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Whether pineapple belongs on pizza is a controversial topic. Some people say the sweetness of the fruit helps balance out the saltiness of the other ingredients. Some people say pineapple overpowers everything else on the pizza and is just plain weird.
Choosing a side in this debate can be like choosing between Elite Singles and Match. It depends on your mood, personality, and what you’re looking to get out of the experience. While I can’t physically give you a pizza with pineapple and a pizza without pineapple right now to help you make up your mind, I can give you more details about Elite Singles and Match to help with that decision.
You don’t necessarily need to know everything there is to know about pizza before eating it, but you do need to know as much as you can about Elite Singles and Match before joining either site. We’ll start off with some of the basic facts:
Founded in 2001, Elite Singles caters to professional, highly educated, upper-income, and relationship-minded men and women (as you probably guessed by its name). It’s available on desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Our experts, who’ve been in the dating industry for decades, have given the site/app a 4.6-star rating.
Relationships: Serious Relationships
Match System: Search, Receive Partner Suggestions
Our Experts Say: “Elite Singles is a leading dating site just for busy, single professionals. More than 80% of members have earned a college degree, and most are looking for a serious commitment...” »
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According to the team, “We believe that real happiness starts with a truly like-minded match, which is why our passion is helping compatible singles connect. If you’re serious about finding lasting love, then Elite Singles is the dating site for you.”
Match the company was founded eight years before Elite Singles (1993), and the site officially launched in 1995, making it one of the first dating sites in history. This is one of many reasons why we’ve given Match a near-perfect 5-star rating.
Relationships: Friends, Dates, and Relationships
Match System: Browse by zip, age, appearance, more
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Our experts also really like Match because it combines online dating with offline dating by offering events for members all over the world, including happy hours and trivia nights. Match’s motto for its events is “Do fun stuff, meet cool people.”
It’s easy to see that Match is the clear winner in this first round with 4.9 stars vs. 4.6 stars, but it was a close race.
Some people say that even bad, cheap pizza is still pretty good because, well, you’re eating pizza, and pizza is just amazing overall. The same can’t be said for dating sites — it’s worth spending a little money. We’re talking about your love life, after all. Here’s how prices differ on Elite Singles and Match.
As soon as you start to register on Elite Singles, that account is 100% free, and it will never expire. With this, you can take the personality assessment (more on that later), view and like profiles, send smiles, and receive highly compatible matches, among other things.
If you want access to premium features, including seeing who’s viewed your profile and read your messages, you’ll want to upgrade. The options are:
As you can see, it’s cheaper to upgrade to a longer membership, and this will give you more time to really get to know the site to see if it can meet your needs.
Match, too, offers an absolutely free membership that will never expire. You can hide your profile or delete your membership whenever you want. The Match team can also delete your membership if you’re inactive for too long. Free features include profile creation and 24/7 editing, numerous photo uploads, basic and advanced search, at least five daily matches, and a Favorites list.
Premium memberships start at $20.99 a month for 12 months, $23.99 a month for six months, and $27.99 a month for three months. However, we have a couple exclusive deals that will save you a lot of money:
No matter which deal you choose, you’ll have access to premium features like unlimited communication and Highlighted Profile (show up more prominently in Match’s search results).
Match just barely beat out Elite Singles by $4, so we still have to call it the champion in this section. Honestly, though, both sites give you a lot of bang for your buck. They even give you a lot of bang for no buck.
Eating pizza is pretty much always enjoyable, but it’s even better when you’re eating it with people you like. That’s definitely the case for dating sites. You’re probably going to have a great experience if you’re actually attracted to and interested in a majority of the other users. Let’s take you through the types of people you can expect to meet on Elite Singles and Match.
With millions of members and more than 2 million monthly visitors, Elite Singles is among the largest elite dating sites out there.
It’s available in dozens of countries and numerous languages.
Not to mention more than 80% of members have at least a bachelor’s degree, 90% are 30 or older, and approximately 100% want to find a lifelong partner.
Elite Singles looks like it’s only going to keep expanding its reach — as more than 165,000 people join the site every month.
In terms of the Elite Singles team, the company is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has an office in Lehi, Utah.
Since 1995, more than 42 million people have registered for Match, and currently the site sees more than 39 million visitors a month. Members come from more than 25 countries and speak more than eight languages, and they’re mainly looking for committed relationships.
Match’s main office is in Dallas, Texas, and it has other offices in San Francisco, West Hollywood, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and Tokyo.
Clearly, Match has the numbers on its side, and a lot of that has to do with time. The site has been around longer than Elite Singles, so it’s had more opportunities to grow its audience. The main point is both sites are very diverse.
When ordering or going out for pizza, sometimes you just want something simple like cheese or pepperoni. Other times, though, you want something special, and it’s great when a pizza place has a bunch of crust, sauce, and topping options. For dating sites, like Elite Singles and Match, you almost always want the latter scenario. It’s usually better when dating sites have a variety of browsing options as well as an advanced matching system that does most of the work for you.
After you tell Elite Singles some basic information about yourself, like your age, location, and gender, you’ll fill out the site’s personality assessment. Questions include “Do you prefer variety, or would you rather stick to routine?” and “To what extent are you compassionate and cooperative?”
Answering all the questions can take a good while (maybe 20 minutes if you’re really taking your time), but it’s very important because this is what Elite Singles uses to find matches. You can also search for matches on your own — you have a ton of filters to use.
Recently, Elite Singles released the “Have You Met?” feature, which shows you five to seven users you may have missed, and the site is looking into events (e.g., mixers at upscale bars in New York City) based on age.
Match will message you every day on the site or app about members you should check out. You can see their username, photo, location, relationship status, height, religion, and things like that. Then you can either click or tap “Skip” if you’re not interested or “Yes” if you are.
Another way to connect with other members is to visit the Discover section at the top of your dashboard. Here, you’ll find Mutual Match, Reverse Match, Username Search, as well as general Search, which allows you to pick and choose what you want to sort profiles by.
Perhaps what makes Match stand out from most dating sites in terms of matching is its six-month guarantee. This promises if you haven’t met someone special within the first six months of using the site, you’ll get an additional six months for free.
Choosing a winner in this category was really difficult, so we just declared Elite Singles and Match winners. Their registration processes, algorithms, and search tools are all just so unique.
I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to eat at a pizza place anymore if you found out something like rats have been spotted in the kitchen or the pizza is actually frozen (why pay more for that when you can make it at home?). Along similar lines, I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to sign up for a dating site if it has a bad reputation and has received a lot of negative reviews. Below, you’ll see what singles have to say about Elite Singles and Match.
According to Elite Singles, more than 2,500 of its members fall in love each month. We don’t know about you, but that definitely impresses us. In addition to what the site says about itself, most online daters seem to have a lot of nice things to say. Elite Singles has 2.5 stars on Google Play and 3 stars on the App Store.
One Google user wrote in his testimonial: “It has been working well so far!” Another user named Jason Gentile said, “Better quality of dates vs. those free swipe-and-play apps.”
Former member Stevie Bransford said: “I was skeptical at first, but I did meet my match. She is beyond my expectations, and I look forward to growing and progressing with our relationship.” George Urban shared his thoughts on Google Play as well: “I’m an older man, and this has been the most rewarding of the dating apps for me. No complaints — works as advertised.”
It’s not just about the nice comments, though. Match is also responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site in the world. Fazeena and Robert are one of those relationships.
Fazeena was attracted to Robert as soon as she saw his profile, but she accidentally swiped left instead of right. She panicked that she would never see him again, but then Robert somehow messaged her 11 days later. She said she knew it was fate.
After months of flirty emails and texts, long getting-to-know-you phone calls, fun dates, and romantic trips, Robert proposed to Fazeena at Disney World, and she said yes.
Elite Singles has a lot to be proud of, and its success rate is definitely one of those things. However, Match is simply the king of dating sites. I mean, it’d be weird to not give the crown to the dating site that’s led to the most romantic connections, right?
Choosing whether you’re on the pineapple-on-pizza side or not isn’t a life-or-death decision, but it’s good to know where you stand in case it comes up in conversation. What’s more of a priority, though, is knowing which dating site is best for you.
We’re confident that you can’t go wrong with either Elite Singles or Match, but there’s no harm in informing yourself about the differences. We say Match has a slight edge — now it’s up to you to decide. (Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m Team No Pineapple.)