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Match.com Review

If we had to pick just one site to find ourselves a compatible partner then Match.com would be our top choice. It's incredibly popular for a reason...

Match.com ScreenshotWe have the pleasure (and pain) of reviewing dozens of online dating sites every year and we have to say that Match.com consistently sets the agenda in terms of popularity and ease of use. Some sites are beautifully designed but have hardly any members. Some have lots of features but are too confusing to be practical. Some sites look good at first but turn out to be swamped with fake profiles. So it's refreshing to find a site like Match.com that's thoughtfully designed, has an incredibly large membership base and is is intuitive and easy to use. It just works!

I've seen free dating sites so why would I want to pay for Match.com?

Well first of all you don't have to pay a thing to try out Match.com. Use our 1 week Free Match Trial Link to get a full membership for 7 days and make your own mind up before parting with any cash. Just complete the sign up process and leave your payment details with Match (credit card or Paypal ID, you won't be charged anything until the 7 days is over). If you want to cancel before the week is up then just click 'change/cancel membership' within your account area and you can leave without paying a cent.

If you like what you see and decide to pay for a subscription then you can expect a higher quality experience than you’re likely to get at a totally free site. What do we base that on? Many hours spent reviewing both free and paid dating sites. While there are some very poor subscription based sites the very best ones (like Match.com) tend to have a better standard of profile than the free dating sites because members are serious enough to invest their money into finding a potential match so they tend to invest more time into creating a profile that shows who they are and you get less fake or time wasting members.

Setting up your profile and getting started at Match.com

You can have your profile up and running in under 10 minutes but the more you put into it the more there will be to spark the interest of a potential match so do yourself justice and take some time to create a profile that best reflects who you are. Not so good with words? Match offer a service called ProfilePro where a professional writer will write your profile based on your good points for $39.99. It's not a service we'd consider using ourselves but might be a help to some.

During the sign up process you get asked a selection of questions such as sports, activities, what music and TV you’re interested in, favourite places and common interests you could share on a date. Whether you’d like to have children, spiritual and political views before switching to questions about what qualities are important to you in your ideal date. You can then add as much or as little as you'd like in your own words before uploading some pictures to your profile (a generous maximum of 26 photos is allowed).

Searching and communicating on match.com

Once your profile's complete the real fun begins. It's here where the Match.com search comes into its own as you can search the many thousands of potential matches by location, physical attributes, faith, interests and lots more. We're pretty confident you'll find the most potential matches in your area than on any other dating site as Match.com is just so popular in the U.S and Canada, it's widespread popularity is what continues makes it so popular! Once you've seen someone you like there's lots of ways you can show you're interested. Match.com has its own email messaging system so you can exchange mails online, send an instant message or arrange to call on matchTalk. If you're not quite ready for that you can send someone a 'wink' that lets them know you're interested or just add them to your favorites so you can keep track of them. You can also see who's favorited or viewed you in your message center.

Match features and extras

The people behind Match have been working on some new enhancements such as matchTalk where you can talk to someone you're interested in on your own phone while keeping your number confidential. If you don't have much time to search through profiles yourself then Match also has some compatibility matching features such as the Match Daily 5, Singled Out and Mutual Match where Match will send you details of potential matches they've singled out for you based on your likes and dislikes. There's also a fun 'Like at First Sight' quiz where you can rate celebrities by attractiveness to help Match find you matches that might make the best first impression.

Pros and Cons

Good The huge popularity of the site means you've a great chance of finding someone nearby.
Bad Not the cheapest site around so take advantage of the Match Guarantee.


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Website Ratings

How well did match.com rate in key areas?

Popularity 10
Design 9
Ease of Use 9
Value for Money 8
Profiles 9
Search 9
Total 90%

Membership Prices

How much does it cost to sign up?

Free to Register & Browse Yes
1 week free trial link here $0.00
1 month membership $34.99
3 months membership $59.97
6 months membership $101.94

Match Guarantee

Get 6 months free if you don't find love!

For all 6 month subscribtions Yes
If you don't find someone special within 6 months then Match will give you an extra 6 months completely free! T&C's here

Site Features

What extra features does the site have?

Email Members Yes
Upload Multiple Photos Yes
See Who's Viewed You Yes
Last Online Status Yes
Search By Proximity Yes
Chat/Instant Messaging Yes
Confidential Phone Chat Yes
Block Unwanted Contact Yes
Video/Webcam No