Which Is More Worth Your Money: eHarmony vs. Match
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Signing up for online dating can be a laborious task. There are so many options out there and it’s easy to gravitate toward the latest fad, rather than take the time to discover the option that is best suited for you. Although dating apps come and go, the online dating platforms that have been in the game for a while tend to attract more serious daters.
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Because they have lasted so long, these long-standing dating platforms have deeply researched systems that work. Any bugs or non-essential add-ons have been eliminated over time. When these sites smartly adapt to dating app culture, they test first to assure it’s beneficial, and if it doesn’t add to the overall dating experience, features are swiftly kicked to the curb.
During their time in the limelight, these mainstream dating platforms have racked up impressive memberships, which makes your chances of finding “the one” that much better. A brand new app might be popular for a while, but long-standing dating sites like Match and eHarmony have years and years of member signups, which makes for a massive user base and better odds at finding your perfect match.
Match, around since 1995, and eHarmony, emerging five years later, have both matched an insurmountable number of singles all over the world. In the last reported quarter, Match’s paid member count amounted to over nine million users, whereas eHarmony’s amounted to about 750,000 paid subscribers and 10 million daily active users.
Beyond the numbers, we did some deep digging to see how these two dating site giants stack up against each other. Curious to see who will come out on top? Let’s find out.
1. Match vs. eHarmony: Features
eHarmony offers more of a guided dating experience, one where you must rely on the site to match you, while Match gives you freedom in finding potential matches, offering a variety of different options.
While eHarmony has a number of unique features, such as its 29 Dimensions of Compatibility, Match comes with a plethora of features that allow you to find matches in diverse ways. It even lets you filter matches by certain specifics like eye color. Match boasts an impressive number of search options, which is an area where eHarmony falls short. Although this is part of their science-driven process, it may also be their largest downfall.
Finally, Match gives you more control over your dating experience, with options to browse privately and boost your profile, while eHarmony sticks closely to a more lengthy (and arguably mundane) day-by-day approach, requiring more patience.
eHarmony gets points for offering a more creative profile layout that blows most online dating sites out of the water, but the profile alone isn’t enough to trump Match’s extensive list of intuitively designed and useful matching features. eHarmony favors simplicity, which eliminates many common dating site features and can feel limiting.
Match takes the opposite approach, giving singles free reign in their search. Because we love our freedom, Match wins out.
2. Match vs. eHarmony: Sign-Up Process
While both online dating sites offer handheld signup processes, they’re very different. Match’s registration takes roughly 15 to 30 minutes to complete, while eHarmony’s can take an hour or longer. Registration is where eHarmony’s infamous 29 Dimensions of Compatibility matching system comes into play, as you answer a laundry list of personality questions that help the site determine how to best match you.
While the questions themselves don’t feel exhaustive, the duration of the signup process can be. That being said, eHarmony’s method fast-tracks the “get to know you” process, so it can better match users with compatible options right off the bat.
The Match signup process is more common, offering a step-by-step guide to completing your profile. The major drawback, however, is your profile must be approved, and this process can take up to 24 hours. Once approved, the site still takes time to “learn” your preferences, so you don’t get much value upon signing up as you would on eHarmony.
Considering they’re both paid sites, we prefer a longer sign-up process that effectively seeks compatible matches from the get-go, as opposed to a shorter registration that not only make us wait a day to be verified, but also to provide full matching benefits. Both signup processes are rather long, but eHarmony uses scientifically backed data to account for the time investment, whereas Match’s is the standard, drawn-out process to fill out your profile.
3. Match vs. eHarmony: Pricing
Because both dating sites are fantastic, this category all comes down to which costs less, which makes Match the winner by a significant amount.
One month: $35.99
Three months: $19.99/month
Six months: $17.99/month
12 months: $15.99/month
One month: $59.95
Three months: $29.95
Six months: $29.90
4. Match vs. eHarmony: Quality of Matches
As of 2015, Match has facilitated 517,000 relationships, led to 92,000 marriages, and is responsible for the birth of 1 million babies, whereas Harris Interactive found in 2010 that an average of 542 eHarmony members in the United States marry every day.
Both stats are impressive, so the winner will be determined by how matches are being made. While eHarmony matches largely based on your answers to the initial sign-up process, Match bases their matching capabilities on the criteria you are looking for, as well as your activity on the site.
For example, if you say you are looking for blonde-haired, blue-eyed women with a college education, but you tend to browse profiles of brunettes with green eyes of various educational backgrounds, Match will marry your preferences and activity to show a combination of both types of women.
Another factor to consider is that eHarmony shows a limited number of matches each day. Match will handpick matches for you and lets you browse the entire site, giving access to its entire database. Although eHarmony may help you find your soulmate after a year or two, we believe Match delivers better, more quality matches due to the freedom to browse and its unique algorithm that operates based on your self-supplied information and activity.
5. Match vs. eHarmony: Aesthetics and Interface
eHarmony has one of the most unique site interfaces out there while Match’s is more familiar and engaging. eHarmony really makes you feel like you’re on your own online dating journey, limiting almost all distractions and honing in on how your online dating is going day by day.
The eHarmony layout is minimalistic and chic, with profiles that look as if they’ve been crafted by graphic designers. Match is rather standard, offering various options to find others, including daily matches, various search options, a Tinder-like swiping game, live chat and more. Match tracks all interactions, which allows you to see who has viewed your profile and has shown other forms of interest.
While eHarmony provides a creative layout, it isn’t as easy to navigate as Match’s, which is more familiar. While we love the creativity of eHarmony’s unique interface, Match proves that a classic, when done well, will always prevail.
6. And the Winner Is…
Overall, the winner comes down to your online dating preferences. If you want a fully-stocked online dating platform with various options to communication and unlimited matches to discover, Match will be your best bet. On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a more personalized dating experience that feels more like you’re consulting a digital matchmaker, you’ll get more satisfaction out of eHarmony.
For us, the delayed gratification that eHarmony offers can be tedious and outweigh the pretty aesthetics, which is why we have to favor Match — though it is a very close call.
eHarmony certainly provides a unique, highly personalized experience, but that experience is very limited and requires a good deal of patience in a world that favors instant gratification. Match has better adapted to changing times, with its comfortable layout and the freedom to discover and communicate. eHarmony may have science on its side but Match ultimately provides a more rewarding online dating experience.
Overall Winner: Match
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