Top 4 Online Dating Sites For Serious Relationships (According To Research)

You get what you pay for with online dating.


Players, tire kickers and married men generally don’t want to pay out cash to partake in lascivious affairs and insincere tomfoolery.

Reviews.com posted an enlightening article “The Best Online Dating Sites,” presenting sites that were most likely to get you a compatible match. They say evaluating online dating sites is a “subjective process” as different people have different desires, needs, and goals for their romantic lives. Nevertheless, according to their firsthand research of 68 contenders, some online dating sites do a better job at promoting committed relationships and marriage.

Reviews.com recommends 4 sites as the top picks—and here’s a summary of why:

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Okcupid: Best Overall

No matter what you’re looking for—casual hookups, marriage, polyamory, relationships with men, relationships with women, a little bit of everything—OkCupid can accommodate. Two factors really set OkCupid apart from the competition: It produces the best profiles, and it uses the best matching algorithm that pops the most promising profiles to the top that are more likely to be robust, human, and charming.

OkCupid is free but you can upgrade to a paid “A-List” plan.

Tip: Making frequent, minor updates to your profile can move you to the top of some sites’ search engines, prompting more winks and emails from online men.  

Match.com: Best for long-term relationships

Match.com has a reputation as a better place to search for long-term relationships than the more hookup-friendly OkCupid, and science backs that reputation up: According to one study, Match.com and eHarmony produce the most marriages of any dating sites or apps. It’s free to build a profile, but you have to pay to use the site effectively.

In my opinion, Match.com offers more opportunities to meet your ideal romantic partner by allowing you to freely search their online database and they offer face-to-face events.

eHarmony: Most Underwhelming

As a dating site, eHarmony has a reputation for being old-fashioned and marriage-oriented, and it likes it that way. “Do you want fast or forever?” one of its TV commercials asks. Like we mentioned, eHarmony and Match.com, are neck and neck for the most marriages, with eHarmony eking out the top spot by 0.7 percentage point. BTW: eHarmony is the most expensive of sites tested.

I’m not a big fan of eHarmony because it does not allow you to freely search the database of people who would match your criteria, while also limiting your connections to people who the algorithm batches you off every day.

Plenty of Fish: Most Overwhelming

Plenty of Fish offered way more activity than on any other site; however, the interactions were extremely low quality. Many times, we weren’t sure if the messages we were receiving were from a real human or a scammer.

But heck, it’s free.

Click here to read the different ways you can improve your chances at finding love on a dating site. 


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