Zoosk Review

Overview

Founded in 2007, Zoosk is an online dating site with 40 million members speaking 25 languages across 80 countries.

With such a large and diverse user base—a user base that sends over 3 million messages a day—Zoosk doesn’t cater to any type of audience specifically, but offers a dating service that anyone can quickly pick up and use to start connecting with suitable matches in their area.

Pros and Cons

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Signup Process

Zoosk’s sign-up process is very swift and can be completed in a matter of minutes. It requires you to provide:

Then, to help quickly put together your matching profile, Zoosk asks for:

After providing this information, Zoosk will run you through a simple tutorial explaining how to navigate your dashboard and then begin showing you your matches.

How Matching Works

Matching on Zoosk works much the same way as most dating sites: you’re shown people who fit the parameters you provide when first signing up.

The nice thing is that Zoosk allows you to see more information about a match at a glance than many other dating sites, including all the characteristics described in the signup section above.

While you can see your matches immediately after signing up, you’ll need to provide a portrait photo of yourself before you can message your matches.

You’re also encouraged to provide additional information to help Zoosk better refine your matches, including:

Communicating

You can start communicating with matches in three ways on Zoosk (as titled on the navigation menu on the left side of your dashboard):

In terms of the actual messaging itself, you can type messages, send “smiles”, send “likes” and even send virtual gifts to your matches which show up on their public profiles.

Safety Features

Zoosk employs a number of identity verification measures to make sure their users are really who they say they are. These measures include:

Premium members can also use “Hide and Seek”, which allows you to better control the attention you receive with three levels of visibility:

Pricing

Zoosk allows you to set up your account and see your matches for free. However, if you want to start having conversations with your matches, connect with SmartPick™ introductions, and see the profiles of people who have viewed your profile, you need to pay for a subscription.

Currently, Zoosk offers four different subscriptions:

You can also opt to purchase Zoosk coins to access certain premium features instead of paying for a subscription. However, Zoosk coins allow access to features that aren’t automatically provided even to paid subscribers, making them useful for both free and paid users.

With Zoosk coins, you can:

The pricing for Zoosk coins is as follows:

The Verdict

While Zoosk’s features for free users and their audience filters are a little limited, you can set up your profile and start seeing your matches in a matter of minutes. There are also plenty of support features (some free and some paid) to ensure that your profile gets seen by a lot of people. And with a user base in the tens of millions spanning across 80 different countries, you’re bound to connect with plenty of matches no matter where you are.

If you’re stepping into the online dating world for the first time, Zoosk is perfect for you. Similarly, if you don’t have a lot of specific requirements and just want to start speaking with suitable matches in your area quickly, Zoosk is the site for you.