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Online Dating: Ratings of Sources

Total of 16 Sources
1. NextAdvisor.com
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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 more scientific matching process geared toward serious relationships.
2. Dating Sites Reviews.com
Feb. 14, 2013
Summary of the 2012 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 it comes in second with users. Editors prefer OkCupid.com in the free dating site category.
3. About.com
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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.
4. TopTenReviews.com
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2013 Online Dating Comparisons
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThe most useful feature 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 actually tested 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 earn PerfectMatch.com the Bronze Award.
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by Editors of Best-Dating-Sites-Guide.com
Our AssessmentThe (male) testers of Best-Dating-Sites-Guide carried out trials of online dating sites in five different cities using different demographics. They kept track of all emails sent and received, the suitability of the matches they were sent and details of how many dates they set up. The full reviews of the dating sites are from 2012.
6. Internet Dating Conference
Jan. 17, 2013
2013 iDate Awards
by Editors of InternetDatingConference.com
Our AssessmentThis industry conference solicited votes from site visitors (likely mostly industry professionals) on their favorite dating site in 11 categories. You have to view the YouTube video to see who the winners are. We don't, however, know how many votes were cast. OkCupid.com is named the Best Dating Site, while Grindr.com wins for best mobile dating site. ChristianConnection.co.uk wins the best niche dating site award.
7. PC World
Feb. 10, 2011
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 Alex Wawro stating that it "blows Match.com out of the water in every meaningful way."
8. ConsumerReports.org
Feb. 2010
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 nonpaying members can send messages to potential matches for free.
9. SpotCoolStuff.com
Updated Dec. 10, 2011
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 the 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.
10. DatingAdviceGuy.com
As of July 2013
Archive for Online Dating Services
by "Brad"
Our Assessment"Brad" (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 a handful reviews, but he goes into detail on what he likes and doesn't like about each service. He praises eHarmony.com for its structured, serious approach. Although he gives a nod of approval to OkCupid.com, he warns that members there don't take dating as seriously.
11. Real Simple
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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.
12. Viewpoints.com
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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 40 each. These websites receive mixed reviews, with overall ratings of about 40 percent. OkCupid.com receives a higher overall rating of 75 percent. The rich features and free status are a hit with users, but they warn that the site is filled with scammers.
13. YouTube.com
Oct. 5, 2011
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.
14. DateSeeker.com
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Dating Service Reviews
by Jason Tudor
Our AssessmentJason Tudor reviews 10 active online dating sites in the United 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.
15. VillageMatchmaker.com
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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.
16. eDate Review
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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 about long-term use of a dating site. Lavalife.com is rated the highest, but most reviews are old and it gets a fraction of the reviews (more than 180), that eHarmony.com and Match.com (both more than 2,200 reviews) do.
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