Our Match.com Review Bottom Line:
- GOOD: Number of members, allows you more control
- BAD: Christian filters are not that great
- TAKEAWAY: We’d like Match.com even better if it had more options for finding like-minded Christians.
When we conducted a survey before we began reviewing the best Christian dating sites, the results showed many of the people who tried online dating had used eHarmony or Match.com or both. Knowing that, it was important for us to make sure we included a Match.com review along with all of the others.
A reminder: When we review the best Christian dating sites, we do not mean we review only Christian dating sites exclusively. We review both Christian and non-Christian online dating sites because many Christians are using them as tools to find other single Christians. We analyze numerous factors, including and especially how easy it is to find other like-minded Christians on the site.
So, about that Match.com review?
We like it.
For more details, read on…
We like it as much as we like eHarmony. In fact, we would probably like Match.com more, except for one reason. But we’ll get to that. First, let’s start with the three things we like best about the site:
It’s the oldest site around and one of the biggest. If you’re in a city or a rural area, finding matches in your vicinity should not be as difficult as it would be for smaller, newer sites like Marry Well and Christian Crush.
Match.com allows you access to their entire membership database. For those who dislike eHarmony’s system of measuring out daily matches with little other option, then Match certainly solves that problem. Any biographical information written must be approved by Customer Care, so the true Control Freaks might not like that, but those of us who don’t want to read inappropriate material are fans of that safety net.
Sometimes there are so many options on a site that it becomes difficult to figure it all out. Match.com has a number of options, but the site still remains user-friendly and all of the bells and whistles are clearly explained. Also, the site doesn’t leave you on your own in your search if you want some assistance. They offer daily matches, Match Me (places you in the daily matches of someone you really like), mutual matches (based on profile information, you’re looking for someone like him/her and he/she is looking for someone like you), reverse matches (he/she may not meet your match criteria, but you meet his/hers), and other options such as favorites, email, winks or chatting. For the more adventurous, Match.com even has local meet-ups and live events in select cities, as well as trips.
The issue that bugged us the most when we were writing this Match.com review was their Christian filter. It’s just more difficult to narrow down matches to those who are like-minded Christians. Calling oneself a “Christian” can mean many things to many people. Granted, the site offers many search options that are helpful in narrowing the field. They let you mark if faith is a dealbreaker for you, and in the custom search options, they allow you three choices in the “Christian” category: Christian-Catholic, Christian-Protestant, and Christian-Other.
eHarmony takes things one step further and allows you to choose from a list of denominations and other sites, such as Christian Café, allow you to get even more specific and get into church involvement levels.
You also can add keywords to your searches, so limiting profiles to ones that include words like “Christian” or other church-y terms could possibly help narrow down your results. (This also helps if you’re searching for matches who love coffee or the Green Bay Packers or travel, too. Just an FYI.)
We know people who have found other like-minded Christians on Match, so it’s far from impossible. All we’re saying is it might be slightly more difficult to weed through the profiles to find the kind of Christian matches you might be looking for.
Have you used the site? What do you think about it? Love it, hate it, indifferent? Share your thoughts with us!
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