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8 Best Dating Sites for Women (2018)

Hayley Matthews
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The day my best friend joined her first dating site, she received over 40 messages, and that number only grew as the hours ticked by. Three days later, she deleted her account because she was so overwhelmed by her flooded inbox.

While this seems like a good problem to have, it’s often a reason women stop online dating. It almost becomes a full-time job to sort through dozens of messages every day — just to find one that proves the person actually read your profile and that doesn’t start with “Hey baby.”

What women need are dating sites that can give them the fun and satisfying experience they’re looking for — while also giving them the filtering options and safety features they need to find their diamond in the rough. Good news is this is exactly what the 8 dating sites below provide!

1. Match

Match.com is the king of online dating sites. The site has more than 1.7 million paying members, which means they’re serious about meeting someone special and getting offline to see if there’s real-life chemistry. What we also love about Match is you can block/report inappropriate users and hide your profile from the ones who may be bothering you.

Relationships: Friends, Dates, and Relationships

Match System: Browse by zip, age, appearance, more

Our Experts Say: “Match has facilitated the most dates and relationships of any dating site, and its large audience and high success rate make it our top review...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.9/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 49% | F: 51%*
Popularity 39.7 Million*

2. EliteSingles

If education is a top dating priority for you, then you might want to check out EliteSingles. Sixty-seven percent of its members have a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctorate degree, so you’re more likely to be paired with individuals who meet your standards.

Relationships: Serious Relationships

Match System: Search, Receive Partner Suggestions

Our Experts Say: “Elite Singles is a leading dating site just for busy, single professionals. More than 80% of members have earned a college degree, and most are looking for a serious commitment...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.9/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 43% | F: 57%*
Popularity 2 Million*

3. Zoosk

Zoosk has always been one step ahead of most dating sites in terms of technology. Its integration with social media sites like Facebook and Google+ not only makes the sign-up process easy, but it’s also a great way to help ensure that people are who they say they are.

Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships

Match System: Search and get match recommendations

Our Experts Say: “Zoosk is integrated with social media sites, like Facebook and Google+, so it's very popular with singles on the go...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.6/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 48% | F: 52%*
Popularity 28.9 Million*

4. eHarmony

A go-to dating site for women who want a long-term relationship, eHarmony does all the work for you by delivering compatible matches based on its unique, in-depth personality assessment. You can rest assured that only the quality singles will be reaching out to you.

Relationships: Casual Dates, Deep Relationships

Match System: Personality test suggests matches

Our Experts Say: “Accounting for 2% of U.S. marriages, eHarmony's compatibility-based system and commitment-minded user base are ideal for those seeking a serious relationship...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.3/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 48% | F: 52%*
Popularity 4.1 Million*

5. OurTime

Specifically for singles 50 and over, OurTime is one of the simplest, safest dating sites around. Because they keep the layout clean and offer the most important features, it only takes a couple of minutes to join, make a profile, and start the matching process.

Relationships: Dates and Relationships

Match System: Search by profiles by zip and more

Our Experts Say: “OurTime is well-known in the over-50 dating crowd, particularly because it has a ton of helpful search features and an easy layout...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.4/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 48% | F: 52%*
Popularity 8.9 Million*

6. ChristianMingle

Religious-minded single women are often looking for like-minded dates who understand their beliefs, values, and lifestyle, and ChristianMingle is the place to find those dates. Not to mention its safety features, including 24/7 customer service, are hard to beat.

Relationships: Dates and Serious Relationships

Match System: Search by gender, age, education, more

Our Experts Say: “ChristianMingle is among the largest dating sites in the industry that only caters to single Christian men and women, and the site has some of the best search filters and safety features...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.4/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 44% | F: 56%*
Popularity 3.5 Million*

7. BlackPeopleMeet

Fifty-three percent of people on BlackPeopleMeet are women, so they know how to cater their needs. Whether you’re screening your matches, seeing who viewed your profile, or checking out someone’s audio or video message, BPM strives to protect you and keep you happy.

Relationships: Deep Relationships or Just Casual Dates

Match System: Search by location, age, more

Our Experts Say: “BlackPeopleMeet.com is the one of the largest and most popular dating sites for black and biracial singles, and the site is used by more than 5 million people a month...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 4.0/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 47% | F: 53%*
Popularity 5.7 Million*

8. AdultFriendFinder

If you’re a single woman looking for a hot night with a stranger, or if you’re a woman who’s part of a couple and you want to add a third, AdultFriendFinder can help you meet both those goals and others. Be proud of your sexuality and express your desires openly on this site.

Relationships: Hookups Only

Match System: Search by location, interest, more

Our Experts Say: “Make no mistake: this site isn't about making friends, it's about short-term "hookups" and affairs only. Note that a basic account costs $14.95/month, but it's well worth it if casual sex is your goal...”

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Overall Rating 3.5/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 65% | F: 35%*
Popularity 25.5 Million*
Another perk of AFF is its easy on the wallet. For free you can join, fill out your details, upload photos and videos, browse more than 40 million profiles, and flirt.

Alright Ladies, Time to Get Out There!

My best friend was super stressed out when she started online dating, but she didn’t give up and kept trying until she found the right site for her. Luckily, you don’t have to do all that searching because we’ve narrowed down the choices for you. Now the power is in your hands!

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