More and more, seniors are turning to online dating services and apps to find someone special. As a matter of fact, people over 50 are among the largest and fastest-growing demographic of dating site/app users.
However, not all online dating sites are created equal. Some are targeted more toward younger users even if they allow all ages of adults to sign up. Others are geared more toward brief encounters than long-term relationships. Others still place most of the emphasis on looks rather than personality when it comes to matching criteria.
On the other hand, Elite Singles and SilverSingles both seek to help people find long-term relationships. Though neither is strictly limited to senior dating, both place an emphasis on finding and cultivating long-term relationships for mature individuals.
When comparing SilverSingles and Elite Singles, you’ll find that they are very similar in most of their fundamentals. The primary difference is that SilverSingles is geared primarily toward people over age 50. Elite Singles targets a particular demographic as well, but it isn’t based on age. Rather, it’s based on a person’s education level. Elite Singles markets itself to adults of all ages who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and consider themselves professionals.
If you’re only interested in meeting other seniors, you can set your Elite Singles preferences to only show you profiles of people within a certain age range. You can also set other preferences like location, occupation, etc. to further narrow your focus.
While SilverSingles is targeted specifically to seniors, it may be possible that you may encounter younger users on the website or through the app. This is actually a matter of some ambiguity; according to some sources, younger people are not allowed to sign up for SilverSingles, while others state that younger people are not prohibited from signing up and that some may do so specifically because they are looking for an older partner. Nevertheless, statistics indicate that 55% of the people you are likely to encounter through SilverSingles are over age 55, and 86% are over age 45.
Both sites will ask you to specify your own gender/sexuality as well as the sex/gender of the prospective partners you hope to meet. However, there are no restrictions in this regard, so you can use either site to seek a same-sex partner if you wish.
Each site allows you to sign up and become a member for free. However, the communication capabilities available to you with a free plan are extremely limited. It might be good if you’d like to test the waters and see what’s out there before you commit to a plan, but once you’ve decided, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee to be able to use either site to its fullest potential.
Pricing for each plan is based on how long you intend your subscription to last. You can choose a plan for three months, six months, or 12 months. The longer your subscription, the less you pay per month. If you’re successful in your quest for love before the time runs out, you can cancel your subscription. However, you are unlikely to get a refund. SilverSingles only offers you a refund if you cancel your subscription within the first three days after signing up. It is unclear whether Elite Singles offers any type of refund policy at all.
Although Elite Singles presents its pricing on a per-month basis, you’re expected to pay the entire price of your subscription upfront rather than in monthly installments. With a SilverSingles subscription, you have the choice to pay on a month-to-month basis, every three months, or every six months.
Both sites use a similar process to match you with other singles:
- Fill out an online form with your personal information
- Complete a personality assessment
- Answer questions about yourself to display on your profile
- Upload photos
- Receive curated matches on a daily basis
The personality tests you fill out for each site are even somewhat similar. Each claims to use the “Five Factor Model” to determine compatibility and to have enlisted the help of trained and qualified psychologists and relationship experts to maximize compatibility.
If you want to browse profiles on your own and pick people who look interesting, neither of these sites will work for you. Neither gives you the ability to search and browse profiles on your own. Rather, these are matchmaking sites that show you the profiles of people with whom you should be compatible according to the site’s algorithms.
|Age Ranges||Open to everyone||Targeted to seniors|
|Active Members||5 million in USA||Unavailable|
|Free membership option||Yes||Yes|
|Free membership capabilities||Limited||Limited|
|Basic 12-month subscription pricing||$31.95/month||$24.95/month|
|Basic 3-month subscription pricing||$62.95/month||$44.95/month|
If you’re looking for a long-term, mature relationship, you can probably achieve similar successes with either Elite Singles or SilverSingles. The two deciding factors are likely to be price and age demographics. For people who are looking to spend less money and limit their search almost exclusively to other seniors, SilverSingles may be the slightly better option.