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Plenty Of Fish Reviews

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PoF got its start in 2003 and is now one of the world's largest free dating sites. 100,000,000 members have called PoF home since their launch, earning it the title of #1 free dating site worldwide since 2011. With 2.4 billion page views every month, and every day on average 3.6 million members logging in and having 10 million conversations, members are guaranteed to meet a variety of singles on the site actively looking for friendship, casual dating, and serious relationships.

Don’t let the nonexistent price tag fool you – PoF is a fully functional site with every feature you would expect from a dating site (plus a few fun bonuses). It starts out with basic profile information about you and what you’re looking for. Initial signup questions cover children, marital status, interests, smoking and drinking habits, religion, profession, income, family situation, relationship history, and more. Users then personalize their profiles with a headline, an essay description, and a list of interests. An optional essay on first dates is also available.

The most interesting part of the profile comes next:the Relationship Chemistry Predictor. PoF makes the matching process fun with several questionnaires designed to assess compatibility. The Relationship Chemistry Predictor poses 73 statements about you and your personality, to which you must indicate whether you “Disagree,” “Somewhat disagree,” “Somewhat agree,” or “Agree.” The test measures five broad dimensions of personality, then users your responses to match you with other members who have taken the test.

Users also have the option of taking the Relationship Needs Assessment, which determines your known and hidden needs in a relationship. When the assessment is completed, you are presented with an action plan of questions and topics to communicate effectively with your matches. Other questionnaires include “Is Your Love Interest A Keeper?,” a “Psychological Assessment,” and “The Sex Test.”

Other fun features on PoF include Goldfish credits, login points, virtual gifts, testimonials, and roses. Goldfish credits can be bought and used to purchase PoF gifts, more creative Ice Breakers, and the ability to view sent message status. Gifts purchased with Goldfish credits are public and appear on the recipient’s profile for 3 weeks. Login points are earned automatically each day you sign into your account and can also be used to purchase virtual gifts. Gifts bought with login points are private and appear only in email.

If you have been added to a user’s favorites list, you can leave a testimonial for him or her. You can edit or remove any testimonial you have written, and can remove any testimonial written about you. Upon joining PoF, each user receives two roses. After a rose is sent to another member, you must wait 30 days to receive a new one. Because they are in such short supply, sending or receiving a rose is a momentous occasion. Choose wisely!

Some features on PoF are available only to users of a certain gender. Men have access to a page called “Hottest Girls,” which creates a list of the most desirable women in your area who regularly respond to messages. Women receive access to a feature called “Most Attracted,” which formulates a list of male users who have the highest likelihood of being attracted to you. The rest of PoF’s range of features – like chat, forums, Meet Me, and mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone – are available to all members.

A free membership allows for full access to the site, including searching, testimonials, favorites, and communication with other members, but paying has its perks. Members who upgrade receive highlighted profiles in search results, access to the Ultra Match advanced “Behavioural Matchmaking System,” the ability to see if sent messages were read or deleted, profile themes, unlimited gifts, the ability to see who viewed your profile and when, and ad removal.

Whatever PoF is doing, they’re doing it right. Dating Sites Reviews users have voted it their favorite free dating service many times, and it’s been ranked #1 or #2 in the UK, Canada, and the United States.

Positives of Plenty Of Fish

  • Most features are free including creating a profile, searching, and communicating. If you choose, you can spend money on Goldfish credits or a membership upgrade (see costs below for more details)
  • One of the largest free dating sites online
  • Lots of tips on what makes an attractive profile and how to write a message that will stand out to potential matches

Negatives of Plenty Of Fish

  • Some features require a paid membership
  • Almost no email customer support and no phone support
  • No group chatting or uploading of videos
  • The large amount of advertising - found in website menus, personal messages and other areas of the site - can make site navigation confusing
  • No cost barrier for creating a membership, so watch for married people and scam artists


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


2019 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Silver 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free 2019 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Over All


2018 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Free 2018 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free

Note: See this page for a full list of past awards

At a Glance

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, International
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Member Numbers:
100,000,000+ ?
Cost per Month:
Free to $6.78 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Basic + Contact
Paid Upgrade

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Plenty Of Fish Free Membership

  • Yes
  • Included:
    • Create a profile (info needed for profile)
      • First step
        • User information, gender, birth date, country, ethnicity
      • Second step
        • Location information, gender seeking, basic physical information
        • Looking for, children, marital status, list of interests, longest relationship you have had, smoking and drinking habits, drug use
        • Religion, profession, pets
        • When it comes to dating what best describes your intent?What is the longest relationship you have been in?
        • Income
        • Family situation
        • Headline, description, interests
        • Optional essay on first dates
      • Picture
        • Images can be made private
        • Can add 8 pictures to the profile, or 16 with an upgraded account
        • Download your photos from Instagram or Facebook
      • Relationship chemistry predictor
        • 73 questions about you and your personality
        • Each question has four possible answers:disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree or agree
        • You are asked to respond to statements like “I can resist temptations easily,” “My religion is very important to me,” and “I have high standards for myself.”
        • Relationship Chemistry Predictor measures five broad dimensions of personality. Once completed you are then matched with other members who have taken the same test
      • Relationship needs assessment
        • 100 questions about what you require in order to make a relationship successful
        • Each question has four possible answers:not at all like me, somewhat unlike me, somewhat like me, much like me
        • Respond to statements like “ I like my partner to compliment my achievements,” “I feel very possessive toward my partner,” and “I am living the life that I want.”
        • Helps you determine your known and hidden needs in a relationship. Once completed you are presented with an action plan of questions and topics to communicate with your matches so you can better understand them
      • Plentyoffish Seduction Style Guide
        • An instruction manual that you create which you can send to members on how they can seduce you
        • You answer multiple choice questions to create the guide
        • When completed, the guide contains a 3 step seduction plan which includes:Approach Me, How To Date Me, and How To Sexually Seduce Me
        • See our The Plentyoffish Seduction Style Guide for more information
      • Other Profile Questions
        • Your Fish Personality - Select from 30 fish the one that best describes your looks and/or personality. Selecting a Fish Type is for fun and has no real meaning. Find out what we think the Fish Personalities mean
    • Searching
    • Viewing of profiles and photos
    • Favorites
    • Testimonials
    • Communicating with members
    • Rating profile pictures
    • Users who viewed you
    • My Matches
  • Not included:
    • Highlighted profile in search results
    • Access to Ultra Match
    • Ability to see if your emails were read or deleted
    • Ad removal
    • Ability to see who viewed your profile find out the date and time it was viewed
    • Profile themes
    • Unlimited free gifts
    • Earn 100/150/200 credits (depending on membership) to be used for placing gifts on profiles
  • Your profile and photos will be reviewed by a moderator before being displayed on the site
  • You can change your birth date and gender within two weeks of signing up; after two weeks it is assumed to be correct and can't be changed. This prevents people from trying to trick the matching system to give them different results

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • In a Relationship
  • Married
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Find

  • Activity Partner
  • Dating
  • Friends
  • Long-Term
  • Marriage
  • Penpal

Plenty Of Fish Costs

  • Free dating - you can create a profile, view and search for members and communicate with anyone for free
  • Prices last confirmed January 20, 2017. Please check Plenty Of Fish for most recent pricing
  • Membership upgrade
    • Features include:
      • No ads
      • Ability to add profile themes
      • Listed before free members in the Meet Me! feature
      • View all users extended profiles
      • Ultra Match
      • Find out if your emails were read or deleted
      • See who has viewed your profile
      • View your previous interactions with any user
      • Update your username
      • Find out who viewed your profile and you voted yes or maybe on
      • Send 3 virtual gifts via email per day
      • Receive credits for placing gifts on profiles
      • Your profile will be highlighted in all searches
      • Get a list of the hottest girls in your area who reply to messages
      • Upload 16 images to your profile
      • See when a member was last online
    • Costs in USD:
      • 3 months costs $38.70 or $12.90 a month
      • 6 months costs $51.00 or $8.50 a month
      • 1 year costs $81.40 or $6.78 a month (Save $73 over 1 month subscription price for same length of time)
  • Goldfish Credits and Login Points
    • Login points are earned each day you log into your PoF account (points are not earned for Forum logins)
    • Goldfish credits are purchased and can be used on:
      • PoF gifts which are publicly shown on the members profile (cost 10 - 40 credits each)
      • More creative Ice Breakers
      • View Sent Message Status. Find out if your message has been read or deleted
    • Costs in USD:
      • 90 credits costs $9.95
      • 230 credits costs $18.95
      • 700 credits costs $37.95
  • Billed in one lump sum and most major credit cards are accepted. PayPal is also accepted
  • No refunds and memberships will be auto-renewed

Plenty Of Fish Viewing & Communication Features

  • Photos
  • Profiles
    • Profiles can be themed (background image only) when 5000 login points have been earned
  • Private messaging
    • You can limit what type of user can contact you. This can be based on profile information including location, smoke preferences, and the type of relationship you are looking for
    • There are privacy options that you can enable to prevent people from contacting you via private message
    • To view the status of a sent message (if it has been read, deleted, etc.) you must purchase Goldfish credits
  • My Matches
    • A personalized list created by the PoF matching system
  • Meet Me
    • View photos of local users and select whether or not you would be interested in speaking with them
  • Instant messenger
    • Chat in real time with other members using text, audio and video
    • This can be turned off
    • Chat is not available on mobile phones
  • Favorites list
    • Who has favorited you
    • Your favorites list
    • Latest users on your favorites list to update their profiles
    • Testimonials from your favorites
  • Sending virtual gifts
    • Many different images can be sent
    • There are two types of gifts, public gifts and inbox gifts
    • Public gifts are purchased with Goldfish credits and appear on a profile for 3 weeks
    • Inbox gifts are purchased with Login points and appear only in email
  • Sending roses
    • You get two roses to send when you join
    • After you send a rose to a member, you must wait 30 days to receive another rose
  • Testimonials
    • To create a testimonial, you must be in that users favorite list
    • You can remove any testimonial written about you
    • You can edit or remove any testimonial you have written
  • Hottest Girls
    • Feature only available to men
    • Creates a list of the most desirable women in your area who consistently reply to messages.
  • Most Attracted
    • Feature only available to women
    • A list of users who have a high likelihood of being attracted to you
  • Ultra Match
    • Advanced “Behavioural Matchmaking System” available only to paid members
  • Personality Tests
    • Is Your Love Interest A Keeper?
    • Relationship Chemistry Predictor
    • Relationship Needs Assessment
    • Psychological Assessment
    • Seduction Style Guide
    • The Sex Test
  • PoF Mobile Apps
    • Mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone
    • Includes all the site’s key features
    • “Mobile Users” feature gives you access to singles near you who are also using the app
    • Includes free Voice Calling where you can place a secure, private call to someone without giving out your contact details. For more information: PlentyOfFish Updates Mobile App With New Features
    • Chat Head
      • Allows you to quickly read and respond to messages while using other apps so you never have to miss a message from a POF member
  • All forms of communication do not allow:
    • First contact messages between users that contains sexual references
    • No communication between members whos age range is grater than 14 years
    • Men cannot send photos to women
    • See this blog post on the changes with POF which are designed to prevent it becoming a hookup site
  • Who's online
  • Viewed my profile
  • Users from your city
  • New users
  • Users who have indicated they are looking for marriage
  • My Matches
  • Basic search
    • Includes your gender, gender seeking, looking for, age range, relationship type, astrological sign, ethnicity, last visited, images
    • Postal code, city, state/province, country and distance from you
  • Interest search
    • All aspects included in basic search
    • Comma delimited list of interests
  • Advanced search
    • All parts of profile except essay questions
  • One login/day search
    • Allows you to search for users in a specified zip code who log in at least once per day. The average user displayed by this search actually logs in 3 times a day
  • Will respond
    • Returns a list of users who will most likely respond to a message from you if you view their profile. The average user from this search last logged in about 20 hours ago and are expected to be online again in the next 3 hours
  • Chemistry
    • You can be matched with others based on compatibility
  • Needs
    • You can be matched with others based on what you need in a relationship
  • Username search
  • Date night list
    • Every week you can add yourself to the date night list, which signals you are free this coming Friday and are looking for a date
    • After every Friday the list gets cleared and is refreshed
  • Meet Me
    • Tell users if you want to meet them or not by viewing individual photos of members local to you (like rating images)
    • Which members are displayed to you is influenced by their location, age, your search options, and whether or not they are a paid member
    • The Mutual Meet Me option allows you to see who you want to meet and if they want to meet you
  • Ultra Match
    • An advanced Behavioural Matchmaking System for paid members only

Other Plenty Of Fish Information

  • Must be 18 years old or older to join
  • Markus Frind was the CEO and sole owner of from 2003 to 2015. IAC purchased POF in late 2015

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