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Online dating can be daunting: there are huge numbers of UK dating sites to choose from, but how can you find out which ones are the best?

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you with a round up of our favourites.

This is our list of the top five dating sites designed specifically for singles in the UK, not forgetting our very own Tastebuds with over 300,000 members.

So without further ado, here are our top five.

5. Parship

Parship focuses more on finding long term love than on short term flirtation. Everyone who joins takes a test that analyses 32 traits of their personality, with the results based on an algorithm of 32 different rules. Great for professionals who are looking for a long term relationship.

4. LoveStruck

LoveStruck is a location-based dating site, and is aimed at professionals who are short of time. The dating service covers most major cities throughout the globe, and matches you up with people nearby so you don’t have to spend too long travelling to and from your date. They also host exclusive events for members, and have city-specific parameters, such as London Underground zone limits.

3. MySingleFriend

Sarah Beeny’s British-based site MySingleFriend takes the stress out of writing your own profile… by asking your friends to write it for you! Every member has been recommended by a friend, giving you a true insight into what your potential matches are really like. The site has a fun and friendly feel, and minimises the chance of reading hundreds of self-written profiles that all say pretty much the same thing.

2. Guardian Soulmates

If you read The Guardian, you’re probably already aware of their online dating service Guardian Soulmates. As you’d expect, most members are Guardian readers who – according to the Guardian themselves – tend to be well-travelled, affluent, have a good knowledge of finance and appreciate good food and drink. You’re more likely to find a relationship than a more casual arrangement here.

1. Tastebuds

Ever been out on a date and realised that while you’re more into The Who, your date’s more into Westlife? Tastebuds completely removes that problem by matching you up with people near you who are into the same sorts of music. Not only will you find someone with whom you’ll have something in common straight away, but you’ll also have an easy ice breaker for both online chats and your first real date.
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Matt and Athena met on Tastebuds