Match

Match
Developed by: match.com
Ranked: 1st - Best buy
Overall rating:
Best price: $29.99
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

Technology should make our lives easier

 
Review
Match is awarded best buy

Review summary

Good points Match review good points

• Huge membership

• Lots of success stories

• Full of features

• Member screening

• Friendly environment

Bad points Match review bad points

• Several complaints have been made about membership cancellations

Our verdict

Currently the best online dating website available with a huge numbers of active members, an elegant interface and plenty of success stories.




Full review

Match.com has become the leading online dating website in the past couple of years. Its highly likely that you will have known someone who has used the service. Their brand is distinctive and its hard to avoid their television advertisements. We delved in further to find out whether this is the best place to find love online.

Sign up

Anyone can create a profile on the website for free, but you won't get very far without upgrading to a paid membership. If you want to send or reply to an email you'll need to subscribe to a membership.

You'll need to provide some basic information about yourself to get started. There are plenty of opportunities to sell yourself. You can list hobbies, whether you like pubs or clubs, favorite holiday destinations etc. It may take you a while to fill in your profile, but remember its well worth it if you want to attract the right people.

Don't forget to include a photo as your not likely to get very far without one. You can include a maximum of 15 photos using the image uploader tool. If it doesn't work for you, you can email the photos instead.

Search

One of the great benefits of using match is the sheer number of people using the website. The numbers simple dwarf many of the other dating websites around.

Using your location which you will have entered during the sign-up process, Match will present you with profiles of members who are in your local area and of a similar age. You can however see many more profiles, by changing the search criteria. You can select anyone of any age or location - even people in another country.

You can easily sort and filter members. You can also easily block people who you don't want to see of be able to contact you.

We think its best that you select only the members profiles which were online in last week. If they were online before that period its likely that they are no longer using the website.

There is a great tool recently added called a 'reverse search'. This allows you see members who have been searching for features and interests that match your profile. So if your tall, you can see all the people who have been searching for someone over 6ft.

Communication

If you want to let someone know your interested in them you can send a wink, you can email them or start a conversation with them through the live chat tool.

You can see a list of people who have winked or emailed you. You can also see who has added you to their favorites list.

It's pretty clear that the vast majority of match members are serious about dating, because its a paid for service.

Safety

All profiles are checked for inappropriate content and offensive language before they are put onto the website. They also continue to check any further updates made to profiles. You may notice this if you update your profile, because there is a short delay before the change appears. There is also advice on how to stay safe online and when meeting potential dates.

Match has also started to screen new members against the sex offender registry for added protection.

Ease of use

Match is by far the easiest online dating website to use and navigate your way around. There are no gimmicky features that you will find on other websites.

There are a few advertising banners dotted about the site, but generally the design is uncluttered and well organized.

Help & support

There is a responsive email support system.

You can find online dating tips, advice on how to stay safe online and when meeting potential dates. There are plenty of success stories you can read that offer plenty of encouragement a long the way.

Overall

Match has become a hugely recognized brand in the past few years and from what we have seen it more than deserves its trusted reputation. They claim that over 250,000 people a year find a partner through the website, so for that reason alone its well worth giving it ago.



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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Sign up
 received a rating of 5 for Sign up
Search
 received a rating of 5 for Search
Communication
 received a rating of 5 for Communication
Safety
 received a rating of 5 for Safety
Ease of use
 received a rating of 5 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support