Search Options And Matching Algorithms

The table below compares the search options for our favorite dating sites that help you browse through other members' profiles. Sites that focus on computerized matchmaking, such as eHarmony, take members directly to potential matches and therefore do not necessitate search features. Whichever method you think will work best for you, take the time to see all that these great services have to offer before you choose the dating site that looks the best to you.

Search Options Comparison

Search Criteria Zoosk OurTime HowAboutWe
Photo Profiles Only Good Good Good Good
Online Now Good
Location Good Good Good Good
Keyword Good Good
Age Good Good Good
Religion Good Good Good
Languages Good
Ethnicity Good Good Good Good
Pet Preferences Good
Drinking Good Good Good
Smoking Good Good Good Good
Hobbies Good Good
Education Level Good Good
Body Type Good Good Good
Height Good Good Good Good
Occupation Good Good
Children Good Good Good Good
Relationship Status Good Good Good
Who's Viewed Me Good Good Good Good
Who's Favorited Me Good Good Good Good

Matching Algorithms

Instead of using search functions, compatibility matching services use proprietary algorithms to help you find a mate. Each compatibility matching site offers a different approach to matchmaking, putting its unique spin on starting a good relationship and finding the right partner. Feel free to read the service reviews to get a fuller picture of the services offered by each site before choosing the one that sounds best for you.


eHarmony was founded by Dr. Neil Clark Warren who spent 35 years counseling couples and studying what makes relationships successful (and what makes them fail). Dr. Warren's conclusion was that couples need more than mutual attraction - they need to build relationships based upon "29 Dimensions of Compatibility" that have proven essential in the creation of long-lasting relationships.

eHarmony also invests continual research into the science of love and sex so that they can provide members with new information, which could help them establish stable and satisfying relationships.

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