Allison Dienstman | Online Dating Editor
A content writer and marketing strategist, Allison has over 8 years experience in writing and editing online reviews. She is constantly testing and reviewing a wide range of online services.
Launched in Los Angeles in 2000, eHarmony is a quality online dating site with a large and diverse membership pool. The site is easy to use and caters to a wide variety of singles searching for marriage or a serious relationship. Unlike other dating sites, eHarmony takes a scientific approach to finding compatible matches. This takes the hassle out of searching for a potential match and greatly increases the likelihood that you’ll meet someone compatible.
It’s hard not to be impressed by eHarmony’s unique approach to online dating. In fact, they claim to account for about 4% of all U.S. marriages. That is no small feat. We also like the support environment eHarmony creates for singles. This includes free dating advice as well as access to the eHarmony community should you have any questions.
Sign Up Process
The signup process can be time-consuming and involves completing an extensive questionnaire. It’s really worth spending time thinking about the questions in the questionnaire as eHarmony uses this information to suggest matches. Set aside a few hours and answer each question honestly and truthfully.
This questionnaire helps eHarmony improve the accuracy of eHarmony's match suggestions. While there is no need to add an autobiographical essay about yourself, the site does ask for information about things you love, loathe and can’t stand. Overall, we found the signup process intuitive and very thorough.
Member Diversity and Quality
When it comes to member diversity, eHarmony doesn’t disappoint. The caters to every kind of dating preference imaginable catering to Asian, Hispanic, Black, Christian, Jewish, and Senior singles. With their extremely large dating pool, you are certain to meet someone compatible. In fact, eHarmony is so certain you'll start a meaningful relationship that they offer an eHarmony guarantee. If you aren't satisfied with your matches in your first 3 months, they'll provide you with another 3 months of access free of charge.
Functionality and Features
When it comes to features eHarmony doesn’t disappoint. Perhaps most impressive of which is the site’s compatibility matching system. This is an intensive questionnaire consisting of 100 different questions that cover everything from your personality and interests to your lifestyle and habits. Once you’ve completed this you’ll be presented with possible matches. Almost everyone who completes the questionnaire properly is amazed at the accuracy of the match suggestions. In addition to this questionnaire, eHarmony also offers a range of other fun quizzes to help narrow the search for an ideal match.
Interestingly, eHarmony doesn't allow you to search profiles, which some users find frustrating. The way this dating site works is it presents you with 10 potential matches daily. You will then be able to browse these profiles and interact with any matches that interest you. This is certainly a refreshing approach to online dating.
eHarmony is known to have a very high success rate. This is mostly because of its advanced matching algorithm which makes it easy to find a compatible match. For anyone still feeling a little skeptical, eHarmony has a section dedicated to success stories. This should give you a good idea of just how effective this online dating service is.
Safety and Security
When it comes to online safety, eHarmony can only do so much. All members are checked by the site, but it’s up to you to exercise caution. In fact, eHarmony has an entire section on its website dedicated to safe online dating. There’s also the option to block any members you feel are harassing you.
eHarmony does offer email and chat support, but this is well hidden on the site. The main support you’ll find is the forum which lets you search questions. We didn’t see an option to submit new questions. Overall, the support is lacking and may be disappointing especially for anyone who is new to online dating.
|12-Month Membership||6-Month Membership||3-Month Membership|
|Price||$19.95 per month||$35.95 per month||$59.95 per month|
|Guided profile questionnaire|
|Match suggestions according to profile|
|Message and answer members|
|See who views my profile|
|Period||12 month||6 month||3 month|