|Popularity||280,000 users per month|
|Gender proportion||49% male, 51% female|
|Geography||United States, Canada, United Kingdom|
|Mobile app||iOS, Android|
|Odds of success||★★★★☆|
We created an account on Elite Singles to get a full insider’s view: how appropriate the matching is, whether there are fake accounts, whether paid registration is worth it, and what advantages it provides.
Elite Singles justifies its name: over 70% of participants have an academic degree. The system has 5 million accounts and gets regular checks for fakes. People older than 35 write most of the reviews, and have positive results: a match for a serious relationship is successful!
Here we assessed the service based on its affordability, audience quality, interface and convenience of use, security and privacy, and finally, the odds of successful matching.
Premium access for 3 months costs $57.95/m, for 6 months — $44.95/m, and 12-month membership costs $31.95/m. The entire amount for 3, 6, or 12 months is charged on the day of purchase.
If you want to cancel your membership, do it in advance — otherwise, renewal is automatic.
A free version is available but is of limited use — it gives access to basic features only. You can see the number of matches found and their profile information but not their photos. Sending messages is not possible with a basic account — you can only send a smile to someone you like.
To use Elite Singles in full, you’ll need to buy paid access. With a paid membership, the number of matches is higher. You can view profile photos, exchange unlimited messages, and use the mobile app.
With a paid membership, an additional “Have you met…” feature is at your disposal: the system shows potential partners, including those who are slightly outside your search criteria — for example, a couple of years older or younger. After all, a perfect match is not always the one who meets all the requirements.
Although paid access may not be cheap, it makes the service much more practical to use
Opposite to many other online dating networks, Elite Singles is mostly for those in search of a serious relationship.
Most of the users are working professionals between 30 and 55, and there are slightly more women than men. The service is aimed at the mature crowd, compared to other dating websites like Tinder, attracting lots of college kids.
Fakes and scammers
Elite Singles seems to treat the security of its members seriously and verifies user profiles to confirm their authenticity, so fakes are not common.
In our experience, only a couple of profiles from two dozens that we saw caused any suspicion for not being genuine. But users do occasionally report running into scammers, so staying vigilant, just like anywhere else on the Internet, is helpful.
The audience consists mostly of educated people looking for a commitment rather than just a quick hookup
Clean, pleasant, maximally intuitively clear. Everything seems to be perfect, as an elite dating service should be. But there is one catch: we were not able to find a “Report or Block” button to filter out unpleasant individuals.
The registration process includes standard profile completion and answers to 200 questions. A significant advantage is that you can save progress at any time and return later. A downside: as soon as you complete the registration process, you cannot change your answers, so make them as frank as possible.
Profiles are detailed — one can add much more information to what is already available from the test and answer questions about preferences.
You can also upload over 20 photos and link your account to a Facebook page for more pictures. For a better understanding of one’s character — as soon as you complete the 200-question quiz, you can see a full personality profile in the account.
The paid subscription option allows viewing all the profiles on the website and choosing search parameters. But leave it behind. Elite Singles website filters the matches and finds the most suitable partners for you every day, not only based on the test results but taking your location into account as well.
Interesting fact: the more you visit the website, the more often it sends you identified matches. As soon as you stop visiting the site, the likelihood of being recommended to someone drops significantly.
And it’s justified: we don’t want to contact anyone who is not very interested in meeting or too busy for that.
Well-organized and handy. Chat is available with paid access and allows exchanging messages with potential matches. Colored dots next to the profile picture show whether the user has been active recently or not.
One pitfall: for those with free access, it’s not possible to reply to messages from a paid member — they would have to pay for a subscription too.
As convenient and intuitively clear as the desktop version. Two options are available: for iOS and Android.
The mobile app offers all the same functions as the full version. You can upload photos to your profile directly from your phone, send smiles and messages to other users and edit your account and profile information.
From a technical point of view, the service is modern-looking and is convenient to use
Security and privacy
Security is at a good level — verification of email account is required to sign up, and connection to social media pages is not mandatory. The website uses encryption to protect important user data, such as credit card info.
In case you suspect a scam, report the user in question to the Customer Care.
If you already found the right match or just no longer want to be registered, it’s easy to delete the account through the settings menu.
Odds of success
Thanks to the unique algorithm and the minimum of fakes, there are high chances to meet your other half.
The service features an excellent tool for collecting your information: it will give you 200 questions to answer. No more tiresome yes/no, like in other services. This large test designed by Robert McCrae and Paul Costa is based on the five-factor model.
Moreover, in Elite Singles, the questions themselves were selected by specialists with a Ph.D. in psychology. You are supposed to define the most important traits in your future partner. It is with your honest answers that the system can analyze the profiles available and reveal the most suitable candidates for you.
The next reason makes this method good: according to the American psychologist Alice Eagly, nowadays, the choice of a partner is determined by social peculiarities — not by biological processes. Noam Shpancer, a professor of psychology at the Otterbein University, notes that the presence of social competence, that is, education and the ability to communicate, is most appreciated when choosing a partner.
The system focuses on the internal qualities of a person, on their education and sociability. All that considerably increases the odds of success and, to our mind, deserves for you to answer all the questions and complete the registration. The process takes about 20 minutes, we checked.
The registration is long but worth it, especially if you’re looking for a serious relationship and aim at marriage
Conclusion and advice
Although more than 90% of registered users have a perfect command of English, we recommend you search for a partner from a country the language of which you know well.
“Those who speak our mother tongue and share our cultural values are easier to communicate with, understand, and trust.” Such was the conclusion by David Perrett at the University of St Andrews in Scotland during his experiment. On the Elite Singles site, this conclusion was confirmed by our check: a few people gave up on the communication because they were looking for the other half from their home area.
The site does its best: the minimum of fakes, intuitive interface, elaborately designed system of defining the suitable partner. Do your best as well, for your other half to find you!
Those looking for online dating have plenty of options. Here are some of them.
- eHarmony — the website has a similar way to collect information about you as a person. You don’t just answer yes/no — you can choose an appropriate level for the response on a scale.
- Hinge — this service would not search for potential matches among strangers, but use one’s circle of friends and acquaintances with the help of Facebook connection.
- On Bumble, only women are allowed to begin conversations with potential dates — designed for ladies who are prepared to make a start.
- Pure — this dating app allows time-limited account creation and search for a hookup within a certain geographic area.
If you haven’t found an answer to your question yet, welcome.
Is this website free?
You can register for free, but to use all the features, you need to buy paid access.
Is Elite Singles worth paying for?
While you can use some functions for free, the paid subscription gives access to more potential matches. You can also see full member profiles with photos and send chat messages.
What kind of dating website is Elite Singles?
Elite Singles is a website for people looking for a serious relationship. The majority of its users are college-educated. The system finds potential matches based on the results of a personality test.
What is the age of Elite Singles members?
While the audience is diverse, the majority of users are educated professionals between 30 and 55 years of age.
How does the personality test work?
The test consists of 200 questions and takes about 45 minutes to complete. The system then finds suitable matches based on the individual personality profile.
Can I search for someone on Elite Singles?
The registered users on Elite singles can view profiles, but there is no search feature — the system looks for and offers potential matches.
Can I have two accounts on Elite Singles?
Creating multiple accounts is not allowed per the Code of Conduct.
Is there a mobile app for Elite Singles?
Yes, there is a mobile app for both iOS and Android.
Can I delete my account?
Yes, you can delete an account using the settings menu.
Pure, platform with no bots and fakes
In Pure, the algorithm will delete your account an hour after you start searching for a partner. If you match, you have another hour to talk in the chat — then it will also be automatically deleted. This makes the service inaccessible and uninteresting for bots, fakes, and crooks. Pure users are alive personalities who do not hide their desires and want to find a partner in the next hour.