match is the most widely-used dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.
It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.
The site also hosts regular events which are a fun, relaxed way to meet people. It takes the travel out of dating especially with its tube station search parameter.
Try now: Lovestruck from £16 per month How does it work? In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.
The site aims to get rid of the ‘cringe factor’ associated with having to big yourself up through your online profile and makes it more of a fun community, where like-minded people can chat, meet and potentially fall in How much does it cost? The experts say: For those who are at a loss as how to sell themselves in 500 words or less, this site offers the opportunity to be described by your friend.
It works on the premise your friend can sell you better than you can but they can also embarrass you too.
You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.
Like a lot of the best online dating sites, it also has a handy instant messenger service which makes chatting to your matches easy and breezy. A daily email suggests six members you might be interested in, which is a useful feature that doesn’t feel like you’re being bombarded but provides you enough choice to find a compatible date.
Try now: Mysinglefriend from £13 per month How does it work?This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship.Try now: e Harmony from £9.95 per month How does it work?It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you – be it where you work or live – to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work.Beautiful People also promises access to exclusive parties and top guest lists around the globe. The experts say: This infamous dating site claims to have no unattractive members and is known for deleting members who gained weight.Aspiring members have to pass a 48-hour peer vote to be accepted as one of the ‘beautiful people’.They regularly host members’ events where allegedly you have to look as attractive as your profile photo otherwise entry to the venue is refused.This is the ideal site for those who want to bypass the usual filtering of profiles based on looks and focus on getting to know people they know they will be attracted to.Members rate new applicants over a 48-hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’.It sounds harsh, but the site claims that by admitting people based on their looks they’re removing the first hurdle of dating, saying that because everyone on the site is a fitty, members can concentrate on getting to know people’s character and personalities. If you buy a 6-month membership, you’ll get a reduced price of £7.50 per month.