Spark.com Review (Spark)

Spark.com (Spark.com)

Spark.com Reviews

Average: • 2.9 / 5 (by 4 Users)   View

As of January 2017, Spark.com has closed. If you were interested in Spark.com you may want to check out a similar dating service like Match.com.

Below, we have left our original Spark.com review for your continued reading. This review received its last major update during the month of February 2016.


Spark.com—“a fun site for serious daters.” This dating site does a number of things right. Firstly, all new members must post a photo within 72 hours of signing up. All members are also required to take the Color Code Personality Test, which is designed to help you decipher not only your own traits but the characteristics of other Spark members who you may be interested in. And because photos are required and there is a personality test, member profiles tend to be more complete. These features make for a higher quality dating experience!

Spark.com allows free members to read and respond to emails. Unlike other popular dating sites, likeMatch.com or eHarmony, Spark doesn't require both members to be paying for a subscription in order to communicate. This way, paying members can communicate with anyone on the site, not just other paying members.

This dating site also includes important information about who is checking you out. It is one thing to be able to search for singles, but it is nice to know that people are also viewing your profile and adding you to their hot lists.

Spark offers all of the functionality needed by singles to search and communicate with potential matches. It is by no means a perfect dating site, but it is definitely worth signing up as a free member to see if they have members living in your area.

Positives of Spark.com

  • Free members can read and respond to emails for free
  • Qualified member – each new member has to have at least one photo in order to appear in your matches and other search results; all new members must take the Color Code test, giving you more insight into your potential dates
  • More than 10 different hot lists
  • Discover out who has been viewing your profile
  • Easy to spot active members; the profile shows when the member last logged in as well as when the profile was last updated

Negatives of Spark.com

  • Too much advertising in the members’ area
  • You must be a member to post on the message boards
  • The user interface, while just updated, does need further refinement (too many icons)

At a Glance

Address:
Spark.com
Regions:
United States, Canada
Languages:
English
Member Numbers:
1,000,000 ?
Cost per Month:
From $24.99 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Basic + Contact
Paid

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Spark.com Free Membership

  • Yes (standard membership)
  • Included:
    • Create a profile
      • Personal info
        • Your gender and the gender you are looking for
        • Type of relationship are you looking for
        • Your current relationship status
        • Country, zip code
      • Basics
        • Lifestyle
          • Your smoking habits and drinking habits
          • Your education level, occupation, ethnicity and religious background
          • First and last name
          • Describe yourself and your personality (at least 2-3 sentences)
        • Physical information (not required)
          • Height, weight, body style, hair color, eye color
          • Is appearance important to you
        • Background (not required)
          • Languages, education, religious, ethnicity, schooling and occupation
          • Describe the person you'd like to meet (short essay question)
      • User Account
        • Username, birth date, email address and password
        • Username and birth date
      • Personality test
        • The Color Code Personality Test, answer the questions which best reflect you as a child (instinctive answers)
        • The first 30 questions ask you to pick from a set of four attributes that describe you best. Example:proactive, nurturing, objective, insightful
        • The next 15 questions ask you specifics; you can choose 1 of 4 answers. Example:In social situations, I was most often:followed because I am assertive and on task, admired because I am caring and quality based, etc.
      • More about you (not required)
        • Your personality & interests (multiple choice)
          • How would you best describe your personality type
          • What are your favorite physical activities
          • What do you like doing in your free time
          • Where do you like to go in your free time
          • What types of food do you enjoy
          • What are you favorite types of music
          • What do you like to read
        • Relationships (short essay questions)
          • What is your idea of the perfect first date
          • What is your perception of an ideal relationship
          • What have you learned from past relationships
    • Add up to 12 photos (you must upload a photo within 72 hours of registering in order to continue using the site)
    • Searching
    • Read and reply to email
    • Test the waters with Flirts
    • Find secret admirers with Click
    • Review your matches by mail
  • Not included:
    • Cannot use instant messenger or web chat
    • Cannot initiate contact with members via email
    • Cannot read the message boards

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Look For

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

Spark.com Costs

  • Prices last confirmed February 3, 2016. Please check Spark.com for most recent pricing
  • Three subscription types - free, standard and premium
  • Standard membership:
    • All features of a free membership plus:
    • Initiate email conversations
    • Connect with instant messaging
    • Full access to message boards
    • Create customizable e-cards
    • Costs in US dollars:
      • One month for $24.99
  • Pay by all major credit cards, phone, check and money order
  • Your subscription automatically renews after its term expires. Renewals can be stopped by logging in as a member and clicking on "Member Services" or by going to:Cancel Subscription

Spark.com Viewing & Communication Tools

  • Profile & photos
  • Inbox
    • Send and receive email messages
    • Can save messages to work on them later (drafts)
    • Organize your messages into custom folders
    • Auto reply available if you have gone away for a week or two
  • Flirts
  • E-Cards
    • Send an E-card and choose from over 50 different categories and over 500 cards
  • Instant messenger
  • Message boards
    • 12 different forums to discuss everything from relationships and dating to news and current events
    • More than 25,000 topics in the forums with more than 800,000 posts and counting
  • Chatting (web chat)
    • Includes smileys and the ability to change the look of your message text (colors, bold, etc.)
  • Click!
    • Helps you determine if a mutual attraction exists with another Spark member
    • Click ”yes,” “no” or “maybe” on members in search results or profile views to tell Spark if they pique your interest. If the other member also clicks “yes” on your profile, Spark.com will send an introduction email called a Click! Alert to start off the introductions
  • Color Code Personality Test (created by Dr. Taylor Hartman)
    • The Color Code is a fun and accurate personality profile that helps build stronger relationships by teaching you more about yourself and your matches
    • To take the test, simply choose the answer that best reflects you AS A CHILD. Your answers are private and will only be used to tabulate your test results
    • After the test, you'll have access to your 15-page Color Code Personality Profile. You'll also see other members' core Colors when viewing their profiles, learn the pros and cons of how your personalities match, and learn how to communicate with them best
    • The Color Code is not a matching system; it’s designed to help you build stronger and more meaningful relationships by understanding what drives the behavior of yourself and others. To see how you match up with other daters, take a look at the Color Code information on the “Color Code” tab located at the top of their profile
  • Privacy tools and settings
    • You can modify most features under member services including:
    • Control what messages you want to receive from Spark.com
    • Hide your profile from certain members
    • Remove your profile from hot lists (like who have you viewed)
    • Block other members from sending you instant message requests or emailing you
  • View any search in a list or gallery mode
  • Quick search
    • Your gender and the gender you are looking for
    • Age range and location range
    • Filter by newest, most active, closest to you or most popular
  • Matches
    • Basically an advanced search that allows you to specify your match preferences
    • Match preferences can be on any part of the profile
    • Filter by newest, most active, closest to you or most popular
  • Members online
    • Filter by gender and relationship type, location, age range and language spoken
    • Recently uploaded photos
  • Keyword search
    • Include keywords that describe your ideal match (smart, funny, enjoys dining out, etc.)
    • Can also specify your gender, relationship type, age range and location
  • Photo gallery
    • View new photos
    • Can specify gender, how new they must be, country and age range
  • Look up member by name or number
  • Members you've viewed or have viewed you
  • Members you've hot listed or that have hot listed you
  • Members you've flirted with or have flirted with you
  • Members you've emailed or have emailed you
  • Matches sent to you via email

Other Spark.com Information

  • Owned by Spark Networks
  • Spark.com is a rebranding of the Date.ca and AmericanSingles.com dating sites

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