutual Match
  • Advance search features

 

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How We Compare Online Dating

Profile Information

25%

Finding possible matches is the first step in finding a possible date. But the information contained in each member’s profile places you in the best position to make that decision. The amount of information available in a member’s profile gives members a better and more detailed view into possible profile matches. Online dating sites that provide personality tests for example gives a deeper look into each member’s personality. This is in contrast to online dating sites that only require basic information such as a profile photo or personal background.


Search Features

20%

Today’s top online dating sites offer a comprehensive profile creation process that includes very detailed member profiling. This is reflected in the quality of results that each search brings. Compared to traditional search parameters that only incorporate basic data such as age or location, advanced searches also take into account a member’s personality and relationship preference.

 

Basic Search

A quick search feature that provides results based on a simple search parameters such as age range, location and relationship status.

Advance Search

This search type includes additional search parameters for creating more targeted results. This may include searching for members by ethnicity, educational background, religion and income.

Automated Matchmaking

A feature that’s included in online dating sites that include member profiling. Personality and “chemistry” tests gives an in-depth look into each member. While most online dating sites offer members the ability to proactively search for possible matches, some services only display possible profiles that is compatible with your profile.


Price

15%

As with every other service, the price of membership in online dating sites is a concern among prospective members. Good news is that all of the top online dating sites we reviewed offered free membership. However, some of the useful functionalities and features were not available in their free offer.

Membership Programs

  • Free Membership
  • Entry-level Membership
  • Premium Membership

*** Online dating site membership programs offer discounts for multi-month contracts. Rather than enrolling in a low-commitment or one-month membership program, opt for multi-month contracts for bigger savings.


Messaging

15%

Communication is essential in any relationship. And the number of ways you could communicate with fellow members makes it easier for you to interact and create new connections. An online dating site should provide members a variety of channels for members to show interest in another member. This is done by liking another member’s profile or sending a wink for example.

 

Look for online dating sites that offer email or chat messages for free. Some of the sites we reviewed place certain restrictions in the amount of messages or types of communication channels with free membership.

  • Email exchanges
  • Instant messaging
  • Online chat
  • Likes, flirts
  • Video and voice messaging

Security

15%

Meeting a new person whether online or in the flesh can be both exciting and dangerous. Since online dating sites have made creating a profile so easy, almost anyone could create a new identity in a few seconds. Keeping you identity and personal information could also be done by limiting your profile’s visibility.

  • Identity verification
  • Privacy control

 


Help and Support

10%

An online dating sited should offer a variety of support options where members especially paid subscribers could get a hold of staff for any concern. Support services should also include a vast resource of dating and safety tips for online dating.

  • Email
  • Dedicated support help lines
  • Knowledgebase