perfectmatch

If you're a beginner to online dating, PerfectMatch.com may be the best place for you. With PerfectMatch you get a combination of the "matchmaking" that comes from long-term relationship seeking sites, along with the "searchability" that is present in the sites meant for more casual dating. PerfectMatch can introduce you to both worlds of online dating, and help you decide which avenue is right for you; Do you really want to find your mate online? Or do you just want to get in the game and casually date singles in your area? With PerfectMatch you really do have the choice to do both.

pricing

Pricing:

  • One month- $59.95
  • Three months- $39.95 per month
  • 6 months- $33.33 per month
Package What's Included In Price: With the one and three month packages you receive access to the "Ask Dr. Schwartz" section if you're looking for advice, the ability to add up to eight photos, the ability to see who has Bookmarked your Profile, unlimited access to profiles using advanced search tools, and the ability to actually communicate with your matches. With the six month "Platinum Plan" you receive a highlighted profile when people are looking in their search results, and you receive the ability for all members to communicate with you. This means that as long as a member has a completed Duet profile, they will be able to read and respond to your emails for free, regardless of whether or not they are paying customers.
Type of Dating Site: Hybrid of casual dating and long-term relationship finding.

Membership: 5,000,000

Features:

  • DealBreakers- PerfectMatch gives you the opportunity to choose "DealBreakers" from a list provided. When you select a DealBreaker, PerfectMatch will automatically exclude from your matches anyone who answered positively to the characteristic you selected as a DealBreaker. You will still be able to search and find people with these characteristics, but they will never show up in your list of matches.
  • Perfect Matches- Your matches are made from the Duet Summary which is a registered trademark by PerfectMatch.com (read more about the Duet Summary in the Matching/ Compatibility Testing section)
  • IceBreakers- You can send IceBreakers to your matches or people that you find through the search feature. There are two levels of Icebreakers, the first is a fairly shallow set of multiple choice questions that you can send to someone you're interested in, and the second is a list of questions that are a bit "deeper" in context. After that you can better decide if you want to begin emailing the person you're interested in.
  • Email- The email feature on PerfectMatch.com allows you to email freely back and forth with any other members on the website.
  • Bookmarking- You can "Bookmark" people's profiles to express interest in them. You can also see who has Bookmarked your own profile.
  • "Likes"- While on someone's photos on their profile, you can click on a link that says "Like It?" and select from a list of why you Like It (the list includes, the eyes, The Smile, The Eyes, The Energy, The Look, The Style and I Just…Like it!). On their homepage, they will then see that you have liked their photo, and why you liked it.
  • Search- Here you can not only be matched with specific people based on your answers to the opening personality profile, but you can also search through the database of people all over the world who are members of the site.
  • Dating On Demand- This is a new feature offered by PerfectMatch as they link up with Dating On Demand. With this feature you can either attend a Dating on Demand event where they will video tape an interview with you, or you can send in a tape to this address CCFV – DOD / PerfectMatch.com, 1503 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. After your tape is reviewed, it will be featured on the Dating On Demand section of the website, and also on Dating On Demand which can be seen on Cox or Comcast Digital Cable.
  • Love and Life section- Ask dating and love-related questions and get answers from Dr. Pepper Schwartz who has a Ph.D in Sociology from Yale University, take quizzes, and answer poll questions to learn more about dating and about how others around you feel about dating too!

Ease of Use: The website is very easy to use. The navigation that the website designers chose for this set up is full of flow and simplicity. The "global navigation" located at the top of the page is simple to understand and covers all the important choices that you need to make while looking for someone to date (do you want to look based on matches? or just search the database? do you want to see videos of people? or do you want dating/love advice). Then the "sub-navigation" that is available when viewing profiles is also very easy to understand. The layout helps you move seamlessly between peoples' lifestyle and relationship habits, as well as through their political/spiritual/and environmental views. You then have the option to read their "free-write" section, as well as to view the things that you two have in common.

Aesthetic Appeal: Without being too fancy, or too simplistic, PerfectMatch has found a balance that makes being on their site very easy on the eyes. With simple but professional graphics, and lots of well organized, and accessible information, the aesthetic appeal of PerfectMatch.com is among the best in the business. Ad space only takes up less than 10% of the page at any time, so the ads do not take away from the purpose of the site as significantly as they do on other sites.

Matching/Compatibility Testing: After taking the personality profile test (called the Duet Total Compatibility System on PerfectMatch.com), you are matched based on four factors called the Duet Similarity Analysis (energy level, predictability, romantic impulsiveness, and optimistic vs. cynical attitude). You can then view your match's Duet Complimentary Analysis (based on flexibility, decision making, emotionality, and self nurturing) to further review your likelihood of getting along in a relationship. When looking at peoples' "free write" sections, it is easier to see that your matches are not as compatible on PerfectMatch.com as they are on some of the sites more geared towards finding love and long-term, marriage-type relationships, but the matching system is very interesting for understanding yourself and what type of people might best work out in a relationship with you.

 

Pros:

  • Ability to use both matchmaking and search features
  • Great navigation and site "flow" for ease of use
  • Access to Dr. Schwartz is very beneficial if you're looking for advice in the relationship realm
  • Limited ads for better focus on what's important to you
  • Available in hundreds of countries

Cons:

  • Matches are not as compatible as sites directly focused on "matchmaking"
  • Database of people to search through is not as extensive as sites focusing solely on the "social" and casual dating experience

Ages: All ages above 18 allowed on site. Best for ages 21-49.

Races: All races

Sexual Orientations: Straight, Gay, Lesbian

Regions/Countries: Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote D Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritria, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jarvis Island, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Korea North, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands The, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Cypress, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papau, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia/Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Gambia, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands (U.K.), Virgin Islands (U.S.), Wallis and Futuna Islands, West Bank, Western Sahara, Western Samoa, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe