Match Review (

Welcome to one of the largest dating services on the Web. claims to be responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site in the world, a reputation they’ve lived up to since launching in 1995. Match now serves singles in 24 countries and hosts websites in 15 different languages, giving them one of the largest member bases of any dating service. In fact, the team at Match so confident that you’ll find love amongst their millions of members that they offer a guarantee: find someone special in 6 months or get 6 more months for free.

To get a feel for how dating on works, new users can sign up for a free account. Only paid members have access to the full range of Match features, but free members can create a profile, conduct searches, post photos, and send winks. If you’re struck with writer’s block, Match offers a Profile Pro service that provides dating experts to review your profile, edit the text so it puts your best foot forward, and offer online dating advice.

After subscribing, members have unlimited access to’s complete functionality. As a paid user, you can view all photos posted on other profiles, send and receive unlimited emails, and see who has viewed your profile. Many other premium add-ons – like the Email Read Notification service that allows you to see who has opened and read your emails – are also available for purchase.

matchMobile makes it easy to take the online dating experience anywhere. Surfing the site from your smartphone is simple, and it includes nearly all of the features the main site offers. The mobile service also sends alerts by email or text message when you receive a new wink or message. mobile applications are free to download for iOS, Apple Watch, Android, and Android Wear. The apps put's full capabilities in the palm of your hand. The homepage offers a summary of your account's activity, a newsfeed, and a photo viewing feature called Stream. Searches can be conducted by all filters available in the desktop version. You can also browse by Daily Matches, Mutual Match, and Reverse Match.

If interested in someone, you can send an email, send a wink, like a photo or add them as a favorite within the app. Paid members can keep track of all interactions in one place using the Connections tab. Anyone you interact with in any way is added as a Connection to help you easily keep track of how recently you've been in contact and the last action taken. Push notifications guarantee all members, paid or free, never miss a potential connection.

When you're ready to connect on a deeper level, premium members can use the matchPhone service to protect their privacy. matchPhone allows you to talk or text on your cell phone anonymously by generating a new, unique phone number that is forwarded right to your phone. Your auto-generated matchPhone number is the only number that will appear on the other member's Caller ID. also makes an effort to take its exceptional matchmaking offline. Use DateSpark to suggest an interesting date idea on your profile and see what sparks. It's an easy conversation starter and a built-in first date. The company also hosts live, local events for members. Match Events run anywhere from 2-2.5 hours and are held at bars, restaurants, and lounges. Guests mix and mingle while enjoying drink specials and complimentary appetizers.

Put desktop, mobile, and in-person together, and you get a company that fully deserves its reputation as one of the best dating services in the world.

Canadian Flag Canadian Singles you can join Canada for free to see what the service is about. This service works on mobile phones as well.

United Kingdom Flag UK and Ireland Flag Ireland singles, please read our separate Match UK and Ireland review.

Positives of

  • Site is easy to use
  • A first in the dating world: a Guarantee (formerly called “Make Love Happen Guarantee”)-read below in the costs section for more details
  • Very large and well-respected online dating service (perhaps the largest general dating site on the internet)
  • Ability to remove singles from your search results
  • Ability to find out when your match reads the email you sent them with Email Read Notification
  • Many add-ons available to enhance your experience and tailor it to your unique needs

Negatives of

  • With so many features, the site could be overwhelming for less tech-savvy users. This problem can be minimized by using's easy to use online help system

Editors Bottom Line

What should you take away from this review of Our expert explains:

"Match" is one of the oldest running online dating services and is busting with features. It's a great tool for singles looking for a relationship who are aged 30 and higher. No hookups here.


A list of up to the last 5 awards for the Current year and/or Past that has been the recipient of, in the Dating Sites Reviews Choice awards.


2018 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold


2016 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold 2016 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All 2015 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold 2014 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Gold

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At a Glance

United States, Canada, United Kingdom
English, French
Member Numbers:
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Cost per Month:
From $26.65 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Basic

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  View Add Free Membership

  • Free Trials (limited length of time) and Free Memberships are both available
  • Included:
    • Create a profile
      • General
        • Location, email address, gender, birthday, sex and age of the person you are seeking, search by radius from your ZIP/postal code or by region
      • About You
        • Appearance: hair color, eye color, height, body type
        • Relationship status, kids, religious beliefs, political views
        • Education, occupation, salary range
        • Lifestyle: smoking, drinking, exercise, pets
        • Languages, ethnicity
        • Favorite local hot spots
        • Interests: movies, music, TV shows, food, hobbies, etc.
      • About Your Date
        • Appearance: hair color, eye color, height, body type
        • Education, languages, ethnicity, religious beliefs
        • Relationship status, kids
        • Salary range, drinking, smoking
        • Can select “Deal Breaker” for qualities that are most important to you
      • In Your Own Words
        • Headline
        • Personal essay about you or your match
        • Double your chances to find a match by copying your profile to, sister site of
        • Apply to be highlighted in Member Spotlight
      • Photos
      • Verifications
        • Build trust by earning badges that let the Match community know you are who you say you are.
    • Search for matches
    • Rate Daily Matches
    • View profiles
    • Send winks
    • Post photos
    • General mobile access
    • Receive text alerts for winks and emails
    • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Not Included:
    • Receive and reply to messages from other subscribers
    • Send messages to members you are interested in
    • See who has viewed or favorited your profile
    • Connect faster with IM
    • One click search type
    • Receive SingledOut matches
    • Keep track of all open Connections in one place
    • Remove members you're not interested in from your search results to make room for other possibilities
    • Highlighted profile
    • Priority access to events
  • Your profile will be reviewed by a member of the customer service team within 48 hours. Once approved, other members will be able to find you

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Find

  • Dating
  • Friends
  • Long-Term
  • Marriage Costs

  • Prices last confirmed January 3, 2017. Please check for most recent pricing
  • Basic Plans
    • Does not include Email Read Notification, First Impressions, Highlighted Profile (see below for additional costs)
    • 12 months for $26.65/mo (save 65%)
    • 6 months for $27.99/mo (save 63%)
      • Includes Guarantee
    • 3 months for $31.99/mo (save 58%)
    • 1 month for $57.32
  • Bundle Plans
    • 12 months for $27.99/mo (save 73%)
    • 6 months for $31.99/mo (save 69%)
      • Includes Guarantee
    • 3 months for $35.99/mo (save 65%)
  • additional paid features:
    • Guarantee anyone can reply to your emails
      • Increase your matches by ensuring anyone can reply to your messages for free
      • $13.32/mo
    • Private Mode
      • Control who sees your profile by making yourself visible only to the people you choose
      • $13.32/mo
    • Email Read Alerts
      • Know when your emails have been read
      • $6.65/mo
    • Highlighted Profile
      • Get up to 60% more attention with a redesigned profile
      • $6.65/mo
    • First Impressions
      • Be seen first by new members
      • $6.65/mo
    • matchPhone
      • Talk and text without sharing your number
      • $5.32/mo
    • Top Spot
      • Get on top of search results for 60 minutes during the site's peak usage time
      • 10 pack for $2.00 ea
      • 5 pack for $2.40 ea
      • 1 for $2.99 ea
  • Additional paid features are more expensive per month if you pick a shorter membership term
  • Guarantee
    • If you don't find someone special during your six-month subscription, will give you an additional six months at no additional cost to you to continue your search. Certain rules apply. See for full details
  • accepts most major credit cards and PayPal

Current Promotions Viewing & Communication Features

  • Profiles
  • Photos
  • Mail messages
  • Wink
  • Match Events
  • Instant Messenger
  • matchPhone
  • Connections
    • Keep track of everyone you have interacted with in any way
    • Filter and sort connections by a variety of options
    • Message members directly from Connections tab
    • Members marked with "They're Waiting!" when it's your turn to make a move
  • Match Apps
    • Apps are available on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad)
    • Dedicated iPad and tablet apps to take advantage of the larger screen. For more information on the latest iPad app and the features offered you can read: Match Launches A Brand New iPad App
    • Compatible with Android Wearables. Features include voice commands and pulse notifications. For more on this feature you can read: supports Android Wearables
    • Check out member profiles who are near you. Receive daily matches
    • Create a profile and upload photos
    • Communicate by exchanging emails and flirts
    • Search for members and see who has looked at your profile and who has liked your photos
    • Create your own Bucket List and compare it to other users to see what similarites you have. For more on this feature see: Match Offers New ‘Bucket List’ Feature
    • With Match Stories create a 60 second introduction story about yourself for your dating profile using videos and images. For more on this feature see: Match Plans to Launch Video Feature to Attract New Users
  • Match Events
    • Attend in-person singles events around the United States
    • Events are customized through the Match matching algorithms in terms of age, gender, and interests
    • Current and past events include: photography classes, flying lessons, happy hours, cooking classes, wine & tequila tastings, bowling nights, dance lessons
  • Games
    • Play one of seven games that last 1-5 minutes with other members that are designed to encourage interaction and asses compatibility
    • Choose between:Best & Worst, Food Critic, Romance Rip Off, Name That Dance, Gut Reaction, Drawn Together, and If I Could
  • Basic Search
    • Gender, age, location
    • With photos
    • Online now
    • Refine and sort results by various filters
  • Mutual Match
    • Based on what you say in your profiles, you are looking for someone like them and they are looking for someone like you
  • Reverse Match
    • These matches are looking for someone like you based on what you say about yourself in your profile
  • Communities
    • Affiliate yourself with certain brands, organizations, and associations, and look for matches with similar interests
  • Daily Matches
    • Match sends an introduction email to matches you are interested in
    • In order to receive new Daily Matches, you must rate the Daily Matches you receive each day
  • Match Me
    • Places you in the Daily Matches of people you really like
  • Connections
    • Viewed Me
    • Winks
    • Favorites
    • Likes
    • Phonebook
  • DateSpark
    • Help users actually meet people with compatible interests in real life
    • Propose a date that you find interesting and then wait for a response from members who are interested in the same activity

Other Information

  • You can link your Facebook account and/or your Windows Live ID account to your account
  • powers online dating for Yahoo! Personals in Australia and North America, and for other strategic partners in many countries throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and South America

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