Top 10 Best Sites
Looking for a dating site you can trust? Search no more.
|Hayley Matthews • 3/31/17|
Personals were popular throughout the ’90s, when people would post an advertisement in the classified section of a newspaper to find hookups, dates, relationships, and other types of encounters. For example, a single white male aged 45 who was looking for a single female to have a no-strings-attached relationship with would put “SWM, 45, seeking SF for NSA” in his personals ad.
Today, online dating is the new form of personals, and there are a lot of great sites out there to post your profile on. Looking at factors like features and popularity, here are the 10 Best Personals Dating Websites — all of which are free to join, upload your info and photos, and search singles.
Note: While we’re only going to be talking about the top 10, we’d highly recommend The Free Site’s Personal Services article if you want a curated list of even more fantastic options.
It can’t be said enough — Match.com really is the top dog among all of the free personals sites. Not only does it have millions and millions of users, but it’s also got the highest success rate of any other dating site. With a free account on Match, you can fill out your profile with as much info as you want, upload photos, receive hand-picked matches or search on your own, send flirty virtual winks, and do so many other things that we can’t even list them all here.
For the relationship-minded, eHarmony is a great choice because the site is responsible for over 4% of marriages in the U.S., with 542 members saying their nuptials every day. This has a lot to do with eHarmony’s unique algorithm, which pairs singles based on 29 different dimensions of compatibility, like emotional temperament, social style, and physicality. Another aspect of eHarmony we really love is that they’ll do all of the matching work for you for free.
OurTime will help seniors cut through the crowd of singles and find someone not just like-aged but also like-minded. The sign-up process, which is 100% free, couldn’t be easier or quicker, only taking a few minutes to get a profile up and start searching for matches. The clean layout helps with that as well. OurTime has been around for decades, making it an established online dating personals site — and one that mature singles know they can trust.
The largest dating site specifically for black and biracial daters (1.4 million visits a month, to be exact), BlackPeopleMeet offers new users a free trial that gives them full access to the site, including being able to create a profile, browse singles, and receive/send text, audio, and video messages. Whether you’re looking for a casual date or long-term relationship, BlackPeopleMeet can help you find the person that’s right for you… without putting a dent in your wallet.
Often when people are looking for a personals site, they’re particularly looking for a sex personals site, and there’s no shame in that. At BeNaughty, you can be upfront about your desires, and no one will judge you because every member wants to find a hookup, too. Besides providing a judgment-free environment, BeNaughty also provides a ton of helpful free features, such as private messaging and “Naughty Mode” (viewing a match’s explicit photos and videos).
DateHookup.com is one of the largest free personals sites around, with millions of members and more than 13,000 singles online at the same time as you at any given moment. They also have extensive lists of gay personals as well as lesbian personals for homosexual singles. Profiles include appearance, education, and ethnicity, and you can search for a match by categories like age, zip code, and gender. Once you find that special someone, “Like” them or chat for free. Besides the desktop version, DateHookup is also available via the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon — so you can date on the go.
Love or lust, the choice is yours at TheStranger.com. For flirts, hookups, dates, or relationships, click LoveLab. If it’s sex personals you’re looking for (like full-on kink or BDSM play), click LustLab. Once you make your decision, you be able to fill our your profile and start browsing members in seconds. We also recommend checking out TheStranger’s success stories to get inspired to start your own journey — whether it’s just for fun or for everlasting love.
Lavalife.com is on a mission to “make dating fun again,” and their matching system certainly helps with that. Setting you up with people based on your common interests, Lavalife takes all the awkwardness out of introducing yourself to a total stranger — all you have to do is mention your shared love of surfing, yoga, or whatever it might be, and you’ve got a connection. Founded in 2001, Lavalife is committed to providing singles with a fun and successful dating atmosphere, and they always will be.
With more than 150,000 users and counting, POZ Personals is the fastest-growing online community for HIV-positive dating as well as creating and searching for gay personals. A Basic membership includes being able to add up to 5 photos, create a profile, and search listings. A Premium membership offers priority placement in searches, new member alerts, and the ability to “Favorite” searches. You can even check out the numerous on-site testimonials before joining to see if POZ Personals is for you.
Craigslist has been around since 1995, so most of us have probably heard of it. And while some people may laugh at the thought, Craigslist really is a great site for free online personals, especially for local personals listings because you can narrow down where you’re looking for an encounter and what type (“casual encounters,” “dating/romance,” or “strictly platonic”) and where. Craigslist is also extremely popular (60 million people visit the site each month in the U.S. alone), particularly among LGBT singles.
Online personals have come a long way since the ’90s. You now have more options than ever, and these options now have more features than ever, especially ones that are free and useful. Now all you have to do is take your pick from the list above!