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Zoosk vs Friend Finder

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What's the best Online Dating Site? The dating scene has certainly changed over the past several years. More and more people are trying online dating. In fact, a recent survey from the Knot found that 19% of brides surveyed had met and started their relationship with their spouse online, that's 1 out of every 5 couples getting married met each other through the use of an online dating site.

While some of the first online dating sites were introduced over 20 years ago, today the number of online dating services is extensive. For many, the sheer number of possibilities can be a challenge to figure out which one will work best for them. The good news is that there is no right answer for everyone - the type of relationship you want and the features of the dating sites will likely drive you to a specific service.

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4.5 stars
Zoosk

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Cost:

$12.50 / Monthly (6-month Premium subscription) plus in-app purchases

Users:

7.2 million unique visitors per month

Touted as the #1 Dating App by App Annie and Techcrunch (for iOS in terms of all-time revenue), Zoosk is a favorite among online daters. The App Store reviewers give it a 4.5, while the Google Play reviewers give it a 4.0. But one thing is certain, with such a large membership base, they have something going on that is appealing to many online daters.

Zoosk takes what you like from many of the different dating sites and pulls it all into one easy-to-use app. All members can set up their initial account for free. Your profile only takes a few minutes to complete and then you are off and searching for your perfect mate. Zoosk also allows you to verify your pictures and military service listed in your profile to improve your reputation on Zoosk. Verified profiles receive more messages and connecting with someone who has verified their picture and military service will give you confidence that you are talking to the person whose profile you liked. Basic users can search for free, but you will need to purchase a subscription if you want to send messages to others.

Zoosk is an affordable option among its competitors, especially if you are just using the basic subscription. If you purchase 6 months up front, your monthly equivalent is only $12.50/month. The only downside is once you move into upgrade territory, the costs can continue to climb. Plus, there is not visibility to the cost of the subscription upgrade features until you have purchased the basic subscription. But all things considered, Zoosk definitely offers a lot for the price of the monthly subscription.

Zoosk's Behavioral Matchmaking technology is constantly learning from you and the other members to help pick out matches its members may be most interested in. SmartPick is a feature that uses this technology, along with your preferences, to provide you with one suggested match a day. Carousel is another way to review several suggested profiles and choose who you like and then connect via a chat if there is mutual interest in connecting. Zoosk also has the ability for keyword searches on its member database to find people based on age, religious preference, body type, ethnicity, kids, smoking preference, and education level if you would prefer to do the searching yourself.

To enhance your experience on Zoosk, you will spend more for additional features. You can purchase coins to boost your profile, unlock matches in Carousel, buy virtual gifts and use Go Invisible for 30 minutes. You can also purchase subscription upgrades for features like: Hide & Seek, Instant Crush and Premium Messaging. Hide & Seek puts you in charge of how visible your profile and searching activities are to other members. Instant Crush allows you to select up to 5 crushes per day to hopefully get you noticed. Premium Messaging allows you to send messages to any member and they will be able to reply, even if they do not have a subscription.

With its ease of use and quick profile setup, plus the massive membership bases and affordable price, Zoosk earns high marks and is definitely worth considering during your online dating search.

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1.5 stars
Friend Finder

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Cost:

$10.95 / month for 6 month subscription to Silver membership

$11.95 / month for 6 month subscription to Gold membership

Users:

428,900 unique visitors per month

FriendFinder brings many features together, but it almost feels as if they tried to bring too much together into one dating service. Members can create their own blog, join a special interest group, post pictures or videos, rate other members on the hot or not scale, flirt, hotlist and search for their special someone while the list of features continues on and on. The result is an app that lacks focus and clarity on what features are most important to make FriendFinder stand out among its competitors.

Creating an account is easy, but there is a lengthy questionnaire you can complete. Some of the responses help create matches for you based on what type of friend you are trying to find. Others help build your profile so that others can get to know you better as they search for matches. You will also set your preferences for the type of friend you are seeking. These preferences can be changed at any time in the Cupid Finder settings.

You can create your initial account for free and search the member database. But like many others on this list, once you want to chat or send an email to a potential match, a subscription service is required. FriendFinder offers two membership levels, a Silver membership and a Gold membership. The silver membership allows you to view and contact all members, access recorded video introductions, and provide partial access to the blog, group and magazine features. If instead you choose the gold membership, you have unlimited access to all the features and will show up at the top of any searches made by other members so that your profile is seen more frequently. Unlimited chat is also available for an additional charge.

Flexibility and options are good, but the number of features FriendFinder currently has built into their app detracts from the intended purpose of the service. This makes it difficult to be efficient and focused on making a special connection with someone, which is why we have ranked FriendFinder towards the bottom of our list.

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There are a number of factors you should consider before choosing an Online Dating Service. Some of these include:

  • Relationship. Are you interested in a long-term relationship, a casual affair or do you just want to find a new friend?
  • Control. Do you want to have complete control over the matches you are presented with and do the searching yourself? Or do you want to let science and math take over and find matches for you?
  • Features. What features appeal most to you? Instant messaging, emails, blogs, video posts, lots of profile pictures, personality matching or social network matching?
  • Membership. Does the size of the membership for the site matter to you? Do you want work with a site that has lots of members or fewer members?
  • Cost. How much are you willing to pay? How fast do you want to find your special match and are you willing to pay more to speed up the search?
  • Support. Does customer service matter to you?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Online Dating Services available today. We hope this information helps you start your next relationship right away!

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