One of the largest online dating sites with more than 15 million singles in over 240 countries, Match.com was one of the pioneers of the dating industry, starting out in 1995. Unfortunately, there is no way of browsing the site as a guest and you need to sign up for an account to even access the site proper which is quite frustrating. Once you do get onto the site you will see it has a super-sleek layout with plenty of easy-to-use features and a wealth of newsletters, magazines, and advice columns. However, it is missing a chat or instant messaging feature which really should be standard for an online dating site. Free members are unable to look at someone else’s profile or reply to an email sent by a paying member and you are really quite limited if you don’t become a paying member. If you do decide to become a paying member, you can avail of the huge number of special features on match.com which is really where the site excels above other dating sites.
As a guest you are unable to enter the site, as a free member you are unable to access the majority of features, but if you are a paid member there are tons of features available including:
• Over 15 million registered singles
• Super-sleek layout and easy to navigate
• Loads of reading material including magazines, advice columns, and newsletters
• MatchWords allows users to define certain keywords that will help others find them
• Platinum membership provides you with a professional matchmaker to help your search
• MatchFindBlind is a program run by Dr. Phil to walk you through how to get prepared for online dating
• Lots of other customization and personalization options to help you in your search
What We Like
As the pioneer of online dating, we expected a lot from Match.com and in many ways it delivered. The site is incredibly easy and fun to use with the option to create a profile as detailed or as vague as you wish. We also love the trademarked features; MatchWords and MatchFindBlind which you won’t find anywhere else.
What We Don’t Like
Unfortunately the balance to the great layout and features is that to gain the most out of Match.com you will have to pay for membership. We were also disappointed at the lack of an instant chat service or messaging service for free users.
If you are in search for that special someone and you are very serious about your quest, Match.com is one of the best online dating sites you can use. However, you have to be sure you are fully committed to the site and willing to pay for the service. If you’re looking to meet someone for free or for a hookup, it would be best to stay away.