Mingle2 is one of the more well known sites out there these days so we wanted to give it a shot. So often I come across fake sites that are out there to take your credit card info, and being able to warn you against that is a big reason why we decided to put together this Mingle2 review. On the other hand, some sites turn out to be legit, then I get paid to use a dating site. Really, it’s win-win for me either way. The reason we review so many sites though? Scam dating sites are prominent and we want your online dating experience to be a positive one.
For this review, I spent months researching and using the dating site Mingle2.com. Clearly, it’s not the best looking site but what I set out to see is if it’s dangerous or worth spending money on.
That’s exactly what we’re going to be covering today so let’s get to it.
Let’s start by looking at the basics from our Mingle2 review.
The site has the right idea overall which makes me wonder if it was once a worthwhile site. The name also makes me question what happened to Mingle for Mingle2 to be a thing. . .
In any case, if someone told me this was a great dating site in the early 2000s I’d believe them. In this decade, though, not so much.
For starters, let’s compare it against AFF. They’re arguably the biggest name in hookup sites which makes them a perfect point of comparison.
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 spending several weeks using Mingle2 we have to recommend that you avoid it. On the surface, it looks decent, and maybe it was at one time, but those days seem to be long past. If you’re looking for a site or app that is actually going to help you meet other singles this isn’t it. We found a lot of suspicious activity, few legit women, and very little chance of actually getting a good return on your time and money. Do yourself a favor and avoid it.
Compared to other options where we’ve seen guys find a lot of success, like AFF, there is no reason to spend any time on this site.
These numbers paint an accurate picture of my experience on the site. Like I said, some features on the site seem very legit but I didn’t have a single conversation while using it.
Sure, the site looks dated but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Beyond aesthetics, my first impressions in this Mingle2 dating site review were positive.
The sign-up process was nice and easy. I was also warned that if I didn’t complete the details in my profile I wouldn’t be included in the search results. Basically, if I was too lazy to complete my profile, nobody would see me. That’s a big deal.
After 24hrs of sitting dormant with this blank profile, I hadn’t received a single bit of spam. I guess they weren’t kidding, I really wouldn’t be seen by anyone. What a relief.
Even better than that, I was given a heads up about some relevant profiles nearby and online safety tips. Not only are they excluding blank profiles but they’re educating users on how to stay safe. If nothing else, kudos to Mingle2 for this one.
This is an important side note if anonymity is important to you. When you sign up, one of the fields simply says “name”.
A number of users (and I can’t show you an example for obvious reasons) have put their first and last name in this field. I can’t blame them, I almost did the same thing.
The problem is, the contents of this Name field become the publicly visible name for your profile. If you type John Smith in this field, every single user can see your photo, first and last name. Anonymity gone.
More of a small quirk than a security breach but something to be noted either way.
We’ve all become so accustomed to apps like Tinder and Bumble now where we swipe left and right. While not quite the same, Mingle2 uses a fairly similar concept which could be helpful with an active user base.
Much like Tinder, you’re presented with profile after profile where you have to select one of three options. Either Yes, No or Maybe in answer to the question “Are you interested in [user’s name]?”
While they give an over-complicated explanation of this process (below), it’s really just the same as Tinder. If you click Yes and so does she, you’re a match and you can now talk. As for that questionable “Maybe” button, I can’t find an answer as to what happens if you both click Maybe.
Reading their explanation, it seems as though Yes and Maybe do the same thing? Weird.
Also weird is that this feature is totally negated by the “Email Her” button you’ll find in every profile. If you want to message someone, just click their profile and click the Email Her button. You don’t need to match so this whole matching process is redundant. . .
After completing my profile and using the site for a couple of days, I came across my first conversation. Unfortunately, it was an overly eager (suspicious) user, which actually surprised me.
The first thing I noticed was the timestamps all said “Less than a minute ago”, even though this exchange happened over the space of about an hour. A minor detail on a dilapidated site, the solid red flag was how pushy “she” was.
More likely to be some guy huddled behind a computer offshore, he was desperate for a Skype conversation.
After my last reply, I went ignored and the profile vanished the next day. This wasn’t the last of these types of messages either. I was soon hit with another three suspicious conversations that disappeared soon after.
Whether these were more spammers or actual users who bailed is hard to say. What I do know is that once every day or two I’d get a notification from Mingle2 about profiles I might be interested in.
100% of the time, when trying to reach out to them as a premium member, I’d get the same error message:
There’s always a chance these were spammers and Mingle2’s support team were removing them. Based on what I’d seen though, I don’t think that was the case here.
One of the many factors that make me think this used to be legit is looking at the user profiles. Take the conveniently named “pleasebereal” here, for example.
Her photos look like exactly the type of selfies you’d expect to find on any real dating site. Sure, the info below is blank but that’s to be expected sometimes on these sites. The general look and feel, besides the ads and spam messages still point to it being the real deal, albeit dead these days.
At some point in the past, Mingle2 may have been a site where you could find dates or hookups. Today, I don’t think that’s the case. I wasn’t able to talk to anyone on the site that seemed remotely interesting or interested in exchanging contact info. While there are traces of legit users on the site, majority of them are now inactive. I can’t say I blame them.
Now if you’re still on the lookout for a site that will help you get laid, AFF is your best bet. They have a quality reputation, a large and active user base and dedicated support.
The women respond like real human beings and you can even meet up just days after your first conversation. It’s also worth noting that with so many users on the site, you can find a handful of matches no matter where you are. Best of all, you’ll achieve more in the first 12 hrs on AFF than I did in weeks of use on Mingle2.
To summarize even further, here’s what I loved and hated about Mingle2.
Conversely, ads are often a sign of a low-quality dating site and Mingle2 is riddled with them. Above, below and beside the primary pane on each window, you’ll find various targeted ads. Having just moved into a new apartment, it makes sense I’m being hit with ads for rugs and wall art.
My only assumption at this stage is that AFF is letting Mingle2 run, generate some ad revenue and it’s pointing people to the AFF site. The rest of my experience on the site certainly supported this notion.
Nobody loves ads but if that’s how a website makes their money, fine. The reason I swore at these ones in particular though has to do with the way the page renders.
Specifically, it’s the ad at the top or bottom of the page that quickly gets on your nerves. Sorting through matches and clicking Yes or No in rapid succession is what we’ve all grown accustomed to.
On Mingle2.com, thanks to the ad, you can’t do this. See, the page renders for a fraction of a second, just long enough for you to make a decision. Just as you go to click the orange or black button, the ad renders, pushing the photos and buttons further down the page.
I must have clicked in white space at least 30 damn times because of this. So, instead, you have to click Yes or No on a profile, wait for the next page, pause for a moment for the ad to render, then click one of the two options.
It sounds like such a minor detail, but try it for yourself for 60 seconds and you’ll see what I mean. Infuriating.
If you’re still curious about the site and want to try it out yourself, by all means, go ahead. After our Mingle2 review, I’d suggest sticking with a free profile though. As you can see below, the benefits aren’t all that great here. Rather than restrict you who can message, as a free user, they simply boost your exposure when you pay.
It’s a great model if the site is busy. Unfortunately though, when you can’t find a single live member, increasing exposure by 300% still means you have 0 matches.
In fairness, their pricing model is very reasonable as well. Once again, if the user base were more active, I’d even suggest signing up for the paid subscription just to support the developers. In this instance though, even at $9.99 /month, there’s really no point when you have no one to talk to.
As always, I’m going to wrap up this Mingle2.com dating site review by covering the most frequently asked questions. The aim is to answer all of your questions about the site in one spot so if I’ve missed anything, feel free to reach out or leave a comment below.
Associated with AFF, Mingle2 appears to have been a legitimate dating site at some point. Quite dilapidated, the only conversations you’ll manage now are likely with bots. In fairness, these scammers may be removed quickly but this just leaves you with a blank inbox again.
Like any site, once you’ve created a profile, you can log in any time by clicking the “Sign In” link in the top right corner. All you’ll need is the email and password you provided on sign-up.
If we learned anything during our Mingle2 review, it’s that you aren’t going to find any real dates on this website. Rather than spending your time here talking to suspected bots, check out our list of the best dating sites and apps available right now. Something in this list will stick out to you — go ahead and give that site a try and see where it takes you.
As you’ll see in the section above this FAQ, a free account isn’t too restrictive at all. Rather than keeping you from messaging people, upgrading to a paid account just means more exposure.
Theoretically, by upgrading, you’ll be seen by more women. In reality though, I saw no women out there to see you so it’s a moot point.
Canceling your paid subscription is a very simple process. Just follow the steps below. Since the site appears to be legit, I’d be surprised if they give you any grief beyond this point.
That’s it, you’re done!
Deleting your account is just as simple. Follow these steps and your profile will be gone:
The cost of a subscription on Mingle2 is surprisingly low. This makes sense since there aren’t any real users here, I suppose.
Mingle2 is a legitimate dating website but there doesn’t appear to be a single active user on it. In my weeks of using the site, I couldn’t manage a single conversation with a real user.
To message a user on this site, just click the Search button in the top navigation. This will show you the relevant users nearby.
From there, click on a profile you want to message and select “Email Her” below her profile photo. Alternatively, you can just scroll down to find the text box to type in within her profile.
You can choose from either a basic or advanced search on Mingle2.com. The basic search will show you women in your area. Advanced is exactly what it sounds like. You’re presented with a wide array of filters to narrow down your results.
Below are just a few of the options you have to choose from.