Plenty of Fish got its start in 2003 and is now one of the world's largest free dating sites. 32,000,000 members call Plenty of Fish home, earning it the title of #1 free dating site worldwide in 2011. With 2.4 billion page views every month, members are guaranteed to meet a variety of singles on the site actively looking for friendship, casual dating, and serious relationships.
Don’t let the nonexistent price tag fool you – Plenty of Fish is a fully functional site with every feature you would expect from a dating site (plus a few fun bonuses). It starts out with basic profile information about you and what you’re looking for. Initial signup questions cover children, marital status, interests, smoking and drinking habits, religion, profession, income, family situation, relationship history, and more. Users then personalize their profiles with a headline, an essay description, and a list of interests. An optional essay on first dates is also available.
The most interesting part of the profile comes next:the Relationship Chemistry Predictor. Plenty of Fish makes the matching process fun with several questionnaires designed to assess compatibility. The Relationship Chemistry Predictor poses 73 statements about you and your personality, to which you must indicate whether you “Disagree,” “Somewhat disagree,” “Somewhat agree,” or “Agree.” The test measures five broad dimensions of personality, then users your responses to match you with other members who have taken the test.
Users also have the option of taking the Relationship Needs Assessment, which determines your known and hidden needs in a relationship. When the assessment is completed, you are presented with an action plan of questions and topics to communicate effectively with your matches. Other questionnaires include “Is Your Love Interest A Keeper?,” a “Psychological Assessment,” and “The Sex Test.”
Other fun features on Plenty of Fish include Goldfish credits, login points, virtual gifts, testimonials, and roses. Goldfish credits can be bought and used to purchase Plenty of Fish gifts, more creative Ice Breakers, and the ability to view sent message status. Gifts purchased with Goldfish credits are public and appear on the recipient’s profile for 3 weeks. Login points are earned automatically each day you sign into your account and can also be used to purchase virtual gifts. Gifts bought with login points are private and appear only in email.
If you have been added to a user’s favorites list, you can leave a testimonial for him or her. You can edit or remove any testimonial you have written, and can remove any testimonial written about you. Upon joining Plenty of Fish, each user receives two roses. After a rose is sent to another member, you must wait 30 days to receive a new one. Because they are in such short supply, sending or receiving a rose is a momentous occasion. Choose wisely!
Some features on Plenty of Fish are available only to users of a certain gender. Men have access to a page called “Hottest Girls,” which creates a list of the most desirable women in your area who regularly respond to messages. Women receive access to a feature called “Most Attracted,” which formulates a list of male users who have the highest likelihood of being attracted to you. The rest of Plenty of Fish’s range of features – like chat, forums, Meet Me, and mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows 7 – are available to all members.
A free membership allows for full access to the site, including searching, testimonials, favorites, and communication with other members, but paying has its perks. Members who upgrade receive highlighted profiles in search results, access to the Ultra Match advanced “Behavioural Matchmaking System,” the ability to see if sent messages were read or deleted, profile themes, unlimited gifts, the ability to see who viewed your profile and when, and ad removal.
Whatever Plenty of Fish is doing, they’re doing it right. Dating Sites Reviews users voted it their favorite free dating site from 2009 to 2015, and it’s been ranked #1 or #2 in the UK, Canada, and the United States.
Getting Started On Plenty Of Fish
Creating a Plenty Of Fish account takes around half an hour depending on how much attention you pay to filling out the open-ended questions. On more than one occasion, the site will remind you not to include any inappropriate language – a clear sign that Plenty Of Fish seeks to cater to daters of all kinds (not just hookup).
Despite having a bit more of a basic feel, Plenty Of Fish manages to offer many features that aren’t dissimilar to those offered by competing sites like FriendFinder-X.com and Passion.com. For example, Meet Me is a Tinder-esque function that allows you to scroll through photos one-by-one, each time choosing to say ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’. Plenty Of Fish also offers a Relationship Needs Assessment, which is a great way to learn about your own strengths and weaknesses within a couple.
This is a popular and frequently visited site. The sheer number of users increases your chances of finding a match and makes it a lot more fun. PlentyOfFish tells you how many are online, rarely under 500,000, and will break it down further into My Matches, My City and other categories. A word of caution: because it’s free, there may be many more lookers than daters. You can upgrade in a few different ways to a paid membership, but this is one of the best free online dating sites.
Profiles are standard fare, but you may add a variety of personality tests including the PlentyOfFish Relationship Chemistry Test. You can also pick your fish personality and indicate whether you have a car along with the typical online dating questions.
You may search in the usual ways, but the site also offers a search by personality type. You can conduct quick searches; one click will deliver a list of age and location matches or a list of users online in your state. The service will also provide matches. Here actions speak louder than words and PlentyOfFish takes a more innovative approach than any other site. It will serve up potential matches by your clicks, not just your criteria. If you say you’re looking for a 40-plus professional with any body type, but you click on those ripped 25-year-olds, your matches will include some of both.
The service offers both instant messaging and email communication. This dating site offers the best quick compatibility test. It measures self-confidence, family orientation, self-control, openness and easygoingness. The results are insightful: It’s worth registering just to take the test. You might also try the PlentyOfFish Seduction Style Guide. A playful warning says, “If you dare to proceed, this test will generate a complete step by step guide on how someone would seduce you from the first date all the way to your bed and you wouldn't be able to resist.”
This site lets you earn points you may spend on virtual gifts. The selection varies, but the chocolates are a good choice, when available. If you include a gift with your email, it will appear on the list in the inbox, a foolproof way to make your message stand out.
Site navigation can be challenging compared to other online dating websites. Some features are just not where you’d expect them to be, like the photo ratings. This site is modified frequently, so there’s always something new. You’ll find extra features on every page, so look carefully each time you use the site.
PlentyOfFish has one big drawback. Photos are very small and block age and location information in the galleries, so you’ll have to view the profile to check. Emails do not include this key information, so again, it means clicking over to the profile.
This website has a comprehensive FAQs section and email links for specific issues like technical problems and to report spammers.
The Plenty Of Fish Experience
Plenty Of Fish runs the gamut in terms of what men could be after, and it’s definitely a legit casual dating site. But because it’s free, it lacks the quality of potential companions that a site like Match.com or Passion.com can offer. Because I tend toward the superficial side, I was disappointed by the relative lack of compatible matches on Plenty Of Fish. I was able to meet decent-looking women, but none whom I was into to the point of dating. That said, I know guys who have had legit success on Plenty Of Fish. And with pay-to-play seeming to be the standard format, Plenty Of Fish offers a good alternative to dudes who are looking for a hookup (or more) on the cheap.
Slated somewhere between mainstream and adult site, Plenty Of Fish is ideal for those wanting to dip their toes into the dating pool, without getting tied down to monthly payments.
Best feature: Well, for starters, it’s free, which means you have nothing to lose by trying Plenty Of Fish. The second thing is that Plenty Of Fish has the largest member pool out of any other site in this category – by far.
Biggest drawback: Since joining Plenty Of Fish is free, it means that there’s less quality control in terms of members and site experience.
Memberships & Pricing
Plenty Of Fish offers a standard account that’s completely free – That said, the site does offer a premium membership starting at $18.59 per month.
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found my best friend here
I found that if you read the profiles, you do get what your looking for.. Although, there are some great liars out there. I went through alot of ladies here, till i found the right one. She is honest, hard working, and beautiful. We've been together now 5 years, 2 of which are married.
Ease of Use
It is easy to use, but seriously folks, read the profiles. Get to know them before you venture out. I had 2 bad encounters that i remember.Yes, you do get alot of notifications and wink/flirts, not all generated by another dater.
if folks would read the profiles, it would be alot easier to navagate the mine fields of this site. I simply mean, for instance, just reading what is written would be alot more helpful than looking at pics. I put, first line, that i don't date outside my race, but was bogged down by requests from ladies of another race. I also asked that if you didn't have a profile pic not to contact me, but here again i was bogged down. That said, one has to wonder if people merely look at the pics and jump, rather than read and see if they actually have anything in common with the intended person of interest.
Plentyoffish.com..enter at your own risk!!!
I commented on Michangelo's (?) review of Plentyoffish.com so therefore, I decided to write my own seeing how I once was a member and made great friends. I am now dating a guy that I met on Plentyoffish.com and he is a nice guy. For me...I'm pretty picky!!!
I recommend Plentyoffish.com for a brief visit if you go into their chat rooms because if you stay too long in the chat rooms they get boring and out of control. The people tend to start cursing and talking about sex all the time and that gets sickening, the way they talk!!! The site instructs you to report a person if they are out of control ( my own words) but they don't do anything and I feel it is because they want the people to become paying members and if they do boot someone it may give them a bad name...yeah right.
Now for the site itself, it is good and there is wide option of people to meet. You have to be on your guard at all times though because there is a lot of players on the site that lie about everything. That isn't the sites fault!! They do offer free ways to communicate with someone you find interesting to a degree because as I said above they do want you to become a paying member.
Over all, if you are interested in trying the site I say go for it. To each his own!!
Nice website, worth a try.
This website has two different levels of membership. A free one that allows a member to send a "flirt" message to a member, whether they are a free member or have a paid membership. A paid membership allows someone to send an e-mail via the website's mail server to another member, regardless of whether or not the other person is a free or paid member.
Additionally, you can opt to have a free 30 day, money back trial period of the paid membership.
But, sometimes, i get profiles for the same women, despite having not contacted them in the past, and they don't meet my specific search requirements.