Online Dating Site Reviews
There are millions of dating sites out there, so which one is the best for you? This category contains my lists and reviews of the various types of dating sites out there and includes the ones I think are worth a try. I’ve looked at hundreds of dating sites during my research, but only the best ones I could find have made this list. You can now browse the various sites and read about any special issues that may apply to the type of dating site you’re looking for. Of course, if you can’t be bothered to read through the reviews, you can always take the free, 5 minute quiz on my sister site to help find your perfect dating site.
With so many iphones, android phones and even (shudder) windows mobile phones around, it’s hardly surprising that mobile dating is becoming as popular as traditional online dating. Online dating sites have been offering mobile apps to stay competitive, with various levels of sophistication. This is great news for people who are often on the go and don’t want to spend hours in front of a computer. With mobile dating apps you can use dead time to browse profiles and send messages, making the whole experience much simpler. Mobile dating apps are usually free, though if the site isn’t, you’ll need to be a paid member to use them.
Here are some handy ones to keep in mind if you’re after UK mobile dating apps:
match.com – As you’d expect from one of the most famous dating sites, Match do a mobile dating app suitable for iPhones, Android phones and Windows mobile phones. You can do practically everything via the app – get profile alerts in real time, send and receive messages, send winks, check out profiles, etc.. The app is downloadable from the Match site.
Cupid.com, a big, popular dating site like Match, has a handy Android App and a handy mobile version of the site for other smartphones.
Lovestruck.com were one of the first sites to offer a mobile app and they have apps for iPhones, Android and Blackberry – perfect for busy professionals on the go. Lovestruck are all about the busy urban professionals!
eHarmony UK offers a handy mobile up to registered users. Once you’ve signed up via the main site, you can start using the mobile up to receive alerts and matches and to communicate with those you’ve been matched up with.
ChristianCafe.com Have had a useful mobile dating up for a while with everything you need to date on your mobile. It’s available for Android phones, iPhones, etc..
OKCupid offer a fun app where you can endlessly browse pictures and profiles, send and receive messages and get profile alerts.
If you’re looking for flirting, casual and sexy mobile dating, you should get your hands on the BeNaughty mobile app.
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February 11th, 2012
eHarmony UK is an extremely popular site and many people do very well on there. On the other hand, no dating site is suitable for everyone. Whether you’ve tried eHarmony and didn’t like it or you just don’t like the concept of the site, below are a few alternatives you can try if you are in the UK.
But first, a bit about eHarmony itself. eHarmony may be a good dating site for you if:
- You’re looking for a serious relationship
- You like a somewhat slower pace of online dating
- You want a dating site that does all the matching / searching work for you, rather than having to browse thousands of profiles yourself
- You don’t mind filling out a lengthy and detailed personality test truthfully
- You don’t mind paying a bit extra for your monthly membership (although you can always safe money using an eHarmony promotional code)
With this in mind, here are some other sites worth trying.
Selling points: strong compatibility test, great customer care
Boasting a very well-researched personality compatibility test, Parship is aimed at people looking for serious relationships and has a similar pace to eHarmony. Just like on eHarmony, you can’t search for your own matches, but the site delivers them to you. Photos are blurred until both parties are comfortable sharing them. This site attracts educated professionals.
Selling points: You can search for your own matches as well as get them sent to you
The personality compatibility testing site from match.com is aimed at people looking for serious relationships. The personality test is simpler and shorter than the others, but you can search for your own matches as well and move fast or slow, which gives more control.
Selling points: free, great personality test, alternative people
This free site is only worth using if you’re willing to spend days answering hundreds of personal questions. Otherwise, you’ll get an eyeful of scammers, spammers and timewasters. If you do take on the full might of its personality test, though, you may well love this site. Their matching system is superb and you can move at your own pace, whatever it may be. Note that this site is not solely aimed at people looking for serious relationships.
It’s worth mentioning the fact that match.com itself also has a simple matching system based on a personality test. If you want to pay standard online dating prices, search for your own matches but have some sent to you as well, you might want to give it a look as well.
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November 18th, 2011
In spite of its huge size, London can be one of the toughest places to meet people in. Yes, there are millions of people around, but finding the right London singles to date isn’t just a matter of numbers. If you live here, you already know how cliquey people can be compared to other major cities in the world. If you’re new in town without a wide social circle, it can seem impossible to make friends, let alone date in London.
Luckily, London is the city best served in the UK by online dating, speed dating and singles’ events, so if you’re struggling to meet people in London through other means, you won’t have any problems at all meeting people online or at singles’ parties.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s available.
Online dating in London
All of the UK’s major dating sites cater for London quite heavily, so you won’t have a problem there. See my post about UK dating sites for more information about the UK’s big dating sites. But even dating sites from outside of the UK will often cater for London daters. This should give you even more of a choice when dating in London. If you’re looking for a particular type of dating site in London (free dating, casual dating, Christian or Muslim dating, etc.) you can take a look at my dating site reviews category.
There are also some dating sites specifically aimed at London singles. For example, if you are a professional single looking to date in London, you could try Lovestruck.com, a site aimed at busy professionals who want to fit dating around their schedules (and we all know how busy things can get in London!).
Speed dating in London
Just like with online dating, all of the UK’s major speed dating companies hold plenty of events in London. Not only that, but you also get the most variety of events — not just general speed dating, but also speed dating for professionals, international professionals and various religious and ethnic groups. For example, you could have special singles’ events for Muslim singles in London, or for Asian London singles. Check my post about urban dating sites for a list of good places to go speed dating in London.
So if you’re single in London, don’t despair. London may be cold, grey and miserable at times, but it does offer you plenty of opportunities to meet people, probably more so than any other city in the UK. You just need to know where to look.
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January 24th, 2011
Black and African dating sites are very popular in the UK, although perhaps not as popular as they are in the US. In the UK, interracial dating is generally more widely accepted, not just between black singles and white singles but between all the different races that make up the UK. If you’re interested in dating black men or black women, you could opt for dating on any number of standard dating sites. Any dating site will give you the option of narrowing down your search by race.
Many people, however, prefer to simply join a site that is specifically aimed at black singles. In the UK, for example, there’s this one:
BlackMatch – This site only operates in the UK and Ireland and is relatively new but already quite popular. It’s owned by a dating company that runs dozens of sites, which means they know what they’re doing, but also that you need to watch out for things like recurring billing when you use it.
For more black dating sites, check out my other post about black and African dating sites around the world. Most of those cater to black singles from the UK as well.
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September 24th, 2010
Online dating is huge in the UK, so if you’re a British single looking for love online, you can take your pick from probably something like a thousand sites. There are dating sites run by companies based in the UK, but the huge number of UK singles looking to date online means that even sites based elsewhere will often feature a large number of UK based singles in their database.
Here is a quick reference list of some popular UK dating sites.
Continue Reading August 4th, 2010
If you’re looking to settle down with someone special, you don’t want to be wasting your time. Marriage sites are now extremely popular in the UK and cater for people who are tired of the dating game and want to meet someone who is also looking to find love and a long term relationship, leading to marriage and often children.
Marriage sites both in and out of the UK are often more expensive and use various methods of helping you get matched up on a deeper level than mere physical attraction. Whether or not you believe in the various claims of scientific compatibility tests, astrological matching, attraction of opposites, etc. doesn’t really matter. What matters is that by joining a site designed specifically for people who want to commit, you’re increasing your chances of finding someone with the same life goals as you. UK marriage sites may actually be the best place online to meet serious UK singles who mean business when it comes to finding love.
Check here for a list of Marriage sites in the UK.
You could also try big sites like match.com, as not everyone who’s looking to marry will turn to compatibility testing sites.
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July 9th, 2010
Arab dating is extremely popular in the UK, where there is a big Arab and Muslim community. UK Arab dating options include speed dating, Arab dating sites and Arab singles’ parties all over the UK. Usually, Arab singles’ events in the UK are limited to big cities – London, Birmingham, etc.
Arab dating sites that cover the UK vary from those that are located in the UK to those that are based elsewhere but have a lot of UK singles dating on them. You can check out the following posts for a list of Arab dating sites in the UK and Muslim dating in the UK. My list of Asian dating sites in the UK can also be useful.
Many popular dating sites that are not specifically aimed at Arabs or Muslims, such as match.com , can also be suitable, as they include search factors such as race and religion. In this way, you can limit your search for likeminded Arab singles.
If you want to prevent non-Arabs from contacting you at all, though, it’s best not to put that in your dating profile, as that can be seen as off-putting. Your best bet if you want to try a big, general dating site but only deal with fellow Arab singles is to try a compatibility site like Parship.co.uk or eHarmony UK , where the site itself sends you compatible matches according to criteria you set.
Arab dating UK is very much a possibility, either way you look at it. Whether you choose to date on an Arab dating site or a general one, you’re bound to be able to meet likeminded Arab singles.
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April 9th, 2010
Online dating for soldiers has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it’s a convenient way for those in the armed forces to meet people while stationed away from home. Any dating site is fit for this purpose, of course, though a quick search reveals many sites dedicated to soldiers and those looking to date them.
Continue Reading September 18th, 2009
match.com and DatingDirect.com are probably the biggest dating sites in the UK and definitely the most famous. Here is a quick run down of how the two dating sites compare.
Continue Reading July 14th, 2009
Here are some dating sites that either cater specifically for or are friendly towards older daters.
Mature online dating (dating for the over 50s, pensioners or “silver surfers”) has become more popular in recent years, as people nowadays are living longer and refusing to give up on finding love, be it for the first or second time around.
Continue Reading July 9th, 2009
video chat (also known as live chat, webcam chat or camera chat) is one of the most popular features available on dating sites. Its obvious popularity among the more casual daters has given it a bit of a bad reputation, but many big name dating sites catering for serious relationships offer it to their customers.
Here is a list of dating sites that specialise in offering quality video chat services.
Continue Reading June 3rd, 2009
Need help choosing the best dating site for you? Here are some tips and a handy quiz to match you with the perfect dating site!
Continue Reading May 3rd, 2009
If you are looking to meet Asian singles online, you could specify your preference on any big dating site and do pretty well. However, there are also plenty of online dating sites and services catering to Asian singles – Indian, Pakistani, etc. – anywhere in the world.
The following sites were particularly set up for the Asian community and so are the best place to meet Asian daters for love, dating or friendship.
Continue Reading April 4th, 2009
If you are looking for Internet dating sites that offer online dating and matrimonial services for Arab / Middle Eastern singles, here’s a quick rundown of the world’s most popular Arab dating sites. These sites are all open to people of all countries, so you can sign up to them no matter where in the world you are.
Continue Reading April 1st, 2009
If you’re in the UK, you’ll have noticed the gorgeous spring weather. The last thing you want to do when it’s brilliantly sunny outside is to be stuck in front of a computer inside. Luckily, plenty of UK sites now offer mobile phone dating, so you can keep track of your online dating activities while you’re out and about. Mobile flirting has been popular for a while and is gaining popularity all the time.
Sites vary in the form of mobile phone online dating they offer. For some, you’d need a WAP/3G enabled phone (which, let’s face it, is not the most useful, unless you have an iPhone), but for others all you need is a reasonable picture phone to be able to get message alerts, upload and view pictures and sometimes even send messages and use other features of the site. Usually this service is not free.
Here are some popular sites that make good use of mobile technology:
Continue Reading March 21st, 2009
While all dating sites let you search for matches by race, there are plenty of sites out there that cater specifically for those looking for black dating. In the UK, where interracial relationships are quite common and generally socially accepted, dating sites that are aimed only at African and Afro-caribbean daters are not quite as common as in the US. The ones I looked at are often quite small. Luckily, there are some good international black dating sites that cover the UK as well as the US and Africa.
Continue Reading March 20th, 2009
We all want to find people who are similar to us, so if you’re well educated, professional or well off, you may well want to use an online dating site that caters to people of your high calibre and/or high standards. This post is about exactly such dating sites. Some aim to actively make their membership exclusive, while others have just ended up that way. Some are for very rich people, while others are geared towards graduates and professionals of a more regular variety.
The sites covered in this post are (full reviews below):
Continue Reading February 20th, 2009
Muslim dating sites and sites that cater predominantly for Muslim daters are a great way to meet people who share your religious values. Even though you can search by religion on almost any dating site nowadays, it helps to know you are dating on a site that understands your needs, surrounded by people who all believe in the same things you do.
Here are some sites that cater specifically to Muslims or have a large Islamic community:
Continue Reading February 11th, 2009
If you’re in the UK and are looking for a big, reputable dating site to try, there are a few much publicised options. Everyone’s heard of match.com because of the TV adverts and it’s definitely a very well-designed, easy to use site. But is it the best site for you? How does it compare to other similar UK sites?
Below is a quick table I knocked up, showing how the top rated sites in the UK* compare on the feature front. They are all extremely popular sites with hundreds of thousands (or millions) of members.
Depending on the features you want in a site, some sites might be more suitable for you than others. Just remember that the most important thing is the people on the site and not just the features!
Continue Reading February 8th, 2009
If you’re a Christian and your religion is important to you, you may well want to choose a dating site that upholds the same values and/or attracts people who share your faith. While most dating sites nowadays allow you to limit your search to those people who share your religious values, specialist Christian dating sites go that extra mile to attract the sort of people you’re likely to want to meet. In my first of a few posts about religious online dating, I will cover Christian dating.
There are plenty of sites out there that offer online dating for Christians. The ones below are well established and considered by many to be the biggest and the best.
Continue Reading February 2nd, 2009
Sex dating sites er..sprung up (no pun intended) almost as soon as online dating started. It’s not hard (no pun intended) to see why. Sexual dating sites are designed for sexually liberated adults who want to have fun with no strings attached. They cater for both singles and couples, swingers and the just curious who are into anything from straight up sex to more alternative practices,one night stands to ongoing affairs. As the saying goes, if you can imagine it, someone’s already put it on the Internet, and there’s a fan club. But are sex dating sites for real? Do real people hang out there who are looking to get laid?
Continue Reading January 25th, 2009
Urban dating sites (Internet dating sites for those who live in cities) have picked up in popularity in recent years, as more and more busy professionals decided they wanted to go out and socialise, yet meet suitable singles at the same time. Even if you live in a really big city and are incredibly outgoing and sociable, you might still struggle to find eligible singles. On the other hand, with a whole city around you full of exciting places to go out to, do you really want to spend all your time at home in front of a computer?
The sites below offer options for metropolitan socialites. Some are companies that offer singles’ events to get you out of the house, while others are just predisposed to a more fasy-paced environment, suitable for people who want to spend minimal time online and maximum time partying and meeting new people.
Continue Reading January 19th, 2009
Free online dating sites have spiked in popularity recently, but it’s important to note that not all sites that describe themselves as free are actually free. Most Internet dating sites allow some form of free registration, so you can run some searches, maybe complete a personality profile and generally have a look around and see what sort of members hang out on the site. To actually contact anyone, you will need to get your credit card out and pay. Many sites hide that fact until you’re ready to make contact and then front you with the bill. Ouch.
Most people nowadays expect this sort of tactic when searching for a free site, but there are, however, some dating sites that are completely free. Some of them are actually not bad, although to be honest, all free dating sites are by nature more prone to problems like spammers, scammers, timewasters and freaks than their paid counterparts. Be sure to pay close attention to online dating safety tips when using free dating sites (though, really, you should be doing that anyway!).
The most popular 100% free dating sites are without doubt:
Continue Reading January 15th, 2009
Recognising the need for dating sites that cater specifically for people who are serious about finding love, dating companies started coming up with the goods. But what is it that makes these matchmaking sites different?
Continue Reading January 14th, 2009
Internet dating as a single parent can be tough. Nowadays, more and more dating sites let you specify whether or not you have or want children, but also whether you’re open to dating people who already have children. Unfortunately, on a standard dating site, many people will either choose not to be shown profiles of people with children in the first place, or be put off when they find out someone has children.
Continue Reading January 1st, 2009
Casual online dating is extremely popular. People turn to Internet dating not only to find true love, but also to enhance their social life and love life by meeting and flirting with new friends. Online dating is great for flirting and casual dating because it gives you the chance to meet thousands of new people instantly. How you interact with them is up to you: you can message and chat online or meet up quickly for an active social life. Most people find it easier to find and date people when they’re not looking for a serious relationship – this is because the standards you expect from the potential mother/father of your children are likely to be far higher than those you’d like to see in a one night stand or a short-term fling.
Continue Reading December 31st, 2008