Like many competitors, Matchmaker lets you create a free account to get a feel for the website and its many features. On a free plan, you can browse profiles, check out other users’ photos, and even use the “Show Interest” feature to send a generic alert informing another member of your interest in them. However, if you want to start using Matchmaker in earnest, you’ll have to sign up for a paid subscription plan, which Matchmaker calls “Gold Membership.”

Gold Membership will give you access to vital tools, the most important of which are Matchmaker’s communication features (email, instant messaging, chat, etc.). If you’re really looking to meet people, Gold Membership is the only way to go.

Matchmaker offers a number of subscription lengths for you to choose from, and their corresponding fees are:

  • $34.95 for one month
  • $23.32 per month for 3 months
  • $16.66 per month for 6 months
  • $11.66 per month for 12 months

While the cost does go down for longer subscriptions, bear in mind that you’ll have to pay the cost of the whole subscription length upfront. You might be able to save more money per month on a 12-month subscription, for example, but that will require a payment of $139.92 in one go.