Setting up an account on Match.com is probably the most annoying aspect of the site since it takes up to 20-40 minutes, but you probably won’t regret doing it once you’re in. With an emphasis on dating compatibility, Match highlights profiles of interest in your ‘Daily Matches’ section, and encourages in-person meetings through features like ‘Date Spark’ and ‘Stir’. Profiles are also fairly detailed and can display up to 26 photos, which is way more than most other sites allow.
Creating a POF account takes around half an hour depending on how much attention you pay to filling out the open-ended questions. On more than one occasion, the site will remind you not to include any inappropriate language – a clear sign that POF seeks to cater to daters of all kinds (not just hookup). Despite having a bit more of a basic feel, POF manages to offer many features that aren’t dissimilar to those offered by competing sites like FriendFinder-X.com and Match. For example, Meet Me is a Tinder-esque function that allows you to scroll through photos one-by-one, each time choosing to say ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’. POF also offers a Relationship Needs Assessment, which is a great way to learn about your own strengths and weaknesses within a couple.
By far one of the most visited adult sites out there, Friend Finder-X is harnessing quite the reputation for its X-rated personals service. And with its extensive features – from free entertainment to intuitive messaging functions – we get why it’s such a popular choice. Signing up is easy, and can be done in less that a minute. After selecting your sexual identity (all are welcome) and preferences, you’re asked to fill in a very basic questionnaire (birthday, location, username, etc.). For those of you who are a little kinkier, Friend Finder-X also allows you to sign-up as a couple or group. Once you’re in, Friend Finder-X is borderline overwhelming with its fully loaded pages and broad browsing options. Members can also participate in live action forums, see what’s trending and view adult content, like movies.
Friend Finder positions itself as a fun place to be if you’re in the mood for fun, but not necessarily a full-fledged relationship. If you're curious, you don’t actually have to sign-up to start browsing profile thumbnails, but you will have to create an account if you want to see anything up-close or if you want to communicate with anyone. Getting set-up takes a little over five minutes. The Friend Finder questionnaire doesn’t hassle you with too-many open-ended questions, but you can fill out more detailed sections about yourself once you’re in. The site provides plenty of ways to interact within the Friend Finder community. Chat rooms let you spark conversations with groups of people, while IM helps you get to know people more intimately. Winks, on the other hand, are the subtlest way of getting someone’s attention.
Everyone knows about the extramarital exploits of, say, Bill Clinton, but the biggest name in affairs has to be the affair-focused dating site, Ashley Madison, with its very clear motto, “Life is short. Have an affair.” Now, we couldn’t talk about Ashley Madison without acknowledging the hack in 2015 that ended up exposing upwards of 30 million users. It’s clearly safe to say that Ashley Madison slipped up somewhere, if not in its mission to normalize extramarital affairs. While, sure, it’s worth noting the risks associated with online dating in general, this site was specifically targeted for promoting cheating. As we reported at the time of the Ashley Madison hack, the ramifications of the leak resulted in a lot of public shaming and personal drama for anyone involved. Suffice to say, the dating site has rapidly fallen from its seat at the top of the affairs dating category and will likely never recover — for better or worse, that’s up to you.
Three minutes and 11 questions is all it takes to get an account set up on GetItOn.com. The sexual compatibility survey covers all the bases, from your own physical appearance to those of your ideal match, and what kind of relationship you’re interested in pursuing. Speaking of compatibility, member profiles are always accompanied by a percentage, which indicates how well any two given members should get along. Beyond that, search allows members to search for matches based on location, who’s online, most recently added profiles, etc. As per usual, the top nav is the best place to check out your browsing options, which include a live cam section and Hotlist. Once a match has been made, members have a couple different ways to communicate, including GetItOn’s emailing system and ‘Flirt’, which is a casual way to showing interest in someone’s profile.
Adult Friend Finder boasts an easy, 5-step sign-up process. Once you’ve specified your sexual identity and what interests you’d like to pursue, you’ll need to fill a mandatory introductory blurb (18 characters minimum). Once in, you’ll immediately notice the sexy, if not provocative, profiles and banner ads that take up most of the homepage. From there, you can browse the top navigation bar for everything from What’s New (for finding the most recently added profiles) to Live Action chatrooms (speaks for itself). Members can also customize their ‘Cupid preferences' in order to limit or narrow down what profiles they wish see. This can come in extremely handy if you’re looking for a specific kind of match based on physical appearance, fetish, location, etc.
As one of the prime destinations for daters of a more sensual persuasion, Passion.com doesn’t take longer than 60 seconds to sign-up to. Catering to singles, couples, and groups of any sexual orientation, the site can be used to make both online and in-person connections. The layout is easy to navigate and uncluttered, putting all the emphasis on browsing erotic photos and mingling with online personals. Furthermore, interactive features like adult chatrooms, direct and instant messaging, and a Facebook-like newsfeed for posting and commenting on status updates make it a more-than-meets-the-eye hookup site. Unlike some other sites in the adult category, Passion.com allows users to create very extensive profiles. You can browse friend networks, read up on detailed Q&As, and even see what “sexual academy” courses others have completed.
Signing up to iHookUp.com only takes a minute, but creating a detailed profile requires answering a few additional questions (22 closed and 10 open-ended). While some may prefer shorter questionnaires, iHookUp’s process means that members on this site tend to care more about who exactly they are connecting with (a good thing). Unlike HornyMatches.com, iHookUp’s layout is smooth, modern and very enjoyable to browse. The uncluttered page design encourages members to begin interacting with others from the start, the goal being to meet “friends with benefits”. For added fun, the site provides icebreakers that can be exchanged between matches or flirtations. Other great features include two personalized reports that are created based on your sign-up answers. The Passion report gives you insight into your own dating, romance and sex tendencies, while the three-month forecast provides info based on what the site calculates to be your “fated connections, unexpected surprises, sexual progress and erotic energy”.
Looking for a stimulating service that will expand your comfort zone, without compromising reliability? Welcome to XMatch.com. It’s part of the Friend Finder network, which means it works similarly to other established sites like AdultFriendFinder.com and FriendFinder-x.com. Sign-up takes about 20 minutes if taken seriously (i.e. if all open-ended questions are fully answered). Once in, you can browse the top menu bar to find matches, interact with the XMatch community (via live cams or chatrooms), see what's trending, edit your profile and more.