Dating Websites

1. Match.com

Best for: getting back out there

Free membership (limited)

3 million users in the UK

Synonymous with online dating, Match.com has someone for everyone. Create a detailed profile, then find your potential partner through a criteria search. You can go on “zen mode” to be only contacted by those who meet your criteria. 

match.com

2. Eharmony

Best for: serious relationships

Free membership (limited)

5 million users in the UK

Modern matchmaking service, eHarmony, claims over half a million couples have found love through their site. Users are required to fill out an 80-question compatibility quiz to determine their core values in relation to others, but it powers many useful tools to help them find love (including compatibility scores, personality profiles, and relationship advice).

eharmony.co.uk

3. EliteSingles

Best for: educated singles in their forties

Free membership (limited)

13 million users worldwide

Those averse to swiping left may enjoy EliteSingles – a site that uses a personality test to match users based on their compatibility. The site only sends between 3 and 7 matches per day – all of whom have been manually verified. Most users are looking for a long-term commitment and intellectual match, and 85% of users have a degree and are between 30 and 55 years old. 

elitesingles.co.uk

4. Lumen

Best for: mature dating

Free membership

350,000 users worldwide

Whether your children have flown the nest or you’re recently divorced, dating in your fifties is a bit of a minefield. That’s where Lumen comes in.

Most dating apps are soul-destroying because the conversations consist of boring pleasantries. Not so with Lumen. Your icebreaker message needs to be at least 50 characters long, which encourages interesting conversations. 

lumenapp.com

5. Muddy Matches

Best for: countryside lovers

Free membership (limited)

200,000 members in the UK and Ireland

Muddy Matches is dedicated to matching country-minded people. You don’t have to live in the countryside to be on the app – you may be a townie with a penchant for men who play polo. You can easily see prospective partners’ interests, as well as where they went to school; if you like what you see, you can send them a wink.. 

muddymatches.co.uk

6. Telegraph Dating

Best for: meeting like-minded individuals

Free membership (limited)

220,000 members worldwide

The Telegraph Dating site is a straightforward way to meet like-minded singles. As you set up your free profile, simply describe the type of person for whom you’re searching. Then, browse the site and view others’ profiles; once you find someone who you feel is a good match, send them a message.

telegraph.co.uk/dating

7. OkCupid

Best for: quirky and open-minded singles

Free membership

4 million users worldwide

OkCupid has an extensive personality questionnaire, designed to increase compatibility. You can then inject personality into your profile by answering quirky questions, such as “Do you make your bed every day?”

Instead of being bombarded with messages, you can only message those with whom you have matched. Downloading the app and speaking to users is free but you can upgrade to Premium for extra features. 

okcupid.com

8. SCRUFF

Best for: slightly older bi, gay and trans men 

Free membership

15 million users worldwide

Originally tailored to men who like men with beards, SCRUFF’s userbase has since expanded to include clean-shaven bi, gay and trans men. On the site, which has an older intake than Grindr, you can swipe right to prospective partners from your area and around the world. 

scruff.com

9. Bumble

Best for: empowering women

Free membership

22 million users worldwide

To redress the gender imbalance of dating apps, women have to begin the conversations on Bumble. Profiles are not as detailed as on some apps, but you can make video calls and get to know your match before you meet.

bumble.com

10. HER

Best for: meeting like-minded queer women

Free membership

4 million members worldwide

HER is a much-needed breath of fresh air on the dating app scene, as an app dedicated to helping queer, bisexual and lesbian women find their ideal partner. The app is free and you can view profiles, add friends and start chats at no extra cost. Upgrade to HER Premium to filter users by sexuality, see who is currently online and more.

weareher.com