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

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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.

Try now: Beautiful People from £7.50 per month (6 month membership) How does it work?

Like a lot of the best online dating sites, it also has a handy instant messenger service which makes chatting to your matches easy and breezy. A daily email suggests six members you might be interested in, which is a useful feature that doesn’t feel like you’re being bombarded but provides you enough choice to find a compatible date.

Try now: Dating Direct from £12.99 per month How does it work?

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.

The love-gods at match also arrange singles events and provide online dating advice, so it’s easy to see what makes them one of our best online dating sites. It is well known and therefore attracts a wide demographic, allowing you to widen your dating pool or limit it with their advanced matching facility. Lovestruck helps you target potential partners according to location and it covers many of the major cities across the world.

It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.

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.