Nowadays, online dating has become the norm to meeting potential partners (or hookups). Almost half of all single people use these sites to find love, and gone are the days when admitting to using one was embarrassing.
There are literally hundreds of dating sites in the market, and new comers often find it overwhelming. To help you get started on the process of finding your partners, we’re compiled the 10 best dating sites in the UK:
Tinder is the most well known of the dating sites today. People are drawn to its simplicity of swiping right to get a date or swiping left to decline. Although it has a reputation for being a hooking-up app, there are a lot of successful couples right now who have connected because of Tinder. It also has the most amounts of users at around 50 million for your potential matches.
OkCupid gives you personality tests that will give you a match percentage with your potential partners. It’s one of the biggest dating sites available and the information helps you filter out who’s there for a hookup and who wants more. But it has been falling in popularity compared to Tinder mostly because you can receive messages from anyone without matching, clogging up your inbox.
Cost: £9.95 per month
eHarmony uses 35 years of research to come up with a Relationship Questionnaire and Compatability Matching System that they’ve even patented. The success of the site is well known for prioritizing quality over quantity, and has paved way to a lot of successful long term relationships.
Cost: £12.99 for 6 months
Match.com is one of the more widely-used dating sites across the world. It uses a basic system wherein you can search for potential matches, send them a message, and arrange to meet for a date. If you like, you can also filter based on gender, ethnicity, or even religion. This is best if you want to expand your search to outside the UK.
My Single Friend
Cost: £13 per month
MySingleFriend.com is unique in that it is a site made specifically to build up your friend. While personal descriptions are also allowed, the site uses friends’ testimonies to vouch for the person looking for a match. If you can’t begin to date on your own, a push from a friend might be the best for you!
Cost: £16 per month
Lovestruch makes matches according to location and sets you up with those that are near you. There’s even a tube station search parameter to help you go to each other and take the travel out of dating. The site also hosts a lot of successful regular events which provides you a more relaxed way to meet people.
Cost: £10 per month
DoingSomething is best for those who hate the awkwardness of the first date and the forced feeling of being set up. The site matches you with a person based on their date suggestion, whether its going to the amusement park or going to a painting class. One drawback is that the site is currently London-focused. But if you’re in that area, it’s a great way to meet someone doing something you love.
If music is a big part of your life, then Tastebuds is for you. It matches you with fellow music lovers based on your shared location and music interest. You can even send each other music from your smartphones. There is a limited number of users, but is still worth a try if even only to find a music friend to update each other with.
Cost: £22 per month
Muddy Matches is a website dedicated for country-minded people. It’s target market are rural, equestrian, and country folks and matches you according to a Muddy-Townie ratio. It comes at a hefty price tag but users swear by the app for meeting more elite and posh boys in the UK.
Dating for Parents
Datingforparents.com takes out the most difficult conversation you will have with potential dates. It is a site for single men and women with kids who understand each theirs needs and lifestyles. It uses a basic interface showing you the profiles of the other singles with kids out there, and has real time private chats and chat rooms to help you meet potential matches.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start to go on that date! You’ll never know what will happen until you try! J