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An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites

Our down-and-dirty reviews of the most famous 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 taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 19 Comments

  1. Katherine Swift

    O.k cupid is the best for the really serious dating vibe. But I still prefer tinder, It’s kinda fun toying with all them sex hungry chumps who think they can get in my pants.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Colette McVay

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

  5. 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

  6. 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!)

  7. Sandra Brown

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Nadia Lancy

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

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