These Are The Best Free Dating Sites – And Well Worth Your Time
If only meeting “the one” were as easy as filling out a profile online. It’s not (quite), but you can still try. We’ll admit there’s not a great deal of romance in online form-filling but at least these ones are free.
That’s right, we’ve found the best free dating sites in the UK for you. While most dating sites claim to be free, once you want to initiate contact with someone or read your messages you need to enter your credit card details and pay sometimes high membership fees.
So, for the purposes of this article, we’re considering free to mean everything from the moment you sign up through to unlimited messaging and more. The only thing you might end up having to pay for are the drinks on your next date.
Tag Line: Your new love life starts here.
Boasting a whopping 7,883,511 registered members (they’ve got a ticker on their homepage), OKCupid says they’ve matched thousands of happy couples thanks to its use of an algorithm.
OkCupid became a big deal in the online dating scene from almost the moment it was launched back in 2004. It was originally most popular with the 18-to-35 age group, but has since expanded its user pool beyond. The site is well-known for its extensive and often eclectic matchmaking questionnaire, where questions are submitted by users, reviewed and voted on by a select group of members, and then sent to the OKC staff, who choose the best ones.
Plenty Of Fish
Tag Line: The Leading Free Online Dating Site for Singles
While there is a lot of contention on message boards about whether PoF is, in fact, free, it passes our test (ie it’s free to make contact through email and messaging). It’s also got 3 million active daily users with 50,000 new singles per day, so that old adage ‘there’s plenty of fish in the sea’? Yeah, they’re probably all here.
The site’s personality test measures five categories that affect compatibility: Self-Confidence, Family Orientation, Self-Control, Social Dependency/Openness, and Easy-goingness. POF states that they “generate matches for you from a statistical model based on thousands of successful couples who have taken our chemistry test.”
Tag Line: Completely Free Dating
LoveThing.co.uk is ideal for finding romance near you. While there’s no matchmaking service or questionnaire, it’s functionality works a bit like Tinder’s swipe mechanism. Under the ‘Like To Meet’ tab the site shows you members’ profiles and you can click ‘I like’, ‘Maybe’ and ‘Nope’. Then another person’s profile comes up and you do the same. Over and over. You can also directly message anyone, which is probably the more efficient use of your time, rather than waiting for them to ‘I like’ you back before you start messaging.
You can also search based on age, distance from you, relationship status, and children. Very basic.
Tag Line: Looking for a date?
Ah, how did you know, Flirtbox? With 2,111,858 single members, their main message is: have fun. The site repeats it over and over again: “Flirting is fun, you guys!” as if we were all in the same sandbox together building sandcastles. If only dating were that carefree. However, it really is a simple, straightforward and free site – created around 2000 by a university student from Portsmouth who saw that most UK dating websites were pay sites with an average target group of 50+ (not ideal for your 20-30 somethings. Unless… cougars).
In his testimonial, the founder asks: “Besides, why should anyone have to pay for flirting?” We’d have to agree there.
Tag Line: Make every day Earth day.
Sure, making the planet a better place may not be everyone’s first priority. But if you’re that way inclined, and you want to meet someone who is too, GreenSingles has over 100,000 “conscious singles” (good start…) from all over the world for you to meet – progressive singles in the environmental, vegetarian, animal rights communities, and simply people who value the outdoor life.
They offer a Compatibility Test and Sexual IQ (Intimacy Quotient) to see how compatible you are with other members, a Comprehensive Matchmaker questionnaire to find you new members that meet your criteria, and there are even in-depth essay questions for members to describe what they’re most passionate about, what type of music they like, their pets, their “visions” and “the healing modalities” they practise, and what “conscious” means to them. You can’t hug trees all the time.
And if you like it here, you might also want to check out MuddyMatches.co.uk.