Online matchmaking is a huge market that is home to several unique dating sites. There are the big shots like eHarmony, but if you dive deeper you’ll also find specialized websites like OurTime, which caters to a specific target audience. But how do these two fare when compared? Is eHarmony better because it doesn’t distinguish between its users, or does OurTime have the edge because of the focused features?
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OurTime is a dating site aimed at the mature and senior community who know that seeking love and companionship is just as important above the age 50. It’s a prominent member of a dating site network called People’s Media, utilizing a proved and tested service among several other platforms. The registration is quick and uncomplicated, letting you finish most of the profile customization after the account has been created. A custom search can be run to find your like-minded soulmate or rely on the matchmaking engine’s recommendations. Meanwhile communication is handled via messages and live chat, though you need to be a premium member to do so.
OurTime’s main gimmick is a perk system, where you can activate certain boosts with premium currency. By converting real money into ‘tokens’, you may rank higher on other single’s search results, appear in a selected individual’s recommended list or get instant notifications about your partner’s actions. OurTime presents monthly and semi-annual subscription plans, with the lowest fee being $15 per month. However, they are a bit pushy with the paywalls, and restrict many options as a free member.
eHarmony is a true testament to high-quality matchmaking. The site’s staple feature is a psychology test based on the studies of Dr. Neil Clark Warren who also happens to be the site’s founder. The registration process takes some time since you’ll need to fill out the psychology test as well, although it takes the form of a fun quiz to ease the mind of the members. The results are displayed appealingly in a book, detailing your corresponding personality traits. The test isn’t just for show, as it’s also implemented into the matchmaking system, therefore adding a scientific element as to why a potential partner is recommended to you.
eHarmony proudly presents a pleasing visual design and a comprehensive profile system that skips over typical tropes and instead focuses on interesting conversation-starters, such as your favorite TV series. The site offers three types of memberships: a free one and two premium ones. The basic subscription unlocks the ability to send messages and see all your partner’s photos, while the TotalConnect plan provides a verified status, opens up secure calls and shares more information about your psychology test. However, the commitment times are very high, starting from six months ($31.95 per month) up to two years ($12.95 per month).
Differentiating OurTime and eHarmony is really simple, since the former is meant exclusively for aging singles above 50. However, eHarmony is also open to the mature community, and it has a considerably larger user base. OurTime focuses more on senior-friendly content, coupled with an intimate atmosphere. eHarmony, on the other hand, has more attractive features, better visuals and more extensive profile customization options. Bear in mind, though, that eHarmony charges a much higher monthly fee than OurTime, and the commitment lock-ins are also longer.