We made profiles on four dating sites — OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Match, and e Harmony — and evaluated them on the quality of the matches they provided and overall usability.

You’ll get the best deal if you pay for eight months of premium membership.

This membership boosts your profile in searches, lets you upload more pictures, and shows you if your messages were read or deleted.

A great matching algorithm doesn’t mean much, though, if it doesn’t translate into conversations and dates.

During our two-week testing period, we found nine promising matches.

The key: You not only answer a bunch of multiple-choice questions about your lifestyle and preferences to create your own profile, but get to choose which answers you want to see in your potential matches, as well as how important each of those answers is.

Of the four online dating sites we tested in-depth, OKCupid is the only one to base its matching algorithms off such robust parameters.

But ultimately, it fell short of the top spot because the quality just wasn’t there.

POF has a reputation for casual dating, and it was obvious that many users weren’t trying too hard for meaningful connections.

A ton of generic open-ended questions like “What are your hobbies? We appreciated sites like OKCupid that went beyond that and offered fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice options as well as some more unique open-ended questions.

Using a three-point scale (Bad, Mediocre, and Good), we categorized each message we received.

But if you’re interested in a long-term relationship, Match is worth checking out.