We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable.
After monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app, our reviewers decided Ok Cupid is the best overall service.
Our findings are in line with 2016 Consumer Reports data that found users were most satisfied with Ok Cupid over numerous other dating services.
With free dating apps becoming more popular thanks to Tinder, people are gravitating toward predominately free online dating services.
It’s also marketed as a ladies choice app, which means women must initiate contact with a match first.
Setting up your profile is fast and only requires a few quick facts about yourself and your appearance.
The free app is also easy to use, and our tests resulted in the most matches of any site we tested.
A Facebook account is required because, according to the website, matches are more successful when two people have mutual friends.
The app accesses your list of friends to do this but won’t post anything to your page, so there’s no need to worry. You can earn beans by logging in often, by purchasing them or by completing certain tasks like using the app’s Photo Lab.
You answer on a scale, which is nice because it means your answers can be more nuanced than yes or no.
There are several other questionnaires available to continue to flesh out your profile, but they're not required.
Messaging and viewing user profiles is all free on Plenty of Fish.