Match.com Review July 2021

Singles flock to Match.com to meet new people and find love. It claims to have produced more marriages and relationships than any other dating site. Is Match.com worth your time? We took a closer look at its members, costs, and features! 

4,000,000 Members
 40% ♀ 
 60% ♂ 
Good For:
5 / 5
4 / 5
3 / 5
Success Rate:
3676459.43 / 3676459
4.7 / 10
3.8 / 10
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Age Distribution:
18-24
25-34
35-49
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  • Dating site for singles on the lookout for love and marriage
  • Premium members can access Instant Messaging and browse profiles anonymously
  • Offers a compatibility rating to ensure quality matches
  • Users reported being charged premium despite cancelling auto-renewal of subscription
  • Has a wide array of contacting features such as MatchPhone and Video Date
  • Has a free to download mobile app
  • The site has a proven track record of matching singles for 20+ years
  • You can use Match for free.
  • Pricing starts at $38.97 / 3 Credits - More Information

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Who is Match for and not for?

  • Singles looking for love and serious relationships
  • People who are fine subscribing to premium to access contacting features such as Instant Messenger
  • Singles who like video chatting and casually flirting with strangers online
  • Singles searching for erotic adventures and casual encounters
  • Singles who don't want to subscribe to premium for contacting purposes
  • People who aren't comfortable video-chatting with strangers online
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What we like and don’t like on Match

  • You can send your Match profile to sister sites to increase matches
  • Availability of profile builder for easier account creation
  • Has over 8 million members worldwide
  • Offers you a free six-month premium membership if you don't find a match within the duration of your subscription
  • There is an influx of fake profiles and bots on the site
  • Cancelling subscription or turning off auto-renewal of premium membership can be difficult
  • Low number of registered female members
  • Getting refunds from the dating site can be challenging

Pricing

Can you try Match for free?

  • You can use or try the service for free.
  • You cannot send messages for free
  • You cannot read messages for free on Match

Is Match expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Match is average.

Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
Premium Plan
3 Months14.99 USD / Month44.97 USD
6 Months11.49 USD / Month68.94 USD
12 Months8.99 USD / Month107.88 USD
Standard Plan
3 Months12.99 USD / Month38.97 USD
6 Months9.99 USD / Month59.94 USD
12 Months7.99 USD / Month95.88 USD
Boost
1 Credit0.99 USD / Credit0.99 USD
5 Credits0.80 USD / Credit4.00 USD
10 Credits0.60 USD / Credit6.00 USD
Match Cost
Free Services
  • Account registration
  • Profile creation
  • Send likes
  • Browse on member search
  • Participate in matchmaking game
  • Receive SingledOut matches
  • View member profiles
Fee-Based Services
  • Send messages
  • Instant Messenger
  • See who's viewed you
  • Email 'read' notification
  • Grab a spot in daily matches
  • MatchPhone
  • Browse Invisibly

Membership Plans

Match.com has two kinds of membership plans—the Premium and the Standard. These plans are offered in four different package durations of 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. A Standard Plan has all the basic paid features such as sending messages and seeing who viewed your profile. While the Premium plan gets you more exclusive features such as browsing anonymously, a ‘read’ notification in messages, and voice calling.

The site has an add-on called "Match Me" that can be purchased for USD1.99.

Match membership is automatically renewed at the end of your commitment period. You can cancel anytime, and you can enjoy the benefits of your membership plan until the last day of your billing cycle.

Match.com has a Match guarantee that comes with signing up for a 6-month membership. If you don’t get a successful match when your 6-month membership is done, Match.com will give you a 6-month free membership.

Mobile App Cost

Upon reviewing Match.com's mobile app, we noticed that the subscription fees are only offered in four different packages: 1-month Premium Subscription costs USD44.99, 3-months Premium costs USD119.97, 6-months Premium costs USD149.94, and 6-months Standard subscription costs USD137.94. All prices are charged in USD and are triple the subscription fees than if you sign up through the web version.

Match Auto-Renewal Lawsuit

Match Group was caught in an auto-renewal controversy with some members who claimed that "their subscriptions were renewed without their consent." The site agreed to pay 2 million USD to settle the civil lawsuit and has since become more transparent with their payment policies to avoid confusion with subscribers.

How can I delete my Match account and cancel my subscription?

Please find more information here

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Who is really signed up here?

Members
4,000,000 from USA
Members activity
3,000,000 daily logins
Gender Proportion
45 %
55 %
  • You get a personal profile which you can fill out
  • Over 20 million members worldwide
  • More than 8 million have a premium subscription
  • Most reside in the United States
  • High member activity
  • Majority are looking for serious relationship

More than half of Match.com’s online member base resides in the United States, and the gender distribution is particularly proportional. There is also a good percentage of in each age range, making the site diverse from of all ages.

Match.com population disclose their current relationship status on their profile reviews—whether they were never married, separated, or divorced. There is no option for those who are in a relationship as Match.com does not encourage third-party relationships. Most are looking for serious, committed relationships. The online member activity in Match is high and they respond quickly to messages sent to them.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

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Latest Match Experiences

  • NewL*** 47 years
    09.04.2021

    Absolutely nothing.Match is an awful dating site. Please do NOT join Match as you will be wasting both your time and money. I am convinced people fr... om the Match site were deliberately playing games behind the scenes. It was creepy. Definitely skip this site! «»

  • Kev**** 46 years
    02.04.2021

    Nothing. They are deceptive crooks. Made the mistake of trying match.com again after a couple years away. I left because of deceptive billing practic... es and false matching and likes they create in an attempt to keep users engaged. Like before, as I neared the end of my term, I could no longer access my account settings or change my password. I received an error message multiple times and was directed to email customer support. I attempted this process multiple times over a few weeks with no luck. Of course during this process they withdrew double the membership fee I originally signed up for and they still have not resolved access to my account. I can navigate all areas of my account accept for my membership section. Very dishonest business approach and shocked I was dumb enough to use match.com again. Biggest crooks in the online dating world. Won't make the same mistake again. Users beware....this dating services is worse than a third rate gym membership when attempting to cancel. Steer clear!!! «»

  • To***** 67 years
    10.02.2021

    Terrible experience with match. Be careful they will renew your subscription and when you call to say you don’t want it, they will refuse to give you ... back your money . I would not use this site. They are crooks! «»

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Match in Detail

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Signing Up at Match

Match Sign Up
  • Registration is quick and smooth
  • There is a profile builder for easier account creation
  • No account verification needed
  • Uploading a picture is required
  • You have to fill out a personal info form

Signing up for an online account on Match.com dating only takes up a few minutes of your time. You just need to provide your email address, birthday, country and state, your gender, and sexual orientation. There is gay preference upon sign up.

After nominating a username and a password for your sites login details, you will automatically be redirected to the online builder.

It has an online builder is a short step-by-step process that fills up your page with relevant details on the site. Such details include your height, body built, relationship, and other personal details and preference.

The builder will also ask you to compose a short ‘About Me’ paragraph that has a maximum limit of 100 characters. After this, you are required to upload a picture. There is no picture approval, but people are expected to upload a decent picture on the site.

Once it is complete, there is no Match com email verification needed, you can instantly log in to your account using your login details. You can comfortably use the online sites and the app anytime you wish and search for a partner.

Making Contact on Match

Match Contacting
  • Sending messages is a paid feature
  • You can send likes for free
  • Search filters are extensive
  • You are able to keep track of those you send likes to
  • There is a chatroom for premium

    The main online contacting features of the site are basic. There is a ‘Matches’' tab where you are presented with suggested profiles, and you need to decide whether you want to like or skip them for free.

    When you hit the free ‘Like’ button, that member will be notified and will be put on your 'Likes' list. When you decide to skip, you will be presented with the next person to like.

    Discover

    Match.com sites also has a search function called ‘Discover’. There are extensive search filters on this feature which are: gender, age, location, interests, looks, personal information, and lifestyle. You also have the option to search by keyword if you like. You can save your search queries, and you can also customize how you want the search results to be displayed according to a certain category.

    Besides sending messages, premium-paying members have two more features that go with their subscription:

    MatchPhone

    MatchPhone allows you to call online the other Match user you like through a custom number assigned by Match dating site. When you click on this feature, Match administrators will connect you and that member through an anonymous line so you could talk freely without being monitored if you like. If things don’t go like the way you want them to, you could block the user from calling you.

    Match Me

    Match Me is a feature where you get to appear on the first suggested Match profiles on another member’s ‘Matches’ feature. You can only access the button if you are a premium-paying sites member and if you meet the certain member's search criteria.

    Video Date

    This feature is available if you have already started a conversation with another person and have exchanged at least four messages. Once you’ve started, you can use this feature to chat via video whenever you want.

    • If you’re making the call:

    In your conversations, tap the camera icon that will appear in the top right corner of your screen on your smartphone or computer. Take the time to get to know each other better before sharing your personal information.

    • If you receive the call:

    Do not be pressured and you are not required to push that button. If you feel like it's not yet the time to talk, all you have to do is press decline.

    If you accept the video call, do it with confidence and peace of mind. If you ever experience inappropriate behavior, report it to the site immediately or as soon as the date is over by clicking on the “report” button. Feel free to end the date whenever you wish.

    Match Profile Quality

    Match Profile
    • You can upload up to 26 photos on your profile
    • You can see if users are online or when they were last active
    • There is a decent amount of information on member profiles
    • Viewing profiles is free of charge
    • You have the choice to send your Match profile to one of the site’s sister sites to increase matches
    • The profiles are quite detailed
    • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

    The profiles of Match.com members can be very detailed considering that the users provide personal information more than what is required on the profile builder. It shows the required self-written profile summary, a quick list of the information you answered upon profile creation, and a gallery of the photos you uploaded. It also reveals the interests you both like and the facts of what he or she is looking for in a partner.

    It displays the percentage of you and the particular member’s compatibility. This figure is calculated based on your and that member’s interests and what both of you are looking for. Profiles also exhibit three suggested profiles that are similar to the current Match member profile you are viewing.

    Even without a verification system, there are very few fake profiles on Match compared to other sites. This could be because sending messages is strictly a paid feature, which could be difficult for scammers to fish and hook their ideal preys.

    You can easily report fake and suspicious people if you like for free. Just click the three dots found on that particular member’s profile and choose the ‘Report’ option. However, you need to upload a photo in order to send in a report.

    Match App

    Match App
    • Match app has the same features as its site counterpart
    • Match app’s design and appearance provides good usability
    • Navigating through different contacting features is easy
    • You can enable phone notifications for every like and message
    • App is available to download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store

    The Match app is available to download for free on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The app only needs a small amount of space in your phone to successfully download.

    The mobile app does not offer additional features — it functions the same way as the website counterpart, in total. What makes the mobile app different is its easier navigation and good usability that boost the user experience for mobile users. For instance, using Match Phone is better through the mobile app than the website. Using the mobile app allows on the go users to quickly draw up a conversation wherever they are and whatever they’re doing.

    The mobile app’s user interface is clean and straightforward. Every contacting feature can be accessed through the icon tabs on the bottom of the screen. Member profiles also have accessible action buttons for easier use of the Match app’s contacting features.

    Special Features

    Match.com has these special features for its members to like. These can be easily accessed upon logging into your account and providing your log in details. However, most of these special features require a subscription.

    Dates

    This is the newest and timely feature of Match. It gives the users the chance to set their preferred dating styles with all the details and their preferences. This feature was released during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to protect the members and keep them safe from the virus when they meet each other. Dress codes and favorite date venues are covered by this feature.

    Real Talk

    Some people are not good at coming up with good conversation topics. Thanks to this feature, there are tons of suggested conversation points and ice breakers that they can use.

    Boost

    "Boost" is Match dating’s add-on special feature that most people like. Availing this feature puts your profile as the top suggestion on ‘Matches’ and ‘Discover’ for one full hour.

    Reverse Matches

    "Reverse Matches" is a list of who you are not compatible with. You can choose to browse through your "Reverse Matches" list and interact with them if you want something different.

    Likes

    "Likes" is a tab that lists all the Match members you like, as well as the members who like you. Seeing who likes you is a paid feature.

    Voice Calls

    "MatchPhone" is a premium feature where you can do voice calls to another member. Match.com assigns you with a custom number so you can do voice calls anonymously.

    Highlight your Profile

    Clicking the "Match Me" feature on another member’s profile automatically puts you on top of his or her Match suggestions list. This is a paid feature.

    Satisfaction Guarantee Policy

    Match.com has a "Match Dating Guarantee" that offers you a free six-month Match membership if you don’t find a match within the duration of your membership. This is only available for members who subscribe to at least six-month membership package.

    Date Check In

    To ensure a member's safety when they go out and meet their match, Match.com included a Date Check In feature. This safety function allows a member to designate three emergency contacts. These selected contacts will receive details such as the date's name, time, and location of the meeting. During the date, Match.com will send automated messages asking the member if they're feeling uncomfortable or unsafe. If they select "Yes," the dating site will send an SOS message to the emergency contacts.

    Vibe Check

    Members get to interact on a personal level with Vibe Check, an in-app video chat feature by Match. To ensure that both members are willing, the Vibe Check will only be accessible if members have already matched and conversed. A black video icon will appear at the bottom of the messages; once pressed, a request will be sent o the other party. A Match member may choose to join or decline a Vibe Check invite.

    Video Date

    Have fun and intimate virtual dates with your matches using this feature. You can talk to them using the platform's video calling feature.

    How can I delete my Match account and cancel my subscription?

    Uninstalling the app will not cancel your subscription.

    How can you cancel your Subscription?

    • You can cancel via profile settings
    • You can cancel by sending an email.
    • You can cancel with customer support

    Will your subscription automatically renew?

    • Yes, your Match subscription will automatically renew

    Is there a money back guarantee and do you get refunded the full amount?

    • Yes, usually you will receive the full amount back.

    How much time do you have to undo Match purchases?

    You have 3 Days to refund your Match purchase if you don't like it.

    Editor's Conclusion

    DatingScout.com Author Chris Pleines
    Chris Pleines
    Chief Dating Officer
    The fun and intuitive features of Match.com makes it possible for any of its members to find their perfect match. Match ensures that premium-paying members get the most of their money through their Satisfaction Guarantee. Sign up today and try this site out for yourself!

    Match FAQ

    Facts

    Who owns Match.com?

    The website is owned by company Match.com, L.L.C, a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp.

    When was Match.com founded?

    Match.com was founded in 1993 but was officially launched in 1995.

    Where is Match.com located?

    The company's main headquarters is located in Texas; however, it also has offices in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Beijing.

    Are Match.com and OurTime/DatingDirect/eHarmony the same?

    Match, OurTime, and DatingDirect are under the same parent company. Match.com and OurTime are owned by IAC (InterActiveGroup) while DatingDirect is under Meetic, which was acquired by IAC in 2013. eHarmony is a privately held company.

    Does Match.com have a mobile app?

    Yes, the Match app is available to download with reviews from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

    Membership

    How do I join Match.com?

    You can join Match by filling out a personal information form on Match.com’s home page.

    Does Match.com offer premium membership?

    Yes, Match offers two kinds of membership—Premium and Standard. These are offered in 1, 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

    Can I cancel my Match.com subscription anytime?

    Yes, you can cancel your Match subscription anytime through your Account Settings.

    Is Match.com's premium membership automatically renewed?

    Yes, Match.com’s premium membership is automatically renewed for the same price and duration.

    Does Match.com offer refunds for unused time?

    Match.com does not give out refunds under any circumstance, however, they do offer a Match guarantee.

    What is Match.com's Match guarantee?

    Match.com has a Match guarantee for members who avail of their 6-month subscription. The Match guarantee states that if you don’t have a successful match within your membership duration, Match will give you a 6-month membership for free.

    How do I delete my Match.com account?

    You can delete your Match account on your Account Settings. You can reactivate it anytime you wish.

    Usability

    How does the algorithm work?

    Match.com uses a variety of factors to suggest possible matches. Such include your preferences (body, type, age, etc.) as well as your actions while using the website. Match takes note of your search queries and who you send likes to, and will, therefore, suggest similar profiles on the Matches feature.

    How is Match.com for gay dating?

    Match.com has almost 2 million LGBT members and has an anonymous function so users can disclose their sexuality at their own pace. However, Match.com is primarily a heterosexual-oriented dating site so sexual orientation is not asked upon sign-up, unlike gay-oriented sites.

    Will Match.com show up on my Facebook timeline if I decide to connect my Facebook account?

    Match.com does not post anything to your Facebook wall without your permission.

    Can my Match.com account be private?

    Yes, you can hide your account from search queries by setting your visibility to “Hidden” on your Account Settings.

    Why is Match.com sending me emails?

    When you sign up on Match, you are automatically subscribed to their emails. To change this, you need to click the gear icon on the top right of the website and click on ‘Email Preferences’. You would then have to tick the ‘Do not send me Match.com by Mail’ and uncheck the other email notifications you would not like to receive.

    Can I search through Match.com without signing up for an account?

    Yes, you can freely browse through Match dating profiles even without signing up for an account. However, your experience may constantly be interrupted as Match.com will keep on encouraging you to be a member.

    Security

    Is it safe?

    As with others, Match expects all its members to use the site and app with attentiveness. There may be other users whose intent is to harm or scam, and users are 100% responsible for recognizing them and taking action.

    What security features does Match.com offer?

    Match.com has a published Terms of Usage and Privacy Policies which all members are expected to follow. The report and block buttons are also easily accessible in contacting functions and on member profiles.

    How do I block and report an abusive Match.com member?

    You can block and report a Match member by clicking the ‘Report’ and ‘Block’ buttons found under the three dots on every Match member’s page.

    Does Match sell your data?

    No, Match does not sell your data.

    Was Match hacked in the past?

    No, Match was never hacked.

    How precisely does Match track your location?

    Match tracks your approximate location.

    Do your Match profile pictures and/or profile information show up in Google Search Results?

    No, your Match photos and personal information won’t show up in Google Search Results.

    Who can view your pictures on Match?

    All Match members.

    Is your phone number required for signing up at Match?

    No, a phone number is not required for signing up at Match.

    Can you erase your personal data on Match?

    Yes, you can erase your data on Match.

    How can I delete my Match account and cancel my subscription?

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    Final Results table

    Signing Up: 5.0 / 5
    Making Contact: 5.0 / 5
    Profile Quality: 4.5 / 5
    App: 4.5 / 5
    Real Life Review: 4.5 / 5

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    Infos

    Company:Match.com, L.L.C
    Address:8750 N Cntl Expy Ste 1400 Dallas, Texas 75231, USA
    Phone-Hotline:1-800-926-2824