Muddy Matches Review: Online Dating Site for the UK Countryside
Muddy Matches is made by country people for country people. It was set up by two sisters in 2006, who had the idea to connect people who were into country things.
Mud is the big connector here: whether you grew up in the countryside or just want to move there, Muddy Matches creates a great platform for both Muddies and Townies (more on what these are later) to meet and mingle.
So if you’re looking for love in the countryside, single farmers, rural singles, country friends, countryside lovers or equestrian singles – this app is right for you.
Pros and Cons
- It’s a good place to socialise and meet new people in your area – you don’t have to date; you can simply make friends.
- They have a nice, clean website which makes browsing easy.
- There are lots of events going on that the website tells you about, which is a great opportunity to go out and meet new people.
- It’s a very niche market so you may struggle to find matches in your area.
- The target market can feel a bit confused if you’re a Townie – you might feel you don’t fit in.
- There are more fake profiles than we’d like as there aren’t loads of safety measures to stop them from being created.
Muddy Matches member structure – who’s on this dating site?
Members are generally made up of Muddies and Townies. A Muddy is “any person who loves the countryside and is not afraid of a bit of mud”, while a Townie is someone who’s more city based but loves the countryside. According to the founders, no-one is 100% either so Muddy Matches is a place to meet like-minded people.
- Members: There are roughly 250,000 members from the UK and Ireland.
- Member activity: 50,000 members are active weekly.
- Gender proportion: 38% Male and 62% Female
- 18-24: 7%
- 25-34: 20%
- 35-44: 23%
- 45-54: 32%
- 55+: 18%
How does Muddy Matches work?
Muddy Matches is designed for both dating and friendship. When you sign up and enter the information asked, you’ll be paired up with singles who the site think you might be interested in. Otherwise, you can run your own search based on physical appearance, background, lifestyle and the interests of your match.
Sign up process – how to join Muddy Matches
Signing up takes about 10 minutes and it requires you to add a fair bit of information.
First, you’ll input your full name and email, then choose a password. Once signed in, you’re taken to the 5-step process. Here you’ll need to add your location information and details about your appearance.
You’ll also need to specify whether you’re a Townie or a Muddy. You do this via a slider to specify the percentage you think you are, which ranges from 0% to 100%. Remember – people are generally not 100% of either so don’t be afraid to be honest!
Ease of use
The website is very clean and user-friendly so it’s easy to navigate your way around. Finding matches is simple too – the refined search box allows you to drill down exactly what you’re looking for.
Making contact, messaging, chat & notifications
Like most dating sites, messages can only be sent and replied to by paying members. If you’re a fully fledged member, you can send and receive messages, and see when your messages have been read.
All messages are anonymous so no-one will see any personal data. You can also send winks as a way to flirt with other members, who can send one back if they like you too.
Profile quality is generally good. You can see all information on a member’s profile, even if you’re a free member. You can also upload several photos and pick the 3 you want on show.
Profile information can be edited too, so you can add more later if you wish. However, you don’t have to add detailed information so some profiles can seem a bit basic.
Muddy Matches mobile app for iPhone & Android
The app is free to download once you’ve registered on the website. You can pretty much do everything you can on the desktop website, but the interface is really easy to use, clean and clear – it’s well worth a download.
Real life reviews for Muddy Matches
The Service is better suited to my lifestyle and I met with a number of like minded people…as a result I’m now in a relationship that is heading the right way and without Muddy we’d have never met even though we have much in common.
I’d recommend Muddy to people who want to meet people with an understanding of the country.
–How Muddy Are You? This is a fun quiz that’s available to everyone (even non-members), where you fill out answers to find out just how muddy you are.
–Blog. Here you’ll find loads of great tips and hints on successful dating if you need a bit of help or inspiration.
–Success Stories. This section tells you all about success stories from people who’ve found love on Muddy Matches.
-Country Calendar. Use this to find out about all the countryside events in your area.
Is Muddy Matches safe?
Messages are anonymous and you can report suspicious and abusive profiles, but there’s no guarantee they’ll be dealt with. They do have lots of dating advice on their website though, and a GDPR section to let you know how your data will be used. These are reassuring, if nothing else.
How much does Muddy Matches cost? What are the subscription prices?
Upgrading to membership costs the following total prices:
- 1 month: £26
- 3 months: £48
- 6 months: £72
- 12 months: £94
The prices shown are for one lump sum. Once your term is up, your subscription will be automatically renewed on a rolling basis at £26 a month. If you upgraded to premium, an addition fee of £9.99 will be charged.
Becoming a member gives you access to the following:
-You’ll be able to send messages.
-You can read and reply to a message you’ve received.
Discounts 2020, offers & promo codes
Immediately on the homepage, Muddy Matches were offering 3 months free for every 3 months subscription – making it 6 months for £48. Discounts are clearly offered, so always check through the website before signing up.
Is Muddy Matches free? Are there free trials available?
Registering on Muddy Matches is free for an unlimited time. With a free membership you’ll be able to search for people on the site, edit your profile, upload photos, see who’s visited your profile, select favourites and see who’s added you as a favourite.
That’s pretty good compared to other dating sites, who massively limit your free profile.
Is Muddy Matches a good dating site?
So, overall Muddy Matches is pretty good. However, it’s SO niche. We can’t imagine it really appeals to a whole range of people – the fact they only have 250,000 members seems to support this. Although maybe we’re being a bit sceptical.
If you live in the countryside and perhaps feel a bit secluded (for example if you’re a farmer or live in a rural village), this could be a fantastic way to make friends and perhaps find love. The Townie element is what’s confusing us a little bit – where do they fit in exactly?
That being said, the website and photography is amazing, and we love that you can read more about the founders. It really gives Muddy Matches a personal, community feel that they’ve successfully built. If you’re curious – give it a go!
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