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We have awarded Senior Match our prestigious Gold Award in this category, having reviewed 15 Senior Dating Websites. Read our review below to find out why...
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Deservedly taking the number one spot in our senior dating category is SeniorMatch.com. It proclaims itself as ‘the largest and most effective site for [...] seniors’ and we’d be inclined to agree. With a huge membership base of educated, successful mature singles over 50, it’s the number one place to meet, chat and date. As the site's tagline states: "you don't have to be alone."
The first thing that strikes you is that the site’s so easy to navigate and use the various features, which makes it ideal for keeping tabs on your dating activities, avoiding the clutter and poor layout of some other sites.
As with other sites, it’s free to join, create a profile and upload photos. All you’ll need is a valid email address in order to verify your membership account. Members come from all over but the vast majority are resident in the US. The membership base comprises millions of profiles, with thousands online when we checked out the site.
Profiles are very detailed, including basic details about where a member lives, their age and distance from you, which is handy when considering the possibility of meeting. Something else you won’t see on other sites is a ‘first date idea’ section, which is helpful in giving you some idea of a suitable activity should you arrange to meet. Self-written sections really give you a good idea about what a member’s like, complemented by information on appearance, interests, lifestyle and what that member is looking for in a potential partner.
Profile photo thumbnails are quite small and sometimes it’s difficult to really see what a member looks like, but these can be enlarged with a click. Most profiles feature large images with good resolution. Where they don't, SeniorMatch.com can’t always be held responsible. Up to 27 photos can be uploaded and most profiles have at least one, with many featuring multiple photos. Some profiles also feature private photos, which can only be viewed by requesting permission from that member. Some members post pictures of themselves looking stylish to the ‘fashion show’ galleries, which you can browse.
It’s possible to get in touch with members in a variety of ways via their profile page. In addition to the usual internal email system that functions as the default medium for communication, it’s possible to send a ‘wink’ by the simple click of a button (a wink is an automated, preformatted message sent to break the ice and express your interest).
Some profiles also feature private photos, which can only be viewed by requesting permission from that member.
If you’d like to chat online, the instant messenger feature allows you to do so by clicking on the appropriate tab on a member’s profile, requesting IM chat. You can even post comments on a member’s profile page, send an e-greeting card, view your potential compatibility based on your profiles, create a list of your favorite profiles and even answer a member quiz (if they have set one up), all of which are very simple and fun to do.
Participating in the member forums (covering issues including lifestyle issues, health, entertainment, technology, online dating and more) also help connect you with members with similar interests to your own. In addition you can write a blog or read and comment on other bloggers (the largest blog feature of any dedicated senior dating site).
Because of the number of profiles on the site, it’s important to have good search tools to make your browsing more efficient and SeniorMatch.com provides an impressive range of options. The quick search is swift and easy to perform, specifying gender and relationship type sought, age range and location/distance).
For those who have something specific in mind, the advanced search enables you to pinpoint members based on a variety of personal, lifestyle, physical and other criteria and is a truly comprehensive search tool. You can even save your searches. The reverse search is original and searches for members who are looking for somebody who matches your profile.
There’s also an astrology search (search by sign), location search (by state/province/zip/city), username search and a number of tab searches including members online, recommended members (most active members), new members and those with a birthday today. We felt that there were plenty of options in the various searches to makes sure that you weren’t getting the same results over and over again.
There’s also a matching game called “Let’s Meet” which shows you profile pictures and you simply click whether or not you’re interested in a member. If you are, then you can simply click “yes” and, should they do the same in return, the system will let you know that you both like the look of one another.
It’s well worth considering upgrading to Gold membership on SeniorMatch.com, as we believe that your chances of finding a date are optimized.
To get the best from the site it’s a good idea to upgrade. You can currently save 25% on monthly membership, 50% if you sign up for 3 months and a huge 60% by taking out a 6 month subscription. Standard members are relatively limited in what they can do, including creating a profile and uploading photos, replying to emails and online chat requests, initiate winks, use basic searches, create a favorites list, check out the site’s news feed, get 24/7 telephone and email support and access the site through a mobile device.
Upgrading to Gold membership gets you full access to all features (most importantly initiating communication with other members), send e-greeting cards, receive alerts when messages have been read, access to all search tools, blogs and forums, compatible match updates, listing at the top of searches and access to daily news and updates, dating advice and tips (over 1,000 articles), priority customer support and your own account manager.
It’s well worth considering upgrading to Gold membership on SeniorMatch.com, as we believe that your chances of finding a date are optimized. It costs less than $1 a day, even for the most expensive package, which we think is pretty good for such a solid site and so many dating options.
There’s also an excellent FAQs page (arranged by category) and 24/7 customer support by telephone and email, plus access to a live chat counselor if you upgrade. You won’t find this level of support on any other senior dating site.
As well as this you can get involved with the community, chatting to members, reading and commenting on articles, leaving notes on a friend’s profile page or taking part in “hot topic” discussions. With all of this going on, the website feels like a vibrant and interesting place to meet like-minded people, whoever and where ever you are.
With the best and most original features of any senior dating site, an easy to use site, vibrant membership base and great discount subscriptions, SeniorMatch.com is a real winner. If you’re serious about online dating then look no further.
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