JDate Review & Walkthrough
“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.”
- 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’s home page is well-organized, with your matches, quick view, and the Kibitz Corner section easily accessible.
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.
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.
Search your matches on JDate by the basics (age, distance), unfortunately there is no advanced search feature.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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
- Free features
- Detailed profiles
- Clean interface
- Easy to spot online members
- Pricier than it’s counterpart, Spark
- Too many icons — need the legend to decipher
- 1 Month Membership: $36.99/mo
- 3 Month Membership: $23.99/mo
- 6 Month Membership: $19.99/mo
- 6 Month Membership (Premium): $21.99
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- Feature Set
- Profile Quality