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Online dating has come of age. Today millions of people across the country - and the world - have found the advantages that online dating brings. From the comfort of your own home or apartment, you can browse through hundreds of pictures and profiles, strike up dozens of conversations, and date as often as you like.

To meet the needs of all these daters, many online dating services have been created. Each brings to the table a unique perspective, target audience, or feature set that appeals to various segments of the dating market.

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2017

Online Dating Reviews

5 stars
Match

MATCHTopConsumerReviews.com Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Match has it all. As the largest dating site (with over 15 million members), finding someone to meet is virtually assured. Searching is quick and easy from the home page, and that's just the beginning of this great user experience. Match gets our highest rating with the best price and the amount of features offered. Read More... Visit
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4.5 stars
E Harmony

EHARMONY

eHarmony is a little different from conventional dating services. Instead of searching through the database to look for someone you think will be a good match for you, eHarmony does the searching for you. After completing a relationship questionnaire, you receive a free in-depth personality profile (valued at $40) plus your compatible matches based on the answers of your questionnaire. Read More... Visit
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3.5 stars
Spark

SPARK

Spark is a young, professional, hip dating site. It offers the basics that you should expect from an affordable online dating service in a fun and easy interface. Well done, Spark.
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3 stars
Matchmaker

MATCHMAKER

Matchmaker is all about dating people that hold similar interests and seems to be geared toward a younger crowd. The emphasis is not necessarily on finding your future spouse like some other dating services, but rather focuses efforts on more general dating and casual relationships.
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2.5 stars
Friend Finder

FRIEND FINDER

FriendFinder is geared toward to 20-30 year old age range. Although a little cheesy in some areas, FriendFinder nevertheless offers a few unique features not found in other services.
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2 stars
Elite Singles

ELITE SINGLES

EliteSingles is a dating service that has experienced a high degree of success in Germany, the UK, and Australia. However, their service doesn't seem to be as active yet within the US, so users may not find as many matches as they are hoping for. Read More... Visit
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0.5 stars
Great Expectations

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Although the idea of going through a screening process and attending member parties sounds great, the website is lacking and the pricing structure is abysmal. Great Expectations easily receives our lowest rating.
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Are you interested in a long-term relationship or a more casual affair? Do you want to browse through potential candidates or let the system choose your ideal matches? There are dating services that cater to these and all sorts of special needs.

When evaluating the different online dating services, there are certain factors you will want to consider. Some of these include:

  • Features.  Are you interested in compatibility matches? Video dating advice? Or just want the basics?
  • Membership.  The best online dating services have millions of subscribers. As you can imagine, that means potential dates for you.
  • Cost.  Most online dating services offer low monthly fees. You can usually get better deals when you sign up for longer-term subscriptions.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best online dating services available today. We hope this information helps you start your next relationship!

Online Dating Tips

Meeting potential candidates at a dating website is far more effective and convenient than scouring the bars and night clubs week after week. Meeting singles online has many benefits including the amount of singles to choose from, the ability to learn important details about a person before you even talk, and the opportunity to preserve your privacy. Your approach with dating websites will be far more effective if you follow these tips:

  • Profile. Writing a quality profile is an important element to attracting your next date. Does your profile tell a story, is it detailed but not too long? Are you positive in your approach or are you focusing on negatives of what you don't want? Keep in mind you need to sound open and not overly picky. Once you have written your profile, wait a day, and go back and review for accuracy.
  • Picture. While joining a dating site can be a little uncomfortable at first you will get used to the idea of others perusing your picture is this environment. If you fail to post a picture you will most likely meet very few singles. Make sure any picture you post of yourself is relatively accurate and up-to-date. Many online daters have been shocked to meet someone in person and find they look nothing like their pictures posted. Also avoid posting pictures of yourself with someone who looks to be an ex spouse. Even if it's a sister or brother, it will bring many questions and set some false expectations on who is the right physical match for you.
  • Response. If you receive communication from a quality individual don't hesitate to respond. Pretending to be too busy or too passť to respond timely doesn't send the right message. Most people that pay the cost to join a dating site are hoping to expedite the process of meeting people. If you wait too you may miss your chance to get to know a great person.
  • Privacy. Once you've met someone online it's important to not jump the gun and give out personal information. If someone has your last name, email address or phone number it takes only a few seconds to find out where you live and sometimes where you work. Utilizing the privacy established through the dating website is a smart idea until you've met someone special, in person, and have a stronger understanding of who they are and if you want to spend more time with them.

A well written, honest profile that is upbeat is a great way to capture the attention of potential candidates that would make a good fit. Sign on regularly to look for communication from potential dates but make sure you aren't too quick to share personal information with those you meet online.

 

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