Elite Singles Review (2024) – Low Ratings May Be Misleading

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To be fully transparent, when I first heard “Elite Singles”, I thought it was going to be some private meeting of a bunch of snobby socialites who were “too good and too elite for the rest of the world”. Thankfully, my parents taught me to never judge a book by its cover because (as you’ll see) that is not the case.

While I may have had some initial reservations about the name of this dating app, I wanted to find out once and for all if the Elite Singles dating app was worth it or not. To do that, I joined, tested, and reviewed all three Elite Singles platforms, researched what other users were saying (looking to validate or invalidate those claims), and ultimately put together an Elite Singles review that will help you decide if it’s the right dating app for you.

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What I Found During My Review of Elite Singles

Elite Singles claims to be a dating app catered toward singles who are more established in life, have higher levels of education or advanced training, and aren’t looking to play games. According to their website, over 85% of their members are considered “highly educated.”

Do they live up to that claim? Honestly, I’d say so—with a few reservations. From my experience, the app is packed with quality singles who aren’t the snobby socialites I expected to see, but were goal-driven and accomplished people looking for someone to do life with. A large percentage of profiles were doctors, lawyers, businesspeople, and a handful of other professional titles you’d expect to see.

What may surprise you, though, is during my time on Elite Singles, I also saw quite a few people who weren’t in the professional space. This may be a pro or a con for you, depending on what you’re looking for. If you only want to date other professionals, expect to get some messages from people that don’t exactly match what you’re looking for. If you’re open to dating people who aren’t on that grind like you are, this is a nice surprise.

Pros and Cons of Elite Singles

Pros

  • Hundreds of thousands of new singles joining every month (381,000+ based on past month averages)
  • 85% of members have some form of an above-average education or higher-level certification
  • Operates in the US, as well as 25+ other countries, in case you’re looking for something international
  • Recently partnered with CitySwoon to offer in-person and virtual speed dating events in select major cities
  • ‘Have you met’ feature, which is the site’s swipe-style dating upgrade

Cons

  • Limited free trial; free users are unable to see photos of other members unless they upgrade
  • User interface is intuitive, but hasn’t been updated in a while
  • No traditional search function (only filters)
  • Not a lot of details shared about how they determine what they classify as highly educated
  • Higher price point than some less effective dating apps
  • Low 1.9 out of 5.0 rating on Android devices

How the Matchmaking Process Stacks Up

The next, and arguably most important part of our Elite Singles review is looking at the technology and matchmaking process. At Elite Singles, I’d give these two factors a rating of somewhere between a B+ or an A-. What I like is that there is a curated matchmaking process where they show you matches they think will be a good fit based on questions you answer during the onboarding.

They’ll also show you a score of how compatible they think you are with each of these people. Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like. You’ll see my first batch of matches were all in the mid-80s (assuming a score out of 100).

If you’re someone who is into the swipe dating craze like you see at Tinder or Bumble, you will have an option to do that with the “Have you met?” feature. Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like.

I’d say this is a nice feature, but it’s certainly not meant to be the main feature of Elite Singles, so don’t expect to get mutual matches as quickly as you might with a swipe-only dating app. In some of the other Elite Singles reviews I read, I found a lot of users complementing this feature, so maybe it gets more use than I experienced.

What I Saw With Pricing During My Review

Pricing is a bit more expensive than other dating apps out there with memberships starting around $45 per month. I did like that each membership comes with all features, so there isn’t any big decisions to make other than how long of a membership you want. Overall, I’d say that the price of the membership is worth the quality of the dating experience you’re receiving. Additionally, there is an Elite Singles free trial that you can take advantage of to test things out at no cost.

Complaints and Drawbacks of Elite Singles

No Elite Singles review is complete without sharing the things that need improvement. At Elite Singles, there were just a few things that stood out to me. First, there weren’t hard requirements for users to complete their profiles or upload photos before being granted access. While this is nice if you just want to quickly check things out, it does leave quite a few empty-ish feeling profiles you have to sort through. There were plenty of robustly filled out profiles, but it wasn’t 100% across the board like I’d prefer.

Second, the Elite Singles for Android app has a pretty bad rating. When I first checked out the app years ago, it got a 1.9 star rating. It has improved to a round 2.0, but that’s still not great. That said, I found the Android app to be pretty good. Sure, there were things that could be tweaked, but it certainly got the job done and shouldn’t be a reason not to try Elite Singles.

All of this considered, I’d give Elite Singles a solid 9 out of 10. It has a large and active user base, plenty of members who match the niche focus of the app, and a track record of success for busy professionals looking for love.

Elite Singles for the Black Community

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Is Elite Singles a good dating app for Black singles? From our research, yes, Elite Singles looks to be a good dating app for Black singles and in supporting the Black community. Let’s look at a few reasons why.

Racism addressed in their terms of service

Elite Singles does directly address that they are not accepting of any racism, hatred, or harassment within their Code of Conduct in their Terms of Service. Specifically, it states:

  • 6.2 Each User irrevocably undertakes to refrain from:
    • 6.2.1 Discrimination on the basis of a User’s real or supposed: age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, family situation, pregnancy, physical appearance, surname, state of health, disability, genetic characteristics, personal beliefs, political opinions or union activities;
  • 6.2.4 Posting any content or making any statement in any form which:
    • (e) promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group;
  • 18.6.1 engage in any activity that:
    • (a) promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment or harm against any individual or group;

Articles specifically for the Black community

While they are fairly generic article, Elite Singles does have specific landing pages and basic guides for Black singles looking to get started on the platform. Some examples of these articles can be found here. We would like to see them include more articles addressing some of the issues within the Black community as it relates to dating (like they have done for Asian American singles), but not having these articles is certainly not a bad thing by any means.

Elite Singles does have ethnicity filters

There has been a lot of debate on whether or not ethnicity filters on online dating apps are good or bad for the Black community. The article referenced from researchers at Cornell mentions that these filters may create a racial bias that lowers the number of messages Black singles may receive. On the other side of the debate, some Black men and Black women want to date other Black singles and find the ethnicity filters a good way to quickly see exactly who they want.

Regardless, we’re not here to settle the debate today. What we would like to share is that Elite Singles does have ethnicity filters for you to put on your profile and for you to sort through your matches. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is totally up to you.


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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.