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PlentyofFish (POF) Review

POF is the most visited free online dating site and is widely used by all ages. You can easily search for your prospective match and then communicate for free, or you can participate in the thousands of user-created events where you can meet others in person.

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The Good

Send and receive messages for free

PlentyofFish allows you to send and receive messages from other users, in addition to viewing photos and a limited profile. This is a great option to have, especially for those who don't have the budget to subscribe to a paid online dating service, and is a feature that few other dating sites offer. Most allow you to either send or receive messages, but not both. By allowing users to access complete communication features, you can still have a great online dating experience without paying anything.

Effortless communication

PlentyofFish offers several options for communicating with other singles on the site, including email, instant messaging, and chat rooms. Email is great if you just want to say hi and let someone know you are interested. For more in-depth conversations, instant messaging is a perfect fit. Another nice thing about POF is that they give you a list of users who are most likely to respond. This is a great feature that can save you a lot of time because you won't be sending out lots of messages to people who you may never hear back from. Options like these should make communication fast and easy on POF, and that should really help you find some excellent potential matches.

Easily customize your searches

One extremely important, yet often overlooked part of online dating, is the tools that the site provides to help you narrow down your searches, something which POF is great at. Searches can be easily customized to fit what you are looking for using body type, interest, background, and lifestyle filters. Those looking to date others in their area will appreciate the ability to filter their results by distance. The site also allows you to filter results by photos or new members only. And if you happen to come up with a really great search that you want to run again later, the site makes it easy to save those searches so you can come back to them. Search capabilities like these can drastically cut down on the amount of time you need to spend looking through profiles by directing you right to those that best fit your criteria.

Thousands of user-created events

POF has some great resources for matching users on their site, including multiple personality/compatibility tests. What is most unique about POF is definitely the thousands of events that you can attend to meet other singles. It's not uncommon for dating sites to offer events where users can come and meet others while doing some kind of fun activity. PlentyofFish takes that to a whole new level by allowing users to create events for others to attend. These can include everything from concerts to roller skating. By allowing users to create the events, POF has dramatically increased the number of events available to their users, making it easy to get to know potential matches offline as well as online. If you would like to host a POF event, just decide what you would like to do and create a thread on the forums. This is an especially nice resource for those who prefer going out and meeting people in person rather than trying to gauge compatibility from a picture and a profile.

Attract more attention to your profile

PlentyofFish is a free dating site, but for those who are willing to pay, you can attract a little more attention your way by upgrading to a paid subscription. With this upgrade, your photo will show up first on the Meet Me section of the site. This is where users can rate your image and you can see how many people have expressed interest in you. Showing up first here could play a huge role in getting you more profile views and better potential matches.

App for mobile dating

PlentyofFish offers a mobile app, a really nice feature that can help you stay connected to your online dating account no matter where you go. The app is available for Android and iPhones and allows you to manage your account, upload photos to your profile, and search for members using the site's powerful search filters. You can save profiles to favorites and email other members just as you would from the website. This is an ideal tool for those who don't have a ton of time to devote to online dating because it allows you to look for matches at your leisure, even if you are far away from a computer.

The Bad

Limited profiles only

If you're a free member on PlentyofFish, you only get to see limited profiles for the other users. Full profiles are only available to paid subscribers. This might be annoying to some, but considering the other great free features offered by POF, including viewing photos, and sending and receiving messages, this shouldn't be too concerning. By allowing users to communicate with others on the site for free, you should be able to get to know them as well as — if not better than — you would be able to form a complete profile.

Can't contact the company by phone

PlentyofFish offers email and social media support for those times when users have a question or problem with their account that they can't solve themselves. While you are sure to get a response through these channels, it could take some time, which can be extremely frustrating. It would be much easier to be able to contact the company by phone so you can get a quick answer, but POF does not provide any sort of support hotline to its users. Though this may not affect your day-to-day use of the site, it is still disappointing and it would be nice to see POF improve their support offerings.

The Details


  • One Month: Free
  • One Year: Free
  • Six Months: Free
  • Three Months: Free

Age Groups

  • Most Popular: Ages 45 - 54
  • Second Most Popular: Ages 25 - 34
  • Third Most Popular: Ages 35 - 44


One Month

  • Free

Three Months

  • Free

Six Months

  • Free

Twelve Months

  • Free

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