Gone are the days when the best way to meet a new partner was to hang out at bars. Nowadays, online dating is by far the easiest way to meet members of the opposite sex and get into dating. Online dating has exploded, with millions of people signed up, and numerous sites available. Here's our rundown on the top 5 online dating sites, 2017 edition.

1.) Match.com

Match.com is the biggest dating website in the United States, with 13.5 million paid members. They claim their site has led to more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other site, so it is definitely one of the best online dating sites. When you set up a profile here, Match.com gives you a questionnaire that takes about a half hour to fill out. They'll then send you a "daily 5," with five possible matches each day. You can search members by interests, location, and other criteria, and message each other through the site.

2.) eHarmony.com

eHarmony.com is one of the best online dating sites for people who want a serious relationship, and they claim to be responsible for 2% of marriages in the United States. The website has 4.1 million members. The company uses a comprehensive personality test, where users can answer dozens or hundreds of questions. The system then tries to match you up with a compatible partner based on your answers. Users can also fill in a freeform profile of themselves, and browse through profiles of potential matches.

3.) Zoosk.com

This is a fast growing online dating site, which has rapidly become one of the top online dating sites for 2017. Their system has 3.8 million paid members in the US, and it offers users a unique dating experience thanks to its deep integration with social media. Users can search for a match, and receive daily suggestions. They can then communicate over Zoosk, Facebook, or iPhone apps. Like other sites, you answer compatibility questions that help the system find matches for you. It also displays Zoosk.com updates in your Facebook news feed.

4.) ChristianMingle.com

Another of the top online dating sites 2017, this site focuses exclusively on serious Christian singles. They strive to connect singles with partners who share their faith and beliefs, which should make it easier for a Christian to find a compatible partner. Setting up a profile on this site is quick and easy. You fill out some short essay questions, fun facts, and then do a test that determines compatibility criteria. The system will e-mail you possible matches, and you can also search on your own.

5.) OurTime.com

Rounding out the top 5 online dating sites for 2017, OurTime.com is designed for older singles, and it only accepts people who are age 50 and above. The primary audience is people who are looking for a deep relationship with someone of a similar age. The sign up process and user interface are easy to use, with step by step instructions. Profiles can include not just photos and text, but also audio, video, and personal greetings. You receive potential matches daily, and can also search on your own.