Every day over 4 million people use Plenty of Fish (POF). The dating site averages around 1 billion messages sent each month, which is more conversations than any other dating site. Since 2003, Plenty of Fish has been a pioneer in free dating, because the industry is always changing, POF is continually evolving its business to match.

Plenty of Fish is available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries on iOS and Android devices.

A few other stats about POF include:

  • 150 million registered users worldwide
  • 57 million new connections made every week
  • 4 million active users every day
  • 65,000 new users every day

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The Good

  • Never Pay To Message
  • Upgraded Membership Features
  • POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor
  • Success Stories

Never Pay To Message

Other online dating sites allow users to sign up for free and then charge them to look at other profiles or send messages. While POF does offer a subscription, all major features are entirely free. Free accounts can message as many people as they want, search profiles and create a profile entirely for free. No matter the type of relationship a member is looking for — long lasting relationship, new friends, or just browsing through potential dates — Plenty of Fish states that the site's most popular features are free and always will be.

Those with a free account can even conduct an advanced search. This is helpful for daters who are looking for someone who matches their specific criteria and allows them to narrow down potential matches. The advanced search lets members filter by height, education, body type, profession, religions, and more.

Sometimes a message is sent to a users inbox that is spam or is filled with inappropriate content. Plenty of Fish allows its members to block another member or report the user for their behavior. Blocking someone means they cannot contact the person that blocked them (though they can still search their name on the site). Reporting someone means the POF team will carefully investigate their account for suspicious activity. All reports are strictly confidential.

Members can report others for the following reasons:

  • Abusive user
  • Indecent images
  • Copyright/Cartoon images
  • Underage user
  • Scammer (Money/Phishing)
  • Promoting/Selling Products

Upgraded Membership Features

The Plenty of Fish website states that the best way to be successful on POF is to become an Upgraded Member. Members will enjoy several exclusive benefits while using the app, which can lead to more messages and profile views. The benefits are as follows:

  • Upload 16 pictures to a dating profile
  • Unlock every user’s Extended Profile
  • See if your emails were read or deleted
  • Show up first on Meet Me!
  • Experience POF ad-free
  • Find out the date and time someone viewed your profile
  • See who viewed your profile and 
  • Send three virtual gifts per day
  • Stand out amongst all searches
  • Get access to the Username Search feature

POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor

Plenty of Fish offers members the Relationship Chemistry Predictor, which measures five dimensions of one's personality traits that have been determined essential for building a romantic relationship.

The test asks a variety of different questions and measures:

Self-Confidence: Measures the extent to which an individual feels comfortable with him or herself. 

Family Orientation: Asses the degree to which a member possesses a family orientation

Self-Control: Measures the extent to which a person exerts control over varied aspects of their lives and the lives of others.

Social Dependency/Openness: Asses how open and dependent the user is upon others.

Easygoingness: Taps into characteristics associated with being relaxed and psychologically flexible. 

Success Stories

On the Plenty of Fish website, there is an entire section dedicated to sharing online daters who tried POF and found the man or woman of their dreams. While not imperative to the site, it is nice to see online dating stories that worked out. It can also encourage people who are currently online dating to not give up.

The Bad

  • Upgraded Membership Costs
  • Membership Will Auto-Renew 

Upgraded Membership Costs

Standard in the online dating industry, to get more views, likes, swipes, and taps on their profile, members will have to purchase a paid membership, credits, tokens, or coins. Plenty of Fish is no different. While users of the free version have a lot of online dating capabilities (more than many other sites), if they really want their online profile to stand out, they will need to purchase tokens or an online membership. With tokens, members have access to premium features such as send a super yes, which tells the other person they are extremely interested, they can highlight themselves (helping to catch more users attention), and they can send a priority message. Members can purchase 1, 5, or 10 tokens at a time. Token packages are billed in full a the time of purchase and expire after 6 months.

Joining a subscription membership and using the premium services will also increase the likelihood of other online daters seeing a profile. Members can sign up for:

  • 3-month subscription*: $38.99
  • 6-month subscription*: $59.99
  • 12-month subscription*: $89.99

*Subscription prices are in U.S. dollars. The prices may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice. 

Membership Will Auto-Renew 

A POF subscription plan will automatically renew unless daters cancel. If the subscription is canceled early, daters will continue to have access to the benefits until the end of the subscription period. While this is fairly standard for many online dating websites, it is something that often can surprise users. 

Also, be aware that canceling a subscription does not delete your account.

The Bottom Line

The POF dating app is a popular choice for online daters (especially for those looking for a long-term relationship). Plenty of Fish makes it easy for daters to set up and create a thorough profile and the Chemistry Predictor is useful for finding matches that are closer to their preferred criteria. Members can either sign up for a free membership or a premium service and find the type of relationship they're looking for.

Globally, users choose POF as their first dating website because the dating app does not force members to pay to message. The dating site even provides a chemistry test to help men and women find others with similar interests. Although to get the most out of the dating experience, Plenty of Fish does suggest users get the paid membership and make use of all the premium features. All users should be on alert for fake profiles and scammers.

Whether you're just looking to start a conversation, try out casual dating, or if you simply want to try a new online dating site, then POF might just be for you. There are plenty of daters on this site of every age, race, and religion and some have years of experience others are brand new to the dating game.

If you're still on the fence we suggest online daters comparing Plenty of Fish to other online dating sites to make sure that this online dating service is right for you.

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Missy Mamros
December 4th, 2019 Warrendale, PA

Probably the worst dating app. I met a few boyfriends on this site and they all were trash and not looking for a serious commitment. I think because its free its a breading ground for players and cheaters.

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MzD
October 10th, 2019

Not a bad dating site if you meet someone genuine , however there are plenty of guys on POF that aren't genuine. I was dating a guy whom swept me off my feet, everything he told me about him self, which I found a out later was a lie. After a few months he moved in with me and that's when I started to realise that everything he was saying wasn't true as he couldn't provide any proof or evidence to back up his stories. I finally kicked him out after being together for a year, he's left me a huge car debt and badly damaged the car prior to returning it to me. So ladies, if it's too good to be true then he probably is. Don't be fooled by words as I was.

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Jodi
September 6th, 2019 Scottsdale, AZ

HORRENDOUS AND EXHAUSTING because I (apparently naively) did not realize that Plenty of Fish is essentially a hook-up app. Even the few "nice" guys that I met on Plenty of Fish started talking about sex before we had even exchanged our third text message. If I wasn't willing to send a guy a nudie picture or "meet" him on a chat app, he would ghost me. I am TOO OLD for this crap!!! After a week of fending off a constant stream of creepy, offensive messages from, well, CREEPS, I was totally exhausted and deleted my profile off of the site.

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September 4th, 2019

I wouldn’t even give POF one star. I find the site to be a meat market without having to go out physically to meet someone. Personalities are completely different to how a user acts when chatting on this site. Drugs are illegal so why have that option on the registration page. It’s the worst dating site ever!

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Amy
August 20th, 2019 Milwaukee, WI DETAILS
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Tons of fake profiles! Watch Investigative Discovery, people have been murdered using this site. Waste of money! Lots of hookers and other unsavory characters use this site posing as regular people. Don't bother paying for this trash, when there are so many bad actors on POF for free. Always issues trying to log into this site. They steal your photos and then use them to make fake profiles.

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August 5th, 2019 Redford, MI DETAILS
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The site itself is fine. Its their customer service that's abysmal. My upgraded account keeps getting hacked, and they do nothing about it. Because there is no customer service unless you want to upgrade or spend money on something. Their service would actually have to greatly improve just to climb to the rank of pretty horrible service.

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August 5th, 2019 Cedar City, UT DETAILS
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Plenty of Fish is a great dating website and they have a great algorithm that helps you find the people you are looking for!

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July 5th, 2019 Hightstown, NJ

One of the worst things about this dating app is the fact that when you block someone, they still have access to your profile. With having access to your profile it also allows them to view photos, save photos, and pretty much still know everything about you that you write on your profile. It also allows them, if they get angry enough for being ignored, to report your page. And after a specific amount of men report your account, you'll log in one day and find that your profile is no longer active. So men that are bitter about you not responding to them, have the ability of getting your profile deleted just because they sill have access to being able to report you even after you block their account from being able to message you. Plenty of Fish does not investigate whatsoever. They only go off the sheer amount of reports against your account and ultimately will delete it for no specific reason. I for one do not think it is appropriate to allow users you have blocked, to continue to have access to your profile. Other dating apps do not allow this to happen. Once you block someone on other dating apps your profile disappears and they are not able to gain any more information about you. For safety reasons I think that is extremely important, and Plenty Of Fish does not contribute to this safety precaution. Stay away from Plenty Of Fish! They should be glad they even got one star from me, because if 0 was an option that's what this company would get.

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May 17th, 2019 Orem, UT DETAILS
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was a member of plenty of fish for a few months, i actually met my wife on the site. the only thing that bugs me about it is the amount of ads that pops up with it. I understand that they want to sell ads and so forth but there's a bit much that pops up. Some functionality are limited unless you're a full member, but overall experience was a success so i guess it wasnt too bad

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Cindy Davis
May 9th, 2019

So many scammers on this site every day I jumped on. At least 10 a day it’s ridiculous. Makes it very hard to find anyone genuine at all. Have to make a new account everyday as POF won’t take my password when I log on it’s madness.

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I am hoping to help others avoid what Plenty of Fish did to me. I subscribed for two months. They put me on auto renew so my my subscription renewed against my wishes. So even though I agreed to only subscribe for two months they billed me again for two more months i.e. 4 months which is not what I agreed to. When I requested a refund they said they will not refund me. Please reconsider doing business with Plenty of Fish. They are willing to deceive people over such a small amount of money. Can you trust them with your private information and dating life? Thanks

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Hailey Nilson
January 16th, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT DETAILS
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Plenty of Fish is really simple and easy to use. It allowed me to narrow down and find people who I’d be comparable with.

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sarah shriver
December 10th, 2018 Bloomington, IN

POF has married and committed, monogamous men on it often. It does not screen at all. So? Wait till you fall in love with one, and find out later. Also, they do not respond to complaints about fraud. And their customer service is terrible.

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Dee Farquharson
December 6th, 2018 Washington, DC

Terrible poll of potential suitors. Also, I downloaded the app but didn't log in. I still got notifications that someone liked my profile; I hadn't even made a profile yet. So I feel like the push notifications, whether valid or not, are just there to make you open the app. User interface was pretty basic. No use in paying for premium

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Amber C Frey
November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA

I tried using Plenty Of Fish for a while but it got me nowhere. Just like almost all dating sites, it was full of creeps and no "real" people. I've made the decision that the best way to meet people is in the real world, apps and sites like this are for one night stands only.

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Cayla Koga
October 26th, 2018 Fremont, CA

Dick pics galore. If you're thirsty and needing to quench it, this is the dating app for you!

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Karen Anderson
October 17th, 2018 Lindon, UT

I was signed up for plenty of fish. I went on a few dates. The site is user friendly and fun to be on. I really liked the notifications that I got while I was on the site.

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peggy jean hall
October 2nd, 2018 DETAILS
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I requested within 50 miles and not one was from my state even. Thousands of miles away. Also I entered ages 75 to 86 and the profiles they sent me were 30 years younger. I upgraded as asked to by POF and they didn't upgrade me. The site was a complete waste of my time.

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shelley goren
August 3rd, 2018 San Diego, CA

Beware !!!! I have been scammed on this website. Red flags, long emails, lots of questions, sexy phone voice, love emogis. NEVER AGREED TO MEET IN PERSON. I was smart enough not to get duped but not smart enough to quit this site early.

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Anita BARDOWELL
May 25th, 2018 Burlington, NC

POF seemed a good place to start with online dating. All those fake profiles seeking sex are just online dating debris. Learning to push past the fakes and find someone to relate to - that is part of it. My personal experience was that there were hundreds of men that were sitting on chat with no desire to climb out of their recliners and meet someone. The few men who did meet me, lied about their ages or used their son's photo. No kidding! It was hilarious. And BECAUSE IT IS FREE, married men leave no trail for credit card and are able to use the site to shop for "hookups". I quit the site in disgust after making the acquaintance of the Sanford County "dungeon master" who was using it to troll for submissive women. No kidding!

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May 18th, 2018 Cape Coral, FL DETAILS
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Bad, scam, never meet no body, use profile of the people no use the web no more to hook new people and promote the fake profile because is not actively any more like is active and you try to contact and never can't meet the person. And you live in east coast and try to meet people from east coast but the e-mail coming with pacific time. Is totally SCAM. 0 recommended.

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Scott Haakon
May 11th, 2018 Aurora, CO

POF is "free" just as MMO games are "free" Free to play; pay to win. Much of the Useful wanted information is behind a paywall. Users who want to meet me will cost $38.70 for a 3 month time span. I did not see a 1 month offer (that would be an affordable $12.90! Many people have been on the site for years. Many are not looking weekly. The site is also still has a age range of 15 years which hurts the older group. Many people over 50 are in very different stages of life. There is a gender difference. IMO many people do not tell the truth of where they are in wanting a "relationship" . POF aim is marriage not fun although that happens. men need to know that women get a great deal of messages. Men get little response. Short messages are free.

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Charles Bronson
February 26th, 2018 Wappingers Falls, NY

What it really boils down to about this site and dating sites in general , from a man's point of view(ladies I'm sure you have yours) is the following: 1) you have these rude over-the-hill heffers that are fakes or with unrealistic expectations that are a 4 or maybe a 5 holding out for a 10! Get real! 2) You have the type who is on here to see how much attention she can get for her looks. To those I say please move on. There are beauty pageants for that sort of thing. You just might not be as hot as you delusionaly think you are if you need POF as a beauty contest that you would probably not win in real life. 3) Then you have the type who have less than stellar looks becoming overnight narcissists due to the attention they are getting in an environment with a 7 to 1 male/female ratio. Ladies get real. There are lots of guys who will tell you anything to get your cooperation. You know what I mean. So keep it real. 4) Then you have the insecure types that have an account to make their boyfriends jealous. Keep looking, and you just might find your current boyfriend on here. 5) And if they've been divorced, they've probably been slapped around quite a bit emotionally and/or physically and now have a twisted vendetta against men and delight in being rude or hostile to them, such as automatically blocking guys for no reason. 6) Then we can't leave out the heffers looking for a boy toy. Hey, if you were all that, your husband wouldn't have divorced you to begin with. 7) You have these kooks who are like 5' or thereabouts, looking for a guy over 6'. Is she going to bring a step ladder on every date so she can kiss the guy? 8) Which leaves us with the honest woman trying to honestly find a decent guy. But they are vastly outnumbered by the others. So good luck in finding her. There are do many characters on POF I would say it's more of a circus. Most of these clowns should be under a tent somewhere juggling torches while riding donkies

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February 13th, 2018 DETAILS
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this is my review about plenty of fish its the worst app and site ever made your profile gets constantly deleted for absolute no reason and once your profile is deleted you can never sign back up again this is what plenty of fish state POF has 0 tolerance for users who are rude, upload fake pictures, married, use sexual language in their first email, upload nude photos or break our terms of service in any way. Any user caught doing so is deleted. You may also be deleted if you accumulate a high number of blocks. Users who are deleted may not signup to the service again. which is a joke just because people block you or say your married and you just want to find some friends you cant because your profile gets deleted what a joke so lets say i didn't like someone so ill get a bunch of my friends and block them and then there profile will get deleted what a load of rubbish and without even doing a google search for there customer service address they dont even have it displayed on there site and even if you send them a email you wont even get a reply back and also girls can send any picture they like but when it comes to guys they expect us to upgrade just to send pictures they are sexist pigs so just because i am male and not female need to upgrade that is sexist pfft i would not spend a cent on this ridicules app and yet some hell its 1 of the most popular apps and now they even start advertising on television pfft what a joke if i could give this app a 0 or even a -1 i would but unfortunately they dont have that option for me so i would give them a 1 this app is run by amateurs and i wish it was never made and i cant wait until the day these amateurs go bankrupt and out of business DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY TO UPGRADE I REPEAT DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY to upgrade this ridicules site cause if you do you will regret it and they dont even refund your money there a joke and a waste just google plenty of fish and see how many bad reviews you will witness its sad and shocking how many negative reviews there is

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Karen
January 2nd, 2018

Ladies beware if your fortunate enough to find yourself in a relatinship with someone you have met on this site he will be loathed to close his account down, most of the men on there just cannot stop shopping.

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Rosalind
October 10th, 2017

Plenty of fish took my money but didn’t upgrade my account, they don’t respond to any emails, pity trading standards can’t get them.

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Michael Lyman
June 2nd, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

Not only is this a paid site for the most part, but trying to get out of it after you sign up is a nightmare. On multiple occasions I have unsubscribed from their newsletter only to receive it again and again. I can't tell you how frustrating that is. As far as the quality of the app and the site they have is just poor. Clunky and tough to navigate through compared to other dating sites.

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William Johnson
August 8th, 2016 San Diego, CA

you have missed the most egregious of offenses. this app limits the age range that members may contact. i was shocked to be told by customer service that because they had done "research" that concluded that any two people with an age difference greater than 15 years could have nothing in common other than a desire for sex, they restricted member contact to within 15 years older/younger. i was outraged at this assumption as well as the implementation of such a restriction with no mention that i could find of this policy in the marketing of this app. and it seems close to a blatant discriminatory policy against those who legitimately prefer older/younger partners-- and there is a significant population that does, but because of thinking like this, when most all other lawful taboos have become mainstream, older/younger remains the last great taboo. pof refused to address my complaint by simply ignoring it although refusing to refund my money. and with an attitude of such arrogance and distaste, this was no customer service department, never mind that it took me two months to find the link because my upgraded membership was screwed up, but unless your upgraded you can only contact billing which cant solve technical problems and wont pass along your info even if you are a member who cant contact customer service. anyone who uses this app is either very lazy or very unsophisticated because there are other apps that allow you to send and receive messages for free. and see plenty of profiles and function just fine for free. and also pof may have millions of members, but these people are not what you would call the highest in quality. there is a noticeable difference in the quality of this membership. there is no reason for anymore to be on this app other than laziness and not wanting to look for a dating app thats best for them, or ignorance of what an dating app could and should be.

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