After you write six phrases about yourself and three phrases about what you like in a date, you can start using Coffee Meets Bagel.
There is no desktop version of this dating service, though, so you have to have a smartphone, Facebook account and cell phone number to use it.
Setting up your profile is fun because of the unique questions you’re asked, like what your ideal date would entail and whether you’d prefer to be weird or normal.
You also answer these questions from the perspective of your ideal mate to ensure you are paired with compatible people.
The one downside to any service with free messaging is that you could feel overwhelmed if you find yourself with a flooded inbox.
On average, the three fake accounts we set up for testing got 40 matches in 24 hours, the second highest of any service we tested.
We also spoke to several insightful people, including dating experts and typical users, to get a clear view of the modern dating landscape.
Of those, 22 percent were "top prospects," which is the site's way of saying those users are highly compatible with you.
Coffee Meets Bagel limits the number of profiles you can view at one time, forcing you to consider the profiles you do see more carefully.
We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable.
After monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app, our reviewers decided Ok Cupid is the best overall service.
Julie Spira, a Los Angeles-based author, online dating expert and CEO of Cyber Dating Experts, said honesty is the key to online dating success.