Match.com has a lot to offer anyone thinking of online dating. The heartwarming success stories published by users who managed to find their soulmates through the platform is an inspiration to online dating users who are looking for hookups, one night stands, a lover or serious relationships. But having to pay before testing the site, gives us a less positive impression.
Its a well known site
Limited options if you want to use the site
Requires paid options to reply and send messages
Some reports of spam messages
Complaints in regards to products and service issues
Monthly subscription model can get expencive
When someone mentions online dating, Match.com is one of the sites or app that comes to mind. This is especially because it has been facilitating relationships, dates, and marriages across the globe for the past two decades. The company has survived the upheavals of the dating industry all this long by continually improving the user experience and thus attracting a wide range of online daters. This dating site review will also establish the good, the bad and the ugly about Match.com given that the platform has its own fair share of downsides. First though, let us first look at what we love about it.
What We Like About Match.com
A huge audience with access to variety.
There are arguably better places to find quality dates, than Match.com. Even given that it has access to a large, diverse and global user base from 28 countries. This means that you can meet people from different backgrounds, and orientations. Its user base consists of baby boomers at 27%, Gen Xers at 39%, and 32% millennials. Moreover, 84% of its members have earned a college degree or are currently in college.
Ease of use
Despite having extensive features, Match has managed to achieve an easy to understand and navigate interface. Hardly will you feel overwhelmed in your journey to find your date. You just need to go through an easy sign-up process and then create a comprehensive/complete profile (recommended) to increase your chances of finding the right match.
The profile has three main sections. The first is the personal details section. The second is the n My Own Words’ section that gives you an opportunity to wow your prospects with your uniqueness and creativity. The final section enables you to showcase your interests.
Extensive intelligent tools
Regardless of the number of features and great aesthetics an online dating app or site may have, what use would it be if it cannot help you get a date. The beauty of it is that it comes with an ironclad six-month guarantee to help you find the right match; else you are given access to the app for the next six months for free.
To help you find a great match, the site and app feature an intelligent matching algorithm. This algorithm goes beyond taking into consideration the attributes, features, qualities, etc. you have indicated you like. It also automatically learns your preferences based on your actions on the site to help you achieve quality matches each time. For instance, if have indicated brunettes on your hair preferences, and yet you continually look up blondes, when looking for matches, the algorithm will factor in this action to add blonds to your custom matches.
To help narrow your options and increase the chances of finding someone interesting, you are presented with a list of mutually compatible dating profiles and it also sends you 7 matches each day. You can also see who viewed your profile, send winks, send messages via inbox and make calls through site/app specific numbers to make date arrangements.
What We Don’t Like About Match
One aspect that we don’t like most is the fact that you can not test the platform for free. There is a trial period option but there is only so much you can do with it. You can only create your profiles and send winks. However, you can’t send/read messages or see who viewed your profile. This means that you have zero chances of finding a match. It will cost you $20.99 per month for the annual subscriptions and even more if you choose to pay per month, or when you take the three or six moths subscription. Moreover, the subscription package also limits paying users because when they send messages to a non-paying user, their message will not be read.
Besides this, there have been numerous customer complaints in regards to products and service issues. Ladies often complain of being spammed with dating emails and messages. This is mainly caused by the huge disparity in terms of gender on the site, where there are far much more men than ladies. So getting a date is not always a cake walk. Other complaints entail warranty/guarantee and billing/collection issues.
Other than these few hiccups, Match.com has a lot to offer anyone thinking of online dating. The heartwarming success stories published by users who managed to find their soulmates through the platform is an inspiration to many online dating users. Still, because of the huge number of male members compared to female members on the site, which makes it hard for men to actually get any meaningful communication with females. We would recommend checking out Lust18.club instead.
Match.com is a very established and technically solid online dating site with a huge amount of members. But having such a large user base comes with problems. If there are 1000 men per woman, you can think for yourself how difficult it is to find a meaningful connection.
This may be the reason why match.com is requiring that members pay for a subscription before they can use the site in any meaningful way, and that they still can’t communicate with non paying members.
But it is not working as intended, in our opinion. If you get a trial period with all functions available, it would be a different story, but here you have to pay before getting to test the site fully.
The incentives is also high for buying a subscription for several months, since it is cheaper. This leads users to buy a product they may not want after testing it, and ends up with spamming other members to get more value for their money, which is a very bad thing for a dating site.