eHarmony caters to 60 million singles worldwide who are looking for compatibility. Young couples and senior singles feature on the success stories page, from all demographics. They have a partner site, CompatiblePartners for gay and lesbian matches too. EliteSingles is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation, and has over 13 million members. Even with 80% university graduates that still means you have millions of members to suit whatever you’re looking for.
Sign Up and Profile
Compatibility is core to how both these websites work, and they both have patented personality quizzes which have a lot of success under their belts. To get the most out of the websites you will need to invest up to an hour filling in these quizzes. The eHarmony profile and “Book of You” are really beautiful extras which are given even to free members of the site, making them a cut above the competition in this round.
Both sites will send you daily matches directly to your email address, and you can use inbox chat to get to know singles a bit better as soon as you’re signed up. EliteSingles is better when it comes to taking matters into your own hands, with a great search tool available from the home page, something eHarmony don’t offer. When it comes to contacting people however, eHarmony has to win with guided communication to help break the ice, as well as SecureCall for safety.
Winner: It’s a tie!
Both of these sites have responsive mobile websites which let you sign up, browse and check your inbox on the go. eHarmony has apps available for the three major platforms, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Here you can access everything you need on the go, including real-time notifications when you have an interaction. EliteSingles only offers an app for iOS which makes this an easy win for eHarmony.
There are options from 1 month to 2 years with eHarmony subscriptions, all of which unlock all the functionality of the site, allowing you to communicate with your matches. The prices vary from £7.95 all the way to £44.95 per month. EliteSingles offers a year’s subscription as the cheapest option at £22.95 per month, and their one month option is almost double the price of eHarmony. For a similar experience we would say eHamony wins hands down at value for money.
While eHarmony has some extra communication tools, their chat options are actually quite limited. Like EliteSingles, they don’t offer an instant messenger, preferring to stick to inbox chat, and they don’t support chat via webcam either. Neither site impresses us when it comes to chat functionality, but we do find the EliteSingles inbox a little easier to use.