Top 5 100% Free Dating Sites of 2015

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1 – OkCupid

Originally designed as a free place to take personality quizzes, OkCupid soon blossomed into a full-fledge dating site as it tried to engineer compatibility based on the results of those quizzes. It is now a full-fledged social network. While participation in all the features is free, registration is required for membership. Paid memberships offer no advertising and more filter and profile promotion options.

First Impressions

Originally a haven for nerds, geeks and internet addicts, OKCupid has blossomed to become a social network where you can happily wile away an entire evening without even visiting the dating features.

Layout/Design

Clean, modern, and easy to use, OkCupid makes even beginning internet users feel at home and welcome. Registration takes only a moment to complete, and there are no scams, tricks or hidden landmines to worry about.

Services/General Info/People

If you see someone who catches your eye, you can sent private messages or chat online for free. Lots of great, intelligent, lively people to meet on this busy and vibrant website.

Pros & Cons

Tons of nice, interesting and helpful people to chat with, play games with or do a million social things besides just dating. Unfortunately, the dating side may be a bit hit or miss in some areas of the country.

Overall Rating/Summary

Great website with millions of active users who can quickly blossom into friends or even more.

2 – PlentyofFish

Named after the old adage about dating, PlentyofFish has been forging friendships and romantic bonds online for over a decade. Although it is completely free to use all features on the website, premium membership will block ads and add increased functionality to messaging and profile management.

First Impressions

Very popular in the English-speaking world, a lot of people use PlentyofFish to find hosts and guides when traveling overseas. With a great mobile app, most active users are no longer interacting with PlentyofFish through the website.

Layout/Design

When you hear “free”, you’re expecting something bare bones and simple, but PlentyOfFish has a fresh, updated look. Once you’ve registered for a free (or paid) membership, navigating around the site is super easy and intuitive.

Services/General Info/People

Besides meeting other singles and messaging, chatting and communicating with them, PlentyOfFish sometimes runs promotions and special events where PlentyOfFish users can meet. In 2012, the CEO of PlentyOfFish announced that over 1 million babies have been born “as a result” of the website.

Pros & Cons

Geared towards quantity over quality, which may intimidate first-time users of active online dating sites.

Overall Rating/Summary

A fun, vibrant community that lets you focus on dating instead of games, polls and quizzes.

3 – eHarmony

One of the premiere matchmaking sites in the United States, the site boasts of using scientific formulas to enhance profile compatibility with the unabashed goal of formulating marriages.

First Impressions

The site forces you to take a lengthy questionnaire before they will allow you to become a member, and a significant number of applications are denied for reasons related to the company’s policies.

Layout/Design

Tons of advanced features on both the site and the mobile app, including a live chat.

Services/General Info/People

Free membership is available but paying a premium removes adds and unlocks additional functionality. The only avowed purpose of the site is to connect two people together for the ultimate purpose of marriage.

Pros & Cons

Very marriage-focused but great if that’s what you’re looking for.

Overall Rating/Summary

Perfect for millions of people in America looking to get past the bar and club scene for dating.

4 – Zoosk

This quirky, global service is simple to use and great for offering advanced functionality for non-paying members.

First Impressions

With the option to set the user interface in over 20 different languages, Zoosk is definitely the place to meet singles from around the world. Millions of users in Europe, America, Asia and South America give this funky pastel-colored dating website a truly global flair.

Layout/Design

Both the website and mobile app are simple, streamlined and a cinch to use for absolutely anyone. The photo verification service is great for making sure people don’t use fake images.

Services/General Info/People

Zoosk is always evolving their algorithms to help people meet potential matches, with part of the data set coming from user “likes”. Great place to meet young, dynamic people. If you live in a big city there’s usually plenty of potential mates to meet.

Pros & Cons

The site sends out a lot of alerts and notices if you’re not a paid member.

Overall Rating/Summary

Fun, simple and easy to use and a great way to meet people around the world ahead of a summer abroad.

5 – VeggieMatchMakers

The only website on this list to have started out as a pre-internet newspaper matchmaking service, today VeggieMatchMakers lets millions of vegans and vegetarians connect with one another around the world.

First Impressions

A cheerful and colorful website suitable for men and women looking to find love amongst the garden rows.

Layout/Design

Simple, intuitive and bare bones but flexible with absolutely everything free and unlocked for all members. Includes unlimited messaging and private chat. Family-friendly and cute iconic pictures of vegetables abound throughout the site.

Services/General Info/People

If you’re living the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, chances are you have many other things in common with the open-minded, peaceful men and women who regularly frequent the site. Everything is unlocked once you register, and the website is thankfully not overloaded with spam.

Pros & Cons

Not enough members to find someone in every city, but it’s easy to make lasting friends and personal connections. One of the few popular dating websites with no mobile app.

Overall Rating/Summary

Assuming the odor of freshly-cooked bacon does not tempt you, VMM is a great place to potentially meet a soulmate, dining companion and fellow traveler.


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