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Sidonie Wilson 28/02/2020 Bradford Gregory Getty Images Let’s face it, online dating is a bit of a minefield, no matter whether you’re newly single, prefer to meet someone in a bar rather than them sliding into your DMs, on the search for a short-term romance or a long-term relationship. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to navigating the dating app pool and, as we all know, finding romance is a bit more complicated than a simple swiping right (or left) of the thumb on Tinder. Now you have to construct witty profiles on Hinge or make the first move on the app Pickable. There’s one for country-lovers, one for creatives and there’s even exclusive apps for A-listers (which prove more difficult to get on that finding love itself). But not all apps are exclusive to romantic matches with platforms like Bumble having a business buddy and BFF networking feature to boot. For the sceptical among you, statistically speaking, dating apps have been found to work. According to Bumble, over two thirds of respondents use apps to find a steady relationship, and it's guaranteed that if you’re a millennial, half of your friends have most likely met their partners via apps. Dating apps are a bit of a necessary evil, for those of you who struggle to find the time to meet someone IRL. Like most things in life, it’s not one-size-fits-all. Tinder might be a bit old school, but thankfully, there’s plenty more fish in the sea when it comes to dating apps (and love, we hope). Here are the best dating apps you need to download: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 1 Bumble View this post on Instagram In case you were wondering what to say to your match on #NationalComplimentDay 🙃 A post shared by Bumble (@bumble) on Jan 24, 2020 at 6:30pm PST Ladies, the power is all in your hands – a bit like Take Me Out, but the virtual version where you have 24 hours to respond. Originally founded by women for women, Bumble challenges the antiquated (and often sexist) rules of dating – there's need to wait for the fella to make the first move. And it’s not just for finding your future husband or wife (fortunately Bumble now caters to same-sex and heterosexual couples) as the app has now added new features Bumble Bizz and Bumble BFF, to help you find new colleagues and friends too. How lovely! Well, their 22m users worldwide certainly think so. 2 Hinge Edward Berthelot/Getty Do you pride yourself on being incredibly witty or refuse to believe that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit? If so, you will love this app. Hinge is the Instagram of dating apps. Seriously, it’s a millennial’s dream. Some people say it hides in Tinder’s shadow, but if you want a bit more accountability then this app is perfect as in their latest survey, Hinge found they are setting up a date every four seconds. It's not just based on pictures either – profiles are made up of questions and quotes. You can learn a lot about someone from their answers, whether it’s their favourite Friends line or their pet peeve. The catch is, there is a lot of pressure to come across effortlessly funny. But we believe in you. 3 HER View this post on Instagram "Celebrating queer Black love this Black history month. Normalize non-sexual and sexual intimacy between women. Black wlw couples aren't for your consumption. Fuck the white supremacist hetero-patriarchal capitalist gaze." - @girlgaze 📸: @briannabank A post shared by HER App (@hersocialapp) on Feb 22, 2020 at 8:10am PST It's the top dating app for LGBTQ+ women. HER provides a community for queer, lesbian and bisexual women, created by and for women, and one of the most popular apps out here. Despite the name, HER isn’t exclusively for females, it’s open to cisgender and non-binary people, too. The app also hosts events, news platforms and group chats as well. 4 Happn Edward Berthelot Getty Images Have you been trying to pluck up the courage to chat up the guy or girl you see every morning on your commute? Well, now there's no need as this app will do the hard work for you. Using your location, the app will match you with people who are also on the app in close proximity on a daily basis, whether it's that person you just so happen to squat next to daily in the gym, or brush hands reaching for the same acai bowl at Pret A Manger. It also calculates how many times you and your love interest cross paths, so you know it's 100 per cent (ish) destiny if you end up together. 5 Raya Melodie Jeng/Getty Amy Schumer met her husband on it and sources reveal Matthew Perry even has a profile. This app is the Tinder for the super rich and famous. Raya is a membership-based app for those who know, and if you don’t, you can’t ask. You can’t even screen shot a picture inside the app without getting told off by its creators. Basically, Raya laughs in the face of exclusivity and only eight per cent of applicants are accepted. Sounds like an irresistible challenge right? We’re imagining a lot of unrequited swipes here, but they do say love is a battlefield. 6 Pickable View this post on Instagram Step 1 : Download the app 📲⁣ Step 2 : Start browsing guys profiles 🧛‍♂️👨‍🎓👨‍🎨👨‍🚒⁣ ⁣ No profile, no pictures, no commitment. You send a selfie only when you'd like to match with that particular boy who caught your eye! 😘⁣ ⁣ ___⁣ #datingproblems⁣ #datingtips⁣ #relationshipsbelike⁣ #datingoals⁣ #baegoals⁣ #relationshipsgoals⁣ #datinglife⁣ #onlinedating⁣ #datingapp �#datingapps⁣ #pinkaesthetic�#lifeincolors⁣ #lifeincolor⁣ #showyourcolors⁣ #showyourcolours⁣ #popofcolour ⁣ #single⁣ #singlelife⁣ #datingadvice⁣ #meetingpeople⁣ #lovers⁣ #futureisfemale⁣ #femalepower A post shared by Pickable (@pickable) on May 23, 2019 at 1:00pm PDT Again, the women are in control on this one (sense a running theme here?). Worried about matching with your significant other or, even worse, accidentally scrolling past a family member? Well, Pickable is pretty much the opposite of Hinge. Women can keep their identities hidden, while having their pick of the litter. You don’t even need to create a profile or add any information to get swiping. All you have to do is download the app. Look, we can’t do all the work for your. Who run the world? 7 Badoo Jeremy Moeller Getty Images Always dreamed of marrying Channing Tatum following his Step Up days? Or perhaps you fancy a bearded Ryan Gosling or Stomzy meeting you at the alter? While we can’t promise the above, Badoo does find you a match based on which celebrity you have a crush on. Yes, really. Using facial recognition technology, the app scans the single market for lookalikes. With 465m users worldwide, we're sure they can pair you with an A-list lookalike somewhere. 8 Bristlr View this post on Instagram We love furry things. @ariman4554 Tag to be featured. 💪👍 #beard #beards #beardy #bearded #beardedman #beardedmen #beardedgentleman #beardlife #beardlove #beardlover #beardporn #beardsandtattoos #beardsofinstagram #beardstagram #instabeard #teambeard #beardclub #allthebeards #fortheloveofbeards #Bristlr #ShowUsYourBristles #BareYourBeard A post shared by Bristlr (@bristlr) on Oct 14, 2017 at 1:03am PDT If you’re not into a hairy face, move on quickly as you might be swiping left for a while. This is a dating app for those wanting some facial fuzz and a good stroke of a soft, grizzly beard (cats are a bonus) in their life. Not only do you have to like beards, but you have to be original too. The app has a 'Lothario Detector', so your future hubbies don't have the excuse of copying and pasting opening lines to their chat. 9 Muddy Matches Edward Berthelot Getty Images We did say there was something for everyone and we have a feeling that this one might have been designed for those who live in the countryside or, more specifically, on a farm. After all, it can be tricky to bump tractors with your future partner, right? Looking for your fellow country partner? Grab your wellies and get swiping as this app with match you with fellow outdoorsy types. 10 Tastebuds Christian Vierig Getty Images If music be the food of love, then this app is onto a winner. Tastebuds is another dating app based on common ground. You can find your musical soulmate, whether you on the look out for a love interest or you’re are just in need of a gig-going buddy. It matches two people based on their favourite music. If you’re Britney-til-you-die or a hardcore drum and bass badass, at least there won’t be any arguments around your first dance song. 11 MeetMindful View this post on Instagram Beautiful artwork and a reminder brought to you by @asjaboros. 🌖⁠ ⁠ ...⁠ #mindfullove #mindfuldating #datingapp #onlinedating A post shared by MeetMindful (@meetmindful) on Feb 21, 2020 at 1:01pm PST The clue is in the name. If you’re searching for the avocado to your toast or the celery to your juice, MeetMindful will help you find your zen (and partner). You can connect with one soul or a community of likeminded mindful individuals. Disclaimer: dates are likely to include something along the lines of rock climbing or forest bathing. Feeling inspired? Yogis unite. 12 Coffee Meets Bagel View this post on Instagram "I’ll be honest - I never wanted to meet a guy on a dating app. I was all about face-to-face encounters. However, my busy lifestyle dictated that I hardly met anyone new anymore, so I downloaded CMB with much hesitation. It wasn’t more than a few days later that I matched with Ian, who, unbeknownst to me at that time, also had his own judgments about dating apps. We hit it off in our first few conversations, but there was still a sense of skepticism and doubt that this would be the "real deal." I thought he was going to be an overtly religious geek who would offer to pray for me on our first meeting, while he was worried that I was actually an insurance agent! But we shared our stories over our first coffee meeting and were stunned to find similarities in some of the key parts of our life journeys. The first coffee meeting led to dinner one week later, and as the days moved along it was clear that this was a divine meeting that none of us planned for. After dating for four months we decided to make our relationship official! I’ve come to realise that it makes no difference whether you meet someone in person or online. It’s all about your willingness to take a chance, allow your true self to shine, treat someone with honour and respect, and make a commitment. I’m pretty sure I would still adore Ian if I had met him any other way, but I believe it had to be through CMB so that my pre-conceived judgments could be torn down!" – @sueannmingnatan & @tanyueliangian #CMBCouple #CoffeeMetBagel A post shared by Coffee Meets Bagel (@coffeemeetsbagel) on Dec 6, 2019 at 2:58pm PST We’re already fallen in love, and it's with the name of this app. Coffee? Good. Beige food? Good. Sadly the New York-inspired breakfast bagel actually has nothing to do with finding love with this handy piece of tech. Rather, this is an app that only matches you with Facebook connections. CMB (because the full name is a big of a mouthful) shows specifically women one quality match per day. After all, you can't put boundaries on love. The idea is that your swiping is a tad more considered. At the end of the day, at least this app will stop your housemates swiping right on 100s of men and/or women when you leave the room for an ad break. 13 HILY Edward Berthelot/Getty This one is so 2020. First of all, the name is an acronym for 'Hey I Like You'. It’s also powered by artificial intelligence. HILY uses algorithms to help increase the probability of matching with one of the 12 million happy users. There are also icebreaker suggestions pop ups, so there's no need to suffer over your opening line. The app works the more you use it, too. If you upload stories, post comments and likes, then the information can be used to find you a better match. It’s true, you do have to put a lot of work in, but it’s work it if it turns into a 'Hey I Love You', wouldn't you agree? This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. 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Best for busy people EliteSingles A space for ambitious people to connect with genuine, like-minded singles who don't have time to meet someone the old fashioned way. See Details Best for people who are so over Tinder Match With a seriously impressive user base and tons of ways to connect, Match offers a fun-yet-serious alternative to sites that are too intense and marriage-focused. See Details Best hookup site AdultFriendFinder Live videos, group chats, and more monthly visitors than eharmony makes AFF great for finding a fling. See Details By TEAM COMMERCE 2020-01-29 11:52:40 UTC Online dating is now the norm. "We met on Tinder" is the new "we met in a bar."  Countless children have been born to parents who met via an online dating app like Match or eharmony, and according to eharmony, more than 50% of couples will meet online by 2031. They would say that, but it’s not an implausible forecast given online dating’s rising popularity. SEE ALSO: The most popular dating sites in the UK, just in time for cuffing season With so many options, it can be hard to know where to find the best crop of potential lovers. Each of the dating apps out there have features that will matter differently to you depending on your lifestyle, what you want, and what's most important to you. Looking for Ms. Right? Or perhaps just Mr. Right Now? It's helpful to know how each dating app is different so that you can surround yourself with people who want the same thing as you. Whether you're looking for something super specific or have tried every app on the market, this handy guide breaks down what the deal is with each of these online dating experiences. These are the best dating apps in the UK. Best hookup site Image: Pexels The Good Massive user base • LGBTQ friendly • Tons of features for max satisfaction • Chemistry questionnaires are actually decent The Bad Outdated and unattractive layout • Entire site looks like a virus-ridden porn ad • Best features get pricey The Bottom Line If you can get past the fact that it looks like an ad for a deserted strip club, you'll get the satisfaction you were looking for and more. AdultFriendFinder Live videos, group chats, and more monthly visitors than eharmony makes AFF great for finding a fling. Free version: Yes One month of GOLD: £23.25/month Three months of GOLD: £15.50/month One year of GOLD: £11.60/month See Details Who it's for: Horny people.  Why it's awesome: AdultFriendFinder is our pick for the best hookup site, and that's because it's literally impossible to walk away unsatisfied. Regardless of whether you're looking for an in-person hookup or to blow off some steam via sexting or raunchy videos, AFF has everything that your dirty mind can think of and more. If you don't mind that the entire thing looks like a sketchy "There are hot singles in your area" ad, you'll be in heaven. With over 25 million monthly users (that's more than eharmony) as well as live video options, chat rooms, groups for ultra specific kinks, and more, you can probably assume how wild this site can get. But there's such a large and diverse group of potential matches, you're very likely to find someone who's on the same page as you. The part that you wouldn't expect is the fact that they do offer tons of compatibility questions and matchmaking services, because they're that intent on finding you a good match. Another bonus is that AdultFriendFinder is like the dating site version of London (AKA it never sleeps). You'll find people who work the regular 9-5, people who work the night shift, and people in other time zones, so it's nearly impossible to log on and not have people to talk to. You can even check out the "How to Date" playlist on its Youtube channel for tips on how to ace the dating game. AdultFriendFinder is like the booty call that's always awake when you text them.  You can read our full review on AdultFriendFinder here and sign up here. Best for busy people Image: pexels The Good Unique, career-oriented user base • Ultra specific filters • Low chance of being catfished The Bad Extremely pricey • Restricted to a few matches per day • Time consuming The Bottom Line Calling on a more mature crowd, EliteSingles weeds out the non-professionals and gives a space for ambitious individuals to connect with genuine, like-minded individuals. EliteSingles A space for ambitious people to connect with genuine, like-minded singles who don't have time to meet someone the old fashioned way. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £48.50/month Six months of paid: £35/month One year of paid: £25/month See Details Who it's for: Picky people looking for something super specific in a partner. And guys, this is not the place for the younger millennials: EliteSingles loves to brag that 82% of their members are university grads, and with most of its members being 33-50 years old, we can pretty surely say that the main target is mature, working professionals rather than the the Tinder-using generation. Sorry uni kids. Why it's awesome: Rather than being thrown into an endless pool of profiles, EliteSingles lets you pick out exactly what you're looking for. You'll be given a limited number of matches curated for you using 29 extremely detailed, professional-level algorithms based on the popular Five Factor Personality Test. They'll even show you your own results in comparison to those of potential matches to see how you stack up. Like eHarmony, the stuff to fill out is pretty lengthy — but that's what you want if you're looking for a lasting relationship, and this helps ensure that you aren't swiping through loads of people that aren't your type. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Another unique thing is that there are separate pools based on location, religion, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. You can even break it down by profession if — for example, you are or were a teacher, you might only want to date someone who was also a teacher. All profiles are also verified manually with an upscale Fraud Detection System. As you could have expected from the fancy-sounding name, EliteSingles is the most expensive of the bunch (but we say worth it). Sign up here and read our full review here. Best for people who are so over Tinder Image: Pexels The Good Largest user base of any dating site • Clean and user friendly layout • IRL group events • Low-pressure atmosphere The Bad Sifting through so many users takes time • Pricey • Endless emails from non-matches The Bottom Line A just-plain-fun happy medium for those who are tired of the lack of seriousness (and abundance of gross messages) on Tinder but aren't ready for eharmony. Match With a seriously impressive user base and tons of ways to connect, Match offers a fun-yet-serious alternative to sites that are too intense and marriage-focused. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £18.50/month Six months of paid: £16.20/month One year of paid: £15.45/month See Details Who it's for: People who trust experience over gimmicks and people who want *a lot* of options. While many dating apps go overboard with obnoxious advertising (leading to an unfortunate desperation stigma), Match offers a sliver of hope: They guarantee that you'll find someone in six months, and if you don't, they'll give you six months for free. Match has gained the trust of over 35 million unique monthly visitors, giving it the largest user base of any online dating site. Match loves to brag about their success stories on social media, providing you endless inspiration when your dating life looks grim.  Why it's awesome: As one of the first online dating sites launched in 1995, Match has decades of data to back up their their algorithms — so no, it's not just another one of those sites that you'll forget about after a month. Match even uses your swipes to get a better idea of what you like to give you better matches in the future. And guess what? These tried and true algorithms don't require some long, tedious questionnaire. Aside from asking about your personal values and interests, Match allows you to specify what you want (or don't want) in a partner and how important that is: If you'd prefer someone who doesn't smoke cigarettes but it's not a deal breaker, Match lets you specify that, and if you choose "This is a deal breaker," they won't give you potential matches that had that in their answers. It's a super simple way to make sure you two at least somewhat on the same page with surface-level things, and can avoid those awkward conversations two months into the relationship. Finding someone who has the same values as you is just as important as finding an honest person and the rest of that mushy stuff. Sign up here. Best for finding a spouse Image: The Good Insane success rate • Best bet for compatible matches • Low chance of vulgar messages The Bad Pricey • Making a profile takes forever • Messages from non-matches The Bottom Line Marriage-minded folks flock to eharmony because of its great success rate and its comprehensive compatibility questionnaire. eHarmony Marriage-minded folks flock to eharmony because of its great success rate and its comprehensive compatibility questionnaire. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £42.50/month Six months of paid: £28.50/month One year of paid: £14.50/month See Details Who it's for: Marriage-minded people trying to marry the next person they date. With an opening questionnaire as time-consuming and mushy as this one, we don't expect that many people looking for a hookup would put themselves through that. Their explicit goal is to "create more meaningful connections that lead to fulfilling marriages," so if that's your goal as well this is the site for you.  Why it's awesome: The fact that it accounts for 4 percent of marriages in the US speaks for itself — that's an insane stat to come from a single dating site and proves that people are not messing around here. You'll only get a handful of potential matches per day and there's no search feature, so being patient is key. You can't rush things like this. eHarmony uses a comprehensive questionnaire with a whopping 29 dimensions to match you with people based on your long-term compatibility. You'll give yourself a rating on prompts like "I'm an honest partner," with sliding scale responses. On paper, asking deep questions like these right off the bat makes total sense when pairing two people together — but they're so basic and annoying. As much as you'd like to lie to feel better about yourself, you know deep down that's not the way to a healthy relationship. Admitting that you're not as mature in a certain area is key to eharmony matching you with someone who complements you. eharmony promises to pay for three months if you're not satisfied after three months, so they're clearly pretty confident that all of those questions work. Warning: It does get pricey, but less so the longer your subscription is — and it'll be worth it when you have your boo. Sign up here. Topics: dating, dating app, Lifestyle, Sex & Relationships, shopping-uk, uk-deals Related roundups Culture Everyone could benefit from a project management course. These are our favorites. 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Best for busy people EliteSingles A space for ambitious people to connect with genuine, like-minded singles who don't have time to meet someone the old fashioned way. See Details Best for people who are so over Tinder Match With a seriously impressive user base and tons of ways to connect, Match offers a fun-yet-serious alternative to sites that are too intense and marriage-focused. See Details Best hookup site AdultFriendFinder Live videos, group chats, and more monthly visitors than eharmony makes AFF great for finding a fling. See Details By TEAM COMMERCE 2020-01-29 11:52:40 UTC Online dating is now the norm. "We met on Tinder" is the new "we met in a bar."  Countless children have been born to parents who met via an online dating app like Match or eharmony, and according to eharmony, more than 50% of couples will meet online by 2031. They would say that, but it’s not an implausible forecast given online dating’s rising popularity. SEE ALSO: The most popular dating sites in the UK, just in time for cuffing season With so many options, it can be hard to know where to find the best crop of potential lovers. Each of the dating apps out there have features that will matter differently to you depending on your lifestyle, what you want, and what's most important to you. Looking for Ms. Right? Or perhaps just Mr. Right Now? It's helpful to know how each dating app is different so that you can surround yourself with people who want the same thing as you. Whether you're looking for something super specific or have tried every app on the market, this handy guide breaks down what the deal is with each of these online dating experiences. These are the best dating apps in the UK. Best hookup site Image: Pexels The Good Massive user base • LGBTQ friendly • Tons of features for max satisfaction • Chemistry questionnaires are actually decent The Bad Outdated and unattractive layout • Entire site looks like a virus-ridden porn ad • Best features get pricey The Bottom Line If you can get past the fact that it looks like an ad for a deserted strip club, you'll get the satisfaction you were looking for and more. AdultFriendFinder Live videos, group chats, and more monthly visitors than eharmony makes AFF great for finding a fling. Free version: Yes One month of GOLD: £23.25/month Three months of GOLD: £15.50/month One year of GOLD: £11.60/month See Details Who it's for: Horny people.  Why it's awesome: AdultFriendFinder is our pick for the best hookup site, and that's because it's literally impossible to walk away unsatisfied. Regardless of whether you're looking for an in-person hookup or to blow off some steam via sexting or raunchy videos, AFF has everything that your dirty mind can think of and more. If you don't mind that the entire thing looks like a sketchy "There are hot singles in your area" ad, you'll be in heaven. With over 25 million monthly users (that's more than eharmony) as well as live video options, chat rooms, groups for ultra specific kinks, and more, you can probably assume how wild this site can get. But there's such a large and diverse group of potential matches, you're very likely to find someone who's on the same page as you. The part that you wouldn't expect is the fact that they do offer tons of compatibility questions and matchmaking services, because they're that intent on finding you a good match. Another bonus is that AdultFriendFinder is like the dating site version of London (AKA it never sleeps). You'll find people who work the regular 9-5, people who work the night shift, and people in other time zones, so it's nearly impossible to log on and not have people to talk to. You can even check out the "How to Date" playlist on its Youtube channel for tips on how to ace the dating game. AdultFriendFinder is like the booty call that's always awake when you text them.  You can read our full review on AdultFriendFinder here and sign up here. Best for busy people Image: pexels The Good Unique, career-oriented user base • Ultra specific filters • Low chance of being catfished The Bad Extremely pricey • Restricted to a few matches per day • Time consuming The Bottom Line Calling on a more mature crowd, EliteSingles weeds out the non-professionals and gives a space for ambitious individuals to connect with genuine, like-minded individuals. EliteSingles A space for ambitious people to connect with genuine, like-minded singles who don't have time to meet someone the old fashioned way. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £48.50/month Six months of paid: £35/month One year of paid: £25/month See Details Who it's for: Picky people looking for something super specific in a partner. And guys, this is not the place for the younger millennials: EliteSingles loves to brag that 82% of their members are university grads, and with most of its members being 33-50 years old, we can pretty surely say that the main target is mature, working professionals rather than the the Tinder-using generation. Sorry uni kids. Why it's awesome: Rather than being thrown into an endless pool of profiles, EliteSingles lets you pick out exactly what you're looking for. You'll be given a limited number of matches curated for you using 29 extremely detailed, professional-level algorithms based on the popular Five Factor Personality Test. They'll even show you your own results in comparison to those of potential matches to see how you stack up. Like eHarmony, the stuff to fill out is pretty lengthy — but that's what you want if you're looking for a lasting relationship, and this helps ensure that you aren't swiping through loads of people that aren't your type. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Another unique thing is that there are separate pools based on location, religion, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. You can even break it down by profession if — for example, you are or were a teacher, you might only want to date someone who was also a teacher. All profiles are also verified manually with an upscale Fraud Detection System. As you could have expected from the fancy-sounding name, EliteSingles is the most expensive of the bunch (but we say worth it). Sign up here and read our full review here. Best for people who are so over Tinder Image: Pexels The Good Largest user base of any dating site • Clean and user friendly layout • IRL group events • Low-pressure atmosphere The Bad Sifting through so many users takes time • Pricey • Endless emails from non-matches The Bottom Line A just-plain-fun happy medium for those who are tired of the lack of seriousness (and abundance of gross messages) on Tinder but aren't ready for eharmony. Match With a seriously impressive user base and tons of ways to connect, Match offers a fun-yet-serious alternative to sites that are too intense and marriage-focused. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £18.50/month Six months of paid: £16.20/month One year of paid: £15.45/month See Details Who it's for: People who trust experience over gimmicks and people who want *a lot* of options. While many dating apps go overboard with obnoxious advertising (leading to an unfortunate desperation stigma), Match offers a sliver of hope: They guarantee that you'll find someone in six months, and if you don't, they'll give you six months for free. Match has gained the trust of over 35 million unique monthly visitors, giving it the largest user base of any online dating site. Match loves to brag about their success stories on social media, providing you endless inspiration when your dating life looks grim.  Why it's awesome: As one of the first online dating sites launched in 1995, Match has decades of data to back up their their algorithms — so no, it's not just another one of those sites that you'll forget about after a month. Match even uses your swipes to get a better idea of what you like to give you better matches in the future. And guess what? These tried and true algorithms don't require some long, tedious questionnaire. Aside from asking about your personal values and interests, Match allows you to specify what you want (or don't want) in a partner and how important that is: If you'd prefer someone who doesn't smoke cigarettes but it's not a deal breaker, Match lets you specify that, and if you choose "This is a deal breaker," they won't give you potential matches that had that in their answers. It's a super simple way to make sure you two at least somewhat on the same page with surface-level things, and can avoid those awkward conversations two months into the relationship. Finding someone who has the same values as you is just as important as finding an honest person and the rest of that mushy stuff. Sign up here. Best for finding a spouse Image: The Good Insane success rate • Best bet for compatible matches • Low chance of vulgar messages The Bad Pricey • Making a profile takes forever • Messages from non-matches The Bottom Line Marriage-minded folks flock to eharmony because of its great success rate and its comprehensive compatibility questionnaire. eHarmony Marriage-minded folks flock to eharmony because of its great success rate and its comprehensive compatibility questionnaire. Free version: Yes Three months of paid: £42.50/month Six months of paid: £28.50/month One year of paid: £14.50/month See Details Who it's for: Marriage-minded people trying to marry the next person they date. With an opening questionnaire as time-consuming and mushy as this one, we don't expect that many people looking for a hookup would put themselves through that. Their explicit goal is to "create more meaningful connections that lead to fulfilling marriages," so if that's your goal as well this is the site for you.  Why it's awesome: The fact that it accounts for 4 percent of marriages in the US speaks for itself — that's an insane stat to come from a single dating site and proves that people are not messing around here. You'll only get a handful of potential matches per day and there's no search feature, so being patient is key. You can't rush things like this. eHarmony uses a comprehensive questionnaire with a whopping 29 dimensions to match you with people based on your long-term compatibility. You'll give yourself a rating on prompts like "I'm an honest partner," with sliding scale responses. On paper, asking deep questions like these right off the bat makes total sense when pairing two people together — but they're so basic and annoying. As much as you'd like to lie to feel better about yourself, you know deep down that's not the way to a healthy relationship. Admitting that you're not as mature in a certain area is key to eharmony matching you with someone who complements you. eharmony promises to pay for three months if you're not satisfied after three months, so they're clearly pretty confident that all of those questions work. Warning: It does get pricey, but less so the longer your subscription is — and it'll be worth it when you have your boo. Sign up here. Topics: dating, dating app, Lifestyle, Sex & Relationships, shopping-uk, uk-deals Related roundups Culture Everyone could benefit from a project management course. These are our favorites. 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