Top online dating sites by users

More » The largest of the free dating sites, POF boasts an (estimated) 23 million unique members using the site every month.

While owner Markus Frind has wiped the site of folks only looking for casual dating or an age-gap relationship, I've found this has only increased the incidence of folks lying about their age or intentions.

Whether or not you believe in fate, it can certainly feel like fate when you meet the love of your life.

If you're eager to find love, you may want to give fate a helping hand by joining an online dating site.

e Harmony is another massive player, with 3 million users signed up.

But size isn’t everything – as anyone who has just wrapped up a three-hour swiping session on Tinder will attest.

This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship.

Try now: e Harmony from £9.95 per month How does it work?

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So, to make it a little less overwhelming, we’ve trawled the Internet for you and sought the advice of online dating expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams to find the 12 best online dating sites making the rounds. They’ve even patented The e Harmony Compatibility Matching System. They’ve taken 35 years of research to come up with a Relationship Questionnaire and pride themselves on matching users with people who are actually compatible with them. e Harmony takes the hard work out of trolling through 100s of photos and delivers compatible dates directly to your inbox.

If you want a little more help in making matches, you may want to try our Silver Award winner, Spark, which uses a personality test based on colors to represent sets of characteristics.

This can help you know how your personality would match up with potential dates' personalities.

So if you're looking for an online dating site that offers the most active members, in all parts of the world with biggest features and most active forums, these are your best places to start.

With an (estimated) 35 million unique monthly users, has the largest active membership of all the dating sites out there - and for good reason, however with some caveats: it's geared more towards folks looking for long term relationships, you'll want to carefully craft your profile to focus on such, and make sure you carefully review all emails for potential romance scams, as Match seems to attract more than their fair share of mysterious strangers trapped in Nigeria.

Still, it's a great site to get your feet wet in the online dating world, just to see what's out there and how the process works.

More » Zoosk hosts an estimated 11.5 million unique users a month, and it's easy to see why: the sign-up is quick and easy, there's little to no profile writing needed, and the search features prominently display photos.

It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.

Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you – be it where you work or live – to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work.

Our top internet dating site, Match.com, has the combination of features and name recognition that give you a decent chance at finding love.

You can browse as much as you like before deciding if you want to pay for an account, and there are so many ways to narrow your search so that you can custom-make your own best matches.

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