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Smooch, on the surface, looks very much like an online dating site worth frequenting courtesy of its attractive interface that resembles a social networking site, but its issues are many and cannot be lightly dismissed.

Kiss, on the surface, looks very much like an online dating site worth frequenting courtesy of its attractive interface that resembles a social networking site, but its issues are many and cannot be easily dismissed.

In 1983, Pat Benatar announced “love is a battlefield,” one of the truer phrases ever to be laid down on paraffin wax. Unluckily, the ongoing war is one that’s highlighted whenever Valentine’s Day approaches. After all, no other day reminds people of the loneliness that comes with not being matched up with another. But even if you’re presently not paired up with a special someone, there’s no need to wallow!

The Internet, gratefully, permits us to hunt for our true loves&mdash,or even booty calls&mdash,without ever cruising bars, joining book clubs, going on speed dates, or even rolling out of bed and getting dressed. We’ve reviewed five high-profile online dating sites and ranked them based on features, usability, and price. We also went on a few dates to see if the services could pair us up with compatible people.

So, check out the blurbs below for micro-reviews of each online dating site, or click through for total, in-depth reviews that chronicle our dating exploits.

%displayPrice% at %seller% The free OkCupid, with its well-designed interface, open-ended questions, and low-cost premium features, is a solid online dating site that puts no-cost rival&mdash,Slew of Fish&mdash,to shame. OkCupid lacks some of eHarmony’s cooler features (the extraordinaire design and members-only virtual phone numbers, to name a few), but it’s an affordable, functional alternative for those who don’t need the extra bells and whistles. Read the total review &rsaquo,&rsaquo,

%displayPrice% at %seller% Slew of Fish has two things going for it: price (it’s free!) and an active user. POF has its problems, from site design to questionable ads. In fact, the only thing keeping POF from netting a lower score is that we didn’t practice of any Smooch.com’s billing issues. Read the utter review &rsaquo,&rsaquo,

%displayPrice% at %seller% An online date site needs to excel in two areas in order to attract and keep an audience: a thriving, active community and ensuring users’ trust. Smooch.com fails on both fronts. Smooch, on the surface, looks very much like an online dating site worth frequenting courtesy of its attractive interface that resembles a social networking site, but its issues are many and cannot be lightly dismissed. Read the utter review &rsaquo,&rsaquo,

For more than a decade, Jeffrey L. Wilson has penned gadget- and movie game-related nerd-copy for a diversity of publications, including 1UP, 2D-X, The Cask, Laptop, LifeStyler, Parenting, Sync, Wise Bread, and WWE. He now brings his skill and skillset to PCMag as Senior Analyst. When he isn’t staring at a monitor (or two) and churning out Web hosting, music, utilities, and movie game copy, Jeffrey mentors, practices Jeet Kune Do, blogs, podcasts, and speaks at the occasional con. He also collects vinyl and greatly loves. More »,

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