Elite Singles Review

Overview

EliteSingles is as serious as it gets when it comes to online dating, marketing itself as the US’ leading dating service for educated singles looking for serious relationships.

Founded in 2008, EliteSingles now boasts a membership of more than 13 million singles—a membership that grows by an average of 381,000 new members every month—across 25 countries worldwide, including the United States, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

In terms of successful matchmaking, EliteSingles helps 2,500 singles find love each month—more than 80% of which are “above average” educated.

Pros and Cons

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Signup Process

No lengthy application process here; you can sign up for EliteSingles and start matching with people in less than ten minutes.

To set up your profile, simply follow these four steps:

  1. Enter your gender, the gender of the partner you are looking for, your email address and your password.
  2. Agree to their Terms and Conditions and their Privacy Policy.
  3. Complete their 5 Factor personality questionnaire (explained more in-depth in the “How Matching Works” section below).
  4. Select a username (they encourage you to use your first name).

After finishing your personality questionnaire, your profile is immediately activated and ready to use. If you like, you can also add additional details about yourself to your profile.

And if you need help with your profile at any point, EliteSingles provides articles, guides, and an active customer service team to help you with everything from writing messages to matches to choosing the right profile pictures.

Once you’re happy with your profile, just hit “Matches” to start seeing your suggested matches.

How Matching Works

At the pinnacle of EliteSingles’ matching system is the 5 Factor personality questionnaire. According to EliteSingles,

“Initially developed in the 1990s, (the 5 Factor personality questionnaire) is one of the most important and renowned concepts in modern psychology. Using the results of five personality dimensions, we are able to identify couples who are particularly compatible to a long and happy relationship together.”

The five personality dimensions considered are openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Depending on how you score on these traits, EliteSingles will match you with people who fit with or complement your personality.

On top of this, EliteSingles also takes into consideration any personal preferences (whether or not you want children, for example), as well as demographic information including gender, age, location, profession, and level of education, when deciding who to match you with.

With all of this information, EliteSingles does all the work to provide you with 3-7 suitable matches per day delivered right to your desktop or mobile app—you don’t have to do any searching yourself.

Location- and niche-specific dating

In addition to this more hands-off approach, EliteSingles also offers location- and niche-specific dating for those who have a more clear-cut idea of what they want. For example, not only does EliteSingles offer location-specific dating in New York, LA, Chicago or “anywhere in between,” but they also cater to such specific communities and niches as:

Communicating

To communicate with your matches, EliteSingles allows you to:

Any one of these actions—none of which can be undone—will result in your match receiving a notification in their Messages. However, if you or your match delete one another, your combined interactions will be deleted.

Safety Features

Given the high-quality nature of their members, EliteSingles takes safety and privacy more seriously than your typical dating site.

For one, 100% of profiles are verified by a human once the profile is created and again via daily profile quality checks. Through this process, they significantly decrease the number of fake and inactive members on their site.

They then go one step further and proactively remove users they suspect aren’t serious. This means that, beyond not having to deal with fake or inactive accounts, you’re also more likely to only match with people who are as serious as you are.

They also employ SSL Encryption and Fraud Detection Systems to ensure that the data of their members remains safe and secure.

Pricing

With a free EliteSingles membership, you can:

This is just a small snippet of the features you gain access to as a Premium member, which include:

To gain access to all of these Premium features, you can expect to pay:

The Verdict

With a large membership consisting mostly of educated over-30-year-olds, industry-leading profile vetting to reduce inactive, fake and non-serious profiles, the option for location-and niche-based targeting, and a comparatively high membership fee to help deter non-serious users, EliteSingles is tailor-made for serious daters looking for long-lasting relationships.