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Perfect Match takes on Match.com directly in offering a similar styled matchmaking system, but then it goes directly after all the things that people complain about Match.com.
They take on all the complaints, which may have been a good idea in the beginning but wound up hurting them in the end. There are a lot of choices on Perfect Match, almost too many choices. It is not a free site, but there is a free membership options that does allow you to use most of the features.
Perfect Match is impressive. It is laid out like an online magazine and has an easy navigation system to allow you to search for profiles, view profiles, contact people or to read up on the various ins and outs of the dating world. The mobile app version is just as streamlined and visually appealing. When you first land on Perfect Match you will be asked to fill out their personality profile and then matches will be suggested for you. Here is where things start to get different –
- Perfect Match has multiple “entry points” that allow for racial diversity and a variety of sexual orientations to use their service
- There is a real and functional free membership that allows you to use the site
While you can wait for the results of your personality profile and its recommended matches, you can also browse the member profiles – something you can’t do on Match.
How does it compare in the real world?
Perfect Match is hasn’t been around for that long and its membership and usage rates have never really taken off. It has a slightly higher percentage of men than women, the average age is mid 30s to early forties but there is a strong representation of other age groups. The use of “entry points” allows for people to more easily find their dating community within the same site.
- Perfect Match is ranked 87,174 globally ( a 16,279 point drop in the past year) is 24,014 in the US.
- Most popular in the US
- It is more popular with men who are past college age or activity
- It is accessed at public Wi-Fi spots
- The membership activity is steadily falling off.
Perfect Match has yet another proprietary “personality profile” a take-off of the one found on Match. All of these personality profile tests are nothing more than a hodgepodge of standard psychology quizzes that even psychologists don’t put too much weight on – but they are important for helping narrow your selection of choices online.
- There are chat and forum features.
- You can opt to search by keywords
- There are also various extended features that allow you to search for more options, hide your profile from visitor lists and see who visited you.
The choice of Perfect Match to allow for a fully featured (but basic) free access is an excellent idea. Premium members can access all the extended matchmaking features and other options for screening, advanced searches and listing.
Price and membership
The Perfect Match average monthly cost is about $29.99 for a paid membership. There are the standard discounts for signing up for several months in advance and the payments are put on an automatic subscription billing format. Unlike Match.com and other competitors, Perfect Match does have a free account option. This option allows you to search profiles and contact people so the site can function well as a free site too.
Perfect Match has all the right ideas that should have made it soar above the giants such as Match.com and eHarmony, but it hasn’t. While it has been steadily losing memberships it never had the dramatic beginning that most dating sites experience. Part of the reason for this lies in their providing all the options that Match.com doesn’t. In allowing for multiple points of entry they have created a site that is too large and has too many options. While you can come in as a senior gay Asian few people are going to find that being that restrictive is going to give them a broad range of dating choices. For this reason, the site performs well – but it is stagnating. If someone is looking for a gay site, they will go to one instead.
One of the other things that harm the site is the de-emphasis of their matchmaking formula. By emphasizing the free account option, new members may not be aware that this option is available to them. Perfect Match is a wonderful site; it is just not all that it could be.