Chemistry.com Review

This dating website was developed in 2006 by the makers of Match.com, but takes an entirely different approach to bringing singles together. Chemistry.com is a matchmaking site designed to identify compatibility and connect suitable singles, competing with eHarmony in the market of guided online dating. Their guidance extends beyond online matching; Chemistry.com aids couples in meeting offline and facilitates valuable feedback of those meetings. Chemistry.com is still on the rise, but offers more support than any other guided dating website.

Dating Pool

For the time being, Chemistry.com only caters to people in North America and consequently does not boast as many users as some other dating websites. Nevertheless, they are thought to have several million registered members with more singles joining every day. Due to a guided matchmaking approach that focuses on putting together compatible singles, Chemistry.com is more suited for serious relationships rather than casual dating.

Profile and Sign-Up

Singing up at Chemistry.com is straightforward and only requires some basic personal information. Once you sign up, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive personality test, typical of guided online dating sites, which will serve as the basis of your dating profile. The personality test consists of several elements:

Personality Gauge
Multiple-choice questions, images, puzzles, and audio questions

Characteristics
Personal questions relating to your physical appearance, education, religion, and occupation

Match Preferences
Questions about what you desire in a potential partner

About Me
Free text section where you describe yourself; you can also add a photo

The personality test is extensive but is the basic behind Chemistry.com's scientific matchmaking. Once the test is complete, Chemistry.com will provide detailed charts and graphs indicating your major and minor personality types, as well as how compatible you would be with other personalities.

Matching/Searching

Chemistry.com will use your personality test results to send you matches they feel are compatible. Every match will contain the member's personality type and description, and you can click on the member to access their profile and photos. Since Chemistry.com is a guided dating website, you are not able to search for members on your own. However, you can provide feedback by indicating your level of interest in a selected match, which Chemistry.com will combine with the desired characteristics you identified in your profile to enhance future matching.

Communication

Once you receive potential matches, you can communicate with these members through two methods: guided or direct communication. Chemistry.com offers a great guided communication option similar to that of eHarmony. The feature is called "First Meeting" and will walk you through the process of initiating contact and getting to know a potential match. First Meeting will also help arrange an offline meeting if you reach this point. You will also receive notifications when other members express interest in getting to know you better.

Unique Features

Most guided online dating sites are limited in the way of additional features, but Chemistry.com does offer some helpful items. Their patented matching system is unique to any other dating website and is the top feature of Chemistry.com. There is also a Chemistry Concierge service which provides help through email or phone for members not getting the results they desire. Beyond this, additional features are primarily focused on dating advice through articles on the website's Relationship Central section, as well as counsel from Chemistry.com scientific advisor Dr. Helen Fisher through blogs, interviews and videos.

Pricing

Chemistry.com offers a 14-day free trial which allows you to sign up, create a profile, and view other members, but you will have to pay before initiating contact with any potential matches. The prices vary based the length of membership.

  • 1 month membership - $49.95 per month
  • 3 month membership - $33.32 per month ($99.95 total)
  • 6 month membership - $26.66 per month ($159.95 total)

These prices are about average for most quality dating websites, and beat several other guided dating sites.

Final Word

Chemistry.com applies an innovative approach for determining compatibility and matching suitable singles. Although you cannot search through profiles on your own, no other dating website offers as much in the field of guided online dating. Many couples have built healthy, lasting relationships due to their advanced matching system. If you are looking for a serious commitment, we feel Chemistry.com is one of the better dating websites online today, and will only improve as the site continues to grow.