13 Best Dating Apps of 2020 (Most Popular)

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New year = new you, right? 

Okay, so we’re already a quarter of the year into 2020 (where does the time go?!), but if you’ve decided that you either want a bit of fun or an actual long-term relationship, there’s no easier way of meeting people than via a dating site or app.

The good news is that there are tons of apps available these days. However, while some of them are very good, others are distinctly average – and a total waste of your time and money. 

To make sure you sign up for the app that befits your current needs and wants, I’m going to walk you through the best dating sites and apps of 2020. I’ve personally tried all of them and I’m going to take a look at who they’re for, how they work, and what their costs, pros, and cons are. 

Let’s begin. 

Best Dating Apps of 2020 (FREE):

1. Tinder 

Tinder is arguably one of the world’s most popular dating apps. It started life as a casual dating app but it’s now populated by single guys and girls who are looking for something a bit more serious, too.

It’s a free “swipe” app that’s got more users than most other apps. There’s a paid version, which gives you access to more features, but many people find that they’re able to enjoy moderate success without upgrading their account.

How Tinder Works?

The premise of Tinder was pretty original when it was first launched. Users just need to make a quick account that consists of at least one photo and their location and gender, and – if they like – they can add a couple of lines in their Tinder bio.

Then, they’re free to “swiping.” If they like the look of someone, they swipe right. If they don’t, they swipe left. If two people like each other, they’re a match and can get chatting. On that note, its’ free to send and receive messages. 

As simple as the premise is, the lack of a search function means it could be a while before you land a decent match. There are also no matchmaking features. However, there are paid features available, such as the “Boost” feature, that are designed to increase your chances of success. 

My Experience

In my personal opinion, Tinder is one of the easiest dating apps to succeed on. As is common with all new users, the matches flooded in when I first joined but eventually tailed off as the algorithm made things harder. 

However, I made sure to add my best pics and a killer one-liner to my bio, and then I “boosted” myself a few times and upgraded to Tinder Gold so that I could see who liked me. I then got a few more matches and made sure to deliver witty opening messages.

And this is the key with Tinder: The opening Tinder message is so important, and it also helps if your flirting game is good and you’re funny. 

After a week, I had already lined up 5 dates. 

What It Costs?

It’s free to send and receive messages but features such as Tinder Gold & Tinder Super-like cost money. 

Pros: 

  • Very high user base
  • Straightforward as can be
  • Free to use

Cons: 

  • Too many people just use it for validation 
  • No search function 

2. Bumble

Bumble

Bumble is a dating app like Tinder aimed at pairing up guys and girls who are either looking for something short term or long term. However, there’s a catch: Girls have to message first if a guy and girl match (anyone can message first if it’s a same-sex match).

And if they don’t start a conversation with their match, their match disappears after 24 hours. 

Also, Bumble has two apps – one is for dating and the other is for friends. 

Other than that, Bumble is a huge hit worldwide and is used by millions of people.

How It Works?

A location-based dating app, Bumble requires a few things from you before your account is up and running. It needs your age, location, height, weight, hair color and so on. Then, you just need to add a few pics and a killer bumble bio (one or two lines will do, and you can also answer prompts if you’re stuck for something to put).

Then, you just need to swipe away. If you like someone who’s liked you back, the two of you are a match and can start chatting. 

Because Bumble is based on an algorithm, you need to put effort to write a good dating profile. The more popular it is (ergo, the more “likes” you have), the higher up the queue you will be. Thus, you’ll be more visible to more people.

My Experience

Bumble is easy to succeed on because there are just two simple keys to success: Good pics (pics with your dog or a kitten always work well) and a brief but witty bio. 

Once you match and start chatting with someone, just make sure to be cool, normal and – if possible – funny. Banter always works. 

Within a week, I’d agreed to meet 3 girls. Whilst one of them eventually flaked, there’s no doubt in my mind that Bumble is one of the best apps if you’re just looking to chill with someone new. 

What It Costs?

Bumble is free to use and send messages, but you can upgrade to a Bumble Boost account for extra features. The price ranges from $10.99 per week to $24.99 per week. 

Pros:

  • High user base
  • Can use it for dating or making friends 
  • Lots of cool features, such as voice and video call 

Cons: 

  • The algorithm can work against you 
  • Guys can’t message first if they match with a woman 

3. Match.com 

Match

Match is a serious dating site for people who are looking for something longer term. It’s free to sign up but you need to upgrade to send messages. With over 8 million paying members around the world, it’s one of the most popular matchmaking sites around.

How It Works?

The sign-up process is pretty quick and there’s a profile builder feature that speeds things up. You need to upload a profile picture before you can continue, and there’s also a mandatory personal info form to complete. 

Once you’re up and running, you can find potential dates via a Matches tab, which presents you with suggested profiles, or you can use the search function. If you like the look of someone, just hit “Like” and they’ll receive a notification. If they’re a premium member, they’ll be able to see your profile and you can start chatting. 

My Experience

Match is one of the easiest dating sites to succeed on for a few reasons. First, it’s got more traffic than most other sites. Two, millions of people are paying to use it, which means they’re all serious about dating. Three, the user interface is one of the best I’ve seen. 

I made sure to add a couple of lines in my About Me section to make my profile as appealing as possible. And when I sent opening messages, I tailored them specifically to the person I was writing to. 

As long as you’re polite, respectful and humorous, succeeding on Match is possible. However, most users want to build up a rapport before agreeing to meet you, so you’ll need to have a lot of patience, too. This isn’t a hookup site, so just take your time.

It’s also a good idea to use features such as Match Me which boost your profile. 

What It Costs?

Match is free to register an account but you’ll then need to upgrade if you want to see who’s “liked” you and send and receive messages. 

  • 1 month – $30 per month
  • 3 months – $20 per month
  • 6 months – $10 per month

Pros:

  • High user base
  • Great user interface
  • Very easy to use 

Cons: 

  • Requires patience 
  • Costs money but doesn’t guarantee success

4. eHarmony 

eHarmony

Like Match, eHarmony is aimed at singles who are looking for love. They want something long-term – and maybe even marriage. 

With millions of members worldwide and a very precise matchmaking method, it’s easy to see why eHarmony has enjoyed so much success. In fact, according to statistics, an incredible 542 people get married each day because of eHarmony! Most members are aged between 25 and 34, though, so if you’re older than that, you may want to try another site, such as Match. 

The site has now been around for two decades and claims to use scientific research to help it pair up compatible users. 

How It Works?

Signing up to eHarmony takes a fairly long time, but this is because it’s aimed at serious dates who – it’s assumed – are prepared to invest time and energy into finding a life partner. 

When you first signup, you’ll need to complete a personality test that asks a series of questions, many of which start with the line “what would you do if …?”

I’d say it took me 10 minutes to get through this. 

Once your profile is up and running, you can search for users and send them “winks” if you’re still using a free account. However, if you want to send and receive messages, you’ll need to upgrade your account. If you don’t, you can only send automated questions but can’t read the replies. 

The automated questions feature is really useful as it helps two people get to know each other without having to indulge in small talk. If at the end of the questions you decide you kinda like each other, you can proceed and view each other’s pictures and take things further. 

My Experience

eHarmony requires a lot of patience, which is why it’s ideal only for those who want something long term, or even marriage. 

I enjoyed my time on the site, but while I made a few connections with people, I didn’t take things further. However, with patience and the right mindset, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t succeed on this website. For sure, there are a lot of great features and genuine people here. 

What It Costs?

  • 6 months – $15 per month 
  • 12 months – $10 per month
  • 24 months – $5 per month

Pros:

  • Millions of genuine, active users
  • Ideal for those looking for long term relationships
  • Excellent user interface, professional site

Cons: 

  • Expensive 
  • Requires lots of patience and effort 

5. Elite Singles

EliteSingles

Elite Singles is aimed at career-minded, highly educated singles who are looking for equally ambitious and intelligent partners. Most people who sign up have a college degree or better, and most users are looking for a long-term relationship or even marriage. 

How It Works?

The signup process requires you to take a personality test. This should take you around 20 minutes. The test was designed by experienced psychologists, and while it takes time to fill out, the idea is that it saves you time in the long run by improving your matches. 

Once you’ve answered the questions and filled out your profile, you’re free to get to know people by swapping 5 questions, sending “winks” and composing your message from scratch. 

There are a lot of features on here that aid your chances of success but to get the most out of it, you need to upgrade to a paid account.

My Experience

Despite the challenging nature of a site like Elite Singles, it’s very easy to land a few dates. This is because there’s no endless swiping (such as on Tinder). Instead, everyone here who has paid for their account is looking for serious dates. 

Moreover, the matchmaking feature is very sophisticated and, more often than not, pairs you up with highly compatible people.

I learned that the easiest way to success is to use the automated 5 introductory questions, before taking things off Elite Singles. Once you’ve built a rapport with someone, it’s time to arrange a date – preferably somewhere like a classy restaurant. 

What It Costs?

  • 3 months – $50 per month 
  • 6 months – $35 per month
  • 12 months – $25 per month 

Pros:

  • Lots of smart, educated members 
  • Professional dating site 
  • Good special features, such as a personality analysis 

Cons: 

  • Expensive 
  • Exclusively for highly educated people 

6. AdultFriendFinder 

AdultfriendFinder

AdultFriendFinder is a popular hookup site that’s aimed at anyone who’s looking for a casual sex encounter. It caters to all kinds of sexual preferences and orientations, including kink, BDSM and more, and it’s jam-packed with features, including live webcam shows and adult movies. 

And whilst it’s very graphic, it’s got one of the highest user bases out of all the sites and apps.

How It Works?

It takes a few minutes (if that) to sign up for AFF. There’s no need to fill out a length personality test – all you need is the very minutest of info and some photos to get your profile up and running. What’s required is your sexual preferences, what you’re looking for and a valid email address.

Then, you’re free to use the homepage to find a mate. On AFF, there’s no need to “match” with people. Instead, active users are plastered all over the homepage. If there’s someone you like the look of, just click their profile for a closer view. If you’re still keen, you can just pop them a message. 

And while you’re waiting for them to reply, you can pass the time by watching a live webcam show. 

My Experience

AFF is really easy to land a hookup on because most of the members are horny and up for some fun as soon as possible. I created a profile, added my “sexiest” pics – and started flirting. 

However, to increase your chances of success on AFF, it’s a good idea to get involved with the community. This means commenting on videos and blog posts and even creating new blog posts yourself. 

See, very few people on AFF are going to limit themselves to one person only. Everyone is interacting with each other. By becoming an active member of the AFF community, you will get noticed more. 

What It Costs?

  • 1 month – $20
  • 3 months – $15
  • 12 months – $12

Pros:

  • Great for hookups 
  • Lots of useful features 
  • Can watch adult movies 

Cons:

  • Dated website design 
  • A large number of fake profiles 

7. OkCupid 

okCupid

OkCupid is one of the oldest dating sites. It’s been revamped a few times over the years but continues to sport one of the most attractive site designs around. 

It’s ideal for anyone who considers themselves LGBT, and it’s especially aimed at more open-minded, non-judgemental people who are looking for just about anything, whether that be friends, and OkCupid hookup or a polygamous relationship. With millions of active users, it’s well worth a closer look. 

How It Works?

Signing up is free but can take a few minutes. As well as providing the usual info – your name, location, etc – there’s a questionnaire that you’ll need to complete, too. This is designed to learn more about your habits, likes, dislikes and so on so that it can create better matches for you. 

Once you’re up and running, there are two ways to look for members: You can either use the search function, or you can use a feature called Double Take which works like Tinder’s “swipe” function. 

If you come across someone you like the look of, you can give them a message without waiting for them to match with you. However, OkCupid then sends them an email to tell them that “someone” has sent them a message, and it’s only when they happen to “like” you back that they can see your message. 

If they don’t reciprocate your like (or don’t even come across your profile), they don’t see your message. Meanwhile, you’ll never see their profile again. 

My Experience

By restricting the way we send and receive messages on OkCupid, they sure made life harder for us. They say they changed their policy to help protect users from abusive, repetitive messages from other users they’re not interested in. 

That said, whilst starting a conversation with someone you like is harder than ever, it’s still possible to do well on OkCupid. My advice is to make sure you only message people you’re genuinely interested in, and to keep your messages fun, light and a tad flirty. 

Also, since most people who use this site put a lot of time and effort into filling out their profile, it’s a good idea that you do the same. If you’re not sure what to write, OKCupid gives you a few prompts, such as “the last boxset you binged.” 

What It Costs?

OkCupid is free to use. You don’t have to pay to send and receive messages but there are extra features, such as a “boost” feature that costs money. 

Pros:

  • Very active user base
  • Slick website/app
  • Free

Cons: 

  • Restrictions on messages 

8. Hinge 

Hinge

Hinge is a dating app only, which means you can’t use it on a desktop computer. It’s free to use and works kinda like Tinder (it’s a swipe app) with a few differences. 

Hinge’s tagline is that it’s the dating app that’s “designed to be deleted.” This means that it’s aimed at singles who are looking for something serious and want to get off dating sites for good. To that end, there are very few fake profiles and millions of serious, active users. 

How It Works?

The signup process is refreshingly easy and you’re not required to fill out any questionnaires or tests. Instead, Hinge wants the bare minimum from you at this point – your basic info and 6 photos (these are all mandatory).

There’s no need to fill out a bio because Hinge doesn’t work like that. Instead, there are a series of questions – such as “where do you want to travel to?” – that you can pick from. Your answers then show up on your profile, and other users can choose to interact with them if they wish. 

There is no search function. Instead, members are put in front of you in a queue. Each time you swipe left or right on someone (or “like” them), another profile is put in front of you. 

My Experience

My top tip is to be creative with your answers. Since another Hinge member has nothing but your photos and answers to judge your personality off, there’s no point giving one-word answers to the questions.

For example, if you just write things like “Netflix,” “Barbados,” and “Lasagne,” you won’t stand out. Instead, you need to put a bit of time and effort into your answers so that you’ll get more likes. 

Also, since users can “like” your pictures to let you know they’re interested in you, it’s a good idea to ask a friend to choose your best pics for you (let’s face it, we’re never the best at picking our best photos!). 

Personally? I did well on Hinge because it’s really easy to use. It’s a “swipe” app that puts matches in front of you, and if the two of you like the look of each other, there’s no real reason not to talk. 

I also found that people on Hinge are more genuine than those using Tinder. 

What It Costs?

Free to use and send messages but there are premium packages available:

  • 1 month – $9 
  • 3 months – $6 per month 
  • 6 months – $5 per month 

Pros: 

  • Inexpensive 
  • For serious, genuine singles 
  • Great user interface and concept 

Cons:

  • Not ideal for those who enjoy writing bio’s
  • No search function 

9. Plenty of Fish 

PlentyofFish

One of the oldest online dating sites, Plenty of Fish (POF) is an old favorite for singles who want a free dating site. It costs nothing to send and receive messages, and while the web design is as basic as it ever has been, its simple concept is very appealing to people who want a hassle-free dating experience. 

Now in its second decade, POF continues to be home to millions of members worldwide. 

How It Works?

As simple as POF’s concept is (it’s a straight-up dating site with very few special features barring virtual gifts), the sign-up process is rather lengthy because you need to answer 100+ questions. Your answers go into POF’s algorithm and will help you get better matches. 

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you need to write a few lines in your profile (a few lines are compulsory) add a few pics and add a catchy headline. Because of the way POF’s search function works, a strong main image and eye-catching POF headline are important. If you like the look of someone’s main pic and headline, you can visit their profile and send them a message. 

Unlike many other sites, there’s no hassle involved. Once you’ve sent someone a message, they’ll receive it right away and can choose to reply. They’ll also be informed if you’ve merely visited their profile without leaving a message. 

My Experience

I created my profile, added my pics and a smooth headline, and started firing off messages to women I liked the look of. It wasn’t long before I was receiving replies – and setting updates.

There are a few things I like about POF. One is how easy it is to tweak your search according to location, age, etc. And two, I like how varied the user base is. Some are looking for a bit of fun, others are looking for something long-term, but so many are open for at least a chat. 

If your pics are good and your profile is positive, fun and friendly, there’s no reason you can’t succeed here. 

You can send virtual gifts if you wish, but they’re a bit cheesy, to be honest, and I don’t think anyone even appreciates them! 

What It Costs?

POF is completely free to send and receive messages. There are a couple of premium features, such as the ability to see who “wants to meet you” but they hardly seem worth paying for. 

Pros: 

  • Huge user base
  • Very easy to use
  • Completely free

Cons: 

  • Barely any features 
  • Way behind the likes of Tinder in terms of being “cool” 
  • No app (just a website)

10. Zoosk

zoosk

Zoosk has been around for well over a decade, but it was recently given a revamp so that it looks and feels better than ever. 

Zoosk is available in 80+ countries and is aimed at singles of all types who are looking for something short term or long term. With a relaxed look and vibe, it occupies the middle ground between POF and OkCupid. 

How It Works?

The sign-up process takes less than 5 minutes and you don’t even need to upload a pic. You just need to enter a few personal details and a valid email address. You can choose to connect a social media account if you wish, too. 

Once you’re up and running, you can browse profiles for free via the search function, and you can also send smiles and hearts. However, you need to upgrade your account to send messages and use the chatroom. 

As well as the search function, you can use a feature called Carousel which suggests profiles for you. The Match tab, meanwhile, uses your behavior on the site to match your potential dates.

My Experience

Each time someone is interested in you, you’ll get an email letting you know. This way, it’s really easy to match with someone else (unlike Tinder where you could be swiping forever). 

I landed a few matches and had a few conversations, but I found the best way to succeed on Zoosk is to fill out your profile with a story (this is a cool feature that will get you noticed by more people). You should also take the time to fill in a variety of categories so that people can see who you’re interested in. 

Most people on Zoosk are active, so once you’ve matched with someone, just make sure to be fun, flirty and positive with your conversation. Before you know it, you’ll be getting updates.

What It Costs?

  • 1 month – $32 
  • 3 months – $23 per month 
  • 6 months – $18 per month

Pros:

  • Recently revamped, looks better than ever
  • High user base
  • Great for those looking for something short or long term 

Cons: 

  • Bit pricey
  • Better alternatives

11. CoffeeMeetsBagel 

CoffeeMeetsBagel

One of the least known dating apps, CoffeeMeetsBagel, has fairly low traffic. However, while it has its limitations, it’s a cute alternative to the more “brash” dating apps, and can work as a side app to help you find a few more dates. 

How It Works?

CoffeeMeetsBagel is different from most other sites and apps in the sense that it has no search function. Instead, it puts a limited number of curated matches in front of you each day. Then, you get 24 hours to decide if you want to swipe left or right. If you swipe right and the other person does the same, you can start messaging. 

My Experience

CoffeeMeetsBagel shouldn’t be your number 1 dating app. It’s a better idea to pop in and out of it every now and then. This is because its user base is quite low and the app only aims to pair you up with compatible people who are nearby. 

As such, I didn’t get too many matches. However, due to the way it works, it also means you won’t spend your whole day endlessly swiping. Instead, you’re given several curated matches each day. Once you’ve run through them all, it’s time to either send messages or switch to another app. 

What It Costs?

  • Free to send messages 
  • 1 month – $35
  • 6 months – $20 per month

Pros: 

  • Free to send messages 
  • Curated matches feature works better than you’d think 
  • Won’t take up too much of your time 

Cons: 

  • Not many users 
  • No search function 

12. Happn

Happn

Happn is a geo-location-based dating app with 50 million active users around the world. It works a bit like Tinder but with a twist: It tries to match you with people you’ve already met. 

How It Works?

The sign-up process is a breeze and can be done by linking your Facebook account. You need to hand over a couple of personal details, such as your date of birth, but you don’t need to spend time creating a bio. You can also choose to hide certain info (such as your age) from other users. 

Once your profile is up and running, you’re free to swipe left or right on other members. You’ll notice that the information you can see on a person’s profile is limited until you upgrade your account. You’ll also notice that each person who is put in front of you lives fairly close by. This is because the app shows you matches according to proximity, as well as the preferences you’ve set. 

There’s no search function but you can adjust your preferences to get better matches. And while browsing profiles if free, you need to pay to send messages. 

My Experience

I found Happn a really useful dating app that made it easy to set up dates with people who lived nearby. Because it’s geo-location based and attempts to pair you up with people who you’ve maybe met before (perhaps you went to the same gig one time), it’s a lot easier to strike up an initial conversation. 

Moreover, because your matches are close by, it’s a lot easier to match, chat and meet up all in the same night. 

What It Costs?

  • 1 month – $20

Pros:

  • Clean user interface 
  • Cool features, such as voice messages 
  • Great concept 

Cons: 

  • Expensive 
  • Bumble might be a better alternative 

13. HER

Her

HER is aimed at lesbians and bisexual women. It’s free to send messages and users have to link at least one of their social media accounts. It’s a fun, open and tolerant dating app that continues to attract more users. 

How It Works?

The sign-up process takes a few seconds but you need to link either your Facebook or Instagram account. This is to verify that you are who you say you are (and not a man). You can add a few photos and ‘text items’ (not so much a bio) to your profile, and your location adjusts whenever you move. 

Like a lot of dating apps these days, HER doesn’t have a search function. Instead, the app works like Tinder and you can only send messages to people you have matched with or added as a friend.

However, there is a Feed feature that lets you comment on posts made by people who you haven’t yet matched with. 

My Experience

As a guy, I wasn’t able to use HER. However, I’ve checked the app out and spoken to a few people who have used it. The general consensus is that HER is useful for “checking throughout the day” and that it’s fairly easy to “get a few matches.” Most people who use it tend to prefer to exchange a few brief messages before meeting up as soon as possible.

Also, it’s highly recommended that you make use of the Events feature which lets you check out the latest lesbian events in your area. Here, you can connect with other users and arrange to meet up. 

What It Costs?

  • 1 month – $17
  • 6 months – $15 per month 
  • 12 months – $9 per month 

Pros: 

  • Fairly cheap
  • Easy to use 
  • Decent amount of active users

Cons: 

  • No search function 
  • Lags often 

FAQs:

Which Dating Sites Are Completely Free? 

If you’re working on a budget and don’t want to have to spend any money before you even get to the first date, the good news is that some good dating sites allow you to send and receive messages for free.

The best ones are: 

  • OkCupid 
  • Bumble 
  • Tinder
  • Plenty of Fish

Bear in mind that none of these are completely free. Yes, you can create an account and send and receive messages, but in order to get the most out of them, you may need to pay extra for features.

For example, Tinder has a “Boost” feature that typically costs $10. When you use it, the app makes you more visible in front of more people for 30 minutes. 

How To Find Out If Someone Is On Dating Sites?

If you met someone in a bar or a club but they left before you could get their number, it’s actually frustrating! Especially when you felt a vibe and know you just clicked. 

Unfortunately, it’s actually really hard to find out if someone is on online dating sites unless you have specific personal information. For example, tools like ProfileSearcher can help, but you need someone’s full name, email or username. Plus, you’ll need to know which app they’re possibly on. 

If you’re currently dating someone and want to find out, you could ask them, or you could be a bit sneakier and check their phone for any signs of dating apps. 

How Many Dating Sites Are There? 

There are currently more than 8,000 dating sites and apps around the world. However, many of these are owned by the same parent company, and many of them are super low in traffic. 

The best ones in terms of user experience, the number of active members and success rate are the ones in our list. 

How Many People Use Dating Apps? 

It was anticipated that the number of people using dating apps in 2019 would be over 25,000,000. That would be a record! 

The number is set to increase for the foreseeable future. This doesn’t necessarily mean there are more singles worldwide than ever. It’s more that dating sites and apps have become more accessible as the stigma of online dating has disappeared. 

Why Online Dating Sites Are Good For Finding Love

Dating sites are convenient, especially if you live a busy life. Instead of waiting for the weekend to go out and maybe meet someone, you can open your app at any time during the week. You can open it up before work, during your lunch break, after work, before bed and so on. 

And because more people than ever are using dating apps, there’s a greater chance that you’ll actually meet someone you really like. 

Plus, the more sophisticated matchmaking sites, such as Match, use top-notch algorithms to help you match with people that you’re compatible with. This means less wasted time. 

Dating sites also make you feel safer. You can spend time really getting to know someone before you meet up, and you can perhaps add them to your social media account first so that you know they’re genuine. 

Types of Dating Apps & Sites

  • Matching

Matching apps include Match and eHarmony. They use advanced technology to pair you up with people you’ve got lots of things in common with.

Matching apps typically cost to send and receive messages, and they’re not always so cheap. But they’re ideal for serious dates who want something long term. 

  • Casual Dating

Casual dating apps like Tinder and Bumble are great for dipping in and out of. You don’t need to spend ages filling out questionnaires or writing a bio, and these apps are often free to use.  

  • Adult Dating 

Adult dating sites include Adult Friend Finder and Ashley Madison. They come with graphic content on their homepage, members are allowed to upload nude photos of themselves, and features usually include adult movies and live webcam shows. 

  • Religious

If you’re of a specific religion, such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam, it’s natural to want to date/marry someone of the same religion. 

There are a huge number of religious dating sites that aim to pair you up with singles of the same faith. Some of the best ones have very high active user bases and high success rates! 

And the best thing is that you know you already have something in common with every member!  

  • Senior Dating 

Yep, there are even dating sites aimed specifically at people over 70. 

However, while there are specific dating sites aimed at seniors, such as SeniorMatch, it’s also worth pointing out that you can amend your search filters on sites like OkCupid and Plenty of Fish. 

  • Over 50

Like senior dating sites, over 50 dating sites do exist, and they aim to help you find fulfilling relationships with people your own age. However, if you are over 50 and you’re looking for love, it’s also totally possible to find someone you click with who’s in your age group on a site like Zoosk, Match or eHarmony. 

  • Ethnic 

If you’re looking to date someone of a specific ethnic group (either your own or another one), there are even ethnic dating sites out there. These include BlackPeopleMeet, AsianDating, and JapanCupid – just to give you an idea! 

Just like all other dating sites and apps, ethnic dating sites serve different needs. Some are for hookups and others are for long term dating.

  • Niche

Looking for something different? Whatever you’re looking for – be it a kinky relationship, a vegan or whether you’re a woman looking to date a man with a beard, there are all kinds of niche dating sites out there!

Yep, there is even one for the Amish community. And there’s also one for – coughs – anyone who wants to date a clown. 

How To Make Online Dating Work For You?

Here are some quick tips to make online dating work for you: 

  • Ask a friend to pick your best photos (let’s face it, we always choose the ones we think make us look good, but which generally aren’t well-received by others)
  • Make sure you’re smiling in at least one pic
  • Keep your opening messages light-hearted and positive 
  • If most people on the app have filled out their profile, take the time to fill yours out as well
  • Be undeniably YOU 
  • Add at least one really interesting fact about yourself to your bio (“I once climbed Kilimanjaro”)
  • Don’t be a cliche (“Netflix, traveling and gym” is too common in a bio)
  • Don’t write a novel (keep things as short and sweet as you can)
  • Don’t respond too quickly to messages but don’t leave people waiting too long either
  • Always be respectful 
  • Don’t send follow-up messages (give people time to reply to you. If they don’t return your message, it just wasn’t meant to be) 

These are the best dating sites of 2020. Some are ideal for hookups, others are great for something longer-term, whilst others are aimed at the LGBT community. The next step is to find one that looks right for you before taking a closer look. If you still like the look of it, sign-up, follow my tips above – and start dating! 

Mary J. Gibson

Mary J. Gibson

Mary J. Gibson is a contributing editor at DatingXP.co. She is a sex & dating expert and often gets cited on Bustle, AskMen, Cosmopolitan, EliteDaily and a lot more big trusted publications. She stay up-to-date with the industry by interviewing and making connections with new and growing dating services.

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