Pros
  • The site is free to join.
  • Mobile version is available.
  • A smart scan helps deter fake accounts.
  • Customer support is extremely helpful.
  • Free members can text premium users.
  • Profiles take fewer minutes to create than most sites.
  • Account verification requires FB syncing and a valid email account.
Cons
  • Algorithms may not be as dedicated.
  • Members spend more to boost exposure on the site.
  • Check out who has viewed your Badoo profile.
  • It can’t locate members based on interests.
  • Sending super likes requires members to use credits.
  • Profoundly more males than females (not a plus for gents).
  • Free users can’t view who’s added them to their favourites list.

More of a dating site, this resource became famous through Facebook and Twitter, becoming a professional dating service in 2012. It’s become quite popular as a dating, rather than matchmaking service. The site brings together people from all walks of life, on a global scale, looking for compatibility in terms of emotional and physical needs. As you take on online dating, a few factors come under scrutiny. Our review seeks to capture shortcomings, and advantages of this platform, with a keen eye on safety and usability.

First Impression – Member Structure

The site claims to have 300K logins daily, with over 12 million registered members globally. These numbers may be doctored based on the immediacy of Badoo responses, soon after registration. Soon after you sign up, messages bombard your inbox. It seems cool, but raises questions on the authenticity of these users, and whether they all genuinely seek what you offer. With a majority of members being male (approximately 60%), it’s a battleground for hunters seeking intimate encounters.

Badoo Interface – Glam or Glum?

The interface is as cool and refreshing as can be, with light colours and less clutter. Many dating sites promote businesses on their platforms, but that’s not an issue on this site. Also, developers have created a seamless and intuitive interface, reducing unnecessary icons while increasing usability for members.

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Sample Page on Badoo.com

Badoo Members – Demographics

Our Badoo.com review shows this site to be a favourite among locals of all ages. UK users will love the diversity of members, though members looking for serious relationships may be hard-pressed finding love on Badoo.

Count of Users – Facts and Figures

After becoming increasingly popular due to FB and Twitter marketing, our review shows this site’s numbers are growing exponentially. Surprisingly, this site seems to attract a heavy pool of 35+ locals as well.

Membership Base: There is approximately 12 million registered worldwide.

Recommended Age: 25–35.

Best for: Casual, no-strings-attached dating.

User Base: women and men above 25 years of age, looking for nothing too serious.

Profiles Quality – Glam or Glum?

Glamorous pics pervade the Badoo platform, with sexy ladies and men letting it all hang out, but only via messaging. Profiles are vetted for less nudity and more high definition. It may be a site for casual flings, but there is little nudity on the outset. Badoo profiles can be viewed by non-registered users as well. It takes less than five minutes to create a Badoo dating site profile; our review of Badoo shows fake accounts are prevalent.

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Sample of Profiles on Badoo.com

Communication on Badoo

Like many popular dating sites, Badoo combines a few nifty features for easy communication. Free users are allowed to send multiple messages, usually not the case on most dating sites. The site claims to have SSL end-to-end messaging, which makes for safer chatting and financial transactions. Users can play a Badoo matching game, clicking Heart or X to show appreciation or disinterest.

Costs and Prices – Value for Money?

Offering messages galore for free users is a plus for any matchmaking site. On that note, premium accounts may offer slightly more features on Badoo. Let’s review the different packages and their features.

Free Account

  • Free users can send flirts and use basic messaging on Badoo. 
  • It is possible to use the Lookalikes function on Badoo. 
  • You can check out who viewed your profile.  
  • A member can browse other profiles. 

Premium Account

  • Discreet or stealth mode is possible for premium members. 
  • Leverage and boost your popularity on the dating site. 
  • Badoo premium subscribers can send crush notifications, and see who favourited them. 
  • Get a head start on new members via chat as a premium Badoo member. 
Badoo package

Badoo App & Mobile Version

For UK singles on the go, the site’s developers created a handy application compatible with iOS, and Android systems. All features available on the desktop site can be accessed on the mobile application. Badoo members are hookup-oriented, so the application comes in handy while looking for someone in your vicinity.

Privacy and Safety Features on Badoo

Like most dating sites, Badoo claims to vet all accounts before approval. As per our review, messages hit up your inbox immediately after signing up. We weren’t sure if these are real, or members are surfing at their peril. Encrypted messaging helps as far as non-leakage of private data, but members could still be chatting with BOTS.

Our Experience on Badoo.com

“It is a well-rounded online dating site that could use greater security features and provide more authentic personals. My first time dating online, I must say it exceeded my expectations based on communication. Not so sure about the authenticity of Badoo profiles though. Worth a shot if you are young, single, and free to mingle.”

Bottom Line & Rating – Badoo Review

So what’s our take on this fancy dating site? There is nothing extraordinary about a dating site, except for extra messaging for free members.

FAQ

Is Badoo.com Legit?

Since its inception in 2006, it is legally recognized as a dating service across the world.

Can I Use Badoo for Free?

Yes. Free users can message multiple users and view profiles. Premium accounts have access to more communication features.

About the reviewer

Dr. Berman
3.3 rating