GKiss gives you a choice between Standard membership, which is free, and Gold membership, which comes with a choice of billing cycles.
To be fair, GKiss’ free membership gives you a bit more freedom than comparable plans from stingier competitors. You can create a profile and upload up to 26 photos, post comments and questions, and even send winks to other members to express your interest. However, you can’t initiate conversations with anybody, and you’ll only be able to reply to messages if they were sent by paid users.
There’s still a vast gulf between the features of the Standard and Gold membership, though. While you can search for users as a Standard member, for example, you’re confined to searching by username (not helpful unless you already know people) or first date ideas (not a great filter). If you want even the most basic of filters (e.g., location), you’ll need to pay up.
In fact, most of the features we’ll be discussing later in this review are accessible only to Gold members. Here’s a look at how much you can expect to pay, depending on your chosen billing plan:
- 1 Month: $29.95
- 3 Months: $19.95 per month
- 6 Months: $15.95 per month
Bear in mind that GKiss charges payments as a lump sum, so you’ll pay the cost of your subscription’s full duration in one go. GKiss accepts payments through credit or debit cards, check, or PayPal.
Aside from the option to gauge members’ interests via first date ideas, there’s not much to set GKiss apart from the competition. Quite a lot of the site’s features fall flat because they’re reserved for paying members — and when overall membership isn’t a lot, the number of paid subscribers tends not to be enough to really help the site’s capabilities shine.
At GKiss, there are no lengthy personality questionnaires. Instead, you fill out a more freeform profile, indicating your basic information, interests, and so on. You can upload up to 26 photos regardless of your membership tier, plus place selected photos in a private album. There’s also the option to start a blog, which lets you put more of yourself out there for potential matches to see.
Matching and Search Options
GKiss sends you photos of potential matches (which you can like or dismiss for a match), plus it gives you the option to run searches that will filter the user base through your custom criteria. Unfortunately, free accounts are severely hobbled here; you can barely search for anything. Only Gold members can use filters like location, let alone use advanced filters like keywords, membership status, or photo searches.
Paid subscribers can also view any mutual matches, as well as a list of people who’ve shown interest in some way (e.g., through blog comments, photo likes, etc.). You’ll also have to pay up if you want to take certain users out of your search results entirely, as well as view users’ recent activity. The latter is helpful for finding active users who are more likely to reply.
Gold members will also get visibility boosts if they appear on other users’ search results, as they’ll show up at the very top of the list. They’ll also get highlighted all across the site itself, including in other users’ inboxes.
Speaking of inboxes, GKiss only comes with two direct messaging options: winks or email. Winks are a set of generic one-liners that help you express initial interest in another user. All you’ll have to do is pick a line from the list, and that user will get it in their inbox.
Email, meanwhile, lets you send custom messages. However, as pointed out earlier, only paid subscribers can initiate email conversations, and free accounts can only reply if the message happens to be from a paid member.
For more indirect opportunities, GKiss offers forums, blogs, and public questions. You can post questions that are open for all users to answer. If you want to talk about your interests a bit more, you can write a blog — other users are free to comment if they want. Forums, meanwhile, let you jump into ongoing discussions on a variety of topics, and they’re great places to find someone who shares your interests.
Unfortunately, GKiss doesn’t have mobile apps, so you’ll have to make do with your device’s browser if you want to access the site’s features on the go.
Privacy and Security
GKiss limits profile privacy control to paid subscribers. Members can also get their profiles verified by submitting a copy of a valid photo ID to GKiss. Aside from this, you have the usual options to block or report offensive or abusive users on the site.
GKiss has an organized and helpful FAQ section. If you need more specific assistance, you can also reach their support team through the contact form on the website.
What's the Verdict on GKiss?
GKiss Review 2020 – Conclusion
GKiss throws some new gimmicks in with the usual set of online dating tools, but these aren’t enough to spice up the site as a whole. Compared to many of its competitors, GKiss just doesn’t have comparable membership numbers, and that tends to blunt the effectiveness of many of the site’s functions. Add to that the lack of mobile apps and the need to pay membership fees for access to such lackluster features, and GKiss doesn’t really look like such a good deal. By itself, it’s a decent enough option — but with the abundance of online dating alternatives available, there’s not really much reason to shell out your money for a GKiss membership.