Best 100% Free Dating Sites in the UK
Author Emma Stockton
Author Emma Stockton
Are you tired of being single? Do you want to try dating online but do not know where to start?
In recent times, many dating sites have appeared on the internet and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you and which one gives you the greatest chance of finding your dream partner. To make it easier for you to choose, I give you a description of the most common free dating sites.
What are their advantages and disadvantages?
Match.com is a very popular dating site. The site has about 22 million members of all ages between 18 to 85, but the average age is around 33 years. It is free to register but to access certain functions you need to buy a premium account. The site is very flexible and you can use it on all your devices such as your tablet, smartphone or computer. You first create a free profile and then search for profiles that you find interesting. There are several features to filter and find the perfect match for you. Match.com also creates physical mingling evenings from time to time so you can meet new people in real life.
✔ Large selection and high activity, which gives you increased chances to find your perfect match.
❌ Must pay to access certain features.
EliteSingles is a site tailored for you who are looking for a more serious dating experience. The service is aimed at highly educated people or other personality types who are very ambitious in life. A personality test is included when you register, which helps you to match with people who are believed to be suitable for you. There are no boring types here, most of the people you meet are interesting, driven people who only miss the last piece of the puzzle in their lives. There is no age requirement for registration, but most people who register are between 30 and 55 years old. It is free to register but to upgrade to a premium account can be a bit costly.
✔ A serious dating with people who are driven and have control over themselves.
❌ Is not for everyone.
The site is adapted for singles who are looking for serious relationships. Potential couples are matched through personality tests. With Be2, users can decide for themselves whether they want to be anonymous and who should see their photos and profiles. This dating site is therefore aimed at those who are not just looking for a casual date. After registration, you will be listed what qualities your perfect match should have and you will then be matched with those that meet those criteria. The members are usually between 25 and 40 years old. The site is free to use but if you want you can upgrade to a premium account.
Plus: Good matching service.
Minus: Higher risk for rogue members due to anonymity.
Tinder is a very popular dating app. The app uses your mobile’s location data to find matches near you. You can become a member either through your mobile number or through your Facebook or Google account. The app is free to use but to gain access to certain features, you can upgrade to a premium account. The site has lower prices per month than many other dating sites. Tinder has several hundred thousand members in the UK alone, which has made it one of the most popular dating sites. What distinguishes Tinder from other dating sites is that here there is neither personality test nor automatic matching. Everything depends on whether you like what you see in other people or not.
Plus: Very easy to use.
Minus: Not for everyone. Many members are only there to flirt.
This site is similar to Elite Singles as it is aimed at you who are looking for a more serious dating site. eDarling is created for those who have high ambitions in life and want to meet someone on the same level. Personality testing is an important part of the site’s matching process because they want to create matches that are not just based on appearance. It can help you find a partner who lasts in the long run. The average age of members is around 40 years and the minimum age is 18. It’s free to sign up and try out eDarling but to get more features you have to upgrade your subscription.
Plus: Serious dating matched by personalities.
Minus: Only for certain people.
Academic Singles is a dating site that is very similar to Elite Singles. The goal here is to reach highly educated people who are looking for partners with similar interests and who maintain the same level academically. It is also quite even with how many women and how many men.
It is completely free to register with Academic Singles and it gives you access to see other people’s profiles as well as the opportunity to do a personality test. But if you want it to be possible to send messages to other users or take advantage of the site’s other features, you must purchase a subscription. It is therefore only possible to use the site for free to a certain extent. However, you those who are looking for something specific with a future partner, such as higher education, the paid membership might be a fairly good investment.
Plus: Dating site for more driven people.
Minus: Paid membership is required for the ability to send messages.
Badoo is a dating site that is primarily aimed at people under 30 years of age. Unlike other dating sites, Badoo can be described more as a social network than a site for serious dating. It can make it a little harder for some to find someone who is interested in going out on a real date. But of course, it is not completely impossible.
You can register for free and test the site in peace and quiet. Of course, it is also possible to become a premium member, there are several options and if you choose to pay for your membership, you will have access to more features. However, you will do well even if you choose to continue with the membership that is free.
One of the favourite features for many is the matching process. It works so that you can like other people’s profile pictures by tapping a small heart that is in one corner. If that person would then like you back, it would be a match.
Plus: Free dating site with millions of members.
Minus: The site has been accused of having fake profiles.
C-Date has hundreds of thousands of members from the UK, but millions use the site around the world. C-date has a purpose that is more focused on spontaneous dating and not serious dating. However, it may still be possible for you to find people who are open to a more serious dating experience.
You have the opportunity to register for free and get access to see other members’ profiles. C-Date also offers a matching function based on the information you provide when registering. The function also takes your physical position into account, as you will be matched with people who do not live too far away. But to get access to everything that the site offers, you have to pay for a membership.
Plus: Easy to use.
Minus: Mainly for spontaneous dating.
Singles50 is a dating site for you who want to date people over 50 years. It is not the largest dating site when compared to, for example, Match or eDarling, but when it comes to dating sites for older people, Singles50 is one of the larger options. The site has also been adapted for people aged 50 and up. All functions are therefore very easy to use. All that is really required to use the site is to look for people who look interesting and send a message.
It’s free to create an account, take the personality test and look at other members’ profiles. But in order to be able to send messages, you need a paid subscription.
Plus: Easy-to-use dating site for people over 50 years.
Minus: Costs of sending messages.
Victoria Milan is a dating site that is known as “the UK’s best dating site for married people“. This is because this site mainly focuses on married people and not singles that most other dating sites target. Victoria Milan has just under 200,000 members, which shows that it is a popular site. However, most members are men.
It’s free to create an account and Victoria Milan will not ask for any private information. Everything is completely anonymous, from the actual search to your name, email, phone number and so on. This is not a site for you who are looking for a life partner.
Although registration is free, you must upgrade to a paid membership to be able to contact others.
Plus: Completely anonymous dating site.
Minus: Not a site for everyone.
Happn is a unique dating app that allows you to find people you have encountered in real life. As long as they also have Happn of course. Unlike other dating sites, this is primarily an app. It can be compared a bit with Tinder in that it shows people nearby. But while Tinder can show people who live 50 km away from you, Happn mainly shows people who live in your immediate area.
The people who use this app are mainly looking for people to chat with, or for more frivolous dating. However, this does not mean that it is impossible to find people who are looking for more serious relationships. In short, it is up to everyone how they choose to use the app.
Most dating sites and apps often offer free registration and then the option to pay for a premium account, but Happn is completely free. You get access to the entire range without having to pay a single kroner.
Plus: Completely free dating app.
Minus: Few users looking for serious relationships.
The app that has the highest rating among users is Match.com.
Yes, it’s completely free. However, some dating sites limit the functionality for free users.
There are many different reasons why one would want it. The main reason is that free dating sites often attract people who are not looking for anything serious.
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