Best Online Dating Sites

Online dating sites and dating apps can be daunting, and not all of them may necessarily be worth your time, or your money. Read our guide to help you navigate the host of options out there so you can look for love the way you like best. Continue reading...

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Zoosk

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Greg
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FlingFinder.com.au

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Adult Match Maker

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Basic membership doesn’t have any advantages. Office doesn’t answerI joined Basic membership but Intro(messages) are not shown like the explanation. I guess it’s broken!!
I ansked them and got auto message saying they will reply me but never replied.
This app is just so hard to use for many reasons.
I really regret I paid before reading reviews. Show details
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William
 
Amazing PartnerNever expected to meet such an amazing partner through a dating site Show details
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Scamming MenDead platform, no users, takes advantage of men. Premium membership zero views or shown to anyone. Should be ashamed of taking advantage of men. Show details
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Match.com

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Silver Singles

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Academic Singles

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Hi, If your matches were too far away we can take a look and make sure there are no technical problems. Please contact our customer service team or email me, Emma, and I'd be happy to help with this. Best, Emma. cs@academicsingles.com

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Older Dating Online Australia

Older Dating Online Australia

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Ricardo H.
Ricardo H.
 
Absolute rip offI signed up for three months at $60. Immediately $240 was taken out when I agreed. I had no idea they would take a full year. There was no option to review before payment. My bank sent an access code which didn't even get used...seriously sus. Blurry pictures, how much more do I have to pay. No matches within 400km. Show details

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Should you pay for an online dating site or dating app?

While there are plenty of dating platforms that you can use without paying, there are also others that either charge a membership fee when you sign up or offer a paid version of the platform. In the case of online dating, your experience can be very different depending on whether you’re using a free or paid service.

Free platforms can be a low fuss, low commitment way to start online dating, and depending on the platform, you can still access a lot of love-finding features that won’t require you to fork out any money. Often, however, you can’t access all the features of a platform without paying.

Some potential benefits of a paid service include:

  • Letting you access more features (for example, paying for Tinder Premium lets you access features like the ability to message someone before you’ve matched with them and showing you who has “liked” your profile).
  • Letting your profile be shown to more people.
  • There may be less bots or “fake” profiles.
  • Those who pay for a service are more likely to actively use them, so you may find matches more engaging and communicable.

What to consider when choosing an online dating platform

Who the platform is designed for

Dating platforms are sometimes designed with a specific demographic in mind, so it may be easier - depending on who you are and what you’re looking for - to go straight for one that you know is catered to you. For example, platforms like Christian Connection and Muzz are religion-based. There are even apps out there designed to help dog owners find love with each other. Some websites also may seem more catered to older people, even if they don’t specify that that’s who they’re designed for.

While for more general dating platforms it can be hard to figure out if you’ll find what you’re looking for, it’s still a good idea to have a scroll and see if people’s profiles are aligned with your expectations.

Filters

There are a lot of fish in the sea, and it might be too overwhelming to just start scrolling or swiping through profiles straight off the bat. That’s where filters on dating sites and apps can help. These help you filter profiles based on factors like location, age, sex and gender, interests, values and more, providing you with a slightly more tailored selection of profiles to choose from.

These might be more important for you if you have non-negotiables you’re looking for in a potential date. For example, you might only want to date someone politically aligned with you or you may want to only match with someone of a certain height.

Different platforms will have different filters, and some free platforms may only offer certain filters if you upgrade to a paid membership with them.

Privacy

Online dating can become tricky if you don’t really want certain people in your life to know you’re doing it, such as those who live in a small town or work in a high-visibility field. If this is the case for you, you may want to consider choosing a platform that lets you have a private profile or lets you block certain people.

Popular dating platforms

If you’re unsure where to start, then this list of some popular dating platforms and the gist of what they are may help.

  • Tinder: a popular dating app that lets you swipe through a stack of profiles.
  • Bumble: a dating app that only lets women (in heterosexual matches) make the first move.
  • Hinge: a dating app that lets you swipe through profiles, and lets you put more information about your interests and opinions on your profile.
  • Grindr: a dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.
  • Her: a dating app tailored to lesbian, bisexual and queer women.
  • eHarmony: a dating website that’s generally used by people looking for serious relationships.
  • RSVP.com.au: A dating website with most members being over 35 years old.
  • OkCupid: A dating website with an algorithm that uses your preferences and answers to questions to connect you with others.

Online dating and safety

Many Australians have found love online, but to protect your own privacy and safety, it’s important to go about online dating in a smart way. There has also been a rise in scam reports relating to online dating, so you should also be vigilant about potentially fake profiles.

Keep in mind the following tips:

  • Avoid disclosing your full name on your dating profile.
  • Don’t include information like your home address, place of work or phone number on your profile.
  • Read the terms and conditions so you know exactly what you’re signing up for and how much it will cost (if it’s a paid service).
  • When meeting someone for the first time, pick a public place and tell a friend where you’re going.
  • Never send money to someone who you’ve only contacted online and haven’t met in person.

The bottom line

While knowing about the options out there can help you figure out what might work for you, our advice is to just try at least a few out and familiarise yourself with the different platforms. You’ll get a better idea of what people on these different sites and apps are looking for, whether you like how the app or website works, and also which site or app you have the most fun using.

It’s okay to start slow, or even take a break from it every once in a while, but seeking connections online can be a useful way to figure out exactly what you want out of dating and relationships.

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