Match.com Review

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Match.com is one of the most popular online dating sites and there is good reason for that. With tens of millions of members from very diverse backgrounds, Match.com is a leader in online dating and has been and industry innovator since 1995. Match.com has lead to more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other online dating site. Read our review and comparisons to see why Match.com is the best, then signup and start searching for that special someone today!

Price

Match.com has the typical online dating pricing. They offer 1, 3, and 6 month membership plans. The longer the membership, the bigger the savings on the per month cost. Match.com's "Best Value" plans offer you additional features to make your profile standout, such as a highlighted profile, first impressions, and email read notification. The 6 month plans come with the "Match.com Guarantee", if you don't find someone within the first 6 months, get the next 6 months for free. You are billed up front for your entire plan length. It is free to view your matches or see who has viewed you, but you must signup for a plan in order to contact other member or read emails from other members.

Best Value Plan:

Length 3 Months 6 Months
Cost / Month $23.99 $19.99
Billed As $71.97 $119.94

Standard Plan:

Length 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months
Cost / Month $35.99 $19.99 $17.99
Billed As $35.99 $59.97 $107.94

Signup and start filling out your profile today at www.match.com. Note that Match.com never wants to interrupt your service or prematurely end your conversations, so you must discontinue service when you find your match and are satisfied. If you don't, then at the end of your commitment period, your subscription will be automatically be renewed.

Membership

The membership base at Match.com is the largest of any online dating site. Members come from all backgrounds and because their user base is so large, you have a great chance of finding a match. Even though they have many users, Match.com offers some great searching tools and criteria so you won't have trouble narrowing down their members to your best matches. Match.com serves heterosexual and homosexual singles and is for people looking for all different kinds of relationships. You could be looking for friendship, casual dating, serious relationships, or even be looking for other singles who want to get married. The age range and income levels of members is pretty diverse, so you shouldn't have trouble finding what you are looking for. Match.com truly has the best dating pool to choose from.

Demographics*:

Membership
Visitors per Month 15,900,000
Male / Female Ratio49% / 51%
 
Age
18 - 24 16%
25 - 34 22%
35 - 44 27%
45 - 54 21%
Over 55 14%
 
Ethnicity
Asian 4%
African American 9%
Caucasian 77%
Hispanic / Latino 9%
Other Ethnicities 1%
Education
High School 41%
Bachelor's Degree 42%
Graduate Degree 17%
 
Income
Under $50K 15%
$50K - $100K 25%
$100K - $150K 27%
Over $150K 34%

*Compiled from site traffic stats from Alexa and Quantcast.

Features / Search

What puts Match.com at the top of our 10BestOnline.com list is their unparalleled amount of features and searching options. Filling out your profile is very easy. Match.com starts you off with the basics like your physical features and background. You can then answer more in-depth questions about your interests or favorites like movies, books, hot spots to go out, or sports and exercise. Match.com also has open ended essays where you can express more of yourself in your own words and describe your perfect match. You can upload up to 26 photos or import them directly from Facebook.

Match.com makes searching very easy by offering many ways to search for someone special. You can perform quick searches based on age, location and keywords. Match.com also allows you to search for members that have photos or members that are currently online. A cool search feature is Match.com's DateSpark search. Members write a quick description for a date idea and you can search these different dates. This not only gives you interesting date ideas, but also reveals a different side of a member's personality. You can also search using Match.com's Reverse Search which shows other members that are searching for someone like you based on your profile.

Match.com uses their Synapse matching algorithm to find you great matches based on your personality profile, your match criteria, and your on-site activities such as who you search for, or who you indicate you like.  We found this to be a surprisingly accurate way of finding potential matches.  Match.com will also give you 5 daily matches based on their Mutual Match search which means you are looking for someone like them and they are looking for someone like you. The SingledOut matches are given to you when Match.com finds a member who really stands out as someone you'll have a great connection with. They "single out" this match for you to consider.

You can search for matches, read email, and view profiles all on the go with Match.com's mobile apps. Amazingly, they offer apps for all mobile platforms, while many online dating sites don't even have mobile apps. If you signup for a Match.com upgraded or "Best Value" plan then you get some extra features including email read notification, a highlighted profile, and first impressions.  The "first impressions" make sure that your profile is among the first to be emailed to new members.  You can check out some more features offered by Match.com in the lists below.

Your Profile Includes
Basics - Age, Height, Hair Color, Eye Color, Body Type, Ethnicity
Relationship Status, Kids, Smoker, Drinker, Location
Open Ended Essay About Yourself and Your Match
Interests, Sports, Exercise Habits
Pets, Political Views, Education, Favorites
Faith & Background Values
Add up to 26 photos, Import Photos from Facebook
 
Searching & Matching
Quick Search - Age, Location, Keyword, with Photo, Online Now
Custom Search - Many Options, Appearance, Interests, Background / Values, Lifestyle
DateSpark Search - Come up with an idea for a date, search for other's date ideas
Mutual Match - Based on your profile, you are looking for someone like them, they are looking for someone like you
Reverse Match - Shows members who are looking for someone like you
Synapse Matching - Match.com's Intelligent Matching based on your personality, preferences, and on-site actions
5 Daily Matches - Receive 5 great matches each day using Match.com's Synapse matching algorithm
SingledOut Matches - Someone who really stands out as a match for you
 
Features
Mobile Apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows OS, Palm
Link to your other accounts like Facebook & Windows Live
Match Alerts
Favorites
Who's Viewed My Profile / Who's Interested In Me
Articles & Dating Advice
matchPhone - Call or text members without revealing your actual phone number
Contact Any Member
One Click Searching
Match.com Guarantee - If you don't find someone special in 6 months, the next 6 months are free!
Best Value Plans - Get email read notifications, a highlighted profile, first impressions
 

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Your Homepage Some Matches Synapse Matching

Communication

There are many ways to contact your matches or members that interest you with Match.com. You can send "winks" or "likes" to members letting them know you are interested. This is a quick, no pressure way to show interest. The other member can then contact you if they are also interested. It's very exciting to get "winks" or "likes" and see who's noticed you. Members can also email other members and see who's has viewed their profile. Match.com offers an IM communication feature as well, however, they recommend emailing members instead.

With your free trial you can view your matches, send "winks" to matches, see that your profile has been viewed, and see that you've been emailed. In order to contact members, view your email, or see interested members, you must signup for a paid membership plan. Match.com offers a unique communication feature, "matchPhone". This feature allows you to call or text other members without revealing your real phone number. Match.com also has mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Palm, allowing you to search and contact matches on the go. Match.com will occasionally hold events in your area to help you meet other singles in person. Not many dating sites do this, so it is a nice offering especially if you feel that you standout more in person.

Privacy / Safety

You may be a little nervous putting yourself out there for the first time online and may be concerned about the information you post. Rest assured that Match.com takes your privacy and safety very seriously and they want to make sure you have a safe, enjoyable online dating experience. Match.com offers some great online dating safety tips on their site. They give you advice on meeting offline and behaviors to be aware of, like someone asking you for your address or money.

Match.com allows you to hide your profile or remove yourself from the "member spotlight". The "member spotlight" allows your profile to be seen on marketing initiatives or partner sites, like Facebook, increasing your chances of being noticed. Match.com enables your "member spotlight" by default, which we didn't really like, but you can easily disable it from your account page. You also have the ability to block members from contacting you or searching your profile, and you can report a concern about a member to the Match.com support staff.

Customer Support

Match.com offers great customer service. While many online dating sites only offer email support, Match.com goes a step further by offering both email and phone support. Their staff is courteous and discrete. They offer excellent support for all aspects of their site from help filling out your profile to dating tips. Figuring out what to write in your profile may be the only assistance you need because their site is very easy to navigate and search for matches. That being said, they do offer professional profile help with their "ProfilePro" add-on package. For a one time $39.99 fee, you can have a professional writer help you construct your profile to make your personality standout and get you noticed in as little as 3 days.

Their support page has a nice FAQ section that you can search, which should be able to answer most of your questions about the Match.com site and online dating service. Match.com also offers dating articles & advice, and relationship tips for those that have had trouble dating in the past. This is a really nice support service included in all membership plans.

Customer Reviews

It's never too lateWrite Review
January 5, 2017Price
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MarialeFeatures / Search
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SeattlePrivacy / Safety
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Being 30 y/o and the only single of the family I decided to give Match a try and although I spent a few months in unsuccessful back and forth with different guys, I finally met my soul mate! Who would think it was still possible? Match is full of amazing features at a good price!
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Match.com worked great for me.Write Review
November 2, 2016Price
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PaulFeatures / Search
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Cheshire,CT Privacy / Safety
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I lost my wife a couple of years ago. I used Match as a tool to look up/talk to nice women. Over three months I had 11 dates. I'm not looking for hookups just fun times that lead to a LTR. You have to give it time and work it. It's not easy. Set your goals and date parameters. I have a great committed relationship now. Thanks match, love it.
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