Straight off of a rather dejecting eHarmony review, I decided it was time to try my hand at a different online dating service with similar claims. So that’s how my PerfectMatch.com review came about – a search for a less bitingly accurate personality profile in addition to more than a measly two single matches. I headed over to do my PerfectMatch review, check out the goods and see if all these dating profiles really held any water.
It’s pretty clear that PerfectMatch is taking the academic route to matching. Relationship matching today looks a lot different than the picture browsing online dating sites of years past. Online dating is now mainstream and matching algorithms are the norm for singles to find a statistically compatible match. Users of PerfectMatch and similar sites are presented with professionally packaged online matching applications. Words like “scientific” and “compatibility” and “expert” appear in site descriptions. Sponsors are often PhD’s who have done research in sociology or psychology. Free dating services seem to be a thing of the past. But that may not be so bad.
PerfectMatch is now a “leading online relationship service” that has its genesis in decades of research by relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle and regular guest on “Oprah.” Sounding similar to eHarmony’s personality profile, the PerfectMatch Duet® Total Compatibility System finds members that have a high likelihood of compatibility with yourself. However, with PerfectMatch Duet® it is understood that marriage is not necessarily the goal of all members. Under the “Endorsements” section of the Perfectmatch.com site, there is no shortage of PhD’s offering their comments about Dr. Schwartz and the service:
The Perfect Match dating site login page was nice – a bit cluttered, but well designed nonetheless. There was a cheery looking woman smiling back at me and I saw all kinds of free online dating claims which made me excited not to have to immediately pay up. The site’s layout and text had an eerie similarity to another online dating service I’d been to…that’s right, eHarmony.com! I did some digging on the interwebs and found that not only are the sites not owned by the same company, they’re each other’s most direct competitors. Hopefully I’d have better luck on Perfect Match.
There were lots of big claims and copyrighted words on the PerfectMatch.com login page, most notably the “Duet© Total Compatibility System” which sounded pretty official. Like many other popular online dating sites, Perfect Match is endorsed by a PhD, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, the “nation’s leading relationship expert.” Dubious. Really, all I wanted to do was meet singles and check out the site’s matchmaking abilities, and from my experience, I’ve learned that all these big words and names don’t mean much if the site is nothing more than a series of personal ads.
The last and most hilarious aspect of the login page was the “Give the gift of membership!” banner on the bottom of the screen. I don’t know about you, but if anyone ever gave me an online dating service membership as a gift, I may go Incredible Hulk all over the place. Note to my friends, my colleagues, and my mother: stick to scarves.
The first few pages of the sign up were relatively similar to those on other dating sites. There was an Essentials section, a Values and Ideals section, a Dealbreakers section, and a Love and Lifestyle section. After I got through these standard on line dating queries I entered into the Duet Total Compatibility analysis, a trademark of PerfectMatch.com. It wasn’t quite as involved as my eHarmony review’s profile, but there were about 20 minutes or so of questions, ranging from my anger level to my view on being tardy to how much PDA I like. When dating websites take the time to ask such specific questions, I find myself being more confident that matching me to local singles is their priority, which makes me want to join, even at cost.
Once I spent what seemed like forever filling out the profile, I was greeted by today’s “special offer” reminding me that a free dating site Perfectmatch is not. It actually took quite a few tries to exit out of the pop-up – clicking around kept leading me back to a credit card form, and I wasn’t ready to spend $100 for a three month membership, even if the offer was “special.” I finally found a way to view singles for free, but unlike truly free online dating services, unless you’re a member with Perfectmatch, you can’t communicate unless you pay.
After the Login:
The Perfectmatch dating service homepage was pleasant enough, and had a lot of buttons and tabs for me to play with. The first thing I noticed was that I had some matches – yay! I was slightly disappointed to see that there were only ten of them, but I reasoned that perhaps once I became a full-fledged paying member of the dating website I could see more matches. Maybe the ten single men I saw were just a tease? If so, someone behind the scenes at Perfect Match should have worked a little harder, because none of these ten men made me want to fork over a hundred bucks to access a singles chat. Six of them didn’t even have photos but rather asked me to “request” one. Eh, no thanks…that sounds awkward and there’s nothing about a white box with your first name and city of residence that’s really stirring me to find out more. From what I saw, the matchmakers at Perfectmatch.com didn’t really have much on any of the other Internet dating sites I’d reviewed, which was a bummer, kind of like the time they cancelled Arrested Development.
The Duet Analysis was actually kind of interesting as it broke down my dating personality type (apparently I’m a risk taker – exactly the opposite of what eHarmony had to say about me…) and told me the percentage of other singles dating on PerfectMatch.com who shared my traits or at least had complimentary traits themselves. The profile went in depth to tell me more about my core values and my love and lifestyle features, all of which was fun to read. In my opinion, all the best dating sites challenge you to think a little about yourself and about what you’re putting out there.
The most unique and interesting functionality of Perfectmatch.com was their new partnership with Dating on Demand, a company that allows users to record and receive video messages from other local singles. One step up from instant messaging, this is a cool way to actually view how other members speak and present themselves, and I can see where it would help separate the Justin Timberlakes from the Justin Beibers.
Overall, my PerfectMatch.com review found exactly what I expected to find: a site that was similar to eHarmony in its matchmaking services and aimed at strategically helping me meet singles through personality questionnaires. I liked this site and its modern, clean feel. It was fun to navigate and it seemed to have some pretty solid added features which go a long way in making me want to spend money to be a member.
Perfectmatch is truly an online dating service, not just a run-of-the-mill dating website, which so many out there are. My initial matches weren’t great but my personality profile had some interesting insights and hey, come to think of it, subscription service would be a whole lot cheaper than therapy.Join