Please note that SpeedDate has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of SpeedDate below, or check out the rest of the Speed Dating Websites we've reviewed.
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If you enjoy life in the fast lane, and aren’t the sort of person who likes to waste your time on failed projects, SpeedDate.com might just be the dating site for you! This website allows you to create a profile, and then based on your preferences it sets you up on short (3-5 minute) online dates. You talk, and if you like each other you can decide to continue chatting. No pressure!
This is one of the largest online speed dating websites around, with (reportedly) more than a million members, thousands of whom may be online at any given time. It’s also an international website, so you can talk to people from all over the world, which is quite exciting.
SpeedDating.com was set up in 2000, so its team have a lot of experience. The site has also had the time to work out any ruffles, and it runs neatly, with few errors or gremlins in the cogs. As such it is enjoyable to use, and easy enough for amateurs to manage.
In particular, we felt it was a low-pressure site where you can quickly get an idea of whether you would like to get to know someone better, which is ideal if you’re short on time or don’t like messing about having to chat politely when you’d rather be elsewhere.
This service is entirely online, so if you wish to meet up with people then you have to arrange that for yourselves. However, this does have its advantages. For example, you don’t need to leave the house to go on plenty of dates. You can also meet people who don’t live near you, from all walks of life. Many members hail from the USA and UK, as well as Canada and Australia.
Because of its age and reputation, Speed Date has featured in a number of publications, including the NewYorkTimes, USA Today, TimeMagazine and People Magazine. Subsequently, it’s very popular.
Theoretically, then, you can meet about fifteen single people per hour.
With the exception of being online (rather than meeting in the flesh), the service is quite similar to a regular speed date. You are thrown into a chat with another member (based on your preferences) which lasts for between three and five minutes. You can talk using a webcam and microphone, just a mic, or you can type messages if you’d prefer. After three minutes are up, you then decide if you’d like to keep chatting for two minutes.
Chances are, you’ll find a few people you’d like to continue chatting with. No problem – you can easily find them and request a chat at a later date, if you wish. Again, you can use all of the communication tools at your disposal. Theoretically, then, you can meet about fifteen single people per hour, which is a lot of dates to get through!
Each member can build a profile, which is a great way to advertise yourself a little to potential dates. You can include photos, as well as describing a little about yourself and what you enjoy doing.
A benefit of this kind of online dating system is that you can meet people who you might otherwise have ignored. It thrusts you into quick fire dating scenarios, without the pressure to have to sit and talk for hours on end. Whether or not the date goes well, you are under no pressure to continue a conversation.
One of the main reasons SpeedDate.com performs so well is because of its range of additional features. These include a phone app so you can still keep up to date when you’re on the move. There are also message boards and forums to explore, where you can share your thoughts and opinions on particular issues. It’s also possible to receive notifications when you receive a message or chat request, so you don’t need to keep checking on the site every few minutes.
As well as those mentioned, there are also a few new features which are easy to use, allowing you to meet members more speedily. These include the Speed Match, which shows you a series of member photos. If you like the look of a member, you simply click “yes”, and if they like you back then you can get chatting. However, the site could still make large improvements on its technical support, which is weak in areas.
Month-by-month membership isn’t particularly cheap at around $32, however if you decide to take out a longer contract you’ll make a significant month-by-month saving. We recommend doing so, if you enjoy using the site, as the savings become quite significant. However, you do not need to make a decision right away, and you can check out what’s on offer by joining for free. Free members are also privy to some of the communication tools, although these are often limited.
Please note that SpeedDate has now been discontinued.