Best Dating Sites

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These are the 7 best dating sites for relationships. Between dating apps , dating events and niche dating sites you don’t want your mom to know about, there are a million and one algorithms working to your advantage in today’s dating world. And while there are many free sites out there, sometimes you have to drop some money if you want the best. Sound familiar? Yes, that’s life.

Here’s an overview of the best dating sites money can buy.





Members: 1700.000
Male to female ratio: 51:49
$ 5.99 per month for a 1-month membership

First launched in the UK over 10 years ago, MeetKing’s members are young professionals looking for serious relationships. There are very few people here looking for a casual connection, as the personality test, while not as extensive as eHarmony’s (see below), still takes a good half hour of your time.

Compatibility matching is called ‘psychometric testing’ and supposedly uses a scientifically based matching process that first compares the results of your personality tests with those of other members. Completion of the personality test also results in a compatibility score between 60 and 140 points (100 is the average).

Yes, you can use MeetKing without paying.


Members: 3.000.000
Male to female ratio: 51:49
$ 29.99 per month with 1 month membership

Started in 1995, is the first and largest dating site. The paid membership helps discourage anyone from seeking a serious relationship, so you won’t find many options for a one-night stand . After signing up, but before paying, you fill out a questionnaire with basic lifestyle questions – nothing too scientific, psychological or whimsical. Then you can browse profiles and even send free winks before signing up. also has an app, which is handy.

You’re pretty much on your own here to find a partner. So if you’re not into endless questionnaires and trying to find the only other person who doesn’t like chocolate, this might be the site for you. If you want something more scientific, scroll down.


Dating Direct

Dating DirectDating Direct

Members: 4.500.000
Male to female ratio: 49:51
$ 29.99 per month with 1 month membership

An almost identical site to Match. The only differences are the user interface colors and mobile device support, as both belong to the same parent company. This means that members of both sites are shared in a single database. This means a member database of over 4 million members in the UK alone. That’s a lot of singles.

The central feature of Dating Direct (and Match) is The Daily 6, where the matching algorithm selects six different members each day that it thinks you will like. You are then asked the simple question: Would you like to meet them? and can answer either: yes, no or maybe. If you say ‘yes’, this person will be informed that you are interested in them. However, it is up to you to make the move.

The only difference between Match and Dating Direct is that the former offers the mobile app mentioned above. If you mainly do things from your phone, you should probably just join Match.


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Match affinity

Match affinityMatch Affinity

Members: 3.000.000
Male to female ratio: 49:51
$44.95 per month for 1 month membership

Based on a questionnaire that attempts to match you with members deemed most compatible with your personality type, partners are selected for you, the largest compatibility-based dating site in the UK. This is serious stuff: prepare to be bombarded by over 100 personality-based questions.

If you’re an online dater who likes to swipe right or scroll when you’re watching Transformation to evil Repeats, Match Affinity is probably too extensive for you. They don’t even offer a traditional search box. Instead, the only option you have to find potential dates is a button titled Your Matches. When you click it, you’ll get all the members that the match system has decided you’re most likely to click with.




Members: 5.000.000
Ratio of man to woman: 50:50
$ 39.95 per month for 1 month membership

eHarmony takes a rigorous and scientific approach to relationships. The first psychological questionnaire they use was developed by veteran clinical psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren, who learned during his 35 years of work that unsuccessful marriages were often the result of couples with major personality differences. If you’re not into your partner having the same likes and dislikes as you (maybe you want someone who will talk sense to you when you’re about to jump off a cliff, rather than someone who will jump off with you), then this is not the Not the site for you.

Once you answer the 100+ questionnaire, which is about things like your character, sense of humor, values, beliefs, etc. (yes, it looks like a standardized test sheet), the system matches you to members with whom you share those values and beliefs.

Again, you won’t find the standard search options on this site, but ‘My Matches’ where you will find all the members that match you. A maximum of ten will be displayed per day. If you want a buffet instead of a single casserole, you may want to search elsewhere.


My single friend

My single friendMy single friend

Members: 200.000
Male to female ratio: 38:62
$28 per month for 1 month membership

My Single Friend was created in 2004 by Channel 4 TV presenter Sarah Beeny and is considered a “no-nonsense approach to dating”. It is a social dating site where you must be added by a friend to become a member. Here, your friends have to describe your personality traits, not you. Therefore, this is basically the ideal website for anyone who has had it completely with dating profile questionnaires (we’re looking at you). You no longer have to painfully describe your likes and dislikes. Instead, your friends are responsible for highlighting all of your good parts and possibly the bad parts if you choose the wrong friend.

If you have a large network of friends and don’t mind being open and involving them in your love life, My Single Friend could be the winner. As with most dating sites, there is a simple search bar that allows you to find all the members that match your criteria. So this is great for casual connections as well.

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