Large Friends Review

Large Friends specializes in the dating desires of heavyset men and women and their admirers. I like that it caters to both genders and serves all people of size. It’s not one of those sites with a good name for a specific market that doesn’t really look into the needs of its members. It has clearly taken its time and made a site that’s as big and beautiful as the people it serves.

The profiles at LargeFriends.com contain a decent amount of info. They mostly require filling out some dropdown boxes. Still, they also give you space to write a few words about yourself. No optional questionnaires are offered beyond the basic required info, so they don’t go into as much depth as some other sites do. At any rate, until you upgrade, you can only search by basic criteria anyway.

“If your forum post gets enough replies, you might even earn some temporary free access to the site.”

Free searches are limited to a 100-mile radius of your home. The 50-mile option is blocked until you’re ready to join. Photo-only searches are also limited to those who’ve paid for a membership. Premium members can also do keyword searches, which can help find profiles that mention interests or hobbies that aren’t part of the standard profile info. You also won’t see last login info until you upgrade.

Free membership is just enough to get your feet wet. You can show interest in someone by sending a wink. You can reply for free to paid members, whether they send you emails or instant messages. There are other free areas of the site to enjoy, too, such as personal blogs and message boards. If your forum post gets enough replies, you might even earn some temporary free access to the site.

You’ll constantly be reminded of the features you’re missing out on. An upgrade page appears anytime you try to access a restricted area of the site. The premium features of LargeFriends include daily plus-sized news articles and videos. It isn’t completely clear what the vids are about. They’re labeled as “largest plus-sized/BBW videos” without any further info. All I know is that the site doesn’t allow you to upload your own video intro, so they’re not those kinds of vids.

When we first visited the site it had some modest success at attracting people to its pages. Unfortunately, what little popularity it once had seems to have further declined, despite marketing to both big, beautiful women (BBW) and to big, handsome men (BHM), as well as admirers of both. Large Friends needs to expand its numbers, which should be easy as more and more people are fed up with online dating sites populated by stick figures and bodybuilders.

BBW Cupid Review

BBWCupid.com was a new site when we first visited it. Over a year later, we still can’t find any data on our third-party traffic site about how many visitors it attracts. It is much like any other Web personals site. It has all the services that you’ve come to expect, but, admittedly, there is one major limitation that I will get into shortly. At least the design of the site is pleasant enough and the interface is simple to use. The benefits of upgrading are clear, while free members can reply to messages for free.

First, though, let me explain what I consider to be the greatest limitation of BBWCupid, which should become evident while you’re filling out the information for a free profile. You’re not required to give a zip or postal code, so you can’t use this info to do local searches. Even if you upgrade for advanced search options, you will only be able to search by other criteria besides detailed location.

“If you pay for the more expensive of the two membership options, you’ll enjoy access to video introductions and can even send video messages by email or instant messaging.”

At first blush, you might not think that you can narrow your search radius to anything beyond the state or province within a country. However, I realized that I had overlooked an option on the site and it does give slightly more specific location results. If you do any basic search and then scroll down to the bottom of the results page, you’ll find some additional criteria fields. You can, in fact, filter by cities in a list of dropdown city names.

You’ll see last login info and full profile details, so that’s useful. As already mentioned, it’s free to respond to emails or instant messages from premium members, which means that someone might message you before you upgrade. If you do pay for a membership, you can contact anyone on the site. Both these points work in the site’s favor.

For upgraded subscribers, there are also chat rooms. If you pay for the more expensive of the two membership options, you’ll enjoy access to video introductions and can even send video messages by email or instant messaging. There is also voice messaging built into both those interfaces. Some of this stuff kind of seems like bells and whistle to me. All the same, if you’re talking to someone far away, it could make the interaction more personal.

I already explained that we have no outside data to confirm the current traffic on the site, so it’s difficult to judge what the future will hold in terms of its popularity. I will say, though, that it comes from a company that has created many successful online dating sites. BBW Cupid should only get better with time.

BBW Personals Plus Review

BBW Personals Plus is a site designed with big, beautiful women and their admirers in mind. The “plus” at the end of the name might seem a lame attempt at a plus-sized reference. However, the site does in fact offer more than mere dating profiles to browse. You will discover a real online community. The site goes well beyond merely the singles looking for friendship and love. Let’s discuss if this site has more pluses than minuses in the end.

The profile process is done right on BBWPersonalsPlus. You’re asked to complete all the usual details about your personal appearance. However, the issue of weight is addressed with a unique balance of candor and sensitivity. You will also notice that not only full-figured women are mentioned in the dropdown menu. As a guy, you can also choose to describe yourself as big and handsome.

“BBW Personals Plus allows you to experience enough of its services to make it worth checking out before buying.”

You can do free localized searches. You can look for people within 10 miles of home. You can do it based upon your zip or postal code. You also have the opportunity to narrow down your results by all the other criteria included in the profile process. Then if you click the profile summaries, you can see the full details for each person. Their last login info is clearly displayed. That makes it easy to know how many active members live close to you.

Although you get free, full access to the search features, the same can’t be said of the contact options. Both parties need to be premium subscribers in order to exchange mail. You can’t even read messages from paying members before upgrading. That’s a serious drawback. Not just for the folks checking out the site for free but also for those who decide to sign up to a monthly plan.

It’s free to reply to instant messages, at least. Otherwise, BBWPersonalsPlus.com offers chat rooms and message boards, too. Those you can check out free. In other words, although you need to pay to use email, there are other options to explore for making free connections. There is also some dating advice and online safety tips to read. You’ll definitely not feel as if you’re faced with going it alone on this site.

One thing that has changed on this site – and it’s not for the better – is the price. They’ve raised it by about 30 percent. Nevertheless, it still costs a bit less than some other sites. The site also seems to have maintained a decent level of popularity in the past. BBW Personals Plus allows you to experience enough of its services to make it worth checking out before buying.