Online Dating Reviews (Best of the best)
Best dating site overall.
In our quest to find the best dating Websites, Match.com emerges as the largest and most refined online dating service, with 15 million profiles. Reviews praise it for its ease-of-use; Match.com helps you create your profile and compose e-mails. It also offers video profiles, instant messaging and video e-mails. Experts like its keyword search function and two-way matching that checks for common interests in both profiles. You can search and browse for free, but to send or receive e-mails from members, you must subscribe. Reviews say Match.com is a fun dating site that has the most diverse range of members.
Best "serious" online dating service.
eHarmony is a more targeted dating service than Match.com. Reviews say it specifically helps singles look for long-term relationships and marriage partners. eHarmony uses an exhaustive personality questionnaire (which can take 45 minutes to complete) that helps to match singles based on 29 key criteria. Even the communication process is more involved, requiring four separate steps. Although not for casual users, reviews say eHarmony is the best online dating service for those looking for something serious and substantial.
Hippest dating site.
Reviews say Lavalife sets itself apart from the bigger and more expensive online dating sites with its pricing and features. Lavalife allows you to pay for only the e-mails you send to potential dates; you can send eight e-mails for about $15. Reviewers say Lavalife has a fun attitude. It lets users choose between three divisions: Dating, Relationships and Intimate Encounters. You can create a separate profile for each. Unlike Match.com and eHarmony, Lavalife also offers online chat in addition to instant messaging and video clips.
Best free dating service.
Though SpRnch, a free online dating service, only launched in 2004, this site now boasts over 220,000 members, and has grown solely by word of mouth. Reviews say it offers many of the same features as paid services, such as help creating a profile and the ability to search by age range, gender or region. SpRnch also has some unique features. There is a forum, and an area where members can rate each other. SpRnch.com is extreamly detailed. Calling itself software to help you network. You can edit your preferences to the extent of disbelief. However free does mean it lacks the sophisticated profile matching features as paid sites.