Match.com: this is one of the most popular dating websites in the world. You can download their app for free on your iPhone or iPad and browser-based website. This will cost you £12.99 per month. Just create a profile and Match.com will find you the perfect match on the app. You can easily search for matches living in your area using the ‘Around Me’ feature. More search options include finding matches based on your interests, your strengths and even your weaknesses. Match organise singles events offline, which means that you can meet many members at once, in a safe setting.
eHarmony: this dating service is also very popular and has a free-to-download application. First, start by filling in the relationship questionnaire. This will help you be more precise in your answers and it will also help the matching system. This online dating app is geared towards people looking for long-term relationships. It will cost you £9.95 per month, which is a bit less expensive than Match.com.
Tinder: this is a newer application but it is completely free and one of the top dating apps. It is available for iPhone and Android. Most people use it for casual relationships or flings. The matches are mainly made based on physical appearance, so you won’t need to fill in a long questionnaire about your personality and preferences. You’ll get to see which members live nearby you and who you share mutual friends with. Also, you’ll get to see profiles of Tinder users within a specific age range and gender. If you like how someone looks, you swipe right. And if they did the same, you’re a match! Only after both of you swipe right can you communicate with each other via the messaging system.
Bumble: just like Tinder, Bumble is a service only available via a dating app and it is free. The matches are also based on looks, but the main difference is that women make the first move. Both parties must swipe to indicate that they’re interested, but if within 24 hours the ladies don’t receive a reply, the chat option disappears.
Happn: this app will match you up with people you’ve crossed paths with. If you notice that you’ve crossed paths with a user once or more than once, you can check out their profile and push on the ‘heart button’ to show your interest. If they also press that button, you’ll be able to chat. This app is free and also has in-app purchases.
LoveStruck: this online dating app is a bit more expensive than the other ones, since it starts at £16 per month. Its target audience consists of professionals living in cities who can’t find time to date. The goal is to match you with someone who works nearby, so you can go on a breakfast or lunch date. LoveStruck also organises offline events, so users can meet a few singles at once.
Doing Something: this app makes matches based on the date ideas of its users. So, you can pick the date that you prefer and try it out. It could be a late-night museum visit in London, grabbing a bite at Dinerama in Shoreditch or something totally different. This dating app costs £10 per month.
Tastebuds: this dating app will match people based on their music preferences. The way it works is that you pick three of your favourite artists or bands and the app will show you who’s your match. This app only costs £8 per month.
OKCupid: this is the more basic version of Match.com and eHarmony. But on the other hand, it is completely free. You’ll have to opt for a paid membership if you want to see who likes you, who has read your messages, use advanced search options and browse invisibly.