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Dating can be challenging for all ages, but finding a partner has become even more difficult since March 2020, when the ongoing pandemic and lockdown restrictions made it only possible to find love online.
With so many apps and sites available now, trying to find a dating site that's right for you can feel slightly overwhelming, especially if you don't want an app that makes you swipe right or left to meet your match.
We're here to help play matchmaker and have rounded up eight of the best UK dating websites to help you find love in 2021, from free services to those that use impressive personality testing.
You can forget about incessant swiping, these websites are all about helping you find a meaningful connection.
8 of the best UK dating websites to help you find love in 2021
Since its launch in 2000, 2 million people have found love on E Harmony. Its 32-dimension personality test uses psychological truths to identify areas of compatibility between two individuals. The dating site's mission is to foster relationships that last, and every potential match has a reason behind it.
Buy a subscription: E Harmony | From £9.95 per month
Relying on findings from 40 years of research, Parship delivers you a selection of matches based on those it believes are best suited to you.
38% of premium users find a partner trough the service and the site gains an extra 32,000 members a week.
Buy a subscription: Parship | From £14.95 per month
Zoosk is a socially savvy dating site known for its diverse membership base and behavioural matchmaking system. Over 40 million singles in 80 countries have joined the network so far, and it is growing larger every day.
The platform offers many different ways to communicate and express interest in members, so it's easy to form a fast connection here.
Buy a subscription: Zoosk | From £8.33 per month
Match.com is perhaps the best known dating site, and it's certainly one of the more well-reputed in the field, honing its algorithm to identify long-term compatibility and facilitate countless first dates, serious relationships and successful marriages.
Buy a subscription: Match.com | From £8.33 per month
In 2004, OkCupid's founders launched a free dating site, which delves into what personal attributes made relationships work.
OkCupid members can send unlimited messages for free, or upgrade to make use of extra features that will help you gain more insight into prospective matches and really see who is drawn to you.
Buy a subscription: OKCupid | From £7.95 per month
Plenty of Fish prides itself on being good for facilitating conversations. It supports 100% free and unlimited messaging for over 120 million monthly users in 20 countries.
Since its launch in 2003, Plenty of Fish has developed a science-based matching system that has proven successful.
Buy a subscription: Plenty of Fish | From £9.99 per month
EliteSingles uses a personality test to match users based on their compatibility.
The test takes into account looks, personality (with questions on how optimistic and ambitious you are, your social skills, how friends would describe you and more), and what you're looking for in a partner - including whether or not you want children.
Buy a subscription: EliteSingles | From £19.90 per month
Tailored to matchmaking ambitious, career-savvy young professionals, Inner Circle claims to have made 10,000 successful matches.
The app is free to download, but you can upgrade to premium packages. There are also exclusive members events that are set to resume post-lockdown for anyone who is tired of sitting online.