eHarmony Review

eHarmony Review

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One of the most successful dating sites, eHarmony.com brings a comprehensive approach to matchmaking with its focus on the compatibility of partners. Its matchmaking process is so scientific and robust that it has its own patented Compatibility Matching System.

 


WHAT WE LIKE

  • The compatibility and matchmaking system is one of the most effective and reliable among dating sites today.
  • User’s bio and dashboard are comprehensive and personal which make for a great browsing experience.
  • The ‘Guided Communications’ feature is a high-security measure for users to get to know each other before meeting up or getting too personal.
  • Fresh collection matches are presented to you every day.

WE WE DISLIKE

  • There is no search function. Users, thus, have to interact only with the suggestions that the site makes.
  • Although the initial questionnaire during the registration is central to the match-making process, some may feel that it is too tedious and cumbersome to undergo as you sign-up for an account.
  • The site does not offer interaction through video calls.

THE SIGN-UP PROCESS

If there is one thing that makes eHarmony stand out, it is the lengthy and comprehensive registration process that you have to undergo in the sign-up process. It begins with necessary information that all dating sites require you to submit, such as your gender, sexual orientation, username and your location. Then you have to fill in your email and create a password, after which the questionnaires begin. The subsequent pages appear in the form of a simple 7-point rating scale of ‘Not at all’ (lowest) up to ‘Very well’ (highest). You will be required to rate yourself with this scale on a huge variety of questions and topics. This self-analysis is designed to collect information about your personality, character, inclinations, interests, lifestyle, etc. The questions then move on to your physical appearance, occupation, salary etc. which may appear uncomfortable to answer if you are a reserved person (but it’s worth it). The final pages of the questionnaire move on to your state of mind and emotions as well as the things you are willing to do for your partner.

It is entirely reasonable to feel apprehensive about some of the personal questions that come up during this process. However, answering them as honestly as you can, will ensure that your matches are compatible and best suited to your needs. Completing the registration process may take up anywhere between 30 minutes up to an hour. The time it takes to complete the form will depend on how much introspection and thought you put into your answers. After you finish the registration, you will be welcomed on the home page where there should be some matches already waiting for you (Yes, that is how fast it works!).


MATCHMAKING, SEARCHING, & FILTERING OPTIONS

One of the unique features of eHarmony.com is that users cannot search the dating site for other members. There is no search bar, and you cannot browse through the site looking at other members. The site handpicks potential matches for you based on the information it has on you (which is a lot). This means that your interaction is confined to only those users whom the site selects for you. However, the site does not randomly choose matches. It uses the extensive information you provide during the sign-up process to find other individuals who will be compatible with your personality and mindset.

The absence of a search function lets you focus your time and energy on the selected matches that are made for you. It ensures that you give enough attention to a match to see if he/she is the right partner for you.


COMMUNICATION TOOLS

As with any other dating site, eHarmony provides a messaging function that allows you to chat with your matches. The website displays an activity dashboard which shows your visitors, profile updates and your photo updates. Communication starts only when matches are made to your profile which is shown in the ‘Matches’ section that appears in the top left corner of the page. The matches appear as profile cards with their name and location. Clicking on these cards will lead you to their profiles where you can browse through the rich variety of information that the site has on that particular user. The SecureCall feature allows users to chat without revealing their phone numbers. There is a secondary form of interaction called the ‘Guided Communication’ which provides a set of pre-set queries that you can send to your matches and vice-versa. The ‘Guided communication' lets you initiate a conversation that allows you to get to know the other person better before opting for direct messaging.

All communication features are reserved for paid members of the site. So if you choose to remain a free user, you will not be able to send or receive any of these messages.


USER SAFETY

eHarmony does not slack off on security when it comes to its members’ data or payment proceedings. It has award-winning security protocols that protect every transaction, so you don’t have to worry about your credit card details getting into the wrong hands. The site also uses RelyID to verify the identity of its users so that fake profiles are detected and weeded out. A safety guide pops up before you message other users which directs you on how to interact and what to avoid.


PRICING

Compared to other online dating platforms, eHarmony has more expensive subscriptions for shorter plans. And given how most of the essential features are reserved for paid members, this can be a discouragement to some, or it can also be a sign of commitment for other users. The standard 3-month plan costs a total of $98.85 (32.95 per month). The 6-month program is cheaper at $83.7 (13.95 per month), and the 12-month plan gives you the most savings at $95.4 (7.95 per month). The site also offers premium plans of the same duration (3,6 and 12 months) which are more expensive but provide more features.


CUSTOMER SUPPORT

The site’s customer care can be accessed through email or phone (details are displayed in the site’s ‘contact us’ section). Despite having a massive database of members, eHarmony is credited with prompt and helpful support whenever contacted by customers.

 

 


FINAL CONCLUSION

eHarmony has proven its proficiency in bringing single people together from all over the world. The thousands of lasting relationships and marriages that have blossomed from this site stand as a testament to its excellent matchmaking system. With pleasing graphics and practical assessment of users, eHarmony’s matchmaking is well worth the time and money you spend on finding that perfect someone.

 

 

 

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