Find a real relationship for $0 on these non-corny free dating sites

Finding your soulmate is priceless. Sure. But do you have to use a paid site to find a real relationship? Does a monthly fee really weed out people who aren't taking the process seriously?
This wasn't really an issue before 2012, but the Tinder-led surge of 30-second profiles and instant access to all single folks within 10 miles gave sites with tedious personality analyses and upscale subscriptions a run for their money — literally.
Vox said what we're all really thinking: "At what point in the completely nightmarish process of online dating does one decide that it’s worth spending money on making that experience slightly less terrible?" Read more... More about Online Dating , Mashable Shopping , Culture , Work Life , and Sex Relationships



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BEST FOR DATING A LIBERAL

OkCupid


OkCupid genuinely wants dating to be a good experience and the woke vibe helps avoid feeling like a loser looking for love online.

Unlimited matches with free account: No


Unlimited messaging with free account: Yes


A-List perks: No ads, a list of who's liked you, and read receipts







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BEST FOR GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Coffee Meets Bagel


Feeling rusty? CMB gets things rolling by sending ice breakers and encouraging parties to plan a date within a week of matching.

Unlimited matching with free account: No


Unlimited messaging with free account: Yes


Paid perks: More likes per day







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BEST SERIOUS SWIPING APP

Hinge


Millennials finally have an algorithm-based swiping app that's less "Wanna bang?" than Tinder.

Unlimited matches with free account: No


Unlimited messaging with free account: Yes


Hinge Preferred perks: Extra filters like weed use or height and a grid view of everyone who has liked you







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BEST FOR LESBIANS WHO HATE TINDER

Her


Connect with queer women who want something real and free yourself from Tinder's focus on threesomes.

Unlimited matching on free account: Yes


Unlimited messaging on free account: Yes


Paid perks: None, because it's completely free







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BEST NO-FRILLS SITE

Plenty of Fish


Reddit users love POF's pond of singles who actually reply, but the design needs a total overhaul.

Unlimited matches with free account: Yes


Unlimited messaging with free account: Yes


Paid perks: Viewing extended profiles, see who has viewed your profile, and no ads







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YOUR BEST OPTION OVERALL

Match


The OG dating site reigns supreme with a proven algorithm and more users than the population of NYC.

Free features: View matches and send and receive winks, but no messaging


Three months: $25.99/month


Six months: $22.99/month


One year: $19.99/month







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BEST FOR THOSE DATING TO MARRY

eharmony


Casual daters and liberal folks will feel smothered here, but conservative, marriage-minded people will love the focus on settling down.

Free features: 29-dimension personality quiz and reviewing matches, but no messaging


Three months: $54.95/month


Six months: $36.95/month


One year: $22.95/month




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