The 42 best online dating services in the USA

Did you know that there are currently more than 8,000 online dating sites in the world? These include classic dating sites and applications, all kinds of anonymous chats, and much more. Moreover, the number of online dating and online dating platforms continues to increase literally every month. The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing quarantine only accelerated this process.

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This raises a logical question: “How to choose a good site or application among such a variety?” Let’s state right away that there is no single perfect answer. Much depends on your goals, interests, personal preferences, and even financial situation. After all, there are both completely free sites and paid ones. We decided to make things a little easier for you and have put together a list of what we think are the best online dating services. We hope this information will be useful for you and will help you in choosing.

42 best online dating services in the USA

Websites and apps

Tinder

Let’s be honest, Tinder needs no introduction. This is the most popular dating app in the world and is sure to maintain its ground for years. Yes, these days there are more and more paid features in Tinder, variable moderation, and many outdated technical solutions, but its multi-million user base makes it an extremely attractive service for online dating. Tinder recently implemented an additional video chat feature, which made video-dating fans happy. If you like finding a potential pair by swiping (“like – not like”), Tinder is definitely worth using.

Bumble

Bumble has been called one of Tinder’s top competitors. But this is not entirely correct. The main difference lies in the principles of dating on the site. Here it is the girls who take the first step and initiate dating. This lets the developers protect female users from pressure from men, and give girls more freedom of choice.

Not so long ago, the Bumble developers decided to go beyond the usual dating app and came up with two completely new platforms: Bizz, for finding jobs, employees, and mentors, and BFF — a more flexible tool for finding new acquaintances by interests and hobbies. Interestingly, in your BFF profile, you can even connect your Spotify profile to share music and communicate more clearly about your music preferences.

OkCupid

The OkCupid developers start from the idea that all people on dating sites either won’t say everything about themselves or embellish everything. In general, this is true. Therefore, a different approach was taken when creating OkCupid. When you register on the site, you receive a questionnaire with a variety of questions. Based on your answers, the system will create your personal portrait, compare it with other users and find the best matches for dating. The approach is very effective, but only if you answer the questions honestly.

POF

When creating POF (PlentyOfFish), the developers started from the idea that the success of any relationship is in sharing common interests. So here, when registering, users need to fill out a rather impressive questionnaire, indicating their hobbies, interests, habits, tastes, and much more. For POF it is important whether you have cats dogs or small children. The service really tries to study each user as carefully as possible in order to find the best match for them. Of course, all this takes time, but the results are worth it. That the number of downloads of the POF application on Google Play is over 50 million only confirms this statement.

Coffee Meets Bagel

The strange name of this dating app hides a rather interesting approach. Unlike most similar sites, Coffee Meets Bagel does not try to find as many potential matches for you as possible. On the contrary, the algorithm examines your profile and the profiles of other members very carefully. And it’s in no hurry to push you to meet someone who MAY be right for you. No, Coffee Meets Bagel only selects one user per day (at noon sharp) — the one that suits you best. The developers state that the selection algorithm is constantly changing and improving, and the results are becoming more accurate.

Hinge

The creators of Hinge call their service an “application designed to uninstall”. By this, they mean that this app is where you’ll find your soulmate and forget about the search. It makes sense because Hinge uses a unique Nobel Prize-winning algorithm for finding ideal partners. Objectively speaking, Hinge is the most “scientific” dating app out there.

Happn

How many interesting people do you think to pass by you every day? What if one of them is your destiny, but you don’t know? These are the questions the developers of the Happn application asked themselves to create a truly unique program. Now, when there are other Happn members near you who are potentially suitable for you, the application will notify you about this. And you can immediately contact an interesting person nearby. You can sit in your favorite cafe and a beautiful stranger will ride by on a bicycle. Happn will notify you and invite you to chat.

League

Imagine you’re on a quick date. You have nine minutes to meet three different people — three minutes for each one. Believe us, this is more than enough to understand whether you are interested in a person or not. This is exactly how League works. It’s a fast online dating app that is safe, convenient, and effective. If your sympathies with the other person match, you can continue chatting and get to know each other better.

Grindr

Grindr is a dating app for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The rest of the application resembles Tinder — it is based on location and tries to find potentially interesting people nearby. Interesting fact: the TV show host Stephen Fry once mentioned Grindr on the program Top Gear, after which it was immediately downloaded by over 30,000 people.

Raya

The Raya app has not had the most straightforward development. Initially, it was a completely ordinary dating service for iOS. But then the developers realized that it was difficult to compete in this market and decided to change the philosophy of Raya. So the service has become a platform for finding business contacts in the entertainment industry. Today Raya is one of the most closed such sites. Registration is possible only by invitation of another participant, and more than 92% of all registration applications are rejected.

Elite Singles

Don’t rush to give up on Elite Singles just because of the name! In fact, this is not a dating app just for the elite in society, as it might seem. No, the majority of users are adults and successful people over 30 years old with higher education who are looking for serious relationships. The application offers 3-7 matches per day, selecting potentially suitable candidates for dating. The search includes gender, age, education, location, and profile information.

Christian Mingle

Christian Mingle is a rather rare dating app for Christians. If you are a believer and want to find a like-minded person to start a family, Christian Mingle is a very good option. The audience here is relatively small — about 15 million people. But for a niche site, that’s a lot.

XO

Down with boring talk about the weather! The developers of the XO dating service have found the best way to diversify communication and help people get to know each other better —  games! Inside the application, you’ll find many interesting games that you can play together with other participants while communicating and getting to know each other.

AsianDate

From the name, it seems clear that AsianDate is an application for users from Asian countries. But that is not so. AsianDate is a platform for Asian girls, but they can get acquainted here not just with Asian men, but also with residents of other continents. AsianDate is an international application that erases all geographic boundaries. Here, all profiles are manually verified by company employees.

Zoosk

Zoosk is an app that goes beyond the usual online dating. The site uses a unique Behavioral Matchmaking algorithm that constantly analyzes the actions of more than 35 million participants and is constantly being improved. It is Behavioral Matchmaking that is responsible for selecting a potential pair, and it is worth saying that it does it very successfully.

AdultFriendFinder

Serious dating for long-term relationships isn’t what AdultFriendFinder is about. This application was created for those who are looking for partners for sex, and it is often used by swingers and people who just want to diversify their intimate life. If you’re a romantic looking for lifelong love, AdultFriendFinder is definitely not for you.

eHarmony

This is one of the few dating sites that use mathematical algorithms to find the perfect match. eHarmony analyzes user profiles, their activities, interests, and much more. And then it conducts complex mathematical calculations and calculates by percentage how people are compatible. eHarmony has been in business for over 20 years and is hugely popular. The developers say that every 14 minutes someone finds their ideal match here.

Pickable

One of the few dating apps where girls always take the first step. Men cannot write first or impose their company in any other way. More importantly, you can customize the visibility of your profile by choosing who can see your information and from whom it will be hidden. In general, it’s an interesting service, but its rating is far from the highest — in the AppStore it scores only 2.1 points out of 5.

Mindful

Mindfulness is an important part of human communication. The developers of Mindful decided this is a great idea for a dating app. The platform Mindful is for adherents of meditation, spiritual practices, and self-knowledge. The site, although niche, is quite popular.

S’More

Usually, on a dating site or application, you can immediately see a person’s photo, read the information in their profile, and so on. Even without communicating, you can get an impression of a person. But it may turn out to be wrong. The creators of S’More decided to slightly change their approach. By default, all photos of users on the site are blurred. But as you get to know and communicate with the other user, their photos get clearer. An excellent solution for those who evaluate people not just by their appearance.

Feeld

Objectively, Feeld is not very different from other modern dating apps. But it has one unique feature — the ability to choose from over twenty sexual identities: heterosexual, bisexual, hetero-flexible, homosexual, queer, etc.

Match

This service does not need any additional introduction. The Match was one of the first dating sites in history and is currently operating in more than 50 countries. The Match.com service was founded in 1993, but the site’s active growth began in the 2000s. Now Match Group brings together several dating sites and continues to expand.

Facebook Dating

In contrast to the “old-timers” of online dating, Facebook Dating definitely stands out. This is a new dating site from the Facebook developers. The platform helps you find people by interest and analyzes the groups you follow on Facebook and the events you visit. Everything is designed for finding the most suitable partners. But the system does not tell your Facebook friends that you are registered with Facebook Dating, and you can hide your profile from friends who are already in the dating app.

InnerCircle

As the developers of InnerCircle say, the operation of their application is based on the common interests and values of users. At first glance, everything is the same as at other sites. But there are differences. The main thing is that there is really a lot of emphasis on the list of interests. You choose different categories and hobbies, the system analyzes them, studies your profile, and selects the most suitable partners.

Badoo

Badoo is one of the most popular dating apps in the world. Here, when registering, you can choose one of the dozens of genders, which greatly simplifies the search and expands its capabilities. The application also analyzes your interests and preferences very carefully in order to find the best candidates for dating. Considering that now there are more than 460 million users in Badoo, you will definitely not find a lack of potential partners.

Once

Although the Once application cannot boast a large number of users (about 10 million), the developers have taken their creativity and work with algorithms very seriously. The main feature of Once is that once a day the application selects a potentially suitable candidate for you. From then on, you’ll have exactly 24 hours to chat and get to know each other better. If you’re interested in each other, you will be able to communicate further. If one or both of you are not satisfied with the interaction, the Once application will disconnect you and no longer offer communication.

Online video chats

Emeraldchat

Imagine that every person on earth has a rating. If your rating is high, you get various benefits and can communicate with the same people with a high rating. And if it’s low, your life is much less comfortable, and you are surrounded by similar people with a low rating. This is exactly how Emeraldchat works. Each user has a karma rating, which affects the way you can use the site. This approach makes this online video chat truly unique.

Omegle

Omegle needs no introduction. This was one of the first video chats in history, which has been operating since 2009. It has no gender or geographic search, and Omegle does not have an application for smartphones either. But the site has a large audience, there is a search by interests and even a separate anonymous chat for university students.

Chatrandom

For those who don’t have enough features in Omegle, there’s Chatrandom. Here you can search by interests, a gender filter, a location filter, themed chat rooms, and much more. There is even a separate gay chat, which is very useful for gay men. Plus Chatrandom has mobile apps.

Chatroulette

Another “old-timer” among video chats, the site has been available since 2009. During this time, it has experienced a lot of ups and downs — the developers have been criticized for terrible moderation and an abundance of scammers on the site. Still Chatroulette, despite some primitive aspects, remains a popular web chat. Recently, the developers have implemented artificial intelligence, which detects users who violate the rules of the site and immediately blocks them.

Camsurf

Do you like simplicity and convenience? Then Camsurf is for you. There are not dozens of settings and functions here — only basic search tools: gender, location, interests. However, many of the functions work only with a paid subscription. For example, premium account holders can hide their location, show a verification badge, add an introductory message, and more.

CooMeet

Imagine an online video chat that connects you only with girls and is never wrong. Also, all the girls are real and interested in communication. Sounds unreal, right? But the CooMeet developers did it. Online video chat CooMeet genuinely only connects men with girls. Moreover, each girl verifies her personal information, and this means that there are no fakes or bots on the site. Not bad, right? Apps for iOS and Android are available, of course.

Chatspin

A classic online video chat with gender and geographic filters. For an additional fee, you can hide your location, show the number of likes from other members, add an introductory message, etc. There is a built-in message translator and a safe search function. Not a bad service overall if you’re willing to spend some money on useful features.

Monkey

Monkey is not exactly a classic online video chat. Rather the application combines the functionality of an online video chat, a dating site, and a social network. This may make Monkey seem a bit cumbersome to some, but if you sit back and understand all the features, you’ll surely like it.

Meetme

It is a quite simple but interesting application in its own way. Meetme looks for potential conversation partners near you and invites you to chat. It offers minimum settings, but Meetme is used by more than 100 million people, so you won’t have a shortage of people to talk to.

Tinychat

Tinychat is not really a video chat app, but rather a streaming service. You can watch other people’s broadcasts or start your own and collect viewers. However, to get to the main page in the top broadcasts, you have to pay.

OmeTV

A very simple but therefore extremely popular video chat. There are not very many search settings, just country, gender, and language of communication. You can also enable the automatic translation of text messages. But it is in this simplicity that the main advantage of OmeTV lies. Any user can figure out the functionality in a couple of minutes. And the audience here is huge — usually over 100 thousand users online.

Shagle

One of the few modern video chat sites that still does not have a mobile application. But the web version of Shagle is very fast and easy to use. Here you can search for people by gender and location, chat on almost any topic, and exchange virtual gifts.

Dirtyroulette

As you might guess, Dirtyroulette is an adult dating site. Here you can safely communicate on the frankest topics, have virtual sex and find partners for intimacy.

Flingster

Flingster is a free, explicit video chat app for an adult audience. Almost everything is allowed here — intimate conversations, virtual sex, dating for real sex, and much more. The developers emphasize that their site is completely anonymous and confidential. And in this case, that really matters.

Chathub

A very simple video chat that only has a web version and no mobile apps. Chathub allows you to use gender and geographic filters for a more precise search, it has high speeds and good quality communication even with a slow Internet connection. But the lack of mobile applications is a significant disadvantage these days.

Bazoocam

Bazoocam is not a new online video chat site, but it is still very popular. A slightly outdated design hides convenient functionality, flexible search settings, and useful little things. For example, online games help provide varied communication. There is also a video stream function, which will certainly be of interest to some users.

Your perfect dating site is out there

As you can see, the selection of online dating sites is really huge. But we have listed only a small number of them. If you’ve not yet decided which site or application suits your aims, we recommend choosing four or five options, evaluating them personally, discovering the advantages and disadvantages for yourself. This is the only way you’ll find exactly what you need.

We also advise you not to limit yourself only to dating sites, but also to use online video chats. In the past few years, they’ve been actively collecting more and more users. For example, video chat with strangers site Omegle has tripled its audience since the start of the pandemic. Other video chats are also showing excellent growth rates.

Try different sites, don’t be afraid to experiment with online dating formats, broaden your horizons, and communicate with enjoyment. We wish you only pleasant and promising encounters on the web!