Cuffing season is here. What better time to spread your wings across the internet and find your perfect winter mate.
Of course, there are a million and one dating websites out there, so which is the one that’s going to help you your perfect match? That’s where I come in.
In no specific order, here are the seven top dating websites in 2019:
If you want to try online dating, Match is usually a good place to start. You can create a profile and see who’s out there before you decide to shell out for a membership, although you won’t be able to message anyone until you subscribe.
In the online dating world, you get extra points for quantity and Match has quantity. To really get to business on Match, you have to subscribe, but that also means most people on the service are looking for something serious. If you’re looking for serious business, this might be your ticket.
eHarmony is one of the oldest in the game and their longevity is well-earned. Their relationship questionnaire boasts that the people they match you with are based on 29 dimensions of compatibility.
They use a similar freemium model to Match, in that you can view profiles for free but need to subscribe to send messages. If you pay for a membership for three months and chat with more than five members, you can get an additional three month subscription if you’re not happy. That’s customer service.
Looking for a free option? OkCupid might be the one. OkCupid is great, because like the other options on the list there are lots of people using the service. However, if you’re looking to get matches, you’re going to need to put in effort filling out lots of questions.
OkCupid calculates your match percentage with other members based on your answer to hundreds of in-app questions about your lifestyle, values, and opinions. If you put in the work, it could be worth your while.
Zoosk is next up as another middle of the road dating site and it’s also one of the most popular. Full disclosure: Zoosk is owned by Spark Networks, which also runs the Date Mix. Through behavioral matchmaking technology, Zoosk connects you with algorithmically optimized matches, locally and worldwide. The membership cost is up there with eHarmony, so know that you’ll be shelling out to find love, but with any luck you’ll find your love quick.
Coffee Meets Bagel
If you hate writing bios and cheesy ways to describe yourself, Coffee Meets Bagel is for you. Both a website and an app, Coffee Meets Bagel provides leading prompts that you answer like, “My ideal day would involve…” or “I like…” You receive potential matches every day at noon. The focus is on quality over quantity.
While almost identical to Tinder, one thing sets Bumble apart—women message first. If you’re a lady, the ball is in your court. If the woman doesn’t message within 24 hours, she loses the match. if she does message and he doesn’t respond back within 24 hours, he loses it. Bumble is free with premium features to net more matches, but it won’t be necessary for everyone.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, you can absolutely find whatever it is on Tinder. The thing about Tinder is, well, everyone’s on it. The profiles are brief and the interface is simple. The downside is that since the profiles are brief and there are just so many people, you might swipe left on someone you might have actually liked if you’d been able to learn more about them on a different app or site.
Since you’re unlikely to know much about people before you match with them, also expect to spend more time messaging to weed out duds. Tinder also has a paid option, but it’s not necessary.
Love is thriving online on tons of dating websites. It’s just about getting out there and finding the one that works for you. Check out a few of the ones listed here and see which one you like best!