Our Product Research Methodology
Our team of dating experts
Our team consists of 6 experts: journalists, relationship consultants, editors, and even a real mail order bride Margarita from Lviv, Ukraine. More detailed information is as follows:
Hello, I’m Michael Krakowski, a Polish-American dating enthusiast with more than 5 years of experience in Slavic dating. I tested dozens of dating websites, spotted many fake sites, and wrote tens of reviews to help people write their online dating success stories. Now, I’m going to help you, so if you’re interested in meeting a woman from Europe, I’ll tell you how to do everything right.
My name is Oliver Duncan, I’m an experienced relationship expert, and I know a lot about the South American dating scene. I helped more than 50 American-Latin couples find each other, so I know a little about dating women from South America. Thus, if you’ve never dated Latinas before, I have a lot to tell you. Read more…
Hi, I’m Samuel, I’m 36 years old, and I’ve been dating Asian women for more than 15 years. I used all the dating sites you probably haven’t even heard of, and I know how to distinguish a good dating website from a scam one. So let’s explore the best sites and apps together.
Hi, I’m John—an online dating enthusiast and international dating expert with over 10 years of experience. I know how to make your international relationship work, solve common problems related to language and cultural barriers, and of course, choose a reliable dating website. I’m testing the dating platforms 9 to 5 to help you make the right choice.
Hey, my name is Nelly Perry, and I am an online dating expert. My goal is to help you understand how international dating works and to make it work to your benefit. I’ve been testing Slavic, Asian, and South American dating websites for years, and I have written more than 50 reviews on the best international dating apps. I test everything, from the overall performance of the sites to the smallest details, to help you understand which dating platforms will work best for you and your goals.
I’ve been dating and communicating with Western men for almost 10 years, and let’s be honest: a lot of these men do not have any idea about how to date a foreign girl like me. As a successful mail order wife, I’m going to help you see international dating from a unique perspective. I believe that everyone deserves to be happy and find love, just like I did!
I’ve been to 33 countries, and I’m going to expand this list; I was pleased to date more than 100 ladies from other countries while traveling (not bragging; maybe just a little), and I’m pretty experienced in both building relationships and understanding cultures different from my own. I love having fun, exploring new places and cultures, and helping people who are as interested in international relationships as I am.
Why you can trust us
We are a team of experts with 50 years of combined experience in online and international dating. Each expert is focused on their specialty—Michael Krakowski, for instance, knows everything about how to choose a good Polish or Ukrainian dating website, and Samuel is an experienced journalist focused on Asian countries.
Our main goal is to show people the best dating websites so they don’t have to make mistakes, lose money, and be disappointed. We spend a lot of time doing reviews and writing guides, but we understand that with an experience like ours, not sharing this information would be a crime!
We always write fair reviews when it comes to dating sites: if a website performs poorly, we will not sugarcoat the problems. However, only the best of the best websites make it to our top lists, so you won’t find low-quality dating platforms on ISW.
How we review dating sites
Here’s the list of the most important factors we analyze when writing a dating site review:
- Profiles quality and quantity. A good dating site must have a large dating pool and detailed profiles, so we pay special attention to this factor.
- Communications features. Some sites only offer a live chat, while others provide much more than that (voice calls, audio messages, video chat, etc.). We believe that in this regard, the more is the better—but even if there are only 2 messaging tools on a dating site, they must be extra convenient and easy to use.
- Additional features. Some dating websites provide extra features such as gift delivery or virtual gifts—we test all these tools to ensure they work as intended.
- Pricing. We believe that a dating website must be affordable; that’s why extra-expensive platforms usually don’t make it to our lists. We also show the readers how much they will pay for a month of chatting on a particular platform.
- Support. A good dating site has to provide fast and professional customer service—we test this, too.
- Security and safety features. Most good dating platforms are paid, so you’ll need to enter your credit card information there. That’s why safety is extremely important, and the payment page must be 100% protected.
- Trustworthiness. The reputation of a dating platform is important. That’s why we analyze all the expert and user reviews to make sure that a particular website is trustworthy and reputable.
Want to know more about how we do it? Take a look at these top dating site reviews from our experts:
How we make our selections of best dating sites
Analyzing and checking all the previously mentioned details and factors is extremely important, but that’s not all we do. In fact, our best website selection process is much deeper than that. Take a look:
- First, we test all the features of a site to rate it from 0 to 10. Technically, all the sites ranked lower than 8 just don’t make it to our top lists. We only select the best of the best, the elite of the international dating industry. That’s why all the platforms on ISW are at least 8/10. But still, they all are different.
That’s why our evaluation process is divided into 4 categories, namely: Features, Pricing, Profiles, and Ease of Use. We thoroughly analyze every detail to rank every site. For example, to rank the quality of profiles, we google the photos of the ladies, analyze at least 30–50 profiles and their quality, and chat with women to make sure they respond like real people.
- Then, we make sure that the website will work well for a particular purpose. The thing is, international dating sites typically have slight differences in the motivation and intentions of the ladies there. Thus, girls on some websites are focused on finding a boyfriend or a friend, while girls on other platforms are more focused on a serious relationship and want to find a husband (such sites are called “mail order bride” websites). Such an analysis requires a lot of time, but we want to help each of our readers find a platform that will fully meet their requirements.
- We also check the reputation of dating sites, and it’s not only about reading the reviews on Trustpilot or SiteJabber. Of course, we read those reviews (and spot fake ones quite often), but what we’re talking about here is the company’s reputation. The situation when one company owns 3, 5, or 10 dating sites is quite common in the international dating industry, and although these connections are often not on display, we do our best to find them. Sometimes, it turns out that a new, good-looking dating site was actually created by a company that owns 3 dating platforms with an awful reputation—if we see such connections, we go straight to DEFCON 3.
Want to look at some of these top lists of the best dating sites for different countries? Here they are—the most trusted and popular dating services selected by our best experts:
How do we choose girls for interviews
The main idea of our interviews is to help men understand women from a certain country better; that’s why we always choose girls for the interviews very carefully:
- A girl must be 100% real—most of our interviews are conducted via Skype or similar tools; it’s not like we chat with them on a dating site.
- She must be a user of a mail order bride/dating website—we find interesting women on the dating sites we review and offer them to be interviewed.
- Her story must be interesting—many girls have just signed up on a site and have nothing to share; we do our best to find really interesting ladies who know a lot about the international dating industry and can reveal some insights about online dating.
But it’s not always us who contact the interviewees—the girls send us emails and tell their stories, too. So, if you want to get interviewed, don’t hesitate to contact us now—[email protected]. We’re waiting for you!
Our Interviews with Mail Order Brides