Best free (or cheap) dating sites for 2017 and beyond

Dating online is highly popular, but people often feel like they need to juggle quality vs. price. The traditional wisdom is that to get good results, you must pay a hefty price. But this is not necessarily true when it comes to online dating. Here are some dating sites that are affordable or free, which you should consider joining.

    There is a reason this site has been so dominant since 1995. In addition to being easy to use, has over 10 million users all over the country.¬†Anyone can obtain a free account, which lasts forever unless you delete it. With the free trial, you can do things like create a dating profile, upload photos, browse other members, receive messages, and send “winks.”If you are interested in, you’ll want to take advantage of the free 3-day trial at, which allows you to do even more than the standard free account. You can read more about by visiting our earlier post on online dating.
  2. Elite Singles
    If you value education and consider it an important factor in finding someone to date, a good site for you may be Elite Singles. A majority of people on the site have a bachelors degree or higher, with many holding masters or doctorates. Free memberships (with no expiration) will allow you to do standard things like creating a profile and uploading pictures. If  you become a paying members, you will be able to take advantage of the matchmaking algorithm which will usually give you a handful of matches each day, which you can review at your leisure. One potential downside of Elite Singles, however, is the size of the membership, which is estimated to be around 290,000.
  3. Zoosk
    This is another highly affordable dating site that is well-suited for singles who use the phone a lot since it has many good mobile features. With a free account, you will receive all standard features to get started. Given that Zoosk is integrated with Facebook, in most instances you will be able to complete your profile fairly quickly.