Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Mate1 seems a little outdated when compared with the other online dating sites we tested, but there is definitely potential for finding a match, and that is what matters most. Our test profile was matched by the Mate1 system with over 1,000 potential dates. However, many of the matches we found during our research were spammers, so you need to be sure you’re matching with real profiles.
This is one of the dating sites for singles that is trying to keep up with Tinder, the most influential digital dating tool in recent years, by offering something like a swipe option. You do not literally swipe, of course, the way you do on the Tinder app, but you can sort through your Mate1 matches by clicking on a Nope, Interested or Skip button under their photos.
With this site, there are no compatibility tests the way there are with most online dating services. Your personality is not defined by a color and there are not pages and pages of questions about your emotions. Mate1 just asks a few basic questions about your looks, education and occupation before you are registered and ready to go. There are only a handful of essay questions that you can opt to fill out as part of your profile later. For casual daters this may be just right, but this website doesn’t attempt to match you with compatible people. If you’re looking for highly personalized recommendations, Elite Singles has one of the most in-depth questionnaires of all the sites we researched.
This dating site does offer a fair amount of control in your searches, though there are sites that have more ways to filter. Basic filters include age, geographical location and whether or not profiles have a photo. Advanced search options include things like food preferences, drinking habits, work habits and income. Other sites offer even more ways to filter, though, including filters for keywords.
This company only offers an email address if you have questions about your account. There were no articles or other information about dating on the site either. Not everyone wants instruction about dating from a website, but it represents a lack of depth and an orientation to casual dating with Mate1, which may be perfect for certain daters.
The lack of compatibility tests and informational articles indicates more of a bent toward casual dating on this site, so Mate1 is not for everyone. Many of the essentials for finding a great date are there, though. A few more search tools would make it even more competitive with the other sites we reviewed. At this point it might be worth a look for matching on the most basic levels of compatibility.
Contributing Reviewer: Angie Parkinson