eHarmony Review

Rating:
( 4.75 / 5.0 )
  • MEMBERSHIP
    ( 4.5 )
  • PROFILING
    ( 4.5 )
  • FEATURES
    ( 5.0 )
  • FUNCTIONALITY
    ( 5.0 )

eHarmony is not actually a free dating site and you have to pay for full membership. However, we felt we should include this review for a couple of reasons. Firstly, eHarmony is one of the leading online dating sites for people looking for serious relationships. They have an excellent record of successfully matching couples and you should at least consider signing up even if your preference is a free dating site.

Secondly, you can join for free and use some of the features without having to pay. They even periodically offer free trials where you have full access to all the features for a limited period. Below we have provided more information about the site and compared the free and paid options.

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How eHarmony Works

eHarmony was one of the first dating sites to take a scientific approach to matching couples. They use a unique matching system to help identify which of their members are likely to be compatible. The site was founded Neil Warren, a psychologist who has specialized in marriage counseling and written a number of books on finding the ideal partner and building strong relationships.

Based on his own experience, extensive research, and the testing of married couples, he developed a complex system that matches individuals with potential partners that are theoretically compatible.

Potential compatibility is measured on 29 different dimensions that include character, values, spirituality and intellect. When you first join eHarmony you must take a very in-depth personality test that effectively creates your dating profile. The matching system then searches existing members and identifies those that are compatible with you based on your respective answers. eHarmony state that the system eliminates over 99% of incompatible people and returns only those matches that have a high probability of being suitable for you.

This means that you don’t have to spend hours browsing through thousands of profiles as you will automatically receive the profiles that you are most likely to be interested in. Looking at their success rate, the system is clearly very effective. This dating site is entirely focused on those looking for a long term relationship and ultimately marriage, and is not really for anyone that is looking for more casual dating.

What You Get For Free

As we mentioned above, you can join eHarmony for free. This includes taking the personality to create your dating profile, and you will also receive your potential matches and be able to look through their profiles. This means that you can get an idea for the kind of people that you can meet through the dating site without having to spend any money. This is a fabulous way to try the site out as you effectively get see if there is anyone you like the look of before committing to a paid membership.

This is about as far as you can go as a free member though, and you will need a paid membership if you want to exchange messages with any of those matches. Free members cannot view profile photos either. We should point out, though, that eHarmony regularly have free communication weekends when free members are able to send and receive messages.

Benefits of Paid Membership

If you want to take full advantage of what eHarmony has to offer, then you will need to pay for a subscription. Once you have done this you will regularly receive new matches and, most importantly of all, you will be able to communicate with your matches. You will also be able to view photographs, see who has viewed your profile and see when your matches last logged in. Some of the additional features, such as being able to talk over the phone with your matches without having to give out your telephone number, will also be available to you.

Is it Worth It?

eHarmony is one of the more expensive dating sites. Membership for a single month is $59.95 (in the US, prices vary in other parts of the world), although you make substantial savings if you sign up for three months or longer. An annual membership costs $239.40, which works out at just $19.95 a month. Even taking the discounted rate into account, this might seem like a lot of money when you consider that there are some very good free dating sites out there.

However, the eHarmony matching system has proven to be very successful and there can be little doubt that this dating service is a great option for those that are serious about finding someone to spend the rest of their life with. It is certainly worth signing up for free and checking out some of your matches as if you are not particularly impressed with your matches then you are under no obligation to pay anything. If a profile does catch your eye then you probably will want to take a paid membership so that you can get in touch.