13 Best Dating Sites for Serious Relationships (100% Free Trials)

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13 Best Dating Sites for Serious Relationships (100% Free Trials)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews
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Online dating often gets this unfair reputation that it’s only for hookups, but the numbers show that’s not the case. A lot of dating sites are actually great for building serious relationships. A majority of Tinder users are looking for a long-term commitment, and couples who meet online are more likely to say they’re satisfied with their marriage.

If you want to find a soul mate and make a long-term commitment, we’ve found 13 dating sites that are perfect for you. The following sites have a good track record of success in the online dating scene, and they’re all free to try.

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Match

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When you’re looking for a relationship, you really can’t go wrong with Match, the king of dating sites. Founded in 1993 and officially launched in 1995, Match is the longest-running and most successful dating site ever. It’s had over 42 million signups, it sees over 39 million monthly visitors, and it has powered more dates, relationships, and marriages than any of its competitors. Match also believes that finding love shouldn’t break the bank, which is why the site offers a completely free membership that includes unlimited browsing and limited communication.

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EliteSingles

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When we think of EliteSingles, we think of quality, and that’s exactly what the site is going for. Sure, you won’t receive dozens and dozens of matches a day, but remember that most of those matches would be incompatible. Instead, EliteSingles sends you several matches a day that you’re sure to be interested in. In addition, EliteSingles focuses on creating serious relationships with college-educated, upper income, and more mature singles (e.g., 35+).

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eharmony

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The team at eharmony eats, sleeps, and breathes relationships. This serious dating site has been responsible for over 2 million love connections since 2000. One of the biggest benefits of joining eharmony, besides the fact that it’s free, is that the site will do all of the searching and matching for you. All you have to do is fill out your profile and take the Compatibility Quiz, and eharmony will use psychology to calculate how likely you are to hit it off with other members. Pretty much everyone here is serious about meeting The One, and they trust eharmony to make the right match.

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OurTime

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For single seniors who want to meet a life partner, we highly recommend OurTime. Not only will you not have to sort through people who aren’t within your age range, but you also won’t have to sort through people who are only looking for something casual. This means you can spend more time getting to know people who have similar lifestyles, beliefs, and values. OurTime makes it easy to take control of your love life and start again by sending likes and messages.

BlackPeopleMeet has a user base that’s made up of millions of black and biracial singles as well as singles who are interested in interracial relationships. Provide a few pieces of information, like your age, gender, sexual orientation, and location, and then you’ll be part of the community. It’s free to register as well as browse profiles and flirt (e.g., via likes and favorites), but you’ll have to subscribe if you want to send and read messages here.

ChristianMingle is welcoming of everyone within the faith, whether you’re Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, straight, gay, or lesbian, among other identifiers. Dwight and Penny are just one of thousands of ChristianMingle success stories. “Those two wayward lonely souls are now one. We are no longer lonely and fit perfectly together. Thanks, ChristianMingle, for helping bring these two souls together!” Penny said.

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Hinge

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Hinge, which is sometimes called “the anti-Tinder,” is the ultimate relationship app. Its motto is “designed to be deleted,” and it caters to thoughtful people looking for a something serious. Here’s how it works: You sign up for free, and then you can use the Discover section to like or comment on dating profiles. You’ll also receive likes and comments on your photos and prompts that touch on your dealbreakers, interests, hobbies, experiences, and lifestyle. Hinge leads singles to deep conversations and ensures they get a real sense of who the other person is before setting up a first date. It’s no wonder that Hinge boasts the highest success rate for a first date leading to a second date.

URL: https://hinge.co/

Coffee Meets Bagel helps you “meet your favorite bagel every day.” Here, matches are called bagels, and you use coffee beans to like profiles and use other features. You can purchase beans, or you can receive free beans by interacting on the app. Coffee Meets Bagel is also one of the top female-friendly dating apps because it was founded by three women and because of its #LadiesFirst feature, which will show women the people who’ve already liked them. Coffee Meets Bagel curates its match list and only shows dates who line up with you.

URL: https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/

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Bumble

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Founded in 2014, Bumble has made a name for itself by only allowing women to start the conversation (If you’re gay or lesbian, either person can initiate.). This helps cut down on the amount of spam, incompatible matches, and inappropriate photos women might receive. Another important aspect of Bumble you should know about is that once you and another person are matched, you have 24 hours to send and/or reply to a message, or the match disappears.

URL: https://bumble.com/

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OkCupid

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OkCupid is all about the numbers — the site has a one-of-a-kind matching algorithm that’s proven to be highly successful. First, you’ll answer questions about yourself. Next, you’ll specify how you would want a partner to answer those questions. Last, you’ll rank how important those answers are to you. This process factors heavily in the compatibility ratings you’ll see on every profile. In terms of price, OkCupid is 100% free. It’s free to create a profile, browse matches, send likes, and message anyone online, but there are A-List features (seeing your likes and ranking higher in search results) that cost a little extra.

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

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Happn

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Happn matches you with “the people you’ve crossed paths with,” and what that means is the app uses your location to recommend like-minded singles who go to the same places as you (a restaurant, a bar, the gym, etc.). The goal is to show you that you could find love anywhere. If you like the person, click or tap the Heart icon. If you don’t, all you have to do is click or tab the Cross button. Messaging is enabled once two people show interest in each other.

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

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Once

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“Who is your match today?” is what you’ll see on Once’s homepage, and, as you can probably tell by those words, the app will send you one quality match a day. You should receive a notification at noon, and Once says you’ll have each other’s full attention for 24 hours. The app is available for free via desktop, iTunes, and Google Play, and it’ll only take you a couple of minutes to fill out a profile and upload photos.

URL: https://getonce.com/

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The League

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The League is one of the most exclusive dating apps in the industry, and it’s easy to see why. Not everyone is able to become a member of the League — there’s often a wait list. Other rules include users who are inactive for two weeks, don’t respond to messages, or are offensive will be kicked off the app. Another tip is the more you log in, the higher your match rate will be.

URL: https://www.theleague.com/

That Special Someone is Waiting for You!

Online dating has drastically changed the way singles meet one another. Sure, some online daters are just looking for sex, but, according to the research, most are more interested in getting in a relationship that’s going to last. These 13 dating sites and apps can get serious daters started on the right foot. They can use the networking and matchmaking tools to expand their search and zero in on people who are their type. Now the power is in your hands!