Zoosk Review

9.4

Zoosk offers a good value monthly subscription plus a number of additional purchases.  There is a brief questionnaire and you can specify a number of traits and interests that you would like – but the hunting and searching is down to you.  You can boost your viewings and reach out to other members and have a good look around – but once you want to connect, you need to subscribe.

Ease Of Use

It is straightforward to set up a basic profile, then as per most of these sites, the more you dig, the more you discover!  Upload up to 6 photos, enter some basic likes and dislikes, write a quick story, describe your ideal date, specify some interests, and you are in.

The system processes your input into an interesting profile which is then matched to others.   Go into SEARCH and set up your ideal criteria, then go into Profile, and perfect your dating CV – to get more and more accurate matches.  Enter the Carousel to like/or not like selected profiles.  If they like you back you can connect.  You have 24 hours to go through your Carousel – which keeps you on the ball.

There is an online ‘Chat’ so that you can casually chat with other members.  There are likes, winks, messages, then the Gifts, as well as a Super Send – for which you select the text you like, and the system sends the message out to nearby members.  It seems that the more people you like, the more you can connect with.

The Insights section gives an overview of the type of people that like you, and the type of people that you like – which is pretty thought provoking.

Special Features

There is a mobile app for subscribers,  an Online Now section, as well as a section for Connections (where you have mutually liked each other) – which all encourage you to communicate, and contribute to the 3 million daily messages!  The site presents one profile at a time rather than a page of photos, which leads you to focus on that person, rather than being overwhelmed by a sea of faces.

The interests include a photo of the interest, which gives it more attraction.   You are able to see all activity around your profile with the Notification Bell, and the Fun Fact reassures you that you are on the best, most economical and most successful dating site!

As a Basic/Free member, the adverts can be irritating, as they don’t open a new browser, so you have to ensure that you return back to Zoosk, or you lose your connection and have to sign in again!

Uniquely, Zoosk uses a verification system called Insignia, which can confirm US Military service – for service men looking to date.

Site Safety

Zoosk dating profile

There are two facets to site safety – what you can do, and what they can do.  Zoosk is up front about verifying who you are – and offers 4 different ways to prove that you are who you say you are.  Verify your photo using the APP, or verify with your phone number to receive SMS notifications, and Facebook and Twitter verifications too.  This all gives greater confidence to prospective purveyors of your profile.

Zoosk manually check all profiles to ensure that they are legitimate, and the subscription and verification processes also ensure that profiles are real.  Articles in their Help and in their Online Safety sections cover all aspects of safe dating, identifying scammers, and how to report/block a profile.

Customer Support

Zoosk manually check all profiles to ensure that they are legitimate, and the subscription and verification processes also ensure that profiles are real.  Articles in their Help and in their Online Safety sections cover all aspects of safe dating, identifying scammers, and how to report/block a profile.

Verdict

An excellent site.  Straight forward, and a subtle mix between clever matching, and personal selection.  The questionnaires aren’t too onerus, but you can add more as you go on.  The system learns from your selections and likes, and you are encouraged to be active on the site, so that the system learns quickly.  You can promote yourself or lurk in the shadows, respond to every like and email, or set the autoreply to do it for you.  Viewing one profile at a time, rather than looking at a screen full of photos is refreshing, and gives a more personal feel, as if these members have been selected especially for you – which they have!  A reasonable price for a very reasonable product.