We found 68, from Alikewise to Zoosk, and started analyzing their user bases, functionality, quality, and cost to find our top picks.
Evaluating the robust functionality of a full-blown website against the swipe-rightness of an app was too unfair.
After analyzing web-traffic data and talking to dating experts, we tried our luck and tracked the results to find which algorithms actually work and which site led to the highest quality hellos. We’ll be the first to admit evaluating these sites is a subjective process.
There are dozens and dozens of sites and apps out there to help you find the right match.
Zoosk came a little later, but boasts 27 million users. Free, free, free: The top free dating app is Ok Cupid.
Many people swear by it, but even the company knows you get what you pay for.
Well, not every kind: We excluded sites that catered specifically to how someone looked or to “unscrupulous” relationships (think Ashley Madison).
We also didn’t evaluate anything marketed as primarily for hookups — the best dating sites facilitate all sorts of relationships, from friendship to long-term monogamy and everything in between.