To save you time, I've created the following comparison charts allowing you to cut to the chase and view ratings out of 10 for key features plus compare the free features. Click the appropriate link to read a fuller review.

Note - All free personals sites are FREE to join and get the basic membership.

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Dating Site
Rob's
Overall
Rating
Sign-Up
Time
(mins)
Member
Size
Design and Ease of
Use
Range
Of
Features
Rob's
Review
Dreammates 8.5 7-10 Large 9 8 Read it
Friendfinder 8.5 3-5 Mega
10 mill+
7 9 Read it
LavaLifeā„¢ 8 3-5 Medium-
Large
8 8 Read it
Eharmony
8 30-60 Medium 8 8 Read it
Yahoo
8 5-8 Large 9 7 Read it
Heart Detectives 6.5 3-5 Medium 6 6 Read it

FREE Features Comparison

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Dating Site
Post
Profile
Post
Photo
Record
Voice
Greeting
Searching
Browsing
Chat
Forums
Free to
Contact
Singles?
Rob's
Review
Dreammates Yes Yes No 9 No Yes - but certain conditions
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Friendfinder Yes Yes Yes 7.5 Free Receive
Contact
Read it
LavaLifeā„¢ Yes Yes Yes
Upload
9 No Reply Read it
Eharmony
Yes No No Matched No No Read it
Yahoo
Yes Yes Yes
+Video
8 No No Read it
Heart Detectives Yes Yes Yes
Upload
6 No No Read it


A Word on the Pay memberships

There are usually two types of memberships:

Credit based or Recurring (Monthly, 3-monthly or yearly).

With the credit system, it offers a way to commit only how much money you want to, but still be able to communicate with various people (any good dating agency will only charge a credit for the first contact between two people, with subsequent contact between both people being free).

The monthly systems usually have a range from anywhere like 9 to 30 dollars a month - features vary, but most will allow you to contact as many singles and exchange as many emails.