We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable.
After monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app, our reviewers decided Ok Cupid is the best overall service.
In our tests, the maximum number of profiles we could like before running out of beans was five a day, which we would think keeps most people from being flippant about their matches.
In our tests, our accounts got an average of three matches, which was rather low compared to other services we tried.
You then use beans to unlock special features in the app and to “like” other user profiles.
The service gives male users 21 curated matches every day that they can either like or pass on.
We looked at today’s most popular dating websites and apps and rated their matching tools, costs, ease of use, messaging features and other features.
There are several other questionnaires available to continue to flesh out your profile, but they're not required.
It’s also marketed as a ladies choice app, which means women must initiate contact with a match first.
Setting up your profile is fast and only requires a few quick facts about yourself and your appearance.
The one downside to any service with free messaging is that you could feel overwhelmed if you find yourself with a flooded inbox.
On average, the three fake accounts we set up for testing got 40 matches in 24 hours, the second highest of any service we tested.