Chat sites are a great way of forming new relationships, whether you're just looking for a casual hookup, a friendship, or even maybe the love of your life. And in the modern world you don't exactly need to step far out of your front door to meet someone new - in fact, you don't even need to leave it.
While dating apps are great for meeting new people, and sex apps can take your sex life to the next level, there are a whole host of chat sites available for you to explore from the comfort of your own home - and there's one for whatever it is you're after. Here are the best chat sites for hookups, relationships, LGBTQ+ relationships, and friendships.
11 of the best chat sites
Does what it says on the tin, pretty much. E-hookups is an ideal chat site if you're looking for some no-strings-attached fun. And the best part is, you won't be tied down to the site either. E-hookups is completely free to register and use, with no subscriptions or charges. Win-win.
Flirtbook offers a free and easy way to chat to strangers online, and promises that chats can be completely uncensored. According to Flirtbook, "You are given complete freedom to share your wildest fantasies and sexiest desires with like-minded members and enjoy unlimited intimacy." Respect and consent are obligatory though, obviously.
If you're looking to chat anonymously, C-Date could be the site for you. It's designed for anonymous, no-strings-attached chat, and offers ultimate discretion and profile protection. Plus, the C stands for "casual" so there'll be no confusion when it comes to what you're looking for. You can register on C-Date for free, but you'll need to buy a subscription to use the site's special features, and subs start at £19.90 a month for 12 months.
If you want to take dating seriously, Zoosk uses behavioural matchmaking technology to find you your perfect partner. You can sign up and browse the site for free, but you'll need to pay for a monthly subscription of £22 if you want to strike up conversation with other single people. That's 40 million single Zoosk members worldwide, BTW, so chances are you're going to find someone you fancy.
Perhaps the most famous of all chat sites. Match.com is the go-to chat site for those looking for a serious relationship - and it's been proven as successful. According to Match, 1.6 million people have met a partner on the site. Better still, prices start at just £9.99 a month if you pay for six months at a time.
Another big name when it comes to dating chat sites, eharmony uses scientific methods to match users on their compatibility - the goal being a happy, long-lasting relationship. Who wants to turn that down? Eharmony starts at £9.95 per month for 12 months, or if you don't think it'll take that long to find your one true love, you can pay more monthly for a shorter period.
Almost all chat sites, whether they're for hookups, relationships or friendships will be LGBTQ-friendly, but there are also sites specifically made for queer people.
PinkCupid is a female-only chat site for queer women, whether you just want to make friends or start a serious relationship - and PinkCupid's priority is creating a safe and secure environment. It's free to join and you'll get a 24-hour free trial, but after that you'll need to buy membership, starting at £10 a month for 12 months.
While EliteSingles caters for everybody, there is a specific Elite Singles Lesbian section of the site that allows women to chat only with women. As the name "Elite" suggests, EliteSingles aims to match people with above average levels of education with like-minded people. They also carry out an in-depth personality test to find your perfect match. EliteSingles is on the pricier side when it comes to chat sites, starting at £24.95 a month for 12 months of membership.
Badoo.com specialises in helping you to make new friends. There are 400 million Badoo members worldwide, and while you can also use the site for dating, it's especially great for finding friends in your area. You can select preferences depending on whether you want to "chat", "date" or "make new friends," so like-minded people are guaranteed. Plus, it's completely free to use.
If, like us, you spent many pre-teen hours talking to strangers with your mates on ChatRoulette, you'll be pleased to know it's still going. If you fancy chatting to literally anyone from around the world, ChatRoulette is the most instant way to go about it. Simply go to the site and turn your camera on, no login needed.
Though not technically a chat site, Meetup is designed for meeting new people in your community. More than just making friends, you can arrange activities within your community, whether your passion is photography or surfing. The sole aim is doing more of what you love. Who doesn't want to do that?
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