Chaturbate Review: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Chaturbate ranks highly when you search for cam sites but what does it offer and why is it so popular?

Well, the best cam sites are an upgrade on the chat room experience or surfing for porn. They offer a live visual and audio interaction with adult performers looking to titivate their audience. There are plenty of sites offering cam services so how can you distinguish between which ones to choose from when it comes to service, quality and good value?

In this Chaturbate review, we take a look at the what makes the site a success, how to use the it as well as opportunities for making money.

What is Chaturbate?

Chaturbate is a 100% amateur only, live sex cam site offering free shows to view at your leisure. Cam sites are a big market and there are hundreds and thousands of sites all trying to get in on the act. Launched in February 2011, Chaturbate has grown into a large community of amateurs who either broadcast themselves or are regular viewers.

The term Chaturbate is, of course, a take on exactly what cam sites are about, ‘…the act of masturbating whilst chatting online’.

Performers are all amateurs and the site is free; however, what the performers do is usually subject to tipping with most girls setting a target (from the whole room) before pleasing her audience. The action can get pretty raunchy with girls prepared to use toys, masturbate or (in the case of couples cams) get hardcore with cumshots.

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With thousands of rooms to choose from, you will be like a kid in a candy store; guaranteed. Image via website.

What Sets Chaturbate Apart From Other Cam Sites?

Firstly, Chaturbate is all about amateurs and the site offers a really quick and easy way to start broadcasting yourself. By setting up an account you agree to their terms and conditions and, once you’ve submitted age verification, you are good to go. There is a detailed guide on how to get started with your broadcasting channel which you can see below.

The basics of broadcasting from Chaturbate on Vimeo.

Once you start broadcasting you can earn tokens from your viewers. In turn, these tokens can either be used on Chaturbate to access other broadcasters private shows or you can exchange them for cash. Which is the second thing that sets Chaturbate apart; plenty of people are using it to make some extra money. Top performers with regular subscribers are earning a lot of greens on Chaturbate with even occasional broadcasters making enough to keep them coming back for more.

But the site is free to use so, how can you make money?

Well, Chaturbate users have free access to browse all of the cam channels but if you want your performers to perform then you have to make it worth their while. As a result, you can end up spending a lot of tokens in the form of tips to see more, get in private chats or even just to get the performers attention. Tokens can be spent in numerous ways across the site and there are other ways to earn them as well.

In terms of how much money you can make on Chaturbate, for every 100 tokens you receive in tips they are worth the equivalent of $5 in cash. Regular competitions are run with hourly prizes for the top cams being awarded $10 and $5.

With top broadcasters receiving, quite literally, millions of viewers the chances of making some good money are very high and is one of the big reasons that Chaturbate is so popular and successful.

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Broadcasting yourself is easy and quick and could make you $$$. Image via website.

The Room Options

Rooms are divided into Female, Male, Couples and Trans as well as Spy Shows. Performers tag their rooms with keywords so you can search for your favorite styles, acts and fetishes before choosing a room to join in with.

Most rooms are open to the public with no limits on how many people can join in; the more people who do so, the faster that targets are reached so the action takes place quicker.

There is obviously the usual cam site etiquette that is similar to chat rooms; no harassing the performers or other users, no spamming and no demanding that they do things if you aren’t tipping. Equally, if you are tipping and your demands aren’t being met then it may be because the performer isn’t comfortable with your requests. Rooms are often moderated and the performers can request a moderator specifically in their room. You can immediately identify the users who are Chaturbate moderators as their name will be highlighted in red.

Spy shows are watch-only cams of private shows being performed live. You can’t interact with the broadcaster or comment but it is cheaper than paying for your own show.

Some performers restrict their shows to paying members but this is the exception rather than the rule.

Key Features

Chaturbate certainly isn’t revolutionary in terms of its offerings but it does offer a feature rich environment including apps and bots to customize your broadcast environment.

These handy automated tools can set tip goals for your viewers to aim for and include slot machines as well as Lovense interactive sex toy controllers and many more. Designed to help automate the collection of tokens you can choose from hundreds of apps and bots or even write your own.

You can save private broadcast shows as well as collect photos and videos from your favorite performers (if you tip for them).

Upgraded members can customize their channel including fonts and colors as well as being able to access multi-angle cams from some performers.

The settings area of the site is comprehensive and, if you are broadcasting, allows you to select from a range of ways your room is viewable; from blocking users in certain countries or regions to not appearing on network sites. You can choose whether to broadcast your room to specific groups of people and even set a password for your room. This last option makes Chaturbate a well-used site for couples wanting to share their exploits on a secure platform but without actually publicly broadcasting themselves.

The Musical

Yes, you read it right, Chaturbate hits the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2017 with ‘Chaturbate: The Musical’. We really don’t know what to expect from the show but it promises to take a fun look at the cam industry.

There are five shows with dates and times as follows.

  • 30pm Saturday June 10, 2017
  • 11pm, Wednesday June 14, 2017
  • 6pm, Thursday June 15, 2017
  • 30pm, Sunday June 18, 2017
  • 11pm, Friday June 23, 2017

You can find out more by visiting the New Musicals Inc. website.  Now, how many cam sites can say they have a Broadway musical to their name?

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Something to give Andrew Lloyd Webber a run for his money? Perhaps not, but it should be more entertaining. Image via

Chaturbate Prices

So, the site is 100% free to join and to use. 

All performers will offer a free preview show that you don’t need to tip for. Obviously if you want to attract attention and get the broadcaster to respond to your requests then you will need to tip.

Likewise if you want a private encounter then you will need to pay for it. The costs for this varies by broadcaster as they set their own rates. Some performers will even respond to gifts purchased on their Amazon wish list. Some models have lists at other outlets so you can buy raunchy underwear or toys for the next time you log-on (LoveHoney, Victoria’s Secrets etc).

Tokens cost as follows:

  • 100 tokens for $10.99
  • 200 tokens for $20.99
  • 500 tokens for $44.99
  • 750 tokens for $62.99
  • 1000 tokens for $79.99

Additionally, you can upgrade your basic account to a premium membership for $19.95 per month. For this subscription fee you get an ad-free experience, a customised chat screen, the option of multi-cam angles and you can also engage in private messaging. The site runs regular promotions to sweeten the deal and often the upgrade will also give you 200 free tokens (worth $20.99).

You can earn tokens by broadcasting yourself and receiving tips and gifts as well as by referring friends. Chaturbate also offer 200 free tokens for all members who verify the spending limits on their credit cards.

Top Performers

Although amateurs, performers on Chaturbate have gone on to win awards at sex industry awards shows with some big names even breaking into the professional porn markets.

Recent winners in XBIZ Cam Awards 2017 include:

  • Best Cam Model – Latin America: Sure Cakes
  • Best Male Cam Model: Dave Slick
  • Best BBW Cam Model: LOVERAQUELXO
  • Best Trans Cam Model: Mrs. Kelly Pierce
  • Best Cam Duo: Blonderider and RobXXXRider

Performers are regularly featured in mainstream magazines including Penthouse.

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Good performers interact well with their audience and give them what they tip for. Image via website.

There are over 40,000 cams available on Chaturbate and around 5-10% of these are being broadcast at any one time. Performers vary in age, shape, size and type of show so that there is, pretty much, something for everyone.

Not only that but users come from all over the world but are predominantly English speaking and mostly from the US, Canada, the UK or Australia and New Zealand. However, there are cams from across Asia, Russia and Europe.

Performers all offer different things they are prepared to do for tips but some of the better things we’ve seen include connecting for life on Kik or Snapchat, selling actual panties and some extremely intimate but kinky videos.

Cam Quality

The vast majority of cams are pretty good with a lot being purported to be in HD; in general, whilst the image is sharper, they aren’t true HD.

Finding The Best Cams Using Tags

Chaturbate offers a range of ways to find cams to suit you. When you initially log in the choice of cams will default to the ‘Featured’ cams and give you the option of selecting from these by Male, Female, Trans, Couples or Spy Shows. If you navigate to the footer, cams are available to filter by age range, region or status. You can even select from paid private shows by your price range (6 tokens per minute up to 90 tokens per minute.

Additionally, you can browse the cam sites using a tag such as #anal, #teen, #squirt or #lesbian. One of the most popular tags is #lovense indicating those rooms where performers offer interactive sex toys where you can control the intensity of a vibrator (or other device) used by the broadcaster on themselves.

You can search by keyword if you know where to look and it took us several logins before we found it. Under the sub-menu there is a selectable hidden menu called, ‘Advanced Options’. This drop-down menu allows you to search by keyword, filter by geographical location and even prioritize the search results for HD cameras.

Our Verdict

There is no doubting that the key selling points for Chaturbate over other live sex cam sites is the fact that it is free and exclusively broadcast by amateurs. Also, the opportunity to make money is surely one of the big draws too.

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Signing up with Chaturbate is 100% free, easy and quick. Image via website.

The site is quick and easy to navigate but does lack some intuitive basics like a readily accessible search function. The fact that the rooms are categorized does help but Chaturbate could do better on this front.

The shows you can access for free are a lot more hardcore than the free previews you get from a lot of cam sites and they can last a lot longer too.

Your tips go a long way on Chaturbate and performers will do a lot for their money. We also like the fact that you can ‘pool’ your resources with other users and get a group/private show.

Overall, the quality of the cams and what you can access is very good although there are always rooms you stumble across where broadcasters are uninteresting and look, frankly, bored. To be fair, there are quiet times at the start of any broadcast but they won’t get people to stay by chewing their fingernails or texting.

The best thing about Chaturbate is that there is nothing to lose. It’s free to sign up, so give it a shot and see what you think.


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