We've picked the best dating sites for giving fate a helping hand, whatever your age, sexuality, interests…
and budget Online dating is the single biggest way to boost your chances of finding 'the one', say mathematicians.
Stats wizards at the University of Bath – ably assisted by Countdown's Rachel Riley – calculated that your chances of finding love on any given day are just 1 in 562 if you leave it to fate.
The best way to boost those odds is to join a dating website. But with more than 1,400 dating sites in the UK alone, choosing one is almost as hard as choosing the right person.
The study was commissioned by dating site e Harmony, so you might say it had a vested interest, but you don't need maths professors to tell you online dating works. To make it even harder, most dating sites hide their subscription prices until you've waded through a long sign-up process. We created temporary profiles on more than a dozen dating sites and tested their features, user experience and value for money.
In a moment we'll reveal our top seven, along with the fees they'd rather keep secret.
Does it matter which online dating site you choose?