Online Dating: Ratings of Sources
Total of 20 Sources
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Online Dating Site Reviews
by Editors of NextAdvisor.com
Our AssessmentEditors of NextAdvisor.com give thorough reviews of the good and the bad of eight dating sites. Reviews are helpful as they include input from both a male and female editor. Chemistry.com and its parent, Match.com, both get a perfect 5 hearts for ease of use and good matching systems. eHarmony.com isn't far behind with 4 hearts for its scientific matching process geared specifically towards serious relationships.
Summary of the 2010 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards
by Editors of DatingSitesReviews.com
Our AssessmentEditors of DatingSitesReviews.com provide overviews, pros and cons and fees for more than 50 online dating sites. Match.com is the top overall pick by editors and users in the paid dating site category. EHarmony.com is rated the best match system by editors and comes in second place by users of the site. Editors prefer OkCupid.com in the free dating site category, but users vote PlentyOfFish.com as their free dating site of choice.
Top Online Dating Sites
by Bonny Albo
Our AssessmentDating guide Bonny Albo reviews eight top dating sites and, in a separate article, eight free dating sites (although three of the websites appear in both articles). There are also many individual reviews of both general and niche dating sites. Though mostly descriptive, Albo does rate the sites and highlights special features and shortcomings. OkCupid.com receives the highest rating of 5 stars for its generous features, all for free. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
2012 Online Dating Review
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe nicest thing about TopTenReviews.com is a comparison chart that lets you quickly size up features offered by 10 dating sites. Individual write-ups include a more detailed discussion of features. It appears that the reviewer did test each site by filling out the profile and clicking around. Match.com gets a Gold Award for its large user base, while eHarmony.com gets a Silver Award for its detailed matching system. A good matching system and the ability to search profiles earns PerfectMatch.com the Bronze Award.
2011 iDate Awards
by Editors of Internet Dating Conference
Our AssessmentThis industry conference solicited votes from site visitors (likely mostly industry professionals) on their favorite dating site in 11 categories. We don't, however, know how many votes were cast. OkCupid.com is named the Best Dating Site and Best Up and Coming Site while CupidsCoach.com wins the Best Matchmaker award for the second year in a row.
by Editors of Forbes magazine
Our AssessmentBusiness publication Forbes magazine has a Best of the Web section that includes dating site reviews. There are no ratings but picks are clearly labeled. A brief description and best and worst listing give readers some information on why editors made the picks they did. Although not dated, outdated information indicates that these reviews were done a while ago. Match.com is a Forbes Favorite for its extensive user base.
Online Dating for Nerds: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Postings
by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal and Alex Wawro
Our AssessmentEditors of PC World try out seven dating websites, four for "geeks" and three non-niche sites. A "his take/her take" approach, as with NextAdvisor.com's reviews, gives two different perspectives on each site. Reviews identify target audience, pricing and "geek suitability." Editors don't express preferences, but OkCupid.com gets the most positive review with Wawro stating that it "blows Match.com out of the water in every meaningful way."
Shopping for Love
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors review four dating websites, though one site has changed names and is either in beta or inactive. Write-ups are extremely brief with a short description and a "don't miss" section. The article also mentions four "speed dating" services without giving details on why they were chosen. Editors approve of Chemistry.com's periodic "free communication weekends" where non-paying members can send messages to potential matches for free.
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentBritish-based consumer magazine Which? evaluates products and services similarly to U.S.-based Consumer Reports. Of the 14 sites reviewed, only six are worldwide and relevant to U.S. consumers. Results are based on a public poll from 2007, but editors also point out strengths and weaknesses. PlentyOfFish.com and Smooch.com fare better than Match.com because they offer good features for free.
Dating In the New Year: A Look at Online Personals Sites
by Jen Best
Our AssessmentJen Best writes a short review for eight popular dating sites and rates three criteria: hook-up potential, "skeevy-factor" (measuring the number of low-quality men) and long-term relationship potential. There's a lack of balance from review to review, which compromises objectivity. OkCupid.com and Lavalife.com, for instance, receive all praise while the review for eHarmony.com, which focuses only on the personality test, makes us wonder if she even tested the site.
The Best Online Dating Site for You
by Editors of SpotCoolStuff.com
Our AssessmentEditors of this news and reviews site cover four popular paid online dating sites and mention two free ones (after receiving pressure to include them from readers). There are no picks or ratings, but each review includes a description and pricing, identifies target audience and has a "Why We Like the Website" section. Some comparisons are also made. Match.com is praised for its large user base and user-friendly interface. While this article was updated at the end of 2011, the original reviews are a few years old.
Online Dating Services
Our AssessmentBrad (no last name given) writes a blog with useful information on online dating. His reviews clearly reflect knowledge from a user's point of view. There are, however, only five reviews, but Brad goes into detail on what he likes and doesn't like about each service. eHarmony.com is praised for its structured, serious approach. Although Brad gives a nod of approval to OkCupid.com, he warns that members there don't take dating as seriously.
Cost Comparison: Internet Dating Sites
by Editors of Real Simple magazine
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine compares the costs, number of users per month and registration time for four of the most popular dating sites and includes a brief pros and cons list. Evaluation appears to be based on a superficial examination, and data is out of date. PlentyOfFish.com and Match.com are praised for ease of use, but editors complain about eHarmony.com's expense.
Online Chat Dating: Reviews
by Editors of Online Chat Dating
Our AssessmentReviewers at this site appear to have actually used the services they review and include some detailed and helpful pros and cons. There appear to be two reviewers for most services because most get two different reviews. Match.com is praised for its features, search capabilities and ease of use but criticized for too much advertising. Lavalife.com is described as a fun site for non-serious daters; it has some useful features, but advertising is on the heavy side.
Dating Website Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentMost dating websites have accumulated only a handful of reviews, but Match.com, eHarmony.com, OkCupid.com and PlentyOfFish.com have more than 45 each. These websites receive mixed reviews that average slightly more than 2 stars out of 5, though OkCupid.com receives a higher average rating of 3.5 stars. The rich features and free status are a hit with users, but they warn that the site is filled with scammers.
Online Dating Review
by Marilyn Winfield
Our AssessmentThis is essentially a user review on video, but what makes Marilyn Winfield stand out from other user reviewers is that she rates multiple services (four), compares them and offers a relatively balanced evaluation, especially for women. DateHookup.com gets the highest rating because it's free and "there are a lot of really nice people there" after weeding out those who aren't serious. She had negative experiences with Zoosk.com, which she feels is over-priced for what it offers.
Dating Service Reviews
by Jason Tudor
Our AssessmentJason Tudor reviews 10 active online dating sites in the States, one in the U.K., one in Canada and one for Christians. Reviews include a rating, basic demographics (which may be outdated), pricing and a fairly detailed description with some evaluation that shows he actually used the sites. Match.com gets 4.5 out of 5 stars for its large user base, privacy when communicating and good support for beginning online daters.
Top Online Dating Sites
by "Doug and Katt"
Our AssessmentThough clearly affiliate driven, the eight reviews on this site include useful descriptive information and a pros and cons list that shows the reviewers actually used the sites. The value of their rating system is questionable since 50 percent get 5 stars and 50 percent get 4 stars. Match.com gets a perfect score for its large user base and ease of use, though it's ad-heavy. PerfectMatch.com also gets a perfect score for its reputability, despite the long sign-up process and high price.
Top Rated Dating Sites
by Contributors to eDateReview.com
Our AssessmentThis is a forum for users to write reviews about dating sites and rate them on a 5-star scale. User review averages are typically extremely low, so they're more useful for spotting negative trends upon long-term use of a dating site. Lavalife.com is rated the highest, but most reviews are old and it gets a fraction of reviews (more than 180) when compared to eHarmony.com and Match.com (both more than 2,200 reviews).
Online Dating Reviews of Online Dating Services
by Editors of OnlineDatingMagazine.com
Our AssessmentJoe Tracy, the publisher of the site, gives lengthy detailed reviews of four active sites. He discusses the best feature, most annoying feature and other pros and cons. eHarmony.com gets the highest rating of 8.5 out of 10 for quality matching. Match.com doesn't trail far behind with 8 out of 10 for its large user base and effective search capabilities. However, the last update for this site was recorded in 2008, so some information is outdated.