Dating site reviews and ratings

In particular, Hinge, one of our favorites, did not fare well.

Here is America's ranking of 11 popular dating apps, as measured by Applause: Hinge's innovation was that it only matched you with your extended social network — friends of friends.

New research from the Pew Research Center shows that in the past two years, the percentage of US adults who had used a dating app tripled.

Just look at how many people seeking dates or mates are flocking to matchmaking sites and apps.

For every dating site or app that charges close to per month, such as Match, e Harmony, or JDate, there are plenty of other popular ones like Ok Cupid or Tinder that are free.

If your goal is to get a date—or find a mate—are you better off with one type over the other?

Forty-eight percent said Match, a paid site, but Plenty Of Fish (free) and e Harmony (paid) tied for second most popular, with 23 percent apiece.

But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.