Last updated on February 21, 2015 | by Aet Suvari0
Zoosk Review Ratings
Summary: A fun site that syncs up well with Facebook and mobile apps and is getting busier every year.
Zoosk has millions of members around the world – largely down to it’s popularity on Facebook and mobile apps. So how does it fare on UK shores against the big players of Match and eHarmony?
We signed up to find out for ourselves what the Zoosk dating experience is really like. Keep reading to find out how much Zoosk costs, what features the site has and our final conclusions about whether it’s a dating site worth joining.
Is Zoosk a free dating site?
In a word – no. Zoosk is a subscription based site – if you want to send and reply to mails then you need to be a fully paid up member – you can’t get full access to chat, messages and winks before you subscribe. Also, in order to see who’s viewed you, you need to be a subcribing member.
See our membership table on the right for current Zoosk subscription prices.
If you do decide to subscribe be sure to cancel your subscription before it’s over to avoid paying for the automatic auto renewal. Besides that you can still get a good feel for the site on a free account and most importantly see how many members are in your area using the location search before deciding whether you want to upgrade.
First impressions using Zoosk
A few years ago when we first reviewed Zoosk we were disappointed to find there were hardly any members in our area. We live in a large UK city that has dozens of pages of potential matches on Match.com etc but on Zoosk it could barely stretch to a second page. Back then there just weren’t enough members to convince us that we could find a compatible match here. However, now we might actually reconsider that because in just a few years Zoosk has gained notable popularity and we can now find dozens of local matches on the site. Zoosk has put in the hard work to try and get their UK user base much bigger and have succeeded too!
The great thing about Zoosk is that you can get your profile verified through Facebook and Twitter, thus making it so much more reliable. Of course, you can also validate through your phone. What’s even more – you can also get Zoosk moderators to validate your photos. They’ll do that by reviewing a video of you, thus confirming that you really look like your photos. What a way to keep scammers out, eh?!
Another thing that Zoosk has improved is the way their pages look and feel. It used to be peppered with large adverts to external sites that we thought detracted from the overall experience and made it feel like a lower quality free dating site. That is also no longer the case. The design is cleaner, more efficient and to the point. Also, Zoosk offers a search that works well and you can narrow it down with various of parameters, you can also see how recently other members were on the site and any changes they’ve made to their profile.
The profiles themselves have also improved a lot. They look clean, concise and informative – plus it’s a huge advantage that you can clearly see, which profiles and photos have been verified. It just makes it trustworthy and makes you feel more secure. Online dating fraud is so rife these days that you can’t be too careful, therefore we applaud the steps dating sites take in order to make things better in that department.
Then there’s also something called SmartPick technology. If you take a survey, the system will keep tabs on your behaviour and preferences on the site and will try and match you with people who have similar interests. Zoosk Behavioural Matchmaking™ engine will also keep tabs at you and give you “dating insights”.
Zoosk Messenger is their own chat software that you can download from the site and is a handy way to communicate with potential matches without having to wait on emails.
There are also dating apps for Facebook, iPhone and Android.
An interesting little feature on Zoosk is the popularity rank. Once you sign up, your rank is low – obviously, as you’re new on the site and no one has visited your profile yet nor flirted with you. Once you start getting viws and flirts, your popularity rank goes up and you also advance in the search rankings. However – you don’t have to wait for that to happen on its own, you can also “Boost” your own profile if you wish to do so. Of course, it costs you “coins” – the site’s own currency that can also be bought. A bulk of coins of 180 costs you £14, 480 coins sets you back by £28 etc.
There are also ways to “earn” coins – for example, by using the Dating Carousel. It’s a Tinder-like feature where the system selects random profile pics for you and you get to pick and choose whether you’d like to meet them or not. Each “maybe” or “yes” vote will earn you one coin – but you can only earn 40 coins every day. Coins can also be earned by using online casinos or downloading programmes, but we can’t say we warmly recommend doing that.
Our conclusion and summary of Zoosk
With popular Facebook and mobile apps Zoosk is one of the best dating sites for using on the move. We are also impressed that they’ve gained a lot more members so it’s becoming a more viable and useful dating site. They’ve put in a lot of work trying to make their site better and fun to use and it’s paying off. It seems to be aimed at more of a younger audience than Match or eHarmony and leans more towards flirty/fun than serious/long term relationship seeking.
Zoosk is not yet as popular as Match.com or Eharmony in the UK but as an alternative site they’re not a million miles behind.
We didn’t witness any dodgy or dubious practices on this site used by some other online sites to try get people to subscribe. It’s worth signing up for free at first to get a feel for whether you like it and if there’s enough active members in your area.
Zoosk review: Pros and Cons
Zoosk verification system, which makes the site safe and secore and keeps scammers away.
The coin system is not very clear and easy to use.
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