Profile questions were left blank and a lot of the messages we received were generic “hey’s” that made it hard to tell if we were talking to a real person or a spambot.
Of the 114 messages we received, only five were from legitimate, interested users — 4 percent to OKCupid’s 12 percent.
That’s not great when you consider the 70-plus results OKCupid served up for us, but it was better than any other site we looked at.
We also received the highest percentage of messages we rated “good.” While all of OKCupid’s main features — messaging, viewing profiles, answering questions — are free, there is a paid option for those looking to get a little more out of their search.
There are also plenty of open-ended questions so you can share a little more about yourself and your interests.
The key here is to actually take the time to fill out all the questions.
But if you’re interested in a long-term relationship, Match is worth checking out.
Using a three-point scale (Bad, Mediocre, and Good), we categorized each message we received.The key: You not only answer a bunch of multiple-choice questions about your lifestyle and preferences to create your own profile, but get to choose which answers you want to see in your potential matches, as well as how important each of those answers is.Of the four online dating sites we tested in-depth, OKCupid is the only one to base its matching algorithms off such robust parameters.You’ll get the best deal if you pay for eight months of premium membership.This membership boosts your profile in searches, lets you upload more pictures, and shows you if your messages were read or deleted.