JDate Review & Walkthrough

JDate home page

“Whether you’re simply looking to have a great time, seeking a serious relationship or are returning to the dating scene after some time away, JDate is the place for you. We’re here to help you meet wonderful people for wonderful relationships: romance, friendships and more. And however full your life is now, it’ll be even better once you’re tuned into this social scene. JDate is fun, laid-back and comfortable.”

Quick Look

Feature Overview:
- Unique personality test
- Your Click feature
- Detailed profiles

JDate is a special interest online dating site focusing on those who are Jewish or are interested in finding a Jewish partner. JDate’s interface is clean, easy-to-use, and the sign up process is quick. JDate is part of the Spark Network, so if you have an account there, your sign up process will be streamlined.

Included in profiles are items of particular interest to Jewish daters: Adherence to dietary law, frequency of attendance at synagogue, and form of Judaism (if any) practiced. When members are not Jewish, they are asked to indicate whether or not they would consider conversion to Judaism. So, what do you get with JDate? The site is mostly free, with a subscription option if you’d like a full-featured experience.

JDate’s initial sign-up process took only a few minutes, requiring a username, password, email, and birthdate. Past that, you’re asked to provide a few basic things like what you’re interested in, your marital status, ethnicity, etc. Later on you have the option to complete your profile by adding photos and a bio.

You’re required to upload a photo on JDate, and that’s a good thing! The photo uploading interface is clean and easy-to-use.

JDate photos

Uploading photos is easy!

JDate’s home page is well-organized, with your matches, quick view, and the Kibitz Corner section easily accessible.

JDate home

Find everything you need right from the home page

Usernames

It’s worth pointing out that although you choose a username during the set-up process, it doesn’t show up right away as it must be approved by JDate. So, you’re left with a string of numbers as a username until — if — yours is approved. Be prepared to see many usernames like “115892356.” I feel like this could possibly hinder your efforts to search for someone by username.

Matching

When you sign up to JDate, you’re not immediately required to fill out any type of in-depth matching information, but the site does have a very unique system. Once you have an account, you have the option to take JDate’s “Color Code” test. The test is based on your motives, instead of behaviors.

JDate color code

JDate's Color Code Test

JDate color code

View user's Color Code results, and what they mean

Features

Search

Search your matches on JDate by the basics (age, distance), unfortunately there is no advanced search feature.

JDate quick search

Quickly search for matches on JDate

JDate’s keyword search is a very unique search feature. Simply type a few keywords related for what you’re looking for, and you’re off!

JDate keyword search

Try JDate's keyword search

Your Click

Go through lists of matches to mark which you’re interested in — yes, no or maybe. JDate’s Your Click feature will anonymously find out if they’re interested in you, and will inform you if the feeling is mutual!

Are you interested?

eCards

JDate ecards

Send your match an eCard directly through JDate

Send someone an eCard from directly within JDate! Select from various categories — birthdays, romantic, pick-up lines, and more. As a free member you can send basic eCards, but with a subscription, you can send personalized eCards.

Kibitz Corner

Kibitz Corner

Ignite conversation with Kibitz Corner

Kibitz Corner is a fun feature where you get to answer interesting questions for any user to see. Your answers appear on both the Q & A tab in your profile, as well as underneath the question on the main Kibitz page.

Chat Rooms

JDate Chat Room

Explore JDate's Chat Rooms

JDate offers a variety of chat rooms for subscribing members. There aren’t as many chat rooms offered as other dating sites, but these are more specific to age group and location.

Membership Rundown

As mentioned earlier, you can opt to upgrade your JDate account, although it’s a mostly free service. As a paying subscriber, you can:

  • Member spotlight and highlighted profile (premium plan only)
  • Initiate email conversations
  • Connect with instant messaging
  • Know when emails and flirts were read
  • Enjoy full access to the message boards
  • Create customizable eCards

PROS

  • Free features
  • Detailed profiles
  • Clean interface
  • Easy to spot online members

CONS

  • Pricier than it’s counterpart, Spark
  • Too many icons — need the legend to decipher

Pricing

  • 1 Month Membership: $36.99/mo
  • 3 Month Membership: $23.99/mo
  • 6 Month Membership: $19.99/mo
  • 6 Month Membership (Premium): $21.99

Ratings

  • Number of Users
  • Feature Set
  • Cost
  • Profile Quality
  • Overall