OK, so we think online dating is a FAR better deal than speed dating; not only in terms of money (the sheer volume of people you meet for your money far exceeds the number you will meet at a speed dating event costing the same, or more than one month of online dating) but in terms of choice. Yes, you get to meet a bunch of people face to face, but from what we hear, the chances of sitting across the table from the future love of your life are slim!

If looks are super important to you, we accept the argument that you can rule out people very quickly once you see them face to face, but we also propose that people 'grow on you', and that once you find out how great they are, how you 'see' them physically CAN CHANGE, and often does. SO we think emailing through an online dating site is a great way to get to know someone, much more intimately than you can do in 2 minutes at a speed dating event. From there, who knows what might happen.

Speed dating can be super fun if you are a confident, outgoing person who talks easily and makes a good first impression. If you're not those things, they can be hell on a seat. Go back a page on this site!

And finally, speed dating, to us, feels like a show, a laugh, a buzz, a meet market and can really get your adrenaline running as you exert your flirting powers to the max. But as a starting place for a long term relationship, we think that online dating is leaps and bounds ahead, and gives you most if not all of these things in a much more productive package.

BUT, if we haven't put you off, here is our list of some of the top speed dating companies whihc are likely to have an event running near you... Good luck!

DATING SITE REVIEWS
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1. This company's unique selling point is its slightly longer dates - 4 minutes instead of the usual 3. Events for different agegroups, costing from 15 to 22. Also offers a second event free if you fail to meet someone first time round. Nice looking website. Not as many different events as the bigger companies, but growing fast, with events in most of the bigger cities. 8.5 / 10

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2. Xfactordates.com Speed dating for urban professionals using stylish bars and often providing a glass of champagne in the ticket price. London based but runs events in 20 locations around the UK. Also offers a second event free if you fail to meet someone first time round. They also run Brunch Dating events, where guests enjoy 20 dates over a four course Sunday brunch. Nice ordered website, with links to regular online dating (200,000 members) too. We like the Brunch idea - maybe more relaxed environment? Try it and see! 8.5 / 10

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3. One of the first speed dating companies. Originally an American brand, in the UK it operates in London, Glasgow and Manchester. The site has got that American busyness to it, and when I tried to find events in London, there weren't any! Hmmmm... 6 / 10

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