It’s already October of 2013 and online dating is as big as ever.
The below list covers all the best dating sites that are up, running, and booming this year. We’ve classified them according to niche as well – so you can pick and choose to your heart’s content.
The Most Popular: Match.com
Match.com is the big daddy of online dating sites with around 24 million unique visitors every month. This site has led to more dates, more relationships, and more marriages than any other site in the world. So it makes sense that it tops the chart as the most popular dating site of 2013…and it’s still growing.
If you’re looking to get access to the widest pool of singles possible, Match.com is the place to look.
Fastest-Growing Dating Site: Zoosk.com
With over 10 million members and growing fast, Zoosk is the fastest-growing dating site out there. We guess this has to do with their convenience factor – the site is easily accessible through smartphones, as well as Facebook, and Twitter – as well as their very diverse member base (everyone is welcome, regardless of age, race, or sexual preference).
Zoosk is most like offline dating in that you have access to all types of people – you just get a whole lot more of them!
Try it today!
Best Matchmaker Dating Site: Perfect Match
If you’re looking for a dating site that does some or most of the matchmaking legwork for you – Perfect Match is the best there is. There are some other great matchmaking sites out there, but Perfect Match accepts the most diverse clientele (more people) and they have the added benefit of actually letting you search for your own matches.
Perfect Match is the ideal compromise between matchmaking and independent choice.
Most FUN dating site: Howaboutwe.com
This site combines the best in online dating (convenience, a huge dating pool) with the best in offline dating (serendipitous fun) to bring you a dating site where you can suggest a fun activity by filling in the dots after “How about we…”
You can suggest anything from checking out a local art gallery to drinking wine at a nearby playground – whatever strikes you as being fun. This approach lets other singles find you based on who you are and what you like to do. It also completely eliminates the whole back-and-forth email game before setting up a first date and allows you to get right to where you wanted to go: the DATE!
Best Serious Dating Site: Matchmaker
Matchmaker began as a sort of classifieds bulletin board system back in 1986 – yes, apparently people had Internet access back then. Fast forward to 2013 and Matchmaker is one of the oldest dating sites and the go-to site for commitment-minded singles.
If you’re sick of the dating merry-go-round and are serious about finding a committed relationship with someone you just click with, Matchmaker is the way to go. With a little over 2 million members, their member database isn’t massive, but they more than make up for lack of quantity with quality – most of the singles on Matchmaker.com are in their 30s, professional, educated, and seeking a serious, long-term relationship.
Best Dating Site for Men: Chemistry.com
If you’re a man venturing into online dating, you want to go where the (female) fish are plenty. Chemistry tops the list with the most advantageous female-to-male ratio. Yes, their member base is 56% female – that’s the highest you’re going to find on any dating site currently out there.
Best Dating Site for Women: Fast Cupid
Let’s be honest – women are at an advantage in the online dating game. Most dating sites are skewed in favor of women, with gender ratios showing a higher percentage of male daters on pretty much every dating site out there.
So, when we went looking for the best dating site for women, we chose based on both quality and quantity – and we came up with Fast Cupid.
This site is not one of the giants in the online dating industry – although they boast a very respectable member base of nearly 8 million singles – because they cater to a very specific crowd: intelligent, sophisticated singletons. Women make up just 48% of the member base so it’s nearly equal, with women still at a slight advantage and the members here tend to be young professionals who are fun, intelligent, and interested in the same.