Plenty of Fish
POF Sign Up Questionnaire
POF Messaging Between Users
POF Profile Example

Our Review

Plenty of Fish, or POF, is one of the early dating sites founded in 2003 that is still popular today. So popular that they claim to be the world’s largest dating site with over 90 million registered users globally. The users are active with 3.6 million of those logging on daily and over 10 million conversations occurring per day. The site boasts that over 1 million relationships are created every year.

POF is a mix between a dating site and a matchmaker service. You can browse freely and search for other users that match criteria that you nominate, or you can utilise POF’s matchmaking capability Ultra Match which is the Top 50 most compatible members for you. Additionally the Top Prospects list ranks other users that you’ve interacted with by their compatibility to help you pick a good match.

POF combines all the features of various dating sites and apps on the market today. You can search for users based on location, you can scroll through their profile pictures and indicate with a cross or tick if you’d be keen to match and you can also be sent matches daily.

Member Structure

Members
100,000 from New Zealand
Members activity
100 active weekly
Gender Proportion
48 %
52 %
    Females
    Males

    Age Distribution

    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55+

    Signing Up

    POF Sign Up Questionnaire
    • Free to sign up
    • Most functionality is free, upgrade to a paid membership for premium services
    • POF does not connect to Social Media accounts to help set up your profile

    Unlike other sites that focus on getting you set up and online as quick as possible, POF has a reasonably detailed profile questionnaire up front. Questions include gender, type of relationship sought, do you own a car, language, ambition, education, desire to have children etc and all questions are mandatory to proceed with sign up.


    Another thing that is unlike most sites, POF does not connect in to any other Social Media platform to help you sign up. It is almost common practise these days for dating sites and apps to utilise your Facebook profile to draw information about your interests and friends, but POF does not. It does however allow you to connect into your Facebook or Instragram page for uploading profile pics, or you can use saved pics from your phone or desktop.

    Sign up is free and you can comfortably use the majority of features on a free membership, with premium services available to upgraded members.

    Making Contact

    POF Messaging Between Users
    • Communication is unlimited for all users
    • Messaging is easy and fun
    • Voice messaging is possible
    • Sending messages to other users is free for everyone

    Messaging other member’s is free and easy in POF. Their messages function works just like txt messaging where you can type free text back and forth with other users. Communication is unlimited, even on a free membership.

    A cool feature of communication in POF is that you can use your phone’s mic to record a voice message and send to another user. Usually with online dating you don’t get to hear another person’s voice until you are feeling comfortable enough with exchanging phone numbers, so this is a great way to get to know someone safely.

    Profile Quality

    POF Profile Example
      • The profiles are very detailed
      • The profile information can be changed later
      • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

      Not only are you asked what are you looking for in terms of Hang Out, Friends, Dating or Long Term during profile creation, but you are also asked Dating Intent. Answers include ‘I’m looking for casual/no commitment’, ‘I want to date but nothing serious’, ‘I want a relationship’, ‘I am putting serious effort to find someone’ and ‘I am serious and I want to find someone’. This level of detail if quite unusual in most dating sites which is great as you know what someone is seeking to achieve from being on the site up front. This helps with searching and matching with other members to ensure you are both looking for the same type of dating or relationship.

      Profiles also contact detail on your relationship history that is used behind the scenes for matchmaking. Questions such as if your parents are still married, if you are an only child or the oldest or youngest of your siblings and the length of your longest relationship which POF believes indicates clues to your background which may make you more or less compatible with other members.

      Most profiles on POF have a fair amount of detail due to it being a requirement as part of the sign up profile.

      Users with free membership can upload up to 8 profile pics. Paid members get double that at 16 pics.

      App

      POF App Homepage
      • Available for both Apple iOS and Android.

      POF say that 80% of their usage is via a mobile phone, which makes sense as their apps and mobile sites are very easy to use and offer the full functionality of their site. In fact, during our test we found that the mobile apps were actually simpler to use than the desktop version.The only thing we struggled with on the app was deactivating our account. We could hide our profile through the app, but needed to log on to the desktop to deactivate/delete our account.

      Real Life Review

      Brian, Programmer, 33 – A friend told me about meeting a girl off POF so I decided to give it a go. I had been using Tinder quite a bit but finding that most of the girls I matched with hardly chatted and if they did, they never seemed keen on meeting up. I’m not sure if I’m ready to settle down yet so added to my profile that I was interested in dating, but nothing serious. I was worried that would turn many girls off, but I was surprised to find that many women in their late 20’s and early 30’s (my target age range) were also looking for the same thing. I have been on the site for about 3 months now and have met 5 girls on the site. Up until the 5th they were all enjoyable dates, but there wasn’t enough to keep dating. Now I’ve seen my current date 4 times and things are going very well and I hope it continues.

      Userability

      POF is a full-featured dating site with many options that can seem quite overwhelming on the desktop site. The apps however are a lot simpler and we found them easier to use than the desktop site. On both platforms though updating your profile and making contact with other users is very straightforward.

      Plenty of Fish Costs and Prices

      Free Services
      • Send messages
      • Read messages
      • Matches
      Fee based Services
      • Want Me
        ?
        Discover which users have said that they're interested in meeting you
      • View New Members
        ?
        Upgraded members are the first to see new members
      • Unlock Extended Profiles
        ?
        Discover exclusive details on other member's profiles
      • Message History
        ?
        See if you've messaged someone before and if they've messaged you.
      • Read Receipts
        ?
        Find out if they've read your message
      • Profile Views
        ?
        See who has viewed your profile
      • Last Online
        ?
        See when other member's were last online
      • Upload up to 16 pics
        ?
        Free membership has a max of 8.
      • No ads
        ?
        Upgraded members will never see ads on the site/app
      Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
      Upgraded User
      3 Months16.66 AUD / Month49.99 AUD
      6 Months12.50 AUD / Month74.99 AUD
      12 Months10.00 AUD / Month119.99 AUD

      Is Plenty of Fish expensive or cheap?

      In comparison to other providers Plenty of Fish is inexpensive.

      Payment Options
      • Credit Card
      • PayPal
      • Via Mobile Phone

      Fees are paid upfront in total (ie the total for the 3/6/12 months) upon upgrading. Payment is managed via iTunes for Apple and Google Play if purchasing via an app.

      Paid memberships are subscriptions and automatically renew at the end of the membership period unless cancelled. If membership was purchased via an App, the subscription automatic renewal must be cancelled via the iTunes store or Google Play. If purchased through the desktop site, you can disable renewals via Account Settings, but if you paid via Paypal, you must also disable automatic renewal in your PayPal account.

      Special Features

      UltraMatch

      This is POF’s matchmaking offering that shows you the most compatible members specific to you on the site. The list may be longer, but POF claims that you are most likely to date someone who shows up in the first 50 spots of this list.

      The furthermore say that it is easy for them to work out who you are most likely to date based on your profile and personality questionnaire and by learning what type of profiles you tend to interact with, but human psychology has proven that if they gave you a list of just the top 5, you would feel constricted and not want to pick those people as you fear there could be better out there and that you need to widen the search.

      Top Prospects

      This is a ranking of all the people that you have had contact with in the past 30 days, ranked by compatibility.  POF claims that for 17% of users who left the site in a relationship, the person at the top of the list was the person they ended up dating. This statistic goes up to 50% based on the top 10 people in the list.

      Nearby

      Similar to many other apps that focus on finding someone close to your location, POF has a nearby function that ranks users based on how far away they are from you using your mobile phones location services.

      Meet Me

      This functionality is similar to the swipe right or left method of viewing profiles make popular by Tinder. You are presented with profile pics of other users and asked to tick Yes if you’d like to meet them or No if you don’t. If you both say Yes you are a mutual match and can start chatting.

        

      Our rating

      Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
      Making Contact: 4.0 / 5
      Profile Quality: 3.0 / 5
      App: 4.0 / 5
      Real Life Review: 3.5 / 5

      Editors Conclusion

      Photo Chris
      POF has been around for a very long time and has continued to evolve with new dating trends to make it still a popular dating site today. It features many of the features and functions of other apps all in one place. Profiles are detailed and users seem quite active on the site. It is great to that it is very clear and easy to understand what type of relationship other members are seeking upfront, which avoids confusion and awkward conversations or meet ups.POF is most suited to singles seeking dating or longer-term relationships and offers great matching options to find a highly compatible partner.

      FAQ

      Facts

      Is POF a good dating site/app?

      POF is a full functioned dating site that brings in much of the functionality of the most popular dating sites and apps. It has a broad range of options available on how to find a match ranging from browsing, searching and matchmaking.

      Profiles are quite detailed, so it’s easy to know what type of relationship other members are after and to view information that could easily start a fun conversation.

      In our experience there are many users looking to date and to form relationships, so it is a good option for dating.

      Is POF a hook-up app?

      POF is one of few sites that ask their members to be explicit in describing what type of relationship they are seeking from using the site. Users vary in the type of relationship from just friendship, through to seeking a long-term relationship or marriage.

      Some users are definitely only seeking casual encounters from the site and they can specify that they are not looking for anything serious.

      In our experience most users were looking to date or for a relationship.

      Is POF free?

      POF is a free app to join and you get most of the site/apps functionality with a free membership. Premium services are available as part of a paid membership.

      Usability

      Does POF post to Facebook or Instagram?

      There is very little integration between POF and Facebook or Instagram. POF does not use these Social Media platforms to draw information for your profile or to view your friends list. It will only use these sites/apps to help you upload profile pics and will not post to either platform.

      What are PoF matches based on?

      Plenty of Fish matches are based on compatibility. Aside from giving important information about yourself, the site also has a Relationship Chemistry Predictor, which gives users questions about their opinions about political, religious, behavioral and social matters. This ensures that your matches have similar interests, views and opinions as you do.

      Can I use plenty of fish without registering?

      You can view the profiles of PoF users even without signing up for an account. This means you can just browse around to check if someone catches your eye. If you're interested in a certain user, you need to sign up for an account to contact them.

      Security

      Is POF safe?

      POF is one of the oldest dating sites having been around since 2003 and it is very well known and we believe it to be a reputable and safe app to use.

      POF offers features to help keep you safe and enjoy your dating experience. If a member is behaving in an undesirable way toward you, you can block that user so they are unable to see your profile or message you. If you think the behaviour is dangerous to the POF community, you can also report the user to the site and the team will investigate.

      Of course, always protect your personal information and privacy on any online dating site or app and consider your safety when organising to meet with people you’ve met online.

      Cancellation

      How do I delete my Plenty of Fish profile?

      If you want to take a break from plentyoffish.com, just go to the "Edit Profile" option on your account dashboard. You'll see the option ‘"To hide your profile from others, click here". This will give you the privacy you need, as your profile won't show up in search results or match suggestions. Just check it if you want to take a hiatus from Plenty of Fish, and then just uncheck it when you're ready to return.

      If you want to permanently delete your profile, go to the Help section of the website. You'll see a list of options - select "Remove Profile". The website will ask for your basic info just to confirm that you are the owner. If you answer the questions correctly, the site will remove your profile permanently.

      How do I cancel plenty of fish subscription?

      Subscriptions are automatically renewed so if you wish to terminate your subscription, you need to do so manually. Just go to "My Account" and uncheck the option for automatic renewals.

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      Infos

      Company:Plentyoffish Media ULC
      Adress:142-757 West Hastings. PMB 670, Vancouver, V6C 1A1
      E-Mail:csr@pof.com
      Phone-Hotline:+1 604 692 2542
      Fax:+1 604 676 2319