For the latest SilverSingles in-depth review, let’s check out the pros and cons, features, and functions to help you choose the best senior dating site in the United Kingdom!
SilverSingles UK is designed for 50+ men and women, although you will find a surprising number of users outside of this category.
The SilverSingles profile quality is very detailed, and with such a lengthy sign-up process taking around half an hour, we’d expect to see a lot of detail about prospective matches!
Our frustration when conducting our review is that you have such limited access to profiles, even of those who have ‘matched’ with yours, that it is impossible to know whether you are likely to have found a potential date on SilverSingles.
Photos cannot be viewed in any form by non-premium users, so while the site promotes a free membership, this is to all intents and purpose useless since you cannot even see the profile photo of somebody you’d like to connect with.
Once you have paid for an upgraded SilverSingles account, you can find a lot of detail on member profiles. These show the person’s location and job, and you can choose to log in at any time to complete more information or add more photos.
However, it seemed unfair to encourage mature people to register on the requirement that they can browse the site for free, only to find the functionality so restrictive that you are obliged to pay for an upgrade for any meaningful access to information.
All of the SilverSingles messaging services are restricted to upgraded membership, so you’ll find minimal messaging options until you have upgraded. You can send a smile and all people to your favourites list in the meantime.
The search functions of SilverSingles are based on the detailed personality testing at registration, and you’ll find that the suggested matches are those that automatically appear in your search function.
If you don’t feel that your suggested matches are right for you, there is the option of amending the search filters with criteria such as:
- Compatibility matches
There is also a wildcard matching system – again, only for premium subscribers. This introduces random matches to provide a little differentiation from your preferred search criteria.
When you receive a SilverSingles message, you can opt to be notified by email, web browser, or phone notification and can amend this as you wish.
SilverSingles does not offer any help with introducing yourself. All messaging functions are available only on an upgraded account.
You can send a smile as a free member to indicate your interest, but you must upgrade to read, respond to, or receive messages from anybody on the site.
The SilverSingles costs are accessible on a monthly basis for either three, six months, or twelve months. Our review did not find any free trials or shorter subscription periods to choose from:
Free vs. Paid Access
You’ll find minimal access with a free account – and so if you want to see genuine matches and dates with mature UK guys and girls, it is essential to pay for an upgrade.
SilverSingles free services include:
- Creating your profile
- Receiving match suggestions
- Sending smiles
- Adding members to your favourites – remember that you have no access to view profile photos with any of these functions
SilverSingles paid services include:
- Viewing photos and profile photos
- Sending and receiving messages
- Receiving daily wildcard matches
- Use of the SilverSingles app
Accepted Payment Methods
SilverSingles UK only accepts payments via credit card or PayPal.
SilverSingles offers SSL encryption and fraud prevention to keep details private. Indeed, it seems impossible to access any useful information without an upgrade, so this seems to be untrue.
The site claims to offer a detailed profile verification – however, in our experience, this was a standard email verification link rather than more in-depth security measures.
- Design is simple and easy to navigate
- Colours are straightforward and easy on the eye
- Text size is larger for the usability of older people
- No special features
- No games
- No extra access functions for premium users
- Personality tests are mandatory on sign up, and take around 30 minutes to complete
- Suggested matches based on your personality quiz
- Searches available against location, age, and height
- Restricted photo access only accessible to premium users
Silver Singles dating is good in terms of functionality and features available – but we feel it is let down by the heavy restrictions on free access. It would be better not to advertise a free registration given that this does not offer any tangible value for money.
Personality testing is a great service to aid meaningful matches, but to make this mandatory for a lengthy questionnaire that takes a significant amount of time seems obstructive to mature people who would just like to start chatting and dating.
For United Kingdom older men and women, the member base is minimal – most SilverSingles users are from the US – but you won’t find that out until you have paid and committed to at least a one-month subscription.
The app itself can be downloaded, but the functionality is limited. You cannot register through the app, so this seems to be expecting mature people to have both a desktop PC and a smartphone or tablet to be able to access the service.
Perhaps a little more thought to accessibility or an improvement to the app would make the service work a little better.
All in all, I’d have to say that there are senior dating services out there offering better value for money and with less complicated sign-up processes. For mature single people, registration needs to be streamlined and simple, not long-winded, and complicated.
The Bottom Line & Rating
Unfortunately, our SilverSingles review found rather a few issues with the platform, which means that we cannot recommend it as one of the top senior dating platforms.
The restrictions on user interfaces, payment methods, and messaging feel like the site hasn’t been designed with mature users in mind, so it isn’t accessible or valuable for the very member it seeks to serve.
It depends on what you are looking for and where you live. For UK seniors, the total number of people on the app is small, and you will need to pay for an upgrade to achieve any value from the service.
The customer support is good and is perhaps the only redeeming feature that we liked about the site. However, if you do not wish to commit to a paid subscription or are hoping to meet lots of United Kingdom mature men or women, this probably is not your best bet.
It claims to be – but the reality is somewhat different. You can download the app and create a profile online. However, you need to understand that you will have zero access to photos, including profile pictures, unless you pay for a premium account.
Messaging is strictly an upgraded service. Since it is almost impossible to know whether you are likely to be attracted to somebody without access to a profile photo, we’d say no – the service is not free.
The monthly costs for SilverSingles aren’t extortionately more expensive than other senior dating sites. What does compare poorly is the lack of functions available on a free account.
Most dating sites offer a free trial or short-term three to seven-day options to test out the site and be sure if it is right for you before committing to a subscription.
SilverSingles doesn’t offer any of these services, and so in terms of value for money, it does not score highly. You should also remember that you can only pay via credit card or PayPal – this always raises a red flag, and it seems unreasonable to assume that all older men and women will have a PayPal account or a credit card rather than being able to pay with a standard debit card.
Nick - August 5, 2020 @ 08:13
No APP! Fake users!