eHarmony Review

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Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews,

Editor-in-Chief

Overall Rating:
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Popularity 4.6/5.0
Features 4.5/5.0
Value 4.4/5.0
Safety 4.7/5.0
Ease of Use 4.6/5.0
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Overview

eHarmony streamlines the dating process, so finding that special someone doesn’t take a lot effort. Since 2000, this sophisticated dating site has developed time-tested matching tools based on the psychological principles of attraction. eHarmony puts together comprehensive personality profiles to connect singles with eligible dates who have similar backgrounds, temperaments, and life goals. On average, eHarmony is responsible for 542 marriages a day in the US — or roughly 2% of all new marriages.

Data Breakdown

User Base
All Straight Singles*
Popularity (Visits/Mo)
4.1 Million*
Gender Ratio
48%*
52%*

eHarmony is designed exclusively for heterosexual singles who are over the age of 18 and interested in finding a long-term relationship.

eHarmony has over 10 million active users and over 750,000 paid subscribers, making it one of the most popular dating sites around.

Dating sites sometimes have uneven gender ratios, but that isn’t the case for eHarmony, which sees a relatively equal number of male and female sign-ups.

Features

eHarmony Match System
eHarmony Other Features

Match System

  • The patented 29 Dimensions Personality Assessment includes 150 questions about a person’s likes, dislikes, hobbies, dealbreakers, and goals.
  • eHarmony’s Compatibility Matching System then uses that information to determine which members would be ideally suited to each other.
  • Set Match Preferences to further narrow down the dating site’s recommendations.
  • The dating site only shows members the profiles deemed compatible by the advanced matching algorithm.
  • Users can filter the match recommendations by age or city.

Other Features

  • Pre-written conversation starters can help members get the ball rolling.
  • The dashboard shows profile and photo updates as well as recent profile visits.
  • Keep track of your crushes in the My Favorites, Favorited Me, and Mutual Favorites sections.
  • The eHarmony Guarantee promises if you’re not satisfied with your three-month membership, you can have an additional three months for free.
  • Premium members can browse matches anonymously and receive personalized assistance via phone, among other benefits.
  • What If is a premium feature that gives members access to an additional 30 profiles a day.

Pricing

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Ease of Use

The most difficult part about joining eHarmony is the lengthy signup process. But, don’t worry, it’s all a breeze from there. Creating a profile on eHarmony takes a long time (about 30 minutes) to complete because you have to get through a flurry of questions — though not as many as you used to. Nowadays eHarmony’s 150-question personality assessment is optional, so you can just answer the basics and then start collecting matches.

eHarmony’s 29 Dimensions of Compatibility takes into account emotional temperament, social style, physicality, relationship skills, and values or beliefs. The team has parsed its questions down to the really important aspects of attraction and compatibility. You’ll come across questions asking you to rate how clever, dominant, outgoing, and quarrelsome you are. New members also describe their perfect match’s ideal age range and location, and then provide basic information regarding relationship status, education, income level, and drinking habits. These answers will be visible on the profile, but the answers to the compatibility quiz will not.

After you’ve answered a dozen or so questions and uploaded at least one photo, your profile will go live on the site (pending the team’s approval). Then you’ll receive a curated list of matches — profiles selected based on internal compatibility ratings. The site will post these compatibility ratings on the profile so that members can see where their similarities and differences lie. For instance, you may be 95% compatible in terms of athleticism but 33% compatible in terms of religious values. Viewing these stats can help members determine which profiles have long-term potential.

eHarmony’s match algorithm is a trade secret honed by years of introductions and successes. It relies on psychological principles to recommend singles to one another. The algorithm does the work so eHarmony members don’t have to worry about searching the site themselves. All they have to do is fill out the profile, become a subscribed member, and start sending smiles and messages online.

Free members can browse the site’s matches and send smiles to one another, but only paid subscribers can send and receive messages, see who’s favorited/viewed them, and browse matches outside their stated preferences. eHarmony does offer Free Communication Weekends throughout the year to give free members access to all the features of the site.

Because of the way eHarmony is set up, members enjoy a lot of privacy on the dating site. Dating profiles aren’t published widely to anyone and everyone online — it’s more of a for-your-eyes-only experience. Your eHarmony profile can only be seen by compatible members and subscribers. Additionally, only eHarmony profiles with photos can be viewed on the site.

Members’ sensitive information, including contact and billing information, is encrypted on eHarmony and will never be posted anywhere on the site.

eHarmony’s dating experts recommend its users take certain safety precautions such as never sharing financial information with someone you met online and reporting concerns about a match to the Customer Care team. Members on the site can report or block anyone exhibiting suspicious or inappropriate behavior. On eHarmony, there’s a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to spammers and scammers. The site is meant to foster genuine connections between singles online, so it promotes high standards of safety and authenticity for its members.

Pros and Cons

Pros of eHarmony

  • An active membership in 190+ countries.
  • Detailed profiles include thought-provoking prompts such as “People notice about me” and “The most influential person in my life.”
  • The effortless matching system delivers compatible profiles to you.
  • A personalized online dating experience assists members every step of the way.
  • Unique guided communication features can help members figure out what to say to a new online crush.
  • eHarmony prioritizes personal compatibility and excels at connecting straight singles in long-term relationships.

Cons of eHarmony

  • More expensive than most dating site subscriptions.
  • Limited search tools available.
  • Does not have options for lesbian, gay, trans, or bisexual singles.

The Bottom Line

All in all, eHarmony is a stellar dating platform for heterosexual singles interested in finding love and getting married. In 2007, the platform claimed responsibility for 2% of all new marriages in the US, and the team expects its influence and success to only grow as more of its happy couples choose to tie the knot.

We can’t help but admire eHarmony’s hustle. This is a dating site committed to doing everything possible — from delivering matches to writing scripted greetings — to help singles forge a lasting connection online. Since its launch, eHarmony has made a name for itself by focusing on long-term compatibility and using its trademarked 29 dimensions as predictors of relationship success.

Over the years, eHarmony has collected thousands of testimonials from members who have found love, gotten married, and started families thanks to the dating network. “The eHarmony process is great because you feel like you know the person before you actually even start communicating,” said Isaac, a satisfied eHarmony member. “When I met Liz, I felt this immediate spark, and I knew I had found my true love on eHarmony.”

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