Online Dating Online Dating Reviews & Prices

Interested in trying online dating? We certainly were. Yes, we signed up for each of the sites you see here, with the mission of helping our readers find the right online dating site for them—and the truth is, we found that online dating sites are pretty fun. We looked at the features, user base, and pricing at each site. In addition we had two people, male and female, create profiles and write their own reviews for our "He Said/She Said" recommendations. These reviews offer a more personal take on the matches and the matchmaking process. So, check out our comparisons and reviews, and find out which site earned the "Lady's Choice" and "Guy's Choice" award. If you have more questions about online dating sites, their features, and online safety, check out our informative FAQ.

Updated 04-13-2017

Online Dating Comparison Chart

Service NameCost/MonthRelationship TypeUser Base*Matching MethodFeaturesBottom Line
Match $20.99/month

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Casual & Serious Daters20+ million singles;
49% male /
51% female
Search by age & location; custom search; keyword searchOpen communication; email & IM; winks & flirts; see who's viewed you; Text Alerts; Block Users Large and active group of users, intelligent matching system based largely on similar tastes and interests
OkCupid Free standard membership;
$9.95/mo for 1-month subscription to A-list
Casual & Serious Daters12+ million singles;
53% male /
47% female
OkCupid uses math to find matches based on your exact requirementsCreate profile; browse matches; view visitors; send messages; create and participate in quizzes Quirky and straightforward approach to online dating; tons of personality quizzes help match users with local singles
eHarmony $26.95/month

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Relationship Seekers20+ million singles;
43% male /
57% female
Automated matching based on personality test; no searchingGuided communication; email & IM; Block Users Emphasis on guidance and deep connections, larger users base seeking committed relationships, some people are not accepted
Zoosk Free standard membership;
$12.49/mo for 6-month subscription

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Casual & Serious Daters40+ million singles;
No data available
Zoosk's Scientific Matchmaking Service sends you matches to anonymously vote up or downCreate profile; browse profiles; send winks; contact matches; read messages; send gifts Fun and playful; great social features; premium features somewhat available without a subscription
FriendFinder Gold: $11.95
Silver: $10.95
Casual & Serious Daters1.5+ million singles;
53% male/
47% female
Search filter called "Cupid"; Myers-Briggs personality testing; astrological compatibilityChatting, blogging, instant messaging, voice messaging, email; extensive profile information; point system Customizable experience, overwhelming & frustrating interface, best for people with flexible relationship goals and a lot of time on their hands
Service NameCost/MonthRelationship TypeUser Base*Matching MethodFeaturesBottom Line
Lavalife $19.99/month for standard membership; $10/month (6-month subscription with auto-renew option)Casual Daters2 million singles;
60% male /
40% female
Search by age & location; custom searchOpen communication; email & IM; "virtual dating"; speed dating Emphasis on flirting and chatting, good for casual dating, slightly more explicit content, interface cluttered with ads
Tinder Free for regular users
Tinder Plus
$9.99/month for users under 30
$19.99 for users over 30
Casual Daters22+ million singles;
55% male /
45% female
"Hot or not" decision making based on initial reaction, depends on coinciding "likes"Moments, Superlikes Instant gratification — a simple "yes" or "no" to users' Available upgrades for more substantial features; app-based service.
SpeedDate $12.95/month (12-month membership)Casual Daters1.7+ million singles;
more males than females
Private Matchmaker, but more focused on searching/chattingSite focused on five-minute chats; video chat and multiple chat windows; browsing and searching functions Constant stream of speed dates, matchmaking "system" yields poor results, nonstop harassment to subscribe

*Quantcast Data used for male/female ratio and accurate as of June, 2012


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