Xmatch Review: Inclusive For Everybody, But What About Hookup Opportunities?
- Large variety of members
- Inclusive search options for all preferences
- Mobile version only available for iOS
- NSFW design of the site
- Expensive membership rates
- Limited options for using the site as a non-paying member
- Lots of fake profile and messaging activity
The industry of adult dating and hookups has been growing as fast as the regular dating industry. Along with the reputable and safe dating sites for hookups we all know and love, there are also some niche services. Xmatch is one of those adult dating sites that are somewhat famous within its audience but is barely known among other internet users.
The X Match dating site has been around since the late 20th century, so the fact that it’s still there is possibly a sign that it enjoys a fair share of popularity. However, we also found out that Xmatch is part of a whole adult dating network, which includes sites like Adult Friend Finder and generally doesn’t have the strongest reputation in the industry. This is our ultimate xmatch.com review.
How it works
Even if it’s your first visit to xmatch.com, the site won’t let you get its purpose wrong. The design of the homepage is very suggestive and gets you in the mood for a sexual encounter. However, there isn’t much you can do on the website without an account.
The registration at Xmatch is free and easy, but then you will need to confirm your registration via email. Once that is completed, you can begin your Xmatch journey. It probably goes without saying, but the design of Xmatch is completely not safe for work: there is female and male nudity everywhere and you can’t open a single page of the site without being subjected to photos of genitalia.
The first thing you see after signing up for xmatch.com is the page where you can buy a membership, and this seems to be the theme anyone’s experience with Xmatch. It is virtually impossible to use the site as a free member, but more on that later.
Who can you find there?
Xmatch advertises having millions of hot singles who are up for anything and you will be shown the first selection of supposedly local members even before you sign up for the site. The audience of the service is actually rather diverse and includes not only men looking for women and vice versa, but also couples, groups, and other types of members you won’t find on a regular dating site.
There are several sections of Xmatch you can explore, including hottest members, live action models, VIP members, etc. However, most of these members are there purely for entertainment purposes and most regular members don’t really have a chance of meeting them in person.
If you are determined to find a real partner for your next hookup, you have the highest chance of doing it using the search function. At Xmatch, the search is rather detailed and contains various questions about your perfect date’s sexual preferences, location, and other details.
If you see someone you like in the search results and want to get to know them better, you may be rather disappointed to know that you can only communicate as a paying member or, as a free member, only contact members with Gold membership. Finding those members can be rather difficult, which is why it’s safe to say that the communication at Xmatch is only reserved for paying members.
You will be encouraged to purchase a membership as soon as you create your Xmatch account, and although you can decline the offer, the question of a paid membership will come up again if you remain an Xmatch user. You can’t even open individual profiles as a free member, let alone write to someone.
At Xmatch, there are two ways you can spend money. There is a Gold membership, which allows you to browse the profiles, photos, and videos of other members. There is also a Standard Contacts feature, which is available for an additional $19.95 per month and allows you to communicate with non-paying members. To use, these paid options simply look like a way to make you spend more on the website.
If you are always on the go, you are probably wondering whether there is an Xmatch mobile version. Xmatch has a dedicated mobile app, but it’s only available for iOS. Other mobile users can access the version of Xmatch optimized for mobile platforms, although it’s lacking some of the essential features found in the desktop version.
Safety is always a big concern when it comes to online dating simply because you share so much personal and sensitive data that having it stolen could have catastrophic consequences. The good news is that Xmatch has not been involved in any major data breaches or misuse of customer data.
The bad news, however, is that not all members and activity on Xmatch are genuine. There is even a disclosure on the website that not all member profiles are run by the members themselves, and once we started getting messages after messages with a completely blank profile, we had a strong suspicion that those messages are actually generated automatically in an attempt to make the user think someone is interested in him and to start paying for a membership.
That is why, even though there was no outright suspicious activity on Xmatch during the time we prepared our Xmatch review, those seemingly fake profiles and messages are certainly something to consider.