Two of the most popular dating sites are EliteSingles and Zoosk, both of which claim tens of millions of users worldwide—including in the United States. In early 2019, Elite Singles parent company, Spark Networks based in Germany, bought Zoosk.
Add these to dozens of other dating apps for both single parents and the general population, which is right for you?
Short answer: EliteSingles is the leading site for those seeking serious, long-term, committed relationships. Zoosk has a great selection for a wider variety of dating types—casual dating, hookups, as well as serious, committed partnerships.
Both EliteSingles are quality dating sites that rely on computer algorithms to best connect you with the type of romance that you are seeking, both have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, and both are used by tens of millions of people around the world, including most in the United States.
Here is what you need to know:
|Method||Lengthy personality test and dating preference profile.||Overtime, the algorithm learns your type and preferences, and suggests matches accordingly.|
|Connection||Serious, long-term, committed relationships.||All types of connections: Casual, hookup, serious, marriage.|
|Typical user||90% are aged 30 and older, 80+% have college degrees.||Typically aged 25-35|
|Price||Free basic account: $0|
3-month membership: $62.95 / month
6-month membership: $44.95 / month
12-month membership: $31.95 / month
[prices for new users:
3-month membership: $32.95 / month
6-month membership: $17.95 / month
12-month membership: $14.95 / month]
|Free basic account: $0|
1-month membership: $29.95/month
3-month membership: $19.98/month
6-months membership: $12.49/month
|Security||SLL-encrypted site, each member is verified as real by a human||SLL-encrypted|
|Apps?||iOs and Android||iOs and Android|
|Cool features||Free personality report, based on how you answered the questions. No need to endlessly scroll, as EliteSingles chooses matches for you.||"Coins" system, which you can purchases for an additional fee, and use for confirmation of message receipts, gifting other members and boosting your profile in searches|
|Better Business Bureau||A+||A+|
How does EliteSingles dating app work?
EliteSingles focuses exclusively on helping singles find serious, long-term relationships with compatible partners. . Elite singles. The site reports that its members:
- 90% are aged 30+
- 80% have a college degree.
EliteSingles requires all users complete a lengthy online survey of more than 200 questions that helps the algorithm understand your values, passions, hobbies, dating and relationship goals, and personality.
The site also assigns a human to verify that each member is indeed who he or she says they are—virtually eliminating catfishing, spam, and other sleazy behavior.
EliteSingles then sends you daily emails with 5-7 matches of potential dates, based on how each person answered the survey questions. You can then examine these matches’ profiles to help you decide whether you would like to communicate further.
EliteSingles has an A+ Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating.
How to get started with EliteSingles
To get started with EliteSingles, go to the desktop website or through the EliteSingles dating app available from iTunes (Apple) or Google Play (Android). Launch your profile by completing a test based on EliteSingle’s Five Factor Model Theory of personality traits, its tool to best understand each member, and connect you with quality potential partners
The EliteSingles engine uses open-ended questions, pictures and statements requiring you to select or type an answer. The answers drive the EliteSingles app to connect you with compatible people. The survey is lengthy—plan on at least 20 minutes or more to complete it. Expect to answer questions like:
- How important is attractiveness?
- Are you easily angered?
- Do you enjoy social events?
No need to scroll through endless profiles. Complete the test, select a membership level (including a free level) and EliteSingles will send daily matches by email with compatibility scores from 1 to 100. Higher scores indicate a greater level of potential compatibility.
How much does EliteSingles cost?
EliteSingles is free for the basic level. With basic membership, for no cost you can:
- View your personality test results
- Receive partner suggestions
- Send smiles and likes
- Upload photos.
To unlock daily matches, you must upgrade to one of the paid EliteSingles membership levels.
EliteSingles dating cost
EliteSingles’ dating cost is competitive with other dating sites. There are three membership levels to choose from.
The price for each level above basic includes unlimited communication and intelligent matchmaking, though the site does offer first-time users steep discounts:
- Free basic account: $0
- 3-month membership: $62.95 / month
- 6-month membership: $44.95 / month
- 12-month membership: $31.95 / month
The site is running a deal for new members:
Is EliteSingles good for single moms and single dads?
Allow me to answer this question with more questions:
Q: Are single parents humans?
Q: Is EliteSingles a good dating site?
A: EliteSingles is a quality dating site for those seeking quality, serious relationships. If this is you—whether you have children or not!—Elite SingleSingles is a good option.
Looking for a different dating option? Consider Zoosk.
How does Zoosk dating app work?
Unlike EliteSingles, Zoosk markets to all kinds of daters, including those seeking serious relationships, marriage, hook-ups, casual dating, and everything in between.
Zoosk ditches the upfront, detailed personality questionnaire and hangs its hat on getting to know you over time.
Zoosk’s learn-as-you-click technology integrates with social media platforms like Facebook (including Messenger) and Google+ to help you find matches fast.
While the popular iOS and Android apps attracts a growing base of users between 25 and 34, there is a mix of age groups represented.
Noteworthy Zoosk dashboard features:
- SmartPick™ – Answer questions to hone preferences and guide built-in behavioral technology. In other words, Zoosk uses the same technology Amazon uses to learn your preferences and tastes, and match you with merchandise you are likely to buy. In this case, merchandise is potential dates.
- Carousel – View potential suitors by navigating profile pictures and making instant connection decisions by choosing yes, no, or maybe. In other words, you can speed date with Zoosk.
How much does Zoosk cost?
With over 35 million members and an A+ rating with the BBB, Zoosk is the top grossing online dating app on iTunes.
Is Zoosk free?
Like other dating sites, Zoosk does offer a free membership that allows you to preview the site and browse other members. Once you are ready to connect with other singles, there are two cost options: membership fees and coins.
Zoosk dating cost
Initial signup is free, and is less expensive than other dating sites. Select a paid plan to unlock features:
- 1-month membership – $29.95
- 3-month membership – $19.98/month
- 6-month membership – $12.49/month
The 6-month option is the most popular. It’s affordable and gives Zoosk time to monitor usage and gradually suggest better matches over time.
Besides membership cost, the Zoosk price can include an optional purchase of “coins.” These virtual coins are good for:
- Boosting your profile in search results
- Unlocking Carousel matches
- Buying virtual gifts for other members
- Receiving confirmation on messages
You can get 180 Zoosk coins for $19.95, 480 for $39.95 and 1,800 coins for $99.95.
Is Zoosk free?
Zoosk is free to set up an account, but you must choose a membership level to connect with other singles.
EliteSingles and Zoosk have mixed reviews on BBB and Consumer Affairs, but appear to be committed to resolving consumer complaints regarding inactive profiles, billing issues and the lack of abundant matches. To avoid billing challenges, take note that both apps are subject to automatic renewal unless cancelled before the term ends.
There are numerous success stories credited to these online dating apps.
Is Zoosk good for single moms and dads?
Qs: Are single parents? Is Zoosk a good dating site?
A: Zoosk is a good site for single parents, including because the price is low.
In summary, EliteSingles vs Zoosk
Zoosk is a great option for those interested in more casual encounters, are just testing the dating waters, are open to all kinds of dating and are on a budget.
EliteSingles beats the price competition with its first-time user discounts. EliteSingles is the way to go for serious single parent daters looking for a long-term, committed relationship.
Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.
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