Top rated dating sites
We've picked out the 12 best dating sites for you to try – and there really is something for everyone.
No longer embarrassing or, God forbid, cringe, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love (or at least an easy hook-up... In fact, one in five relationships now begin online, with Tinder alone matching 26 million people a day.
There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there. The experts say: This is a great site for those who are looking for personality matching.
With no further ado, here are our 13 of the best online dating sites, from paid for subscriptions, to free online dating sites: 1. If you started out on Tinder, but have become a bit disillusioned with the process, read: the amount of unwanted messages you get from random men you have no interest in making a connection with, then Bumble is for you. Free though you can now upgrade to the new Bumble Boost premium dating experience for a more considered dating approach. This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship.3. match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.
The app is pretty much the same as Tinder is terms of layout and swipe functionality, however it has one major difference. Men are not allowed to send the first message, with female users being the ones who must initiate the conversation with any matches within 24 hours or else they disappear. It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.
There are also various off-shoots of with microsites for gay and lesbian dating, Asian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating. The experts say: For those nervous about dating, this site puts the control in your fingertips allowing you access to thousands of profiles and the ability to chat to potential dates at the rate which works for you.
The love-gods at match also arrange singles events and provide online dating advice. It is well known and therefore attracts a wide demographic, allowing you to widen your dating pool or limit it with their advanced matching facility.4. Lovestruck helps you target potential partners according to location and it covers many of the major cities across the world.
It's aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don't have the time to date.
Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you be it where you work or live to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work. Choose a username (a screen name or alias) and set up a profile describing yourself and the type of person and relationship you are looking for.The site also hosts regular events which are a fun, relaxed way to meet people. It takes the travel out of dating especially with its tube station search parameter. View other people's profiles by searching the site and when you find someone that interests you, you can send a message via the site to their username.The message is sent to their email address from your username - your real name and email address are never shown.Similarly you can receive messages from other members.These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. In fact, it's fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It's free to join and browse matches but for a year's full access, it costs 10.50 a month.6. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.