Lavalife Review

Many online dating sites are set up for different types of relationships but as you can read in this review, Lavalife does this way better than most. So, if you’ve been looking for a “multi-purpose” dating site Lavalife is hard to beat. And many people agree: Lavalife is one of the most popular sites for dating, serious relationships and/or “intimate encounters” – your choice.

Practice makes perfect at Lavalife

As most Lavalife reviews will tell you, this super-popular dating site has been going strong for some time. As one of the first quality online sites Lavalife got things right from the get-go.  A big reason for this is that Lavalife was going strong before there was such a thing as “online dating”.

Lavalife began back in 1987 as a phone-based service and in 1997 became an internet-based personals service, with members in the U.S., Canada and Australia. In 2001, the service was revamped and relaunched as “Lavalife”.

What this means is that it’s no surprise that Lavalife is as popular as it is – it’s been perfecting it’s act for a long time. The end result is a dating site that strikes you right away as refreshingly different. Looking beyond this – we test run sites to write our reviews – Lavalife really is different, following its own lead lots of ways that add up to a clever, original and stylish dating site.

How Lavalife does it better

Lavalife: Where Singles Click!As I mentioned above, Lavalife lets members meet for different types of relationships, like many dating sites. I also mentioned that Lavalife does this better than other dating sites. How so?

Well for one thing, Lavalife pushes the envelope a little more – it’s a mainstream online dating site that also ventures into adult territory. As well meeting people for “Dating” and “Relationships” you can meet for “Intimate Encounters”. For another – and here’s how Lavalife really sets itself apart – the site is divided up into three distinct and separate communities so these different areas don’t overlap.

What’s really great about this is that everyone within one area – or “community” – is on the same page. For instance, if you’re only interested in dating, you’re not going to be approached by people looking for “serious relationships” or “intimate encounters”.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in relationships or intimate encounters as well, that’s fine too – you can be active in two or all three Lavalife communities if you like. The advantage of the separate communities concept is that your matches in each one are kept separate too, so it’s easy to keep track of who’s a match for what.

And here’s where it gets even better. Not only are the different types of relationship divided into separate communities, you can actually be a “different person” in each one. For instance, you can be “Goody Two-Shoes” in Dating and “Hot-Lips Helen” in Intimate Encounters, if you like. This makes Lavalife the closest thing available to joining three different types of dating sites – without actually having to.

Lavalife also goes the extra mile in terms of extra entertainment. You’ll find lots of great articles, advice and other amusements at Lavalife, with a more sophisticated, adult sense of fun.

How Lavalife works

Joining Lavalife is fast, easy and free. You can join any or all of the three communities – dating, relationships and/or intimate encounters – and start meeting people on your chosen levels.

You’ll need to create a separate profile for each community that you join. You can have a lot of fun with this, and whether or not you choose a different username for each one is totally up to you. The main thing is that being able to create separate profiles means you can focus on the aspects of your personality that matter most in each community, so each profile is more relevant.

Lavalife Profiles are fairly detailed and include a main photo – all the usual features you’d expect at a leading dating site. So far, so ordinary, but again, Lavalife has something unique. Each profile has a “backstage” – a page where you can post up additional photos, video clips and so on. No one can view these pages unless you issue them a “backstage pass,” so you’re free to post more or less whatever you like here.

Searching through Lavalife profiles is easy. For basic searches, you’ll find convenient one-click search options (for instance, “local, within 5 years of my age”). One simple feature that I really like (often lacking at other dating sites) is that search tools are always “right there” so you don’t have to leave where you are to use them.

Custom searches let you be much more specific about the type of person you’re looking for. You can name and save these searches to run another time.

What’s free and what’s not

When you find someone you like, Lavalife is no different from other dating services – you’ll have to subscribe to be able to communicate in full with other members. In the meantime Lavalife gives you a good range of free communication options, including Lavalife “Smiles” with short messages attached. It’s also free to respond to email or instant messages – something  few dating sites offer.

Lavalife used to have a great credit system where you bought bundles of credits. This meant you only ever spent as much as you needed to. Nowadays, Lavalife has the usual monthly subscription option but hefty savings are available. For instance, a one-month membership is US $39.99 but if you opt for a 3-month subscription it works out to $19.99 per month.

In concluding this Lavalife review, I’m at a loss to think of any negatives. The help’s great and the Member Home Page makes it super easy to review and manage your activities. And if you’re looking for a dating site with an adult sense of fun, Lavalife is as good as it gets.

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