NUMBER OF USERS:

150,000

AVERAGE COST A MONTH:

£19.99 A MONTH

MOST POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION:

6 MONTHS

AGE DEMOGRAPHIC

55-70

GENDER RATIO:

55% | 45%

WhichDate Reviews – November 22, 2019

A senior dating site, billed as 'THE DATING SITE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OVER 50'
Lots of choice and also offer the chance to get out to meet people face to face.

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REVIEWED BY: Fred
LAST UPDATED: JANUARY, 2019
BIO: 58 year old Male who lives in the south of England


OurTime Review: Everything you need to know before signing up

One of our resident dating reviewers, Fred, has compiled an in depth look at OurTime.co.uk, including how much it costs to join, the different features, an overall summary and we have also included reviews from other users too.

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OurTime.co.uk is a leading senior dating site in the UK. The site caters for users over 50 and has been owed by Match.com since 2009.

The site is a fairly new player in the UK market and so far they claim to have over 120,000 users, all of who are over 50.
I see this number increasing alot due to both the budget of Match.com and the fact that the over 50 segment in general is the highest growth section in the online dating world.
Below we have recruited Fred, a 58 year old singleton who has written an honest, in depth review of OurTime.co.uk for us.
We've tried to highlight what we think are the main features of the site and we've tried to compared OurTime to the other dating sites we've used, so hopefully it will help you decide where to go next.

OurTime: How Does it Work

OurTime is a traditional dating site. What I mean by that is that as soon as you sign up, you are given free reign to search and look at every other user of the site. You are placed in the pot and it is down to you to find and speak to a potential suitor. Read below to see how the sign up process was.

Our Time Dating Cost 

The price of OurTime changes over the months, depending on how active you are and any promotions they are running.
I've copied below the full OurTime cost of memberships, but please bare in mind you probably wont have to pay that much.
For more information and tips, read the OurTime costs page. 
If you are joining at a busy time (new year/Valentines) then expect prices to be slightly higher, so keep an eye our for an OurTime discount code which can save you a few pounds. 

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Price Per Month

Membership Length

Potential Savings

Total Cost

£29.99

1 Month

£0

£29.99

£24.99

3 Months

£15

£74.97

£19.99

6 Months

£60

£119.94

TOP TIP: ALWAYS switch off auto renew on your account after you have signed up, otherwise you will automatically be charged the full amount for a new membership when yours runs out.

TO CANCEL OurTime AUTO RENEW you must wait 24 hours after signing up before you can cancel, which isn't very helpful.After the 24 hours, go to the 'my account' page by clicking on your profile picture in the top right and then click 'my account settings' and lastly click 'Suspend your account' - Don't worry, you will still be able to use the account until the end of your subscription.

OurTime Sign Up

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If you have ever used Match.com then you will be familiar with the sign up process of OurTime. The layout of questions and website look are very similar. 
I recorded myself going through the questions, so if that helps you get a feel for the site a bit more, then take a look. 
Once the questions are finished you are automatically taken to the default homepage which highlights all users who are currently online and active.
After that you are free to either use the advanced search to narrow the pool of potential dates or use their 'Blender' feature, more info on these features is below, but Blender basically highlights 100 matches a day that fit into your search criteria.

Being a Match.com company, OurTime does a good job of filling the site with eligible users and so it is 100% worthwhile signing up to a free account even if it is just to see if there are people in your area or that fit your preferences. 

OurTime Features

Blender

As an alternative way to letting you manually search for a partner, OurTime.co.uk provide a feature called 'Blender'. Blender will recommend 100 matches a day for you to either select 'yes' or 'no' to. Be careful, once you select NO you wont see the profile again within Blender. It feels more like an app and it is a nice break from just searching hundred of profiles manually.

Advanced Search

The advanced search feature lets you narrow down your search by a number of criteria. If you are looking for a person who enjoys reading a certain type of book, plays badminton and hates smokers, this is the feature for you. There are a large number of filters, so you can search to your hats content.
TIP - when first using this feature, be open minded, dont get too carried away by searching for a perfect 10 straight off the bat, 

Winks

Winks let others users know you are interested in them and visa versa. Winks are a paid feature and so you will need an account to use it.


OurTime Activities

OurTime.co.uk offer a number of offline Activities especially for users of their site.
All members who have an account are invited to join the activities (provided their account has a photo and a fully completed profile)
You can invite up to 3 friends to join you in the activity and they dont have to be registered on Our Time either, but you will have ti pay for them.
If you have a paid account, you will get the events a little cheaper and also get to know about events before other non paid users.

Paid Features & Extras

Incognito

Boosts

Connect & Select Upgrades

Incognito is a feature whereby you can pay a premium of £1.99 per day to use OurTime.co.uk completely privately.
Basically this means that you can browse profiles without being seen, the other person wont know you have been looking at them. You also wont be able to be found in any search results either, this might appeal to some people (if you want to keep a low profile or maybe if you want to be picky about who talks to you)
You can either pay £1.99 a day or £9.99 a month for this privileged, once you have paid, then you can switch it on and off as you wish.

Boosts are a way for you to try and increase the visibility and activity around your profile. Again, you need to buy Boosts and once purchased, you can use them when you want*
1 boost = £1.99
5 boosts = £7.95
10 boosts = £11.89

(*If you buy 1 boost, it will go live straight away)

Once you activate your Boost, your profile is promoted to the "Popular singles" lists on the site, your profile will also appear at the top of searchs that others user perform.
I couldn't track down exactly how long a Boost lasts but OurTime have told me that it can be upto several hours, it all depends on how much activity you get during the Boost time.

NOTE - If you buy 5 or 10 Boosts, make sure to cancel auto renew!
Cancel by going to Homepage -> Boost page -> clicking on on (i), below the number of available boosts and then cancel!

2 of the most pointless parts of OurTime are the paid upgrades Connect & Select. I wont spend long on these as they are just money grabbing opps.

SELECT upgrade
i. You can see if and when your messages have been read
ii. you can choose to only be contacted by people who meet your selected criteria.

CONNECT upgrade
i. You can exchange messages with useers who dont have a paid membership
ii. You will be among the first to be introduced to new members.

If you are sold on these pointless benefits, visit the subscription section to sign up to them.

What Do You Get For Free

After signing up to OurTime you will be taken to a payment page, don't sign up straight away. Take some time to look around. I thought it would be useful to point out what you can do without paying a penny:

  • you can look at profiles and their first 3 photos, which is nice
  • Add people to your favourite lists
  • See all users who are online
  • Use the search filter
  • Use blender

Our Time App

Currently the OurTime app isnt available in the UK only our US friends get to benefit from this. That being said, you an still use the site on your laptop or tablet easily. The app will be available soon, I m told an when it does it will be free to sue, much like how the Match.com app works.

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Customer Service

OurTime seem to be easy (ish) to contact. I have an issue with my membership and they were quite responsive to help out, so overall I would say their customer service is acceptable.

OurTime Free Trial: 3 Days Free

Much like Match.com, OurTime offer a 3 day free trial once in a while. The easiest way to get a free trial membership is to take advantage of the 14 day money back guarantee. The refund isn't a full amount, but a pro rata amount and you MUST contact them via the online 'contact us' form on their site, once you are logged in.  

OurTime Discounts

*OurTime DISCOUNT*
Join OurTime for £9.95 a month

OurTime Vs Match.com

OurTime

  • 6 Months £19.99 per month
  • 120,000+ Targeted Users
  • Lots of choice for people over 50
  • Less Time Consuming due to lower number of users already sorted into your 50+ category
  • If on the 'edge' of 50, no chance of finding someone younger
  • Not as much choice as Match.com

MATCH.COM

  • 6 Months £19.95 per month
  • 4 - 5 Million Uk Members (these are accounts, not active users)
  • Has alot of choice and member numbers
  • More choice if you just refine members to 50+
  • Less focused on 'long terms relationships'
  • More Time Consuming

Conclusion

To keep it short and sweet - just use Match.com.
Because they are owed by the same company, they have the same number of members. So just use match and set your filter to 50+ and you will have the exact same users to choose from.
The only potential issue I see, is that maybe people joining OurTime are in a different mindset and more open to talk to the users who are strictly 50+, but in all honesty, just go with Match.com

How Safe is OurTime?

To ensure all users feel safe and comfortable you have the option to blacklist or report members if you feel anything inappropriate is happening.
By blacklisting a profile you wont be able to contact them and they will not see you or be able to contact you again. 

Online Dating Association Membership

Ourtime are recognised by the Online Dating association as a reputable provider.

Contact OurTime.co.uk

OurTime Address:
PO Box 64197,
London,
WC1A 9FG

OurTime Phone Number
0844 33 80 095

Support@ourtime.co.uk

OurTime Conclusion

Because the site is owed by Match.com, it feels very much the same, so you are getting an easy to use site and pushy messages to sign up to extras that aren't worth it.
The users of both Match.com and OurTime are exactly the same as pointed out by our lovely user reviews below, so to cut this review short, just use match.com so you will have a bigger pool of potential daters.

WhichDate Score
The Good Stuff:
  • You know what you are getting with senior dating
  • Middle of the road pricing
  • Easy to use, both website and app
  • Users are of the same mindset and place in life
The Bad Stuff:
  • Not as much choice as Match.com
  • 60+ might be better suited to this
  • Makes you feel old
  • Might aswell just use Match.com

Real User OurTime Reviews 

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  1. D S says:
    Location:Norfolk

    Gender:female

    Age:51

    Very disappointed................I joined four weeks ago under the impression by the company I was getting a good deal obviously not......... Within twenty four hours of being on the site I meet what I thought was a nice man. He turned out to be a con man and a low life cheat. Dating me while still chatting to other women on this site and other sites to. Only found out because I have a friend who is on many of these sites. Because he couldn't control or manipulate me to sell my home within the space of three weeks of dating him, he ended it by text. The site don't seem to be bothered by the severity of the seriousness of the situation. That they have people on their site looking to con people who have know morals or scruples. As long as the site gets its money every month that is alright. I didn't want to give it any stars, but it wont let me send without. Women beware........................
  2. Mrs. Natalie Shaw says:
    Location:Leeds UK

    Gender:female

    Age:59

    CancellationHi Sir/ Madam, I jointed your website OURTIME in November 23 November 2017 paid till 23 May 2018. After 2 month I cancelled my profile and account. I understood that I lost money. Also I made a notice Please don't renew my profile any more. I checked my bank account today and you charged me from my credit card on 28 May 209,88 pounds. Why you did so ?? I wasn't exist on your website since December 2017 but you still charge me 209,88 pounds. Could you please take a responsibility for your action and I give me refund 209,88 pounds into my bank account. I do appreciate very much if you get response as soon as possible. Thank you.
  3. Mavis says:
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    OurtimeI signed up to ourtime thinking that i would be able to meet or at the very least speak to like minded people. Over the following 2 weeks i sent approximately 30 "hello, would you like to chat" messages (short, polite) to people who had lots of criteria in common with me, 27 never replied at all and blocked me immediately. Of the remaining 3 (who all professed to have italian upbringing but living in the uk), 1 turned out to be literally unable to speak due to disabilities and lived in italy, the next one after a few emails revealing a fair few bits of info rang me it was immediately apparent he was not italian at all, more so he had no idea where the village was in the uk that HE said he lived in, the jobs he said he did he named locations of head offices that simply have never existed in those places and he sounded about 20...the biggest give away was the phone number which said it was in California USA not in the UK. The 3rd claims to be about an hour away however when asked for a selfie on email sent me the same 3 photos from his profile. This one also seems not to be what he says he is... The other men when i went back and tried again it became very apparent that what they were looking for (and the total opposite from their profiles btw) was not a meaningful chat or even anything approaching a date, they wanted phone sex, an affair and to sow more oats.. If you are genuinely looking for like minded men i would probably hire a dating consultant as they will meet you in person and chat about who you are looking for. As for me,my subscription is cancelled but i have 5 months left grr... the payment for ourtime comes out as the full 6 months in one go, it is not month by month at the reduced rate that you pay to join (£119 for all 6 months). As for contacting ourtime, i have tried the number given here which says it has a fault and wont connect, the number given by ourtime itself is 020 386 82 907 they claim to be open m-f 9-5 but as i have now tried ringing them on 3 different days during those hours and i always get the message "welcome to ourtime our offices are currently closed please ring back during office hours" it would appear there is no one to talk to unless you wish to ring the USA number and chat to them (for the cost of an international phone call). Is ourtime worth it? Yes if you don't want anything meaningful. No for me, i think i'll stay single. None of the matches they gave me matched me at all. stated distances were a couple of hundred miles off, the blender is a waste of time and to be honest i don't think they do verify any accounts.. if that was the case then people would be asked for some form of ID to prove who they were rather than just a photo which is likely not even theirs to start with.
  4. Jo says:
    Location:Newcastle upon Tyne

    Gender:female

    Age:68

    Too randomI am not at all impressed with this site, why do they ask us to stipulate location distance limit then ignore it?
  5. Mandy says:

    Dreadful dating site. Even though, stupidly, I’d paid for 3 months full membership, I stopped using it completely after only a couple of weeks
    These are my personal opinions and analysis of the site:-
    Men are mostly well over 50.
    No one remotely compatible anywhere near me.
    Messaging etc very clunky.
    Same old faces appeared over and over again in my daily “match lists”
    Even after I stopped using it, they sent useless “match lists” to my email: a couple in about every 50 or so looked OK but on clicking on ‘thumbnails’ to see further, the (very) odd one I might have liked was “profile deleted: no longer a member”…..why were they still sending these out as prospectives?!! Indicates how small active membership must be and how badly administered the site is.
    I didn’t realise it was just part of a bigger generic site when I signed up…obviously better to sign up to the parent site for the same price and have a bigger pool to choose from.
    Wouldn’t even give this site a zero rating: a minus would be my choice.
    I rarely pay for a dating site, and feel I’ve been mugged!

  6. Steve says:

    Ourtime is simply a subset of Match with the under 50s filtered out. You can be paying a subscription to both sites and getting access to exactly the same members. I discovered this when I got talking to a lady I met on Ourtime, but during our conversation it emerged that she had found me on Match. Ourtime is a con. You can achieve exactly the same by just subscribing to Match and setting your own filter to 50+.

    1. admin says:

      Great comment Steve.

      Thanks so much for the contribution.

      Im working on something that will prove / disprove this theory. Keep your eyes peeled as it will be live on site very soon

  7. Meg says:

    Inefficient database. It wastes a lot of my time because I’m sent ‘matches’ who do not match my criteria…..mostly geographic Distance, ie hundreds of miles away, but also Age and sometimes Smoking. And some ‘matches’ for whom I am not a match…(eg Age, Height) . I’ve stopped looking at Blender for these reasons.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you Meg. Great to hear others experience.