About Elite Singles

Billing themselves as “a professional dating site for busy American singles,” EliteSingles claims to help you find a like-minded match, regardless of race, religion, age, or sexual preference.

Compared to other dating sites, EliteSingles does this by requiring members to complete a detailed personality test (don’t worry, we’ll cover this in greater detail shortly). Then, they’ll use these results to send you 3-7 potential matches per day, which allows you to interact with others while still living your busy life. Or, as EliteSingles calls it, “streamlining the process.”

In fact, EliteSingles claims that more than 2/3 of their members hold either a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree, which means that they’re probably just as busy as you are. In addition, EliteSingles also claims that they gain 18,000 new members per week, with an average gender split of 43% male and 57% female, mostly between the ages of 30 and 55.

As a busy professional, there’s no doubt that finding true love can seem like a daunting task. I mean, where would you find the time in your hectic schedule?

But can EliteSingles help you find the right match? Do their prices provide a solid value? Are there any other considerations you should keep in mind? We’ll cover all the basics here, so you can decide if EliteSingles is worth your time and money.

Since EliteSingles’ personality test is arguably their main selling point, we’ll begin there.

EliteSingles’ Personality Test & Matching System

The 200 questions found in EliteSingles’ personality test are based on the Five Factor Model developed by Robert McCrae and Paul Costa, which measures “openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.”

Because of the test’s length, you can save your progress, log out, and return to finish at a later time, although it will need to be completed within 15 weeks of starting.

Once you’ve completed your test though, you won’t be able to go back and repeat it or change your answers at a later date. Which is why EliteSingles recommends answering as honestly as you can the first time around.

As long as you’re an EliteSingles member, you’ll be able to view the test results under your personal profile. For more information, be sure to read through EliteSingles’ Personality Test page.

An example of what your test results will look like after completing EliteSingles’ personality test.​An example of what your test results will look like after completing EliteSingles’ personality test.

From there, Elite Singles will use these results, along with their “scientific matching algorithm,” to “help introduce members with similar traits to one another, [in an effort] to give people the best chance at having a happy, long-term relationship.”

This is accomplished by sending you 3-7 matches per day, which uses 3 main criteria: your personality results from above, your relationship preferences (e.g. kids, distance, preferred age, etc.), and your location. Another factor that can impact the number of matches EliteSingles sends to you is how often you’re active on the site. In other words, the more you log on, the more matches you’ll receive.

In fact, if you’re not active enough (the company doesn’t provide any clarification about this point), you might lose your recommendations—and stop being recommended to others—altogether.

Note: Because EliteSingles’ algorithm is proprietary, we’re not told exactly how their system decides which matches to send you. However, it doesn’t appear to be based solely on how closely someone matches your personality traits, since they claim: “We’re convinced that the best relationships are between people who are not 100% identical, but enjoy a mixture of common denominators and complementary characteristics.”

But once you find someone you’re interested in, what can you do from there? We’ll get to that in a second, but let’s wrap up this section with some concerns surrounding the Five Factor Model.

Is the Five Factor Model Legit?

Is the Five Factor Model a legitimate psychological theory? Yes. But like any other theory, it’s come under a great deal of scrutiny since first being released in 1992.

Unless you’re a psychologist, most of the critiques related to the Five Factor Model will probably bore you to tears. In layman’s terms though, there are 3 main concerns:

  1. Many have argued that the Five Factor Model can’t help explain or predict anything—included potential love interests. In other words, it might not be accurate for gauging how well your personality will match with others. Why? Because it doesn’t account for cultural differences.
  2. The model only accounts for 56% of known personality traits, which means that it might leave a lot of “gray area” between you and a potential match.
  3. Finally, there isn’t a theory that the model is grounded on (which goes back to the first critique above). Instead, it’s basically just a set of data points that are clustered together in a “less than optimal” manner.

Reaching Out To Your EliteSingles Matches

In a nutshell, EliteSingles provides 4 different ways to communicate with your matches:

  • Smiles – This is often the first step, which is basically like sending an emoticon to someone, letting them know you’re interested.
  • 5 Questions – Here, you’ll be able to select 5 different questions from a list of 50 and send them to your match. Then, they’ll be able to select their answers from a list, or type a custom answer. According to EliteSingles, this can act as a sort of ice breaker to help get the conversation started.
  • Likes & Dislikes – You can send a list of the characteristics and habits you’re looking for, and they can do the same. This can help you compare each other’s answers a figure out whether or not you want to continue communicating.
  • Send a message – This is a “personalized text message” that can be sent at any time.

How much will all of these features cost you?

EliteSingles’ Membership Pricing

Signing up for an EliteSingles’ membership and taking their personality test can be done free of charge. However, if you want to begin receiving daily matches, you’ll have to purchase a paid membership. This will cost you:

  • 1 Month: $59.95
  • 3 Months: $34.95 per month (one charge of $104.85)
  • 6 Months: $24.95 per month (one charge of $149.70)
  • 12 Months: $17.95 per month (one charge of $215.40)

EliteSingles also offers a Premium Plus program, which will give you “the added benefit of receiving up to 20 additional matches per day via the “Have you met” feature.” This will cost:

  • 1 Month: $69.95
  • 3 Months: $39.95 per month (one charge of $119.85)
  • 6 Months: $29.95 per month (one charge of $179.70)
  • 12 Months: $19.95 per month (one charge of $239.40)

Regardless of which option you choose, remember that your EliteSingles membership will automatically renew at the end of the term.

Pro tip: We’ve reviewed several other popular dating sites here at HighYa (more about this next), and we often find that in addition to your membership price, you’ll have to pay to communicate with other users. Some charge for this directly, while others use a credit-based system (e.g. sending a smile will cost you 1 credit, sending a message 10 credits, etc.), which can quickly add up.

With limited pricing information available, this might not be the case with EliteSingles, although it’s definitely something worth keeping in mind.

To help answer some of your questions, EliteSingles does feature a fairly extensive FAQ section, although we didn’t uncover anything additional regarding pricing. And if you have any direct questions, customer support can be reached at support@elitesingles.com.

EliteSingles’ Competition & Customer Feedback

The truth is that it’s difficult to compete with giants like OKCupid, Match.com, and eHarmony, so most recent additions to the online dating industry focus on specific niches. This includes FarmersOnly (those looking to meet rural individuals), TripTogether (those who like to travel), ChristianMingle.com (Christians looking for other Christians), OurTime (those over 50), and more.

So what’s EliteSingles’ unique angle? Although the Five Factor Model they use might be unique, personality tests in general certainly are not. In fact, all of the top 3 sites noted above use in-depth personality tests to help match you with other singles, so it doesn’t appear there’s any advantage there.

Is it the fact that most of EliteSingles’ users are high-level professionals with college degrees? Here’s where things get interesting. Why? Because it doesn’t appear that you have to meet minimum educational or career requirements in order to join. So, while EliteSingles claims that 2/3 of their users have college-level or advanced degrees, this doesn’t appear to be a deciding factor.

Despite the site’s somewhat fuzzy advantage over the competition, are love-seekers happy with their experience?

One DatingSitesReviews, a couple dozen EliteSingles customers had nothing positive to say about the company. Common complaints cited:

  • Matching: The same 8 matches sent as soon as you join (several users from different parts of the world all said the same thing).
  • Proximity: You can’t view how close your matches are. In many instances, matches were several states away, even though they indicated that they were only interested in matches within a 50 mile radius.
  • High Price: In addition to your monthly membership, you have to pay even more for all communication.
  • Poor Customer Service: This included boilerplate responses to detailed questions, as well as difficulty cancelling memberships.

Outside of this, we only found affiliate sites and biased reviews relating to EliteSingles.

Wrapping everything up, should you lay your heart on the line with EliteSingles?

Is EliteSingles Really An Elite Online Dating Site?

Looking for love isn’t easy. If you’re a busy professional, it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there and be open to communicating with complete strangers. Add to this long tests and high prices, and it makes it even more important that you start your online dating experience on the right foot.

To this end, we think there are a lot of other solid choices compared to EliteSingles. Their pricing model seems in line with many of the other dating sites we’ve reviewed that customers are calling a “scam,” and their online feedback—while limited—certainly doesn’t seem positive. On top of this, there doesn’t seem to be anything especially unique about EliteSingles that meaningfully differentiates it from the competition.

Our recommendation? First, to help you stay scam-free during the process, be sure to read 6 Red Flags When Dating Online. Then, we’d suggest exploring more mainstream online dating options before signing up for an EliteSingles membership.

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21 Customer Reviews for Elite Singles

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Fake

    After joining this site, I was disappointed with the matches that were selected for me. I contacted customer service and informed them that I was NOT receiving any new matches. I was told that I wasn't logging into the site enough to generate new matches, that was a false answer because I check every morning to see if any NEW matches were being sent.

    It's not worth the money. This site is bogus, and I doubt if anyone has had any success meeting people on this site. I wish I had read this review before I spent my money.

    I had to give it at least one star for this review to post, but this company really deserves NO STARS! Stay away.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Stay away from Elite Singles

    I joined Elite Singles thinking that they were legit. Wrong!

    I was barely getting any feedback from the female that I have contacted, and the site has females that they, themselves, created. At least the people that I contacted do not exist. I know that because I spent enough time on the site and was not able to even chat with one member.

    Their tactics are to block you from coming back to the site. For instance, when you try to log in, you will not be able to do so. If you try to do a "forget password using the email address you registered with," they will reply stating that they sent you a link to reset your password. But when you log in to your email account, you will never see any such email. This will go on and on until the time of renewal when they will try to bill again for a service that you were not able to use.

    STAY AWAY!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Rip off - auto charge credit card

    I will echo many of the sentiments here and say this auto-renewal, no refund business model is absolutely slimy, shady and reprehensible. This company will steal your money and not give it a second thought.

    The matches were okay, I guess. Not a lot in my area, but nothing to make me super upset.

    However, when my credit card is charged with NO REMINDER notification and the company refuses to work with its customers and find any middle ground or resolution, it's not acceptable.

    Yes, it's stated that the policy auto renews. But, forgive me for forgetting after six months. Now I'm stuck with another six-month policy that I'll never use because I found someone else outside their subscription. Total waste.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Rip-off

    This is a terrible site and a rip-off. There were no professionals in my area. They charged me an auto-renewal after I canceled, stating that the cancellation must be received 3 DAYS AFTER JOINING. It is a scam to guarantee they charge you after you find out it is a lousy site.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    The worst dating site

    • Virginia,
    • Apr 19, 2017

    I've signed up for the Elite Singles website a month ago. I wanted to only try it for a month, but they didn't have that option (red flag!). I completed my profile and adjusted my settings to only get matched with people nearby and of certain criteria. Regardless of that, I get matched with people from all over the place, with no pictures, and wrong criteria.

    This website doesn't let you browse either. I think there are very few users as well. By now I've tried every website there is out there, and I can say that you are better off with a free app than this expensive service. Completely not worth your money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Money scam, they hide behind their unfair contract of auto-renewal

    They set up your membership with their auto-renewal system as a default. Then they do not send out any reminders before the auto-renewal date they just automatically deduct your account with a couple of hundred of pounds. When you contact with them (still in a shock) that you don't need the service anymore and want to delete your account, they are laughing at you what a big loser you are forgetting your auto-renewal date and they quote their contract that they can not refund your money in any circumstances.

    I hope they will disappear. Anyway, I even didn't like the service they offered (you even can not restrict what kind of people you allow to get in touch with you, like age).

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your money!

    For the price, the site was very generic. Fifty percent of the members had no photos, which makes me think that these were made up members. Professional people, that was a joke. I never heard of this site until recently, but I thought it was a legit site for the cost. But it was far from that. Please do not waste your time and your money!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Scammed

    • Ohio,
    • Mar 30, 2017

    First, try finding anyone close to you from the name of a city and the first three numbers of their zip code.

    Then add that I canceled the renewal and was charged $149.70 today and I will now have to cancel my credit card to keep it from happening again because they are only reachable by email and will avoid you.

    Don't fall for this and don't give these thieves your credit card.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Useless and bullies

    • Queensland, Australia,
    • Mar 21, 2017

    It's useless, and it's all about bullying subscribers into paying the automatic renewal, which is hidden in the fine print.

    For subscribers in Australia, refuse to pay and quote the Australian Consumer Law to them pointing out this is misleading and deceptive conduct. And don't forget to make a complaint to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The sooner we run these parasitic bags out of Australia, the better!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Horrible site, predatory in nature and may be a total scam

    Watch out for the articles and sites that claim this site is one of the best! I think they are all paid ads disguised as legitimate reviews and comparisons of online dating sites.

    I've been on other online dating sites, and I have found that most are better than Elite Singles.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Decent site, excellent money scam

    • Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Feb 3, 2017

    Consumer beware. This is not a bad site per se, but their business practices are borderline scams. Here’s the gig:

    I signed up for three months, and it was kind of fun. I really don’t take these sites too seriously, but you do meet some "interesting" people (I'm being polite here). Anyways, what they do is NOT tell you about the automatic membership renewal after your initial term expires. Oh, it’s there, buried in between the lines of the legal document you agree to initially, but who really goes through all that on a meeting site?

    So, my three months comes around and then suddenly a charge appears on my statement for another three months. You cannot contact these slippery people by phone as they are in Germany, so preprogrammed email messages are all you receive.

    Their policy is that you have to inform them within 24 hours of the charge being posted to your card in order to cancel, something that never happens given the timing of the charge and your receipt of the statement. These are shoddy and slippery business practices that will soon be governed by international laws, but for the time being, I must applaud them for finding this loophole.

    Be careful people.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Mar 29, 2017

      Spartacus

      Hi John,

      You said, "These are shoddy and slippery business practices that will soon be governed by international laws..."

      Can you please tell me about the international laws in question? I'm very interested in what you have found.

      I have fallen in the auto-renewal trap and while my credit card changed for unrelated reasons and the automatic payment failed, they are still requesting the money be paid. So, do I risk a debt collection process or just pay the money? I'm in New Zealand, by the way.

      Yep, total scam, with loads of daily matches from all over the country hundreds of miles away, who wants that. This is the wild west of commerce.

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