Continuing our series of fetish dating reviews, we take a look at KinkDating.com. But just how in tune is this website with the kink community?
 

Looking for a Kink dating review? BDSM in one form or another has been around for a long time, but it's only recently become socially acceptable to talk about it. Well, a little socially acceptable anyway. In some ways, this is a good thing – it's easier to find people who share your interests, for example, whether you're looking to tie them to something or want to swap tying-people-to-something tips. It's also led to an increased number of businesses and services trying to get that sweet kink-market money. Honestly, this is kind of a mixed blessing.
 

KinkDating.com: a first glance

Case in point: KinkDating.com. Just at first glance, this seems like a good place to go if you're trying to explore a new side of your sexuality or just want to find someone new to explore it with. After all, we like kink, and I guess we like dating, right? But for the sake of our KinkDating.com review, does this site stack up when you start trying to use it?

Like most sites targeted at the kinky community, this website splashes stock images of blindfolds, handcuffs and riding crops all over its front pages. Once you sign up, however, you'll find that the insides of this site look much like any other, with lots of small, blurry photos of smiling, attractive people and not a lot else.
 

How easy is it to create a profile on KinkDating.com?

Filling out a profile (at least most of one) is required on KinkDating.com. The profile questions don't exactly show a deep understanding of the fetish world. They're all about your sense of humour, the celebrities you resemble, your favourite kind of restaurant and whether you have any pets. Not that those can't be important to know in a kinky relationship, but it is perhaps not quite what I was expecting from a site the front page of which shows a woman's lingerie-clad bum and a pair of handcuffs.
 

So what can we say about KinkDating.com?

So, once you've filled out your profile, what can you do on KinkDating.com? Without a paying membership, not a lot. You can search by age and gender, but you can't even sort by location, meaning that you're going to have to dig deep into this US-centric site to find people near you. That doesn't really matter, though, because you can't click on profiles to view them without a paid membership.

Similarly, you can't search for keywords without a paid membership on KinkDating.com, which would be the only way to find people who share your kinks.  Although there are a lot of personality-matching questions, there aren't really any kink-specific ones.

One positive to this KinkDating.com review. The site does have a chat feature – or at least the first line of a chat feature. We've written before about the phenomenon of grey-silhouette fetishists, those sexually voracious women who can't be satisfied by anything other than a blank outline and a sardonic, minimalist dating profile. Well, they're out in force on Kink Dating.com and they love to send nonspecific messages to people who join. Of course, if you want to talk to these bots – excuse me, people – you'll need to sign up for a paying membership.
 

Extra features

What extra features do you get when you join Kink Dating.com? It's not easy to say. To start, you get to use the site, which you can't really do with a free membership. Other than that, the website is oddly silent on its paid features. On the one hand, this is a relief. Most kinky dating sites bombard you relentlessly with the lists of features available with a paid membership. On the other hand, KinkDating.com doesn't need to because, effectively, it doesn't have any non-paying features at all.
 

KinkDating.com: the bottom line

We would be more inclined to give a more positive KinkDating.com review if there was much evidence to suggest that this site was being run by people who knew much, or anything, about what kinky dating actually involves. But everything about thie website suggests that it's just a common vanilla dating site with a few 50-Shades-esque stock photos slapped on it.

 

Not convinced by this dating site? Why not join Fetish.com and continue your search there - it's free and hot! 

 

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