Last updated on December 17, 2015 | by Aet Suvari0
Guardian Soulmates Review
Guardian Soulmates Rating
Summary: If you enjoy the Guardian you might fancy someone who reads it too, but Soulmates don't come cheap.
You might wonder why a newspaper would have their own dating site in the first place but come to think of it, it’s probably not so surprising. Ten or twenty years ago newspaper personal ads were the closest thing to online dating of their time.
In that context it’s less surprising to discover the Guardian has been building their Soulmates dating site since way back in 2004 and have managed to develop it into a very usable and well-functioning site that takes good care of its users even if it does lack a bit of oomph…
How to get a perfect match?
Upon signing up for Guardian Soulmates there’s an option to advertise your profile on Guardian related websites and newspapers. It is, of course, strictly by your consent but should you so wish they can show your profile pic and some information from your profile both on Soulmates and the Guardian hope page, in the Guardian and Observer newspapers and also in external marketing campaign pages on different sites. We understand it might not be your wish to have your face plastered all over the newspaper letting everyone know you’re looking for a date but bear in mind that it will increase your chances to stand out and get noticed. So we advise you not to be shy and jump right in – after all, you haven’t got anything to lose but a whole lot to win.
There’s nothing on Guardian Soulmates profile compiling that makes it stand out from all the other dating sites – it’s all standard stuff that requires the same type of input – some boxes to tick, some choices to make, some words of your own to be written down. The profiles themselves also look pretty similar, with the same type of information and the same look about them to countless other sites. Though, being the Guardian, the design is clean, uncluttered and intuitively easy to use.
One thing that Guardian Soulmates does offer though is a compatibility match percentage but unlike some other sites that like matching you by best percentage, Guardian Soulmates site doesn’t actually require you to fill in a compatibility test. The percentage is based upon the most basic characteristics – age, height, relationship status, location etc. So even though this is called Soulmates, they don’t actually try to establish whether the match offered to you is truly your soulmate or just someone that answers to your most basic preferences.
Who’s who and why are they here?
You can search dates performing a standard search or use the site’s own matchmaking service and check out the matches best suited to you. Either way there’s a possibility to sort the matches by proximity or match percentage as well as how recently they’ve been online or updated their profile.
What can we tell you about the users here? A lot of sites have their own specific clientele that they’re trying to cater for or a special niche that they’re trying to fill. Guardian Soulmates doesn’t really have anything to make it special although we do suppose that most people here tend to be at least to a certain extent Guardian readers which should tell you enough about what kind of people they tend to be. It seems to be a fairly intelligent site, users here definitely seem credible and trustworthy and we didn’t come across any timewasters or fake looking profiles.
At the same time, is it a terribly exciting site to use? Are there a lot of different and interesting features and extras that make using it more exciting? The answers would have to be no and no. That said if you’re seriously looking for a compatible partner then you’ll happily sacrifice some bells and whistles for a site’s trustability and its variety of like minded matches.
Free site vs paid site
This is not a great site for non-subscribers. Most sites won’t let you send messages unless you’ve paid up and joined the members but Guardian Soulmates doesn’t stop at that. You won’t also be able to see all the other users’ photos and not even their full profiles are opened to you. You can’t perform advanced search or save searches either. Guardian Soulmates is starting to offer some pretty generous discounts and vouchers though so get on their mailing list for offer updates.
Guardian Soulmates review: Pros and Cons
Straightforward and trustworthy, plus you have a good idea what kind of people sign up for Guardian Soulmates.
It’s rather pricy and you can’t tell who’s a paid member or free user who can’t message you back.
And this is where our Guardian Soulmates review ends, enjoy the site if you sign up or check below for some alternatives 🙂