- Clean and stylish interface
- Availability of mobile apps
- Decent functionality for free users
- No real search feature
- Occasional fake profiles
- Number of members depends on location
- Limited contact features
Only Lads is a gay dating site that first attracts you with its modern design and presence of mobile apps. The membership on OnlyLads is affordable, but we found the variety of members to be disappointing, and many of them don’t appear to be real at all, which means your chances of finding the perfect date are slim.
Full Only Lads Review
Only Lads is a gay dating site that was launched in 2012. Since its launch, the site has attracted over 1 million of members, although there are concerns among OnlyLads.com fans that not all profiles on the site are genuine. Here is our in-depth Only Lads review of its features and prices.
Only Lads Audience
The Only Lads home page advertises having over 1 million active members who are available for chatting and other activities. This number certainly seems impressive — we have encountered lots of gay dating sites with only a few hundred thousands of users.
However, when researching the member database of Only Lads further for our review, we discovered that the site has a substantial number of fake profiles. It is not clear whether they are created by third parties with malicious purposes or by the site itself to boost the activity of paying members, but you need to use your best judgement and thoroughly inspect the profile before deciding to reach out to an attractive member.
Signing Up at Only Lads
When visiting onlylads.com for the first time, you can learn quite a lot about the service from its home page and even see some of the members who are supposedly registered on the site. However, you cannot meet new people or perform other actions on Only Lads without signing up for the service.
There are two options to create your account: log into OnlyLads using your Facebook account or register a new account via email. In the latter case, you will need to complete a brief sign up form that requires your name, birth date, email, and password, and then confirm your profile by entering the verification code that is sent to your email address. Once that is done, you will be asked to fill on your profile with more details and upload your profile photo, but you can also skip this step and move on straight to exploring the site.
Design and Usability
Compared to other gay dating sites, Only Lads is relatively new, which is probably why its interface looks more modern than on many other dating services we have previously reviewed. At the same time, despite the use of stylish colors and modern design cues, we found the interface of OnlyLads.com to lack essential functionality and not be very convenient.
In the top menu, you will find four buttons: the Home button, which will take you to the home page of onlylads.com, the Search button, where you can browse the members of Only Lads, the Chat button, where you can find your messages, and your profile, where you can edit and view your profile.
Most gay dating sites we have visited before have very detailed and functional search features, but that is not the case with Only Lads. There is no real search as we know it, where you can specify the desired qualities of the people you want to meet. Instead, the site will only show potential matches near you or near the location you enter manually. Needless to say, this search mechanism seriously limits your options for finding like-minded individuals, which is one of our biggest disappointments with Only Lads.
User Account Features
When you first create your account at Only Lads, there are numerous fields you can fill in, but since there is an option to skip this step, many users leave their profiles nearly empty, which doesn’t allow you to find out enough about them before making the first move. From a typical profile on OnlyLads, you can learn about the member’s age, location, sexual preferences, goals, and personality.
There are only a few ways available if you want to contact any member. You can add them to your Friends list, which is visible to other members, or to your Favorites, which is a list that can only be viewed by you. There is also an option to start a chat or send an icebreaker — a short way to get yourself noticed without writing the introductory message.
Only Lads Prices
Only Lads uses a standard approach to making its users pay where you sign up as a free user but are then constantly reminded to buy a Premium membership to unlock new features. However, in order to show you the benefits of a paid membership, OnlyLads actually gives you an opportunity to try it for one day for free, after which you will either return to being a free user or will finally decide to pay.
The cost of a monthly membership on Only Lads is rather affordable and gives you some substantial benefits over the free membership, such as an unlimited number of messages and viewed profiles, a full list of members who visited your profile, and an opportunity to remove the ads from the website.
Is Only Lads a scam?
While we wouldn’t claim Only Lads is a complete scam, some of the website’s behavior certainly looks suspicious. Most importantly, we searched for members in various remote locations, and all of the searches came back with plenty of attractive men. We have a hard time believing those remote locations would have a big number of gay singles, which makes us think Only Lads is trying to inflate its number of members to look more presentable.
Is Only Lads safe?
Aside from the issue with fake profiles, we would consider Only Lads to be a generally safe dating site. There are several guides on safe online and offline dating for gay men and which behavior from members is considered to be a red flag you should not ignore, as well as an option to report suspicious profiles and activities to the site administrators.
However, we did not like the fact that the only way to contact the customer support is via a form on the site — no live chat, email, or phone number are available, and those are usually the fastest way to get help when you need it.
Does Only Lads have a mobile app?
Yes, there is an Only Lads mobile app that is available both for Android and iOS. Both apps can be downloaded for free, but you can pay for a membership through the apps. The Only Lads mobile apps have a sleek design, but their functionality is limited compared to the desktop version, and some reviewers say that OnlyLads apps copy member profiles from other dating services.
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