True Review & Walkthrough


“At True.com we’re committed to providing a safer, smarter way you to find your soul mate. Through a unique blend of science, technology and personalized attention, we’ll guide you through the process of finding and keeping lasting love.”

Quick Look

Feature Overview:
- Safer Dating Commitment
- Variety of Personality Tests & Reports
- Live Video & Text Chat

True has been around since 2003, and is known for its strict background check policies to ensure that users aren’t felons or married. At first glance, True is a site with a clean, modern look, but beyond the surface it’s a different story. So, what do you get with True? The site is free, with a subscription option if you’d like extra perks.

True’s initial sign-up process is relatively simple, 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, looks, etc. Later on you have the option to add photos, a tagline, and description.

True signup

Signing up on True is quick and easy

True signup

Refine your match criteria in the About Me section

True profile

Large images on True user profiles are a big plus

Something that really put me off during the sign up process was how True immediately suggested that I subscribed to their service. Although they’re a mostly free dating site, there are optional perks. It gave me the impression that entering my payment info was required to interact on the site, as it offered a three day trial and the option to cancel any time. I did discover that you can simply navigate to your home page to avoid entering any kind of payment information.

True subscription

It looks like you're required to enter payment information off the bat, but you can click away.

Matching

When you sign up to True, you’re required to fill out only a few very basic match-type questions, but you’re given the option to fill out their various personality tests — sex, communication, personality, interests, and romance. Thing is, you’re not required in any way to fill these more in-depth quizzes out, so your initial matching is based off of the sign up process.

True matching

Who is your match?

Ads

Ads are a part of being on the Internet, so seeing a few on dating sites is expected. I have to admit, the ads on True were especially obnoxious though. There are a few on every page, but they should attempt to accept ads that are more toned-down:

True ads

I'm usually tolerant of ads, but this is crazy!

They might not look too offensive off the bat, but they were blinking different colors! I was hoping they’d refresh to different ads while taking a personality test, but they didn’t. I had to close the page — I was getting a headache.

Features

Search

Search your matches on True by the basics (age, location, distance) or using the advanced search feature (appearance, who’s got new photos, etc.).

True search

Search for your True match

Personality & Compatibility Tests

To assist in the matching process, True offers various personality and compatibility tests. Take everything from personality to sex and communication.

True personality test

What are you like?

True communication test

What's your communication style?

The only snag I encountered was a slight graphic glitch while selecting my interests for the compatibility section.

True interests

Everything's working OK so far...

True compatability

There were a few glitches while going through the interests section

Easy Writer

Having trouble writing a description about yourself? Not sure how to word your tagline? An interesting True feature is the Easy Writer tool. Simply fill in the blanks and Easy Writer will put it all together for you! You’re able to edit the text afterward to suit your tastes.

True Easy Writer

Tongue tied? Let Easy Writer help!

True Coaching Center

True coaching center

Get dating info and coaching from the True Coaching Center

Learn more about dating and get profile advice from the True Coaching Center — photo do’s and don’ts, understanding videochat, and more. This is a subscription-only service though, and costs an additional $14.97.

Membership Rundown

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

  • Send messages
  • Reply to your email
  • Browse private photos
  • One-on-one video chat rooms
  • Access to the True Coaching Center

PROS

  • Free features
  • Compatibility tests
  • Background checks on users

CONS

  • Design is a bit rough around the edges
  • Brings you to subscription page immediately; misleading
  • Matching is based on few specifics initially
  • Very annoying ads
  • Expensive for what it is

Pricing

  • 1 Month Membership: $49.99
  • 3 Month Membership: $79.99
  • 6 Month Membership: $129.99
  • Access to True Coaching Center: $14.97

Ratings

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