Do you wish that finding love was a whole lot simpler? And a lot quicker? If you do, then ensure you read our eHarmony review in its entirety. Impatient? then you could skip to our conclusion and user reviews.
eHarmony originates from the United States where they have enjoyed tremendous levels of success. In 2008 they launched their matchmaking service here in the UK. But with stiff competition from the UK’s favourite matchmaking site matchaffinity.com, it’s certainly not been plain sailing for them.
Dating Site Features
The number one reason that people choose eHarmony is for their Compatibility Matching System. This starts with a personality questionnaire of over 100 questions on your character, sense of humour, values, and other key characteristics. From this questionnaire you are then automatically matched with members who are deemed to be most compatible with you. It’s been designed to save you the trouble of finding out after a couple of dates that you have nothing in common with each other. Matches also have a higher chance of building a successful and long lasting relationship with one another.
Once you have completed the questionnaire a personality profile will be built for you. You can choose to share this with all, some or none of the other members on the site. But sharing it will all members will certainly make your profile a lot more interesting.
You will also find common dating site features such as ice breakers, emails, and blocking or adding of members to your favourites.
One additional service you won’t see else where is ‘secure call’. And what is ‘secure call’ exactly? It’s basically a private and secure way to talk one-on-one with other site members over the phone, but without revealing your phone number. It’s surprising that no other dating site offers this service given the benefits it provides.
You will also find full mobile support, including apps for the iPhone, Android and iPad.
Gender Balance and Numbers
The membership pool is evenly split, with a ratio of 52:48 between male and female members. The total number of UK members stands at approximately 1 million. And 90% of the members on eHarmony are looking for long term commitment from a partner.
Creating a Profile
Basic profile creation takes a little under two minutes, and costs not a single penny. However, in order to make the most of their compatibility matching system – which is the main reason for joining this site, then you will need to fill out their questionnaire. And with over 100 thought provoking questions to answer, you may find that your coffee has gone cold before you are finished.
eHarmony’s focus age group is 18-65 years of age. Between these ages people are a lot more serious about commitment. Therefore you will find a lot less members seeking short-term relationships and quick hookups, like you will find on other sites. Members here are also a lot wiser and less susceptible to online scams, which is certainly a benefit since scammers prefer to focus on easier more gullible targets. If however you are unfortunate to stumble across a fake profile, there is an option to report them, and within 24 hours they are gone.
It’s free of charge to setup a profile, no payment details are required. With the free membership you can search and view profiles, this includes looking at photos. If you wish to contact other members using their messaging services, then you will need to upgrade to one of the full membership options. The current full membership prices for eHarmony are:
£9.95 per month with a 12 month subscription (71% Saving)
£14.95 per month with a 6 month subscription (56% Saving)
£24.95 per month with a 3 month subscription (33% Saving)
£34.95 per month with a 1 month subscription
The payment types accepted are: Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, Maestro/Solo, and PayPal.
Pros and Cons
Unique automated matchmaking system
90% looking for a serious relationship
52/48 male to female ration
Expensive for a single months membership
eHarmony takes the pain out of online dating by automating the matching process. If you don’t have hours to spend searching through profiles, writing mails, only to find out that you have nothing really in common; then this dating site could be the smart choice for you.
Aimed at singles in the 18-65 years old age group looking for long term commitment, there is really only matchaffinity.com in the UK who provide a similar service. But with ‘secure call’ eHarmony may just have the upper hand.
So are you ready to try something new, by letting the psychologists at eHarmony choose the most appropriate matches for your personality type?
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