2016’s Best Dating Apps & Sites
At this point, it seems like many of us could use an app just to manage all of our dating apps. Whether you’re mining the Web for a mate, longing a long-term relationship or just hunting for a quick hook-up, there’s certain to be an app to match. After all, more than 2,800 companies operate dating websites, and the 500-plus dating apps in the iTunes store collectively have more than 91 million users.
But which dating app or website is your favorite?
Much like love itself, dating apps can evoke strong emotions. That’s why we’re letting you be the judge. WalletHub’s editors narrowed down the field from a list of roughly 150 entrants to the following 50 finalists based on analysis of their features, aesthetics and overall popularity. But now it’s up to you. So find your favorite blog, submit your vote and share why you’re a fan in the Comments section.
Voting will begin at 12 pm ET on Friday March 11 and will run through Friday March 25. You may submit one vote per app/site per day. If you would like to share information about the contest on social media, please follow WalletHub on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and use: #WalletHubBestBlogs.
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1. ZooskZoosk’s mission is to empower everyone to lead a more fulfilling love life. Zoosk is a leading online dating company that learns as you click in order to pair you with singles with whom you’re likely to discover mutual attraction. Zoosk’s Behavioral Matchmaking™ technology is constantly learning from the actions of more than 27 million members in order to deliver better matches. With the #1 grossing dating app and a top grossing app on the iPhone in the United States, Zoosk is a market leader in mobile dating. Available in over 80 countries and translated into 25 languages, Zoosk is a global online dating platform.… show moreshow less
We provide Relationships on Your Terms. Where Sugar Babies enjoy a life of luxury by being pampered with fine dinners, exotic trips and allowances. In turn, Sugar Daddies or Mommas find beautiful members to accompany them at all times. We want relationships to be balanced. We give our members a place for this to happen.
5. MissTravelMissTravel is the leading online dating site for those with a passion for travel! We match members around the world who are seeking travel companions. The thrill of exploring exotic destinations and immersing yourself in new cultures could only be better with someone by your side to share in the experience. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or first-time traveler, we’ll locate your perfect match. It’s safe to assume that as a MissTravel member, you’re on-the-go. That’s why we’ve created an app so we can travel with you. Whether you’re in Paris, Rome, or your favorite local pizza parlor, you’ll always have access to our unique community from wherever you have internet. So what are you waiting for?… show moreshow less
The people we meet change our lives. A friend, a date, a romance, or even a chance encounter can change someone’s life forever. Tinder empowers users around the world to create new connections that otherwise might never have been possible. We build products that bring people together.
7. GrindrStart chatting with local guys in seconds! The go-to place for gay, bi, and curious men to meet, the location-based Grindr is FREE, FAST, and FUN. It uses GPS &WiFi technology in your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, or BlackBerry to determine your location and instantly connect you with guys in your area. Simply launch Grindr to see local guys (the closest appear first) and view pictures, stats, and map locations at a tap. It’s that easy. And since Grindr doesn’t ask for your email address or require account registration, it’s totally discreet.… show moreshow less
8. BumbleBumble is an exciting, new place to meet people. It's everything you've always wanted from a social discovery app with none of the things you don't. Bumble suggests matches based on more relevant signals than other apps. Unique to Bumble, the woman must make the first move and initiate a conversation within 24 hours, or the connection disappears forever. For same sex connections, or friendships, either person has to make a move within the 24hours before that connection disappears. What if you run out of time? Don’t worry! Each person can extend one connection for an additional 24 hours each day to someone you are really interested in connecting with. So stop wasting time finding tons of dead end matches on other apps and switch to Bumble!… show moreshow less
9. OkCupidWhen it comes down to it, there are 3 principles that make OkCupid the best dating site on Earth: our love of math, we’re always free, and everyone’s welcome. You should see the work that goes into this bad boy. Algorithms, formulas, heuristics – we do a lot of crazy math stuff to help people connect faster. Find the relationship of your dreams, a one-night stand, a sham marriage (we’re not judging).… show moreshow less
10. PlentyOfFishPlentyOfFish is the world’s largest online dating site, with over 90 million registered users. What began as a modest start-up out of CEO and founder Markus Frind’s apartment in 2003, quickly grew into an unexpected success - revolutionizing the online dating industry as the first free online dating site. The company's exponential growth has transformed a one-man operation into a bustling headquarters; with over 75 employees in the heart of downtown Vancouver. PlentyOfFish is now available in 5 languages, has expanded into new markets, and offers Android, iPhone, and iPad apps.… show moreshow less
11. BadooBadoo was launched in 2006, by a small international group of young, forward thinking programmers and tech entrepreneurs. Their vision was to use the most advanced technologies available to create an elegantly modern, fast and easy way for people to meet new people in their area - and have fun doing it. The scope would be global, but adapted to local needs. It worked. Badoo now has the majority of its operations in London. Badoo is currently available in 46 languages via Badoo.com and various social/mobile platforms as an iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Facebook &Desktop application.… show moreshow less
12. MeetMeMeetMe is the leading social network for meeting new people in the US and the public market leader for social discovery. MeetMe makes it easy to discover new people to chat with on mobile devices. With approximately 80 percent of traffic coming from mobile and more than one million total daily active users, MeetMe is fast becoming the social gathering place for the mobile generation. MeetMe is a leader in mobile monetization with a diverse revenue model comprising advertising, native advertising, virtual currency, and subscription.… show moreshow less
13. TourBarDon’t you hate going on vacation and visiting only a few super clichéd places from cookie cutter travel guides? Instead of historical sites crowded with tourists, overpriced shops and restaurants, you may want to actually experience what your destination is about. If only you could find a travel buddy and cool new friends to hang out with so that they show you all the great spots and help avoid tourist traps. That's where TourBar comes in handy! Wherever you are going, you'll be able to easily find a travel buddy while choosing from plenty of cool, friendly locals to help you feel the real thing. Shop, go out, eat, explore beaches or nature, or just hang out with terrific people and a great new travel partner. Your awesome vacation starts right here. Sign up with international dating site TourBar to meet great guys and girls and share fantastic experiences together. Visit your dream destinations and instantly connect with a travel partner and new friends where you are. It’s safe, easy, and just so much fun. See you inside!… show moreshow less
14. Match.comLaunched on the Web in April of 1995, Match.com helped pioneer the online dating industry and now services 24 countries and territories and hosts Web sites in 15 different languages. We create romantic opportunities so singles are more likely to find someone special. Over the years, we've learned more and more about what people want—and the tools they need to help take the lottery out of love. With more ways than ever to bring singles together, we've come a long way since 1995. Our mission is simple: to help singles find the kind of relationship they're looking for. And we think we're pretty good at it. Every month, we hear from hundreds of success couples from all over the world—sharing love stories, sending invitations to weddings and announcing the births of new babies. It's no wonder everyone knows someone who's found love on Match.com!… show moreshow less
A meaningful glance on the train. A "me too" moment at a club. An instant connection. At Skout, we're all about preserving the magic of unexpected meetings that lead to discovering new people. From friendships to romance, Skout has been connecting people since 2007. The world has no limits, so why should you?
DoULike Online Dating Service is where you can meet Singles. Just create your own profile and then simply browse through pics of Singles. Here you can succeed in finding your Soul Mate!
Single? We make it easy to meet awesome new people. In a relationship? We give you wonderful things to do together -- just the two of you. HowAboutWe was made to help people fall in love and stay in love.
18. TastebudsWhether moving to a new city, or just looking for a change of scene, meeting new people can be as hard as it is fun. We found that we always met the most awesome new people through music – in bars, at gigs or just talking to people about the bands we love. We ourselves met playing in a band, two musicians, new to London. Music tells you something about people; it gives you common ground and is the soundtrack to the best moments of our lives. So why not bring together people who like the same music, to share experiences you're currently missing out on? This is why we created Tastebuds.… show moreshow less
19. eHarmonyFinding lasting love can be a real challenge. The search is often a mixed bag of disappointments, lessons and real growth. That’s why we’ve created this unique online space for people on this journey. eHarmony Advice is a place that you can turn to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hopefully most of the answers and support you need are just a click away. This is your online destination to share and contribute as much or as little as you want.… show moreshow less
20. Adam4AdamOut of all personals sites (heterosexual and otherwise) in the United States, Hitwise ranks Adam4Adam number five, and out of all Gay personals sites it ranks Adam4Adam number ONE. We have carefully designed Adam4Adam with you in mind. Our goal is simple; it is to help you find new friends and create new relationships quickly and at no cost to you. Adam4Adam is offered worldwide but you will be surprised at just how many compatible men are available nearby! Being a worldwide site, you can easily plan a trip and learn about your destination from other members or chat with exotic men from around the world.… show moreshow less
DOWN uses social apps to help people strengthen relationships in the offline world through honest interactions. Based in San Francisco, our mobile and online development teams put together groundbreaking apps that are changing the way people discover relationships in a mobile world.
22. Hot or Not
Hot or Not - chat, date and meet with over 300 million people. Join our community and make friends in your area.
24. EliteSinglesEliteSingles is a partnership service designed and dedicated to help American singles looking for long-term commitment. Our intelligent matchmaking delivers compatible partner suggestions in line with your personal search preferences. We offer you guided communication and manually verify all new profiles to ensure users have a smooth, safe, and enjoyable environment in which to meet other like-minded singles. Our vision is to maintain the industry's highest standards. We are as committed to our members, as our members are to finding love. Numerous certifications, awards, and testimonials from members illustrate how successful we already are in this area. Nevertheless, the most important indicator of the value of our work is, and will always remain, the couples that meet each other through our platforms on a daily basis. At EliteSingles, you can be assured that there are numerous people working tirelessly to bring you the best possible experience, and help you start your relationship journey. From verifying profiles to ensuring that your data is kept in the strictest of confidence, the team here at EliteSingles is dedicated to your satisfaction. And as always, our Customer Care team is available to answer any questions and assist you along your journey.… show moreshow less
FirstMet.com, is a multi-platform online dating site with a large user database of approximately 30 million users. FirstMet.com‘s mission is to improve the online dating experience of meeting new people by integrating a user’s friends and interests to enable more meaningful connections.
26. Gay.comGay.com is the best gay dating website for gay men looking for a connection. Discover local gay guys in our free gay chat rooms where singles mingle in the digital world. Make virtual reality an actual reality in the world’s largest online community of gay guys. Millions have logged onto our free gay website to find romance, love, and more with other local gay men.… show moreshow less
27. Cupid.comCupid.com offers great opportunities to everyone looking to meet locals, find romantic dates and make new friends. Our dating site gives you hours of dating fun, together with seemingly endless possibilities to meet new single people from your area, make friends, go on a date and enjoy good company. With thousands of local personals, Cupid.com will make your life a whole lot busier with all that dating. This is a great place to find true friends or devoted partners for long-term relationships or marriage. We believe that the best way to find a compatible romantic partner is to spend time getting to know local singles. That's why Cupid.com makes it easy to meet other local singles. The basic membership is free, and we let you decide how much information you want to reveal about yourself to singles who meet your requirements. Hundreds of single men and women in your local area seeking love, friendship and romance are already Cupid.com members, and even more join the site every day. There's no need to wait any longer, you can get what you want NOW!… show moreshow less
28. MyLOLMylol is more than a teen dating website. It's a fun social network made for teenagers with plenty of features that will make each of your visits more exciting. We are constantly working on Mylol to make it better for you. Create yourself a profile today and start meeting new people! Mylol - Where friends meet!… show moreshow less
29. SingleParentMeetWelcome to SingleParentMeet.com, a community specially designed to cater to the needs of single parents. Are you a single mom or a single dad? Being a single parent dating has its own challenges. As a parent, you understand how your relationship with your child plays into your life. You need someone who understands all the love, time, and dedication you put into your child. Have you ever been disappointed when a relationship fizzled because your date just wasn't open to dating someone with kids? You can be assured that the single moms and single dads on SingleParentMeet.com are open minded when it comes to dating people with children. In fact, they can't wait to connect with other like-minded single parents!… show moreshow less
Are you looking for the best app for meeting people and finding friends – or even your next date? With Qeep you’ll become part of a unique global community
31. Christian Mingle
At ChristianMingle.com we're more than just a site for Christian dating, we're a Christian community where you can find singles that share your values. According to an independent survey, ChristianMingle is responsible for more Christian marriages than all other dating sites.
33. MilitaryCupidWhether you're a military single or a civilian looking for military dating, MilitaryCupid.com will assist you in finding your perfect military match. Our database has military personals from around the world so you're sure to find what you're looking for - whether it be a military penpal or a military love. Membership is free so find your military love today!… show moreshow less
Shaadi.com, the world's oldest and most successful matchmaking service, has been trusted since 1996 by people all over the world to help them find their soulmates. Today, hundreds of thousands of people have met their life partners through our revolutionary matchmaking service and countless others have made some very special friends.
35. AsianDatingAsianDating.com is a leading Asian dating website designed to assist its members find their Asian love. Join for free and browse the thousands of personals listed on the website. Asian singles can find their true love or simply make friends. So become a member and start browsing through our Asian personals to find the Asian woman of your dreams!… show moreshow less
We're a 100% free online dating site. Every feature, including sending, receiving and replying to messages is free. Not just sort of free, or free for a little while, 100% free personals. We're one of the biggest dating sites around so try us out!.
Whether you're looking for a long-term relationship, casual date, or just a larger social circle, Mate1.com is the only name you need to know. Ranked by Comscore Mediamatrix® and Neilsen Netratings® among the top 5 mainstream dating sites on the planet, Mate1.com has over 15 million members, with tens of thousands joining daily.
39. JDateAs the leading destination for Jewish singles, JDate has facilitated hundreds of thousands of romances, friendships, engagements and marriages since its launch in 1997. The site now connects Jews worldwide in search of love and enjoys unsurpassed recognition within the Jewish community. Responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other dating sites combined*, JDate has become known as the modern shidduch, a convenient way for Jewish singles to meet, interact, and find love.… show moreshow less
Chemistry is a premium offering from Match.com, designed especially for people who are looking for help in getting to know someone online so the first date feels like you’re meeting for the second time.
43. BBPeopleMeet.comWelcome to BBPeopleMeet, the most active online dating site for Big and Beautiful singles in the US. The BBPeopleMeet community is the perfect match for single, big and beautiful women (BBW), their admirers' and plus sized men. Enjoy a comfortable and accepting environment to seek out other big, beautiful singles for love, relationships, friendship and dates.… show moreshow less
45. Love AgainLoveAgain.com offers great opportunities to everyone looking to meet locals, find romantic dates and make new friends. Our dating site gives you hours of dating fun, together with seemingly endless possibilities to meet new single people from your area, make friends, go on a date and enjoy good company. With thousands of local personals, LoveAgain.com will make your life a whole lot busier with all that dating. This is a great place to find true friends or devoted partners for long-term relationships or marriage. We believe that the best way to find a compatible romantic partner is to spend time getting to know local singles. That's why LoveAgain.com makes it easy to meet other local singles. The basic membership is free, and we let you decide how much information you want to reveal about yourself to singles who meet your requirements. Hundreds of single men and women in your local area seeking love, friendship and romance are already LoveAgain.com members, and even more join the site every day. There's no need to wait any longer, you can get what you want NOW!… show moreshow less
46. OurTimeAt last! A dating site that not only understands what it is to be over 50, but also celebrates this exciting chapter of our lives. At OurTime.com, we honor the freedom, wisdom and appreciation for life that only comes with time. We also recognize that what people want in their 50s, 60s and beyond is often very different from what they wanted in their 30s and 40s, let alone their 20s. This online dating community focuses on the specific interests and desires of people like you. Research shows that these years can be among our happiest and most fulfilling. Free of the anxieties of inexperience, we can enjoy a time of exploration, new beginnings and greater contentment. And nothing heightens the joy of experience like having the right person by your side! Whether the relationship is based on companionship or romance, everything is more fun when you share it someone special. At this stage of your life, you're proud of your achievements and value the lessons you have learned along the way. Each of your past relationships taught you something about yourself and others. By now, you have a pretty good idea what the relationship for you looks like—isn't it time you got it? Maybe it's a marriage. Maybe it's a friendship. Or perhaps it's something in between. With thousands of people joining our site on a daily basis, chances are good that you'll find just what you're looking for. Every day, we hear from happy members who are reinvigorating their love lives, finding friends or travel companions, and having memorable experiences—all with people they would not have otherwise met. Now is the time to share your life with someone special, and you can find that person here. Because this is your site… and your time.… show moreshow less
47. Anastasia DateAnastasiaDate is a first-class international dating service that brings men and women together worldwide for the chance of exciting and romantic companionship. Its state-of-the-art communication features connect you with highly eligible matches from countries including the Czech Republic, Moldova, Serbia, Romania, Greece, and other regions of the world. Established in 1993, AnastasiaDate was among the first-of-its-kind in the online dating industry. It has a commitment to member safety, dedication to customer satisfaction and an ongoing pursuit of innovation. It now provides services to over 20 million international users with 1.5 million conversations exchanged onsite daily. More than 80 million visitors come to the website every year.… show moreshow less
48. AsianDateAsianDate was one of the first companies to develop a platform designed to connect people from around the world and it remains at the forefront of its field, continually developing improved communication technologies that allow people to discover and enjoy the possibilities of an exciting, globally-interconnected future. The site now has over 20 million members, more than 80 million visitors annually and 1.5 million+ messages exchanged daily.… show moreshow less
We know online dating can be frustrating, so we built our site with one goal in mind: Make online dating free, easy, and fun for everyone. Finding a date with Mingle2 has never been simpler. Our singles community is massive, and you're only a couple of clicks away from finding a date.
50. ChnLoveUp and running in 1998, ChnLove has now become the most popular international online communication platform worldwide and has connected thousands of men from different countries and women from China. ChnLove is a place where members can communicate, get to know each other and create meaningful relationships. ChnLove’s mission is simple, which is to provide members with a safe, easy-to-use, and language-and-cultural-barrier-free platform and services, fulfilling users’ needs. Our aim is for members to make cross-cultural communication blossom. Every month, we receive numerous thank-you letters from satisfied members, who have had a happy experience using ChnLove, and we are extremely proud of this.… show moreshow less
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