At least half came from men looking for ‘women aged 20 to 40, anywhere in the UK’. We spent a dedicated 20 minutes scrolling through the men that met Magda’s criteria but sadly no one caught her eye. You can search by location, distance, age range and the results come back in order of their recent activity, profiles also mention when a member was last online which gives you a realistic idea of how busy the site is. Even overlooking them won’t make the profile pages appear very appealing though – they’re pretty basic and bare and not a lot of imagination has gone into the design.They don’t have any kind of compatibility testing so you won’t get to filter the results in the order of closest matches. We give plus points for the little alert box in the top right that makes a little sound when someone views your profile (although we heard that feature will soon be removed and will be available for paying members only), messages you or comes online – you can change the alert settings so you’re only notified of things you want – it’s a nice feature though that keeps things fun and interesting as you move around the site.) If you’re looking for a serious relationship then we recommend trying the best paid for dating sites like Match or e Harmony as they just offer better service for the money you pay plus people often invest more time in building their profile when it costs them something.However, if you’re feeling the pinch financially then you might be able to make a site like Oasis Dating work for you for free if you’re prepared to put the work in to find someone you might be compatible with.
So far Oasis has has a so-called ‘Tokens’ system in place to be used by free members if they want to send messages (or personalised contact requests as they are known on the site) but as we understand from their site they are in the process of removing the token-system as it was overly complicated. You have to pay 100 tokens for personalised contact requests (e.g messages) to change your profile team etc, and it is just too messy and a little annoying.
If you want to get rid of the adverts, however – and there are a lot of adverts – you’ll have to pay (going ad-free for 30 days costs £3.49).
Keen to explore Oasis for myself, but with my single days behind me, I roped in my friend Magda.
If you know your ghosting from your gaslighting, or are one of the 2.4 million UK daters who have joined Oasis over the last six years, then it will already be on your radar.
For the rest of us, Oasis is one of the fastest growing dating sites out there and it’s completely free.