We created an online profile for each of the top dating websites and spent over 30 hours comparing each site’s matching capabilities, search features and messaging tools.
We took personality tests, answered over 300 dating-related questions and downloaded apps for all the sites that offered them.
Tinder is our pick for the best dating app because it has the greatest pool of potential dates and because it is easy to use.
Tinder is the original swiping app and has more downloads than any other dating app – over 100 million.
The free version lets you search at those granular levels, unlike other sites we tested where you have to pay a subscription.
If you’re looking to date within a specific religious, ethnic or age group, eharmony is our top pick for focused dating because it has match preferences that can filter your matches at a granular level.
The best online dating sites should have a host of tools to help you meet a large number of potential dates, and to go on dates with real potential.
A dating site should act as a screening tool, helping you find people you may like, and helping to protect you from anyone dangerous.
You can’t view or send any messages without paying for a subscription, and the subscriptions for this site are higher than some other sites we researched.
However, you can view people’s profiles and send likes with a free account.
Once you find a potential match you can send a like or a message.