OurTime.com is our pick for the top dating service with local matches in our Best Senior Dating Sites Guide. It is designed for use by those over the age of 50 and is under the ownership of IAC and People Media, which manages 24 targeted dating sites. If you’re one of the 15 percent of Americans using online dating services, chances are your profile exists somewhere across those websites. Compared to other dating services, OurTime is easy to use for seniors thanks to its age-appropriate population. We found many seniors looking for companionship rather than casual dates or marriage on OurTime. However, the site matches you up with those looking for any level of relationship.
Current research shows 19.5 million singles age 65 and older make up nearly 20 percent of all unmarried people. There are senior singles out there, and OurTime can help you find compatible matches starting with creating an accurate profile.
- Easy to use
- 6-month subscription with a substantial discount
- Month-to-month payment option
- Paid membership required for any meaningful communication
Set Up Your OurTime Profile
Creating your OurTime senior dating service profile is easy. Enter your first name, ZIP code, date of birth and email address. Your photo is optional, but you will get more interest if you include one.
You can search for matches right away, but you’ll have more success if you complete the optional profile information. You get up to 1,250 characters to share who you are. You’ll then answer 16 questions about your occupation, education, religion and other details. OurTime asks seven personality questions, your three top interests, and then has you fill out a short section to add anything else you think potential matches should know about you. You can also describe your ideal partner, but you’ll have to get to the point with just 140 characters to do so.
OurTime Free Dating Service Features
Once your profile is complete, you can search for matches but interacting with other members is limited. You can click on the Flirt button to let others know you are interested, read profiles, see photos and edit your profile for free. You should have no problem navigating the website, but you will need a membership to connect with other OurTime members.
OurTime offers five or more daily matches based on your profile, and you click “Yes” or “No” to indicate your interest in each one. Click “Yes”, and OurTime notifies the member. You can send a message, but it’s held as a draft and only deliverable once you become a paid member. Click “No”, and OurTime removes the person from your match list. With OurTime’s mobile app, you swipe left or right instead of clicking “Yes” or “No”.
OurTime Membership Costs
Compared to other dating services, OurTime is reasonably priced, falling in the middle of other dating services price ranges. Your money goes a long way, particularly when it comes to the Standard and Best Value Plans. There is a small one-time fee added to the cost of your plan when you first sign up, then your subscription auto-renews. You can easily change or cancel your auto-renewed subscription via your online dashboard, email or by calling OurTime.
|OurTime Membership Fees|
|Basic||Create a profile with a photo & search by multiple parameters||Free|
|Standard (6 months)||Full mobile access & read messages and flirts||$90
|Monthly||Same as Standard with a shorter term||$29.96 ($7.49/week)|
|Best Value (6 months)||Standard features plus message read notifications, highlighted profile and messages||$107.76 ($4.49/week)|
What You Get with an OurTime Membership
OurTime’s free membership is useful for deciding if you want to use the senior dating service, but you’ll need a paid membership to communicate with matches. You can buy a one-month or six-month subscription to have access to these features:
Email, Chat and Instant Message: Get to know your matches better and arrange to meet in person via email or mobile messaging, and chat with members in the safety of OurTime’s online or mobile app.
Faves: See who has added you as a “favorite” showing a possible interest in you.
Searching: Use several filters on OurTime to find matches while browsing.
Profile and Message Highlights: Highlight your profile and messages in bright yellow, so they stand out in searches and OurTime inboxes. Requires the Best Value plan.
Optional OutTime Dating Service Features
The following features help you get noticed or provide more convenience on OurTime’s platform. To use some of these features, you need to buy tokens which cost .99 cents for 25, up to $9.99 for 280 tokens. Other features are at an additional cost but we could not determine the actual price points using our free test account or other research.
PromoteMe: Your profile goes to the top of search results on OurTime for one day. Tokens: 20
Notify Me: Get notified when a specific OurTime member is online for seven days. Tokens: 20
Virtual Gifts: Send an image of a rose or another gift with your message to grab the recipient’s attention. Tokens: 10 to 75
MatchMe: Puts your profile into the match lineup for someone you want to meet to see if that person is interested. Tokens: 20
ConnectMe: Lets you speak to other members over the phone or via text message without revealing your phone number.
ProfilePro: Supply an OurTime professional writer with information to have your profile written to make it distinctive.
We Put OurTime Dating Service To The Test
To test drive how well OurTime.com matches individuals, we created a profile for a 63-year-old woman, divorced for over 10 years, who was looking for someone to share both adventures and quiet time as she approached retirement. The profile resulted in 11 matches. Two men were strong possibilities, and two fell into the “maybe” category. The remaining choices were not matches for various reasons, primarily because their interests did not mesh well with those we listed.
Four out of 11 choices is a good average for matches and would provide enough options to explore. We felt our experience with OurTime senior dating service represented the results from a January 2018 study done by Statista, where 74 percent of people age 55 and older using online or mobile dating apps felt very positive to neutral about their experience.
Askmen.com rated OurTime 8.2 out of 10 stars and DatingScout scores the senior dating service a 4 out of 5 stars. The ease of setting up a profile and OurTime getting over 7.7 million visits per month in the U.S. helped drive the high scores. SeniorDatingExpert’s recently updated review calls OurTime a solid senior dating service with 9.8 stars out of 10 stars, while reader ratings average 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Complaints we saw mentioned not liking having to buy tokens so frequently to boost their profile in searches. Some reviewers complained they received no matches, but given the large OurTime membership population, this could have been due to a technical or user error and is unlikely to have been an ongoing issue.
How does OurTime ensure only seniors sign up for the dating service?
OurTime allows anyone over the age of 18 to sign up for an account with the assumption these members are interested in dating people over 50 years of age. Your preferences and search filters prevent a match if you are not interested in someone who is much younger than you are. Most members are over or close to retirement age.
Do I need a credit card to upgrade to a paid OurTime subscription?
You have two options for paying for a subscription without a credit card. You can use PayPal or mail a check or money order.
Can I stop someone I don’t want to communicate with on OurTime from contacting me?
Yes. Click the block button located on the member’s profile to stop them from communicating with you on OurTime.
Do I have to recreate my profile if I cancel my OurTime account then decide to use the service again?
If you did not remove your profile when you canceled your account, your information remains intact, and you can reactivate your account at any time. Reactivating OurTime senior dating service gives you access to the basic features, so it’s free.
What happens if I cancel my paid OurTime membership?
If you cancel your account, you have access to the features paid for until the end of your subscription before your account closes. OurTime does not issue refunds for canceled accounts.
OurTime senior dating service won’t make you wade through matches with people outside of your age group because it‘s specifically for the over-50 crowd. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to create your profile on OurTime, and you’ll find both the website and the mobile app easy to use. We suggest reading all fine print before signing up for a paid membership with any dating service.