HotOrNot was an exceptionally popular website in the early 2000s. We started our Hot Or Not app review thinking about the older site where users would rank each other’s photos out of 10 for attractiveness, and they could see the average ranking for their own photos. Mark Zuckerburg even cited the website as an inspiration for the creation of Facebook. Nowadays, it has evolved into an online dating website. In our Hot or Not review, we’ll see if the site is still worth trying out.
So has the popularity of this website carried through into this year? Is it packed with beautiful women just like it was in the year 2000? Or has it plummeted the same way as historic social networks like MySpace or Friends Reunited? I put Hot Or Not through its paces in order to find out.
Below are the full results of our time using the app:
Let’s start this review with a basic summary. Below, I have rated Hot Or Not out of 10 for the most essential elements of an online dating website. If you’re interested in a more detailed review of this website’s features, we’ll get into that afterward.
For extra context, these ratings are placed alongside our verdict of AFF, which we regard as one of the web’s most effective hookup websites.
Our team rates each site objectively based on many hours of independent research, the features each site offers, and how it compares with other sites. The ratings are the opinion of our editors and their extensive experience.
|Quality of Women|
Our opinion of how attractive the typical woman is that uses this site and how easy they are to connect with compared to other sites.
How many people are using this site to actually meet people compared to other sites.
How easy is this site to use and how quickly can an average person begin meeting people compared to other sites.
|Privacy & Safety|
Does this site take proper precautions to safeguard its members, their identity, and their data.
Our opinion of how easily an average person will be able to achieve their dating goals with this site compared to other sites.
Will the time and money spent using this site pay off for an average person based on the opinions and experience of our editors.
After reviewing Hot Or Not for several weeks I was relatively impressed with the quality of women on this website and, more importantly, how responsive they were. Hot Or Not was pretty simple to use, and I imagine a lot of guys would be able to meet some half-decent women on this website. Overall, we wouldn’t recommend it as your first choice, but it’s a decent option if you’ve tried everything else and want to mix things up.
It’s not the best option out there, especially for hookups (that’s AFF), but decent looking guys can probably get some results. Here are the main things you need to know in our Hot or Not review.
The free model works similarly to Tinder where you swipe on women one-by-one deciding to either “like” them or pass. You’ll be granted 50 “likes” per day with the free version. You’ll also be able to send unlimited messages to whoever “likes” you back.
In my first 24 hours, I scored 5 matches out of the 50 women I “liked.”
However, I noticed that another 5 strangers had “liked” my profile. In order to see who “likes” your profile, you’ll need to buy a premium membership, but it’s surprisingly affordable compared to other dating apps.
You can pay $1.50 for a week, $8 for a month or $48 a lifetime. This will get you unlimited “likes,” so you can instantly choose to match and chat with those who “liked” you first. You can also choose to cherry-pick from a list of women in your area, rather than swipe on them one-by-one. On top of that, you’ll also be given the ability to undo your pass votes, prioritize your messages in others’ inboxes and view other profiles anonymously.
These “likes” continued to trickle in. And a day after signing up for a premium account, I had a list of 18 women to speak to!
I predict you’ll be impressed with the overall attractiveness of the women on this site. There appears to be a huge international user base on this website, with plenty of beautiful young women popping up throughout this testing period.
Most of the women I connected with in the first 48 hours of using the website got back to me pretty quickly.
Shortly after purchasing a premium account, I was asked to provide a photo to verify my identity. Sadly, as we use generic attractive white man stock photos for our reviews, I was unable to do this. The good news is: this site has got your back when it comes to protecting you against catfishing.
Hot Or Not is a decent little online dating website, and you may well be able to find a nice woman to date using it. However, it remains incomparable to our favorite online dating service, AFF.
AFF also has a huge user base around the world, having also been formed in the early 2000s. The major difference between the two websites is that AFF is marketed towards horny adults who want to quickly match and hook up with a naughty partner. So, if you’re looking for quick-and-easy one-night stands or no-strings attached relationships, AFF is the website to try.
In our experience, most of the women were down to swap contact details and meet without too much boring back-and-forth. If you’re looking for a woman like that, there’s no better time to give AFF a try. Although there’s no dedicated mobile app, it works perfectly well on smartphone and tablet, as well as desktop.
The website is currently offering a free trial to all new users, so you can find a casual partner without spending a penny.
Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of using Hot Or Not.
There are plenty of attractive women to choose from on Hot Or Not. There are plenty of prompts encouraging you to fill out information about yourself, although it would appear that the majority of users have not bothered to do so. Most of the profiles had multiple photos uploaded, but a high percentage of them had no information filled out in their bio.
Having said that, this site has a pretty unique method of encouraging its users to complete their profiles. You will not be able to see the entirety of other people’s profiles, unless you have filled out at least 60% of yours. Seems fair to me.
If you’re too lazy to fill out your profile in full, you can sign up using your Facebook account. The website will import your hobbies, interests and other personal information from your Facebook profile if you do this.
Simplicity is one of the strengths of this site. Your menu is on the left-hand side of the screen, but you’ll probably spend most of your time on the “Encounters” tab. This is where you swipe on women one-by-one. Underneath that, if you’re a premium user, you can search for people near you and choose who you want to talk to.
The rest of the menu essentially serves as notifications of women engaging with you. You’ll see how many women have messaged you, matched with you, liked you, visited your profile or favorited your profile.
You can send unlimited messages to your matches with a free account or to anyone with a paid account. You’ll be able to see all of your messages in the “Messaging” tab on the main navigation. You can send text, emojis, gifts or images.
With a free membership, you can “like” up to 50 members per day. You can send unlimited messages to whoever “likes” you back.
There is no sign of any adverts on Hot Or Not. That’s usually a good sign.
You can buy a premium membership for different lengths of time. The longer the membership, the less you’ll pay per day (except in the case of a one-day membership).
You can choose from the following plans:
At the time of this review, Hot Or Not appeared to be running a huge sale, although it’s a common tactic for online dating websites to advertise “sales” that never end. You can pay by debit card, credit card, PayPal or via your phone.
On top of its premium membership, the site also runs a credits scheme. You can use your credits to boost your visibility to others, let them see when you’re online and get more daily “likes,” among other things. It would appear that buying a premium membership is more cost-effective.
The URL is www.hotornot.com. You can also download the app on the iOS store or Google Play.
If you created a Hot Or Not account using Facebook, simply press the giant blue “Sign In via Facebook” button on the home page. Alternatively, click the “Sign In” button in the top right corner of the screen, then enter your credentials.
Click the “People Nearby” tab in the main navigation. You can filter your search by age, gender, location and intentions. The search function leaves a lot to be desired, as you can only narrow your search to within 25 km, 50 km, 100 km or 200 km of any chosen city. That means there’s every chance that the women on this tab aren’t “nearby” at all.
When you hover over a woman’s profile picture (either in search results or on other notification tabs), a message icon will appear. Click that to send a message.
Alternatively, navigate to their profile and click the “Chat Now” button at the top of the page. You can continue existing conversations by navigating to the messages tab.
Our guide on the best hookup apps and websites includes a full list of recommended alternatives to Hot Or Not.
Delete your account using the instructions above and your membership will be automatically cancelled.
Here are your options for buying a premium membership.
You can choose from:
Yes! It used to be a superficial online website, where you rate people out of 10 but have no way of communicating with them. Now, it’s a legitimate online dating website.
Hot Or Not isn’t out to scam you. You could find a date using the free version, and the paid version offers good value. Sure, there may always be a few cases of scammers lurking on online dating websites, but this site does plenty to verify its users and protect you against these too.