We have chosen the following due to their commitment to working and finding you a new partner. These are split between the two different paid subscription models. The first where you search for matches and secondly where a computer program does the work. There are also 100% completely free services.
Although millions of members have signed up for membership only a small percentage have active subscriptions. We recommend joining more than one site to extract the most from these services.
The following all have a free sign up and you are allowed to search their database and match your own criteria. These we feel are the best options for the majority of people. They are generally split 50/50 between male and female members.
Match.com is the original big site with a specific UK member base. Match claim over 3 million members but perhaps a few hundred of thousands of those are active. This still provides plenty of scope to find someone in your local area.
There are many promotions during the year and generally you can use all paid features for three days before paying. The site had many positive reviews from community members and there are claims that they create many marriages each year. Alexa global popularity rank: 347 | Daily Time on Site: 9.07 minutes | Load Speed: 1.419 Seconds
Be2 specialise in the over 30s market which is great for those of us that are looking for more commitment. They offer a three day trial for just a fiver to get used to what's on the site and the many features available.
Be2 is a trusted brand but don't forget to cancel your subscription before the trial ends if you wish to leave. The site has a good mix of members from around the UK and is a nice and easy website to use. Look out for the special promotions that are offered during the year. Rank: 83,546 | Time: 2.53 mins | Speed: 1.347 Seconds
The Girls Date for Free model is unique for all of the online dating services. All female members get to join and use the features completely free of charge throughout their membership. Guys pay standard member fees.
This is great news for guys and girls. Guys get a huge pool of women to meet and the females don't pay a penny.
This doesn't skew the dynamics of the site either because it's still a good 50/50 split amongst members. This is a highly trusted website in the UK and has many positive reviews. Rank: 18,791 | Time: 6.24 mins | Speed: 2.947 Seconds
Cupid is a sister site of GDFF mentioned below run by the same company. The principles are the same and you enjoy the same great benefits. Their membership base is growing fast with several million members.
You may see are similar profiles from other websites and this provides more choice as the databases are combined.
Cupid has an easy to use interface, some excellent advanced features and a low monthly cost. The design makes this site a joy to be online with fellow singles. Rank: 6,400 | Time: 3.15 mins | Speed: 3.642 Seconds
This is one of the very first online websites to be developed way before others had the same ideas. As they have had time and years of feedback some of their features developed are not available on other places such as video chat.
Being able to meet face to face online via video could help break the ice before a formal connection is made.
We only receive positive reviews and our own experience backs this up. There are guides and tips to help you receive more responses from the profile you create. Rank: 84,796 | Time: 5.13 mins | Speed: 1.308 Seconds
Another unique marketing message has been dreamt up by Mrs Sarah Beeny from the TV property programmes. She thought that most people would not be able to create a winning profile so why not get your friends to nominate you?.
This unique perspective has worked well and it's a very popular and trusted site.
My Single Friend receives rave reviews and some of the Datingsites.org.uk family members have actually found potential partners through this site.
In the UK Friends Reunited was the original social networking site that pulled together old school friends. They spun this off into Genes Reunited as well as this highly popular dating website. It's another highly trusted venture that helps members find the right relationships.
Excellent customer service sets this site apart as well as many unique features. This site is certainly worth a visit and even if you don't join yet it's worth creating a profile and seeing who is online.
This is a different business model from the above. You can't simply go and create a profile and search. You answer a few hundred questions about your personal lifestyle, likes and dislikes and a computer program takes this information and matches other like-minded people on your behalf. This creates more accuracy and saves you time searching but the results are sometimes very limited.
This site is not so well known in the UK but is quickly developing a presence for matching success. Their personality questionnaire only takes around 15 minutes to complete which is faster than some others. There is also plenty of advice one the site and you can discuss your concerns directly with the excellent customer support team.
Although you can't make a direct search you can update your partner profiling from time to time which may change your results for the better. Parship is a lovely site that we recommend visiting.
Probably the first site to take the questionnaire route and integrate it into their profiling system is eHarmony. The concept here is great but when we tried it, after 30 minutes of answer mundane questions the system came back and said it couldn't find any matches. We gave up at this point but many thousands like it so we've kept it here.
eHarmony have extensive online and television campaigns during peak seasons. This creates hundreds of additional members each day. They also have "free weekends" throughout the year where you can use all paid features from Friday to Sunday during the promotional period.
Here you don't pay anything to join or anything to view your results. Perhaps this is not so good as your results will return thousands of people and they might not be so committed as others in the paid sector.
Markus Frind changed the model of worldwide dating when he created plenty of fish. Before POF came along all site were paid but he create POF and funded it by advertising. Now it's still free but there are paid options for more advance features and even a paid version of the site.
There are advertising and promotions here, much like the Facebook model, and if you don't mind that then fine. Because of its sheer size you'll get hundreds if not thousands of matches but it might be a good place to start if this is your first experience.