Messaging and viewing user profiles is all free on Plenty of Fish.
While our reviewers don't think the website is very well designed, the free mobile app is also an option that's super easy to use.
We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable.
After monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app, our reviewers decided Ok Cupid is the best overall service.
The messaging feature also has a seven-day time limit for conversation between two people, which kind of forces you to decide whether you want to take action on that potential love connection.