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Match.com review

Match.com is constantly innovating in the world of online dating to help you find love

Match.com
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Our Verdict

Match.com goes beyond online matchmaking with great singles nights and activities, while also giving users a lot of likely matches.

For

  • Match.com hosts group events so users can meet up in person
  • Active membership
  • Constantly innovating online dating

Against

  • You can't message your matches unless you buy a membership

Match.com is perhaps the most well-known online dating service, with a website that's both modern-looking and easy to use. Setting up your user profile is easy to do. You first answer questions about your lifestyle and physical appearance. Almost all of the online dating services we reviewed ask about smoking and drinking habits so you can pair with someone who shares your values. You are also asked about your religion, your salary and whether you have any children.

While websites like eHarmony and Plenty of Fish give you the option to answer questions about your personality and interests on a sliding scale, Match.com gives you predetermined interests to choose from. You have to pick five from the list, which includes options like “coffee and conversation,” “alumni connections,” “playing cards” and “volunteering.” While there are 26 to pick from, they’re all rather specific and don’t seem to give you as much leeway as other sites to express your own individual likes or personality.

You can then stipulate what you’re looking for in a mate in categories such as appearance, education or family. It’s nice to have the option to say certain things, like whether someone has children, are a “deal-breaker” is a nice option so you know you won’t be matched with someone you absolutely can’t make it work with. You can also add more information to your profile like your family background, personal values or what you want in a date. In total, setting up a profile only took our reviewers five minutes.

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Like many online dating services, Match sells monthly subscriptions if you want full access to all of its matchmaking features.

Like many online dating services, Match sells monthly subscriptions if you want full access to all of its matchmaking features.
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Paying Match members have access to messaging, seeing who has viewed you and a multitude of other website features free users don’t get.

Paying Match members have access to messaging, seeing who has viewed you and a multitude of other website features free users don’t get.
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Match profiles show a person’s physical information as well as whether that user wants children.

Match profiles show a person’s physical information as well as whether that user wants children.
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Part of setting up your Match profile requires choosing only five prewritten interests from the list.

Part of setting up your Match profile requires choosing only five prewritten interests from the list.
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Match asks you what you want in a partner physically, and as with other questions, you can note whether this is a deal breaker.

Match asks you what you want in a partner physically, and as with other questions, you can note whether this is a deal breaker.
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The man seeking woman profile we created got 10 matches and nine messages in 24 hours.

The man seeking woman profile we created got 10 matches and nine messages in 24 hours.
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Match asks users to note their height, build and other physical traits while setting up a profile.

Match asks users to note their height, build and other physical traits while setting up a profile.
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Match asks users what they’re looking for in a mate, whether it has to do with family, income, drinking habits or body type.

Match asks users what they’re looking for in a mate, whether it has to do with family, income, drinking habits or body type.
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Match lets you upload several photos to appear more desirable and relatable.

Match lets you upload several photos to appear more desirable and relatable.
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Match lets you search for a mate based on similar interests, like sports or hobbies.

Match lets you search for a mate based on similar interests, like sports or hobbies.
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Match is unique in that it hosts events for users to meet up in person and get to know each other in a group setting, which can be less stressful than a one-on-one date.

Match is unique in that it hosts events for users to meet up in person and get to know each other in a group setting, which can be less stressful than a one-on-one date.
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Match displays a popup when a user likes you while you’re on the website, which can be exciting.

Match displays a popup when a user likes you while you’re on the website, which can be exciting.
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MatchPhone lets you message people you’ve matched with via text without having to exchange phone numbers.

MatchPhone lets you message people you’ve matched with via text without having to exchange phone numbers.
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Match has a bucket list feature where you can let other users know what your goals are in life.

Match has a bucket list feature where you can let other users know what your goals are in life.
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Like most online dating services, a subscription is required to access all available features on Match.

Like most online dating services, a subscription is required to access all available features on Match.
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You can go through other user profiles on Match and like or skip them, similar to Tinder. Match is more comprehensive in that it shows you how much of a match you are by giving you a percentage match number.

You can go through other user profiles on Match and like or skip them, similar to Tinder. Match is more comprehensive in that it shows you how much of a match you are by giving you a percentage match number.
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We spent five days creating fake online dating profiles on websites like Match.com and monitoring the results.

We spent five days creating fake online dating profiles on websites like Match.com and monitoring the results.
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Match asks users to select five interests from predetermined categories.

Match asks users to select five interests from predetermined categories.
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The woman seeking man profile we created on Match got more than 100 matches, as did the man seeking woman profile.

The woman seeking man profile we created on Match got more than 100 matches, as did the man seeking woman profile.

Match.com is unique in that the site organizes group hangouts for its members. Match Events range from cocktail hours to more structured activities like bowling. This gives users the opportunity to mingle and chat without the pressure of a one-on-one date. There was even a Bucket List Event Series so users with the same items on their bucket list could do them together, like take flying lessons, hike or take a big trip together.

Easy to use dating app

Match.com offers a a free smartphone app that's relatively easy to use, and like most online dating apps, seems to have followed after Tinder by letting users view other profiles and say yes or no to them by swiping right or left. The app stands out because you can create a “story” similar to Facebook or Snapchat for users to see what you’re doing throughout your day. 

Both on the app and on the website, you can view other users’ profile photos and information with a free account, but upgrading to a paid Match.com membership gives you access to features like letting you know someone has read your message as well as power-ups to make your account stand out. While you can see if you’ve received messages without paying, you can’t actually read them or reply without paying.

Not every dating service uses a percentage to stipulate whether you should definitely take a look at a match, but overall this was the highest rate of good matches we got on any dating website or app

In our tests, the three accounts we created each got either 10 or 11 matches in the first 24 hours. Match.com requires users rate their daily matches to get new ones. Your matches come with a compatibility number, and most of our matches were 80 percent compatible or more. Not every dating service uses a percentage to stipulate whether you should definitely take a look at a match, but overall this was the highest rate of good matches we got on any dating website or app. You can message someone who isn’t necessarily a match, so our accounts got an average of 14 messages in 24 hours, but we couldn’t read them or reply without a paid membership.

Along with hosting meetups, Match offers other unique features like adding your favorite MLB team to your page. The website and app are both modern and intuitive, and blocking or reporting inappropriate behavior is easy to do. Once you’ve found the mac to your cheese or the peanut butter to your jelly, canceling your account is easy to do in the settings section of the website.

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