JDate is a proud member of the Spark Network, meaning that it shares similarities with other dating site under the flag. The same polished features and overall design are passed down to every site Spark runs, providing a quality experience for the Jewish community specifically. The dating site holds a number of extras like a synagogue directory and Jewish holiday calendar to help you practice your religion, combined with your dating ventures. These are part of JLife, an extension of JDate that helps you in learning more about your beliefs and setting out plans to go to events with other Jewish singles.
Signing up to JDate is very easy, and new members can quickly create a profile by providing basic information like their gender, sexual preference, height, ethnicity and email address. As it is a Jewish dating service, members are asked to declare what Jewish denomination they are. Non-Jewish people can become members too, but they must specify whether they are willing to convert or not. JDate also has other features that are specific to Jewish singles; members can specify whether they keep kosher and how often they visit their synagogue, for example.
JDate has a very welcoming design, and you’ll soon find out how easy it is to use it. The menu system isn’t overcomplicated, and all the key features can be found on the first try. The navigation is dynamic, and there are plenty of opportunities to give some depth to your profile. We recommend writing a salient introduction and answering some of the pre-written questions, because they increase your matchmaking chances. JDate has some innovative takes on profile presentations; we especially liked that the hobbies and interests are expressed visually with some pictures.
JDate’s matchmaking system analyzes several factors when comparing two profiles. The more details you feature on your page, the more likely you’ll have something in common with your partner. There is also a matching score displayed on every profile. JDate puts its algorithm to good use by delivering a new list of attractive singles to your virtual doorstep each day. In case you are unsatisfied with the recommendations, you can either launch a manual search by adjusting the options (including your date’s age, distance, habits etc.), or go full Tinder mode, and expect randomly picked partners with the Secret Admirer function. Then you can decide for yourself whether to like the person or discard the possibility of dating. Upon mutual liking, JDate will notify both of you.
The site has a simplistic approach to communication. In case you find someone sympathetic and seemingly match perfectly, then you need a premium account in order to send a message or start live chatting. Your only option with a free account is to send Flirts, which are generic notifications, similar to poking someone on Facebook. Unfortunately, you can’t send custom quotes alongside a Flirt. For those who are struggling to stand out and gather the attention they deserve, the system offers the spotlight system, where they are highlighted as a special pick in other singles’ main page, ensuring that no one will pass by you without noticing.
Mobile support is one of JDate’s strengths, although it has its fair share of problems. The site is available through the browser of your small-screen device, but you hardly need it, since the downloadable app for iOS and Android does the trick so much better. Speaking of the app, it differs from the web version by compressing the menus to fit the touchscreen better. Navigation doesn’t require too much tapping or swiping. We recommend signing up from your computer, though, since it’s much easier to set all the profile info using your mouse and keyboard. This is also necessary because the app seems to have problems properly registering any changes in the settings menu, providing incorrect match results. It may also occur that pictures with an unfitting size are stretched out or distorted.
JDate’s pricing is a bit different from what we’ve seen with other dating sites in the Spark Network. Unlike Christian Mingle, for example, this service presents users with additional benefits, besides the usual plans. There are three Standard plans for the purpose of communicating with matches at will. The month-by-month plan charges $39.99 with each renewal.
The quarterly plan is a bit easier on your wallet with only $29.99 per month (billed in one payment of $89.97). The semi-annual plan is the most cost-effective choice on the longer run, costing $19.99 per month (adding up to $119.94 for those six months). However, opting for the previously mentioned extra benefits included in the Premium plan, which will give you an elevated status and highlight your profile in searches, you need to pay $22.99 per month for half a year.
In case you run into a problem or have an urgent question, the team behind JDate (and other Spark Network dating sites in fact) is eager to provide help. The basic course of action involves you contacting them through a simple message submitted to the helpdesk. There is also an extended FAQ at your disposal, choke full of information. But honestly, if you really need help quickly, just ask the support team on live chat. Sometimes they even contact you if you linger on the help page too long, which comes in very handy.
Testing JDate was an interesting experience. It has some strong points, but most of it comes from the fact that it’s the member of the Spark Network, and these are standard features among Spark sites. JDate is well-designed and stylish, thus browsing for dates is very pleasant for the eyes. The profile section is well-fleshed out, with some innovative parts here and there where you can answer quizzes or personalized questions. The matchmaking system does its job well, and members are informed of how many similar traits they share with their partner. And let’s not forget about JDate’s smartphone support, because the downloadable app is the cherry on the site’s cake. All in all, JDate is a competent dating service that may satisfy the need of most Jewish singles. Though the site boasts some unique features for Jewish daters that set JDate apart from other sites within the Spark Network, we feel that there’s no reason for them to charge higher subscription rates.
- Secret Admirer
- Good design
- Great Jewish community
- Reactive support team