Our findings are in line with 2016 Consumer Reports data that found users were most satisfied with Ok Cupid over numerous other dating services.
With free dating apps becoming more popular thanks to Tinder, people are gravitating toward predominately free online dating services.
We looked at today’s most popular dating websites and apps and rated their matching tools, costs, ease of use, messaging features and other features.
We also spoke to several insightful people, including dating experts and typical users, to get a clear view of the modern dating landscape.
After you write six phrases about yourself and three phrases about what you like in a date, you can start using Coffee Meets Bagel.
There is no desktop version of this dating service, though, so you have to have a smartphone, Facebook account and cell phone number to use it.
Along with up to six photos, you can also add more information to your profile about your lifestyle. On top of that, about half of them were an 80 percent match or higher, meaning they are much more likely to be a compatible match.
To eliminate the likelihood of being bombarded with too many messages, you can only see messages from users you’ve “liked,” which we thought was a clever feature.
The free app is also easy to use, and our tests resulted in the most matches of any site we tested.
Of those, 22 percent were "top prospects," which is the site's way of saying those users are highly compatible with you.
Coffee Meets Bagel limits the number of profiles you can view at one time, forcing you to consider the profiles you do see more carefully.
In our tests, the maximum number of profiles we could like before running out of beans was five a day, which we would think keeps most people from being flippant about their matches.
In our tests, our accounts got an average of three matches, which was rather low compared to other services we tried.