Pros / The site gives you the results of your own personality quiz.
Cons / You can’t view photos or message users without a subscription.
Verdict / Elite Singles is a comprehensive dating website that was relatively effective in comparison to the others we tested.
This service asks questions not only about how you look physically but what you’re like as a person. The profile setup survey asks a wide range of questions, including whether your room is typically cluttered, whether you consider yourself patient and whether you’re warm, positive, conservative, honest and numerous other personality traits. Just like eharmony, Elite Singles has you answer these questions on a scale, so you’re not stuck deciding between a basic yes or no. This setup process took our reviewers about 25 minutes to complete, the longest of any dating service we tested.
An important aspect of setting up your account is the questions Elite Singles asks about your potential mate. The quiz asks you to decide how important it is that your potential matches have certain personality traits like morality, reliability and risk-taking. You’re also asked to decide whether physical appearance is important. If marriage is your ultimate goal, the site asks you to note whether it should also be important to your partner. Unlike services with short setups like Tinder and Bumble, this service has a thorough matching process that should reveal plenty about your compatibility with other users.
One neat feature on Elite Singles is once you set up your account, you can see your own personality profile. This profile shows you on a scale what you’re like in certain aspects of life, like being outgoing or conscientious. It’s a nifty visual way to look at all the information you’ve entered about yourself and see it displayed in a way that’s easy to digest.
Setting up your dating profile is free, but using this service effectively requires a paid subscription. There are three levels of membership, the most basic of which gives you unlimited messaging and heightened matchmaking services. The two other levels of membership have different prices but add on the ability to see all member photos, get notifications when your messages have been read and know who has visited your page.
With a free membership you know how many matches you have, but you can’t see their photos – just their profile information. You also can’t send or receive messages without paying, but you can send a “smile” if you’d like to flirt for free. Realistically though, you really can’t use this site without paying for it. Elite Singles also offers its services through a free smartphone app. The app is easy to use, but also essentially useless unless you’ve paid for a subscription to access messaging and user photos.
For testing, we set up three fake accounts and left them active for about 24 hours. One account was a woman seeking a man, one was a man seeking a woman and another was a woman seeking a woman. All three fake users were in their 20s or 30s and had similarly generic profiles. The accounts received an average of 17 matches, with 76 percent of them displayed as an 80 percent match or higher.
While it might be more obvious on a paid version of the website, our reviewers struggled to find the blocking or reporting features on Elite Singles and ultimately had to do a Google search to figure it out. If you do find love, deleting your account is easy to do from the settings menu.