Date.com Review

Date.com is a very basic, but very effective, online dating website. The site was launched in 1997 as a free dating site, re-launching on Valentine's Day 2000 as a subscription-based service. This dating site trades an advanced interface for simplicity and ease of use; although the bells and whistles are minimal, singles can easily find personals and contact other members.

Some reviewers criticize Date.com for its simplicity, but many of the best dating websites actually lose focus of the primary goal of matchmaking in favor of an attractive, flashy online dating experience. Moreover, Date.com allows users to create a profile and search through singles for free. Although you cannot contact other members without paying, you can do just about everything else, and the free membership is unlimited. We highly recommend you at least take advantage of the free membership to see if you find a potential match and want to upgrade to a paid membership; you literally have nothing to lose.

Dating Pool

Date.com has become a major force in the online dating market since its 1997 debut. This dating website currently has over 10 million members with new members joining every day. Date.com caters to a wide range of people, including those looking for friendship, casual dating, or long-term relationships and marriage. Furthermore, you can expect to find singles of all ages, religions, ethnicities, national origins and nearly everything else.

Members of this online dating site are worldwide, but primarily based in the United States and Canada, with current advertising focusing on singles from major cities. You will find singles near you no matter where you live, but you stand the best chance of finding a match if you live in or near a large city.

Profile and Sign-Up

The sing-up process at Date.com consists of filling out a straightforward profile indentifying your name, age, ethnicity, location, occupation, faith, body type, and a variety of other characteristics. You will also be asked about various aspects of your life and your attitudes on multiple topics, as well as what you are looking for in a partner. The questionnaire is lengthier than some other dating websites, but your answers are used to help determine compatible matches.

Matching/Searching

When it comes to pairing singles, this online dating website combines the best of both worlds. Date.com offers both a matchmaking service and an advanced search feature. Their matchmaking service uses the information you provide about yourself and what you would like in a potential partner to determine compatible matches. Their computerized matchmaking system uses an algorithm to match you based on over 50 attributes in your profile. Members, both free and paid, will then receive email notifications of potential matches.

Date.com's search feature allows members to browse for singles at their leisure while waiting for the dating site to suggest a match. The search function is advanced and allows you to search by any of the criteria included in a member's profile. Furthermore, you can perform keyword searches, and Date.com will display members with profiles containing your desired keywords. When you find members you like, you can save them to your Favorites account.

Communication

You can do just about everything with a free Date.com membership except communicate with other members. Free members can receive messages, but you will have to upgrade to a paid membership in order to respond. Once you subscribe, there are a wide range of options for communicating with other singles.

  • Instant Message
  • Internal Email
  • Video and Audio Greetings
  • Chat Room: A unique feature to Date.com; these can be done with a group of members or privately with one-on-one chatting.

In addition to the communication options above, members can casually show interest in someone by sending an "I'm Interested" message. This is a nice feature and takes off much of the pressure that can come with writing the first message. You can also create a "hot list" of members you would like to continue communicating with.

Unique Features

The best dating websites offer extra features for their members, and Date.com is no exception. Most of the perks come by means of additional resources and convenient accessibility. Date.com is at the top of the industry in the way of unique features and offers all of the following:

  • Date.info: Online magazine with weekly newsletter containing tips for dating, creating a profile, contacting other members and securing a first date, plus articles on the psychology of online dating.
  • Date Mobile: Allows you to browse profiles, receive mail and communicate with other members on your cell phone.
  • Custom Toolbar: Gives you instant access to the dating website while you are browsing other sites online; this lets you show up as present in the database and allows members to contact you for live chat.
  • E-zine: Date.com's electronic magazine sent monthly by email.

Pricing

You won’t find many dating websites with pricing as low as Date.com. Not only are the prices reasonable, but a subscription is not even necessary until you feel out the site and see if you are matched with other members. Take full advantage of the free membership, and rest assured that if you upgrade to a paid membership you will be receiving one of the best values of any online dating site.

  • 1 month membership - $34.95 per month
  • 3 month membership - $23.32 per month ($69.95 total)
  • 6 month membership - $16.66 per month ($99.99 total)
  • 12 month membership - $11.66 per month ($139.95 total)

Final Word

Date.com is not the best online dating website, but it is a top contender. Despite a simple interface, the site is easy to navigate and offers a huge member base to accomplish its primary goal of matching compatible singles. A free membership can be used for an unrestricted amount of time to see if a subscription would be worth the money. Overall, Date.com is a straightforward dating website where you stand a good chance of meeting other singles.