Zoosk boasts more than 40 million singles of all ages. Its modern design, intuitive platform, and behavioral matchmaking algorithms have made it one of the highest regarded dating sites out there. OurTime has closer to 2 million users. But unlike Zoosk, it’s dedicated specifically to seniors, and what it lacks in numbers it might make up for in the commonality of its users.
In pitting Zoosk against OurTime we used a number of characteristics we find most important in an online dating site. The criteria included:
- Who’s trending: Who’s winning the battle of Google searches?
- Matchmaking: What tools does each site use to match compatible partners? Are there special algorithms, questionnaires, filters, features, or tools that stand up against the competition?
- User Base: How many users are there? How diverse are they? How does the number add to or detract from one’s possible success in finding a compatible match?
- Safety: What efforts does the site take to ensure that its users are safe, well-informed, and equipped with tools for dealing with spammers or inappropriate behavior?
- Pricing: How do the prices compare? Are there membership discounts? Extra features you need to pay for? Which is the most affordable option?
A good indicator of a dating site's popularity is who is searching for the site on Google. As you can see in the chart above taken from Google Trends, Zoosk remained a more popular search term than OurTime throughout the last year.
Predictably, both sites saw their highest search volume around the holidays and New Year's. While Zoosk still remains a more searched term, OurTime is gaining in notoriety and closing the gap.
OurTime is all about helping singles over the age of 50 find exactly what they’re looking for—whether that’s companionship, a relationship or something else entirely. You won’t be matched with someone 20 years younger than you and you’ll definitely have shared interests. Get daily matches to your inbox or search on your own—the choice is yours.
Zoosk uses its patented Behavioral Matchmaking to continuously learn your likes and dislikes. The algorithm studies your activity on the site and suggests matches based on your preferences. The more you use Zoosk, the better it understands what you’re looking for and the more accurate your match suggestions.
While both sites will match you with compatible people, the fact that Zoosk is constantly improving the accuracy of your matches sets it apart.
OurTime is a niche dating site, focused on connecting mature singles. People on OurTime are over the age of 50, and looking for all kinds of relationships. The site has over 1 million members and is steadily growing.
Zoosk is one of the most popular dating sites, with around 35 millions users. The site’s members are over the age of 18 and can be interested in anything from casual dating to a committed relationship.
Zoosk has a larger user base, but the fact that OurTime serves the 50+ community exclusively means you’ll connect with more like-minded people. Another dating app aimed exclusively at 50+ users is MatchSeniors.
Zoosk offers all of the basic safety measures like the ability to block and report users, and a handy online safety guide. The real icing on the cake though is Zoosk Insignia. Say goodbye to romance scammers pretending to be in the army. Zoosk Insignia puts a military verification badge on profiles of people who have submitted valid proof of their service.
OurTime members have access to extensive tips on dating safety. Tips include making sure that your first date is in a public place and that you let a friend or loved on know where you’re going on your date. In addition, OurTime offers a safe SMS option so you can chat with potential matches at ease.
While OurTime and Zoosk are both safe sites, with the added security that Zoosk Insignia provides, we have to salute Zoosk on this one.
Zoosk’s pricing is relatively cheap compared to other top dating sites. You’ll get the most value from a 6-month plan, with the lowest monthly cost.
Price per month
* Last updated May 2019
OurTime is more expensive than Zoosk, charging $4.49 per week on the 6-month plan and $7.49 per week on the 1-month plan. You can see what the cost comes out to each month below.
Price per month
* Last updated May 2019
If you’re looking for a 1-month plan, Zoosk and OurTime have similar pricing. Still, for most people it takes a little longer to find someone special on a dating site and when it comes to a longer commitment, Zoosk’s pricing comes out cheaper.
And the Winner Is...
When it comes to quality matchmaking, site safety, user base and pricing—Zoosk and OurTime reviews show that both have a lot to offer singles over the age of 50. Still, with slightly cheaper pricing and an algorithm that uses your activity to improve the quality of your matches, Zoosk comes out on top.