Which online dating sites are the best?

Best dating sites of 2019

Any time of year is a great time for romance, and whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall, love is definitely always in the air. And potentially on dating sites! If you’re single, you might be searching for a partner who wants to stroll through a park or spend a lazy weekend with you watching Disney Plus. And what better place is there to find deep, meaningful companionship than on the internet?

Here’s an overview of the best dating sites on the market. My recommendations for the best dating sites are based primarily on my own experiences with online dating sites as a woman, with some word-of-mouth impressions from friends thrown in for good measure.


Whether you’re looking for a hookup, friendship or an LTR (long-term relationship), Tinder has you covered. It’s basically the first stop for those entering the dating world. If you want to play the odds when it comes to online dating, you need to be swiping where everyone’s swiping.On the upside, the profiles are brief, which helps you to make decisions quickly. The downside is that short profiles make it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for. Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging a lot more challenging.

You’ll need to wade through a sea of profiles, which makes it easy to pass over people you might have given a chance under different circumstances.OkCupid, how you confuse me. I have friends who’ve met spouses through OkCupid. My last serious relationship came from OkCupid. In fact, I’ve been on OkCupid, on and off, for roughly the last 11 years. Profiles are a lot more in-depth than most online dating sites, and if you answer a seemingly endless series of questions (much like a personality test), they will spit out a reasonable Match/Enemy percentage ratio on profiles to help you gauge compatibility based on interests.

Changes in the last few years have made OkCupid a bit more like Tinder (both owned by the same company) focusing more on swiping and eliminating the ability to message a user without matching with them first. You can still send a message — it just won’t show up in the recipient’s inbox unless you match. Because who doesn’t enjoy sending a thoughtful message to someone who might never see it? However, OkCupid has pointed out that these changes did help lower the number of offensive messages people received, which might be a worthwhile trade-off. Unfortunately in my experience OkCupid has become a bit of a ghost town.

 

Hinge finally won me over, becoming my favorite dating app in 2019. Originally the app focused on common connections and mutual friends that you and a potential partner shared on Facebook, which was a gimmick I was never sold on. But it has since pivoted away from this model. Hinge has designed the app to make user profiles more engaging (and helpful) than on apps like Tinder. You have the option of displaying a lot of useful information that could be deal breakers: your political leanings, your religion, your alcohol consumption frequency or even your interest level in having children someday. And the prompts provided by Hinge do help create more engaging profiles. Hinge’s current slogan is simply “Designed to be deleted,” and if a serious relationship is what you’re looking for, this is the dating app I would recommend.

 

Coffee Meets Bagel hopes to offer people better-quality matches by sending curated matches, or “bagels,” each day at noon. They suggest ice-breakers for first messages, and the profiles are more in-depth than Tinder. For people who like a little extra hand-holding, CMB isn’t the worst option. However, I found the app confusing to use, with too many features and a lot of gimmicks. I shouldn’t have to look up online tutorials to figure out how to use a dating app. And why call matches Bagels?

I was also disappointed in the notifications, which I found too pushy. CMB was constantly “gently” reminding me to message people I’d matched with. I eventually disabled the app after receiving the following notification: “Show [match name] who’s boss and break the ice today!” Should a potential future relationship be rooted in a hierarchical power dynamic? At the end of the day, I have friends who’ve had the perfect match on CMB, but it isn’t my favorite app.

 

We’ve hand-picked the best online dating sites for you to try right now – and there really is something for everyone.

With half of all single people now using some of the best online dating sites to find love (or at least quick, no strings sex – hello, Tinder), long gone are the days when Internet dating was seen as embarrassing or cringe-worthy. Now its about as normal (but way more fun) as Internet banking.

There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there. So, to make it a little less overwhelming, we’ve trawled the Internet for you and sought the advice of online dating expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams to find the 11 best online dating sites on the web. You can thank us later.

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1. eHarmony

How does it work? If you are serious about looking for that special thing called love, then this is the site for you. eHarmony take this match-making lark very seriously, making them one of the best online dating sites around. They’ve even patented The eHarmony Compatibility Matching System. That’s right. They’ve taken 35 years of research to come up with a Relationship Questionnaire and pride themselves on matching users with people who are actually compatible with them.

How much does it cost? £9.95 per month.

The experts say: This is a great site for those who are looking for personality matching. eHarmony takes the hard work out of trolling through 100s of photos and delivers compatible dates directly to your inbox. This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship.