2014's Best Free Online Dating 

Most of the top dating sites offer free membership to new users, allowing access to much of their sites' functionality without having to pay for membership. These free profiles are intended to give users a feel for the dating service with the hope that users will want access to all of the site's features and eventually upgrade to a paid membership. We've researched the leading brands and ranked them below to help you choose which site is best for you.

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Last Update: Aug 21, 2014
#SiteMain FeaturesMembership BaseOverall RatingSummaryMore
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  • Incredibly fast-growing membership base
  • Integration with major social networks
  • Free to signup and browse profiles
  • Provides daily match suggestions
  • Convenient mobile dating app
Large, youthful membership base  
9.7/10
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  • Best Free Features
  • Large User Base
  • Fun and Easy to Use
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  • Designed to create lasting relationships or companionship
  • Search for singles instantly without a membership
  • Easy to use, especially for seniors new to online dating
  • Dating advice from genuine dating experts
  • Created specifically for users aged 50+
Mature singles seeking lasting relationships  
9.5/10
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  • Designed for Seniors
  • Serious Relationships
  • Easy to Use
3
    The fastest-growing dating site in the world Guarantees you'll meet someone special in 6 months! Meet singles today with an ultra-simple member setup Extremely easy to use Employs a personality-based matching system
 
9.3/10
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  • Best Overall
  • Best Features
  • Largest User base
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  • The fastest-growing dating site in the world
  • Free to signup and browse profiles
  • Guarantees you'll meet someone special within 6 months!
  • Meet singles today with their ultra-simple member setup
  • Extremely easy to use
Massive user base of eligible singles from diverse backgrounds  
8.8/10
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  • Large User Base
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Features
5
    Membership focused on meeting black singles Matching and independent searching based on personal preference Receive 3 daily matches of local singles Astrological compatibility options Easy to use
Anyone interested in meeting local black singles  
8.7/10
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  • Easy to navigate
  • Great searching and matching features

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COMMUNICATION FEATURES

It's important to consider what type of communication features you want in a dating site. Some sites, like Match.com, allow open communication with features like chats and winks. Other services, such as eHarmony, take a more hands-on approach by matching users up solely via matchmaking tools, thereby limiting members' ability to communicate freely with other members. We've compared these features across the main sites to help you decide what's right for you. more

SPECIAL FEATURES

Deciding on which dating site to use is usually more about picking the site with the largest pool of potential matches. The larger dating sites however, have invested a lot in providing their users with a truly fun, engaging and effective online dating experience. While we do not advise that you choose just based on features alone, we do recommend that in the very least you take these features into consideration when choosing a site. more

MEMBERSHIP BASE

Having a large pool of potential singles is crucial in order to maximize your chances of meeting your match online. Our rankings inlclude sites with some of the largest Memberships bases on the web. In particular, Match.com, Zoosk and eHarmony have enormous user bases, which play a large factor in how we have rated these sites. more

SEARCH OPTIONS AND MATCHING ALGORITHMS

Compatibility matching services offered by sites like Chemistry.com and eHarmony have successfully suggested thousands of long-term matches based on personality, "Dimensions of Compatibility" and other specific qualities. Other sites, such as Match.com, offer powerful search features that enable you to find a match based on the traits that matter most to you. If you're not sure which type of dating site will best suit your needs, you can also try a site that offers both, such as PerfectMatch. more

PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Online dating, very much like social networking, involves putting yourself out there. That means providing information for other interested singles to browse in the hopes that they will see something in your profile that peaks their interest. Some sites hide all your information from anyone that you have not prescreened. Others show as much information as you permit when you create your profile settings. more

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

You will likely never need to actually get in touch with your dating site, but it's still good to know that a dating site offers helpful customer support. With the exception of Chemistry.com and Match.com, which offer a customer service phone number directly on their Contact Us pages, most online dating sites offer only FAQ pages and email support. We've tested the customer support of the leading online dating sites and ranked the quality of their customer support. more

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