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The hotter months are the perfect time to meet that someone special.

If you’re dreaming of summer romance right now, then the sheer volume of dating sites available may have you unsure of where to start. Whether you’re hoping for a sweet encounter that leads to love or a fun fling in the sun, it can be challenging to decide which platform is most likely to turn these dreams into reality.

The positive thing about having so much choice is that you can be sure there’s a dating site out there that’ll fit your needs and suit your style. Some of the most popular sites and apps include compatibility matching features, meaning you don’t have to spend ages scrolling through hundreds of unsuitable options to find the people you’re most likely to want to connect with. There are also plenty of platforms catering to specific groups of people, such as single people, young professionals or those over 50.

Still unsure which site is best? Don’t worry; this article has done the hard work for you regarding trawling through the internet to weigh your options. So grab a cup of tea, relax, read through this hand-picked list of the best online dating platforms, and prepare to step into a blissful, heart-fluttering summer!

Zoosk

This dating site is an extremely popular choice for those looking for love and boasts a pool of more than 40 million singles. Zoosk caters to those aged 25 – 45 and uses sophisticated behavioral matching technology to help its members establish great connections.

Zoosk emphasizes having fun in a secure online dating environment, and the platform uses various verification processes to keep its members safe. It’s designed for those seeking either a casual relationship or something more serious, so it could be perfect for you if you’re unsure about exactly what you’re looking for or are totally new to online dating.

With so many singles active on the platform, one of the best things about Zoosk is that your chances of finding your perfect match (or perfect fling!) are increased astronomically. Plus, you can try the site out for free to see if it’s for you. As part of your free trial, you’ll be able to complete your profile, upload your pictures, explore the site, search through the available singles and even send likes or flirts to anyone who catches your eye. You’ll need to upgrade to a paid membership, though to send or receive messages.

 

Match

Another behemoth of the online dating world, Match is an especially good choice for singles looking for a long-term, meaningful relationship. If you’re new to online dating, the fact that Match is a trusted site that’s been active for a long time, and boasts a huge number of success stories, is likely to be reassuring.

The site’s monthly fee is, comparatively, a little high, but members get access to plenty of features and perks for their money. There’s a virtual coach on hand to help you as you set up your profile and begin your dating journey, the opportunity to have a video date with your match on the platform itself, and regular singles’ nights and activity sessions to help you make connections in person. The site is easy to use and navigate, and you can run customized searches to narrow down the pool of possible matches.

More than two and a half million people have met their special other on Match to date — which makes it well worth a try.

DateMyAge

This international dating site is for folks aged 40 and over and geared toward older, more mature singles. The platform is easy to use and is perfect for those who aren’t sure they want to commit to paying a monthly subscription; on DateMyAge, members only pay for the features they use via a system of credits. While this may not suit everyone, it’s proven to be very popular with the site’s thousands of active members.

This dating platform is best for those who are looking for love and a long-term relationship rather than something casual. If members “match,” then they can connect via direct messaging or LiveChat. Security is a priority at DateMyAge: All communications between members take place on a secure network, and new members are personally verified before being able to access the site.

Bumble

This platform is popular for its user-friendly design and the fact that only women can make the first move. If you match with someone, it’s the woman who must initiate the first message — or not! However, there’s a catch: You only have 48 hours, once you’ve matched, to do so.

Bumble offers both an app and a website platform and users can access most features for free. However, if you’re super serious about finding summer romance, then you can upgrade, and pay for additional perks, such as being able to view the profiles that have “liked” yours, or having your own profile appear in the “spotlight” (thereby being more visible) for a longer period.

Summer of Love

The summer is the perfect time to have fun dating, experience romance, and maybe even find true love. Choose an online dating site that best suits your needs and personality to maximize your chances of finding your Mr. or Mrs. Right, and prepare to enjoy the journey.

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