American Singles Review

With almost four million visitors a month, American Singles is the third most visited online dating service but as you’ll see in this review, American Singles is about more than dating.

At American Singles you can find “romance, friendship and more,” from intimate relationships to activity partners, or simply someone to email or chat with. Pretty much the Grand Central Station of online relationships this site is fresh, polished and easy-to use with good basic tools, clever features and a strong element of fun.

As with most other services, it’s free to sign up and get browsing through profiles. You can fast track your way to new friends or dates by clicking “Members Online”/ “Who’s Online?” to view profiles of people that you can connect with there and then. A flashing “I’m online/let’s chat” icon let’s you know they’re available for chat.

Profiles don’t go overboard on detail but get a big thumbs up for being interesting. Members describe themselves in their own words (“About me”, “What I’ve learned from past relationships”, etc.) – plenty of good conversation starters – and the main photo is larger than average (you can post up to four). Another big plus is that profiles open in a separate window so there’s no need to keep hitting that back button.

Search tools take care of basic preferences but leave it pretty much up to you to make the final cut by browsing through the profiles. However, you can sort your search results, by the newest, most active, closest or most popular members.

When you see someone you like, American Singles has a great bookmarking system. Simply hit the Hot List button and the profile is added to your personal Hot List. You can attach notes to Hot Listed profiles and organize them into categories if you like (“total hotties”, “cat lovers,”).

When you want to make contact, American Singles outdoes most of the competition by being generous with free communications. You can send up to thirty one-line “Teases” a day, for free – a good way to check out if the interest is mutual.

American Singles automatically keeps track of who’s interested in you – who’s looked at your profile, added you to their Hot List, “Teased” you, or sent you an email or instant message. The service also keeps track of who you’ve been looking at, hot listed or been in contact with. This information, and everything else to do with your membership – your matches, hot lists, profile and preferences – is kept together on your Member Home Page, making it super easy to see where you’re at, make changes and so on without having to travel all over the site. There’s also a great Member Services Page for one-stop management of your email settings, payments and so on.

Help’s available 24/7 by email or calling the toll free customer care number. However, it’s not likely you’ll need to – the help pages are great. Fun articles, tips, advice and real life “Happy Endings,” round out the site.