Zoosk Review (Zoosk.com)

What started as a Facebook application in December of 2007 has become one of the largest online dating services the Web has ever seen. Zoosk stands out from the competition by being heavily integrated with social networking sites and smart phones, allowing members to seamlessly connect across multiple platforms. This means that more than 50 million Zoosk members, called Zooskers, across more than 70 countries can meet using the Internet, their mobile phones, Facebook, and other popular services.

Although Zoosk certainly isn’t the oldest dating site on the scene, it rapidly became one of the most popular. A quick look at the stats says everything you need to know about why Zoosk is an industry leader. The site is available in 25 languages and has subscribers all around the world. It ranks number two in average monthly US traffic data, second only to Match.com.

Zoosk was also one of Facebook's first applications, debuting just weeks after the launch of Facebook Platform/API on May 24, 2007. Zoosk is now the largest dating application on Facebook, with more than 5 million users on a monthly basis, and the Zoosk Facebook page has more than 12.4 million Likes. More than 70% of Zoosk users opt in and connect their Facebook accounts.

On the mobile front, Zoosk is consistently the number one dating app in the iOS App Store in the US. Zoosk is also the most downloaded dating application for Android phones, according to Google Play. 30% of Zoosk members access their accounts via mobile platforms. The combination of a mobile-centric design and Zoosk’s trademarked Behavioral Matchmaking engine has created a powerful formula that daters can't resist.

What is Behavioral Matchmaking? Zoosk's advanced matchmaking technology learns users' preferences as they interact with potential matches, models their behavior, and uses the info it gathers to continuously improve subsequent suggestions. This results in better matches for singles on Zoosk. The Behavioral Matchmaking engine suggests potential matches through three discovery tools:

  • Zoosk's Scientific Matchmaking Service, a daily introduction to a potential match
  • Carousel, a rapid round of profile pictures
  • Search functionality that sorts through millions of profiles

Of course, Behavioral Matchmaking isn’t the only thing that makes the Zoosk experience unique. Zoosk is also known for its gamification of the dating process. Zoosk members can use Coins, a virtual currency, to purchase various features on the site. Coins can be used to buy Gifts, arrange for a Special Delivery, receive Delivery Confirmation for email messages, and Boost your profile. Zooskers can also “play” Carousel, a rapid-fire round of profile pictures to which you must answer “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” Coins are earned for positive responses.

New users can get started on Zoosk for free by signing in with their Facebook account or registering for Zoosk with their email address. Create a profile, search for singles, and send introductory winks and messages without paying a cent. To gain greater access to Zoosk, users can purchase a subscription. Benefits of being a paid subscriber include:full access to sending and receiving messages, finding out who viewed your profile, and full access to ZSMS features.

There is no shortage of praise for Zoosk’s integrated approach to modern dating. About.com’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards named Zoosk’s iPhone app a finalist in its Best Dating App competition. According to AppAppeal, in August 2012 Zoosk was the fifth most popular dating app in the world and the third in the US. And The Wall Street Journal ranked Zoosk #29 on its The Next Big Thing 2011 – The Top 50 Venture-Funded Companies list, up from the #42 spot the previous year. Clearly, Zoosk’s innovative approach to matchmaking has proven to be a powerful force in the dating world.

Positives of Zoosk

  • All members can reply to emails sent by premium members, meaning that premium/paid members can contact ANY member and receive a reply
  • Zoosk can pull information from your Facebook account for easy profile creation
  • More than 50 million singles have created a profile since Zoosk launched in 2007
  • Available in 25 languages

Negatives of Zoosk

  • Your profile contains only basic information —it’s not possible to specify what type of relationship you are looking for
  • Because the profile does not contain very detailed information, search options are also limited


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


2014 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Bronze 2012 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Bronze 2010 Dating Sites Reviews Single's Choice Award - Bronze

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

At a Glance

United States, International
English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Other
Member Numbers:
50,000,000 ?
Cost per Month:
From $12.49 / month
Membership Types:
Free - Basic + Contact

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Zoosk Free Membership

  • Yes (unlimited)
  • Included:
    • Create a dating profile
      • The basics
        • Email address, location, looking for, birthday
        • Zoosk user name, height, previous marriage, children, ethnicity, education, religion, smoking and drinking habits, body type
      • Add photos
        • Upload a profile photo or import your profile photo from Facebook
        • Upload up to six photos total
      • About you
        • “Your Story” – Minimum 150 characters
        • "Your Perfect Match" – What do you look for?
        • "Your Ideal First Date" – What would you do?
      • Compatibility
        • Answer multiple choice questions like “How often do you exercise?” and “Do you enjoy traveling for fun?”
        • The more you answer, the better the site can gauge compatibility
      • Verification
        • Verify your profile using your phone number, your Facebook, or your Twitter account
      • Your likes
        • Connect to Facebook to easily import your Likes or add them by hand
        • Music you like
        • Movies you like
        • Books you like
        • TV shows you like
        • Games you like
        • Sports you like
    • Send winks
    • Send Zoosk Virtual Gifts by using Zoosk Coins
    • Add members to your friends list
    • Searching for singles or play Carousel
    • ZSMS:intelligent, patent-pending technology that evaluates compatibility between members and provides matches
    • Replying to winks and messages from premium members
    • Chat using Zoosk Messengers
  • Not included:
    • Full access to send and receive messages and winks
    • Chat with your friends
    • Find out who viewed your profile
    • Full access to ZSMS features

Relationship Types Allowed

  • Straight
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Your Relationship Status

  • Single
  • Separated
  • Divorced
  • Widowed

Relationships You can Find

  • Dating
  • Friends
  • Long-Term

Zoosk Costs

  • Prices last confirmed November 22, 2017. Please check Zoosk for most recent pricing
  • Two membership types - free and premium
  • Premium membership:
    • Services included:
      • Contact 50 million singles
      • Respond to emails and winks
      • Online chatting
      • Premium profile placement
      • Find out who viewed your profile
      • Allow non-paying members to contact you for free
    • Costs in USD:
      • One month for $29.95
      • Three months for $19.98 per month; one payment of $59.95 – most popular!
      • Six months for $12.49 per month; one payment of $74.95 – best value!
  • Zoosk Coins:
    • Use Coins to purchase the following features:
      • Delivery Confirmation:notifies you when your message has been read
      • Gifts:fun graphics, like flowers or pets, that can be sent to another Zoosker and will appear on their profile
      • Special Delivery:alerts a message recipient that they have a special message via a pop-up
      • Boost:a feature that helps you get noticed by placing you at the top of someone's search results or a special place on the homepage of people interested in you
      • Unlock Carousel matches
    • Earn Zoosk Coins for free:
      • Invite friends to join Zoosk
      • Become a fan of the Zoosk Facebook page
      • Install the Zoosk Dating Application on your iPhone
      • Participate in special offers like trial memberships, subscriptions, and surveys
    • Costs in USD:
      • 60 Coins for $5.95
      • 480 Coins for $39.95 (save 25%)
      • 1800 Coins for $99.95 (save 50%)
  • All plans and coin purchases are billed in one payment
  • Payment methods accepted include credit card, PayPal and check
  • Memberships are automatically renewed if purchased with a credit card. To cancel your membership, you must visit the settings page

Zoosk Viewing & Communication Features

  • Dating Profile
  • Photos
    • Verification
      • Automated process that is currently only available on iOS
      • To have your photos verified you need to upload a video of your face from different directions
      • With software the video is then compared with your photos
      • If passed, a certified badge will be displayed on a photo
      • For a more information on photo verification you can read: You Can Get A Verified Profile On Zoosk – And You Don’t Have To Be A Celebrity
  • Lively
    • Allows Zoosk users to combine photos and videos into moving collages to tell a story
    • Members can edit, crop, rearrange and filter photos and video from their camera rolls and social media feeds, creating a visual profile
    • For more information see: Dating Apps Launch New Features to Compete with Tinder
  • Sending winks
  • Friend requests
  • Send Zoosk gifts
  • Carousel
    • Respond to profiles chosen by Zoosk with a simple “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe” and earn Coins
  • Online now
  • Messages
    • This is your inbox for all your winks and email messages
    • Messages are proritized in your inbox to list the most compatible members first. See the article about Zoosks priority inbox feature for more information
  • Zoosk Messenger
    • Download Zoosk Messenger for your PC or MAC and chat with your Friends when they are online
    • Allows you to chat, view profile information and photos plus send friend requests
    • Uses Adobe® AIR™
  • Views
    • See who has viewed your profile
  • ZSMS
    • Improve ZSMS’ ability to make match recommendations for you by answering the ZSMS Survey
  • Privacy and safety features
    • Create a block / ignore list which prevents people from flirting with you
    • You can deactivate your account at any time
    • You can specify if you want to receive Zoosk specific emails about flirts, winks, friend requests, likes and updates. This also applies for any text messages sent to your phone
    • Easy to report fake profiles
  • Facebook application
    • Add friends
    • Send Winks
    • Send Gifts
    • Send messages
    • View answers to compatibility questions
    • Zoosk Messenger Connections
  • Mobile applications
    • Available for the iPhone and Android platform
    • Same communication tools as the Facebook application
  • Basic search
    • Age range and distance from your location (3 - 100 mile radius)
  • Advanced search
    • Includes basic search
    • Also includes height, religion, relationships, children, ethnicity, education, smoking and drinking habits, body type
    • Can save popular searches for easy access later
  • Dating Insights
    • Shows you automated matches that are based on Zooks behavior-based matching technology
    • You will find matches based on your searching patterns (Who You Like) and matches based on other members searching patterns (Who Likes You)
    • The more you use the service the better your matches will become
  • Boost view
    • Puts your profile on the top of the search results or in a special place on the homepage of people interested in you
    • Costs Zoosk Coins
  • Carousel
  • Online now
  • Zoosk Messenger Connections
  • Who has viewed your profile
  • ZSMS
  • Your friends list
  • Facebook application
    • Basic search
    • Advanced search
    • Scroll through matches on the home page
    • Carousel
    • Online now
    • Views
    • ZSMS
  • Mobile application
    • Same search features as the Facebook application
    • Easy to use touch interface which allows you to scroll through profiles chosen by the app by swiping left and right

Other Zoosk Information

  • Your Zoosk.com member account will also work with the Zoosk Facebook application and Zoosk mobile apps
  • Zoosk has been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek
  • Must be at least 18 years old to use this dating site

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