Site usability and features: 8,5/10
Profile information and graphics: 8,2/10
Partner finding potential: 7,7/10
Customer support: 7,3/10
POF, which you may remember by its previous name, Plenty of Fish, has been around since 2003 and is still going strong. In fact, POF claims to be one of the world’s largest dating sites, with 90 million plus members! That includes 3.6 million daily logins, and 10 million daily conversations. POF distinguishes itself from competitors by… well… not making a decision about what it is! The site can be used simply to search nearby members, like a classic dating sites, but it can also act as a matchmaking site if you decide to take the POF personality quiz. There are added extras available, such as Ultra Match to boost your chances of finding someone perfect for you.
The initial sign up process for POF is simple and quick, with just a couple of pages of information needed before you get searching for love. You can also add up to 8 photos with basic membership, up to 16 with premium.
You can browse users freely on POF, and toggle various features you’re looking for. You can also search by location, look at the pictures of users you like, and even indicate with a tick or cross whether you’re interested in them.
Not only can you send and receive unlimited messages with a basic POF membership, but you can also take part in POF forums! That means you can find out what’s going on in the community, and get to know potential matches a little better.
POF has pretty standard questions for its profiles, about your lifestyle and what you want from both your life and from a potential relationship or date. The most unusual aspect of POF’s profiles is that they don’t just show you information about the user themself, but also about those close to them. Interesting and potentially revealing, right?
POF works just fine with a basic account, which is pretty unusual for this kind of dating site. They have also, however, managed to create enticing premium plans. POF trying to do everything at once doesn’t stop here though - there’s the option of buying tokens, or 2, 4 and 8 month plans.
Cancel by going to the help section of the website, and clicking ‘Remove Profile’. If you want to stop your premium subscription, go to My Account and turn off membership renewal.
As a part-dating, part matchmaking site, POF does give you matches. The more info you’ve given POF, the more specific and careful these matches will be. You can also go off piste, though, and search your local area.
All POF users can send unlimited messages. They work just like texting or instant messaging, with the added option of sending an urgent message that will appear at the top of the other user’s inbox. If you flirting just can’t wait, you know what to do!
You can also send voice messages in chat, which is a fun feature. Get some attention, or find out how a particular match sounds! Women can also sound photos, but this was banned for male POF members because they abused the privilege, sending lewd images.
POF’s app is popular, and reflects the desktop version well. In fact, more users are active on the app than POF desktop. It’s free to download, so why not give it a go?
Meet Me is a really interesting POF feature. Here, users can advertise their desire to meet up with one or more fellow POF members in real life. Why not? It’s nice to get off screens and meet people face to face sometimes.
POF has a whole variety of tests that users can take (though they aren’t required to) that help predict chemistry with other users. These include the personality test, psychological assessment, sex test, and keeper test. POF uses these to work out how compatible you are with other users who have also braved the quizzes! If you really want to maximise your chances of finding a serious match, then why not give them a go?
What do you get if you pay for a premium account on POF? Here are a few of the added benefits.
Tokens are separate from subscriptions, and can be bought by all users. Tokens pay for super yeses, priority messages and let you be top catch. And always remember, you can find promo codes on the forum for hefty discounts on tokens!
With premium membership on POF you can see even more about other members. An extended version of everyone’s profile is available to premium members, so you can assess your matches’ suitability with even more care!
Invisible browsing is available to premium members, as well as the ability to see who has looked at yours. It might not sound too exciting, but don’t you want to know who’s crushing on you? It could be important. Especially if you’ve been invisibly browsing their profile, too!
2 month VIP
£19.35 (per month)
4 months VIP
£12.75 (per month)
8 months VIP
£9.99 (per month)
POF is a well-known dating site with a huge user base, and it’s one of the only sites that users can enjoy most of the features of without paying a thing. That being said, it could certainly overwhelm some users with its plethora of features. The design of the site leaves something to be desired too - looking as though, perhaps, it hasn’t been overhauled much since its inception as Plenty of Fish in 2003! The mobile app, however, is easier to use, and free to download. POF may take a little while to get your head (and cursor) around, but it’s probably worth it. Almost all of its features, like Compatibility Testing and various kinds of messaging, are useful, it’s just that most sites would choose only a couple. POF, though, is all about giving you a little bit of everything!
I met my boyfriend on pof end of last year. Things are going amazingly well and I could not wish for a better partner. Thank you pof.
I have been with my wife 3 years and been married for 6 months. We met on POF. Personally if it wasn’t for POF, I would have never met my wife. This is the best dating app I have ever used. Thank you POF.
I had no trouble with this site, spoke to some very strange people but they were easily blocked and eventually found someone who i clucked with instantly, i am now married to him and extremely happy! Many thanks to this site xx
I was a paid user for a month, and I felt the free account's features are quite enough for the next couple months. I don't know about women but the guys are real people, I met a few nice people... and met a great guy yesterday!