Zoosk Review & Walkthrough

Zoosk
“Zoosk is the world’s largest social dating community, with millions of singles from around the globe using the service each month. Zoosk provides a safe and fun online dating experience that users can easily access from Zoosk’s website, social networking applications, mobile services, and downloadable desktop application.”

Quick Look

Feature Overview:
- Clean, easy-to-use interface
- Advanced matching system
- User stream

Zoosk is a relative newcomer to the online dating space, but they’ve already made their mark with a huge user base and interesting features. Zoosk is a simple site, but the stream on the home page adds a social element to everything — you’re able to see profile updates and new photos. So, what do you get with Zoosk? The site is free to try, and you’re able to browse and send introductory flirts and messages to users without a subscription.

Zoosk’s initial sign-up process is very simple, only requiring an email address, or even a login option through Facebook. Past that, you’re asked to provide a few basic things like a username, what you’re interested in, your marital status, orientation, looks, etc.

Edit your Zoosk profile

Setting up your Zoosk profile is easy as pie!

Zoosk home

See everyone's profile updates right from your home page

Zoosk profile

Zoosk profiles are clean, and provide tons of info about the user

I love that you have the option to sign up with your Facebook profile — it makes things much easier. But, one thing that does irk me is in the interests section. You have the choice to manually fill out your favorite music, books, and movies, but for the TV, games, and sports section, you’re only able to connect with your Facebook profile to fill in the blanks. You should be able to fill those out manually, too.

Zoosk likes

What are your interests?

Matching

When you sign up, you’re not required to fill out any match-type questions, but you’re given the option to fill out a few ZSMS questions — Zoosk’s form of scientific matchmaking. Otherwise, you can opt to fill out the icebreakers sections on your profile to help a potential match start a conversation with you.

ZSMS

Answer Zoosk's ZSMS questions to better find a match

Zoosk icebreakers

Help others break the ice by filling out your icebreaker sections

Features

Search

Search your matches on Zoosk by the basics (age, location) or something more specific, like living habits. Not as advanced as some other online dating sites, but it works!

Zoosk search

Zoosk's search interface

Zoosk search

Zoosk's advanced search

Mobile

Don’t want to miss anything? Zoosk offers users SMS alerts, as well as mobile applications for iOS, Android and other mobile platforms.

Zoosk SMS

Get your Zoosk notifications via SMS

Instant Messaging

Easily connect with anyone on Zoosk in real time, right from your desktop.

Zoosk messenger

Zoosk messenger -- connect any time

Boost

Boost is basically featuring your profile at the top of search results. It’s similar to other dating sites in result, but not in process — in order to get a “Boost” you purchase coins. Each Boost costs you 20 coins; here is the coin breakdown:

  • 50 coins = $5
  • 250 coins = $20
  • 750 coins = $50
Zoosk boost

Boost your profile

Membership Rundown

As mentioned earlier, Zoosk isn’t a completely free service, so if you do want a full experience, you have the option to subscribe. As a paying subscriber, you can:

  • Get full access to send and receive messages and winks
  • Chat with your friends
  • Find out who has viewed your profile
  • Have full access to ZSMS features

PROS

  • Clean, detailed profiles
  • Free features
  • Update stream
  • Many users

CONS

  • Matching is based on yes/no answers
  • Some ads
  • Limited access to communication as free member

Pricing

  • 1 Month Membership: $29.95/mo
  • 3 Month Membership: $19.98/mo
  • 6 Month Membership: $12.49/mo

Ratings

  • Number of Users
  • Feature Set
  • Cost
  • Profile Quality
  • Overall