Dating can be daunting but don't worry, there is help out there - you just need to know where to look! Here is a round-up of the best dating websites and apps available for the over 50s looking for love...
Dating at any stage of life can be difficult. The worry over trying to find that elusive person that you seem to just ‘click’ with, constantly having to field questions from friends wanting to set you up with ‘the perfect man’, and the utter anxiety before those dreaded first dates with someone your ‘best friend’s neighbour’s friend’ said you would love…
But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Online dating means that now, at the touch of a button, a whole world of potential suitors are available, and the best part? Senior dating sites make sure that you can quickly get in touch with people who are actually your own age, without having to sift through hundreds of other dating profiles.
But the key to older dating online is finding the right website for you. Whether you’ve got a special interest or want to pay for a premium service, there’s an online dating site for you. You can even ensure that the internet does all the hard work for you, by opting for a website that uses detailed questionnaires to set you up with your perfect match. What could be simpler? It sure beats a night out at a single’s evening…
So take a look at our pick of the best mature dating sites out there below…
It’s easy to register on this site exclusively for over 50’s, and even easier to get going – ideal for the techno-phobes among us! All you need to do is input who you’re looking for, your name, date of birth and your email, and there you have it!
Fifty Dating has members all over the UK, from Aberdeen to Surrey, and can even help you if you’re looking for a date from overseas, including from Australia and South Africa, so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are.
The organisation also has a range of other mature dating sites, such as Over 40 Dating and Over 60 Dating, so you can easily find someone exactly your age.
Cost? This one is free to join, but you’ll have to pay more to access some of the premium features.
This specialist mature dating site will make sure you can find people your own age, taking away the need to sift through dozens of profiles that don’t fit what you’re looking for. This was one of the first sites developed especially to cater for an older age range, and so Dating Over 50s promises that even if you’re just looking for friendship, they can help you out.
A unique feature of this website is that it lets you record and view video profiles, meaning you can really see what a potential date looks and acts like. Dating Over 50s also posts regular articles to specifically help with dating when you’re a bit older, drawing on their own dating expertise.
Cost? Free to join, browse and chat. However, special features such as video chat, compatibility matching, and astronomical matching of members are offered for a fee.
Plenty of men in their forties and fifties use this site (including some who are younger), and our w&h consumer expert Niki Chesworth, who tried the site herself, agreed that most men on there seemed genuine and honest.
However, the questionnaire members are required to fill out when they first join isn’t as detailed as those of some other sites, so you’ll most likely have to ask more questions than normal, once you do get in touch with someone you like the look of.
Cost? Free to join and browse, but you’ll need to subscribe to do more, like chat, which costs from £6.99 per month.
Love long walks in the countryside, or running around the field with your dogs on the weekends much more than sitting in a pub on a Saturday night? Well, this dating site could be the perfect one for you. Aimed specifically at those “in the countryside”, Muddy Matches is the dating site for those of us who live more of a rural lifestyle, to help find someone who loves the great outdoors as much as you do. You can also specify whether you’re looking for someone to date, or if friendship is more what you’re looking for.
Cost? It’s free to register, search and take a look at messages you’ve been sent, but you’ll have to subscribe to reply or send the first message yourself. Prices start from £24 for one month or £45 for three.
Plenty Of Fish is one of the biggest online dating sites out there, has three million active daily users and best of all, is free. At Plenty More Fish, you can choose the Silver Pond (for the over-forties), to filter and take a look at the potential matches in your age range – some critics have said there is even too much choice on this huge dating site!
To make success more likely, Plenty More Fish has added special features, such as instant messaging and being able to see who has viewed your profile, which cost an extra £2.99 to £7.49 per month.
Cost? Free, but upgraded membership costs £12.90 for three months, or less if you sign up for longer.
This is The Times dating site, and has 82,000 profiles. It has a simple questionnaire at the beginning, which gives you a good idea of who you might suit. This one also offers a two-way match percentage to see how compatible you are to people you may be interested in. However, the questionnaire for example could prove a sticking point, as you are asked things like how you would rate your looks.
Cost? Free to become a member, but you have to subscribe to send messages – £32 per month or £15 per month for six months.
One of the biggest dating sites in the UK, eHarmony has undoubtedly got one of the widest selection of eligible bachelors for you to take your pick from! The difference with eHarmony however is that their ‘Relationship Questionnaire’ – which you’ll need to fill out before searching around the site – is one of the most detailed out there.
And while this means it will take a while to fill out, they also promise that it means they can try and introduce you to someone with whom you’ll really click with in the long-term. They’ll also send you a batch of potential matches (based on your questionnaire) every day too via email, eliminating the need to trawl through the masses of members.
Cost? Free to join.