But almost all of them were suspiciously short, spammy, or just plain rude.
It organizes in-person events like speed dating, happy hours, and game nights for its members to help accelerate the search for “the one,” and it works — studies have shown it’s one of the top two sites to produce marriages.
(Match.com’s user base is slightly older, too, which may indicate more people who are ready to settle down.) However, Match lacks the robust matching algorithm of Ok Cupid — it came in fourth place for good matches in our testing — and isn’t as streamlined as Tinder or Bumble. We also tested three other sites: e Harmony, Plenty of Fish, and Zoosk.
While we can’t recommend them, we hope we can save you the trouble of experiencing them yourself.
Take it from us, e Harmony was just a worse version of
We like Ok Cupid's whole package — a huge user base, slick interface, the fact that it’s free — but its real strength lies in its robust matching algorithm.
It not only asks you questions about your personality, likes, and dislikes (“Do you think women have an obligation to keep their legs shaved?
Since our tester was a straight woman, her experience with online dating is weighted more toward receiving messages than sending messages.
(According to a study from Ok Cupid, the majority of women don’t send the first message in online dating conversations — but they get great results when they do.) To keep our judgments as objective as possible, we used a rubric to categorize each message: Unfortunately — but perhaps not all that surprisingly — the majority of the messages we received on traditional dating sites were mediocre or downright bad. To send someone a message, both users have to indicate they’re interested by “swiping right” on their profile.
At per month it’s the most expensive option out there, but had the highest number of blank profiles.
Meanwhile, Plenty of Fish lives up to its name — we received twice as many messages compared to Ok Cupid.
Krissy Dolor, the director of dating at e Flirt says, “When online dating, people skim through profiles, so it’s important to stand out in the crowd.