When hookup sites are good, they’re great. Thousands of women all in one place, just waiting for you to browse through their profiles and find the right match — what could be better? On the flip side, when they’re bad, they’re terrible. Whether it’s a flood of robotic spam messages in my inbox, fake profiles or stolen photos, bad hookup sites all have one thing in common: They’re a complete waste of time. Is this what I found in my FlingHub review?
So, how do you tell the good from the bad? You could be me, and spend a bunch of time and money checking them out one by one. Or you could be smarter, and wait for me to create a review first so you can bypass the fakes and dive straight into a legit hookup opportunity.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s start with a high-level overview. I like to compare new websites to Adult FriendFinder, since it’s consistently the more reliable hookup website I’ve used.
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I mentioned earlier that bad hookup sites all have one thing in common. It turns out, that’s not strictly true. Occasionally, I’ll come across a website that isn’t just bad — it’s bad in the exact same way as another website I’ve already used. Or two.
That’s right — with FlingHub, we have another low-effort clone site on our hands. Well, this is going to be fun.
When I reviewed HelloHotties, I thought the site was bad. It had all the hallmarks of a generic low-quality hookup site — fake profiles, tons of spam messages, multiple attempts to get users to pay for basic functionality.
Then I used WildMeets and was a bit surprised to find it identical to HelloHotties. Maybe not very surprised — after all, the terms and conditions for both sites made it obvious that they were willing to reuse profiles across multiple sites — but a little put off, all the same.
Now, with FlingHub, the only surprise is how blatant they’re willing to be with their shoddy business practices. If it weren’t for the color-coded navigation bars at the top of each website, I might have even lost track of which site I was visiting. Not that it would have mattered, since I encountered the same profiles on every site.
I tried to look at the upside — at least I knew what to expect.
Sure enough, it didn’t take long for the tricks I’d become so used to on HelloHotties and WildMeets to show up on FlingHub. Time-limited inbox messages that threaten to expire if you don’t read and respond to them (in other words: cough up for a paid subscription so you can access them) within an hour? Check!
And in case you’re worried about missing out on what are almost certainly spam messages, don’t be — FlingHub’s idle threats are just that, and my inbox only got progressively more full as the days went on.
Even the like gallery I’d enjoyed on HelloHotties had lost its appeal by the time I got to FlingHub. After all, I’d swiped on most of these women before. This time, I tried using the system with a blank profile and got an absolutely ridiculous number of mutual matches, favorites and friend requests.
Either FlingHub was full of beautiful women who weren’t remotely picky and would swipe right on every empty profile they came across, or the whole thing was a complete sham. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you which one I’m betting on.
I’m no stranger to some of the less reputable online hookup sites, which means I’ve become pretty good at spotting mass-produced openers. Sometimes, I’ll get the same message multiple times from different women, which makes it pretty easy to spot. And sometimes, I don’t even need to do that.
FlingHub, like HelloHotties and WildMeets, has something called “antiscam verification” on its messaging system. It isn’t perfect — I still got a lot of spam that didn’t get flagged — but it did work occasionally. It really takes the guesswork out of weeding out fakes when even the website itself agrees with you.
FlingHub, like HelloHotties and WildMeets before it, was an identical void where I struggled to even find a single real woman on the website, let alone have an actual conversation. As for actually hooking up, well, you’d probably have more luck shouting pickup lines in the park than using one of these sites. FlingHub isn’t worth your time and that’s probably the least controversial call I’ve ever made.
Now compare that to Adult FriendFinder, one of the biggest names in the hookup site game. Unlike FlingHub, Adult FriendFinder is actually full of real, live human beings. Their profiles have just enough info to help you decide if you’re into them or not. And once you do message them (or they message you), you can expect at least realistic conversation. This can lead to either a steamy encounter or the conclusion that you’re not right for each other. Either way, it beats trying to talk to whoever’s handling the conversations on FlingHub.
So forget spending your $20 for a month on FlingHub because I’m 99.9% sure you won’t get anything out of it. Instead, check out the Adult FriendFinder free trial and actually find hookups!
I always try to find at least a few positive things to say about the websites I review. Unfortunately, some of these sites make that harder than others.
If some of the profiles started looking familiar when I got to WildMeets, they seemed like old friends by the time I got to FlingHub. In fact, I’d be shocked if I didn’t end up messaging at least a couple of the same women on more than one of these clone sites — not that I ever got called out on it.
Other than causing a distinct sense of deja vu, the profiles were more or less exactly what I expected. Most users had a single generic photo and one line about themselves on their profile, which were usually identical. And slightly bizarre — what attractive 30-year-old woman is looking for a 78-year-old man and doesn’t care where he lives?
I tried looking for women with any kind of bio that might indicate that a real person had written it and it’s probably no huge shock that I ran out of likely profiles before I could find any.
FlingHub’s design looked okay at first, but it became less and less attractive the more I used the site. For a start, what seemed like a deliberately simple design choice turned out to simply be a lack of features.
Apart from the profile and payment areas, FlingHub essentially had two pages — a search page and a like gallery. Once I’d browsed all the relevant profiles and exhausted my matches for the day, I was pretty much done.
Another thing losing massive points for the design was, of course, the endless ads and popups. A simple base design is great, but once you cover it with enough popups that I can no longer see my screen, it loses whatever appeal it may have had.
Sometimes, even the less legit hookup sites can be fun to use. At the very least, I can usually get a couple of decent conversations going, even if I’m not convinced that the woman on the other side of the screen is real.
On FlingHub, I didn’t even get that far. Don’t get me wrong, I got messages — dozens of them, almost as soon as I signed up. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that I didn’t get a single second message. It didn’t matter if the woman messaged me first or I messaged her, not a single person on the site responded to anything I had to say.
I want to be very clear — I don’t think I’m entitled to a response, even if a woman reaches out to me first. But when it’s part of a large-scale trend, that’s when I start to notice that something is up. And when you add up literally hundreds of messages — about half of them in response to somebody who’s already messaged me first — and not a single one gets so much as a question mark or an “ok” as a follow-up, that’s when the whole thing looks very, very weird.
There isn’t much you can do with a free FlingHub membership, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise. As a free user, you can receive messages (that threaten to — but don’t — expire almost immediately), browse thumbnails on the landing page and use the like gallery. You can’t view other user’s full profiles or read or send messages of your own.
I’d love to list more things you can only do with a paid account, but really, that’s it — for a site that had so many tactics for trying to get my money, it sure didn’t have a lot to offer in return.
Most legitimate hookup sites don’t have paid ads — so of course, FlingHub had plenty. Banner ads, sneaky text-only ads disguised as internal links, obnoxious pop-up ads. Whatever type of ads you hate the most, FlingHub probably had them.
At one point I was bombarded with so many popups I found myself unable to do anything just in case I unwittingly clicked on one. My suggestion? Make sure you have a robust antivirus program before venturing onto FlingHub or any of its affiliate sites.
FlingHub offers a one-month or three-month recurring membership. You can also choose a one-day or one-week paid trial, but be aware that these trials will automatically become recurring monthly memberships at the end of the trial period.
Like a lot of sites, FlingHub offers special discount rates to new members. The catch? These memberships will automatically renew at the full price at the end of the signup period, which could end up costing more than twice what you originally paid.
One day $0.99
One week $9.99
One month $38.59/month
Three months $21.64/month ($64.92)
Below are some quick and easy questions and answers about FlingHub. If you have a question that we didn’t answer, please leave a comment below!
FlingHub is a dating and hookup site. More to the point, it’s a clone of other sites in the same network, including Hello Hotties and Wild Meets.
To log into FlingHub, click on the “log in” button in the top right-hand corner of the home page. If you don’t already have an account, you can create one by entering your age, gender and location straight into a form on the main page.
For some legit alternatives to FlingHub, check out our review of the best hookup apps and websites.
As a free FlingHub user, you can search for members and can view a limited overview of profiles. To do anything else, including sending and receiving messages or viewing full user profiles, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid account.
To cancel your FlingHub membership, click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner and select “my settings” then “remove account.” From there, you can change all account settings and cancel your membership.
Nope. It’s yet another HelloHotties/WildMeets clone. If you’re looking for a legit hookup site, save your time and money and go elsewhere.
Fake profiles, fake members, fake messages. Absolutely nothing real that I could find.
You can message other users on FlingHub by selecting ‘chat’ from the search page or a member’s profile. You can also reply to messages directly from your inbox or through the pop-up chat window on the landing page. You’ll need a paid account to read or send messages.
You can search for users on FlingHub by clicking the “search” button in the top left-hand corner. You can filter by age, location, personal information and online status.