Online Dating

13 Best Totally Free Online Dating Sites (2018)

Hayley Matthews
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In a Walmart commercial, Sam Cooke says that “the best things in life are free.” While the lyric was referring to the store’s free two-day shipping deal, it really applies to so many other things, including online dating.

Who says you have to spend your hard-earned money to find your ideal match? It’s most certainly not the following 13 dating sites. In fact, they’re all totally free to sign up for, browse, and chat, among other things.

Match

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If we’re talking about free stuff, Match is like the free food of dating sites — it’s the best. It’s absolutely free to fill out a profile (with info about yourself and your ideal date or partner), browse through members, receive at least five matches a day, flirt (e.g., like people and send winks), receive Yes Ratings (those who’ve said yes to being interested in you), and hear about exclusive Match events. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the dating site that’s responsible for the most romantic connections ever.


Elite Singles may be be free, but it doesn’t skimp on quality. The site is dedicated to college graduates who are over 30 and looking for a serious relationship. Approximately, 82% of its members hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and approximately 2,500 of its members find love every month. On Elite Singles, all of the necessary features won’t cost you anything, including registration, browsing, and certain forms of communication.


Zoosk

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Not only does Zoosk have a $0 price tag, but it also has one of the largest and most diverse user bases of any dating site — 40 million+ members from 80+ countries speaking 25+ languages. Plus, 30 million+ app downloads and 3 million+ messages exchanged every day. Once you create a profile (which you can do via Facebook or Google+), the Carousel is where you’ll want to head because that’s where you can start liking or passing on potential matches.


eHarmony

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Founded in 2000, eHarmony is a well-known name in the dating industry, but it’s also known for its affordability (a basic membership is 100% free), ingenuity (the one-of-a-kind 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Questionnaire), and simplicity (the site does all the searching for you). The brainchild of clinical psychologist, Christian theologian, and seminary professor Dr. Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony is the mastermind behind 4% of marriages in the United States, so you’ll be in good hands if you join.


Christian singles’ idea of “The One” is usually someone who has the same beliefs, values, and lifestyle, but they also do want to spend an arm and a leg while finding him or her. That’s why they should turn to ChristianMingle — it’s among the most reputable and popular Christian dating sites, and a standard subscription is totally free. As a basic member, you can upload information and photos, search for date prospects, receive match suggestions, and communicate in a variety of ways.


OurTime

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According to Business Insider, people over 60 make up 11% of the world’s population, and that number is estimated to grow to 22% by 2050. This is a huge demographic that deserves special attention, particularly the singles. OurTime is always our top recommendation for senior daters for many reasons. 1) It’s just for senior singles. 2) It’s safe and easy. 3) It’s free. Just provide your gender, the gender you’re looking for, hair color, eye color, height, ethnicity, body type, marital status, how many children you have, how many children live with you, your smoking habits, country, zip code, age, username, and password.


BlackPeopleMeet is a sister site of Match, which means it can be trusted to connect you to that special someone. The niche site’s focus is on black and biracial singles. Launched in 2002, BlackPeopleMeet sees more than 1.4 million visitors a month and has a four-star rating on Google Play. Whether you’re looking to casually date or are in search of a husband or wife, BlackPeopleMeet can help you make the right connections quickly and simply.


SilverSingles is another terrific option for single seniors, especially those who aren’t tech savvy or feel nervous about online dating. The site has a clean, intuitive layout that anyone can pick up on, and the features are all streamlined for easy navigation (e.g., filtering searches, receiving compatible profiles, and sending messages). Most importantly, SilverSingles doesn’t charge you to test out the site and see if it’s a good fit for you.


BeNaughty

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For hookup-minded singles, BeNaughty is where it’s at. This free site has millions of frisky men and women from all over the world looking for all kinds of sexual encounters, including one-night stands, threesomes, affairs, and swinging partners. You can rest assured that you’re safe while using BeNaughty because the site verifies its members and uses SSL encryption to protect your personal and financial information.


OkCupid

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From the very beginning (aka 2004), OkCupid has been been completely free, and the team says it’ll stay that way as long as the site is running. That’s right — you don’t have to pay to create a profile, search for and receive matches, flirt, send and receive messages, or anything else. OkCupid is most known for its proprietary matching algorithm — you’ll answer numerous questions, specify how you want your potential dates to answer the questions, and then rank the importance of each question.

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


Plenty of Fish (POF) is another free dating site that promises to never make you pay to send or receive messages — and that’s a really good thing because POF users have more conversations than those on any other dating site and exchange 1 billion messages a month. Some other impressive numbers include that 70,000 new people join the site every day, and it’s available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries. One user named Simon Whitelock wrote on Google Play: “Been on a couple of other sites a week now and had absolutely nothing at all. Cast my net on POF and, within 48 hours, I’ve had some contact. Proves that POF does work.”

URL: https://www.pof.com/


Mingle2

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Mingle2 says that it’ll only take 30 seconds for you to set up an account, and then you’re on your way to meeting a lot of authentic people. The team monitors the site to ensure that all the profiles are real and to keep scammers away. One helpful feature is the Members Online Now section, where you can see who’s logged in at the same time, which makes for even quicker connections. Mingle2 says you can put away your credit card as well because they won’t ask you for it.

URL: https://mingle2.com/


DateHookup

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Founded by Dustin Weirich, DateHookup has so many free features that we can’t possibly list them all. Some of the best include signup, viewing profiles (filters include gender, age, and location), saving your searches, seeing who’s online now, liking profiles, posting and replying to threads in the forum, and chatting in real time. In addition, the Articles page offers free advice on a bunch of topics, including date ideas, dating when on a budget, and protecting yourself from catfishers.

URL: https://www.datehookup.com/

Love Shouldn’t Come With a Price Tag!

Sam Cooke didn’t have online dating on his mind when he was singing about life’s free treasures, but free dating sites have definitely become one of them. So take advantage of the sites we’ve just told you about — your wallet has nothing to fear!

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As the editor-in-chief of DatingAdvice.com, I oversee content strategy, social media engagement, and media opportunities. When I'm not writing about cheese or my 20-year love affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, I'm listening to The Beatles, watching Harry Potter reruns (I'm a proud Slytherin!), or drinking IPAs.