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78 Ratings 1.48 / 5
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Quick Facts
Cost 1 Month $19.95
Cheap
Popularity 1.3 million active users
Very popular
Gender make-up More men
(3 to 1)       
Better for women

Zoosk, established in 2007, claims to be the world's largest global dating community. Most features require payment in the form of a subscription or Zoosk coins. As a teaser, they offer a free upgradeable account that allows limited access to several features.

Joining Zoosk

Sign-up can be done the traditional way (create an account with your email, password, information, etc.), by a Facebook log in or their Phone App. If you choose to use the Facebook log in feature, Zoosk will use your Facebook information to populate the forms which can be edited as you complete the sign-up process and will put the app in your Facebook page.



If you're comfortable with sites like Facebook you'll find yourself right at home at Zoosk, just expect to pay for the privilege!


It offers options to use your Facebook profile photo as well as your music, movies, books, and TV show likes which can save a bit of typing.

You will have the option to upload a profile picture (must be a headshot), your likes, text about you, basic details, and what you would like in a potential match. They also have a feature that allows you to ask friends to write a testimonial that will be uploaded to your profile.

An additional aspect is the icebreaker question section in which you can choose from several questions so that other members will have something to respond to if they aren't sure what to say. Most aspects of the profile creation stage can be skipped and returned to later.

Free version

This version will allow a member to establish a profile, use the search feature, and make and receive initial contact with other members. It is a convenient way to see if there are any interesting potential matches in your area, but nearly impossible to use as a means of real contact unless the account is upgraded to a paid version.

Paid Version

The paid version allows full access to all features on the site, although certain items and features will need to be purchased with “coins” that can be bought for an additional fee or earned through various surveys and other options.

Most keep their messages short and have images that don't look like they were cut straight out of magazines.


Moderation & Safety

Zoosk moderates any images and text before they are posted to the website. Inappropriate or blurry images as well as contact information will not make it through the approval process which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

As for security, while Zoosk can be utilized through social media sites like Facebook, it will not let other members have access to your Facebook page through its features. However if you do link to another account, do ensure that you fully understand exactly which data will be imported into your Zoosk profile, and of other aspects such as automatic “friend notifications” or information that may be posted on your “wall”, before you proceed.

The Community (“Zooskers”)

The profiles seem genuine for the most part. Most keep their messages short and have images that don't look like they were cut straight out of magazines (no that isn't code for they're all hideous).

Have you ever wanted to hear “You're not popular” from a faceless website? Well, you're in luck.



The site is fairly active, so if you flirt with others chances are they will flirt back. Since Zoosk essentially sells positions in the front of the search your profile will not be immediately sent to the front for being new, so an avalanche of messages won't arrive the first day you sign up unless you initiate contact yourself.

Features

Boosts: Have you ever wanted to hear “You're not popular” from a faceless website? Well, you're in luck. The site will regularly inform you of your popularity ranking which will be around 6,423,753 when you first sign up.

Their solution? Buy “coins” (a form of site credit) and pay for a “boost” to get your profile onto the first pages of the search.

Text message alerts: If you would like free alerts sent to your mobile phone they offer a text message service that will send you notices when anyone tries to contact you through the site.

Messenger: Zoosk offers a downloadable messenger to connect, text chat, and video chat with other members. The messenger also provides popup notices when you have activity such as a wink or a new email. Members that have a free subscription will find out that they will not be able to see the messages sent to them and can't send any in return. If a free member gets a message, the screen will show that the message was sent and suggest upgrading to read it.

With coins you can purchase add on features such as boosts, and sending your messages with priority.



On-Site email: This feature allows for sending messages back and forth between members. Members with free accounts may only send one message to each person, may only read one message from each person, and may find that if the message they receive from someone is long that the site will only show a preview of the first few lines.

For an extra fee (site coins), you can choose to find out if your message has been read or you can have it so your message stands out as a popup instead of potentially getting lost in the other person's mailbox (this could give the other person the impression that you're just a bit "desperate").

Winks, gifts, and friendship: Winks can be sent freely between all members. Virtual gifts need to be purchased with “coins” and can be sent along with a message by both free and paid members. Friendship is free, as it should be, and can be offered and accepted in the same manner as any social networking site.

Forum: Forums are usually a great way to met people without the stress of admitting right away that you might think their profile is entirely groovy. The Zoosk forum is not exception to this rule and has quite a healthy archive of messages. The downside is that it is currently inactive and has been for several weeks at this point. Maybe the moderator went on vacation and quit bothering to approve posts?

Find out who viewed your profile: This feature is pretty self-explanatory and is available to paid members.

ZSMS: The Zoosk's Scientific Matchmaking Service (ZSMS) is a survey supported compatibility program based on questions regarding member's preferences in several categories including if they would accept a match that has children, what age they would like their match to be, religion, ethnicity, and more. It is essentially a version of the expanded search features already available on the site.

The Search: The basic search will show you men or women within a certain distance of the location you've set on your profile. Much like the ZSMS options, the extended search will show matches based on location, age, appearance, religion, ethnicity, if they have children, previous or current marital status, and a few other basic-to-all-dating-sites options.

The under 20's crowd effectively use their own separate area of the site.



Apps: There are Zoosk apps available for iPhone, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and Hi5 in addition to Zoosk's stand alone messenger and text messaging alert features. The apps act like a “Facebook for dating” in that they will show you the recent activity, such as updated pictures or profiles, of potential matches in your area.

Coins: Coins are an additional purchase separate from membership fees. They can be bought or earned through various survey. With coins you can purchase add on features such as boosts, sending your messages with priority features, and virtual gifts. Zoosk is currently offering 17 free coins for liking their Facebook page; coincidentally it takes 20 coins to get a profile boost.

The good

  • Zoosk offers an active community, genuine people, and a chance to test the waters before leaping in wallet-first.
  • Their special purpose “apps” allow easy linking with Facebook and other accounts.

The bad

  • The free version is overly limited.
  • The memberships in addition to coin-paid features make the company seem a bit money hungry.
  • For those under the age of 20 there are restrictions on who you can search for based on age, essentially turning the under 20 crowd into its own section.

Is Zoosk Worth the Effort?

It is an effective site for meeting others and the people for the most part are friendly and open. If you are comfortable with sites like Facebook you will find yourself right at home at Zoosk, just expect to pay for the privilege.


Rating from 78 customers

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Total 78 Ratings
16 Reviews
62 Comments
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    RuggedHillPersonSeptember 8th, 2019

    Avoid

    When I was finally able to communicate with a lady, she acknowledge the notices I was receiving, such as "XYZ wants to chat with you".... are computer generated and that person likely has no interest in you. In my first day, I actually was able to communicate with one nice lady... and she said no. What a RIP OFF... I actually went thru and sent messages to more than 10 women, just asking if they were real and apologizing for my asking. I got ONE answer back...
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    DissatisfiedCustomerSeptember 4th, 2019

    Useless

    WARNING: if you put your account "on hold" instead of cancelling it, they will STILL bill you at the next billing date even if you have NOT logged into the website and have not used your account at all. They advertise putting it "on hold" as an EASIER solution, in case you want to come back later. It saves all of your information so you won't have to recreate a new profile later. But then they go ahead an bill you even if you haven't re-activated your profile. Pretty shady if you ask me.
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    DJDK573489UAugust 20th, 2019

    Just average

    There is no unlimited messaging even with a paid subscription. if you reach the message limit you will receive a message that reads, "Wow, you've been busy! You've hit the daily message limit. We're sorry, you've hit the limit of how many messages you can send to new connections for the day. Come back tomorrow to send your message."
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    nmAugust 13th, 2019

    Useless

    Last year I was with Match.com. ****-up after ****-up terrible software and finally never getting the audience I was looking for and being subscribed a second time without notice forced me to terminate this app. Now trying Zoosk is not much better. After a few days of trying I thought it would be polite to tell people I just joined and because I was a new-be and not a paid subscriber that I could not respond to their comments AND WHAT DOES ZOOSK DO THEY EDIT MY PROFILE AND DELETE THE PORTION ABOUT ME NOT ABLE TO RESPOND. HOW UNPROFESSIONAL AND HIPPOCRITICAL IS THAT!
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    zummiJune 28th, 2019

    Below average

    This site (Zoosk) is filled with fake and automated profiles..(bots). If you become a member they will send you emails saying that other members want to meet you - which is normally not the truth. They use every trick they can think of to deceive their members into thinking that they will find a match, but trust me it's all lies. As soon as I figured out how their scam worked I deleted my pictures, and immediately after, I received an email saying that someone sent me a message. So, I logged in to the site to see what it said and lo and behold I got a message from one of their fake profiles saying Hey, I noticed you don't have a picture posted. That just confirmed my suspicions about the site. Please don't waste your money!
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    AnEmJune 12th, 2018

    Just average

    There are better sites out there. I wasn't impressed. The search features are limited so if you only want men 6'0 or higher you'll still get men somewhere between your own height and whatever (assuming you click to activate the feature that gives you men taller than you). And they don't have a refund policy so even if you create a profile and 4 hours later you realize this won't work - too bad, you're **** out of luck.

    Not intended for those actually looking for a deep, meaningful relationship; it's just not designed to support it.
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    sharyarDecember 24th, 2017

    Below average

    i m student of b.s. from karachi like cricket looking for friendship
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    DatingsitereviewsDecember 18th, 2016

    Below average

    Now it's hard to find a dating site that is free and effective for both men and women. In my opinion, don't waste money on dating sites when you don't know if it's effective or not.
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    jhenDecember 8th, 2016

    Useless

    i cant read the message as i'm not a subscriber in this site. what would i do? i don't want to subscribe..tnx
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    bbrannen62June 19th, 2013

    Just average

    As a paying member my hope would be all my messages sent would be able to be opened even if they are not a member. How can you make a match ? At Latino cupid.com you just need 1 person to be a member. Its obvious its not about making matches its greed and money. When my month expires i will be gone for good what a joke!
Zoosk 1.48 78 A review of Zoosk. Zoosk, established in 2007, claims to be the world's largest global dating community. Most features require payment in the form of a subscription or Zoosk coins.