Plenty of Fish is a free and easy way to try online dating. Its setup process is thorough and the free mobile app is comparable to several others on the market.
Setting up your profile involves a rather in-depth chemistry assessment of more than 70 questions.
This means you’ll have to think a little bit about your own personality, how others perceive you and what you want in a mate. Questions include whether you consider yourself productive and whether you’re seen as stubborn. You answer on a scale, which is nice because it means your answers can be more nuanced than yes or no. There are several other questionnaires available to continue to flesh out your profile, but they’re not required. Messaging and viewing user profiles is all free on Plenty of Fish. While our reviewers don’t think the website is very well designed, the free mobile app is also an option that’s super easy to use. The one downside to any service with free messaging is that you could feel overwhelmed if you find yourself with a flooded inbox. On average, the three fake accounts we set up for testing got 40 matches in 24 hours, the second highest of any service we tested. Of those, 22 percent were “top prospects,” which is the site’s way of saying those users are highly compatible with you.
- Users have free access to profile photos and messaging
- There are several compatibility surveys to flesh out your profile and improve the quality of your matches
- Its available online and through a smartphone app
- The websites design is busy and not very intuitive
- It would be vert time-consuming to complete every survey
- Free and unlimited messaging could be overwhelming for some, particularly women
We were surprised too, but Plenty of Fish really holds up against other dating services with an in-depth matching process and free access to the most useful features on the website.
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This matchmaking service has a signup process that is incredibly in-depth. Along with answering preliminary questions about your age, race and body type, you’re also asked how long your longest relationship was, your birth order and whether build and lifestyle choices matter to you in finding a mate. You can then show a little bit of personality in writing a short description of yourself and uploading photos. It’s optional to display your real first name on your profile, which is nice if you’re concerned about your privacy.
This initial setup is followed by a chemistry assessment consisting of more than 70 questions. The questions cover a wide spectrum of personality traits and preferences like if you consider yourself productive, whether you like scary movies, if you express yourself easily and whether people see you as stubborn or not. You answer all of these questions on scale, so you’re not boxed into simply choosing yes or no if you feel you fall somewhere in the middle.
There is a free Plenty of Fish app for checking your matches and messaging them right from your phone. Users are moving to predominantly free mobile dating apps in general.
While you can use Plenty of Fish successfully without paying, a monthly subscription does give you access to special features. For example, you can see extended profile information and see whether messages you sent have been read or deleted. These aren’t essential features, but some users might find the advantages worthwhile.