Let’s face it, meeting up with a complete stranger for a first date can be awkward and hideously cringeworthy.But it’s less so when the date itself is a total riot. The site is all about the actual dating experience and let’s you pick a match based on the date idea they’ve suggested. So, rather than nervously meeting someone for a luke warm coffee in a crowded chain, you could be trying out your culinary skills at a sushi-making masterclass or bonding over super-strong cocktails at a hipster speakeasy. The experts say: It’s a simple and unique approach to online dating which is great for those looking for fun and interesting ideas for first dates.

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To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.

Members rate new applicants over a 48-hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’.

Try now: Lovestruck from £16 per month How does it work? In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.

You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.

Just sign up, do the test and get chatting to all those love-compatible people out there. Functionality is limited as the site is more geared up to helping you find a long term partner rather than flirting randomly with people you like the look of. There is also a specific gay version of the site for those looking for a serious committed relationship with a same sex partner.

Try now: PARSHIP from £14.90 per month How does it work?

A great starting point for people who have not tried online dating before and want to try it for free. is the brainchild of TV presenter Sarah Beeny and it works by each member on the site being put forward and described by a friend.

The site aims to get rid of the ‘cringe factor’ associated with having to big yourself up through your online profile and makes it more of a fun community, where like-minded people can chat, meet and potentially fall in How much does it cost? The experts say: For those who are at a loss as how to sell themselves in 500 words or less, this site offers the opportunity to be described by your friend.

With half of all single people now using some of the best online dating sites to find love (or at least quick, no strings sex – hello, Tinder), long gone are the days when Internet dating was seen as embarrassing or cringe-worthy.

Now its about as normal (but way more fun) as Internet banking.

This is the ideal site for those who want to bypass the usual filtering of profiles based on looks and focus on getting to know people they know they will be attracted to.