Pros: Simple to navigate; finds matches based on keyword descriptions; provides apps for smartphones.
Pros: Safer than some sites, since members must submit to a background check; has a fun, flirty environment.
To make your comparison easier, the cost is based on a basic 3 month plan.
See the comparison page or individual review for more detailed cost info.
Are you tired of going on date after date wasting your time with someone that doesn't have anything in common with you or understand you?
Online dating sites help narrow down the "million fish in the sea" and pair you with compatible matches.
If your goal is to get a date—or find a mate—are you better off with one type over the other?
Forty-eight percent said Match, a paid site, but Plenty Of Fish (free) and e Harmony (paid) tied for second most popular, with 23 percent apiece.
But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.
Both kinds are popular, so you can’t go just by that.
In the 2016 Consumer Reports Online Dating Survey, more than 9,600 people who had used an online dating service in the last two years were asked which one they had joined.