At A Glance
OkCupid was launched in 2003 and is today one of the most popular dating sites out there. It welcomes singles of all ages and sexual orientations; a thing already made clear by the cute rolling pictures on the website’s main page. What makes this site different in the industry is that it’s free. While paid plans give you access to more perks, anyone can message anyone and arrange dates without spending a dime.
Match is the oldest online dating platform and arguably one of the most popular. It’s not free as OkCupid, but it’s acclaimed for the quality of matches you can find. Like OkCupid, it welcomes members of all ages and from all walks of life, but some people may consider it more trustworthy because you have to pay to use it.
How to Choose a Dating Site
Offering essentially the same features, OkCupid and Match are both legit and trustworthy. When it comes to actually choose one, things are not that simple though.
Each site addresses the same type of users; however, OkCupid is seen as less reliable than Match just because it’s free. Due to the different nature of the two, we can say they attract different kinds of users, despite addressing all of them.
So, when it comes to picking the best dating site for you, it all comes down to what you want.
Are you looking for a long-term romance or casual dates?
In the first case, Match could be a better choice. In the latter, go for OkCupid.
If you haven’t used dating sites before, the “try before you buy” formula used by OkCupid might also appeal to you more.
The website is free to use; thus, you won’t have to worry about paid membership plans.
Match, on the other hand, is ideal for those who know how online dating works and look for long-term romance.
Since you have to pay to interact with the other members, the site tends to ward off casual daters and those who’re not really interested in online dating, to begin with.
Despite these obvious differences, though, there are many ways in which the two platforms compare.
This is why I’ve come up with this head-to-head comparison between the two. We’ll compare the two in several important factors and pick a definitive winner, so you can leave the guesswork out of the game and pick the one that suits you most.
Both OkCupid and Match are available worldwide, but the former is a bit more popular. Indeed, OkCupid is available in almost all countries and continents.
A huge user pool counts members in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Perhaps even in Antarctica, if the seventh continent’s base employees happen to have an account.
The only countries where OkCupid is not available are those where a US company can’t conduct legal business.
Match also has worldwide coverage, but it’s only available in 25 countries. It’s true that you can access it under a different name in some countries in Europe, but some people might not even know that it’s the same platform.
As such, it’s safe to say that OkCupid wins this round.
|OkCupid||Over 100 countries||Read review|
|Match||Over 25 countries||Read review|
Available in many more countries and attracting many more members than Match due to its free nature, OkCupid boasts about 100 million visits each month. In comparison, Match only receives about 35 million monthly visits. Needless to say anything else. The numbers speak for themselves.
|OkCupid||100 million||Read review|
|Match||35 million||Read review|
Signing up is simple and intuitive on both platforms.
OkCupid impresses with sleek graphics and a classic sign-up questionnaire enhanced by cute cartoons and funny messages that pop up as you fill in the various fields.
The signup process takes less than 15 minutes and consists in basic about yourself and answering a short (15-question) questionnaire about your relationship goals, personality, and what you look for in a partner.
Once you’ve filled in all the fields, you can start looking for partners by playing a fun “hot-or-not” game or just browsing through profiles.
Match also has a simple signing-up process, but slightly longer than OkCupid. The personality questionnaire is more complex and comprises more questions, so you’ll end up spending about an hour to complete it.
Once you’ve filled in all the fields, your profile goes under review, and you’ll have to wait for about 24 hours for it to be approved.
This is one of the biggest differences between Match and many other dating sites. By doing so, the platform does its best to ward off scammers and casual daters, making the place safer for its users. On the contrary, anyone can use OkCupid, even if they’re not really interested in romance, mainly due to the no-frills sign-up process.
Nevertheless, though, I kind of hate Match’s waiting time. Once again, OkCupid wins.
|OkCupid||15 minutes||Read review|
|Match||60 minutes||Read review|
When it comes to features, the free or paid nature of the site really does make a difference.
OkCupid doesn’t have any elaborate features to brag with, but it’s a truly functional dating site. Few but essential features draw users and keep them happy.
One of the nicest things is the ability to make notes on profiles if you want to return to them at a later time.
An array of search and filter functions let you browse people in your area. They’re not truly in-depth, but still enough to give you a nice impression of who you can connect with.
Unlike most dating sites, OkCupid is not centered on romantic connections. You can choose to look up for friends or hookups, and these options add new dimensions to your search.
Joining the website, browsing, and chatting is free for all members. A paid membership option adds new features, such as boosting your profile, increase your attractiveness rating, or have your messages prioritized.
The A-List premium membership also lets you search by criteria such as body type or personality.
Match comes with a wealth of features online daters have come to know and love. The dating experience starts when you’re filling in your profile, then continues once you gain access to the website after your profile has been verified.
To start with, you can fill in your favorite MatchWords to customize your online dating experience or use professional matchmaker features if you’re a Platinum member.
Match also gives you the possibility to search based on a variety of different criteria, so you can find compatible matches. This includes looking for people who search for members with your criteria even though they might not be exactly what you are looking for – a nice thing if you want to broaden your horizons.
Since you’re paying for the service, the site also sends you new daily matches every 24 hours. They’re not a lot, but it’s still nice to find a few new matches into your inbox every day.
Online features apart, Match also knows how to attract its members with offline features, such as organized trips or community events you can join to meet singles in your area in person and in a safe environment.
When it comes to features, OkCupid might be free, but it has no chance of beating Match.
|OkCupid||Few basic online dating features||Read review|
|Match||Wide variety of features||Read review|
Quality of Matches
When you’re joining a dating site, your main goal is to find suitable dates. For this, you must have the possibility to chat with people who’re genuinely interested in dating and romance.
Here, Match has a few advantages over OkCupid.
Because OkCupid is free, there are slightly higher chances of dealing with scammers or fake profiles. However, there is to say that this platform is not centered around dating and romance alone. Open to anyone, and you can also join if you’re looking for hookups or just to make friends.
Surprisingly, during my tests, I found most people are pretty honest about their intentions.
When signing in with a fake profile, it took them a matter of minutes until it was banned, which gives high hopes about the profile accuracy and member quality.
Nevertheless, Match still inspired more trust, and members were faster to respond than on OkCupid.
Because Match is a paying site, members on it are more likely to be interested in short or long-term romance, sometimes even in marriage.
Overall, Match feels more secure, and members are more interested in chatting, getting to know you, and asking you out for a date. Undeniably, Match wins this round.
|Website||Quality of Matches||Link|
Aesthetics and Interface
Using a dating site that’s overly designed can become overwhelming. Luckily, both OkCupid and Match have clean aesthetics and intuitive interfaces. However, Match is more attractive from a visual standpoint.
Indeed, the site’s new interface looks absolutely amazing, showing off the site’s bubbly personality.
While it could seem overwhelming at first, Match is quite intuitive once you get used to it. The website integrates a lot of functions that enhance the user experience.
OkCupid has a very simple design and interface enhanced by graphics during the sign-in stage and robot comments while you’re interacting with the site, but overall, it’s pretty basic.
This doesn’t mean it’s ugly. OkCupid is an attractive website. However, it lacks the wow factor. That’s why it loses this point.
|Website||Aesthetics and Interface||Link|
|OkCupid||Simple yet functional aesthetics||Read review|
|Match||Attractive visuals and easy to navigate||Read review|
There isn’t too much to talk about pricing. OkCupid is mostly free, whereas Match is a paid website.
Thus, from the point of view of cost, OkCupid wins, as it gives you the possibility to search through profiles, play hot-or-not and chat with members completely free of charge.
Match is a paid service; therefore, you can’t do much until you pay. You can browse through profiles, play hot-or-not, and send winks. But that’s about it. Considering how much you get for the money, I’d say it’s a good investment though.
However, you can also pay for extra perks on OkCupid. For instance, the A-list subscription gives you the possibility to navigate in incognito mode, see who has visited your profiles and whether or not the members you contacted read your message.
You can also pay $2 to boost your profile in the search result. Some of these perks come with Match too, but you’ll have to buy a higher membership plan, thus spend a lot more.
While it’s not truly fair to compare a free and a paid service in this way, it’s hard to deny that OkCupid wins.
|OkCupid||Subscription length||Price/month||Match||Subscription length||Price/month|
|Read review||One month||$19.95||Read review||Three months||$19.99|
|Three months||$14.95||Six months||$16.99|
|Six months||$9.95||12 months||$15.99|
Who Is It For?
Last but not least, you’re probably wondering which website is right for you from the point of view of sexual orientation.
Before delving deep into the matter, there is to say that both sites welcome members from all walks of life and sexual orientation. They’re both open to straight, bisexual, and other members of the LGBT community.
Yet, OkCupid does it better. Indeed, this website has much more options you can choose from. You can join and be open about your sexuality even if you are a non-binary, asexual, queer, cisgender, or if you identify yourself with any other sexual group.
Matchis also open to all kinds of members, but you’ll only have the option to choose if you’re a man or woman and whether you’re looking to date a man or a woman, which is pretty basic considering the variety of ways an individual can define their sexuality.
|Website||Who Is It For||Link|
|OkCupid||Straight men and women + LGBT/queer/asexual individuals||Read review|
|Match||Straight men and women + LGBT individuals||Read review|
And The Winner Is…
Perhaps it wasn’t fair all along to compare a free and a paid website. So, making abstraction of the price factor, there is one clear winner of this head-to-head round. And that’s OkCupid.
This website is much more popular than Match, and it’s literally available worldwide, it makes registration and interaction easy, and welcomes members from all walks of life. Its greatest strength is that it lets everyone express their sexuality openly, which is a major plus.
Although free, it has an excellent monitoring system that detects and bans fake profiles in minutes. Thus, there are high chances to talk to genuine users while online.
Another great thing about OkCupid is interaction ease. Furthermore, you can pay for perks and add-ons.
The only downside is that most members are interested in hookups and short relationships. It’s not exactly the site to consider if you want to get married.
Match, on the other hand, is a better option if you’re looking for long-term romance and maybe an “I do” and a ring on your finger.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what you want. Are you looking for occasional romance and maybe something more? Then OkCupid is for you. Do you want to find someone for life or at least for a long-term? In this case, you should pick Match.
So, what do you say?
Have you tried any of these sites? Have you tried online dating, or is this your first time?
Tell me in a comment below; I’d love to hear from you.
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