Match.com vs. eHarmony vs. POF vs. OkCupid – Which online dating site is best?

16 Jan

As time goes on, online dating has become more and more socially acceptable. Gone are the days where you vow to keep your online dating as a dark skeleton in your closet. I admit, I think online dating is a great avenue to meet others. Times are tougher once you hit your late twenties and early thirties. Gone are your meat market bar days when you could strut in and get the number of any 22-year-old man in the bar. Once you hit the age of 27 or 28, the times have indeed changed. You find yourself checking for rings. You feel like one of the “old” people at all the bars you used to frequent – because you are. Lots of people your age have settled into married life. Online dating is a great way to meet people that you would have otherwise never encountered. With a variety of online dating sites, which one should you choose? Note – do not use all of them at once. If your photo is found on all four it looks desperate and sad. Try one at a time. If you decide to go with two, do what I did and leave a photo off one. You wouldn’t believe how many people I saw on multiple sites.

Plenty of Fish

POF is a free site and features tons of profiles. The old saying “you get what you pay for” holds true with Plenty of Fish. This site is chock full of men with bad facial hair wearing flat-brimmed hats, driving four wheelers, posing with Hooters girls and wearing long chain necklaces. I browsed it once a few years back, but never found anyone worth my time. I did meet Charlie the Lug on Plenty of Fish. He was a cheap ass. If you are meeting someone on a FREE site, there’s a good possibility they are a cheap ass. Lesson learned. There are options for “no commitment.” If you aren’t looking for long term, this is probably a good site to try. It costs nothing and if you are a man, you’ll probably find women with lower expectations than you would on an expensive online dating site. It’s a perfect environment for hooking up, but the odds of meeting your one and only are not in your favor. Verdict – Good for a dirty, skeevy hook-up. Not good if you have obtained any degree above an Associates, are bothered by incorrect spelling and don’t mind that your date’s primary mode of transportation is the city bus.

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Typical man on Plentyoffish.com

OkCupid

I’ve never used OkCupid. I’m too old. However, that doesn’t mean I’ve never looked at the site. It’s another free one and the “you get what you pay for” adage sticks. However, if you are under 25, this isn’t a bad site. Seemingly less creepers than Plenty of Fish, but there are still more creepers than not. The site asks you child-like questions such as “Would you rather be normal or weird?” or “Would you find a nuclear war to be exciting?” (HUH?). This site is less trashy than Plenty of Fish and is bursting with artsy types of guys whose crowning moment was making a twenty minute indie horror film or receiving a standing ovation at the local coffee shop for the poem they wrote on a bar napkin during another night out alone. This site doesn’t have as many options as Plenty of Fish or Match. From a woman’s perspective every man on the site was undateable. Really. Verdict – great if you are between the age of 18 and 25 and majored in theatre or art history. Also ideal if you aren’t bothered by a lifetime spent in your spouse’s parents basement. Knowledge of video games like Skyrim or Charles Bukowski’s writing ensures you are indispensable.

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Typical man on OkCupid.com

eHarmony

eHarmony.com is the most expensive of the online dating sites. It’s something like $60 per month. eHarmony is the most discreet because only paying members can view your profile, which is good. However, you are unable to browse profiles. Their “matching system” sends them to you based on questionnaires that take you hours to complete. Their “matching system” does not take physical looks into account, which is terrible if you are a vain asshole like myself. I used the site about three or four years ago and met some great people. However, this time around (maybe it’s just Cleveland…) my daily matches were comprised of profiles that never even signed up for the site in the first place. There were no photos, no information filled out in their profiles… I was matched with people who couldn’t even communicate with me a solid 80 percent of the time. These people couldn’t see my profile either. This is a recent phenomenon. eHarmony used to be a quality site to meet sincere and successful people. Not anymore. If I’m paying this much money, I expect to be matched with men who have also paid to communicate with me. Instead, I received a bunch of “dead” profiles for upwards of $60 a month. Most of the “matches” I received looked like trolls. On a bright side, the men (if the profiles are valid) on the site seemed to be more successful and intelligent than ones on other sites. Almost all have college degrees and are career oriented. I met a few men on the site – doctors and an investment banker. I dated the latter for a month or so. That was all. I went MONTHS without receiving a remotely decent (attractive) match and was thrilled to cancel my account after my six months were up. Verdict – Good site if you are not a visual kind of person. Also, don’t plan on being picky…. There is little to choose from.

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Most common match photo on Eharmony.com

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Average man on eharmony.com

Match.com

The problem with Match.com is that anyone can sign up and it’s impossible to differentiate between paying and non-paying members. That being said, have fun sending out tons of emails and getting no response. Half of the people on the site are voyeurs, not paying members and CAN’T respond. Cheaper than eHarmony, Match.com is a bit pricey, but what can you do? When it comes to online dating, this is as good as it gets. Due to the payment barrier, the men tend to be higher quality than POF or OK.  From tractor driving country boys to surgeons, a wide variety of people use the site. Although it can be tough, there are actually some decent ones lurking on Match.com. Flip through about 80 pages of losers and you are bound to find at least one worth emailing (just better hope he’s a paying member.) I met quite a few cool men through Match.com. Not all worked out, but I had some very nice dates thanks to the site. It lets you browse all the profiles you want unlike eHarmony. Verdict – Sift through the lame gang signs, flannel shirts, flat-brimmed hats and matches with multiple children and you might get lucky. This site is your best chance in the online dating realm.

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12 Responses to “Match.com vs. eHarmony vs. POF vs. OkCupid – Which online dating site is best?”

  1. DixieCJ January 19, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    My Match membership expires at the beginning of February. I won’t be renewing anytime soon. I haven’t received a message or even a creepy wink worth responding to in weeks. I think my next move might be geek dating sites. That could at least offer up a few good stories!

    • Summer January 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      Sometimes you just need to take a break for a few months! I know what you mean though. The geek site is worth a try… at least you won’t find those ridiculous photos with the flat brimmed hats, gang signs or vain shirtless photos taken in the mirror. I didn’t even know geek sites existed!

    • Buzz December 1, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      Wow, I agree with this post. I thought I was the only one who found eHarmony men to be hideous!! I was on there for a month and canceled the account. I’ll never sign up there again. I only got to the phone call level with one guy, and he turned out to be a loser who was hung up over his baby momma. Pathetic.

      OkCupid is trashier than Plenty of Fish, in my experiences. OKC men are truly bottom of the barrel, blue collar, poverty line trash. Plenty of shirtless bathroom mirror pics. Mostly losers looking for hookups.

      Plenty of Fish, I was on there for 2 weeks. Most guys send “I want to meet you” requests, but are too cowardly to send a message. I got to the phone call level with one guy who called me by the wrong name. No go.

      I’m still on Match as of this time. I get the most attention and dates from that site by far. While there are plenty of low class backwater trash to sift out, there are also quite a number of professionals. It takes work to weed out the garbage, but I think Match.com has, by far, the most potential. Even with the scammers and fake profiles (eHarmony has those too, and the “scammers” of the free sites are hookup seekers posing as people who want relationships).

      I’d recommend Match to anyone who wants to try online dating – but with the caveat of still making an effort to meet people in the real world as well.

  2. Rockey Akbar June 13, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    Thanks. I’ve been actually using OkCupid. It’s not great, per se. I’ve been on a couple of dates and the girls were just plain weird. :/ I’ve been thinking about giving the paid ones a shot. I’m hoping people are more serious there since they are actually paying. And the girls would be more normal(?). That is of course assuming that I’ll find a match for myself. Oh well…

    • Summer June 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

      With my experience, I haven’t found the people on the paid ones to be any more serious about settling down. I find them to be more professional and educated, but not serious about a relationship.
      Most aren’t overly normal either! I don’t think there is any “great” dating site. Most are filled with crazies.

      • Rockey Akbar June 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

        C’mon now, don’t say that! lol. That’s the main issue with dating sites, I think. People are all over the place. But what do “proffesional type” people like me who has no time for clubs and don’t wanna be setup by their parents do? :/

  3. Fiona July 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Rockey that’s a good question and I wish I knew the answer to the same… maybe that’s how I’d make my millions. Lol.

    • Cindy October 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      I’ve heard good things about IvyDate, but they’re only in select cities so not a great option for the majority of people. They’re in Beta mode in my area, so I’m still waiting for them to (hopefully) grow.

  4. Kim May 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Match is not worth the money as their is no way to weed out the scammers and out of state men. Almost all my my winks and a good half of my emails were from out of state men and out of the country. There is no way to block the winks from out of state but I think there was a way to block email out of state. With plenty of fish, its free and so far I have not seen any scammers, and you can adjust settings so that your profile wont even show up outside a certain radious so that pretty much eliminates most of the scammers. I will say Match seems to have better looking higher quality members but so many scammers and out of state people bothering you. You have to weed through alot of BS to meet anyone worthy. Plus since its a pay site they have fake profiles to get people to sign up and you almost NEVER will hear back from a total hottie. I would stick to POF and go to the profile review forum and ask for help on your ad.

  5. Imagerie September 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I’ve tried them all – pof, okcupid, eharmony and match.com. The best dates were from eharmony but unfortunately as the author stated, we had fun but I wasn’t attracted to them. PoF is weird but not as much as OkCupid and honestly match.com is the worst – you shouldn’t even have to pay for that. At this point, I’m really doing a lot grocery shopping now – I heard that always work?

  6. BigMac October 12, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Great article, just wondering why you’ve got a scumbag steve hat on a good guy greg picture? (second last pic)

    • Summer December 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      I never even noticed that! You’re right… he stole Scumbag Steve’s hat.

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