POF.com trade on that old adage that there are 'plenty of fish in the sea'. We decided to look out our waders and see what their pond had to offer.
POF (see also plentyoffish.com) have been around for a long time. They were one of the original sites to offer all of the features of a paid dating site, but for free. Recently they were bought over by the same company that own Match (read our Match review here), underlining their success in the market. It's well known in the industry that their founder actually met his wife on the site, a nice story that doesn't hurt their marketing efforts either.
Is POF Really Free To Use? Read Our POF Review
The site makes money mainly through advertising (you can even see their competitors being advertised) and through small upgrades (e.g highlighting your profile in searches) and other optional micropayments. For the sake of this review, we looked at both the main site and the POF app, which is available on both Android and iOS.
The main website is not the most attractive dating interface you'll see, let's get that out of the way. Nevertheless, there's no denying that it's busy – hardly surprising given that most features on the site are completely free to use, including most forms of communication (back and forth). The on-site advertising is plentiful but not intrusive, and actually, even the best subscription based dating websites tend to have some advertising. The popularity of the site is therefore worth the trade off and you can get speaking to other members in no time at all.
Go For The Dating Site Or The Dating App?
The app is a lot better and we would recommend this as the way to go in order to get the most out of your dating experience on POF. It's far more modern and you can chat to singles just as easily with the added benefit of push notifications, so you don't miss anything in the way of new matches or message replies. There's the ability to run standard searches or go through the 'hot or not' style of searching, where you flick through member images Tinder style (see our Tinder review here). There's also a nice 'Chemistry Test', which aims to match users based on personality (also free).
After completing our research for this dating site review, we had to ask ourselves why POF isn't seen as the number one website for singles looking for love, even taking into account the old fashioned look of the site. If you use the app, it's super easy and completely free to do everything you need to do. It's busy, vibrant and fun – and that goes for all of the locations where we tested it. The only answer we could come up with is what we like to call the perception of quality factor. What we mean by this is when someone decides to join a paid rather than a free dating site, they normally do so because they believe that the standard of single people online will be of a higher quality (i.e genuinely looking for a long term, loving relationship over, say, a one night stand). There's an opinion held by some, that if someone pays money on an internet dating site then they must be serious, and therefore using a free site to find something meaningful will be a waste of time. Of course, there is no way to determine whether this is true or not and it comes down to personal preference. But we can say from this review of POF that there are genuine members that are serious about finding love on this online dating site, some even say as much in their profiles.
Our Conclusion: Is POF A Good Dating Site / App?
POF is not the sleekest dating site on the internet, that's for sure. It doesn't have the widest variety of dating features and functionality either. It's free and open to anyone over 18, and therefore doesn't have the perception of quality that some people feel is key to finding a serious relationship online. However, despite these things, we would definitely urge single daters to give it a try. After all, it won't cost you anything but time and, if nothing else, would be a great additional option to compliment the dating sites you use as a subscriber (we always recommend that you should use multiple dating sites to give yourself the best chance of success).
To conclude, Plenty of Fish is a great option for your online dating needs and with its recent acquisition to the biggest dating network on the planet, we predict their pond will continue to be an ideal place to cast your net. Happy fishing!