When it comes to finding a “Cougar” or “MILF”, there's one clear market leader for “Cubs”. We decided to check it out...
If you're attracted to older women and use the internet in any form, you're bound to be familiar with CougarLife. This major name on the dating scene spends a lot of money on marketing (maybe you've seen the TV ad, below?) and as a result has put cougar dating firmly on the map of most popular dating niches.
While we found the TV ad a bit cringeworthy (despite it's clear 'tip of the hat' towards the American Pie movies, where the whole MILF thing – think Stifler's Mom – really went mainstream), the site itself was good fun to review. Cougar dating online is big business and when a site has so much market share, you know that it must be doing something right.
The sign up process involved a few more fields than we've seen on popular hookup and casual dating sites, but still got us into the members' area in super-quick time. We noticed a blog area and decided to check it out, as we like to see dating sites providing supportive content and tips for members. The blog was good and had several articles with advice on dating older women, but unfortunately the most recent post was a couple of years ago. Clearly the blog isn't a big priority and that's certainly forgivable, provided the site uses its resources on creating a productive online dating experience.
On to the experience then... and the first thing to note is that CougarLife is a tidy and modern site that's easy on the eyes, whether you're logging in on a mobile device, laptop or desktop PC. You can't send a message until you add a photo, which we thought was a nice way to boost that age-old online dating problem of people joining sites and not adding any pictures, then wondering why they don't get laid. Icebreakers are free to send but instant chat is only available to paying subscribers.
Something we hadn't seen on any review before was the added subscriber bonus of getting 24 hours exclusive access to new members, essentially allowing you to try to communicate with the most recent sign ups, before they are shown to the rest of the cougars or cubs (those that haven't upgraded). Another interesting feature was the ability to search for people who had indicated on their profile that they are available to meet that very night. Considering the difficulty in finding cougars to date, particularly with older women being less likely to be out in nightclubs or having children to look after, the potential to speak to MILFs that have indicated they are free and keen to have a date that night, is something quite brilliant indeed. While there were only a few women the night we checked, it's one of those things that will very much depend on day of the week and the location you are searching.
Payment works with credit card or e-wallet and CougarLife uses a credit system for certain site elements (for example, sending virtual gifts) so you can, in theory, run out of credits before your month is up or save them for longer than a month. One thing we were taken aback by was the strange one-off charge for mobile access, something that normally comes for free on online dating sites.
There's no doubt that CougarLife, with it's long history and targeted approach towards the cougar dating scene, has grown to become one of the top dating sites on the internet. It's not just a market leader in the cougar/ cubs world, it's a market leader, period. When you arrive at the site you feel like you're about to take a test drive in a supercar, and although it has some really great and useful features, when compared with some of the other reviews we've done we can't help but feel that the site never really hit top gear. That being said, when you compare it with other cougar options, it screeches away in front and leaves the competition easting it's dust. If its cougar dating you want, then it's time to buckle up, because there's quite simply nothing that comes close to CougarLife.
Remember, your chances of getting lucky will multiply if you research the best dating sites to fit what you're looking for and then try more than one at a time. For cougar dating, we'd recommend CougarLife along with a regular dating site (if you want to get serious) or an NSA hookup site (if you're looking for fun), with the advanced search filters set to females over 40. Good luck!