Blendr is one of those dating sites that try to revive the social concept of online dating. Sure, no one can argue that online dating is becoming more popular than ever. The number of platforms keeps increasing to cater to individuals who have very specific interests. Some people like casual hookups. Others want long-term relationships. Some are into certain kinks. But most of them fail to consider the social aspect of dating. The only way you can interact with others is via one-on-one messaging, which can make users feel very lonely.
For this reason, Blendr was created. It aims to bring back the fun social aspect of traditional dating to the online platform. They achieved this by creating a hybrid platform of social media and dating sites, a “social dating” platform if you will. That way, users can still get involved with the community in-between flirting with people they have taken a liking to.
That said, how well does Blendr do? Let’s find out.
Blendr was launched back in 2011, meaning that it has almost a decade of experience in the online dating industry. While Blendr seems relatively young, it has not stopped them from providing an excellent experience.
Blendr is owned by Joel Simkhai.
There is nothing special about Blendr’s registration process, which is a good thing. Simply go to blendr.com, and you will see two options to register. You can sign up with your email or by linking your Facebook account.
Registration via Facebook is simple enough. You just have to allow Blendr access to your profile. By doing so, they will scan your account and extract some details about you to help create your profile for you. It is not 100% perfect, as some details will be left blank. For this reason, we recommend you check out the account they create for you and alter some details or fill out the rest yourself. Some people prefer to register this way because they do not have to verify their account, and most of the profile is completed for them.
However, if you want to register via email, you will need to provide the following information:
If you register this way, you will also need to verify your account. If you use your phone number, Blendr will send you a message to that number with a verification code that you should enter. If you use your email, they will send an email with a link that you need to click.
You can get matched with other users by playing Blendr’s Encounter game. If you have used Tinder in the past, then this should feel very familiar to you. Simply put, Blendr will show you pictures of random users, and you can choose to express your interest or not.
After receiving a reply from another user, you two can start chatting and perhaps arranging dates. The chat system here is simple and adequate. It is no different than the Facebook messaging system.
Searching for other users on Blendr is easy, yet the features are a bit limited. You can only look others up based on their age range and location. We feel that Blendr could go further by allowing users to search based on physical appearance, but we also understand why they chose this approach.
The nature of Blendr is that it should work as a social dating website, meaning that there is a greater emphasis on the social aspect of dating. This does not involve physical appearance that much, and we believe they want their users to hang out just because they have things in common.
You can delete your account by going into the settings (gear wheel icon). You should see the option to delete your account there. Keep in mind that deleting your account will wipe all your data on Blendr. You will need to register once again if you want to use Blendr again in the future. So, think carefully before you commit.
Next, let’s take a look at the userbase on Blendr. It is worth knowing what kind of people you will meet before you dive in, after all. Ever since its launch, Blendr used to see as many as 425 million registrations and 60 million of which are still active to this day. In other words, you are looking at a very massive and active community here. In short, no matter what kind of people you want to hang out with, you should find one on Blendr.
We do not have any data on the gender ratio, but it is safe to assume that it is more or less equal.
Blendr used to exclusively serve the Australian population. Now, it has global coverage. With so many active users across the globe, we are certain that you can find users of any race and ethnicity.
While we do not have data on the users’ religious orientations, Blendr has a large user database suggesting that everyone is welcome.
With that said, how much does it cost to use Blendr? They keep their pricing policies simple by offering only one plan and an additional credit system which you can redeem to gift other members.
Every registered user on Blendr is given a standard membership with access to the following:
As you can see, Blendr is quite generous with their free members. You can use Blendr without actually having to pay a single penny, which is very generous of them. We have seen quite many dating sites out there that put this essential feature behind a paywall. Instead, Blendr takes a different route by offering some neat but optional features for premium users, which we believe is the way to go forward.
Although upgrading is completely optional, we still recommend that you do it if you plan to use Blendr for a long time. By upgrading, you will have access to these neat features:
Again, these features are not essential, but they are nice to have. Among them are the incognito feature and the undo system. Maybe you see some user that interests you, but your button finger misclicked, and you end up dismissing that user. With the undo feature, you can revert your decisions, which can make a world of difference.
Their price is on the affordable side as well, with only one plan but three durations to choose from. The 1-week plan will cost you $4 a week. Their 1-month plan costs $13, and their 3-month plan goes for $11 a month.
If you are unsure about paying Blendr, you can test the water with their 1-week plan. Otherwise, we recommend you get their 3-month plan as it only sets you back by $11 per month, which costs about 40 cents per day. That’s hardly spare change.
If you plan on using Blendr for more than eight months, then there is another option. Blendr offers lifetime membership that goes for $80. If you see yourself using Blendr for that long, then we recommend you get this one because you would save a lot of cash in the long run. If you do go ahead with this purchase, then we don’t recommend deleting your account just in case you want to return in the future.
In addition to this, users can also purchase credits/coins which can be used to gift other members. You can also use the coins to put your profile on top of the search results, increase your chances of being selected in the Encounter game, and more. There is only one package to choose from that will give you 2,750 coins for $50. That means you will get one coin per two cents.
Keep in mind that payments are made automatically at the end of every billing cycle. Payments can be made via credit card, PayPal, or mobile phone store.
You can cancel your membership plan from the same settings page.
Everyone’s biggest concern is security. How much effort did Blendr put into protecting their users? More than you think.
For one, they ensure that their users’ connections are encrypted on both their desktop site and mobile apps. You can tell this by the padlock symbol close to the URL where you type in the website address. If you are not tech-savvy, then allow us to explain.
Encryption protects users from hijacking attempts, which allow hackers to see exactly what you are sending to the website. At the right time, they could see your credentials and personal information as well. So having encryption provides very basic yet crucial protection for all users. Even so, we have seen some dating sites cutting corners and not providing their users with an encrypted connection.
When it comes to privacy, Blendr does what many other websites do. They guarantee that all information shared on their platform will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party without your consent. This protection is as much as any site can provide.
How well does Blendr protect their users against scammers and bots? Since Blendr uses an email verification system, that keeps all of the bots out already. But if the scammer is determined enough, they can craft an email and get in fairly easily. But there are some features in place that hinder their efforts. For one, people do not like talking to users who have not filled or verified their accounts. Most of the time, this is enough to chase scammers away. But if some scammers are persistent, they also have to deal with the scoring system. This allows other users to warn everyone else about the scammer. With all of these in place, we are certain that you would not encounter any scammer during your time on Blendr.
What if you encounter people who behave inappropriately? Blendr provides its users with a reporting system. They have a moderation team on standby and ready to take action whenever they receive a complaint.
Overall, the security on Blendr is excellent, and we have nothing to complain about here.
The profile system on Blendr is very extensive, which makes sense considering the nature of this platform.
There is an option to “like” that user by clicking on the heart icon or to dismiss them by clicking on the cross icon. To the right are the user’s name, age, and compatibility counter which tells you how much you have in common with that person. You can send them flirts by clicking on the orange heart icon or chat with them by clicking the blue “Chat now” button.
When viewing other users’ profiles, you will see all their photos at the top. Under that is their location and how far they are from you. The profile system also shows their dating interests and general interests. Under that still is the rest of that user’s personal information.
What is interesting here is the scoring system in the right section. Blendr uses a scoring system that allows other users to leave a review on anyone’s profile. In addition to informing you whether you want to meet that user in person, this system also serves as a security measure.
Under the scoreboard, there is an option of sending various gifts to the user. You can also see whether this user has verified their account under the gifts section.
As you can see, there is lots of room to express yourself on Blendr. It might be tempting to skip this process entirely and get connected with other users. However, we recommend you take as much time as you need to fill out your profile. That way, other users can tell whether they want to hang out with you or not. Even more so, an empty profile will not attract anyone as people will think that it is a scammer or fake profile.
Users can also upload photos of themselves, but Blendr is very strict when it comes to uploading media. Users should clear shots of their faces in all photos. So, take photos in a brightly lit environment. Other than that, photos must not contain nudity, children, or be inappropriate in any way. Blendr moderation team will evaluate all pictures before making them visible on a user profile. This usually takes less than 5 minutes.
Blendr looks very pleasing to the eye, making use of white and blue, which gives this site a very relaxing aura. The fonts are clean and easy to read, and their website is well optimized. Every feature can be accessed on the side tab and properly labeled with icons as well. Even with so many features, they manage to keep clutter to a minimum. You should have no problem navigating Blendr even if this is your first time using a dating website.
Blendr works by matching users with their Encounter game. It functions a lot like Tinder’s matchmaking process. Alternatively, you can look up other users in your area and sort by age range as well. You can then send them messages and arrange dates if you two hit it off.
Of course, online dating would not be so amazing if users had to be confined in their homes, staying in front of their computer screens. Blendr wants its audience to get together as easily as possible, which goes to explain some of their functions.
To facilitate interactions and communications among users, Blendr has released a free mobile app that is compatible with both iOS and Android users. That way, everyone will not miss anything, and subscribers can remain connected while they are out and about. If you are bored and want to spend time with someone, you can use the Blendr app to find people nearby and hang out with them. It’s that simple.
In terms of design and usability, it reflects its desktop counterpart. Their mobile platform does not offer any additional features than the convenience of having a dating app in your pocket. The only tradeoff is that you will have to deal with a smaller screen. Thankfully, the team at Blendr did a great job of compressing lots of information and features, thus making their app easy to use.
What if you do not like Blendr, but you are looking for something similar to this? We have a few suggestions:
In short, do we recommend Blendr? Absolutely. Blendr does a great job of blending social media with a dating site to create a social-oriented dating platform. While the search function could use a few improvements, we understand why Blendr does it. Other than that, they nailed pretty much everything else. The overall design is very pleasing to the eye, and navigation is a breeze. In all, Blendr is a feature-rich website that should satisfy your casual dating needs. Since most essential features are available for free, why not give it a shot?
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