At A Glance
OkCupid is one of the most popular dating sites out there, and for a good reason. It’s free. Available in almost 200 countries and various languages, it counts over 32 million users from all kinds of backgrounds. With hyper-active users, it also boasts over 100 million monthly visits. Do you know what that means? There are plenty of people to connect and form relationships with.
POF doesn’t really boast the same availability or popularity, but it competes in the same market. It’s also free, and up to date, OkCupid’s main competitor. The website has about three times fewer users than OkCupid and also receives fewer monthly visits. Surprisingly though, it has a high percentage in forming relationships.
How to Choose a Dating Site
Choosing a dating site is rather easy when you compare different services. Such as a free and paid site, or a desktop site and an app.
Things become more complicated when you have to choose from two free websites, don’t they?
How do you decide which is best?
How can you tell you’ve subscribed to the right one? Which one has better perks if you want to upgrade your membership.
Tough questions, my dear.
That’s why I decided to compare the biggest free dating sites in the world.
This head-to-head comparison will reveal each site’s pros, cons, and suitability for a certain type of members.
Wondering who’s the winner? To pick the most pertinent site, I compared the two for several important matters.
Check how they scored below then find out the definitive winner at the end of this article.
OkCupid and POF boast global coverage and cater to people in various countries. Both are quite popular in the US, Canada, and the UK, but OkCupid tends to be more popular outside of these countries.
Indeed, OkCupid covers over 100 countries and is translated into a variety of languages. Its colorful homepage and cute graphics are capable of attracting quite a lot of people – either that or the company really knows how to promote its service.
POF is available in only 20 countries and translated into 9 languages. That’s quite lame, to be honest; yet, if you don’t plan to look for a date anywhere outside America or Europe, Plenty of Fish is still a great choice.
Easy to understand, though, that OKC has wider availability and thus, we have to declare it the winner of this round.
|OkCupid||Over 100 countries||Read review|
|POF||20 countries||Read review|
Availability and popularity don’t always go hand in hand, but it sometimes happens to have matching numbers. Such as in this case.
OkCupid impresses, with over 100 million visits per month. Sure, these visits come from all the countries it covers. Still, it’s impressive.
POF has around 3.5 million visits in a month. Considering its service is more concentrated, that’s still a good number.
While OkCupid is much more popular than POF, you have high chances to find quality matches on both sites.
As for this round’s winner, OkCupid strikes again and claims this point for itself.
|OkCupid||100 million||Read review|
|POF||3.5 million||Read review|
Signing up to either site is ridiculously easy and takes around 10-15 minutes.
OKC has a simple sign-up process that requires you to select a username and password then answer a few quick questions. The nice part is that you don’t have to type in the answer, but only to select from various choices.
The website also requires you to upload at least one picture of yourself and fill in a short bio, which you can skip and come back later.
Sure, it’s quite hard to find a match without a bio, but you can edit this part at a later time if you’re in a hurry to see what the pond has to offer.
POF has an equally simple sign-up process. You’ll have to answer a few questions and fill in a bio, upload images, and *deal breaker* confirm your identity using your phone number.
Now, it’s pretty clear the website asks you to confirm your number for security purposes. However, if you’re like me and don’t like giving away your number on sites, that could make you stop right there and move to OKC entirely.
If you don’t mind, confirm your number, and you’re ready to swim in the vast ocean of the really single fish.
While this round is essentially a tie, I’m going to give this point to OkCupid. I don’t like confirming my registration to an online dating site using my phone number.
|OkCupid||15 minutes||Read review|
|POF||10-15 minutes||Read review|
Moving on with our head-to-head comparison, here come the features. Both sites are free, and both sites have plenty of features to brag about. Some are free for all members; others come as perks developed to make you upgrade to a premium membership.
Starting off with OkCupid, the platform has the functionality and all features you’d expect from a free site. You can visit profiles, send and respond to messages, play a hot-or-not kind of game, browse freely through profiles, and enjoy the geotagging feature that finds you matches in your geographical area.
POF also has all the features you’d expect from a dating site, but it seems a bit scarcer in free features it offers. The behavioral matchmaking is a nice one, though.
When it comes to upgraded profiles, OKC shows that it knows exactly how to do it better.
The platform has two upgrade options, A-List and A-List Premium. They both give access to a myriad of extra perks that are all useful. For instance, you can navigate in invisible mode or choose to show members you’ve viewed their profile if you wish to do so.
You can see if those you’ve messaged have read your messages and can access more searching options.
This is undeniably a nice thing if you plan to find the love of your life on this platform.
POF’s upgraded plan is nowhere near as good. By paying, you can upload more photos in case 8 were not enough. You’ll get to send free gifts and winks if you really care about this virtual nonsense. However, you won’t get any really useful features such as those offered by OkCupid. Easy to understand, therefore, while OkCupid wins.
|OkCupid||Wide variety of features||Read review|
|POF||Wide variety of features||Read review|
Quality of Matches
While OkCupid and POF cater to slightly different age groups, both sites brag with the excellent quality of the matches.
OKC appeals to younger crowds, usually in their 20s or early 30s. POF is more popular among those who were around during its time of glory, and who are now in their 30s or above.
However, profiles on both sites are genuine. Because both sites are free, they do have a lot of members who’re not really interested in long-term relationships. Yet, both sites let members choose what they are looking for when signing up.
A negative trait they both have is that men are typically put off by women who state they’re looking for long-term relationships or marriage. While these are indeed options, most males will drawback when seeing these words on a hottie’s profile.
Which means both sites are more suitable for occasional dating than actually finding someone for the long-term.
Nevertheless, there still are millions of members on each platform, and you could eventually find your soul mate on either.
|Website||Quality of Matches||Link|
Aesthetics and Interface
There isn’t too much to talk about when it comes to interface and aesthetics. Both sites are easy to use, and neither stands out.
OKC tends to be more user-friendly, though. It has less complicated options to fill in and easier flow. POF is a bit messy and requires some time to get used to it.
|Website||Aesthetics and Interface||Link|
|OkCupid||Simple yet functional aesthetics||Read review|
|POF||Intuitive interface||Read review|
When it comes to premium memberships and prices, POF will look more convenient at first glance. But it really isn’t.
A quick comparison between prices shows that if you opt for a longer-term subscription, OkCupid is cheaper, at only $9.95 per month compared to $10.18 for POF.
But there is a hack. OkCupid allows you to buy a six-month plan for that price. This means you’ll have to pay $59.7 upfront. POF, on the other hand, lets you benefit from the lower price if you buy an 8-month subscription, which means $81.44 upfront.
If you decide to go for a shorter period, POF has a lower price per month than OKC if you buy a 2-month subscription. However, OkCupid actually lets you upgrade for only one month, whereas you will have to buy a minimum of two months with POF.
More than enough reasons to go for OkCupid.
|OkCupid||Subscription length||Price/month||POF||Subscription length||Price/month|
|Read review||One month||$19.95||Read review||Two months||$19.35|
|Three months||$14.95||Four months||$12.75|
|Six months||$9.95||Eight months||$10.18|
Who Is It For?
The last thing evaluated was the user pool. Both sites have a fair division between men and women, and it’s very likely to find a suitable match on either if you’re heterosexual.
Things are slightly different if you’re lesbian, gay, or identify with any other group in the LGBTQ community.
This is undeniably a pity, as everyone is entitled to find love. However, it is a thing that attracts straight members more than OKC.
Now, I truly value diversity and can’t emphasize enough how awesome OkCupid is for the choice of welcoming all groups. No doubt, OkCupid wins this round too.
|Website||Who Is It For||Link|
|OkCupid||Straight men and women + LGBT/queer/asexual individuals||Read review|
|POF||Straight men and women||Read review|
And The Winner Is…
A few drum rolls please… and the winner is… OkCupid. A quick look at the rounds above shows that this platform does everything better than its main competitor.
You can find your true love here, or just hit it off with someone looking for casual dating. You’ll get more useful features for a lower price, and the member quality is excellent.
POF is also a great choice, but not as good as OKC. Ultimately, the choice is yours and rest assured that you can find potential partners on both sites.
Now, if you’ve used any of these services or any other dating sites and want to share your experience with us, speak your mind in a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.
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