Like its parent site eHarmony, Compatible Partners lets you register for free. The site used to have an entirely different pricing structure, but as part of an anti-discrimination lawsuit settlement in 2010, it now uses the same subscription model as eHarmony. (You can also check out our full eHarmony review, where we tackled everything from the service’s pricing to premium features.)
This means you can create an account and take the extensive personality questionnaire, but your options for talking to matches will be limited. The free plan basically gives you an extended trial of Compatible Partners’ services, but if you want any of your match suggestions to lead anywhere, you’ll need a paid subscription.
Compatible Partners’ old pricing model used to involve two subscription levels that granted you different levels of access to communication options. Now, Compatible Partners follows the eHarmony subscription system, which goes like this:
|Track your profile views||Yes||Yes|
|View match photos & profiles||Yes||Yes|
|See who favorites you||Yes||Yes|
|Search matches outside your preferences||Yes||Yes|
|Personalized expert help||No||Yes|
|Anonymous match browsing||No||Yes|
|Get read receipts on messages||No||Yes|
|Be featured match for 24 hours per month||No||Yes|
Are Compatible Partners’ paid subscriptions worth it?
Yes, though which one you get depends on your dating goals.
Like eHarmony, Compatible Partners’ prices tend to run higher than many competitors’ fees. Prices are designed to nudge you towards longer contract terms. If you’re only planning to spend a couple of months with your account, you’ll find yourself paying much more every month.
Luckily, the Premium plan doesn’t add much beyond some perks like read receipts and anonymous browsing, so you shouldn’t feel any pressure to go for the highest available tier. All of the features you’ll need for online dating are available through the Standard Plan, making it the better option for most users.
Compatible Partners renews paid subscriptions automatically, so keep an eye on your account and cancel promptly if you don’t want to continue.
Compatible Partners takes most of its parent site eHarmony’s features and tweaks these to fit the needs of LGBT+ singles. That starts with the in-depth personality questionnaire, which contains six sections designed to gauge your physical appearance, personality traits and habits, life goals and values, relationship views and preferences, and so on. If that sounds tedious to you, don’t worry: you can skip some sections and come back to them later. The questionnaire is always accessible from your dashboard, so you can edit or update your answers when you feel the need.
The Compatible Partners system uses your answers to send you a batch of potential matches every day. These matches fall into one of two categories:
- Compatible Matches: people who would be a good fit based on your personality questionnaire results and custom preferences
- Standard Matches: people who would be a good fit based only on your custom preferences
You’ll also get up to 20 “What If?” suggestions. These are people who might be a compatible match for you despite not fitting one or more of your custom criteria. You can add any “What If?” result to your list of matches by choosing to communicate with them (e.g., sending a Smile or a message). If you’re not interested in a particular profile, you can also skip or hide it to get the next one in your “What If?” queue.
Like its eHarmony parent site, Compatible Partners gives you some help with filling out your profile. One notable example is the use of Q&A prompts. You can choose to answer any of the random questions offered when you edit your profile, and your answers will be displayed for any matches who drop by. These give you more opportunities to color in additional facets of your personality or showcase hobbies, interests, or beliefs that are important to you.
These prompts can also serve as a way to get to know your matches better before you even exchange messages. When your matches happen to have answered the same questions as you, Compatible Partners quickly gives you a summary of where your answers coincide or clash.
You can upload photos—in fact, Compatible Partners will flag your profile if you don’t try to upload any photos within a day of signing up. This is one of the site’s baseline security policies, more of which we’ve tackled in this review’s section on safety. You can also link your Facebook account and simply import any photos from there.
Compatible Partners uses the same communication system as eHarmony, so you’ll have three main options:
- Smiles: These are the equivalent of “pokes” or “nudges” and work best as an initial signal of interest.
- Guided Communication: These take the form of pre-made questions, which you can send to matches to break the conversational ice.
- Freeform messaging: You can exchange custom messages of any length with your matches.
You’ll need a paid subscription to send custom messages or use your own words to answer Guided Communication questions. If you’re on a free account, you’re limited to sending smiles or questions and choosing answers from a selection of canned responses.
Compatible Partners used to provide additional options like SecureCall, which lets you call a match without revealing any of your private contact details. However, eHarmony revamped its communication system in 2019, and both eHarmony and Compatible Partners seem to have jettisoned these options in favor of a refreshed text-based messaging system.
Compatible Partners offers mobile apps to complement the website. However, most users have left negative reviews for these apps, citing issues like a clumsy interface and low-quality match results. As much as possible, stick to Compatible Partners’ web version.
Compatible Partners carries similar security policies as eHarmony. That means your profile (and the information therein) is only visible to matches, and none of your personal details like email address or birthdate get disclosed unless you choose to tell someone yourself.
Any photos you upload also go through a screening process before they show up on your profile. Compatible Partners follows eHarmony’s screening policies as well, ensuring that offensive, vulgar, or fraudulent images don’t make their way onto people’s profiles.
Also like eHarmony, Compatible Partners stays alert to potentially harmful or fake profiles. Most suspicious accounts get shut down quickly, and the site blocks the related emails and IP addresses, minimizing the risk of returning bots or scammers. You can also hide or block any profiles that you find offensive or abusive, as well as report incidents of harassment, abuse, and other violations to Compatible Partners’ support staff.
As we noted in our eHarmony review, a 2019 Consumer Research study shows lower levels of reported harassment on established dating sites like eHarmony and Match. Considering how closely Compatible Partners now takes after the eHarmony model of operations, this evidence of a safer user experience likely extends to Compatible Partners too.
Compatible Partners uses the same Help Center as eHarmony. You’ll find the usual small, well-organized answers to common questions about features, billing, and so on. For more direct assistance, you can also send the Compatible Partners support staff an email. Unfortunately, neither eHarmony nor Compatible Partners offer real-time support options like phone or live chat.
What's the Verdict on Compatible Partners?
Compatible Partners is essentially eHarmony rebranded for LGBT+ singles. There’s hardly any difference between the two services, from the personality assessment to the matching and communication systems. Compatible Partners’ badly reviewed mobile apps place it a few notches below many popular dating apps, but the web version is still a good alternative. If you don’t care much about Compatible Partners’ origins, then it’s still a good place to start searching for that happy ending.