By Sarah Pritzker
Canadians looking for someone to flirt with online or hookup with offline, will have plenty of fun on this dating site. There’s no in-depth questionnaire here about your interests—all that matters are your attractive videos and flirty chat lines. It's easy to sign up and quick to get started, with plenty of message options and icebreakers. But you might also get in a real kerfuffle with the confusing site and wish for better customer support.
Flirt will send you a few suggestions about members who live near you and are around the same age, but that’s as close as it gets to matchmaking. It’s a site for flirting and having fun, so it’s up to you to browse member profiles and send winks or Flirtcasts to break the ice. Flirtcasts are short, flirty messages that you can send to multiple members at once. You can write your own flirty icebreaker, or use a preset text
If you're a female user, you won't have any trouble gazing at plenty of lovely male profile photos and videos, and reading what they're looking for in a match. But if you're a male, you'll have to become a paid member to see the same on female profiles. Free male users can only see a small, cropped profile photo and the basic personal information
Flirt has a few search filters, plus advanced filters when you become a paid member. Basic search uses hair and eye color, body type, ethnicity, marital status, and orientation. You can also rule out members without photos or videos on their profile. The results are fairly accurate
Finally, Flirt borrows from Tinder with a Like Gallery. You'll be shown one profile photo at a time on the Like Gallery, and you can click the heart or X icon to show if you find the user ‘Cute or Not.' Click X, and a new profile photo will appear instead.
The fast and easy signup might just be the best thing about Flirt. All you really have to fill in is your email address and a password—but to get the best out of Flirt, you need a profile photo, or more than one. Flirt gives guidelines about the size and format of your profile photo to help you make the most of your image
When you sign up, you’ll be asked for basic personal details, which you can skip and come back to later if you’d like. There are drop-down menus with answers to every question, but you’ll just be asked about things like your hair colour, marital status, ethnicity, and body type. You can also enter advanced information after you’ve finished signing in, like your eye colour, tattoos, education, and what you’re looking for in a match.
Flirt’s pricing is really confusing. Women and men can both register as free members, but as mentioned above, men won’t be able to see the full profiles of women until they become paid members. Both men and women only get unlimited messaging and the ability to send all message types when they’re paid members.
Men are offered one set of pricing to become paid members:
Women can choose between 2 upgrade packages or buy both upgrades as a discounted Premium Dater bundle:
|Basic membership||Chataholic upgrade||Extra Security upgrade||Premium Dater|
Flirt's user experience is quite a letdown. After such an easy signup process, you’d expect the rest of the site to be just as user-friendly, but you’d be disappointed. Some of the tools are really hard to find, like the public chat rooms. Many features are called different things in different places, so you can’t be sure if they’re referring to the same thing. For example, you can ‘heart’ profiles to add them to your Favorites, but sometimes these are called ‘Friends’ instead, without any explanation.
Flirt uses SSL encryption to keep your data safe and promises not to sell it to a third-party. When it comes to online data safety, though, Flirt falls a long way short. The site doesn’t carry out any background checks or criminal checks on its users. It also doesn’t look for fake profiles or take action to remove members who are reported for unsafe behavior. It’s easy enough to report or block someone who makes you feel uncomfortable, but all that does is stop them from getting in contact with you, and lets other people know that you feel suspicious of them too. Flirt offers something called Verified Member status, but although that sounds very reassuring, it doesn’t mean much. All it tells you is that behind that profile is a human and not a bot.
There's no live chat, email, or telephone support through Flirt. If you need help, and you can't find any answers in the FAQ section, you'll have to complete the online web form, and wait for someone to get back to you. There's no information about how long that will take.
You’ll need to think carefully to decide if Flirt is a good match for you. It’s fun, easy to join, and has plenty of cute ways to get in touch with someone new. But you’ll also have to handle confusing pricing, an unclear user experience, and frustrating restrictions on free members. Flirt aims to provide a light-hearted online flirting experience for people who are a little lonely and looking for a diversion. If that’s what you’re after, you’ll enjoy Flirt.
Sarah Pritzker has years of experience and a keen interest in researching and reviewing the vast world of online consumer products. She enjoys helping readers make sense of the options on the market in industries including dating, DNA, meal delivery and psychic reading.