You can’t put a price on love… but in the tech age, love can get a little pricey, especially if you’re subscribed to multiple dating sites. So, in the interest of keeping calendars full and money in your wallets, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite dating sites where either messaging is free or a substantial free trial is offered.
For all levels of seriousness, from marriage seekers to pals-with-perks, here are your top choices.
Dating should be a tailored experience—not a feed of hundreds of randomized profiles—at least that’s OkCupid’s philosophy. OkCupid tries to make more meaningful matches for its users by measuring their compatibility with hundreds of multiple choice questions that you can answer at your own leisure. The more questions answered, the more accurate it is. And best of all—it’s free!
Unlike other simpler apps, OkCupid lets you tailor your search to specific features, like religious beliefs, political values, and interests. However, the highest degree of search specificity requires a paid subscription, so be aware of that.
Love can be unpredictable and natural. A stranger at a bus stop or someone you bumped at a department store could be the love of your life. Although, sometimes you miss your chance. That’s were Happn comes in.
When you cross paths with another Happn user, their profile shows up in your feed. If you both like each other, you match. It’s almost like you didn’t miss each other.
Happn is totally free, but it’s pretty new so the number of daters on may be relatively low depending on where you live. If you’re a doubter of fate, you might be better suited for one of the more popular apps.
Plenty of Fish (POF)
With over 3 million users, Plenty of Fish attracts many catches. Not only is messaging free, but there are some other neat features. You can see who viewed you, send flirts instead of direct messages, and create a favorites list. Plus, the matching algorithm is influenced by your activity. These patterns create data on the types of matches you seek (just in case your criteria of preferred matches differs from the profiles that actually hold your interest).
Simple and hassle-free, Tinder is one of the most popular, straightforward dating apps. It takes a quantity over quality approach that’ll give you a good idea of who’s out there.
On Tinder, you can narrow your search according to age and distance, but if you’re looking to trim down by factors like religious or political affiliation you’re on the wrong site. This basic approach maintains the simplicity and straightforwardness of Tinder’s dating culture. So for any picky daters out there, you might prefer a dating site with a more sophisticated matching system.
Similar to other free dating sites, Bumble relies on the now standard swipe left for no and right for yes format, although there’s one major difference—women send the first message. Bumble’s goal is to empower women and stop men from carelessly mass sending lewd or generic messages to their entire match list.
Once the woman makes her move, the recipient has 24 hours to respond. If she doesn’t send a message, there’s a time-extend feature that adds another 24 hours to the clock but only once per day. This method prevents slacking, but for those who don’t like being on a clock, Bumble isn’t your dating hive.
In the dating world like in life, I like to say “the best things in life are free.” Finding love is no exception. Every dating site has its own crowd, so choose one that suits your style. Remember: it’s free to try!