With a tagline that states “browse the largest database of BBW dating singles online,” BBWdatefinder attempts to position itself as one of the leaders in the BBW dating niche.
In operation since 2001, the site has the benefit of time and experience on its side. However, those two factors alone do not always determine the true effectiveness of a dating site.
Is BBWdatefinder.com effective in today’s online dating environment?
We conducted a full review of the site to determine whether it is realistic to expect to find a casual or long-term partner through BBWdatefinder. Here is our review.
BBWDateFinder Review Results
Final Word on BBWDateFinder
As a basic dating site, BBWdatefinder offers a decent user experience. During our tests, real contact was made with real BBWs. However, the overall feel of the site did lack a degree of modernity. This may explain why the majority of the members on the site — both male and female — were in their thirties and above.
We can not cite this as a negative, however. Suffice it to say, if you are seeking a sleek modern dating site with native mobile apps, etc., then BBWdatefinder will not be for you.
If, however, you are fine with basic features and are happy just with the fact that the members on the site are in fact real people, then you will find the site to be somewhat useful.
We rate BBWdatefinder as Average.
— Pros and Cons —
- Easy registration process
- In continuous operation since 2001
- Part of a larger network of dating sites
- Feature-set is limited by contemporary standards
- No instant chat feature is available
- Paid subscription is required to make the site usable
— In-Depth BBWDateFinder Review —
Dating sites dedicated to finding large and curvy women are becoming more numerous as the online dating industry seeks to specialize. BBWdatefinder.com, however, is not a newcomer to this niche. It has been in existence since 2001.
In that timeframe, it has received press coverage from national and international press outlets. More importantly, it has also received a decent share of positive reviews from former users. The question before us, however, is not how it performed in the past, but rather how it performs today.
We ascertained that the site is now part of the Friends Worldwide Dating Network. This network is comprised of over 1,000 specialized dating sites. From what we could discover, BBWdatefinder is a standalone site, but it does interface with the larger Friends Worldwide Network’s database. In theory, this helps in maximizing the number of potential matches.
This means that when you join BBWdatefinder, not only are you being matched to its organic membership base, but also to the millions of other members that match your search criteria within the Friends Worldwide Network.
— Registration —
Registering on BBWdatefinder is done through the site’s welcome page. A registration widget — common to all Friends Worldwide Network sites — is located above the fold next to an image of a woman who, in our unanimous opinion, is not large enough to be classified as a BBW, yet there she is.
From there, by clicking on a red button that reads “continue,” the initial registration process is completed. You must check the inbox of the email that you provided because you will be sent a validation link that you must click to confirm your registration.
— Your Profile —
After you have confirmed your account registration, you can start building your profile in the member’s area. This consists of providing information regarding your physical and personality attributes. You can also include more details about yourself in the “About Me section.”
BBWdatefinder allows you to upload up to 10 images. You may select one of them to serve as your profile picture.
When other members look at your profile, the most prominent feature will be your profile picture, so we would advise you to select one accordingly.
— Features —
BBWdatefinder does not have an advanced set of features. To some, this may be seen as something negative. Others, however, will find the lack of complexity refreshing.
The site’s search engine allows you to filter results by parameters that include age range, gender, location, and ethnicity. The search results are presented in an antiquated scrollable list format. It is not fancy, but it does get the job done.
When you spot a profile that you are interested in, you can either add them to your favorites, send a wink to the person, or send them an email through the internal messaging system. BBWdatefinder does not have an instant chat feature. Honestly, how a dating site in 2017 does not have an instant chat feature, we cannot explain.
You can also search specifically through the profiles of those who are the newest members of the site or restrict your search solely to those who are currently online.
The remaining features of BBWdatefinder consist of a section called “Who’s Viewed Me” and “Who’s Favorited Me.” These sections allow you to gauge the level of interest that others have shown for your profile. Armed with that information, you can modify the “about me” excerpt of your profile, or change profile pictures to attempt to improve your results.
— Cost of BBWDateFinder —
Free membership on BBWdatefinder allows you to enter the member’s area and get a general feel for the look and navigation of the site. It, however, limits you on functionality. In order to start new email conversations and to use the handy “who’s viewed” and “who’s liked me” features, you need to upgrade to a paid membership.
A one-month membership has a cost of $24.99. If you pay for three months in advance, the average monthly cost drops to $17.95. If you pay for six months in advance, this average price drops down to $13.95.
Due to the rudimentary feature-set offered by BBWdatefinder, we would suggest that new users start with a one-month subscription. If in that time you find that you don’t miss all of the bells and whistles of other dating sites, then you may want to upgrade to the three or six-month plan to take advantage of the cost savings.