Matchmaker Review

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Matchmaker is one of the longest running online dating sites on the web launched in 1996. It is focused on 35+ serious singles looking for long-term, committed relationships. Matchmaker is powered by Date.com and is a great place to start looking for that special someone. So when you are serious about meeting someone, signup and start searching at Matchmaker today for free!

Price

Matchmaker offers only one membership plan, but it is available for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. If you signup for longer plans, you save more money. Matchmaker is one of the few online dating sites to offer a 12 month plan. Matchmaker bills you up front for your entire membership length. It is free to view your matches, but you must signup for a plan to contact other members.

Membership Plan:

Length 1 Month 3 Months 6 Months 12 Months
Cost / Month $34.95 $23.32 $16.66 $11.66
Billed As $34.95 $69.96 $99.99 $139.95

Signup and start searching today at www.matchmaker.com. Your subscription will automatically renew when your current subscription ends. You may cancel your subscription at any time.

Membership

There are more male members than female members at Matchmaker which is a bit different than membership at other online dating sites. While the membership base at Matchmaker may not be as large as some other online dating sites, most members are serious about finding someone for a long-term, committed relationship. Their user base is very diverse and more affluent than some other sites. Also the average age is over 35 at Matchmaker which is older than other online dating sites we reviewed.

Demographics*:

Membership
Visitors per Month 215,000
Male / Female Ratio 51% / 49%
 
Age
18 - 24 16%
25 - 34 19%
35 - 44 26%
45 - 54 25%
Over 55 14%
 
Ethnicity
Asian 3%
African American 9%
Caucasian 77%
Hispanic / Latino 10%
Other Ethnicities 1%
Education
High School 44%
Bachelor's Degree 42%
Graduate Degree 14%
 
Income
Under $50K 18%
$50K - $100K 21%
$100K - $150K 22%
Over $150K 38%

*Compiled from site traffic stats from Alexa and Quantcast.

Features / Search

Members begin their Matchmaker experience by filling out their profile including basic appearance and traits, details about interests and hobbies, open-ended essays, and info about what they are looking for in a partner. Members can add up to 10 photos to their profile. Matchmaker's profile is a bit limited and they offer no personality test. They match you based on only a few preferences from your profile which could make it hard to find a match.

Matchmaker does have some good searching capability including a basic search, advanced search, and "who's online" search. You can search for and communicate with any member. Most profiles do have at least one photo so you can also search by member photos. When Matchmaker finds your matches, you can review them and indicate if you "Wanna meet up?". This lets the member know you are interested in them and want to communicate with them more. You can also see who has viewed your profile or picked you as a favorite.

Matchmaker offers good dating tips and advice on their www.date.info companion site. They have a simple, clean website layout that is easy to search and navigate.

Your Profile Includes
Basics - Age, Height, Hair Color, Eye Color, Body Type, Ethnicity
Relationship History, Kids, Smoker, Drinker, Location, Faith
Add up to 10 photos - Get noticed more!
In My Own Words - Open-ended essay questions to reveal more about your personality
Details - Interests and Favorites
Partner - Indicate what you are looking for in a partner based on appearance and lifestyle
 
Search & Matching
Basic Search - Age and Location
Advanced Search - Search by basic appearance & lifestyle traits
Who's Online Search - See which members are online right now
Your Matches based on your profile partner criteria
 
Features
Chat Rooms & IM
Send Gifts / Show Interest Flirts
Advanced Searching Tools
Who's Online Now
Who's Viewed Me / Who's Favorited Me
Review Matches - "Wanna Meet Up?" Feature
Mobile Site for access to your profile on the go (m.matchmaker.com)
 

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Homepage Matches Search Results

Communication

Members can send gifts, show interest, and send emails to other members at Matchmaker. You have the ability to talk to other members over IM when you are interested in having a more in-depth conversation. You can also show other members that you are interested in them by "Liking" their photos or adding them to your favorites. When you do this, the member will be informed that you "Liked" them or added them to your favorites. You can see who has viewed your profile, which may be an indicator that they are interested in you. Matchmaker also has a live chat room if you wish to start flirting with members or gauge interest in your profile.

Privacy / Safety

At Matchmaker you have the ability to hide your profile at any time so other members cannot see you. You can also set your IM status to "offline" if you don't wish to be contacted by other members via IM. It is unusual that you cannot block members at Matchmaker, while all other online dating sites allow you to block members. However, you can report any member to the Matchmaker support staff if you have a concern.

Matchmaker offers some safety points for your interactions online and offline, however their information is limited compared to other online dating sites.

Customer Support

You can contact customer support at Matchmaker via email 24 hours a day. They don't have phone support though. They have an FAQ section which they call the "Topics" section on their help page. Here they answer pretty much an question you could have about their site. You probably won't ever need to contact customer support though because their site is very simple and easy to navigate. Matchmaker's support staff responded to our email in a very timely manner and they were very courteous in their response.

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