Online dating. We all heard of it, and most of us are already familiar with it. When one speaks of online dating, they usually think of quick hookups with no strings attached. To date, there are well over 300 dating apps on the market. Suffice to say, it does not matter what you are looking for; there is always a dating app for that.
However, as time progresses, the art of traditional courtship is lost to time. Most young people forgot what it is like to start a meaningful relationship with a simple conversation. Quite a lot of people do not know what it used to be like back in the day when people had to go out and socialize.
Now, one could say that back then, dating was difficult and terrible because you had to go to the club and hope you find a person that ticks all the boxes. Right now, it is the same thing except it is on a dating app, not the club. The dating environment becomes toxic, and people are reduced to little more than just a picture and a chance to swipe left or right.
This is where Sweet Pea comes in. It took on the herculean task of bringing joy back into online dating without taking away its convenience, which is why it is so famous. The idea is to make conversations a centerpiece of their entire platform and encourage users to interact more often. Did this idea work out? Let’s see.
Sweet Pea was founded back in 2016, meaning that it has only four years of experience in the dating industry. As you soon will see, their lack of experience does not hold them back from putting together an excellent dating platform.
Sweet Pea is owned by Peas and Love Corporation, whose owner is Michael Bruch. He was frustrated with what most dating apps provide and set out to create a new one that brings together the best bits of offline and online dating.
First, let’s talk about how you can sign up on Sweet Pea. If you go to their website sweetpea.co, you will see that there is no sign-up button. This is because Sweet Pea is a mobile-exclusive dating platform, meaning that you cannot use it on your computer. The website is only there to let you access information about their dating platform easily.
So to register, you need to download the Sweet Pea app, which is available to both iOS and Android users. So, everyone can join Sweet Pea. From there, users are presented with two options.
The first one is that they need to fill out a form about their personal information such as:
But you can skip this altogether if you link your Facebook account to Sweet Pea app. Users are required to provide Sweet Pea app permission to access their account. The reason for this is that this app will scan through your profile and migrate all information above to your Sweet Pea account, thus saving you some time. From there, you can start using Sweet Pea immediately.
But before you start finding other users, you will need to provide “icebreaker” questions and upload photos to your profile. The magic number is nine photos. Upload too many or too few, and other people will find it difficult to understand your character. Just nine photos will suffice.
Users can also replace or delete their photos later as well, so you don’t have to stress too much about what you upload initially. You can come and update your profile in the future to keep things fresh.
Next up, let’s talk about the communication system on Sweet Pea. This app is designed to get people to talk about things they like. They even went the extra mile to help their users start a conversation.
For other dating sites, a flirt or like system is adequate because it allows users to show their interest in another. But Sweet Pea founder believes that this is not how you start a conversation. Instead, Sweet Pea users have to create “icebreaker” questions. This is done to help you strike up a conversation with a person of interest. If anything, a personalized icebreaker question is leaps & bounds better than a lazy “What’s up?”
But what if you cannot come up with good icebreaker questions? While Sweet Pea encourages users to be creative and come up with unique questions to express their character, they understand that not everyone can do that. For this reason, they put together a list of icebreakers that you can take a look at soon after creating your account.
We recommend you look through this first to give you some inspiration before copying from it.
All icebreaker questions are intended to simulate actual socializing in the real, offline world. They are there to facilitate fun and meaningful conversations. In a sense, Sweet Pea tries to offer a more intimate experience that social media provides.
This is where it gets interesting. First, there is no way to search for other users based on their physical appearance. Because Sweet Pea is all about encouraging users to interact, they use an alternative system called Discover.
Discover system allows you to find other users not by physical appearance, age, or location, but rather topics of interest. This is an interesting take because it takes away the focus on physical appearance and encourages users to connect based on any things they have in common. You can tinker with this system to narrow down your search.
Deleting your account is a very simple process. Simply go to “About” page on your phone and tap on “Delete Account.” Keep in mind that doing so will wipe all your data, and you will have to start from scratch if you want to return to Sweet Pea again. For this reason, users can opt to take a break from Sweet Pea by deactivating their accounts. You can do so from the “Settings” page.
With that said, how many people are using Sweet Pea? They have not disclosed any exact numbers, so we are basing our figures on the number of downloads on both the App Store and Google Play. The number of users is small, as expected from a young dating platform. There are fewer than 20,000 users on Sweet Pea right now. This is considered a red flag, but keep in mind that Sweet Pea emphasizes quality over quantity. The number of users will not affect your experience at all.
Sweet Pea welcomes all users regardless of their sexual preference so long as they are here to find a long-term relationship.
We believe that most users on Sweet Pea are from the United States, although there are no restrictions on race and ethnicity.
It is the same story here. We have no data on religious orientation, but we do know that everyone can join regardless of their religion.
So how much does it cost to use Sweet Pea? For all the features you get, their asking price is very affordable.
Everyone starts as a standard (free) member, and they have access to the following features:
However, to get the best experience, we recommend you upgrade to a premium membership. With it, you will gain access to the following:
What is the asking price? Just $3 per month. That amounts to 10 cents per day. This is one of the lowest rates we have ever seen so far. It is automatically renewed at the end of every month.
If you paid through Apple, then you will need to cancel your subscription on that platform. The same applies to Android users. You will no longer be funded at the next billing cycle, and you can enjoy your premium membership until then.
What about refunds? This is where things get a bit murky. If you paid for a premium subscription via Apple ID, then you will need to request a refund from that platform. However, Sweet Pea gets to decide at their discretion whether they should refund you. They have not set clear guidelines on when to refund customers.
The next big question is whether Sweet Pea is safe for users. If so, what protection measures do they have in place?
Let’s start with its desktop site. We are happy to see that even the desktop site that does not hold much value to the team, still provides users with an encrypted connection. That means your sensitive data will be protected against hackers. Expect to see the same level of protection for users using their mobile app, if not better protection.
What about privacy protection? Sweet Pea does what most dating sites do. They follow the norm and guarantee that they will keep their users’ information confidential, and it will not be shared with a third party without users’ explicit consent.
How does Sweet Pea fare against scammers? We can say with certainty that Sweet Pea is 100% scammer free. While Sweet Pea does not have any special features to combat hackers, the nature of this platform and its users make sure that scamming attempts are not effective.
That being said, what can you do to protect yourself from other users? Every website has one of those users who behave inappropriately. What tools do users have to protect themselves? They have a user reporting system. Sweet Pea has a moderation team on standby 24/7, ready to respond to users’ reports. If someone keeps spamming you or is behaving inappropriately, you can report that user to the moderation team. This will prompt them to launch an investigation and take appropriate measures against a said user, which may lead to the permanent suspension of that user’s account.
In the end, does Sweet Pea successfully create a safe space for people who want long-term and meaningful relationships? Absolutely. You can breathe easy knowing that all users on Sweet Pea are protected by both the system and its vigilant moderation team.
The quality of profiles is excellent. Every profile you see on Sweet Pea is very extensive, and all users can upload photos as well. People can answer many questions and let others know more about themselves. We highly recommend you do that, too. Do your best and fill out your profile as much as possible. Doing so will increase your visibility for other users.
Next, let’s talk about website usability. We will discuss the usability of the app itself when we get to it. Here, we want to cover the desktop site so you know what you can get out of it. The reason why we talk about this is that most dating providers would not waste precious manpower and money on a website that will not provide much return on investment. By looking at the desktop site, we can also see the level of quality from the mobile app itself.
What surprised us is that Sweet Pea did not pull any punches when they crafted their desktop site. It looks much better than most dating sites we have ever seen. This shows how much dedication the team put into maintaining this website. Many other dating sites we have seen only stuck to certain aesthetics and leave it there forever. You can tell when the site is neglected if it looks like it is from the 2000s. That is not the case with Sweet Pea.
Everything looks very clean and professional. They keep the color palette tame, which reflects the nature of a dating site. It’s just a mixture of light colors and dark, large fonts for readability. The animations are smooth, and the loading time is minimal, which are signs that the website is well-optimized.
What piqued our interest is located at the top of the page. They provide online resources for those who are interested in joining Sweet Pea.
They have the frequently asked question (FAQ) section, which should cover every concern you have about their features and functions. If you run into any problems while using the Sweet Pea app or want to find out more about something, we recommend consulting the FAQ first before getting in touch with the customer support team.
Another neat feature we want to point out is their blog section, which is updated constantly. Here, you can find many articles on dating stories, humor, tips, relationship, and the Sweet Pea app. Even if you do not join Sweet Pea, we highly recommend you check out the dating tips and relationship articles. You might learn a thing or two that may help you later down the line.
Discover forms the centerpiece of Sweet Pea as it helps find other users. The daily suggestions you get are based on the Discover settings you set as well as your preferences.
This is where you will spend most of your time. Sweet Pea has its own app on both Android and iOS, so no one is left out here. The mobile app reflects the quality of the website, which we have come to expect. The small development team poured most of their time and effort into their mobile app, and it shows.
We tested the apps out ourselves, and we could not ask for more. The apps are optimized and bug-free, so you can expect a smooth experience there.
But what if you do not want to use Sweet Pea but still want something similar to this? What alternatives do you have? Here are a few suggestions:
Do we recommend using Sweet Pea? If a long and meaningful relationship is what you are after, then this is perhaps the best bet for you. With all these features in place, not to mention their top-notch security, their price is very affordable. We have nothing to complain about this dating app except for its small userbase, which is a red flag to some people. However, given time, Sweet Pea could become one of the leading dating apps in the industry.
Company: Peas and Love Corporation
Address: 3900 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, California 91505, US