‘Swiping right’ is now a regular part of our lexicon, thanks to Tinder. And it’s not just Tinder, Bumble and Happn are just two other dating apps that prove that using tech to hook up is now the norm. And people are doing more than hooking up, according to EHarmony’s 2015 Relationship Study, online dating is now the second most popular way that people meet that someone special.
The only problem is nowadays there is almost too much choice. Acorrding to Online Dating Magazine, it's estimated that there are more than 8.000 onling dating sites worldwide, with 1000 new sites opening each year. That's a lot of potential for love, but where to begin? Keep on scrolling for our pick of the best online dating sites and apps along with a breakdown of how much they cost.
1. Best Online Dating Site For…
People After A Serious Relationship: Match.com
The behemoth of the online dating world with 3 million members, Match.com claims to have caused more marriages and relationships than any other dating site. With sub-dating sites specialising in black dating, Asian dating, gay and lesbian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating, plus dating advice, a blog and online dating safety advice, Match.com has got nearly all bases covered.
How much does it cost? £29.99.
2. Best Online Dating Site For…
People Who Don’t Want To Leave Anything To Chance: eHarmony
Calling themselves ‘the brains behind the butterflies,’ eHarmony makes its members fill in an in-depth questionnaire to ensure you’ll only be matched to people truly compatible with you. They’ve even done some research with Oxford University to find out the difference between how people date in the UK and the US so that Brit singles now stand the best chance of L-O-V-E.
How much does it cost? £12.95.
3. Best Online Dating Site For…
People Who’re Uncomfortable Writing Their Own Profiles: mysinglefriend.com
Set up by TV presenter Sarah Beeny, this site gets your best friend writing your profile for you. They big you up, so you don’t have to.
How much does it cost? £28
4. Best Online Dating Site For…
Jewish people: JDate
A decent site for single Jewish people looking to find a Jewish SO. It’s as simple as that.
How much does it cost? £19.99
5. Best Online Dating Site For…
People Who Live In The Countryside: Muddy Matches
Set up by two sisters, who concocted the idea in the pub one evening, Muddy Matches is there for country folks who know their cocks from their chicks. Or anyone who just really fancy farmers…
They ask you to fill in a Muddy-Townie quiz so they can match you with someone who loves the great outdoors as much as you do.
How much does it cost? £22 per month.
Visit Muddy Matches.
6. Best Online Dating Site For…
Hectic Professionals: Lovestruck
Life is busy and the good folks behind Lovestruck know this all too well. Set up for the major UK cities (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh), this site encourages first dates to be quick – perhaps over a coffee – with someone who lives, works or happens to be nearby to you.
Lovestruck also run regular singles events and have a section on the site which recommends cool first date bars - think places like The Experimental Cocktail Club and The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town in London.
How much does it cost? £39 a month or £11.58 a month when you subscribe for 12 months.
7. Best Online Dating Site For…
People Who Like Options: Dating Direct
This monster of a site gives you access to 20 million members across Europe. That’s got to be someone decent out there, right, RIGHT?
How much does it cost? £29.99
Visit Dating Direct.
8. Best Online Dating Site For…
People Who Bring The LOLs: OkCupid
The people at OkCupid want to scratch beneath the surface so they ask users tonnes off interesting (some are very off-piste) questions and then use an algorithm to match you with like-minded hotties. Example questions include: ‘If a clone was made of you, would you sleep with it?’ ‘Are you annoying?’ and ‘Breast implants - cool or pathetic?’
How much does it cost? It's free.
9. Best Online Dating Site For…
Bumble is the dating app du jour. It’s like Tinder with its swiping functionality, the key difference is only women can make the first move, mainly to avoid those cringe (sometimes pervy) messages from men, and they only have 24 hours to start the conversation until the connection disappears. For same sex couples both people have 24 hours to get in touch or… buh-bye.
How much does it cost? It’s free.
10. Best Online Dating Site For…
Clever clogs: Parship
The people behind Parship (one of them is a psychologist professor) are logical in their approach to matchmaking. Their scientifically-based compatibility matching compares 30 essential personality characteristics and recommends potential partners who will complement you. 52% of Parship members are graduates so head here if you like your lover well-educated.
How much does it cost? £14.90
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There are an estimated 50 million users on Tinder with 79% of them being millennials. The concept is simple: swipe right if you like, swipe left to pass. Most people use the app but there is also a desktop version.
How much does it cost? Free, but you can pay £7.49 per month for Tinder Gold which lets you see who's already swiped right on you.
12. Best Online Dating Site For:
People Who Are Sick Of Tinder: Happn
A bit like Tinder with its swiping functionality, but the beauty of Happn is that it uses GPS tech to show you people who you've physically crossed paths with in the last few days. This dating app started in Paris but now has large memberships in London and New York City.
How much does it cost? It's free.
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If You Can't Be Arsed With Long Questionnaires: Zoosk
A well-established dating site that's quick and painless to sign up to - we calculated 10 minutes. Consider this a safe pair of hands.
How much does it cost? £22.74