- Wide range of types
- Modern and convenient site design
- Relatively small number of members
- No mobile apps
- Lots of seemingly fake members and messages
- Limited customer support
BuddyGays is a dating site that attracts you with its pleasant layout and modern features, but after you use the website for a while, you will likely start having doubts about its authenticity. Buddy Gays may be a fine place to spend your free time, but your actual chance of finding a hookup or dating partner there is very slim.
BuddyGays is not the world’s best known gay dating site, but it has started to gain traction in the past few years. Buddy Gays seems to be connected to a hookup site called QuickFlirt, which doesn’t have the most spotless reputation in the online dating community. Nevertheless, we decided to take a fair and impartial look at the site, and here is our BuddyGays review.
Unlike many other gay dating sites, Buddy Gays does not have a clear focus on long-term or casual dating, which is why the member database of BuddyGays.com is a mix of all kinds of gay types and intentions. It can be a good thing if you are not looking for anything specific, but if you don’t have all the time in the world, the lack of focus on the site can be confusing.
It’s also worth noting that BuddyGays does not have the biggest number of members among all gay dating sites. By some estimates, the overall number of BuddyGays members all over the world is far less than 1 million, which makes the possibility of finding your perfect match even smaller.
Signing Up at BuddyGays
On the home page of BuddyGays.com, you can already get the idea of what you can find on the site. Plus, there is a long introduction to the service and its features. However, you cannot see any members of the site, let alone communicate with them, unless you have your own account.
Signing up for BuddyGays is not the easiest thing in the world. First, you need to fill in a brief questionnaire with your age, location, and email address. Then you need to confirm your registration via email. Next, the site will ask you to upload a photo, and then there is another questionnaire regarding your dating preferences and physical parameters. Once all of that is done, you can finally begin browsing Buddy Gays.
Design and Usability
BuddyGays.com has a very simple design that is not overcrowded with features, although to more experienced users, it may seem too simplistic. The main site menu is located on top of the page. From here, you can go to your account, your messages and notifications, and the account upgrading page.
There is a Buddy Gays search feature, where you can look for other members by their location, age, tribe, and appearance features. In the same menu, you can also find the Like game, or Hot Or Not. It functions similarly to Tinder and other dating apps, allowing you to vote yes or no on random profiles of BuddyGays users and visit profiles of users who caught your attention.
User Account Features
The profiles of members at Buddy Gays are not very diverse: there are only a few fields you can fill out, and many members prefer to skip most or all of them. As a result, from most profiles, you can only learn the person’s age, location, and sexual orientation. To make things more complicated, the essential field “Looking for” is only visible to paying users, so you cannot even find out what the person is searching for on the site without paying for a membership.
There are only a few communication options available on BuddyGays. You can add the profile to your Favorites if you want to revisit it later, Like the profile to get yourself noticed without saying anything, or send a private message. If you believe the profile is fake or is displaying any suspicious activity, you can report the profile to the site administrators or block it from visiting and messaging your own profile.
Buddy Gays operates in a usual dating site way where some non-essential features are offered for free, but you need a paid membership if you want to get the full user experience. As a free member, you can use the search feature, view profiles, and play the Like game. For everything else, including regular messaging, viewing full-size photos, and instant messaging, you will need a Full membership.
There is a 1-day trial membership option for $0.99 if you just want to take a look at the site and its members. Other membership options include 1 week, 1 month, and three months, with 1 month costing you $27.01, and 3 months being available for $45.44. The membership costs at Buddy Gays are considerably higher than on similar gay dating sites and not particularly fair given BuddyGays’ comparatively small number of members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is BuddyGays a scam?
Overall, Buddy Gays does not look like a typical scam dating site and has a couple of important features that are available even to non-paying users. However, the fact that you get bombarded with messages from attractive members even though your profile is nearly empty certainly makes us think there is some scam activity involved.
Is BuddyGays safe?
Buddy Gays has several features of a safe dating site. There is a guide on safe online dating and an extensive help section where the most popular questions regarding using the site are already answered. We also liked that the membership purchases are recorded on your bank statement under a neutral name and that the site is thoroughly encrypted. However, we would like to see BuddyGays introduce more ways to contact customer support — right now, you can only do it via a form on the site.
Does BuddyGays have a mobile app?
No, BuddyGays does not offer a mobile app for any platform at the moment. You can, however, access the mobile browser version of BuddyGays.com on your smartphone or tablet, but due to the differences in screen sizes, your user experience on a mobile device will likely be different from your experience with the desktop version.