Online dating has become a popular way to meet singles. Dating sites give you a chance to virtually “meet” and get to know other singles in your area based on criteria chosen by you. There are many popular dating websites, including plenty that cater to niche interests; the following sites are the top 10, according to AskOnlineAdvice.com, and are listed in no particular order.
This site features 20 million singles; because of the high number of users, it also has advanced search criteria, allowing users to search by age, location, keyword and other custom search criteria such appearance, interests, background and values and lifestyle. It is free to become a member of Match.com and search for matches, but to send and receive email and have access to other features, there is a monthly subscriber fee.
eHarmony is a heterosexual only dating site. This site differs from the others because there is no search function. Matches are made based on an online personality evaluation given during signup. The compatibility test is free, and it’s free to review matches, but there is a monthly fee to communicate if you choose to do so.
Chemistry.com is another site that does not have a search function in place. Instead, it makes suggestions based on a personality test filled out upon registration. This site targets people who are searching for a serious relationship, and the test is designed to find those types of long-lasting matches. Much like the other sites, registration is free, but there is a fee to actually interact with matches through the website.
ChristianCafe.com has about 1 million users and caters to those who want to find a partner with a set of religious values. Christian Café offers a search function as their sole means of matching, but occasionally offers match suggestions based on a user's profile. This dating site offers a free trial period, then charges a monthly fee if you want to continue using the site.
Perfect Match offers a search function to find matches in addition to a compatibility test for match suggestions. The compatibility test and ability to review matches are free, but the service charges a fee communicate with your matches or view contact information. Perfect Match sometimes offers specials, such as "buy one month, get one free" deals.
Yahoo! Personals allows users to search its very large user base, which consists of more than 10 million singles. Yahoo! Personals offers a free seven-day trial period, but then charges a monthly fee for additional use.
LavaLife.com is a dating site that targets users seeking a more casual dating experience. This site allows you to search the database by age, location and custom search criteria such as lifestyle and appearance. LavaLife.com is free to join and search, as well as to communicate with other members.
FriendFinder.com is both a dating site, focusing on more casual relationships, and friend seeker. This site allows users to search for others by the type of relationship they are looking for, be it romantic or platonic. Joining FriendFinder is free, but there is a monthly fee to communicate with matches.
SinglesNet.com claims to have more visitors in the United States than any other dating site, including Match.com. SinglesNet.com offers a free membership that includes viewing member profiles and communicating with other members. This site also offers a free matching system to further help users find matches.
MatchMaker.com is one of the simpler dating sites focused on users looking for a serious relationship. The site helps you search for relevant matches and also suggests matches based on information outlined in your profile. This site also has chat rooms and instant messaging that makes it easy to communicate with other members. MatchMaker.com is free to enjoy, but offers enhanced features to members that pay a monthly fee.