The best dating sites and apps if you’re looking for love
Whether you’re looking to dip your toe in the dating pool or are on the hunt for lasting love, these are the best dating sites to try
It’s summertime and, as the sun comes out and the flowers bloom, our thoughts turn naturally to romance. An online dating service is a good place to start.
Online dating and dating apps are now one of the most popular ways to meet a new partner and there are more than 1,400 sites in the UK alone, catering for people from all walks of life and interests.
Now is the perfect time to log on. One dating site, Zoosk, found that mentioning sunny words like “beach” and “picnic” in a message boosted responses significantly. It stands to reason. Right now singles are going out more and feeling more confident with the dopamine boost that sunshine brings. According to dating psychologist Dr Karin Anderson Abrell, this is the time of year when people are most open to new relationships and having fun.
The good news is, the range of dating sites has never been bigger. Whether you’re mad about dogs, passionate about green issues or a connoisseur of fine wines, you may just be a few clicks away from someone who shares your interests.
Modern matchmaking service, eharmony, claims over two million people have found love through their site. Users are required to fill out a short quiz to determine their core values in relation to others, and this powers many male looking for female useful tools to help them find love (including compatibility scores, personality profiles, and relationship advice).
It’s free to register and download the app, send ‘smiles’ and pre-written Icebreakers to get the conversation started. However, you need to subscribe for customised messages and unlimited access to your match’s profile. Subscription costs from ?7.95 per month for 24 months.
Synonymous with online dating, Match has someone for everyone. Create a detailed profile, then find your potential partner through a criteria search. You can go on “zen mode” to be only contacted by those who meet your criteria.
It’s free to become a member but you can only send and receive messages if you are a subscriber. Subscription costs from ? per month for six months.
Those averse to swiping left may enjoy EliteSingles – a site that uses a personality test to match users based on their compatibility. The comprehensive compatibility test takes into account looks, personality (with questions on how optimistic and ambitious you are, your social skills, how friends would describe you, and more), and what you’re looking for in a partner – including whether or not you want children. Most users are looking for a long-term commitment and intellectual match, and 85 per cent of users have a degree and are between 30 and 55 years old.
You need to subscribe to send messages to your matches, as well as see all of their photos and leave comments. Premium membership costs from ? per month for 12 months; or you can trial it for three months (? per month) or six months (? per month).
4. Silver Singles
While Silver Singles is most popular in the States, it is starting to catch on in the UK, too. To register for the site, you must fill out a comprehensive personality test, which takes between 15 and 30 minutes and aims to partner you with your perfect match.
While profiles are quite detailed, they are kept behind a paywall. Likewise, you will need to pay in order to send messages to prospective matches. This premium membership costs from $ for 12 months.