SpeedDater Review

By Top10BestDatingSites Staff

Overview

The focus is, as the name implies, on events. This is not so much an internet dating site as a jumping off point, to allow you to go to as many dating events as you want. The idea is to meet people and see if you have a connection in person. You still have a profile and can pay to communicate with others using the many chat features, but you only get a match when you’ve met someone at one of the speeddater.co.uk events. This is perfect for someone who finds those first dates a bit tricky - the friendly but professional tone on the website will make you feel like you’re in safe hands!

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Features

  • Email

  • Video chat

  • Matchmaking

  • *Events – this is of course the feature that sets this site apart from the others – there are so many different types of event that there really is something for everyone. The categories include speed dating, lock and key, professionals, race / religion specific, singles parties, valentines, special events, activity events. If you’re not sure how you’d fare at one of these events, you can attend a flirt workshop to make sure you know how to play it to meet your match.

  • *Communication tools – whatever you want to say, there’s a way to say it – you can be coy and use a wink (a small emoticon), use the text chat service for instant messaging, video chat, send a normal email, or use a pre-written ice breaker.

  • *Calendar feature - you can keep track of your events through the calendar and there’s a handy toolbar that tells you what’s coming up soon.

  • Search options – maybe you want a type of event or maybe you want a type of person. You can search by event or by matches to ensure that you find exactly what you’re looking for, in the best way for you.

  • Match making service – you can only have a match once you have attended one of the site’s ticketed events. The aim is to give someone a tick, as with any speed dating event. After the event, you can check your profile and see who has ticked you too!

Sign up

The sign up is a simple form asking for your name, email, date of birth, postcode, and you need to choose a user/screen name. Although there are no big questionnaires when you sign up, there is the option to provide more information once you’re logged in. The best sign up value is the 6 month membership, which comes with a love guarantee – if you don’t find love within 6 months you receive another 180 days of membership free of charge. No luck the second time? Another free 180 days, guaranteed.

Safety

The terms of use state very clearly that the site is for over 18s only. The privacy policy is surprisingly easy to read and lays out your rights to access your data at any time by request, along with details on how to do that. There are details of your opt-out options also listed. Your photos can be used for speeddater.co.uk’s marketing purposes royalty free so be careful what you put up if you don’t want it to be used in other contexts.

Prices

The site has a basic membership that allows you to attend events, view other members and communicate with your matches once they appear in the “my matches” section. Pricing options differ for men and women – sorry gentlemen, ladies pay a bit less. There is also the Love Guarantee with the 6-month price plan, which gives you an extra free 180 days if you don’t find love in your first 6 months.

OPTIONS TOTAL COST COST PER MONTH SAVINGS
1-Month Membership Men: £19.99
Women: £15.99
Men: £19.99
Women: £15.99
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3-Month Membership Men: £38.97
Women: £29.97
Men: £12.99
Women: £9.99
24% (£18.75)
6-Month Membership Men: £59.94
Women: £47.94
Men: £9.99
Women: £7.99
35% (£55.5)
1 Year Membership Men: £95.88
Women: £71.88
Men: £7.99
Women: £5.99
35% (£55.5)

Ease of Use

It’s a really easy, user friendly site with a clean layout that makes everything really clear. Although there are lots of options it’s all actually very well sign posted and made simple to use with separate tool bars and sections. Everything is well spaced out and even the privacy policy is easy to read! There’s no technical jargon, and the calendar option makes it feel like a site you can use comfortably whatever technical level you’re at.

The Search

There are two ways to search – you can search for events or people. There is the usual way to narrow down the matches you get, by distance from you and age. You can also use more specific criteria to narrow down those search results. You can only talk to someone if they’re a match, which will come up in the My Matches” section after attending an event. You can talk to anyone at any time when you have paid. You can add a photo to optimize your profile and fill in all the sections about you, but really the best way to get a match is to go to an event and see who is there!

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