Online Dating

PlentyOfFish vs. OkCupid vs. eharmony image

Joe Schwartz

Online Dating Editor

With so many online dating sites out there, it can be difficult to determine which are legit and which are scams. We take a look at 3 of the most popular dating sites and see how they face off. image

To help you narrow down your search and choose a suitable dating site, we've taken a look at 3 of the most popular dating sites and see how they face off against each other.

In our comparison below, you'll find information on: PlentyOfFish (also known as POF), OkCupid, and eharmony.

POF vs. OkCupid

Both dating platforms offer a free version with basic functionalities and limited interactions. Also, both free versions are supported using ads and pop-ups that can become annoying if you use any of the sites for too long. As a paying member, you will receive perks like increased message storage, advanced search features, and others.

Also, both platforms are reliable, and they’ve been in business for several years. This allowed them to develop their database and improve their matchmaking techniques.

But I believe now it’s time to discuss differences.

The interface

Here you can see a huge difference between the two platforms. While POF’s interface is quite rudimentary and the main navigation happens using the main menu, they do have a wide database that may compensate for this. On the other hand, OKCupid comes with a modern interface and some visual effects that make things a bit smoother.

Signup process

The signup process on OKCupid is quick, and you can skip over steps if you’re eager to see the database before creating a complete profile. They won’t let you see any of the available users until you login with a valid account which is very nice.

POF, on the other hand, has a very laborious signup process that will ask you to answer a bunch of questions. Even more, they won’t let you skip any of the steps and come back to your profile later. The most annoying part is that to have a complete profile, you have to take another quiz that is both long and boring. Still, your matchmaking opportunities depend on how well you answer these questions.

Matchmaking algorithm

Both platforms base their matchmaking on your activity on the site. However, POF will ask you a ton of questions before providing you with a list of possible candidates that are more accurate and will base their entire matchmaking activity on how you answer these questions.

OKCupid uses a different algorithm based on your preferences and your activity on the site. The algorithm learns about your preferences in terms of partners by following your activity. Thus, you will receive better proposals as you use the site more.

Security features

Both platforms implement basic security features but the best way to make sure no one steals your data is to make sure you’re not sharing too much. Also, no one guarantees your safety in face-to-face meetings.

Keep in mind that both platforms reserved their right to process user data in marketing activities and other types of statistics. This means they will be sharing your data with third parties.

OKCupid vs. Eharmony

Eharmony is quite popular among dating sites and for a good reason. They are one of the most stable dating platforms and they promote a modern and stylish look. On the other hand, OKCupid is also quite stable and their interface is modern, but they offer an ad-supported version while this is not an option with eharmony.

The interface

Both interfaces are modern and well-designed, but Eharmony’s is more professional. You can actually see why they don’t offer a free version. Everything is easy to understand, and you don’t need to be used to online dating platforms to get how things work. Also, their profile pages are very professional and nice to browse through.

Signup Process

Eharmony will put you through a series of questions about your personality and life in general to create an accurate profile. Sadly, you can’t skip any of these, but the graphical interface is pleasing so you won’t get too bored.

As we already mentioned, OKCupid is a lot more permissive when it comes to creating a profile.

Matchmaking algorithm

According to Eharmony, their algorithm uses real scientific algorithms that will find the most accurate matches for each user. They also got the success stories to prove it. Sadly, they don’t allow matches for same-sex persons, and this is definitely a minus for them.

OKCupid is more open, but their algorithm is not as accurate at first. Once you start using the site, you will receive better matches because the site will learn from your actions.

In conclusion, both algorithms will provide you with some pretty good matches.

Security features

Eharmony is more focused on data security, and they use strong encryption and an SSL connection to protect your financial data during credit card transactions. However, they can’t guarantee a 100% secure environment so you should be very careful with the information you share.

Pros & Cons

Plenty of Fish


• Free to browse their database and send messages
• The community is active
• It’s a reliable platform
• Success stories


• The interface is rudimentary
• Profile pages look like they are from another age
• Ads can be quite annoying
•Signup process is long and tedious



• Free version with additional site features for paid accounts
• Great privacy options
• Profiles can be in more than one language
• The interface is modern and clean
• Signup process is short


• Ads can be annoying sometimes
• You don’t have the option to chat as a group – just instant messaging
• It's very important to be active



• Great-looking interface with detailed profiles
• Extra features
• Great algorithm
• Success stories


• Quite expensive
• No same-sex matches
• Creating a profile takes too long image

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