These days, it seems like there’s a new dating website cropping up every day. Whatever your age, marital status or kink, there’s probably a website out there catering exactly for that. The only question is, are they any good? That’s what I’ll be discussing in this OnlyCougars review.
All too often, the answer to that question is no. A decent number of hookup sites are outright scams — we’ve reviewed a lot of them — and the ones that are left often aren’t worth your time. So, how do you sort through them all to find the ones that are worthwhile?
The short answer is: Let us do it for you. We’ve scoured the best — and the worst — hookup sites the internet has to offer, all wrapped up in one convenient recommendation. This time, it’s Only Cougars getting the full treatment.
The best place to start is with an overview of the site. I like to compare new websites to AFF since it’s consistently the more reliable cougar hookup website I’ve used.
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.
The premise of OnlyCougars isn’t new or particularly rare. Good news for those who love them, cougars are here to stay and OnlyCougars is one of many websites catering to men who want to find them. So, what makes OnlyCougars stand out above the rest? Well, not much, unfortunately.
It seems like I can’t turn around lately without finding a hookup site that uses fantasy profiles. In case you’re lucky enough not to have encountered them, fantasy profiles, or entertainment profiles, are what websites call deliberately fake profiles. These profiles are generated by the website — sometimes by hiring writers and others automatically run by bots — to fill out profiles and message users in order to make the website look more active.
This is all spelled out in the terms and conditions, so it isn’t technically a scam, but it’s easy to miss if you don’t carefully scour the terms and conditions of every website.
The problem here — and on a lot of similar websites — is that fantasy profiles are all the site has to offer. I scrolled past literally hundreds of women on Only Cougars and couldn’t find a single profile without the telltale “Love Stars” icon. While there may have been a few real women somewhere — I remain skeptical, but can’t claim to have checked every single profile on the site — the sheer number of fake profiles makes it impossible to find them.
Admittedly, I did enjoy some features of Only Cougars. Apps and websites that let you “swipe” or rate potential matches have been around forever, but it’s a solid mechanic for a reason. If you’re just here to have some fun, their “Hot / Not” feature is entertaining and has the handy function of notifying you when you have a match.
The site also offers its fair share of entertainment in the form of amateur videos and live webcams, which is pretty standard for the more explicit hookup sites. Ultimately, though, most of us are on dating sites because we want to find women to talk to and potentially hook up with, which means there’s no amount of entertainment that will make up for a lack of real women.
If the lack of real women was my only concern about Only Cougars, I’d say it was a bit useless but not actively harmful. What sent up a bunch of red flags for me was how hard the site tries to get your credit card details.
The first thing you’ll see when you enter your email address is a page asking for your payment information. I’ve encountered this on other sites and it’s never a good sign. Only Cougars claims that it only wants the information for verification purposes, but there are other ways to verify users beyond asking them for sensitive information before they’ve even had a chance to look at the site or create a profile.
If you can manage to bypass this page without entering your details — and it is possible, but not easy — the site takes you directly to a landing page, with key information like your username, profile and biographical information already pre-filled (in other words, made up). This makes me think that, even if I had managed to find some genuine profiles on the website, they could have ended up being just as fake as my initial profile was.
Another red flag was how hard it is to log into the site. The only option on the front page is to create a new account, not to log into an existing one — to do that, I needed to go to a completely different website and enter my login information there. I already wasn’t a fan of handing out my credit card information sight unseen and not knowing what website would be using that information made me even warier.
Only Cougars was full of red flags from start to finish. It was difficult to navigate, impossible to use without entering my credit card information and after all of that, every single profile I found was fake. Safe to say, I don’t recommend Only Cougars to anyone.
While so many sites out there are outright fake and downright scammy, not all of them are terrible. For meeting cougars for either dates or flings, we’ve consistently found that AFF delivers almost every time.
AFF is one of the top cougar dating sites out there. They’ve been around for years and they have over 50 million members. The women on the site are real (unlike in OnlyCougars) and they’re all looking for a connection–whether it’s just a casual hookup or genuine romance. Despite being a niche site, AFF manages to attract a variety of women who are open to dating younger men. You’ll even find some women who are looking for men their age.
To make connections even easier to come by, you can also receive a notification whenever a cougar nearby checks out your profile. This is what makes AFF such a useful site for meeting older women, and it also helps that they have a free trial!
It was difficult to find a lot to like about Only Cougars, but I tried.
After looking through hundreds of profiles on OnlyCougars trying to find one real women, all I found were bots and site-generated profiles. Some of these seemed realistic enough and some of them were just bizarre.
Since it’s all — by the site’s own admission —for entertainment purposes, it’s not like it really matters, but I do have to wonder who they think they’re fooling with their string of unintelligible run-on sentences.
Other profiles were better crafted — as in, they sounded like they could actually belong to real women — but in the end, every single one had the “love stars” symbol that denotes a fake profile. So in the end, some of the profiles were good, others were bad, but they were all fake.
The design of Only Cougars isn’t bad — it’s simple, clean and fairly easy to navigate. The search function is a little buggy at times, which can be annoying, but it’s far from the site’s biggest flaw.
Overall, the site design was just okay. It’s still lacking compared to other, more legitimate dating sites, like Cougar Life, but it’s minimal enough to avoid getting in its own way, which is better than most low quality sites.
The messaging system on Only Cougars was pretty straightforward. The site uses chat-style message replies — which feels more modern and simple to use than a more old-fashioned email-style inbox — and it’s easy to send messages directly from user’s profiles.
I didn’t get the usual flood of fake messages here, which can be a good sign. Unfortunately, in this case it seemed more like a sign of a site without much life in it. Even the fake profiles weren’t much good for a chat, fizzling out after a message or two.
I messaged over 50 profiles and got a grand total of two responses. Given that these were all site-generated entertainment profiles designed for the sole purpose of chatting with members — the only profiles I could find — it was a surprisingly disappointing result.
There’s very little you can do with a free OnlyCougars.com membership. Free users can sign up to the site, create a profile and view a limited number of user profiles. You’ll need to upgrade to a VIP membership in order to search for users, send messages, use the “matches” and “hot or not” functions or watch videos or live webcams. Some features of the site, including sending virtual gifts, boosting the visibility of your profile and participating in live chats, require tokens or extra payments on top of a VIP membership.
The more legit hookup sites tend not to feature advertisements. The presence of paid ads on a site can tell you a lot about it and the kind of ads can tell you even more. Only Cougars has banner ads on nearly every page that will take you to some … pretty questionable websites. Click at your own risk.
Only Cougars uses a token system to unlock features like sending virtual gifts, making your profile visible and notifying other users when you’re online.
Need some quick answers? Here are the frequently asked questions about OnlyCougars.
OnlyCougars is a dating and hookup site aimed at single and married men looking for more mature women. Women on the website are generally in their 40s and may be married.
To actually log into OnlyCougars, you need to visit an alternative domain at member-hookup.com and enter your email and password.
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There isn’t much you can do with a free OnlyCougars membership. Free users can sign up and view other users’ profiles, but can’t access features like messaging, matches or even the search function.
To cancel your OnlyCougars membership, click on “settings” and then “cancel your VIP membership.” This can be done by filling out a form on the website or by contacting customer service directly. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org using the email address you used to create an account to ask them to cancel your membership.
You can temporarily disable your OnlyCougars account by clicking on “settings” and then “disable your account.” To permanently delete your account, you may have to contact customer service.
OnlyCougars claims to use credit card details for free verification. To access more paid features, you can buy tokens.
I looked at hundreds of women and didn’t find a single one that wasn’t a fake site-generated profile. So, no.
OnlyCougars is a site filled with fantasy profiles that tries very hard to get your credit card details before it will even let you log in. You can make up your own mind, but I’d recommend extreme caution, at the very least.
To send messages to other users, you can click on their profile and choosing the “message” option. You can also reply to messages directly from your inbox, located in the “messages” tab.
You can search for users by clicking “search” on the site navigation bar. You can filter by all users or by users who are new or online now.