In this blog, we take a look at both types, to help you understand what each offers.

Free Online Dating Sites

If you’re looking to meet other people without it costing you a penny, then use one of the many free online dating sites available. It can also be a good place to start if you’re new to online dating, to see if it’s right for you.

However, free dating sites can bring some drawbacks…

  • Quality – Because these sites are free and open to everyone, you may find that it attracts a large range of different people who are not necessarily looking for a serious relationship. For example, you may find people who are not single but want someone to talk to. There may be people who sign up because they have free time and want to have a bit of fun. There may be people who sign up out of curiosity, or to see if they can find someone they know. Or you may come across people who are just looking for something casual. All of these people will come up in your search results. There will be people who are serious about having a relationship in return, but finding that special someone through all the others becomes trickier and more time-consuming.
  • Search Results – Free sites are often more limited in their functionality compared to paid-for sites, simply because they are not receiving money from subscriptions. Matches are commonly people who live close, rather than on interests. You will therefore have to spend time trawling through all the results to try and find someone that has more in common with you, or matches what you’re specifically looking for.

In general, free sites tend to have more people who are not necessarily interested in dating. They may be on the site for fun, or looking for something more casual. However, for paid sites, as both sides have invested into finding someone special, they are more likely to have quality and up-to-date profiles and be looking for a more serious relationship too. Paid sites also have better search filters, making it easier to narrow down your search to find Mr or Mrs Right!