5 online dating sites for seniors looking to find love

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Consider this your guide to the top senior dating sites.

Senior dating sites are online dating sites designed to help people over the age of 50 find companionship, romance, and a healthy dose of fun. That’s not to say you won’t have any luck on more mainstream dating apps like Bumble, Tinder, Hinge, and The League, but if you’re looking for a special someone that’s age is in proximity to yours, a niche site that specifically caters to your needs is your best bet. 

How do online dating sites for seniors work?

Senior dating sites cater to people over the age of 50, with some sites even asking its users to be at least 60 years old before signing up. Thanks to that, the services are able to pool groups of older singles in your area (or whatever zip code you decide to search). However, users do say that the popularity of these sites depends on where you live–meaning some sites might seem dead while others are loaded with active users and potential matches. 

All of the mature dating sites we’ve detailed below are free to join. However, some require memberships to get past the profile creation process, while others limit the features that free users can access. In other words, a premium (or paid) membership is required to unlock all of a website’s services, but not all the services require a membership! Some sites will let you match and chat for free, while others only require payment for special features (like sending gifts and winks).

So how do you know which is a match for you? You can start by reading these senior dating site reviews, then we suggest clicking-through to each site to see who best offers the experience you’re looking for. 

The best dating sites for seniors

1) eHarmony

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Since its launch 2000, eHarmony has continued to top lists of the best dating sites for seniors. Founded by a former marriage counselor and clinical psychologist, eHarmony practically forefronted compatibility testing. After sifting through years of data on what makes a long-term relationship successful, eHarmony introduced its patented Compatibility Matching System which uses your responses to a specific series of questions (I.E. Do you have kids? Are you religious? Are you good at building romance in a relationship? etc.) to match you with someone who meets your criteria. The test is regularly updated to ensure quality matching, and if you feel like you need a bit of coaching to get back into the game, eHarmony even offers dating advice to all of its members through its blog eHarmony Advice. 

Joining eHarmony is free but in order to access all the site’s benefits, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid subscription. Standard subscriptions allow you to see who’s viewed your profile, unlimited messages and photos, and access to more matches. The Premium plan includes all of that plus the ability to browse anonymously, see when people read your messages and get featured with Spotlight. 

Membership payment options (payable by credit or debit card):

Standard Subscription rates

Premium Subscription rates

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2) Match

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Match.com has been another leading single parent dating site since its debut in 1995. Instead of running capability tests, Match requires its worldwide users to express themselves in free writing sections and by selecting partner preferences. Profiles can also include up to 26 photos, but the site’s most notable feature by far is its heightened level of privacy, which allows members to message each other anonymously while keeping all names and contact information confidential until you decide to share it with another member. 

Joining Match.com is free, but a premium subscription gains you access to all the site’s perks. As a paid Standard member, you’ll be able to chat with local singles, send and receive messages, see who’s viewed you, attend live events and more. Premium members even get notifications when someone reads your email, one profile review per year, and monthly boosts. Plus, for a limited time, all Match.com memberships are up to 67% off–so if you’re looking to try it out, there’s never been a better time! 

Membership payment options (payable by credit or debit card):

Standard Subscription rates

Premium Subscription rates

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3) Our Time

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Among Reddit’s recommended dating sites for seniors is OurTime.com. Similar to Match and eHarmony, Our Time also has users fill out a profile in a way that makes their personality shine through–it’s just a much quicker process. So once you’ve entered your bio and answered “Would You Rather” questions,  you’ll be able to add photos or even connect your Facebook account. From there you can either choose to upgrade to a premium membership (which offers unlimited messaging, enhanced search options, and the ability to see who’s interested in you before they even send the first message) or you can just head straight to the site and peruse for possible matches or events to attend so you can meet people in real life.

Joining and searching is free but upgrading your membership unlocks all of the site’s features–even if you’re on mobile! But if you’re not looking to sign-up for a membership, consider taking advantage of the site’s “token” option–you’ll still have to purchase tokens, but it’s way more affordable with prices ranging from $0.99 to $9.99. 

Membership payment options (payable by credit or debit card):

Standard Subscription rates

Premium Subscription rates

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4) Elite Singles

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EliteSingles.com has one of the cleanest interfaces of all senior dating sites. It’s intended to help users find long-term relationships, not just flings–which is why it developed the 5 Factor Personality Questionnaire for its users to take prior to registering. This quick quiz uses your answers to match you with other users that offer compatible responses. 

If you’re looking to hear from reviewers, SiteJabber users had mixed things to say about this service. It worked for some, while others say the service doesn’t screen profiles well enough–leading to incompatible matches and lots of fake profiles. So is it worth the risk? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.  

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5) Silver Singles

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According to the online dating sites for seniors conversation happening over on r/DatingOverForty, Silver Singles is another solid option for mature online dating. Reviewers only qualms with the site is with its app, which is available on both iOS and Android. Users recommend that if you do plan on signing up for the service, to do it via SilverSingles.com  because the service doesn’t seem to recognize new members who sign up through the app store. 

Joining Silver Singles is free for a basic membership which grants users access to the personality test, allows them to set up a profile, receive recommended profiles to their inbox, and offers limited communication with other members. But if you think you’ll need more than that–more specifically, unlimited communication and photo album access, and read receipts, you’ll need to upgrade your account to a Premium membership. 

Membership payment options (payable by credit or debit card):

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.