Cougar Date
Cougar Date Registration
Cougar Date Messaging
Cougar Date Profile

Our Review

Cougar Date is a dating website catered towards older women looking for younger men (named cougars and cubs, respectively). It is geared towards casual dating and no-strings-attached affairs rather than serious relationships. It is mainly based in the UK but it also serves members from the United States, South Africa, Ireland, and Australia. Cougar Date is run by Venntro Media Group Ltd., and has amassed about 2 million members. 

Member Structure

Members
400,000 from USA
Members activity
3,150 new members per month
Gender Proportion
35 %
65 %
  • Even as a cougar dating site, it still has a lot of younger female members
  • There are more members with incomplete profiles compared to complete profiles
  • More members in the UK than any other country

During the test, there were a lot of younger female members with ages 18 - 20. This was a surprise since cougars are generally 40 years old and above; 35 years old is already a stretched minimum (Sources: WikiHow, ThoughtCo, UrbanDictionary). Even though Cougar Date is strict about approving e-mails, they aren't strict about users having to complete their profiles. Because of this, a lot of members have incomplete accounts with default display photos.

Signing Up

Cougar Date Registration
  • Takes less than a few minutes
  • Only three details are needed: purpose, name, and birthday
  • Email verification required

Upon registration, the only things asked are whether you're a younger man looking for a cougar or an older woman looking for a cub, name, and birthday. They expressly ask "no nicknames, please" which we take to mean that customized usernames with numbers and special characters are discouraged. Verification of your email is required, in fact heavily encouraged (there's an entire page dedicated to it after you sign up), but can be skipped temporarily.

Making Contact

Cougar Date Messaging
  • Male members have to sign up for a subscription
  • There are separate tabs for messages, winks, gifts, and favorites
  • Unread messages are deleted after 30 days
  • Read messages are kept for only 90 days
  • You can see if someone is inactive
  • Sending messages to other users is free for women

Only female members get the unlimited messaging feature. Male members can see the preview of messages but will have to pay to read or reply to them. The main inbox page is a compilation of all the types of communication you can receive. But there are tabs where you can separately view your messages, winks, gifts, favorites, and messages from the support team. 

Fortunately, you can view if a member is inactive. Although it isn't stated how many days they have to be absent from the website to qualify as "inactive", this is still a good way to save your time by filtering out those who probably won't reply any time soon. 

Profile Quality

Cougar Date Profile
  • Almost half of profile photos are explicit
  • Since profile photos are optional, many members haven't uploaded photos
  • Moderator approval required for all photos
  • There are suggested profiles on the bottom if you don't like the current profile
  • The profiles are not very detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

Profile photos are optional. Even though this is a relief for the people who are still timid about putting themselves out there and exposing their face to the world, this also means that fake profiles can easily be created and managed. Photos need moderator approval before they can go live. This suggests that the existence of graphic display photos isn't oversight on Cougar Date's end, but express permission.

The main information needed on a user profile is what they're "here for". This isn't a multiple-choice option. Members have to fill out this field with a self-description to let other members know more about them. It also includes when the member was last online. A user's photos (other than their display photo) cannot be viewed by free members. These aren't private photos that need permission to be accessed, so to speak, but additional public photos that can only be viewed by paying members.

Real Life Review

"I signed up to this site looking for cougars and the site did not disappoint. What surprised me the most was how explicit the photos were. These women are burning with desire. I was able to talk to a few but the conversation never went anywhere. It was hard to secure a date because some would just suddenly stop responding while others wouldn't reply in the first place. The pornographic images would be a jackpot for other cubs, but not for me. This site just doesn't have the ladies I'm looking for." - Cub (23)

Design and Usability

The website is fairly easy to use. The members' ease-of-use were definitely in mind when they created the functions. In the inbox page especially, there are tabs to help the user sort their messages, including the ones that come from the support team. The most important resources, such as the terms and conditions, privacy policy, FAQ, and contact page are all conveniently located on the bottom page. They can be accessed wherever you are on the site. A solid maroon is the background of the website, and surprisingly it doesn't look bad. Be wary though, pop-up windows can come from any click on the site, and some of them might even have audio.

Cougar Date Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Profile creation
  • Upload photos
  • Browse and view profiles
  • Complete your profile
  • Search for other members
Fee based Services
  • Read and send messages
  • Add Bolt-on features
    ?
    Boost your profile and enhance site features
  • See who's viewed your profile
  • Write your own sex-date diary
  • Send winks
Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
VIP
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Charged in British Pounds
1 Month34.00 £ / Month34.00 £
3 Months22.33 £ / Month67.00 £
6 Months16.67 £ / Month100.00 £
12 Months13.92 £ / Month167.00 £
Search VIP
?
Highlight your profile in search results to stand out from the crowd
1 Month2.99 £ / Month2.99 £
Read notification
?
Get email alerts when your messages have been read
1 Month2.99 £ / Month2.99 £

Is Cougar Date expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Cougar Date is upper moderate.

Cougar Date Prices
Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • Via Mobile Phone

All transactions on the site are secured with SSL. To secure your privacy, charges will appear on your bill as "Venntro Media Group / venntro.net". Besides SSL, the entire website is protected by the "Online Dating Protector", a service offered by Venntro Media Group Ltd. themselves. ODP offers 24/7 moderation, anti-scam software, profile reporting, and more.

Special Features

Diaries

This is a public page where you can write a diary entry and share your thoughts and experiences with other members. Before your entry can be published, it has to be checked and approved by the moderation team. You can write anything you want to let other users get to know you better. It could be a journal of something exciting that happened to you today or an entry on something you're passionate about.

Your diary entry will not be approved if it includes your personal contact details, inappropriate language, advertisement for another website, or details about when your membership will expire (subtly asking people for money).

Our rating

Signing Up: 3.5 / 5
Making Contact: 2.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 2.5 / 5
Real Life Review: 2.5 / 5

Editors Conclusion

Chris Pleines
Cougar Date states from the get go that they are a casual hook-up site. However, with the name "Cougar Date", you would expect that they would specialize their website for older women and younger men. This is not the case. The website never mentions cougars and cubs on the website, aside from the names of some features. It's basically a regular hook-up site with "cougar" in its name. There is also no age limit for the female and male members; we found some 18-year-old "cougars" during our test. A lot of the profiles are incomplete and have no display photos. For this reason, we would be wary of availing premium memberships, specially with the sketchy structure of members allowed to register. Here's a not-so-well-known truth: you can still find older women or younger men in mainstream dating sites. You just have to set your search preferences accordingly. There are many sites more credible than Cougar Date, and you can browse through them in our Casual Dating category.

FAQ

Facts

What is Cougar Date?

Cougar Date is a casual, no-strings-attached sex site for older women (cougars) and younger men (cubs).

Is Cougar Date safe?

There is a service called Online Dating Protector that safeguards user information and data. All transactions are also protected by SSL.

Is Cougar Date real?

Yes, it is real, and it has over 2 million members.

Is there a Cougar Date app?

As of the time of writing, a mobile app hasn't been made available for Cougar Date yet.

Usability

How do I delete my account?

On the top right of the website, click on "Account". A list will appear and you have to select "Site Membership". Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see a dark button labeled "Delete Account". Click on that then follow the instructions.

Payment

Is Cougar Date free?

A lot of the features are free, but there are premium memberships for additional perks. You can still use the site unhindered without paying though, the only setback is you won't be able to read or send messages.

How much is Cougar Date?

Memberships start at £34.00 per month.

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Infos

Company:Venntro Media Group Ltd.
Adress:59-60 Thames Street, Windsor, SL4 1TX, United Kingdom
Phone-Hotline:+44 1753 271 286
E-Mail:hello@cougardate.com