Updated 10-29-2015

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Need a date for the holidays? This is the place to start. Maybe you're new to online dating sites, or you've tried one site and you're looking for other options. Our reviews couple in-depth analysis of each site, with the experiences of a male and female tester who signed up for each service and provided us with their opinions. For more information, check out our full reviews and comparisons, as well as our online dating FAQ.

Online Dating Reviews & Ratings

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Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Chemistry.com Rating: stars
Intuitive matching system based on complementary personality types, best for those seeking committed relationships
Match.com Rating: stars
Large and active group of users, intelligent matching system based largely on similar tastes and interests
OkCupid Rating: stars
Quirky and straightforward approach to online dating; tons of personality quizzes help match users with local singles
eHarmony Rating: stars
Emphasis on guidance and deep connections, larger users base seeking committed relationships, some people are not accepted
Zoosk Rating: stars
Fun and playful; great social features; premium features somewhat available without a subscription
PerfectMatch.com Rating: stars
Designed for those seeking committed relationships, combines elements of matching and searching, personality test is less informative
FriendFinder Rating: stars
Customizable experience, overwhelming & frustrating interface, best for people with flexible relationship goals and a lot of time on their hands
Lavalife Rating: stars
Emphasis on flirting and chatting, good for casual dating, slightly more explicit content, interface cluttered with ads
Date.com Rating: stars
Very basic service with instant messaging and chat rooms, best for casual dating
SpeedDate Rating: stars
Constant stream of speed dates, matchmaking "system" yields poor results, nonstop harassment to subscribe
Tinder Rating: stars
Instant gratification — a simple "yes" or "no" to users' physical appearance is the only criteria needed to make a connection; app-based service.

NextAdvisor Online Dating Blog Headlines

How to Avoid Superficial Online Dating
Superficiality is an inescapable theme in the online dating world. Too often, there are daters inhabiting the sites who have less-than-ideal intentions or make it very obvious that they’re interested in playing the field. This is why online dating has gained the reputation for being similar to online shopping — users are simply browsing the […]

Best Online Dating Apps to Find Your Match on the Go
Online dating has taken its services to the handheld realm, and has been doing exceptionally well when it comes to user base and popularity. However, as online dating apps grow in popularity, it is inevitable that a few horror stories will arise — deterring many online daters who may be missing out on an opportunity […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Dating Opening Lines
It’s been said that first impressions are everything, which mounts even more pressure onto the already nerve–racking task of starting up a conversation with a potential date. For online daters, this pressure is still relevant, but must be approached in a slightly different manner than might be appropriate for face-to-face dating. In the virtual dating […]

Decoding the Language of Online Dating: What is Your Match Telling You?
You may have noticed that there is a particular language native to the Internet, especially when it comes to online dating services. Concepts like “swipe left” or “swipe right” are intermingling with well-crafted one-liners like “looking for my Tinderella,” and the combination can be confusing and overwhelming for many romantic hopefuls. Before dashing all hopes […]

Fill out your profile

First you have to let the world know what you're like, and the kind of person you're looking for. Different dating sites handle this differently, of course, but when you're getting your profile ready, it's like getting ready for a night on the town. Choose a photo, fill in your likes and dislikes, and sketch out your preferences. Dating sites like Match.com, eHarmony, Chemistry.com, and PerfectMatch.com focus on personality analysis to help develop match recommendations. The trick here is to be honest, both about who you are, and what you want. See some extra tips for filling out your online dating profile here!

Find a match

Once you've filled out your profile, and maybe taken a quiz or two, it's time to concentrate on potential dates. View their profiles and see how well you match up. Unlike dating in the wild, you get a lot more information about your potential dates up front—and you can decide if they're really worth your time. Once you've found someone who looks like a good fit, start the conversation! Online dating sites make it easy and safe to get in touch with the people you're interested in. Wink, flirt, nudge, and message your way to a deeper conversation. Click here to learn the dos and don'ts of your first message!


You don't have to rush into your first date with someone new. You'll probably want to get to know them a bit better before you make your first in-person contact. Listen carefully to your Skype conversations, and if you're still unsure, learn more via a background check. Listen to your heart when deciding whether to take it to the next level. Once you're ready, take the plunge, and make a concrete plan to meet in person. For more about meeting a potential match for the first time, click here.

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