If you prefer lighthearted fun and flirtation you may also enjoy sites such as Zoosk that cater to singles that prefer to keep things casual.

And if you just want to meet someone and see where things go, using the dating sites with the largest possible user base, such as Match.com, will provide you with the best chances of success.

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Some dating sites, such as e Harmony, only offer compatibility matching and therefore do not allow you to communicate with others at all unless you were introduced by the sites' matchmaking systems.

Services such as these may be ideal for you if you prefer to remain anonymous.

The number of members, features, what makes them different than everyone else and the target markets they serve have all been taken into account.

And when you're ready to meet someone, we've got some cheap and free date ideas as well to help you connect with style, inexpensively.

Our editors’ unanimous pick for #1, also widely favored by our visitors, Zoosk is tops in the industry in how they match compatible singles, the attractiveness of their members, and their user friendly layout. Read Review - Submit Review An online dating heavyweight since 1995, Match gets high marks for the giant size of their membership base (and the options it offers singles everywhere in the US and Canada), their in-person singles mixers, and their 6 month guarantee.

Read Review - Submit Review Elite Singles is an ideal option for sophisticated daters looking for something a little more serious.

Zoosk, for example, costs only .95/month for a 6-month subscription, while a 1-month subscription to e Harmony can cost up to .95/month.

And, of course, most online dating sites offer free trials or free access to select services so that you can see for yourself which site you enjoy the most.

Its thorough personality test is designed to only connect members with the best possible matches, understanding that busy Americans don’t have time to waste.