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An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites


Before I got married, I tried just about every dating site out there. My philosophy was: the wider I cast my net, the more likely I am to find that rare guy who’s just right for me. And while I’m no longer in the dating pool, I definitely remember many a month when I felt like all the attractive and kind men had gone into hiding. NYC is a tough place to find love in, but there are ways to make it easier.

People who meet on dating sites are quicker to tie the knot than those who meet in the real world — dating for an average of just over 18 months before getting hitched, compared to 42 months for those who meet offline.

To all my single friends, I suggest this: Rather than spend another night talking to another balding banker, or worse, suffer through a complete dry spell, why not make dates come to you? No matter which side of the dating spectrum you’re on, there is definitely an online dating service that’s right for you. Like shopping online, you can view images, compare features, and order up men who want to come to your neighborhood to buy you dinner. You gotta love technology!

Be skeptical when browsing potential love interests; 81% of people online lie about their height, weight or age on dating profiles. Women typically trim about 8 pounds from their weight, while men typically add half an inch to their height.

An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites

Here’s our down-and-dirty (/tried and tested) reviews of the most famous dating sites (and our expert tips at the end!):

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Ellie Smith

    An insightful comparison indeed @Hilary. An ocean of information in this small article. Thanks a lot. Online dating nowadays is a confusing thing as you can see. Many people are switching from apps to apps till they find their satisfaction or their partner. Well, these prominent dating apps are really good, but many of them lack in their safety factor. I would suggest to these dating apps to improve their safety and double check the information when any new person joins in the database. Online daters should also be aware about the safety concerns and must take steps before they become the victim of catfishing. A thorough background check on the interested partner is badly needed these days to find out the truth and stay safe.

  2. Frank von Majik

    Yes, I totally agree with you dear! It must be really confusing to browse through each website before choosing one. Some people have a great experience selecting a site while others may not. Also, I would like to share a website: Here, you can compare different online dating sites as it reviews and explains their features at one place.

  3. Colette McVay

    Hello, I check your new stuff like every week.
    Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!

  4. Sarah Evanston

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educational and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. Online dating is an issue that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I found this in my search for a comparison — I think I’ll use OkCupid!

    • Allen Darby

      hey you are beautiful

  5. Randie Cadiogan

    Hello there! What a great, and obviously first-hand comparison! I’m sharing your blog on twitter immediately. There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content (and probably desperately need it!)

  6. Sandra Brown

    Why pay when you can get OK Cupid for free?? 😉

  7. Courtney Watson

    I honestly haven’t tried “online dating services.” Yes, I have tried online dating, but some sort of paying online to meet and date, is something new to me.

    I would like to try and see how these online dating services go, but I have this “reservations” because of my belief that “everyone can be perfect online.” I mean people can pretend and fake who they really are.

    Good thing, I have a boyfriend and would just like to try this for experience and get the feel of it. LOL

  8. Gabrielle Williams

    I have a lot of friends who met people on dating sites and they had a lot of success. I think it becomes more of a pick and choose and you are able to “order” the perfect mate rather than play a guessing game in the bar scene.

  9. Nadia Lancy

    PS I'm not conservative or a church goer (I'm Jewish). Your article while informative, was rather narrow.

  10. Nadia Lancy

    So the only option for women in their 40s is eharmony? Tried it and hated it. is the best site I've used.

  11. Online dating can be challenging, but knowing what each website is about helps a ton. I think its great how some dating sites allow you to customize what kind of relationship you want, because not everyone is looking for the same love experience.

  12. Jen Spillane

    Nice recap of the major dating sites! I definitely recommend reading this for those who are curious but don't know where to start.

  13. I never used any dating sites before, besides the time I tired to set my ex’s brother with someone. Dating sites are growing due to the need  for people to want to find their perfect match. Everyone wants to be loved and either find that one true “soul mate”, I think dating sites is a good way to connect with many potential “soul mates” all at once.

  14. Hannah Mayers

    I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing that those who meet on dating sites are more likely to get married sooner. This may be jumping the gun because they couldn't find a good match somewhere else, which could lead to problems later on. Or, perhaps it really does mean they're more compatible than other couples.

  15. I tried eHarmony and hated it too – kept getting guys who were way shorter than me. Nothing against short dudes, but I'm not really attracted to them. I don't know why they can't understand that.

  16. Francis Woods

    “Hi! I’m an 18 year old man with blonde hair and blue eyes,  6ft 3 inches tall. I’m a model and I live in Beverly Hills.”

    … But that’s not true, I’m actually a woman and I live in Brooklyn. but you wouldn’t know that because we’re online, I could become anyone and I could lie all I want. All I’m saying is, as much as possible, I wouldn’t bet on finding a boyfriend or girlfriend online. For those who decided to try online dating, be careful and be vigilant!

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