Plenty of Fish is fully functional when free, but paid memberships starting at $6.78 a month (for 12 months) garner higher listings in searches. Inactive accounts are purged every few months, and match questions focus on personality.
Plenty of Fish is one of the oldest dating sites and boasts a moderate-sized user base. Data compiled by Alexa put its rank at 14,119 on the Internet popularity list. Although the site claims to purge dormant accounts every few months, multiple Plenty of Fish reviews at Site Jabber complain it's full of scammers and inactive users. Nonetheless, the assortment of free functionalities, the seriousness of the profile questions, and the swell of reviewers reporting success stories warrant naming Plenty of Fish an online dating site with potential.
The average user may spend little more than two minutes on the site, but Plenty of Fish boasts several redeeming qualities. One of the more appealing features is the dating forums. Plenty of Fish reviews posted at About.com reveal that many users join the site specifically for access to the advice found within. The forums cover dating-related and heartbreak questions, host philosophical discussions, and even facilitate in-person meet-and-greet events.
The personality assessment tool is another plus. A series of about 100 questions designed to yield a psychological take on the user's dating profile, it measures five broad categories -- self-confidence, family orientation, self-control, openness, and easy-goingness -- with answers based on a five-point scale from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree." After answering two different assessments -- one for the user, one for the user's ideal partner -- Plenty of Fish then displays potential matches for your personality. In a Plenty of Fish review we conducted in person, one user said the algorithm generally yields fairly good matches, although by no means fantastic, so users shouldn't hesitate to conduct their own independent searches. The interface, however, doesn't measure up to the standard set by OK Cupid in terms of simplicity and visual appeal.
All essential functions at Plenty of Fish are accessible free of charge. Users can view profiles, take personality assessments, send messages, and engage in the forums. A paid subscription to Plenty of Fish costs $6.78 a month for 12 months, $8.50 a month for six months, and $12.90 a month for three months. The upgrade means showing up at or just shy of the top in searches, seeing a user's extended profile, seeing if your messages were read, and being able to use themes (e.g., designs and colors) to make your profile stand out -- features that seem more like frills than necessities.
Plenty of Fish has a strong mobile app and has been downloaded more than 10 million times from the Google Play Store, where it garners an average 4.5 stars in reviews. A few users report minor operational problems but otherwise offer praise for its clean structure and ease of use.
The personality tool is the standout feature at Plenty of Fish, and one reason users take to this dating site. Even if online dating isn't your thing, consider this an opportunity to learn more about yourself.