Dating sites tend to look quite alike. They are all promising a successful match, emphasized by a smiling couple on the front page. As an example, both Date.com and eHarmony gathered a reasonably large community under their banner thanks to their open approach and trustworthy matchmaking system. But what features tell them apart? The following comparison of these two general dating sites might shed some light on their key differences.
Date.com was founded in 1997, on the symbolic day of February 14th, Saint Valentine’s Day. Since then, the website constantly improved itself, and can now considered to be one of the most recognizable dating services. The registration is a traditional process that doesn’t waste much of your time for needless details. A complete profile on Date.com includes your income range, religion, a photo and a personal essay detailing anything else you wish to share. The site keeps user-friendliness in high regards, which is emphasized by features like the Date.com toolbar. It allows user to browse other pages while still keeping their finger on the pulsing social activities of the dating site. The toolbar also alerts you when a love-mail arrives, but you can additionally request an SMS notification when this happens. Members can send flirting messages to others, while subscribed users are able to initiate direct contact via emails.
eHarmony is one of the new generation dating services that do more for you than simple matchmaking. It uses a complex and scientifically proven personality assessment test, which was developed by the founder and CEO, Dr. Neil Clark Warren. The test is conducted in the form of an interactive quiz during the registration, and the results are displayed in a digital book you can access after logging in. The results are implemented into the matchmaking algorithm, which means that the roster of singles recommended to you every day is based on your matching personality traits. Although your manual search options are limited, this is complemented by the nice visual design and the complex profile system that is arranged in the form of an album. You can share countless details about yourself, including your hobbies, favorite books and films etc. Members can contact each other via email and chat messages, although this option is limited for subscribed users only.
Date.com and eHarmony are both competent matchmaking services, but they offer a vastly different dating experience. Date.com understands that most people are multitasking while dating and mingling online, so they offer a toolbar and notification features to make your online dating life easier. eHarmony caters to a more tech-savvy generation, as their mobile app is designed to make date-browsing accessible on smartphones. As for their business model, the two websites give you the chance to get a taste of its dating website for free, but the vital communication options are behind a payment wall. eHarmony has two membership options, both with a commitment starting from six months, costing $33.95 per month, while the two-year plan reduces the price to $12.95 per month. The monthly fee for Date.com is approximately $32 on a month-to-month plan, and the three-month and six-month fees are $65 ($21.67 per month) and $98 ($16.33 per month) respectively.