e Harmony has almost 60 million members globally and 3.7 million registered users in the UK, with a core age range of between 25 and 65. e Harmony uses a compatibility matching system based on 29 dimensions of compatibility, so people are partnered according to their behaviours, values and characteristics. One month: £39.95 Three months: £89.85 (£29.95 a month) Six months: £143.70 (£23.95 a month) 12 months: £191.40 (£15.95 a month) Winner of Best Dating Site, Best Dating App and Best Singles Party in the UK Dating Awards 2014, Lovestruck currently has 500,000 members and operates in most UK cities, Hong Kong and Singapore. Lovestruck matches new members based on their interests, age, and location.Once members start using the site, an algorithm finds potential matches by building up a picture of their behaviour. One month: £39 Three months: £65 (£21.67 a month) Six months: £99 (£16.50 a month) 12 months: £139 (£11.58 a month) Probably the UK's best known dating site, pick if you want a large database of members to choose from – more than 15 million members have joined in the UK and Ireland in the past 10 years. Create a profile, search for matches and message them.
It was voted Best Specialist Dating Site in the UK Dating Awards 2014. A Muddy/Townie ratio on each profile gives browsers an idea of how rustic you are, so a ratio might indicate someone who lives in town but is a country weekender. One month: £24 Three months: £45 (£15 a month) Six months: £69 (£11.50 a month) 12 months: £90 (£7.50 a month) Created by TV presenter Sarah Beeny, My Single Friend sees itself as a social network of single people, described by their friends. Either way, as well as a profile about you, your friend will write a few paragraphs about you, which you can approve before it goes live.
Groups of friends can be linked together to form an online community. Your friend can also browse profiles and suggest matches. Fees can be found on the site's FAQs, so no need to sign up to see them.
It's easy to forget this and end up paying hundreds of pounds by direct debit for a service you no longer want or need.
The only way round this is to cancel your subscription almost as soon as you've joined.
So I would recommend bigger sites rather than the smaller niche ones." While you can still find sites where you just upload your profile and search for a possible match, many are jumping on to the scientific bandwagon by offering compatibility and psychometric testing to pick out partners with the personality traits to suit you. Porter is not convinced these methods are any more successful than online browsing: "I think it's always better to do a bit of trawling of your own, as I am a bit sceptical as to how good those systems are for matching you up with the right people." One thing to be aware of if you decide to sign up for a paid subscription is that if you don't cancel it, you will be automatically re-billed.
So if you sign up for a month, then you will be billed monthly whether or not you are using the service until you cancel.
Then if you're happy with the service and want to continue, renew your subscription just before your membership is about to expire.
If you're interested in trying your luck in the romance stakes, here's Moneywise's lowdown on eight popular dating sites - prices are correct at the time of going to press but sites sometimes have special offers.
Monica Porter, journalist and author of , which she wrote when she turned 60, says it took her a while to find the right dating site: "The first site I used was a smallish one designed for older singles and it was a dead loss for me.