Online market research firms such as HitWise, Jupiter Research and Comscore have consistently listed SinglesNet as one of the most popular dating sites today, although popular does not necessarily mean recommended. As several readers have pointed out to me and from my own personal experiences, SinglesNet is one of the those dating sites that seems to have a lot going for it on paper, but in reality has little to offer. Add their conspicuously absent fine print and terms of service and SinglesNet becomes a dating site that isn’t recommended.
What a SinglesNet Membership Includes
Singlesnet has, for several years, had a disclaimer on its front page stating in one way or another that membership is free for a limited time only. Trying to discern the differences between a paid and free membership at SinglesNet isn’t clear however. For instance, the SinglesNet billing page states that paid users get first listing on search results – yet when viewing a search, the results are a mix of paid and free members across the board. The billing page also states:
“Once you upgrade the compatibility matching system, we will recognize you as a featured member and will work harder to find you that perfect match.”
However, what the “working harder” refers to isn’t apparent, as most of the site’s matching system seems automated. For instance, within seconds of signing up, three matches showed up in this reviewer’s inbox.
Free members seem to have access to all of the normal SinglesNet features, with a limit on how many people they can initiate contact with for free. Alternatively, paid SinglesNet members can initiate contact with as many people as they like, and in turn can allow non-paying members to contact them for free. Phone support and a money-back guarantee are also offered to paid SinglesNet members.
Unique Features of SinglesNet
SinglesNet has an extremely quick sign up process – about two minutes in total (although the site says it’ll only take 30 seconds, that wasn’t this Guide’s experience).
As well, SinglesNet caters not only to heterosexuals, but also gays and lesbians.
SinglesNet Membership Costs
Currently free “for a limited time only”, but the site has stated it is either free or is offering a free 7-day trial for several years.
A full membership to SinglesNet costs $24.95 a month USD, with discounts if you pay for three months at a time ($19.95 a month USD) or a full year ($7.49 a month USD). A no-questions asked refund is available, but nowhere on the site does it state how long the refund is valid for. Payments can be made by credit card or PayPal.