Spark.com Review

Rating:
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
  • MEMBERSHIP
    ( 3.0 )
  • PROFILING
    ( 3.0 )
  • FEATURES
    ( 2.5 )
  • FUNCTIONALITY
    ( 3.5 )

Spark.com doesn’t have as many members as the largest free dating sites but they can still boast over 7 million. Their members come from all over the world, but the main majority are from USA and Canada. This is understandable, as Spark.com actually started out as a merger of two former dating sites AmericanSingles.com and Date.ca.

It is completely free to join Spark.com and you will be able to complete your dating profile, receive matches, search other members and read and reply to emails. There is also a paid option if you want some additional benefits. Below we have provided a brief overview of what this dating site has to offer, followed by further details on the available features.

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Overview

The interface at Spark.com is well designed and everything is pretty simple. You will see a lot of advertisements, but this is pretty standard for a free dating site and you’ll get used to them soon enough. The site is not only easy to use but also a great deal of fun, and the emphasis is very much on enjoying yourself.

Indeed, the slogan at Spark.com is “a fun site for serious daters”. The site does tend attract those that are serious about dating and looking for long term relationships, but there is also a good selection of members that are interested in more casual dating and friendship.

Overall, Spark.com has a very diverse range of members as there is no particular focus on any one group of people. Some dating sites are more specialized, but you will find all kinds of different people at Spark.com. This makes for a varied online dating experience as you have the potential to meet people from different backgrounds. Spark.com has a matching system which will provide you with matches that you are likely to be compatible with and you are also able to search and browse through the profiles of all other members to find what you are looking for.

Features & Functionality

There is nothing particularly ground breaking or innovative at Spark.com, but it does what a dating site is supposed to do pretty well. The signing up process is straightforward and doesn’t take too long. Creating your profile is also simple, and you can include as much or as little information as you want. Unlike many dating sites, adding a photo to your profile is not optional and you are required to include at least one. You are also required to complete a personality test too.

The personality test is quite in-depth and is used to help you understand your own attributes and characteristics as well as what it is that you are looking for in a partner. The results of the test are used to help match you up with other members at Spark.com and the system is very effective for a free site. Once you have completed the test you will be able to review your potential matches to see if any you are interested in them. There is also a search function that lets you search through other members based on your personal preferences.

Contacting others is done through the built in messaging system, which is essentially the same as email. As a free member, you will be able to respond to any messages that you are sent, but you will not be able to send the initial message unless you have a paid subscription. You will be able to use the flirt feature though, which allows you send a quick one-liner that you can choose from a selection of pre-written options. These pre-written messages are divided into a number of categories such as romantic, sincere and humorous.

Paid Options

You have access to most of the main functionality as a free member at Spark.com, but a paid membership does allow you to be more proactive and initiate communication with other members. It also removes the advertisements from the site which does improve the overall experience.

Membership costs $24.99 for a single month, or you can get better value if you pay for multiple months in one go. A three month membership works out at $14.99 per month and a six month membership at $11.99 per month. There is also a more expensive premium membership that will get your profile more exposure on the site.

Why We Recommend Spark.com

Perhaps the biggest plus point of Spark.com is the fact that all members must add a photo and complete the personality test. This means that the members here are probably a bit more serious about their online dating than at some other sites. As all profiles show when the member last logged on, it is easy to spot which members are active and more likely to reply to any message you send them.

The features may not be quite as advanced as some of the alternatives, but overall Spark.com does the basics very well and is easy to use. It is well worth signing up and reviewing your matches for free, and you can always upgrade to a paid membership if you like the look of what you find.