Over the past several years the online dating landscape changed dramatically - in a large part due to the proliferation of free dating sites for every region, area of interest, and type of relationship sought. These free dating sites have been carefully chosen from the thousands of free dating sites current available. The number of members, features, what makes them different than everyone else and the target markets they serve have all been taken into account. And when you're ready to meet someone, we've got some cheap and free date ideas as well to help you connect with style, inexpensively.
A mix of social networking, compatibility-testing and online dating, OkCupid is an unusual free dating site in that it allows its members to create the matching questions already pre-determined at sites like eHarmony or Chemistry. Additionally, the free dating site users can contact anyone on the system whether or not you are matched well as an Enemy, Friend or Partner. If quirky, unusual or alternative relationships are what you're after, OkCupid is the free dating site for you. **Winner Best Free Dating Site 2011, Readers' Choice Awards**
A review of the top free dating sites would be odd if it lacked POF (as it is known to its users), as it is considered to be the first successful free dating site model on the Internet. Owner Markus Friend still runs the organization by himself even though his user base outnumbers most of the pay-per-use websites in North America. The amount of people using Plenty of Fish's free dating site (which includes heavily-trafficked forums, compatibility questionnaires and the very popular Who's Seen Me button) is astronomical in its sheer ability to connect with users around the globe looking for friendship, love, and anything else in between. Note: As of Dec 2010, some non-essential features at POF are no longer free.
Like Plenty of Fish, Mingle2 offers its users free dating services by posting ads all over the site. More than once I've clicked on a link that I thought would show me something about my profile but instead took me offsite. Other than this minor annoyance, Mingle2 offers all the standard dating site features along with some social networking options and a busy community area.
Date Hookup quickly rose up the Hitwise top dating site charts as a free dating site to contend with. Straightforward without a lot of features or hullabuloo, Date Hookup offers another viable free dating site alternative for those looking for something a bit more casual than traditional dating. **As of mid-2011, readers have reviewed Date Hookup the highest on this list with 3.5/5 stars**