Plenty of Fish
The Editor's Top Pick - Free Award recipient for 2016 is Plenty of Fish (POF). Straight from their online press page, POF lists just how popular the dating service is. Worldwide Plenty of Fish has over 100 million registered members since launch and they are adding 55,000 new members every single day. On average 3.6 million people log into POF either via the website or dating apps, and have over 10 million conversations.
Plenty of Fish is free to join, search for members and to send messages to members who spark your interest. They do have a paid upgrade membership which gives you additional features but the majority of the features of the dating service is free which is what most members take advantage of. Paid upgrades include viewing a history of your interactions with other members, no Ads, finding out who has viewed your profile, and being listed above non paid members in the Meet Me feature.
From their research POF says they create 1 million relationships every year and on average every 2 minutes a couple confirms to them that they met on Plenty of Fish. Just looking at POF's Twitter account you can see all the members who have sent in a photo of them being married. With the popularity POF has, it is not difficult to find others on this service who are local to you.
This Year's Runner Up for this award is: OkCupid