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Niche dating sites may not have a vast database, but the sad truth is — major websites often compromise profile quality for high numbers. Niche sites, on the other hand, are often an exception to this rule. Is JDate one of those services? Find out in our detailed review.
JDate in a nutshell:
JDate has been around for almost twenty years. This platform has already grown into an established community of Jewish singles, as well as singles looking for Jewish partners. Headquartered in California, this platform caters to any user of Jewish descent, as well as any user interested in Jewish culture and its singles. A very impressive stat is that JDate accounts for 52% of all Jewish marriages that started online. It alone makes this site worth checking out.
Still, even though JDate focuses on long-term relationships and marriages, you can also use this service for catching up with friends and looking for something a bit more casual. It is an open-minded platform that can introduce you to hundreds of Jewish singles looking for love or penpals. Today, this website has over 200 thousand users, which may not seem a large number, but is still kind of big if you consider the narrow demographics of this platform.
Still, the question remains — is this service worth using, or should you rather spend your money elsewhere? After all, you can find Jewish singles on international platforms as well, so is JDate really that necessary? We took some time to review this site and its features. So, if you know for a fact that you’re looking for someone Jewish, read on — we’ll describe all ins and outs of using this service in the paragraphs below.
As already mentioned, JDate does not have a vast database due to its niche specifics. However, relatively low numbers are compensated by high user profile quality, as well as robust user activity. Of 200,000 people registered with this platform, 180 thousand users are active every month. Weekly user activity is estimated at around 50 thousand unique users, which is an impressive stat considering their relatively small user database.
Most users come from the US, and — as it often happens in the online dating world — the number of ladies’ profiles outnumber those of male accounts. However, in the case of JDate, this disproportion is minimal — women outnumber men by just 14%, which is way less than with most other dating services out there.
When it comes to user age, JDate features the most active demographics in the online dating world — singles between 25 and 34 years old. However, it is also possible to find many people in their fifties and older, so it depends on who you’re looking for. Statistically speaking, the odds of meeting a good match with JDate are more or less even for ladies and gentlemen — regardless of their particular age.
Creating an account only takes a few minutes — email verification is quick and easy. However, after completing an account, you will need to answer several questions about your personality, goals on this website, and expectations from a potential match. The more honest you are, the more relevant matches you will receive. The questions are pretty standard — height, education, profession, the relationship you’re looking for, and match qualities you are interested in.
The lengthiest part of the JDate registration process is uploading profile pictures. The actual upload is quick, but the profile pic only becomes visible to the other users when the admins approve it. You can upload a total of ten pictures to your account. Ideally, you should create this mini-gallery of sorts because users with more photos get more views, which boosts your chances of finding a perfect partner.
Making use of the search system and previewing other people’s profiles is free of charge. Reaching out to other users, however, is not. You will have to buy a subscription if you plan to engage in meaningful communication on JDate. We will discuss costs and prices in greater detail below, but so far, one point is essential: like most other paid dating platforms out there, JDate reserves all communication features to those users who have bought their premium plan. Free users can only like other members’ profiles, but chats and letters are for paying members only.
Profile quality on JDate is way above average — mostly because of this site’s strict security policies. Not only do admins review user pictures for appropriateness, but they also check out written profile descriptions and randomly monitor website activity for most users. Should any fake account be detected, such a profile immediately gets suspended. So, practically all users on this website are real and active — something few other dating services can boast of.
The site also has a strict no harassment policy and a separate section with online dating safety advice. If you are not sure what’s right and what’s wrong when dating online, check out JDate’s safety guide.
Another reason why JDate profiles are usually so detailed is that higher account informativeness results in higher account exposure. Simply put, the more info and pics the account has, the higher it ranks (and so gets more views). Given that most profiles are 100% real, users take care to include any relevant info their prospective match may need.
Another strong point of JDate is its dedicated app, available both on iOS and Android. Their app is simple but stylish, and the navigation is very user-friendly. It is not the most feature-rich application, but it does compensate for the lack of flashy features with a quick and intuitive learning curve. No tech skills or previous online dating experience is required to use this app — anyone will figure it out in a blink of an eye. Minimal tapping and swiping may seem old-fashioned to someone, but we call it a job well done. Sometimes, simpler is better.
In terms of functionality, the JDate app offers the same possibilities and limitations as the website. For communication with other users, one is expected to pay. Once you get a paid subscription, you will have a chance to enjoy conversation with thousands of Jewish singles on the go.
This app is refreshingly simple. It has a clean design, nice and to use, and we did not have to rack our brains about any complex features. As for the actual dating service, it’s great. We’ve managed to connect with many people, and even though we are still looking for a good partner, we cannot say that any of the accounts disappointed us or caused any suspicion. We recommend it for anyone looking for a Jewish match. You can end up finding quite a lot of friends, too.
Even though JDate does not offer any meaningful communication features for non-paying members, platform design and user interface are still pretty good. One of the major points of this service is its simplicity — it does not take long to figure out all the ins and outs of using this dating service. The color theme is unobtrusive, and the website design is very clean. Every necessary feature is properly highlighted, so navigating such a carefully developed site will never be a problem. Most importantly, profile sections are visible, and anyone can have a good look at another member’s profile from their account thumbnail.
We already mentioned that all communication on JDate is to be paid for. This site uses a subscription system that includes all available communication means and several complimentary perks on top of that. Compared to average market prices, JDate subscription is above average. However, most niche services are, so there is really nothing surprising about it.
One can become a paying member for one month ($59.99), three months ($44.99/month or $134.97 total), or six months ($29.99/month or $179.94 total). All transfers are made in a single payment. Once you become a premium user, you can communicate via JDate site or their app — all payments are linked to your personal account, not a specific device.
Aside from communicating via their service, JDate offers a couple of other perks for all paying members. For example, they receive message receipts when their letter or message has been read. Also, the paid accounts get boosted in search and matching results. It’s also possible to see who viewed or liked your profile. Finally, premium members can send particular messages to non-paying users. This Messaging+ feature allows people without a paid account to reply to premium member’s incoming mail. Paid users also have an option of browsing through other people’s accounts anonymously — should the need arise.
In contrast, non-paying members can only register, fill in their accounts, and take a look at the other people’s profiles. Should they receive a Message+ from a premium member, they will get a chance to reply. This method, however, heavily relies on luck. So, if you are determined to find a match on this website, getting a premium account is a must. Possible payment methods include PayPal and credit cards, and all users can get their subscriptions both on desktop and mobile.
From everything we’ve described above, it may seem like JDate is a boring platform that only offers communication and nothing else. It is not entirely true, even though the basic functionality of the service remains rather simplistic. Still, this website is going on with the flow, offering its members a couple of fun, interactive perks on top of the standard functionality. For example:
It’s a pretty fun feature, even though the admirers do not remain entirely secret; what would be the point, right? Instead, it works this way: a user marks a profile of the person they like without directly reaching out to this person. Then, the site takes matters into their own hands. Every account section has a secret admirers tab, where this info goes to. On checking out this tab, users see a list of all accounts who ‘admired’ them. The next goal is reacting to every admirer’s initiative. One can answer yes (a heart), not sure (a wavy line), or a no (an ex). When you choose ‘not sure,’ the site will still ask you to come up with a more definite answer later.
This feature is a great interactive tool that helps you find like-minded people — and so, potentially good matches. All users answer a set of daily questions and check out other members’ answers. Kibitz Corner is a great tool for starting meaningful conversations because it offers a cool way to break the ice and establish initial contact.
Here, users can check a list of local events and get a chance to meet their peers in person. Once again, this is a cool way to meet people without any extra pressure.
It is a tab with success stories of the couples who met and got married via this service. More importantly, it has a blog with online dating advice — it may also come in handy for inexperienced singles.
JDate is a great dating platform for people who know what they’re looking for. Over the years in this niche, it has gained a solid reputation — mostly because over 50% of all Jewish marriages that started online, happened with JDate’s help. Sure, this is not a cheap platform, but on the upside — most of its users have a higher than average income, and none of them are fishing for money. If you were hoping to find a site without scam and spam, this is one of the best spots to get started. If, of course, you are interested in Jewish partners — because that’s what this website is about.