Test criteria & comparison methodology

The dedicated team at Dating-Vergleich.com works every day to provide singles looking for a partner with the most comprehensive information in a transparent and clear manner.

In this way, we offer clear orientation and decision-making assistance in the almost impenetrable jungle of over 2,500 online dating portals and dating apps for smartphones across Germany.

Since 2012, we have been carrying out extensive tests and comparisons of dating sites, contact portals and dating apps in order to always provide our readers with up-to-date, high-quality information on the subject of online dating.

Our efforts are focused on continually keeping our readership up to date. In the online dating world with the glossy appearances of many providers, we know how important it is to take an unvarnished look behind the scenes.

What criteria are crucial for our test score?

In order to guarantee you transparency in our evaluation procedures , we set out our criteria here (including weighting):

  • Number of registered members
  • Activity/authenticity of members
  • Privacy and security
  • Member checking/moderation
  • Women's quota
  • Search filter
  • Costs & Fees
  • Features & Functionalities
  • Usability & operation
  • Free services
  • Customer service and support
  • Member feedback

These criteria are given the same weight.

Note on neutrality and remuneration

This online project is made possible with the support of our valued readers.

If you register with a dating site using one of our links, we may receive a commission as a so-called affiliate partner.

This is of great importance in order to be able to offer free and detailed test reports while at the same time being able to adequately compensate the technological infrastructure, web designers and our editorial team.

There are no additional costs or disadvantages to you. For some portals we do not receive any compensation. Nevertheless, this has no influence on our ratings.

Neutrality is the foundation on which we stand.

Transparency , independence and fair evaluation from the user perspective are our credo. The portal operators have no influence on our test reports.

For this reason, we also enable every user to share their own experiences and opinions comment function As long as comments do not violate dignity, etiquette or applicable law, we will not censor them.

Why you can trust us

Our goal is to introduce you to products and services that perfectly fit your dating, love, dating, relationship and sexuality needs.

That's why our team of editors and consulted experts put over 1,000 products, services and offers through a thorough screening and curation process every year in order to be able to give you meaningful reports and trustworthy recommendations.

At Dating-Vergleich.com we attach great importance to offering content of the highest quality - created by real people for real people.

It is not our policy to use automatically generated content using AI writing tools such as ChatGPT.

Our product and service recommendations are based exclusively on editorial work and are independent.

Occasionally we receive review articles from brands or PR agencies, but our thoughts and opinions always remain objective. We never accept a product in exchange for positive coverage.

Once we have these items, we treat them with the same care as those we purchased ourselves; Only if they are really great do we recommend them in good conscience.

How we evaluate online offers

In some cases, our editors and authors have difficulty personally testing certain services and dating sites to a sufficient extent to, for example, report on real prospects of success.

In such cases, our internal team collects extensive data and may conduct consumer surveys to obtain as much information as possible about an online offer being considered for inclusion in our test catalog.

You obtain this data through customer service calls, online chats, exchanges in forums and online communities, and conversations with subject matter experts.

Based on these results, we then create our “Best of” lists .