checkr vs perfect fit background checks 2023 comparison

Checkr vs. Perfect Fit: A Head-to-Head Comparison (2023)

If you’re currently considering a background check provider for your business, you’re likely weighing a few key factors like cost, turnaround time, and service.

At Perfect Fit, we are committed to providing our customers with the accurate and timely information they need to support their hiring decisions. We also want to ensure prospective customers are getting the best employment screening service at the most fair price. To help in making an informed decision, we ran a head-to-head comparison of Perfect Fit versus Checkr, arguably one of the largest background check providers in the United States.

Read on to see how Checkr compares across: pricing, turnaround time, user experience, company values and company-size suitability.


  • Head-to-head test run in May 2023 comparing Checkr & Perfect Fit Background Checks
  • Results:
    • Pricing: Checkr – $55 vs Perfect Fit – $28 or $36 (depending on location)
    • Turnaround time: Checkr – 3.5 hours vs Perfect Fit – 35 minutes 
    • User experience & values: similar process & support for fair chance hiring
  • Conclusion: Checkr likely is better suited for large enterprises. Perfect Fit is best suited for small and medium-sized businesses


Comparative Test Design

This head-to-head test took place in May 2023. A background check order was submitted on both platforms, on the same candidate, at the same time. The customer running this comparison was a small business with fewer than 10 employees.


Checkr Price vs Perfect Fit Price

Checkr vs Perfect Fit Price comparisonWhen a business is researching a new vendor, price is one of the most important factors in making a selection. In this test, price was a category where there was a notable difference: Checkr’s price was almost twice that of Perfect Fit. Using the same package with both companies – the Standard Package at Perfect Fit and the Essential Criminal at Checkr – Checkr’s price was $54.99 compared to Perfect Fit’s rate of $24.00. 

Perfect Fit has two different prices points based on which state your business is based in: either $24 or $36. While Perfect Fit offers flat pricing regardless of company size, Checkr advertises discounted pricing to customers that are performing a higher volume of orders. If you run a high volume of background checks, you’re likely to receive a discount that would bring these prices closer.


Checkr Speed vs Perfect Fit Speed

Perfect Fit turnaround time was 35 minutes vs Checkr turnaround time was 3 hours and 30 minutesAfter price, speed is a high priority when considering a background check partner. The head-to-head check resulted in a notable difference in turnaround time.

Checkr’s report was returned in about 3.5 hours, while the Perfect Fit report came back in 35 minutes.

Background check turnaround times can be affected by a number of variables including: the reports needed, the counties the candidate has lived in during the last seven years and their individual histories, among other factors.

In addition to the time required to acquire the date, there is a Quality Assurance process that orders must go through. It is standard practice for background check vendors to manually review orders before they are released to the client to ensure everything looks reasonably accurate. It’s an important part of the FCRA that helps protect consumers and clients to run legal and FCRA-compliant background checks. Perfect Fit keeps a well-staffed QA team to keep this part of the process as fast as possible.

Note: This comparative test was run on the same candidate, so the background info pulled by each screening company was the same. The Perfect Fit QA team was not made aware of this test to mitigate potential bias.


User Experience

The customer reported similar user experiences between platforms: they were able to sign up with both Perfect Fit and Checkr in a self-service fashion, allowing them to create an account and place an order without requiring intervention or help from either company.


Company Values

Everyone deserves access to a job – including the 1 in 3 American adults with a criminal record. Through customer education, background check vendors can raise awareness about the fair-chance movement and the implications of background checks.

Checkr and Perfect Fit both support and promote fair chance hiring efforts. Both companies do this through customer education as well as monetary support of organizations doing the work in this field.

Should You Use Checkr or Perfect Fit Background Checks?

Choosing between Checkr or Perfect Fit comes down to what your company needs. Both Perfect Fit and Checkr offer valuable background check services with their own unique strengths. 

Checkr is likely ideal for large enterprises that need a robust platform with tools to manage high volumes of concurrent orders.

Perfect Fit provides personalized, high-touch service at competitive prices for small and medium-sized businesses. 

Ultimately, the right background check vendor for your company will depend on your organization’s size and specific needs. By considering factors such as price, speed, and user experience, you can make an informed choice and select the best background check platform for your business.

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