(Emphasis on “supposed to.” Boosting fell totally flat in our tests.) While the -per-month price tag is already cheap compared to most paid dating sites, you can get that number down as low as per month by agreeing to pay for several months of service at once — but we think its free version is more than enough for the average dater.
The aptly named Plenty of Fish has over 5.5 million unique visitors each month, and during our two weeks of testing, we received more profile views and messages on POF than on any other site.
We made profiles on four dating sites — OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Match, and e Harmony — and evaluated them on the quality of the matches they provided and overall usability.
First, we looked at how easy it was to create a unique and interesting profile.
The key: You not only answer a bunch of multiple-choice questions about your lifestyle and preferences to create your own profile, but get to choose which answers you want to see in your potential matches, as well as how important each of those answers is.
Of the four online dating sites we tested in-depth, OKCupid is the only one to base its matching algorithms off such robust parameters.
POF’s website isn’t very intuitive, which can make finding that needle in a haystack even more complicated.
Add to that a barrage of notifications every time someone so much as looks at your profile and it’s easy to see why some users get fed up and never come back.That’s not great when you consider the 70-plus results OKCupid served up for us, but it was better than any other site we looked at.We also received the highest percentage of messages we rated “good.” While all of OKCupid’s main features — messaging, viewing profiles, answering questions — are free, there is a paid option for those looking to get a little more out of their search.You’ll get the best deal if you pay for eight months of premium membership.This membership boosts your profile in searches, lets you upload more pictures, and shows you if your messages were read or deleted.A great matching algorithm doesn’t mean much, though, if it doesn’t translate into conversations and dates.