Pros / Match.com hosts group events so users can meet up in person.
Cons / You can’t message your matches unless you buy a membership.
Verdict / Match.com goes beyond online matchmaking and gives users a lot of likely matches.
The Match.com website is 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.
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.
This dating service is also available on a free smartphone app and is relatively easy to use. Match.com, 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.
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.