10 Best Free Dating Sites for 30-Somethings (2018)

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10 Best Free Dating Sites for 30-Somethings (2018)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews
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Once you hit your 30s, dating goes in a totally different direction. You’re no longer in school or going out as much so you’re not meeting people left and right the way you used to. You’re crazy busy with work, friends and family obligations, a million errands, and everything else life throws at you.

That’s why a lot of dating sites on the market have directed their attention to the 30-something crowd. Below are 15 sites that we think are a cut above the rest, particularly because they’re free.

Match

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Match is like the cheese pizza of dating sites — it’s just the best option. It’s classic (founded in 1993 and launched in 1995), it’s popular (over 39 million monthly visitors), and it’s really good (the most romantic connections of any dating site). When you join Match, right away you’re given a 100% free membership that allows you to upload your info and photos, browse by your preferences (e.g., age), receive matches, and flirt (e.g., via virtual winks).

Approximately, 90% of EliteSingles members are 30 years old or older, so you won’t have to waste your time filtering through people who are incompatible in terms of age. Instead, you can get right to filters that are more important to you. EliteSingles is also a great choice if you’re looking for a serious relationship with someone who graduated from college. More than 80% of members have earned a bachelor’s degree (at the minimum).

Zoosk

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Thirty-somethings are always on the go with work, taking care of the house, going to the gym, hanging out with friends and family, or participating in a hobby. It’s hard to meet someone when you’re always running errands, traveling, or simply living the busy routine young people lead these days. If that sounds like your life, we suggest you give Zoosk a try. This free dating app is easy to use no matter what device you’re on, and the Behavioral Matchmaking System ensures that you’re connecting with people with whom you actually want to connect.

eHarmony

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You won’t really find a lot of 20-somethings on eHarmony because users don’t do any of the searching (the site takes care of it), so there’s no swiping. In addition, eHarmony is generally meant for mature, commitment-minded, Christian singles. The first step is to take the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Test, then wait for eHarmony to send you matches. If you don’t like them, you can move on. If you do, you can start the conversation. eHarmony can also help with that thanks to its Guided Communication feature.

Tinder

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Tinder is often called a hookup app, but, in actuality, most of its users are interested in finding a long-term partner. Responsible for billions of matches a day and millions of dates a week, Tinder ensures that the odds are in your favor. Tinder probably has one of the shortest sign-up processes as well — all you have to do is provide your age, location, photo, and a little bit about yourself. Swipe left if you’re not into the person presented to you, and swipe right if you are. If you both swipe right on each other, messaging is enabled.

URL: https://tinder.com/

Bumble

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Founded in 2014, Bumble has become a go-to for 30-somethings, specifically 30-something women who are tired of receiving inappropriate messages and photos on other dating apps. Here, only the women can send the first message. But if you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, either person can send the first message. Once you’re matched with someone, you and/or the other person have 24 hours to start communicating. You have another 24 hours to respond. If you don’t, the match disappears.

URL: https://bumble.com/

Coffee Meets Bagel has a time limit as part of its process as well. Matches last for one week, and you and the other person must exchange some other kind of contact info before then, or the match goes away. Coffee Meets Bagel’s goal is to get more people on dates instead of getting stuck in messaging limbo. Women feel comfortable on Coffee Meets Bagel because it was founded by three women, so the founders know what women are looking for. Coffee Meets Bagel will also send women matches it has curated from people who have already liked their profile.

URL: https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/

Hinge

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Hinge received the nickname “the anti-Tinder” because the app isn’t meant for mindless, looks-based swiping. It’s meant for genuine searches and deeper conversations. On Hinge, you like and comment on people’s profiles and photos (and vice versa), and that’s how you get to know each other. The app will let you know when it’s your turn to respond, and you can either send a message, save it for later, or unmatch with the person. Matches that haven’t had any activity in 14 days will be hidden.

URL: https://hinge.co/

Happn

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Happn is kind of like the Missed Connections of dating apps. You can meet people with whom you’ve crossed paths in real life, so you can see right away if you like the same bars, restaurants, parks, etc. Happn, which has been around since 2014, has more than 4 stars on Google Play as well as iTunes, and one of the numerous positive reviews was written by Logan Gosse, who said: “I think the concept behind this app is great. Got a match within the first few hours from when I activated it. So far so good. Seem to be a lot more genuine people on here.”

URL: https://www.happn.com/

OkCupid

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It’ll take you a little bit to create a profile on OkCupid, but it’s definitely worth it. The app has an advanced algorithm that takes into consideration your answers to its questions, your ideal date or partner’s answers to its questions, and the level of importance you give to his or her answers. One of the things people love most about OkCupid is that it’s free, and there are no hidden fees. You have the option to purchase premium features, but you don’t have to just to find a date. You already have all the tools you need with the free account.

URL: https://www.okcupid.com/

Final Thoughts

Your 30s can make for a great time — it’s just that maybe you have to put in a little more effort in terms of dating. If you sign up for one of the dating sites above, though, that effort can be as minimal as typing your name, age, gender, and location. These sites will take care of the rest!