Chemistry.com (Est. $40 per month), a spin-off from Match.com (Est. $42 per month) , is a direct competitor to eHarmony (Est. $60 per month) in that it makes the matches to potential mates for you after you complete a fairly extensive questionnaire. However, its matching algorithm is based on personality types, rather than demographics and interests. Contacting your assigned matches requires a subscription.
Serious dating site. Chemistry.com is a spin-off from Match.com, and the site positions itself as being "designed especially for people who are looking for help in getting to know someone online so the first date feels like you're meeting for the second time." Reviewers consider it be less restrictive than its matchmaking competitor, eHarmony.com. One reviewer reports that Chemistry.com has a limited dating pool and that the matching process demands patience, but it's definitely a serious site for serious people.
Based on personality types. Chemistry.com starts with a detailed personality test to find out who you are and what you hope to find in a partner. After completing the questionnaire, you're shown your personality type as a mixture of four different types: explorer, director, negotiator and builder; it's this mixture that is used by the matchmaking algorithm to find your matches. You can't search the site -- you must wait for the site to send you matches-- and you must subscribe to contact people (or wait for the periodic "free communication weekend").
When you find a match, Chemistry.com guides you through a multi-step communication process. Chemistry.com gets the Lady's Choice award from NextAdvisor.com's female editor for the compatibility test that picked up on hidden interests and characteristics. The male editor says the matching criteria are too simplistic.
Personality test is free. Free membership in Chemistry.com allows you to complete the personality test devised by Dr. Helen Fisher, access your personality profile, view photos of the matches chosen for you and receive daily personalized matches. Anything else requires a paid subscription, which ranges from $40 for a month-by-month plan to $21 per month if you sign up for 6 months at a time. Subscribers can email their matches at any time, can flirt using online games and can discover who wants to connect with them.
Some matches may be inactive. As with eHarmony.com, the other major online matchmaking dating site, users of Chemistry.com report that matches don't always meet their criteria or turn out to be inactive profiles, and the dating pool "dries out" quickly in many geographical areas. Similar to its parent company, Match.com, many users of Chemistry.com report a suspicious flurry of matches in their inbox just after canceling their subscription.
Chemistry.com gets the Lady's Choice award from NextAdvisor.com's female editor for the compatibility test that picked up on hidden interests and characteristics. The male editor says the matching criteria are too simplistic. The review admits that the matching process demands patience, but it's definitely a serious site for serious people.
Review: Chemistry.com Review: Online Dating, Editors of NextAdvisor.com, Not dated
2. Dating Sites Reviews.com
Editors and users of DatingSitesReviews.com give yearly awards to outstanding dating sites in various categories. Though Chemistry.com has never won one, editors in this review praise the compatibility test, which is interesting and clear. They think the test is pretty long, however, and they're not happy that users can't search profiles themselves.
Review: Chemistry.com Review, Editors of DatingSitesReviews.com, Not dated
About.com's dating guide Bonny Albo focuses on Chemistry.com's compatibility test. She thinks it takes an unusual approach, with matching done by personality types. She also likes the way the system encourages feedback from people who've actually met to help the site improve.
Review: Chemistry.com Review, Bonny Albo, Not dated
4. eDate Review
Feedback at eDateReview.com is typical of user reviews in this industry -- that is, negative. Although some users admit people on Chemistry.com appear more serious and of a higher quality than on less expensive sites, many report getting a flood of matches once they've unsubscribed, as if it's attempting to lure them back.
Review: Reviews of Chemistry.com, Contributors to eDateReview.com, Not dated