SpeedDater Review

SpeedDater Dating Site Review

SpeedDater is a rapidly developing online dating site that organises events for singles in the United Kingdom that is bought for you by EasyDate Ltd. The site offers a range of dating events like speed dating and singles parties in your neighbourhood, running events in over 40 cities across the UK. They also offer special events such as single parent evenings, lock and key events and dinner parties too. They put on a whole range of brilliant events and SpeedDater.co.uk is all about creating fun events where the singles can meet with each other and have a great time with each other.

In February 2004, the SpeeDater Online site was launched and just in a few months, the SpeedDater and the SpeedDater Online dating site were integrated. Hence, a single profile is enough for people attending the singles events and date online in the SpeedDater website. The best thing about the website is, in Jan 2005, the online dating site launched SpeedBreaks which specialises in short breaks like ski weekends, tennis weekends and city breaks too. In March 2008, it was taken over by one of the UK’s largest dating groups, EasyDate Ltd.

SpeedDater Snapshot

Key features

Deign and navigation:

The SpeedDater website has been split into two sections that includes a conventional online dating section, a speed dating section where you will be able to search for events that you might like to attend and even book your place for the SpeedBreaks session. The home page of the SpeedDater online has been kept simple. On the right side, you can either login or start your process of free registration and in another section there is a glimpse of the list of profiles with their photos, giving you an idea of what you are in for.

In the SpeedDater Events section, you will be able to find an event in your city, event in your area and even find an event by its type. The event types include speed dating, professionals, food and wine, lock and key, parties, race or religion, singles holidays, special events and flirt Diva classes. Scroll below and you will find a list of the upcoming events. At the time of editing this review, we found that there were five events for Mar16 and Mar17, three of them were held in London and one in Bristol and another one in Birmingham. We should also mention that a couple of the events were sold out.

Since SpeedDater has kept things simple, the site is very easy to use and navigate.

Features
Design of the site  
Ease of use of the site  

Profile and its Quality

You can start your registration in the home page and once you have given your basic details like gender, DOB, area and email ID, you will be sent a password to continue. Once you retrieve that password from your mail, you will be allowed to complete your profile. The first step of that will be fill in your basic profile with name, address and mobile no. The next stage includes the physical profile where it digs a bit deeper with details like orientation (straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual), looking for (email, chat, relationship, fun, other and no strings fun), and there is a whole lot of other basic that you will find in the other profiles including smoke, drink, marital status, children, religion, politics, education, income, height, weight, build, eyes, glasses, hair colour, ethnic origin, drugs, want children, diet and religion. If you are good at writing profiles, SpeedDater has something to put-up too; in the description details part, you get to enter the chat-up line, then you can give a description of yourself and then on what you are looking for. You can also give in more details like hobbies, tastes and life style. You can upload photos and create video profile too.

As far as the quality of the profile is concerned, it seems to be pretty basic and easy with no nonsense stuff.

Features
Quality  
Level of details  
Comfort  
Can you leave some fields blank? Yes  

Pricing and corresponding details

The registration, as in the case of most of the other online dating sites is free. The pricing of SpeedDater is very reasonable. Higher the number of months you choose, cheaper the deal works for you. You will be asked to upgrade as soon as you try to establish any kind of communication with the other members of the site. The low costs include a week’s subscription for £6.50, One month for £19.99, Three months subscription costs £38.97 which works out to be £12.99 per month, six months subscription is for £59.94 that works out to be £9.99 per month and a year’s subscription can be got for £95.88 which will be £7.99 a month.

Lucky women:

SpeedDater is offering very low costs for women. They get to access the site at a fraction of the cost. While there is no change in what both the genders pay for a week’s subscription, we think that it is not a vice idea for a woman to sign up for a week as it costs you £6.50, whereas you can get a month’s subscription for just £4.99. Three months subscription costs £11.97 which works out to be £3.99 per month, six months subscription is for £17.94 that works out to be £2.99 per month and a year’s subscription can be got for £23.88 which will be £1.99 a month.

Note that these rates are only for the conventional online dating that you do. But you will have to pay in addition each time you decide to go for an event. The event costs range from £10 to £30.

Guarantee:

With a subscription of one year, you will be entitled to SpeedDater’s Love Guarantee. It works like this: if you have not found love within six months, they will extend your full membership for another 180 days and if at the end of the year you still have not found the love of your life, SpeedDater will extend it for you for another six months. They also say that this is a cast iron, rock solid guarantee as you will not have to fill in any forms and there are no catches. All that you have to do is, email before your six month membership expires that you want it extended and SpeedDater will do it for you then and there without any kind of hassle.

Mobile Pay:

SpeedDater UK also allows you to pay using your mobile phone. This is really a great option if your do not have a credit card or if you do not want your transaction to appear on your credit card statement.

 

Features
Free Registration  

Pricing for Men
One week £6.50  
1 month subscription £19.99  
3 month subscription £38.97  
6 month subscription £59.94  
1 year subscription £95.88  

Pricing for Women
One week £6.50  
1 month subscription £4.99  
3 month subscription £11.97  
6 month subscription £17.94  
1 year subscription £23.88  

Mode of Payment
Credit debit cards
Debit Cards Mobile Phone

Features and exclusives of the site

Filtering and Search:

You can filter your options of single events by date and age group. The search options offered in SpeedDater Online are great; they include search by orientation, what you are looking for, marital status, locality, joined date, online status, photo only, postcode search, favorites and who likes me. The options are very extensive, which is very good especially if you are a choosy person.

Activity:

You will find an activity tab in your account. Inside that tab, you will have a list of members who have viewed your profile, day of viewing, information on if they have browsed you or mailed you and next to that information on if you had browsed or mailed them. These details are maintained as a list and this is a very handy feature to keep track of all your activity.

My Mobile:

Mobile phone plays such a great part in our lives now and for online dating there is now a direct relationship between the dating site memberships and your phone. SpeedDater UK offers lot of services via your mobile. As we had mentioned earlier, you are allowed to pay for your dating membership via the phone. You can also chat to other members using the SMS chat feature and yet another interesting feature of the site is that, you will be able to update your profile using the mobile phone camera and add a new photo to your dating profile.

Mail and Chat:

The mail tab acts just like your regular mail; the folders include inbox, sent mail, archive and bin. The chat features of the site include instant chats, webcam and audio chats.

Event Guarantee:

Yet another guarantee that SpeedDater offers you is that, you will meet someone you would like to see again at each SpeedDater event and if you do not meet someone who you would like to see again, then you can come to another SpeedDater event free of charge. However, the company’s guarantee does not apply to the special bigger ticket events like tennis weekends, skiing weekends and activity weekends nor is it valid for the SpeedDater lock and key parties, Balls and Singles Parties. This guarantee remains valid for three months.

Speed Dating Events:

You can quickly identify the speed dater events as you will find the hosts wearing SpeedDater T-shirts. Once they sign you in, you will be given a scorecard, name badge and pen; and then they invite you to have a drink at the bar. Once everyone has arrived the SpeedDater host explains how speed dating works and answers any questions. Then the dating begins. Usually women will stay seated while men will rotate every three minutes when the bell rings. After each date participants mark on a scorecard whether they would like to see that person again. At the end of the evening everyone takes their scorecards home with them to enter their ticks online on the Speeddater website. Most of the dates seem to be professionals who are in need of meeting more people. Most of them are normal and attractive who just are not meeting enough people via work or immediate circle of friends.

The Lock and Key Parties:

The Lock and Key parties of SpeedDater are less formal and are more like a regular party than the regular speed dating events. In this party, women are given a key and men are given a lock. The singles will then search for the person who fits the lock or key. Once you find the match, you have to go back to the registration desk to receive raffle tickets and be issued with a new lock and key. These kind of parties are basically for people who feel comfortable in party situations. Though you are not guaranteed to meet everyone, there is a big chance that you will be able to spend more than just three minutes with the person you are interested on.

Features
Site exclusives
Mailing Yes
Restriction on num of snaps No
You were viewed by feature Yes
Online status history Yes
Refined searches Yes
Instant messaging Yes
Webcam / video conferencing Yes
Blocking Yes

SpeedDater UK’s Campaign:

“Speed dating is the dating craze that’s taking London and the UK by storm. You get to meet and date lots of professional people in one night and have fun at the same time. SpeedDater is the UK’s leading speed dating events company.”

Some Highlights from User Reviews

Most of the users seem to be happy with the way the events were organised and places in which they were conducted. Some of the users feel that the singles events are very crowded. There are also complaints that SpeedDater does not ensure that the singles stick to their age bracket especially for the events that are organised for specific age groups. Overall, the service had only good comments than most of the other similar services.

Our overall Rating for SpeedDater

 

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