Dating apps are a fantastic thing when they work well and have a strong user base. Figuring out whether a new app is worthwhile, though, can take some work. That’s where I come in with this Hud review. You’re welcome.
After spending several weeks using it myself in various formats, I’ve done the legwork for you. In this review, we’ll be going over exactly what I found throughout the process.
What I can tell you straight off is that Hud is not a scam site. Still, does that mean it’s worthwhile? We’ll get to that in a moment.
First, a quick rundown on the process I use each time I review a dating app.
Time to start talking about my experiences with this app. First up, a comparison against AFF. As one of the biggest and most trusted names in the industry, also the app we’ve seen guys do the best using, they’re ideal to compare against. With almost 4 million connections and a host of awards, it’s worth checking them out for yourself, no matter what you think of Hud.
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Clearly, AFF is the winner here. In fact, with an overview like that, I can think of a long list of better options than Hud. It’s not that the app is dangerous, it’s just boringly quiet which is a shame. The idea behind it all is appealing and has a lot of potential.
Most apps these days are so basic that it’s exciting to see some features that stand out. In the case of Hud, which is primarily a hookup app, I found some interesting features that would have been useful:
Alongside that, Hud functions much like Tinder where you tap the heart icon on a profile you like and the X icon on a profile you’re not into.
Hud may have been a pretty good hookup app at one point, but it’s pretty quiet now. I got zero matches, and it’s not from a lack of trying! I usually get a decent number of matches on other more popular dating apps. I also noticed that I quickly ran out of matches after seeing just a handful of profiles.
This is thankfully not a problem on AFF, one of the most consistently reliable hookup sites I’ve tried. While it’s been around for nearly two decades, it still maintains a sizeable, active userbase. Finding people to talk to and eventually meet up with is always easy on AFF. And since it has a ton of users all over the world, even users in smaller cities can still find hookups.
While Hud has some cool features and an attractive interface, it’s ultimately useless because of its lack of users. This is why we recommend you try the AFF free trial instead.
Despite my low ratings for the app, there are a few positive things I can say about it.
Positioning themselves as the “#1 Hookup & Casual Dating App,” their purpose is pretty clear. While they’re not against people finding love, they’re really here to make hookups happen.
From the sign-up process to the info you see while swiping, Hud is all about getting straight to the point and I like it.
In terms of actually finding people, it’s a very familiar interface. You’re presented with a stack of profiles and you indicate whether you like them or not. While you can’t swipe left and right like most of the competitor apps, you tap the heart or X icon to indicate yes or no. If you both “heart” each other, it’s a match and you’re free to start chatting.
With a free account, you can use basic filters like age, gender and distance. If you upgrade to a paid account you have so many more filters to choose from including their sexual preferences and kinks.
It’s a real shame this app is so quiet.
Profile setup for Hud is a bit more involved than you might expect from a hookup app. You start off with fairly basic things like height, whether or not you drink, smoke or do drugs. After that, things get a little more personal.
Once you hit the “My Bedroom” section of the setup, you have a list of sexual interests/kinks to choose from. There are so many options to choose from and the first few are visible in the screenshot below.
For example, you can answer if you’re into bondage and whether you like to give, receive or both. It’s the same for all relevant options in the list. Although this is an optional part of the setup process, I’d recommend doing it if you’re going to use Hud. Ultimately, the more info you provide about yourself, the more likely people are to pay attention.
This is something I’d never even considered in a dating app before and it’s a great initiative. SAFE offers cheaper STD checks and integrates with Hud. That means you can show a verified “STD Safety Badge” on your profile too.
Especially for a hookup app, this is an excellent idea and I’d love to see some of the other major brands pick it up too.
To make sure people are using quality profile photos, Hud has an automated system that checks over your photos and rejects anything that doesn’t meet their requirements.
For me, that meant about half of my usual photos were rejected. Not because they’re actually bad but because it must have tripped something in their automated tool.
I have a set of quality, current profile photos I use for my accounts. They’re all pics of just me and a mix of face, upper body and full body photos so people can see what I look like. The only ones it seemed to be happy with were the face and upper body pics.
Although I understand what they’re trying to do, I personally appreciate full-body photos in a profile. It gives a far better idea of what someone actually looks like and leaves no room for creative angles to mislead you.
This is something I’ve come across with a few legit websites and I hate to see it — a legitimate website with a great concept but just not enough users for me to stick with it.
I like the fact that it’s openly a hookup app. I think the idea of showing your “bedroom” preferences right from the profile stack is great. Letting you filter by those kinks is even better. With a bit of work, even the profile photo filtering system could be a big step in the right direction.
Having to set my range to hundreds of miles to have a conversation mitigates all of these positives. One caveat I will offer here is that maybe, just maybe, it’s dead in my city. If you live in a large city like LA or NYC you might have better luck. If that’s the case for you, Hud is a great option and you should sign up for premium.
The Hud user base was so limited that I didn’t find any difference at all in moving to premium. I mean, it’s all good and well to be able to message users without matching or to get unlimited swipes but if there are only a handful of women in my area, what’s the point?
Paying for a premium membership will give you:
If they can find a way to bring more users to their platform, I’d say the paid membership is absolutely worth the money (if for no other reason than to support the developers).
Got some burning questions about HUD that we weren’t able to answer above? Here are some FAQs to help you out.
Hud is a hookup dating app designed to match people with similar sexual interests. It’s very inclusive no matter your gender or sexual preferences and lays your cards out on the table.
Hud is owned by HUD Studio Limited, a company registered in New Zealand.
Hud has a contact form that you can use to send in issues, questions and feedback.
Yes, Hud is a real dating app, though it’s not as active as other more popular sites.
In the time I was using Hud, I saw no evidence that anything fishy was going on. The one user I got to interact with seemed entirely legitimate and that was it.
In terms of your credit card staying safe, payment is made via Apple or Google, so you’re protected there too.
No, Hud is not a scam.
Yes, Hud is an app that’s safe to use.
The short answer, sadly, is no. It’s a legitimate app but lacks an active user base. In a few weeks, I managed one short conversation. Hardly inspiring.
While Hud is a safe, legit site, we would recommend other options. We’ve compiled a list of the best dating apps and sites for finding hookups.
Once you have a Hud account, you’re presented with a stack of profiles and you indicate whether you like them or not. While you can’t swipe left and right like most of the competitor apps, you tap the heart or X icon to indicate yes or no. If you both “heart” each other, it’s a match and you’re free to start chatting.
Yes, Hud is primarily an app.
Hud Premium access only has one level, although it gets cheaper the longer you sign up for it. Below are your pricing options right now.
You can access all the features of Hud for free. However, with a paid membership, you can use more filters, see who viewed your profile and view unlimited profiles.
Being an app, there’s no real “search” function. Instead, you’re shown a stack of nearby profiles. Presumably based on a proprietary algorithm, you can filter the results down to suit your preferences.
As a free user, you can control filters like age, gender and location. If you upgrade to a Premium account, you can go much deeper than that. Since Hud gives you the option to identify your sexual preferences, you can also search by this.
If you’re looking for someone that’s into specific things, upgrade to a Premium account and filter to show only those people.
Yes, you can send messages for free on Hud.
Signing up for a paid membership is done through your Apple/Google account. So, to cancel that subscription, that’s where you need to cancel it too. Just follow the steps below for your device.
Deleting your Hud account is simple, just follow the steps below. Note that deleting your account doesn’t automatically cancel your subscription! See the instructions below to do that separately.