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20 Best dating sites in 2022, you can find your perfect match there

 

 

Are you looking for love, fun or just a companion? It may be time to jump head first into the world of online dating – and we’re here to help

 

Venturing into the world of online dating can be overwhelming to say the least – especially if you’ve been out of the game for quite some time. And, if your worst nightmare is going on a blind date, a dating site is a great way to scope out your potential partner before meeting them IRL (in real life.)

 

Whether you’re looking for a casual fling or hoping for the perfect fairytale ending, luckily there are a ton of dating apps and websites to help you get started – even if you may have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince along the way.

 

To help you find your perfect match, whether that be for the night or forever, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best dating apps and sites to download right now. Love could be just a swipe away…

 

eharmony

 

eharmony has five million UK members, 60 million worldwide. The site is known for being popular with people who are serious about looking for a long-term relationship. If that’s something you’re looking for, then look no further.

 

According to eharmony experts – ‘Every 14 minutes, someone finds love on eHarmony’.

 

Match.com

 

Match.com has more than 2.5 million members in over 24 countries, making it one of the world’s largest online dating services. So, if you’re after an inclusive demographic, then this may be the site for you.

 

OKCupid

 

OKCupid has 2.5 million UK members and over 50 million users worldwide. It is one of the most inclusive dating sites with members ranging between 25 to 40 years.

 

You will find a balance of people looking for a serious relationship and those just looking for some fun. So if you’re unsure as to what you’re after, then this dating site is the ideal option for you.

 

1. Match.com

 

Best for getting back out there

 

Free membership: Allows you to create a profile, view other members’ profiles, view matches, and send ‘winks.’

Paid membership (from £9.99 a month): Allows you to chat with other members, view members who added you to their likes, receive a special selection of Match singles and save on tickets to Match events.

Users: 21.5 million users worldwide.

Match.com has more than 21.5 million members in over 24 countries, making it one of the world’s largest online dating services. So, if you’re after an inclusive demographic, then this may be the site for you.

 

The website is easy to navigate and daters are given plenty of information on their potential matches, so you can make a more informed decision before ‘skipping’ someone, rather than judging on looks alone.

 

2. eharmony

 

Best for marriage seekers

 

Free membership: Allows you to create a profile, view other members’ profiles and view matches.

Paid membership (from £9.95): Allows members to see who has viewed your profile and connect with other members.

Users: 60 million users worldwide.

eharmony has five million UK members, 60 million worldwide. The site is known for being popular with people who are serious about looking for a long-term relationship. If that’s something you’re looking for, then look no further.

 

According to eharmony experts – ‘Every 14 minutes, someone finds love on eHarmony’. eharmony features include a personality questionnaire that helps you get to know the person behind the profile. The quiz is optional and includes over 80 snappy questions about your dating preferences, communication style and goals. More than just a bit of fun, it’s designed to help you meet people with similar interests and views of the world.

 

3. Our Time

 

Best for people over-50

Free membership: Allows users to create a profile, upload photos and videos, send winks, and browse through millions of singles right away.

Paid subscription (from £19.99 a month): Allows members to see who has viewed or favourited your profile, connect with other members via instant messenger, keep track of your connections, and attend Match.com live events to meet people.

Users: Over 150,000 active members.

With over 3 million UK members, and over 150,000 active members, OurTime, which is also owned by the Match Group, is a free dating site.

 

It is aimed at people over-50 – so if you’re not interested in swiping left and swiping right, then this is the dating site for you.

 

One feature we love is that it allows members to meet through dedicated activities, so you can have fun whilst meeting singles who are looking for relationships.

 

The dating site also hosts regular singles events and offers dating advice – great if you’ve been out of the game for a while and are looking for a long-term relationship.

 

4. OKCupid

Best for open-minded singles

Free membership: Allows users to set up a profile, view other members’ profiles and even communicate with other members, which is hard to find among free online dating subscriptions.

Paid subscription (from £19.49 a month): Features include no outside ads; send unlimited likes; specify dealbreakers.

Users: 4 million users worldwide.

OkCupid has one of the best free membership options as it allows you to see all potential matches, interact with others online and send unlimited messages without paying a penny.

 

Users are matched by an algorithm after answering specific lifestyle questions. Once you’ve answered the questions it will filter out potentials who don’t align with what you’re searching for.

 

You will find a balance of people looking for a serious relationship and those just looking for some fun. So if you’re unsure as to what you’re after, then this dating app is the ideal option for you.

 

5. Zoosk

Best for matchmaking

Free membership: Allows you to create a profile, view other members’ profiles, and view matches. You can also send unlimited likes and smiles to potential suitors as well as buy coins to boost your profile or to send virtual gifts to someone special.

Paid subscription (from £15 a month): Allows members to see who has viewed your profile and connect with other members. You’ll also be able to use photo verification, and receive daily match suggestions using the SmartPick function.

Users: 40 million users worldwide.

Whether you’re looking for a short term hook-up or something long-term Zoosk may be just what you’re looking for.

 

It’s a popular UK dating app and site with 40 million members – so it’s a good one to try if you’re looking for regular activity. There’s an inbuilt behavioural matchmaking engine which learns as you click to pair you with singles you’re most likely to be mutually attracted to.

 

6. DatingDirect.com

Best for professionals

Free membership: Allows members to create a profile, search for other members, see who’s online and wink at potential matches.

Paid subscription (from £9.99 a month): Allows members send unlimited messages, find out who is interested, browse ad-free and special member pricing for events.

Users: 5 million UK members.

Dating Direct is also owned by the Match Group and has 5 million UK member and 21 million worldwide.

 

It is popular with young professionals, with work and education background being one of the major matching criteria.

 

It is widely used by people aged between 25 to 40, but is growing in popularity with older age groups. With the 50+ age range, currently being the fastest growing demographic.

 

7. Illicit Encounters

Best for open relationships

Free membership: Allows you to create a profile, upload photos, search other members, receive messages, and send virtual kisses and gifts.

Paid subscription (from £139.99 a month): Allows members to send and and read messages, Hide your profile. Use ‘holiday’ and ‘invisible’ modes. You can also prepare responses and set up auto-responders, and live alerts.

Users: Over one million UK members.

Illicit Encounters is a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people, and with over one million members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match – or matches.

 

Members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship.

 

The site creates a non-judgemental, no-pressure environment for members. Unlike other sites, members can remain anonymous with password protection on photographs, to protect their identities.

 

8. Thursday

 

Best for spontaneity

Free membership: Once you’ve signed up, the app allows you to gain access to exclusive events every Thursday.

Paid subscription: Allows members to set up a profile, swipe and chat with up to 10 suiters.

Thursday is a single’s members club and every Thursday the app comes to life with people near you who also want to meet that day.

 

Once the app comes alive after midnight, it will show you potential daters nearby. Users then have 24 hours to match, chat, and set up a meeting in-person with your matches.

 

Exclusive events are also held at some of the sexiest spots in London so if you’re up for cutting out all the small talk and meet people in person – this is the dating app for you.

 

9. Hinge

 

Best for serious relationships

Free membership: Allows users to set up a profile, unlimited access to member profiles, swiping and sending messages.

Paid subscription (from £19.66 a month): Allows users to filter out people based on height, religion, wants kids, politics, drug use, education etc.

Users: 50 million users worldwide.

Since Hinge calls itself “The Dating App Designed to Be Deleted,” there’s no messing around with casual flings on this app as it’s all about finding you a serious relationship. The app uses your location to find potential matches in your area and asks each user to complete a series or prompts rather than relying on the usual ‘tell me about yourself’ questions.

 

The app is free to download and you have unlimited access to profiles, swiping and sending messages. However, you can upgrade to a Preferred Membership, which allows you to better filter results.

 

10. Tinder

 

Best for casual dating

 

Free membership: Users can swipe on someone they like the potential match will be informed and linked up if they like you back.

Paid Plus subscription (£4.99-£19.94 a month): features include unlimited likes, five super likes a day, passport to any location, hidden ads.

Users: Over 50 million users worldwide.

Although Tinder’s picked up a pretty bad reputation, and is commonly referred to as the “hookup app,” it’s still up there with one of the most used dating apps out there. The well-known app which is responsible for 1 million dates per week, according to the site, allows you to swipe right to potential partners, then message and arrange a date.

 

Profiles are not as detailed as on other apps, but you can include your name, job, company, education, location and links to your Instagram and Spotify accounts.

 

11. Jdate

 

Best for Jewish singles

 

Free membership: Users can create a profile and browse through members to see if there’s anything they like the look of before subscribing to contact them.

Paid subscription (from $29.99 per month): Features include unlimited messages with members, member spotlight, profile gets highlighted, notifies when messages have been read.

Jdate is the home for Jewish dating. It’s the perfect place to meet like-minded people who share the same interests while seeing their religion as a top priority. It’s also incredibly successful.

 

According to their website, in 2011 alone, 52% of Jewish marriages that started online were created thanks to Jdate. So they are responsible for more Jewish marriages than all the other online dating sites. You can’t argue with those facts!

 

You can even find matches anonymously thanks to the site’s LookBook feature, which allows you to leave a heart on the profiles that you feel would be a good fit.

 

12. Bumble

 

Best for empowering women

 

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Free membership: Users can swipe through members’ profiles, make matches and send messages all for free.

Paid subscription (from £14.99 a month): Backtrack, extended time on current matches, unlimited swipes, one spotlight per week, five SuperSwipes per week.

Users: 22 million users worldwide.

Bumble is a dating app that works a lot like Tinder – if both people swipe right, it’s a match. The biggest difference is that the app lets women make the first move. Bumble also allows you to search for friends and business connections, rather than just dates – simply swipe to find your preferred people!

 

13. HER

 

Best lesbian dating app

 

Free membership: Users can create a profile, view profiles, send and receive messages and get notifications.

Paid subscription (from £13.99 a month): Features include online now, who has liked my profile, change location, unlimited swipes, rewind profiles.

Users: 8 million users worldwide.

If you identify as lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, pansexual, or queer, HER is totally worth it for you. The dating site, which currently has over eight million users, also features a calendar of events, making it a great place for women, non-binary, trans and gender-nonconforming people to find love or queer community, even if you’re not ready for a one-on-one date yet.

 

14. Happn

 

Best for busy people

Free membership: Users can create a profile, ‘like’ other Happn users, get crushes, speak to crushes, manually set status to invisible, play CrushTime once.

Paid subscription (from £19.99 a month): Features include a personalised profile, unlimited likes, ad-free experience, a list of people liking your profile, ability to hide some personal information, rewinds, and video calls.

Users: 50 million users worldwide.

Happn is much like Tinder in the way that it creates your dating profile by hooking up to your Facebook (though no one need ever know and Happn will never publish anything to your page), then all you have to do is select the gender you’re interested in dating and the age range.

 

It then uses GPS tracking to present you with a list of people near you. It tells you whether you’ve crossed paths with them once or several times, gives you a map of roughly where you crossed paths, their photos, name, age and profession.

 

If you like what you see you can hit the red love heart and if the feeling is mutual you have a ‘crush’ and can start messaging.

 

15. Raya

 

Best exclusive dating app

 

Paid subscription: £16.99 a month for access to the app.

Users: 15,000 users worldwide.

Unlike dating apps such as Bumble or Tinder, membership to Raya isn’t as simple as creating a profile – as it requires users to submit an application (think of it as the Soho House of dating apps). Although it’s known as the “celebrity dating app,” you don’t technically have to be a celebrity to join, but only 8 percent of applications are accepted – so it’s definitely exclusive. If you are granted admission to the Raya community, you’re expected to pay £16.99 a month in membership fees just for access to the app.

 

16. Silver Singles

 

Best for singles over-50

Free membership: Users can register on the site, take the personality test, view personalised test results, create a profile, view matches, send smiles.

Paid subscription (£24.95 for three months): Features include unlimited communication, see who’s visited your profile, view all member photos, read receipts for messages you send, up to 20 bonus wildcard matches a day.

Users: 800,000 monthly active users.

If you’re over-50 and looking for love, Silver Singles is the perfect place to start. And if you’re a little worried about the tech side of dating apps, fear not as signing up to the dating app is extremely easy. Simply register with your email, fill out a comprehensive personality test, which takes between 15 and 30 minutes and wait for your perfect match to come along.

 

17. Muzmatch

 

Best for single muslims

Free membership: Users can still see profiles, match and chat for free.

Paid subscription (from £19.99 a month): Features include instant match, advanced filters and search preferences, unlimited swipes, likes, passes and blocks and you can browse ad-free.

Users: over 6 million users worldwide.

Single and Muslim looking for a match? Muzmatch is your go-to dating app if you’re looking to find a serious relationship based arounbd religion. Since launching in 2015, the app has quickly grown, and now boasts over 6 million members – so there’s plenty of opportunity to meet your match.

 

According to the Muzmatch website, the app has made 100,000 marriages happen, so it’s safe to say it works.

 

The app allows you to chat to potential partners for free or, if you’re really hoping to get to know someone better you can even video call for free without having to share your phone number.

 

You can opt for a Gold membership which allows you to unlock more features including second chance, no adverts, preferences, one instant chat daily and more – but it comes at a price.

 

18. Inner Circle

 

Best for young professionals

Free membership: It’s completely free to use Inner Circle with Standard Membership, which includes invites to events, and features that help you meet other singles in real life.

Paid subscription (from £31.84 a month): Features include reading messages, discover who viewed your profile, tickets for events and see all your winks.

Users: over 4.5 million users worldwide.

Inner Circle today boasts over 4.5 million members, spanning 66 cities in 29 countries. The app was created from the belief that for online dating to work, there needed to be a safe space that was focused on quality, not quantity.

 

The team behind the app screens each member on safety, effort and mindset so you only see quality profiles from people you’d actually want to go on a date with – say goodbye to time wasting.

 

There’s also a mixture of free and paid member events at buzzing venues, as well as ski trips, summer BBQs and more to make IRL connections – so what are you waiting for?

 

19. Original Dating

 

Best for speed dating

From £15 for an event ticket.

More than 6,000 events have been organised with over 250,000 attendees.

Try now: originaldating.com

The UK’s leader in speed dating and singles events, this is a dating site for those who are committed to meeting their special someone in person.

 

For the speed dating events, you get about five minutes with each person, after which you tick a score sheet yes if you’d like to see them again, and no if you’d rather not – this is just for you to keep track of whom you clicked with.

 

After the speed dating, there’s an opportunity for everyone to mingle informally and get to know each other better.

 

Then, after the event, you tick whom you liked on the Original Dating website, and if it’s reciprocated you’ll be able to message them on the site to get to know each other better and exchange information, so you can get that first date planned.

 

20. Mai Tai UK | Elite Dating

 

Best for corporate professionals

Free membership

Named after the co-founder’s favourite cocktails, Mai Tai is a matchmaking platform that is ideal for busy professionals who don’t have time to go on countless dates.

 

Mai Tai makes it extremely easy to date, simply register online and an event curator or matchmaker will find compatible partners and organise a date at a restaurant in London or Oxford where you’ll be invited to meet with a table of four matches.

 

Which dating sites are completely free?

OkCupid

 

Hinge

 

Tinder

 

Bumble

 

Her

 

Plenty of Fish

 

eharmony

 

Match

 

Muzmatch

 

FAQs

 

What is the best dating site for serious relationships?

eharmony has brought together millions of couples – in fact, 438 users get married to someone they met on the website every single day. The data backs this up: a 2018 study named eharmony as the site most likely to lead to a happy relationship.

 

On the site, you’ll answer extensive survey questions. This “Compatibility Matching System” uses more than twenty years of research to then present you with online dating options. This selective, data-driven approach makes eharmony a good choice if you’re looking for a serious relationship.

 

Which dating site has the most users?

With over 50 million users worldwide, Tinder is undoubtedly one of the biggest and busiest dating apps out there. It’s said there’s been over 55 billion matches to date – now that’s impressive. Although Tinder is mainly used for casual dating nowadays, with so many users, it just takes one to feel that spark.

 

Are paid dating sites better?

In our opinion, yes. Paid dating sites often come with added features and benefits making it easier and quicker to find your perfect match. For instance, opting for Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus allows you to unlock features like the Tinder passport, meaning you can swipe right on anyone anywhere in the world, rather than just your local area. It also gets rid of ads, gives you unlimited likes and you can even see who likes you before swiping on them, meaning you get to be more selective.

 

How does online dating work?

Online dating enables people to find and introduce themselves to potential connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing a relationship.

 

Your chosen site will allow you to become a member through creating a personal profile that generally includes information such as age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.

 

Members are also encouraged to add photos or videos to their profile, and some sites include a personality test to help speed up the matching process.

 

Once a profile has been created, members can view the profiles of other members of the service, using the visible profile information to decide whether or not to initiate contact, and start a conversation.

 

Some sites will allow anyone to send you a message whereas others, you have to be matched first.

 

Members will either keep their interactions to the online space, or arrange a date to meet in person.

 

How to stay safe

 

The rise in romance scams comes as more people have turned to online dating during 2020 due to Covid-19.

 

They involve people being coerced into sending money to scammers who go to great lengths to gain their trust, such as being in a relationship.

 

Scammer requests come in many forms, and tend to pull on the victim’s heart-strings, such as claiming they need money for an emergency., a family member, a business deal or medical problems.

 

Warning signs: These will involve the scammer wanting to quickly leave the dating site’s messaging apps to talk by phone or send messages to your email address.

 

Once you’ve established an online relationship, they tend to cancel a date to meet face-to-face at the last minute, for many reasons.

 

In order to protect yourself, the best thing to do is trust your instincts, and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

 

Tips for online dating:

 

Pick your apps wisely

Be selective and use apps according to your partner preferences. Some apps have a reputation for being hookup apps whereas others are designed to connect users looking for a more serious relationship who share the same religion, hobbies or attributes.

 

Write a profile that mirrors what you want

Put some thought into your profile! If you’re mostly looking for fun and laughs, a short and witty profile might be perfect. If you’re looking for a deeper connection with someone, write a longer and more thoughtful profile that showcases who you are, what you like to do and think about, and what kind of person you want to introduce into your life.

 

Use clear photos of your face, ideally smiling

It’s good to have a variety of photos of yourself on your dating profile. Make sure your face is clearly visible, and don’t make the first photo a group shot where it’s not clear which person is you. Smiling photos tend to appeal to most people – it makes you seem approachable and fun.

 

Be honest

Authenticity and vulnerability are what will help you form real relationships. It’s important to be transparent about who you are and let others know what you’re looking for in a relationship when it comes to things like relationship history, desire for children, pet preferences, and religion.

 

Be patient and have fun

Like everything in life, all good things comes to those who wait. Although you may not find your perfect match in your first couple months of dating, that shouldn’t mean giving up on it completely. Dating itself is a process that takes some time to warm and ease into. Be patient, keep engaging and most importantly, stay positive. If it’s all a little too overwhelming for you, it’s ok to take a break and come back when you’re ready to get going again. Online dating should never feel like hard work or a chore, so something to take from all of this is to just have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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