If you’re looking to date within a specific religious, ethnic or age group, eharmony is our top pick for focused dating because it has match preferences that can filter your matches at a granular level.
The free version lets you search at those granular levels, unlike other sites we tested where you have to pay a subscription.
"Unlike shopping for a bank or a refrigerator, in the case of online dating, the refrigerator has to like you back," Gilman said.
"There is a different level of exposure to disappointment and that's captured in the poor overall scores." Once considered taboo, online dating is now a socially accepted and booming multibillion dollar business that continues to grow.
Overall, respondents preferred free sites like Ok Cupid, Tinder and Grindr over paid sites like Match and e Harmony, in part because of the value.
The now infamous infidelity dating site Ashley Madison, which was one of the most expensive, was also the lowest-scoring online dating service, with a score of 37.
This website has a vast dating pool and lots of name recognition, so you can be sure that you won’t run out of potential dates.
Setting up a free account is simple and only takes a few minutes.
It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.
Match gives you lots of open-ended questions that you can answer, and you can upload 26 photos to your profile.
You can’t view or send any messages without paying for a subscription, and the subscriptions for this site are higher than some other sites we researched.
We also added Tinder and plan to review more dating apps in the future.
is our pick for the best overall online dating site.