Our goal is to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date list of the best chat lines anywhere. From time to time you may notice chat lines going up or down in position, new chat lines being added and other taken out. Every week, our editors spend hours on the phone doing research and scoring each and every chatline they come across on each of the following factors:
Meet the dating app version of the Sadie Hawkins dance, created by ex-Tinder employees (ooh, drama). In an attempt to correct one of the common complaints of dating apps — that women get spammed with tons of creepy messages — women are required to message first with Bumble. It pushes some women out of their comfort zone, but like Tinder, you'll at least know that someone also swiped right on you before making a move. It also takes the pressure off of dudes who feel like they need to start the conversation every time. (We knew you were gonna ask, so yes, with same-sex matches either party can start things off.) 
Going into it, bisexual men probably have an idea of what's coming on Grindr: nudity, pushy messages asking for nudity, and though it says it's an app for all queer people, probably not many women. But finding and meeting up with men on Tinder or OkCupid isn't always quick, especially if you're in a small town with a meager queer community. Whether it's your first time with a guy and you want someone experienced or you're the experienced once simply looking for a quick hookup with a man, it's nice to have Grindr in your back pocket. 
The way the app works is that you receive a curated list of potential matches and can only send a limited number of likes per day. Coffee Meets Bagel encourages users to slow down and really consider their options rather than mindlessly swiping through profile after profile. As a result, Coffee Meets Bagel has made over 55 million matches and inspired thousands of relationships and marriages since its launch in 2012.

The user experience is smooth and modern, with no extra options to distract you from your target. Matching is a “singles near me” dream and mutual physical interest which frees you in your choice. You can use the “King of the hill” to promote yourself and attract all the women’s attention. The service has a steadily growing fanbase of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and orientations. Definitely, one of the free dating sites to try out if you are looking for a real or virtual match. For ladies, no subscription needed, male users would need to buy a membership.
Rather than being thrown into an endless pool of profiles, EliteSingles attempts to match you through the Five Factor Personality Test. Via 29 algorithms, the site will try to find singles to complement your attachment style, selfishness, and more stuff that you should try to be honest about. The boring parts are broken up by chill questions like "Do you like sleeping with the window open?" and "Which of these foods would you like the best?" It takes forever and a lot of the questions are fake deep, but how else do you expect to be successful on a dating site?

The user experience is smooth and modern, with no extra options to distract you from your target. Matching is a “singles near me” dream and mutual physical interest which frees you in your choice. You can use the “King of the hill” to promote yourself and attract all the women’s attention. The service has a steadily growing fanbase of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and orientations. Definitely, one of the free dating sites to try out if you are looking for a real or virtual match. For ladies, no subscription needed, male users would need to buy a membership.
On the upside, the profiles are brief, which helps you to make decisions quickly. The downside is that a short dating profile makes it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for. Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging a lot more challenging. You'll need to wade through a sea of profiles, which makes it easy to pass over people you might have given a chance under different circumstances. 

Zoosk is free to sign up, but you'll need a paid subscription to do basically anything. Not only is there a fee on the end of every message, but Reddit users complain about random charges to their account and ignored requests to cancel their subscriptions. The company also uses its own form of currency called "Zoosk coins" that are available for purchase. Daters can use these for features like adding a "boost" to their own profiles in search or sending another user a virtual gift like roses. The whole coin system feels less like romance and more like you're playing some sort of pop-up ad game, but they're there. 


You'll see pictures and short bios of potential matches in your area and can swipe depending on whether you're interested. It's a pretty close mock of Tinder, except for the fact that Bumble relieves the anxiety of accidentally swiping left on a hottie by letting you backtrack. Bumble also offers a BFF feature to find strictly platonic friends and a LinkedIn-ish networking feature called Bizz in attempts to remind everyone that it's not just a hookup app.


How it works: Believing in love at first sight is kind of hard when you're too nervous to introduce yourself at first sight. Happn uses your current location to alert you of other users nearby, so if you're too scared to talk to a random cutie on the train or in a coffee shop, Happn can help you match with them and tip you off to other singles who are nearby. It's like having a wingman (minus the bad jokes).
A merger with the well-known hotline, Interactive Male, Guy Spy Voice is targeted at men aged 18-49 looking to connect across the USA and Canada for phone sex. You start by listening to other users greetings and selecting someone you want to connect with. Sending them a message you can chat if they are available or you can use the Live Connector to chat with someone who is online and ready to talk. One of the principle gay chatlines in the U.S. and Canada, Guy Spy Voice is well supported and is a great (and confidential) way to explore your sexuality from the privacy of your own home.
Truth be told, if my friend had done a little bit of research before she joined the dating site, she would’ve seen that there’s an online dating service for just about everything — from Jewish singles to single parent dating — and all of them offer something a little bit different from the rest. Of course, most singles don’t have the time or inclination to do a lot of in-depth research in the dating world, and that’s what we’re here for.
If we're being blunt, Plenty of Fish is probably one of the least memorable dating sites you'll see. It's plain, doesn't use a remarkable algorithm, and communication is done through regular messaging. But there's a reason the site boasts 4 million daily active users who send one billion messages per month (or so they say): It's easy, extremely straightforward, and pretty much completely free. 
Established as an ‘anything but straight’ talk chatline, members of the LGBTQ community are encouraged to use The System. It is also a safe place for anyone to explore these aspects of their desires and fantasies and get chatting. Evenings are a busier time and you are more likely to get a caller after 9pm. Be aware that the intro greeting sounds a little labored and well-mannered but the chat you can get will be far more explicit. With a free trial, there is nothing to lose in trialling The System and there might be someone that floats your boat on this network.

Don’t feel like you have to rush straight into dirty talk. Instead, ease into it by asking your partner about their day, Brito suggests. Hearing about their lunchtime burrito may seem seriously unsexy, BUT it sets up the opportunity to quickly and naturally change a boring conversation into an, er, exciting one. Think of it like an actual date: You'd probably chat a bit before taking your clothes off, right?

What was once a doozy of a sign-up process is now short, sweet, and free of the corny, religious questions that held it back from being a top choice for the younger crowd. The comprehensive questionnaire now covers 32 dimensions (up from 29) of what makes a happy relationship. Instead of blatantly asking if you get mad easily or if you're emotionally stable, eharmony may ask how you handle apologizing after a fight or if a certain action would piss you off. These hypotheticals draw more natural responses, and a few other fun ones are thrown in to cover surface-level basics like hobbies, too. Everything is displayed on profiles that look like a fancy résumé designed by a graphic designer.
Value: Chatlines with clear and straightforward pricing information, attractive packages and first time caller incentives is favored over one with ambiguous pricing. Chat lines that are found scamming, lying, phone cramming, and using other sneaky tricks to bill the caller are initially put on warning and eventually removed from the list if the practice continues.
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