Match.com: Best for long-term relationships has a reputation as a better place to search for long-term relationships than the more hookup-friendly Ok Cupid, and science backs that reputation up: According to one study, and e Harmony produce the most marriages of any dating sites or apps.
It’s free to build a profile, but you have to pay to use the site effectively.
But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.
Although our survey found that no dating site or app sweeps online daters off their feet in the satisfaction department, Ok Cupid is rated highest overall by respondents, and Grindr, a free app for gay men, is also near the top.
On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.
Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.
“That’s the real issue—how happy are people with their interactions on the dating sites,” says Scott Kominers, a lecturer in economics at Harvard University.
Players, tire kickers and married men generally don’t want to pay out cash to partake in lascivious affairs and insincere tomfoolery.
posted an enlightening article “The Best Online Dating Sites,” presenting sites that were most likely to get you a compatible match.
Some experts argue that paid sites attract more serious users.
“I typically recommend Match because I’ve found it gives you better quality,” says Jodi Manfredi, who writes online dating profiles professionally.
In the meantime, the bottom line is that while some users think quality does come at a price, there are benefits to free dating services as well. Shopping links are provided by e Bay Commerce Network and Amazon, which makes it easy to find the right product from a variety of online retailers.