PerfectMatch.com Review

PerfectMatch is an online dating site designed for singles seeking long-term partners, and directly competes with eHarmony. Their mainstay is a focus on the "whole" you with an emphasis on personality, values, lifestyle and preferences in order to develop lasting relationships. Matching at this dating site is based on their Duet Total Compatibility System, co-developed by renowned relationship expert Dr. Pepper Schwartz. PerfectMatch’s innovative approach and commitment to successful relationships has placed them in our top five recommended dating websites.

Dating Pool

The popularity of PerfectMatch.com has continued to rise throughout the years and we are seeing an impressive increase in the number of quality members. This may be partially due to its appearance in several television programs and movies, including features on Dr. Phil, Live with Regis and Kelly, How I Met Your Mother, Must Love Dogs, and many more. The dating pool at PerfectMatch offers a wide range of singles from various demographics, but is largely based in North America and the United Kingdom.

One thing members of PerfectMatch.com all have in common is their desire for a serious commitment. The Duet System is designed to pair singles looking for love and does not make this online dating site a good choice for friendship or casual dating. PerfectMatch is for people seeking true love, a relationship, or marriage.

Profile and Sign-Up

At PerfectMatch, you do not simply write your online dating profile as you would at traditional dating websites. Rather, you will be asked to complete a personality survey. This survey is similar to the Myers-Briggs test and consists of true-false questions that will be used to determine compatible matches based on your personality. Once the survey is complete you will receive an analysis of your personality and advice on which types of personalities complement you.

The personality survey, along with some basic physical information and a few open-ended questions, comprise your dating profile and take about half an hour to complete. You can also complete additional tests to further enhance the accuracy of the compatibility system. These tests deal with more specific aspects of your life and will take extra time, but they increase your chance of an ideal match.

Matching/Searching

PerfectMatch excels in this category by combining their unique compatibility-based matching system with the search functions of traditional dating websites. You will be presented with potential matches based on the results of your Duet Total Compatibility System test. However, unlike many other online dating sites, you are not limited to these matches. You can also perform your own search and contact the members you wish.

The Duet Total Compatibility System at PerfectMatch.com is divided into two sections - Similarity and Complementary - which combine to determine your personality type. These two sections address the following categories:

Similarity

1. Romantic Impulsivity
2. Personal Energy
3. Outlook
4. Predictability

Complementary

1. Flexibility
2. Decision-Making Style
3. Emotionality
4. Self-Nurturing

Your own search can be performed through PerfectMatch’s Compatibility Search function, a unique feature to this dating website, by either similarity of complementary factors. You can also perform a standard search with various demographics similar to the searches found at other dating sites.

Communication

The communication tools at PerfectMatch.com offer two methods of contacting other members. You can choose from a list of "Icebreakers," prewritten multiple-choice questions provided by PerfectMatch, which provide a convenient way to initiate conversation without the pressure of writing a first message. Alternatively, you can communicate through private email. This dating site also offers a means of arranging an offline date when you are both ready.

Unique Features

PerfectMatch does not offer as many unique features as some other dating websites, but the ones they do offer are very good. Their Duet Total Compatibility System in combination with the ability to perform your own searches is a great feature in itself, providing highly accurate matchmaking that has shown to be very effective. The services at PerfectMatch also come with a guarantee, a feature becoming increasingly popular among online dating sites. If you do not receive a certain number of matches, your membership is extended free of charge.

Furthermore, in addition to multiple dating articles, members can receive personalized dating advice from their developer Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz has appeared as a frequent expert guest on the Today Show, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and CNN. Additional advice can also be obtained at PerfectMatch.com through valuable feedback on your personality assessment and how you are perceived by others, a benefit not offered by most dating websites.

Pricing

You can take the personality test, create a dating profile, and view potential matches for free, but communicating with other singles requires a paid membership. PerfectMatch is one of the more expensive online dating sites, but memberships have lower monthly costs the longer you join.

  • 1 month membership - $59.95 per month
  • 2 month membership - $39.95 per month ($79.90 total)
  • 3 month membership - $36.95 per month ($110.85 total)
  • 6 month membership - $28.95 per month ($173.70 total)

Final Word

PerfectMatch.com offers one distinct advantage over competing dating websites by offering matches customized to your personality AND allowing you to search for singles based on your own desired characteristics. Their feedback system will teach you a lot about yourself and can go a long way in enhancing your online dating success. Slightly higher membership costs may deter some people, but we feel that PerfectMatch.com provides an effective and enjoyable online dating experience for anyone seeking a serious relationship.