Single parent dating? 16 single parent dating app reviews

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If you're new to online dating as a single parent, it can be overwhelming and confusing. This post breaks down the best online dating apps and sites for single moms — whether you are looking for love, fun, sex, marriage, partnership — or you're not yet sure!

Not a lot of time? Here’s my best recommendation:

What is the best dating site for single parents? eharmony

There are many quality dating apps, but the best dating site for single parents is eharmony. eharmony reports that more than 2 million users have ‘found love' and in claims that 542 people who met on eharmony marry every day.

eharmony stands out:

  • Free 150-point personality report supports site's sole focus on serious, committed partnership or marriage
  • Apps for iOS and Android
  • 100% of members are proven to be real (no catfishing or married people!)
  • In-app video dating feature lets you have the most intimate, yet safe online dating experience
  • Free version
  • For paid memberships, eharmony has one of the lowest prices.
  • 25% discount with coupon code WSM25
  • 3 months free if you aren't happy with your matches!
  • A+ Better Business Bureau rating

Check out eharmony now for free >>

Other single parenting dating apps to consider:

  • Match.com, which is best for getting your feet wet dating, and lots of swiping. Match is one of the oldest and most popular dating sites, with millions of members around the globe. If you're up for the fun of looking for a needle in a haystack, testing new waters and enjoying the ride, start here.
  • OKCupid, which is best for getting to know your date before the date. OKCupid is unique in that it has a deep resevoir of user-generated questions, to which singles add custom answers. This allows you to get a more nuanced sense of your potential date before committing to a meet-up.

Have more questions about online dating apps? Keep reading.

Is there a dating app for single parents?

This is a common question, and the answer is: All of them ;)

If you are interested in casual dating, or you are not sure what your romantic goals are, ask a local friend. Each dating app's population of singles differs by region.

Single Parent Meet

However, Single Parent Meet was designed for, and by, single parents. No one knows better what it's like to date as a single parent than another single parent. Do you keep meeting people who aren't open to dating someone with kids? Have you found yourself dating someone who expresses no interest in your kids, let alone want to meet them? Or doesn't understand your commitments and priorities as a single parent? If so, then SingleParentMeet is the perfect dating site for you. 

Single Parent Meet (often called Single Parents Meet) claims that all members are single moms and single dads, though no background checks are completed.

With desktop and app versions available on both Apple and Android, you can easily create a profile, upload photos, view profiles, see who's been checking you out, send flirts and messages, and use live chat. Unique features include the ability to include an audio or video version of yourself, and matching by astrological sign.

Free to join, you can cancel at any time. Upgrade your membership to one of SingleParentMeet’s premium levels, starting at $14.99 per month, which includes sending private messages. 

SingleParentMeet.com is owned by People Media, which also owns Our Time, and Black People Meet, and has a B rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Check out Single Parents Meet >>

While Single Parent Meet is specifically designated for single parents meeting one another, for serious relationships, our #1 dating app for single moms and dads, gay and straight, (and anyone else) is eharmony. 25% off with code WSM25.

Overall best single parent dating app: eharmony

This site was created more than 20 years ago with the goal of using technology to help single people focus on and find long-term, serious, committed relationships and marriage. eharmony was founded by a psychologist whose goal was to create an algorithm to find true compatibility that will result in deeply committed, fulfilling partnerships. Read more in-depth about eharmony in my review here.

Both users answer extensive lists of questions, which then scientifically connect you with strong potential matches.

This isn’t a platform for casual hookups!

eharmony stands out:

  • Free 150-point personality report
  • Apps for iOS and Android
  • 100% of members are proven to be real (no catfishing or married people!)
  • Free version
  • For paid memberships, eharmony has one of the lowest prices.
  • 3 months free if you aren't happy with your matches!
  • A+ Better Business Bureau rating

As of July 2021, eharmony's price with the discount is:

  • Free basic account: $0
  • 3-month membership: $44.96/mo << MOST POPULAR
  • 6-month membership: $17.96/mo
  • 12-month membership: $14.96/mo

Video date ideas—experts expect that singles will continue to meet via Zoom or FaceTime for first dates, since that mode is safer and more convenient than even a coffee date.

Get started with eharmony now >>

Other single parent dating apps

EliteSingles

EliteSingles stands out in that it has a deep personality survey that attracts an overwhelming percentage of members who are professionals with college degrees, and are looking for a serious, long-term relationship. The site says serve all races, religions and ages who are interested in partnership.

EliteSingles stands out because it features:

  • A deep personality survey to make highly compatible matches
  • Profiles verified by Customer Care
  • Free personality report
  • Apps for iOS and Android
  • 82% of the members have a college education
  • Over 90% of members aged 30+

Read: EliteSingles online dating app review

EliteSingles matches potential partners via extensive questions about your values and ethics, lifestyle, how you feel about yourself, career attitudes and accomplishments, emotional maturity, whether you are seeking more children or not, sexuality, and much, much more.

Because of this, the online dating app tends to attract professional, educated singles seeking serious relationships. However, EliteSingles has poor online reviews, including an F from the Better Business Bureau.

SilverSingles

SilverSingles is focused solely on singles aged 50+. The free membership allows you to set up a profile, complete an in-depth personality test, and view other members' profiles.

Silver Singles markets itself as a source for friendships, casual dates, and serious relationships. Unlike other sites that only allow you to connect with matches the app makes, EliteSingles allows members to search by age, location, height, education, ethnicity, and religion. The in-depth survey will also help the dating algorithm suggest matches that are likely to interest you.

Plus, there’s a free trial option, low monthly cost, and creating a profile is simple.

Silver Singles has both iOS and Android apps via the iTunes and Google Play stores, and is owned by the same parent company as EliteSingles, Spark Networks, which earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating.

Sign up for Silver Singles free trial >>

Match.com

One of the oldest and most popular sites, you cannot go wrong with Match.com.

Many great people I know have Match accounts.

The interface is a little dated, but workable, and in many parts of the United States, Match still reins as one of the best online dating apps, with largest selection.

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OKCupid

I love OKCupid. It is very popular in New York City where I live, but I find it to be a great interface.

There is a free version, but very few people can resist upgrading.

When you upgrade on OkCupid, you have access to features like seeing who “liked” your profile, or when the guy you’re hot for last logged in.

OKC is a highly interactive app, which features thousands and thousands of user-generated questions that allow you to really get to know a prospective match. When I was really dating like a mofo, I took a lot of time to read guys' responses to these questions, as well as answer many myself, including adding comments. You can tell a lot about a person through these questions!

Some common OKCupid user-generated questions (which are totally up to you as to whether you answer):

Is interracial marriage a bad idea?

Would you consider an open marriage?

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about carbs?

Lights on or off during sex? [my answer: “On. Unless you're ugly.”]

Are you going to run away as soon as it's commitment time?

Is climate change real?

Check out OKCupid >>

Zoosk

There's a reason Zoosk is the highest-grossing dating app around:

The app-based dating site has 35 million users around the world, and pulls in your social media accounts to help you quickly create an account and match with compatible people. Zoosk claims to use behavioral matchmaking technology to constantly customize your dating and matchmaking experience.

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The easy-to-use app and app have a free version, as well as premium monthly and annual memberships. Zoosk also has cool features like a “boost” which is a fee-based bump in the number of people who will see your site, as well as verified profiles, to help you sort through the undesirables.

Overall, Zoosk is a great online dating app for online daters, and may become the favorite of veterans!

Learn more about Zoosk in my review.

Check out Zoosk for free>>

Tinder

This started out as a hook-up app, thanks to its geo-location feature and minimalist profile details. Tinder invented the dating app swipe — which everyone know understands is a swipe right if you're interested, and the fatal swipe left if you're standing in front of your boat, shirtless, in a grainy pic from 6 years ago holding a big fish.

Unlike other app, Tinder user profiles are limited to a few photos and a very brief profile. There is not a ton of opportunity to express who you are, or learn deeply about potential matches, by browsing alone. You have to connect, then chat (or call, or date!).

But like any popular technology, this one has gone mainstream, and I increasingly hear quality people – both men and women – say they rely on Tinder for dating people with serious relationship potential. It is simply another way to connect romantically, and should not be ignored if you want more than a friend with benefits (or — if you DO want a friend with benefits!).

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This is the fastest-growing dating app, and also tends to skew younger, but that is also changing.

Read more in our Tinder review.

Try Tinder now >>

Tawkify

Tawkify bills itself as a personalized matchmaking service — not a dating app. The site has more than 100,000 members, who do not pay, singles who are considered for dates and matching. Customers, on the other hand, pay a fee, and meet with a concierge matchmaker who personally selects potential matches.

Tawkify promises a personalized experienced for customers, who pay between $99 and $6,000 per year, depending on the level of service. Each customer meets with their concierge, expresses their preferences and dating goals, and then is presented with a list of potential matches. If the member also agrees on a date, the concierge plans and schedules a fun date. Afterwards, feedback from each of you is shared with the other person, and that information is used by Tawkify to connect you with dates going forward.

Tawkify claims that the service works with new clients for 6 to12 months, with almost 80% successfully matched in that time.

Check out Tawkify now >>

The League

This new online dating matchmaking service that bills itself as very elite, as it only accepts a small percentage of applicants, making those accepted seem very special indeed.  Potential members are approved based on data from their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, presumably seeking out daters with higher income and education. There is a waitlist, and membership costs $349 per year, which is on-par with other sites, as well as upgrade options for money money, to increase the number of matches you are served each day.

The app's homepage boasts: “Are you told your standards are too high? The League offers to be your well-networked friend who doubles as your wingman,” sussing out good matches for you based on a more discerning set of qualifications than your average dating app. Every member is assigned a “concierge” who promises to help vet matches

Still in beta, The League is available in New York City, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, L.A., London, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Haven, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

The League ups its exclusivity vibe with “groups” based on personal interests, including yachting, golf, international travel, brunch groups and women worried about their fertility!

The League has been criticized for requiring members disclose their race, and allowing them to screen matches by race, but seems to be making efforts to change that.

Ready to apply for The League? >>

PlentyofFish

POF is a solid, straight-forward online dating app, one that jibes with moms:

POF reports that 44% of its female users are single moms, and that single moms find matches 10% faster than other users.

That is saying a lot, as there are 70 million members on this easy-to-use site. Unlike Tinder and other swipe-based sites, this one gives you plenty of room to write a nice essay.

POF also free, which is good and bad — free is always awesome, except that it attracts all the riffraff! Ain't no such thing as a free [fish] lunch!

See what you can catch at PlentyofFish >>

Christian Mingle

All the sites allow you to search by religion, but a few dating sites specifically focus on different faiths.

ChristianMingle.com focuses solely on to Christians seeking to date, spend time with, be friends with, have relationships and/or marry fellow Christians. Owned by Spark Networks, which enjoys a Better Business Bureau rating of A+, this app has been around for many years, and reports the highest percentage of Christian marriages of any dating site.

ChristianMingle, like EliteSingles, is free to search, and provides a free, color-coded personality test, which it uses to suggest matches based on your values, interests, dating goals and character. You can also directly search for and message fellow Christian singles.

Christian Mingle benefits:

  • 100% of accounts and photos are verified as real
  • Better Business Bureau rating of A+
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Claims to be largest Christian dating site in the United States, with 60,000 new users each month

Is dating within your Christian faith important to you? Get a free trial membership for ChristianMingle.com >>

Happn

Happn is a newer dating site, one focused on hyper-locality. In other words, as soon as you create a profile by linking your Facebook account, Happn figures out where you are located, and uses  GPS tracking to connect you with people who you have crossed paths with IRL, showing you a map of where you have been in the same coffee shop, bar, grocery store or AYSO soccer field.

Since Happn's goal is to connect you with locals, you actually must be within 250 miles to actually send and receive messages from another member. This is a pro if you're afraid of being catfished by some shady guy in Dubai.

Happn has some cool features, like an in-app feature that allows you to announce an activity — like watching the game at a certain bar, or having a meal at your favorite restaurant, which can inspire others to join your party. You can also send voice messages through Happn. Pretty cool.

Does this sound really cool? Give it a shot. Do you find all this close-to-home tracking creepy? Maybe challenge yourself and try it anyway?

Happn has a very basic free version, with more usable memberships starting at $20 per month.

See if you can find a local honey on Happn > >

Bumble

Bumble was created by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe a few years ago, with the sole focus of putting the power of dating into the hands of women.

In other words, women have since the dawn of time been sick of dudes coming on too strong, cheesy pickup lines, dick pics, stalkers and worse. Bumble is the answer to these issues, as in all cases, women initiate the online flirting, and are the only gender that can initiate in-app conversations and chats.

Women on Bumble report that the quality of men on the app tends to be higher, as they are guys who are comfortable with women who like to take charge.

The online dating app is free to try, with a reasonable upgrade program, and is easy to set up, as it pulls info from your Facebook profiles, which also informs which people are suggested to you. Each match has a time limit, so both are compelled to respond quickly to any promising interactions — not to mention incentivized to stalk the app.

Check out the woman-focused dating app Bumble >>

Read our Bumble review

Hinge

Hinge is an mobile-first (no real website) dating app that is focused on relationships and photos. In fact, Hinge's CEO called it “Like Instagram profiles for dating.”

To sign up, download the Hinge app, and connect with your Facebook profile to get started. Like the relationship-focused dating app eharmony, Hinge encourages you to share personal information like your faith, politics and values, in an effort to make more meaningful connections.

Hinge takes just a few minutes to set up, and tends to skew younger. By comparison, eharmony requires you take a personality survey of 150 questions, and half of the users are over age 30.

Hinge does have a free version, but for meaningful interaction, Hinge charges $7/month.

Check out Hinge dating app >>

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel, a.k.a. CMB is an app-only dating platform that focuses on serious relationships, with 86% of users reporting they are looking for a long-term partnership. With versions on Apple and Android, Coffee Meets Bagel requires you to register through Facebook, then uses your preferences and swiping patterns to suggest matches.

Coffee Meets Bagel CEO, Dawoon Kang, says the dating platform is more like a matchmaker than a dating app, taking a “slow dating” approach by suggesting only  a limited number of matches (“bagels”) daily. To receive more profiles, you must like or pass first, giving the dating site added information about you and making your matches more accurate in the future.

You can also browse through members' profiles in the Discover section and use your “Beans,” accumulated by utilizing different features on the app, to like additional profiles. 

Free to join, or pay for a CMB Premium subscription to receive activity reports, read receipts, and intel about who likes you. Then meet for that bagel in real life.

Coffee Meets Bagel has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Learn more about Coffee Meets Bagel now >>

Dating app for educated professionals

If you are a successful, educated professional or academic looking for similar singles, consider:

Dating sites for active, fit singles

If you enjoy fitness, exercise, and otherwise are a healthy single looking to meet other fit singles, check out:

Free dating app

Most dating sites have a free version, at least for a limited time. These include eharmony, Match.com, Plenty of Fish, OKCupid and Hinge.

Which dating site has the highest success rate?

While only eharmony (that we know of) actually reports success rates, a relevant question here is: how do you define success?

If success means a serious relationship, including marriage, eharmony reports that more than 2 million users have ‘found love' and in 2010, the site reported that 542 people who met on eharmony married every day. eharmony also reports that couples who meet on their app and marry face a mere 4% divorce rate, compared with approximately 50% for the general public.

Which dating site is the best for serious relationships?

eharmony reports 37 million users in 200 countries. Perhaps the sheer numbers play a role in increasing your chances of meeting your dating goals.

Aside from eharmony, serious daters should also consider professional matchmaking services.

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What is the most elite dating app?

The League has set itself apart by marketing itself as a very exclusive dating app, and while reviews are mixed, the limited number of people accepted, high price, and pressure to actively use the site do increase the quality of users.

Outside of dating sites, matchmaking services with their higher prices and personal, high-touch process rank as the most elite dating experience.

Matchmaking services

Even the best dating app does not offer the same experience as a human matchmaker.

Matchmakers can be a fantastic service for single moms, as these professionals get to know you personally, and connect you with quality people, saving you lots of time and heartache.

Matchmakers tend to be expensive — which is both good and bad. The high price tends to attract successful professionals who are also serious about dating quality, relationship-minded people.

Matchmakers can cost anywhere between $10,000 to $50,00 per year. One service that stands out is It’s Just Lunch.

Learn more about It’s Just Lunch from our review, where Emma went through the interview process for one of the more popular, and affordable matchmaker services.

Three Day Rule is another matchmaking service, in which anyone can join the pool of daters for free, and for a fee starting at $1,600 per month you can work with a matchmaker to be matched with dates. The fee includes a set number of dates, as well as a professional photo shoot, and a few sessions with a dating coach. Unlike It's Just Lunch and other matchmaking services, Three Day Rule shows you a photo of potential dates, as well as a few details about him/her/them.

Online dating tips for single moms

If you are new to dating after divorce, a big breakup, or a long, dry spell, you are likely feeling a little nervous. Negative thoughts may include:

There are no good guys left at this stage! 

No quality man wants to date a single mom seriously. 

Texting, sexting, dick pics, dating app are all new since the last time I dated. I'm terrified! 

My mom bod is so fat and saggy! Who would want to get with this mess!

I am too busy to take time away from my kids. 

I don't trust my judgement about men and am afraid of getting into a bad situation again. 

Where do single moms meet people?

Any of this sound familiar?

First, some quick tricks to how to feel sexy and confident.

Then, read what this dating coach says about successful men and single moms (spoiler alert: they love them!).

Next, hear what other happily dating single moms say about romance and sex in this post: 9 reasons dating and sex are better as a single mom.

“I'm so lonely and want a boyfriend. But there are no good men — right?”

How to choose the best online dating app for you?

With so many online dating sites and apps, it can be overwhelming to get pick one. Here is my advice:

  • Try a few. Most online dating sites have a free version, with a premium upgrade for a monthly or annual cost.
  • Ask your friends. If you are interested in dating locally, and have an idea of whether you're interested in casual or serious dating, other singles you trust may prefer one site over others. Based on the thousands of women I interact with through this blog and social media, I've learned that each app attracts different types of people depending on the location. For example, Tinder is more of a hookup app in some areas, but full of serious daters in others.
  • If you are interested in finding a serious relationship, I highly recommend eharmony. Aside from the free basic membership, the in-depth survey assesses each member's personality, goals, and values, and verifies each member, average age 30, and 100% of whom are vetted as real and honest, and focused on serious, committed partnership.

Check on eharmony for free now >>

Nervous about online dating?

Feeling shy about dating again? You’re not alone. Learn more about dating after divorce, including my own experience with my first post-divorce breakup. Know that sometimes post-divorce rebound breakups hurt. Keep in mind these dating red flags — and when to call it quits to minimize the potential for a broken heart later.

Don’t trust your picker? Therapy can help. I’m a big fan of online therapy, which gives you a wider selection of therapists, total privacy, convenience, and much lower prices than most in-person counseling. Read our list of best online therapy sites and apps.

Not sure when to bring up your kids? That’s one of the the benefits of dating single dads. Read Why single parents should put their kids second when dating

Which dating apps for single moms have YOU tried? Comment below and give it a review!

Wealthysinglemommy.com founder Emma Johnson is an award-winning business journalist, activist, author and expert. A former Associated Press reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has appeared on CNBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, TIME, The Doctors, Elle, O, The Oprah Magazine. Winner of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” and a New York Observer “Most Eligible New Yorker," her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was a New York Post Must Read. As an expert on divorce and gender, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality and multiple state legislature hearings. More about Emma's credentials.

13 Comments

Everything’s always geared to the mother there’s a lot of good guys out there raising kids on their own that don’t even get recognition I’m raising my niece all by myself would like to find a decent lady but it blows my mind how men are overlooked and treated like women were in the 50s and 60s and 70s times have changed to me it’s sexist women start recognizing good men

It is admirable what you are doing. Yes, you are correct good men, single dad’s are not recognized enough in this day and age. I have dated single dad’s and unfortunately didn’t workout because we were in didn’t cities but definitely they’re the only men that understand what being a single parent is like. Good luck in your search and hopefully things will change that single dad’s are considered more work bit comes to single parenting.

Hi Emma,

what about the single dads? I am searching for a site that allows us grandma’s to help our sons find love. My son feels like guys don’t have the same options women do. That women look at the guys on sites as “not sincere” and my son says he doesn’t have time for all that. He is honestly a good person (I am not the biased mom type) and he has an amazing 4 year old boy. What are the options for him?
Hmm, maybe I should start a website/blog…..

I was searching a men online dating sites from so many times. But I was disappointed from that profiles. One day my friend suggest me pixiefinder.com and now I am dating in a successful relationship.

Thanks.

Great Post! I’m a fan of the blog, and conveniently, a dating expert/author, and I thought I’d mention a couple of quick points about your great list. Thanks for sharing.

I am a single 32 yo, never been married and no kids. But I am enjoying your site immensely! I just been dating, include online, pretty much forever. I just want to say to all the single moms: if you are struggling, the grass is greener nowhere. I think it’s hard (and rewarding) about the same for everyone.
My good friend is 55 and an accomplished professional with a grown son with special needs. She was always lamenting to me how “all the men” want to meet women “like me.” Well, she met a fabulous man a few months ago and they are going strong. I too met a fabulous man… and got dumped.
So, I think it’s challenging for everyone. Just because you haven’t been married, or are younger, or whatever– doesn’t make it easier.
Hang in there. There may be all these things that seem to be going “against” you in the dating pool… but actually the right guy is going to find you and love all those things!!! It’s easy for pretty much no one.

Hi!

I’m a fan of the blog, and conveniently, a dating expert/author, and I thought I’d mention a couple of quick points about your great list.

First, while eHarmony does have a very long questionnaire that promises to scientifically match you, several studies have found that to be basically useless. Your odds of finding love on eharmony are about the same as anywhere else. (Although their member base does skew to more commitment-minded daters, and anecdotally, shorter men.)

Second, for single moms (and who am I kidding, women,) you want to be extra careful with the geo-dating apps. (Happn, Tinder, etc) because you’re already in the same area when you match, and safety is an issue if you’re matching up with people you don’t necessarily have the opportunity to learn much about, or matching in/near places you frequent with your kids.

That said, online dating is a boon to single moms.

Lisa

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