Online Dating

9 Best Places to Meet Women Online (2018)

Hayley Matthews
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For men who grew up before the internet or during its early stages, they probably remember how hard it was to meet women. You had to take a chance at a bar or event — hoping not just that women would be there but that single, like-minded women would be there. Or you had to rely on personal ads or your family, friends, and/or coworkers introducing you to someone. It was time-consuming, costly, inefficient, and exhausting, to say the least.

But now that we have all kinds of technology at our fingertips, it’s more convenient than ever to meet women. However, online dating has its own complications — mainly knowing which sites to go to. That’s why our experts have put our heads together to find you the nine best free places to meet women online.

1. Match

With women making up 51% of its 30 million members, Match is hands down your best option for finding a hookup, date, relationship, or marriage. The site has perfected its algorithm over the past 22+ years to pair the most compatible people by gender — as well as sexual orientation, age, location, appearance, education, hobbies, and lifestyle habits.

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*

Match offers a 100% free membership that includes profile creation, unlimited browsing, and various tools for flirting (e.g., Likes, Winks, a Favorites list, and limited messaging).

2. Elite Singles

If you like intellectual women, you’ll want to give Elite Singles a try — more than 80% of its users (a majority of whom are women) have earned a college or university degree. Plus, 165,000 people join the site every month, so you’ll always have new women to meet.

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*

Elite Singles also doesn’t charge for filling out and editing a profile, uploading photos, or receiving a personality assessment. You won’t be charged for searching for and receiving matches, creating a Favorites list, and sending virtual smiles, among other things, either.

3. Zoosk

On Zoosk, you’ll never have to worry about missing out on amazing women while you’re at work, in line at Starbucks, on a run, walking the dog, or doing anything else. It has one of the top mobile dating sites and apps around, so it can be used anywhere and will always be on the lookout for you. Not to mention it’ll only take you a minute (and $0) to get started — just sync up with your existing Facebook or Google+ account.

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*

You can get Zoosk through the App Store or Google Play (where it has a lot of great peer reviews) and join a user base of 40 million singles who send over 3 million messages a day.

4. eHarmony

Accounting for 4% of US marriages, eHarmony is a go-to for those with matrimony on the mind. It’s also a dating site we recommend for Christians because it was co-founded by a Christian theologian and a significant number of members identify as Christian.

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*

The most important thing to know about eHarmony is that it’s the dating site that’ll do most of the work for you. Once you take the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility questionnaire, you won’t have to filter through profiles — eHarmony will do that for you and send you a notification every time it finds someone they think you’ll like.

5. OurTime

Mature men looking for women their age have come to the right place with OurTime — but so have younger men looking to meet older women. While the site is meant for singles over 50, anyone over the age of 18 can join. We’re sure you’ll find women who are looking for someone who’s been there, done that, and we’re certain you’ll find women who are looking for someone to whom they can show the ropes.

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*

The site sees more than 1.4 million visitors a month and has a simple layout and features, so you can quickly get through all the formal stuff and to the more important stuff — meeting potential dates and partners — as soon as possible.

6. Christian Mingle

About 83% of Americans identify as Christian, according to a poll on ABC News, and while that seems like a large number, that also includes men and women who are already taken. To help you weed through the masses, you should consider turning to Christian Mingle.

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*

The site is part of the Spark Networks family, a leading niche dating company that owns and operates more than 30 properties, so you know it’s reputable. “Love is Patient. Love is Kind. Love is Here” is Christian Mingle’s motto, and the team promises to have your back every step of the way.

7. BlackPeopleMeet

Gender and race can often be among the top dating identifiers, so for single black men interested in single black women, we bring you BlackPeopleMeet (BPM). Over 1.4 million black and biracial singles use the site every month, and we only anticipate that number to grow.

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*

A sister site of Match, BlackPeopleMeet, has facilitated thousands of happy connections, including one couple in Germantown, Maryland. “I was able to find a wonderful woman through the use of your site,” he said. “After one month, I truly feel as though she is the woman of my dreams, and, when the time is right, I will ask her to marry me. Thanks BPM!”

8. BeNaughty

If “I do” isn’t your end goal, you’re not alone. BeNaughty is a premier hookup site with millions of men who feel the same. Here, you can meet single women as well as married women for one-night stands, threesomes, group sex, swinging, affairs, and anything else your frisky mind can think of.

Relationships: Hookups, Chats

Match System: Search by encounter, location, and more

Our Experts Say: “BeNaughty is a premier hookup app where you can feel comfortable expressing your desires. Plus, it's free to join, browse, and flirt...” Full Review »

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Overall Rating 3.5/5.0
Gender Ratio M: 48% | F: 52%*
Popularity 13.3 Million*

Similar to most casual sex sites, BeNaughty has a lot of free features, but an aspect that makes it stand out is it uses profile verification and SSL encryption to prove that everyone is real, protect your information, and keep scammers out.

9. Chat Rooms

Every hookup, date, relationship, and marriage starts with a conversation, and a lot of those conversations are happening online — thanks to the ever-evolving technology we’re privy to. In addition to dating sites, chat rooms are fantastic places for meeting women. You can IM, send private messages, share photos, emojis, and GIFs, and talk online via phone and video.

Dozens of chat rooms, like FreeChatNow, are made just for meeting women, getting to know them, and arranging hookups or dates.

FreeChatNow.com, RendezvousChat.com, and Chatib.com rank highest among chat rooms, in general, as well as dating chat rooms, sex chat rooms, chat rooms to meet women, and the like. So you’re in good hands by joining any of them or all three.

Now That You Know Where to Meet Women, Go Actually Meet Them!

The internet has improved our lives in so many ways. We can get groceries delivered to our house, pay bills, finish work projects, and check the weather, and we’ll never run out of cat videos to watch. But, most importantly, the internet is bringing singles together faster and more efficiently. Your special lady is out there, and we’ve just showed you nine ways to find her!

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