Elite Singles appears to be the thinking person’s dating site. Launched in 2009, they have 100,000 new weekly members and bring 2000 couples together monthly. They use the Big 5 personality dimensions to bring the right people together.
In order to feed the Algorythms of the intelligent matching machine, you need to complete an extremely long and detailed questionnaire up front. The investment in time will pay off, however, don’t make plans for at least a half hour whilst you complete the detailed questions about yourself and what you are looking for. You are able to go back in to the questionnaire, and complete and adjust answers if you did not complete it, or didn’t give it enough thought. You are also able to print it off and have a read about yourself, and how you come across. There is the one click email verification, and uploading a photo is easy. Once you are back in – you won’t see ANYTHING until you have paid. Your carefully selected matches are identified for you, as well as any visitors or visitors to your profile – but everything is blurred out – until you pay. Even the swiping game (have you met) is blurred out until you have paid your subscription.
Elite Singles doesn’t advertise anything except their intelligent personality matching tool, it is their USP – and marks them a notch above. They run an interesting magazine about dating in general and suggest that a match is made on their sites every 8 minutes. There was no evidence of a mobile app (but apparently there is an IOS and Android App) –however, they do run events in the top 4 cities in the England and Scotland.
Elite Singles manually moderate all profiles – this will be no small undertaking with 100,000 people joining each month. They also state that they automatically remove dormant profiles. The site is SSL encrypted, and there is a fraud detection system. With an upfront membership for a month of just under £60 this is likely to deter scammers from joining. There is the usual reporting function, if you wish to alert the Customer Care team about something untoward or suspicious.
Help and Customer Care is found at the bottom of every screen. Help includes plenty of FAQs – but it was difficult to find the Contact page, to find the email address to reach the Customer Care team. The Customer Care section offers an email address and a phone number in Germany – available between 9 and 6pm GMT+1. You can also Fax, and send a letter.
Elite Singles feels sophisticated. It feels like it is above the Rabble. It feels like it is for the Elite. You put the work into your profile – and you better had for the price, and the system works out who is suitable for you. It takes the leg work out of looking, and approaching, because you know that the people that are suggested, are probably going to be very suitable! On the other hand, attraction might not play as large a part in the relationship as the personality and character traits, however, for intelligent and educated people, often on a second time around – that might not be as important.