OurTime markets itself as the leader in helping seniors find love, friendships, and casual encounters. Read our in-depth Ourtime.com review to determine if this site is for you.
OurTime Review Results
Final Word on OurTime
All in all, the ease of use, large membership base and user-friendly functionality of OurTime.com make it worthy for consideration by mature singles looking to meet people. Priced comparably to other established senior dating sites, but with a more polished feel, OurTime merits recommendation.
— Pros and Cons —
- Easy registration process
- Free version offers enough functionality to get a true feel for the site
- Robust mobile apps
- Large active membership base
- Been in active operation for nearly six years
- While robust for many, some more tech-minded individuals might feel it lacks deeper personalization search/match options
- Auto-renewal set as default and easy to overlook
- Success Rate is within the average
— In-Depth Ourtime.com Review —
Being 50 or older and attempting to re-enter the dating scene can seem daunting. Perhaps you are coming out of a recent divorce, or you’ve been widowed — maybe you just want to connect with someone again, but feel out of step. There are a whole multitude of reasons why you may feel awkward or nervous to date again. You may even feel at a loss as to where to meet people in your age group that share your passions.
Fortunately, dating sites exist that cater to mature singles. This makes reentering the dating scene and expanding your horizons in finding that special someone much easier. OurTime.com is just such a dating site. Similar to what can be said about all online dating sites, it may not be perfect for everybody, but it can be useful for a significant majority.
In this OurTime.com review we will take an unbiased look at the pros and cons of this site in an attempt to gauge how it measures up to its marketing hype; and more importantly, how it may be of benefit to you.
— A Little Background —
OurTime has been in operation since 2011. It focuses exclusively on the 50 and older demographic. Its primary function is to facilitate 50+ singles to meet other singles in their area. The site markets itself as a way to find romantic connections, but it can also be used to find like minded individuals for travel companionship, or even as pen pals.
— How Much Does Ourtime.com Cost? —
OurTime offers a free and paid membership option. The free option is more robust than free options found on other dating sites. We found it to be quite adequate to get a decent first-hand impression of OurTime’s functionality. With the free version, you can browse user profiles, send “flirts” (a way to get another user’s attention) and you also have access to the “I’m Interested” feature. The latter permits you to quickly reject or accept profiles, speeding up your search for compatible members.
The paid option, as of January 2017, is based on a monthly membership. The monthly membership cost is on a descending scale correlated to the duration of the membership. A six-month membership has a cost of $11.99 per month, the three-month membership averages out to $17.99 per month, and the single-month membership comes in at $23.99 per month.
While the pricing structure is comparable to other dating sites, the auto-renewal process for OurTime can be a point of contention for some. During registration and billing process, the default options leave the auto-renewal feature selected. This means that if a user is not careful when they purchase a paid membership — unless they are keenly vigilant to their email prior to the expiration of the membership — they will find that OurTime auto-renews the membership for the same length of time that was selected for the original subscription. This can be quite irritating, especially if you only intended to use the paid version for a predetermined period of time.
— Is the Paid Membership Worth It? —
While the free option is a great way to get a feel for the functionality of OurTime.com, if you are planning to seriously use it as a way to meet and vet potential matches, the paid option is the best way to go. The paid membership allows you to use such functions as:
- Live Chat — A neat instant messaging feature that allows members to live chat with each other.
- ConnectMe — a voicemail feature that allows you to receive voice messages from other members while keeping your own phone number private.
- Additionally, the full membership allows you to see those who have added your profile to their favorite list, as well as unlimited access to videos left by other members on their profile.
— The Sign-Up Process —
One of the biggest complaints heard about other mature single dating sites is the complexity of the initial registration process. In this regard, OurTime offers a very user-friendly interface to register and create your profile. The process involves answering a series of personal questions. You can respond to all of them, or leave some blank. Your profile can be as basic or as fleshed out as you want. It is recommended, however, to have as much of an in-depth profile as possible in order to improve your chances of finding compatible matches.
Those with a full membership can upload videos to their profile. The free membership allows you to upload images directly, or from those that you have on your Facebook account.
In short, the registration and profile creation process offered by OurTime is quite accommodating — even to those individuals who may not be too tech savvy.
— Accessibility of OurTime.com —
OurTime is accessible via a web browser, or through Android and iPhone mobile apps. The mobile apps offer full functionality and include all of the features that correspond to the member’s plan. The apps can be downloaded for free at either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
— Lifestyle Coverage —
OurTime caters to straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and platonic matches. Their search and match algorithms are designed to accommodate single, divorced, widowed and separated individuals. In this regard, OurTime rates highly for inclusivity.
— Large Membership Base —
What often makes or breaks a dating site is the depth of its active membership base. Obviously, the larger the number, the greater the possibility of finding a compatible match. OurTime is operated by People Media, the sister company to Match.com.
This allows OurTime member profiles to be seen and interconnected with other mature single dating databases that form part of the larger OurTime community. Sites, such as SeniorPeopleMeet.com and SeniorsMeet.com, are part of this network.
This results in members that live in less densely populated geographic regions to have an equally strong possibility to find a match than those living in more densely populated areas.