For today’s black singles in the COVID-19 era, the question isn’t how to find a good dating site, but which one to choose. If you’re interested in meeting other black singles, it’s important to choose a dating site that has a significant black membership.
Some sites cater exclusively to black dating, while others are mainstream sites that offer advanced search tools to help you sift through the masses and quickly find who you’re looking for. Here’s a look at the best black dating sites where today’s singles are meeting, dating, and falling in love.
Zoosk is one of the leading online dating websites in the world, with over 35 million members and an easy-to-use mobile app. Zoosk allows you to fill out your own ethnicity/race and check an option to search for specific ethnicities. For black singles looking for black partners, it’s a good option to help you find suitable matches.
Features of Zoosk include:
Zoosk Success Story
Lawrence and Colleen live in Philadelphia and met through Zoosk in 2015. Lawrence writes:
After connecting on Zoosk in 2015, Colleen and I met up for a simple lunch date, which ended up lasting 7 wonderful hours. We have been inseparable ever since! I found the woman that I’ve waited for all my life. We’re looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together.
EliteSingles is a site for professionals and university graduates who are looking for long-term commitment. The site finds matches for you using its unique compatibility test based on the Big 5 Model of Personality. This means that you’ll have less control over who you’re matched with, and won’t have the option to search for matches yourself. However, you’ll be asked a lot of detailed questions that serve the purpose of really getting to know you and determining what kind of partner you would “click” with, both emotionally and intellectually. The site then matches you with compatible partners and sends you daily emails with suggestions that you can choose to pass or follow up on.
A unique matching system for finding suitable partners, which works based on your answers to the site’s detailed questions.
3-7 potential matches sent to your email daily.
Total security and privacy, including SSL encryption technology, a manual verification process, and a dedicated anti-fraud team.
Communication tools, including “smiles,” 5 ice-breaker questions, and inbox messaging.
Membership plans a bit pricier than other online dating sites that don’t use a personality test to find compatible matches.
Match has been in the business of matchmaking for over 20 years, and today has approximately 30 million members spanning 25 countries. Match allows you to specify whether you are looking for a certain ethnicity. Of course, you can also fill in your personal preferences for other things that are important to you in a partner, such as family status, smoker/non-smoker, education, religion, wants kids/doesn’t want kids, and more.
When you sign up to Match, you can expect to see some of the following features:
Daily Matches, reverse matches, and mutual matches: Daily matches are customized matches that get sent to your inbox everyday, reverse matches allow you to see who’s searching for someone like you even if they don’t fit your criteria, and mutual matches are members who meet your criteria and you meet theirs.
Various pricing plans, including 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.
Communication tools, such as sending winks, marking someone as “favorite,” email, instant messaging, photo messaging, MatchPhone, and more.
Live events: Match holds live events all over the US, a great way to connect with potential matches in person.
Match Success Story
Tamara and Scott met on Match in 2011 and were married in 2013. Tamara writes:
In September 2011, I chose to expand my life adventures and join Match. By the end of October 2011, I had a few conversations and one date with a few matches, but nothing "clicked" ...until November. I was matched with “greenones” - a handsome financial planner and former Navy security serviceman with a warm heart and compassionate spirit...On August 31, 2013, we celebrated our heavenly orchestrated union in an intimate, elegant wedding ceremony in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
One of the best over 50 dating sites is OurTime. The site is open to all ethnicities and locations in the US, but you can refine your search parameters to only search for black singles. Other parameters you can set are smoker/non-smoker, height and age preferences, location, profiles with photos, and more.
OurTime offers practical features, including:
Search by location and other filters
Easy profile set-up
Daily matches, including Today’s Matches, Who’s Viewed Me, Online Now, and more
Communication tools, including messaging, “flirts,” and photo “likes”
Competitive pricing, including 1 and 6 month plans
Rather than make you comb through profile after profile to find a potential partner, eHarmony combs through 29 dimensions of your personality. It’s not as scary as it sounds—eHarmony’s patented 29 Dimensions of Compatibility personality test is designed to ask you strategic questions whose answers can predict compatibility between you and other singles. Although you can’t search for matches manually, eHarmony lets you set filters so you can be matched with other black singles.
Some of eHarmony’s most attractive features are:
Compatibility Matching System: uses an in-depth personality quiz based on 29 dimensions of your personality to predict compatibility between you and other singles
SecureCall: Get to know your matches over the phone in a safe, controlled private call with no personal information revealed
RelyID: ID verification system that instills a sense of security, safety, and trust with the site and fellow matches
BlackPeopleMeet is an ideal site for black singles who are looking for relationships. As opposed to other online dating sites that cater to everyone, BlackPeopleMeet is exclusively for black singles. When you sign up, you know the population you’ll be looking at, and you can then focus on other things like personality, qualities, hobbies, and more.
Here are some features of BlackPeopleMeet:
Large membership; in fact, it’s the largest black dating site in the US
Easy signup and profile creation
Daily matches, and easy-to-use search filters
Communication tools, including email, instant chat, audio and video greetings, and sending “flirts”
Another site geared exclusively toward black singles, Black Cupid offers a smart, inviting platform for users to meet and connect. With ample room for photos, interests, hobbies, self-summaries, and even a side-by-side feature that lets you compare your interests with others, your profile can be as detailed or as minimalist as you’d like, as there’s plenty of space to let your smile and personality come through. Since the site caters to black singles, users can spend less time with search filters and more time getting to know people.
SoulSingles offers black singles a smart, intuitive platform to meet. Though profiles are not as detailed here as some other dating sites, the clean layout has its advantages too—there are few distractions or time-wasters, and the straightforwardness of the site seems to echo the intention of its users. Rather than a place to play around or kill time, SoulSingles seems like a genuine meeting place. The features may not number in the dozens, but they all serve a purpose: with slideshows, chatting, messaging, and ways to view who viewed and liked you, SoulSingles has just the right amount of tools necessary to not only connect black singles, but to usher the conversations forward.