1. User Base
Both Zoosk and EliteSingles have big databases with a wide variety of active singles. Zoosk has over 1 million members in the UK. EliteSingles are behind with just over 500,000 members. They state that they have over 65000 singles signing up across the world each day, so the numbers are rising quickly. However, more members ultimately mean more choice and that’s why Zoosk wins this round.
Most EliteSingles members are over 30 and are looking for a serious relationship. 87% are university educated so they attract other well-educated singles. Zoosk has a younger audience, mainly because the site’s young feel and the option to use social media for sign up. The average age is about 26, although the number of older members is steadily increasing. EliteSingles is the winner here because of its high percentage of educated members looking for a serious relationship.
Both dating sites have lots of useful features that will help you find suitable matches. The more you use Zoosk, the better your experience will be. That’s because of its Behavioural Matchmaking technology which learns from your behaviour on the site, what kind of people you are most attracted to. They also have a photo verification system which helps prove that your photos actually look like you. Zoosk offers a fun way to start interacting with someone by sending them Icebreaker questions.
EliteSingles offers an individual personality test to make sure your matches are highly targeted. They also actively remove basic users so its members won’t contact people that are unable to reply. We like the personality test as it ensures you have a better chance of compatibility.
4. Mobile Compatibility
Both EliteSingles and Zoosk have easy-to-use mobile apps which are available for iOS and Android devices. Each of the apps is simple to use and sign up with. Once you have created your account, you can search and see who you might be interested in. All in all, EliteSingles’ app has the more intuitive interface. Winner: EliteSingles
Zoosk and EliteSingles will both allow you to create and edit your profile, and browse the site for suitable matches. Features like messaging are only available by upgrading to a paid membership. Zoosk charges £22.74 for one month, £47.94 for three months or £71.94 for six months. There is also an additional charge for “coins” which allow you to buy virtual gifts for other members. EliteSingles are proud to be the expensive online dating site as they aim at a more affluent user. Regular fees are a whopping £79.99 for one month, £134.85 for three months or £209.70 for six months. Zoosk wins with its more competitive membership plans.
EliteSingles and Zoosk both allow you to chat easily and effortlessly with other members. With Zoosk you can wink at other members and use the fun video chat feature. Before you can talk to someone you need to send them a chat request. EliteSingles has the option to send a smile rather than a wink and chatting is taken very seriously. It starts with some simple icebreaker questions and you can build from them before chatting properly. Nonetheless, the Zoosk app is a much faster way of communicating and makes chatting very easy.
7. Which Site Gets the Rose?
It’s a tough fight. Both sites are easy to use and offer great interfaces to help singles meet. However, for sheer style and member quality, EliteSingle are the winners. EliteSingles wins the overall battle, but Zoosk is a close second.