The best online dating sites are typically the ones with the most members. Obviously, they provide a bigger pool of people and more opportunities to find the right person for you.
But the smaller niche sites that cater to specific kinds or groups of people may work better for you. There’s something to be said for narrowing your search to people who more closely fit criteria that are especially important to you, like religion.
Don’t limit yourself to just one dating site. We found that belonging to 3 or 4 of them at the same time worked well.
Many of these sites let you join for free, so you can jump in and look around. But you may need to pay to be able to connect with people and receive messages from members interested in you.
You’ll find more than 10 dating sites listed below, plus one meet-up site that’s not about dating. We keep adding new sites that we think you’ll like. Check back here regularly for new ones.
Best Online Dating Sites for Over 60
Don’t be discouraged by the images of much younger people on the websites and images below. These sites believe that youth sells, so that’s how they like to present themselves. Click over to the sites, look around, and you’ll see that there are plenty of senior members on all these sites.
This is by no means a complete list of the best online dating sites, but it does include the most well-known sites that cater to seniors, and it’s a good start. These sites have all been around for at least several years.
Find more about using these sites below the list.
eHarmony (our readers’ favorite dating site)
According to the site:
“eharmony is the first platform to use a proprietary matching system we developed to match you with highly compatible singles. eharmony’s matching is based on using its 32 DIMENSIONS® model to match couples based on features of compatibility found in thousands of successful relationships.
Traditional Internet dating can be challenging for those singles looking for love that lasts – but eharmony is not a traditional dating site. Of all the single men or women you may meet online, very few will be compatible with you specifically, and it can be difficult to determine the level of compatibility of a potential partner through methods of other dating services – swiping profile photos, browsing classified ads or online personals. Our Compatibility Matching System does the work for you by narrowing the field from thousands of single prospects to match you with a select group of compatible matches with whom you can build a quality relationship.”
This site is considered by many to be THE place if marriage or a serious relationship is your goal, since they delve so deeply into your personality and compatibility issues. If you’re looking for one night stands or casual relationships, this may not be the place for you.
They offer a guarantee: If you join for 3 months and communicate with at least 5 members and you’re not satisfied, they’ll refund your money.
The link below takes you right to their senior dating section.
Click here to visit eHarmony
With more than 50,000 new sign-ups per week and around 2,000 matches per month, SilverSingles is considered one of the best online dating sites for over 60.
According to the site:
“Your dating profile is your first impression to your matches. You want it to show you at your very best! What intrigues you? What are your goals for the future? Whether it be travel, cooking, sport – internet dating is all about telling a story about yourself. Then upload a photo of you looking your best and soon you’ll be ready to start chatting away. Whether you’re dating after a divorce or looking for over 60 dating – SilverSingles is one of the best online dating sites for romance, adventure and love.”
Click here to visit SilverSingles
Do you prefer dating someone several years older or younger than you?
We all know the stereotype of men over 60 who will only date women who are twenty or more years younger than they are. But there are also many women who would rather date much younger men.
AgeMatch is specifically designed for older men dating younger women and older women dating younger men.
Age is just one of the many factors that make for a happy, lasting relationship. If you have enough in common, your age difference shouldn’t matter.
Life is short. Go for what you really want. Connect with hundreds of thousands of singles like you now.
Click here to visit AgeMatch
SeniorMatch is a one-stop site when you’re looking for any or all of these things:
- Dating and relationships
- Travel mates
- Activity partners
According to the site:
“SeniorMatch focuses on users over 50 years old and does not allow youngsters under the age of 40 as members. By doing so, we maintain a consistent age range dedicated specifically to mature members interested in meeting others online.
Maybe you just broke up with a long-term partner or your love passed on. Or maybe you have been without someone special in your life for a while. Whatever your life story is, let us assist you in finding that special someone, from casual flings to serious relationships.
SeniorMatch offers you a great platform to meet activity partners, travel companions, a new friend, your dream lover or your soulmate!”
Click here to visit SeniorMatch
With more than 40 million members around the world, this site is custom-made for people who want to connect internationally, like if you plan to move to another country. But it’s also good for local dating.
Zoosk is one of America’s leading and most recognizable dating sites. Much of Zoosk’s popularity rests on its unique approach to online dating. It’s Behavioral Matchmaking technology uses big data insights from Zoosk’s vast membership base to provide users with highly accurate and tailored matches, all in real time.
Zoosk has become one of the most popular online dating sites because of its ease of use. In about 10 minutes or so you can be registered and create a profile with the basic necessary info.
The free version gives you the search function, but if you want to message others or log into the chatroom, you’ll have to purchase a membership.
Click here to visit Zoosk
According to the site:
“EliteSingles is an innovative new matchmaking service designed for sophisticated and ambitious professionals of all ages in the US. Our target users have high standards, and this is true for both their work and private lives. Our product aims to provide these busy professionals with long term, satisfying and serious relationships.
We achieve this by focusing on compatibility, which is measured through our scientifically based personality test. It is this focus on methodical, science-based matching which separates us from the majority of our competitors.”
This site is for singles interested in culture, the environment, politics, etc. They claim that 70% of their members have at least a bachelor’s degree and are successful professionals.
One of the pluses on this site: They send you 3-7 senior single matches every day to pick from, instead of bombarding you with more than you can handle.
Click here to visit EliteSingles
A pioneer in online dating, the site launched in 1995 and claims that hundreds of thousands of people find love on the site. They have millions of members across 24 countries. You can search members for free, but you’ll have to pay to connect with them. As with all dating sites, carefully consider which billing option is best for you. According to their site:
“Match.com continues to redefine the way single men and single women meet, flirt, date and fall in love, proving time and again that you can make love happen through online dating and that lasting relationships are possible.”
This site focuses on singles over 50 looking for love. According to the site:
“We honor the freedom, wisdom and appreciation for life that only comes with time. We also recognize that what people want in their 50s, 60s and beyond is often very different from what they wanted in their 30s and 40s, let alone their 20s. This online dating community focuses on the specific interests and desires of people like you.”
Launched in 1997, Jdate is the premier Jewish dating site and largest community for Jewish singles looking to make a great connection with Jewish locals near them. Based on research, Jdate is responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other online dating sites combined.
According to the site:
“Why is Jdate different from all other dating sites? Because our goal is to make sure you’re successful:
- We try to help you stay inspired, empowered, and above all, happy in the Jewish dating game
- Our easy profile creation process gives you detailed information about each match
- We provide a relaxed, laid-back environment to explore online dating on your own time
- Each profile is reviewed by our customer care team
- Our U.S.-based customer care team is available to help seven days a week
They have a fun feature called LookBook. If you see the profile of someone who may be a good match for you, you can post a heart on their profile. If they “heart” you back, you’ll be notified and can take things from there.
Although I’m not Jewish, I was on Jdate for several months because I saw that you don’t have to be Jewish to join. I met some very nice men there.
Click here to visit Jdate
With a community of more than 16 million Christian singles, Christian Mingle is one of the most popular Christian online dating sites. You’ll find thousands of positive reviews on the site from couples sharing their experiences with it.
According to the site:
“What sets us apart is our ability to help our members make quality connections. We feature robust profiles and personalization features to help members connect with other likeminded members. Plus, our suite of powerful communication tools help members meet more people and make deeper connections. It’s why so many Christian singles have turned to Christian Mingle to help them find their special someone.”
Like with Jdate, Christian Mingle has a LookBook feature. If you see the profile of someone who may be a good match for you, you can post a heart on their profile. If they “heart” you back, you’ll be notified and can take things from there.
Click here to visit Christian Mingle
ChristianCafe.com has been the Christian dating site of choice since 1999 for millions of Christian singles around the world. Along with young singles, the site has divorced and widowed members (including seniors) who trust ChristianCafe.com to help them meet others who share their faith and values.
The site is independently Christian-owned, has a track record of 25,000 marriages and features more than 3,000 testimonials from happy couples and their experiences with the platform.
Unique to the online dating industry, ChristianCafe.com lets members try the service free, without obligation, for 10 days (7 days plus an additional 3 for posting a photo). During their free trial, members can create a dating profile and communicate free using on site email. This permits members to get acquainted with the service to see its value before taking out a paid membership. Membership plans range from a two weeks plan up to a one year plan, with the cost per day being lower the longer the time purchased.
Click here to visit ChristianCafe
Initially launched as SaintRaphael.net in 1999, CatholicMatch is the world’s largest online dating site exclusively for Catholics. Since Catholicism is the largest Christian denomination, it makes sense for them to have a designated platform for dating. The site is endorsed by many Catholic leaders, including those who met their own spouses on the site.
According to the site:
“Our mission is to provide an online space for single Catholics to meet people they would not otherwise meet for Faith Focused Dating that leads to sacramental marriage. We also serve as a community of support, and provide education on living out the single state more fully, as well as dating more purposefully, in order to fulfill your vocation.”
Click here to visit CatholicMatch
Are dating and romance not on your agenda, but you would like to get together with others for various activities?
Meetup is the leader in powering personal, real-life connections. Millions of people use Meetup to pursue a passion, share a hobby, learn something new, champion a cause, and explore an interest with others through groups and events.
Start a Meetup group with like-minded people. Make new friends, gather around the topics or hobbies you love. Have some fun and grow with new people!
Meetup makes starting, running, and organizing groups and events easy. The Meetup platform provides “Organizers” with the tools they need and access to millions of people actively looking for events and activities.
Click here to visit Meetup
Why the Best Online Dating Sites Are Your Best Bet
Not sure online dating is for you? Not had much success with dating sites?
If you don’t think online dating sites are for you or you’ve given up on them because nothing is happening, I hope you’ll reconsider.
I believe online dating should be a big part of your dating plan because I never would have met Cosmo without them . . . even though we had lived across the street from each other for 7 years. Living in a rural area with houses spaced very far apart, we just never ran into each other.
This points to the fact that the old fashioned way of dating – hoping to meet someone in person – probably won’t work for lots of people, maybe most people. Especially because when you get to be in your 60’s and beyond, the dating pool is just smaller.
Frankly, we both would probably not have had many dates at all without the online dating sites. I tried the old fashioned way (introductions from friends, joining clubs, etc.) with zero success. As soon as I took the plunge into the dating sites, it all changed.
If you’re seriously looking for someone special, or even for casual dates with nice people, you need to go where there are lots of people looking for the same thing.
Tips To Use the Online Dating Sites To Your Best Advantage
Here’s how to work the paid sites: You can usually browse members photos without becoming a paid member. But once you want to communicate with someone and fill out a full profile, you may need to purchase a membership.
Typically, once you join, upload a photo and complete your profile, you begin receiving matches. You also have the ability to search the sites for suitable matches and then reach out to people directly, which I found to be a much better strategy than sifting through what the site considers to be a suitable match.
The latter method, of course takes more time than sitting and waiting for the site to match you or for members to reach out to you. But in my experience, all the matches sent to me or members reaching out to me directly, resulted in very few successful dates.
One of the keys is to create a profile that gets attention. If the site offers places to actually write something, make use of them. Have someone help you, if you can’t think of things to say about yourself. Differentiate yourself from others like you. For instance, the fact that you like to take long walks on the beach makes you look the same as the hundreds of others in your local area who say that in their profile. Think of things unique about you. More about this in How To Write a Dazzling Online Dating Profile To Attract Your True Love Faster.
On each site you join, spend time looking over profiles of potentials. You’ll learn plenty and begin to weed out the people who are wrong for you. Take some time to get a feel for the site. They’re all a little different.