Overview and Pricing
One look at Lesbotronic and you’ll get a pronounced “indie” feel from the website. That turns out to be an accurate impression: Lesbotronic is a personals site for women who love women, created and run by a small team of lesbians.
The site’s owners emphatically maintain that Lesbotronic is and will remain free, and it accomplishes that by getting revenue from ads scattered throughout the website instead. Still, that’s a small inconvenience to shoulder for a free site that captures more of that queer community sensibility than bigger online dating sites do.
That said, ad placements aren’t the only trade-off you’ll find here. Lesbotronic also makes it a point to cut down on what it deems to be irrelevant, bloated features that characterize many dating sites. The goal, as the site’s own bloated FAQ section explains, is to save you time and effort, as well as ensure higher-quality matches. To that end, Lesbotronic changes up the usual dating website approach, though the degree to which the site actually succeeds is debatable.
Where most dating websites would have you filling out page upon page of personal attributes and interests, or else taking numerous quizzes to gauge compatibility, Lesbotronic instead opts to cut out the fat. Instead, you simply register and fill out a profile with the help of some standard questions. Your profile is then subject to thorough review to ensure compliance with the site’s content standards and community guidelines. Those reviews are performed by the site’s own administrators, so while the registration process itself might be quick, waiting to actually get an activated profile can take as long as 72 hours.
You’ll also be able to upload photos to your profile, though unlike some of its competitors, Lesbotronic doesn’t require a profile photo before giving you access to advanced site features.
Matching and Search Options
The hallmark of Lesbotronic’s approach is the concept of “mutual matching,” which informs the site’s core system. At Lesbotronic, you don’t get automatic match suggestions sent to your inbox regularly — at least, not exactly. Instead, you’ll be able to set custom criteria outlining what you want in a potential partner. Fields range from location to gender identity, ethnicity, desired relationship type, and more.
You can set up to 5 cities for your location parameters, which is one way to widen your search net. Similarly, there are hosts of options for each field, so you can truly refine your searches.
Lesbotronic then uses your custom criteria to filter your search results. Unlike most online dating sites, however, your results list will only contain the profiles of members whose search criteria also fit you.
Lesbotronic clearly realizes that it takes two people to make a successful relationship, and this mutual matching system is intended to boost the chances of finding a truly suitable match. However, this also means that you get much fewer matches than you would at other dating sites. Arguably this is offset by the higher quality of your results, but more casual users who are more interested in quantity might not agree.
Lesbotronic also helps you out by sending you automatic email notifications of any new users who fit your search criteria. This saves you the trouble of having to run the same search periodically, and if you’re short on time, it also means you won’t have to scramble for moments that you can use to check the site for new results.
As with its search and matching approach, Lesbotronic keeps its communication options pretty simple, as well. You can send messages to any user you like. If they respond, you’re free to keep up the conversation or move to more personal channels by exchanging contact information.
Lesbotronic doesn’t have the canned messages, winks, smiles, or other gimmicks that many of its competitors often use to break the ice. While this spells good news for users who find such features tacky, it’s less of a boon for more reticent users who lean on such tools to quickly break the ice.
Unfortunately, Lesbotronic doesn’t have mobile apps, either.
Privacy and Security
Lesbotronic takes pride in keeping your account — and the site as a whole — as secure and private as possible. Your profile information is under lockdown unless you opt to change that for specific users, and the same goes for any content that you put on the site. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to block users whom you don’t want to interact with.
While Lesbotronic’s FAQ section divides questions into appropriate categories, the answers themselves are often long-winded. The section as a whole is overstuffed, and most pertinent information is buried under layers of unnecessary commentary. Unfortunately, the same goes for the caveats that make up the bulk of the site’s contact page. You can reach the site’s administrators via email, but only after slogging through a wall of text.
What's the Verdict on Lesbotronic?
Lesbotronic Review 2020 – Conclusion
If you’re looking for a more casual avenue to meet fellow members of the community, check out Lesbotronic. Proudly made by lesbians for lesbians, this personals website aims to cut the fat out of online dating and ratchet up the quality of your experience in the process. That’s reflected in the site’s pretty spare set of features, as well as its mutual matching system. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the site’s support resources — both the relevant FAQ information and the site’s contact email are buried under kilometric commentary that’s tedious to get through.