Welcome to our reviews of the Best Wealthy Dating Websites of 2017 (also known as Sugar Daddy Dating Sites). Check out our top 10 list below and follow our links to read our full in-depth review of each wealthy dating website, alongside which you'll find costs and features lists, user reviews and videos to help you make the right choice.
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Internet dating started with the general dating category. There are now a plethora of mainstream web-based dating sites and numerous niche dating sites too. While internet dating continues to grow, wealthy dating has become a major category following its emergence in 2001- 2002. It's growth reflects the demands of our modern internet connected society. Wealthy dating sites typically attract members that either earn six figures annually or want to have relationships with those that do. Some sites require members verify their millionaire status. They typically label it Verified or Certified Millionaire. Others are more lenient with 'expectations' that members minimally earn six figures as qualification for site membership.
Just as in the rest of society, wealthy people seek relationships with people of similar interests and backgrounds. According Bradford Wilcox and Steven Nock, to University of Virginia sociologists who co-authored the study "What's Love Got to Do With It? Equality, Equity, Commitment and Women's Marital Quality," women tend to be more content when their husbands earn the majority of the household income. As Wilcox explains, "Our study suggests that women who take a man's wealth into consideration when dating are likely to be happier down the line."
Brave New World: Sugar Daddies, Sugar Moms, and Sugar Babes
Wealthy dating sites have undergone a consistent expansion since 2002. At one time, the category was exclusively occupied by “Traditional” dating sites. Now, the rising popularity of “Arrangements”, coupled with the quality of service those sites offer, has resulted in four arrangement sites making it into our top ten list of wealthy dating websites.
For clarification, we define a “Traditional” wealthy dating site as one where members seek relationships with those of relatively equal socio-economic means. “Arrangement” wealthy dating sites are defined as a mutually beneficial relationship between a wealthy individual and a not-so-wealthy partner. The most common arrangement is the “Sugar Daddy” or “Sugar Mom” serving as the generous mentor to a usually younger, attractive "Sugar Babe" of either sex.
While the sugar daddy (arrangement) sites have multiplied and flourished in recent years, traditional wealthy dating sites feature a far greater number of members overall. Whatever your preferences in relationship type (traditional or arrangement) we've rated all the sites in the category based on their ability to meet the ratings criteria below (plus the extra features aspect). If you haven't already, we advise you to get acquainted with the top wealthy dating websites through our reviews at No1Reviews.com.
What factors do we consider when comparing the sites?
In rating the sites we sorted out the key common areas that impact the members the most. Site selection in the end is a personal choice. Site quality in our view is measured by how well the sites met the following common criteria and what extra features they offer to make a better site for their membership.
These are the four factors that impacted our rankings of the sites most:
Those are the main criteria we use to rate the sites collectively. Beyond those key factors, we evaluate a site's special features. When these features contribute something to a site's quality in terms of members' activity or involvement factors we grade up for that. That's the biggest key for us. Are they doing a good job of keeping their members satisfied, and providing good value at the same time? When we see indications of a flourishing, active membership it's reflected in the review and star ratings a site receives. For us, it's not easy to determine how much emphasis to place on a feature that is less accessible to Standard members but is a great one that Premium members love. We do our best to judge it's overall impact on the site and explain it with (hopefully) objective commentary.
What are the Dos and Don'ts for Website Dating
When you've chosen a site to join (free or paid) here are some “Dos”:
And a few of the “Don'ts”.
The Bottom Line
The wealthy dating category offers many an opportunity to find relationships with others of similar means, with like minded attitudes, and for those who want the higher standard of living that can be experienced with a partner of high net worth. It's an area of dating that will continue to change as social acceptance of 'arrangements' broadens. In time, we'll see subcategories emerge from the arrangements category that will one day stand on their own.
The internet opens doors for communicating, networking, and socializing. As the socializing aspects of the internet expand, coupled with technological improvements, we'll see more and better opportunities for things like casual lunch dates generated from on-line activity. Imagine using your mobile phone to access your favorite site and within 2 hours having a delightful lunch date in a convenient, enjoyable setting. How distant into the future we'll see that would be just a guess, but it's probably closer than we think.