Founded in 2001 and now operating under the tagline, “Everybody’s doing it,” RedHotPie is an Australian-based dating site with a more unique take on meeting people. It’s tailored to singles and couples who follow a swinger lifestyle, meaning they prefer open relationships and multiple partners. The site doesn’t flat-out encourage people to have an affair, by any means, but it is inclusive to those who want to casually date multiple people or explore the hook-up culture in their area.
RedHotPie has spread from Australia to other developed countries, particularly the United States, where a third of its members live. Also, the website gladly accepts a variety of sexual orientations and identities such as gay, lesbian, transgender, and cross-dressers.
|Members Worldwide||3+ million|
|Members in Australia||1.5 million|
|Members in U.S.||1 million|
It may or may not surprise you that there are twice as many men on the website as there are women; 63% versus 37%. The majority of these men are in the 25-34 age range, although men outnumber women in all age groups. Another potential surprise is that the 55+ age group is the second-largest on RedHotPie, preceded only by ages 25-34. The smallest age demographic is 18-24, but only by a slim percentage.
On RedHotPie, all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, and there are even features that cater specifically to the LGBT+ community. Upon signing up, you’ll see that some profiles belong to individuals while others belong to couples or groups. Since this is a dating site for swingers, this is to be expected. People of all relationship statuses are welcome, and you’ll be asked to specify this when you create a free profile. On RedHotPie, you’ll find people here looking for casual dates, hookups, and fulfillment of their kinks and sexual fantasies. This isn’t to say that it’s a “dirty” site, as there are people genuinely interested in forming connections and getting to know each other. Just be aware that if you want to delve into naughty stuff, you can.
In total, there are about 3 million members worldwide on the site, which is significantly less than sites like eHarmony or Match.com. Given that the site started in Australia, it makes sense that half of their client base is Australian. About a third of the members are in the United States, and there are about 800,000 visitors to the site each week.
Creating A Profile
Registering for a free profile is easy, you can sign up via Facebook or email. Provide a secure password and you’re all set. It doesn’t take long to beef up your profile, although the more in-depth you are, the more luck you’ll have on the site. What’s interesting about RedHotPie is that people can sign up as individuals or couples. This helps couples who share the same swinger lifestyle to meet like-minded people. It’s an overall very welcoming environment on the site, and a code of conduct needs to be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
Upon signing up, you can specify some of your personal preferences and needs, and you will be asked to provide your sexual orientation (straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, crossdresser, etc.) You can also describe your body type, height, and ethnicity, as well as what kind of partner(s) you’re looking for. To help with finding suitable matches, you can specify things like the age range and the type of relationship/experience you’re looking for.
The system works kind of like Facebook, in that you can create status updates to describe your current mood or share your location. Be aware that anyone can see your public profile pictures, but if you’re a paying subscriber, you can create a private album of cheekier photos.
Those who are serious about using the site will take the time to complete their profile, which won’t take too long. You can complete your profile with descriptions of your physical appearance, personality, lifestyle, hobbies and interests, and sexual preferences as well as answer some questions and prompts about your ideal date, fantasies, and the like.
Before you save your profile, you will have the option to make everything public or keep some parts private. Any photos you upload will be reviewed by site administrators before they become public. It costs nothing to sign up and there is a free version, but the paid subscriptions will allow you to really have fun on the site.
Using the Site
The user interface is simple and basic, with nothing too fancy. A modern color scheme and intuitive menus will make it approachable and attractive to most users. The site can look a bit jumbled with all of the information on each page, but there are tabs that separate your messages, profile, and matches from the home page.
Speaking of the home page, you can click on several different tabs to go to various parts of the site (there’s a separate U.S. version as well). Clicking on the community tab will take you to the free RedHotPie community blog, which is full of spotlight stories, polls, articles about the swinger lifestyle, erotic stories, advice, and more.
Back to your user dashboard, you can click on the “Account & Profile” tab to edit your profile page. Most people are quite thorough with their profiles and aren’t shy about detailing their sexual fantasies, ideal date night, and more. Fields like sexual interests and fetishes are described in many profiles, too. Photos are optional but you’re not likely to get much engagement on the site without them. The good news is that you can create separate albums for your photos, such as public, private, and restricted. There is also a lock feature that prevents other users from sending you messages. You can undo the lock feature at any time.
With a free account, you can send flirt notifications or messages to any profile that matches your search criteria. You can also access Datefinder, a feature where members can post date ideas, browse for people looking to get together, and suggest events in your area. Send any matching profiles an inviting message. You can even send flirty messages to people outside of your search preferences, but you won’t be able to see their response without a paid subscription, so it’s kind of pointless.
Paid members have access to a message inbox where they can chat with other Premium users. They can also access premium photo galleries and the Dateaway feature, which allows travelers to meet up with locals or other users who are traveling in the area. Another premium benefit is the webcam chat, which can be used to chat with others, stage a live performance for viewers, or watch other videos. Webcam chats are divided into categories such as Adult Chat (sexy video chatting), LGBT Chat, and Social Chat for a tamer experience.
Other ways to chat include text chat, which works like instant messaging, and ice-breakers that you can use to grab another person’s attention. These features are fully available with paid subscriptions and partially usable with the free version. There are also adult forums on the site where members can explore topics like fetishes, threesomes, questions about the swinger lifestyle, and more. Navigating the site takes some getting used to, but there’s a lot to discover.
When it comes to searching for people and browsing profiles, you can propose certain criteria, such as age, gender, and location. Premium members get more advanced search filters, and they also get their profiles prioritized in the search results.
Finding A Match
It’s not hard to find a match, as the site will let you know which profiles meet your search criteria. Again, you can search by username (if you know it), geographic location, age, gender, and more. The more attention you put into filling out your profile, the better luck you’ll have being matched with other users.
You can also find events in your area. If you go to your profile, you can adjust your location settings to Nearby, Vicinity, or Accurate. Nearby shows your registered location (city) to other members, while vicinity shows others that you are in the general area. Accurate shows the most detailed location to members.
If you find someone you’re keen on, you can flirt with them by sending them a pre-selected message. Catch their attention with an ice-breaker or something more to-the-point. There is also an “Amateur Pics” section where members can post their racy pictures. Cash prizes are given to selected photos, so things can get a bit raunchy.
The site, in general, is user-friendly, although it works best on the Firefox Web browser. Also, you’ll need the Adobe Flash plug-in if you want to access the Webchat function. The site can look a little busy, with lots of options on each page, and for a first-time user, it can be overwhelming.
A mobile app is available on iOS and Android devices. It’s free to download but will have in-app purchases that mirror the subscription fees on the desktop version. The app is quite simple, visually-speaking, but it’s not the easiest to navigate because of all the bugs. Even though 90% of RedHotPie members use the app more than the Web version, the app’s average user rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
The website has a code of conduct that they encourage members to follow, and profiles are screened before they can go public. Profiles that reveal their exact or specific location will be turned away. Also, profanity, soliciting money, and exploiting minors will get an account rejected by administrators. Even so, given the simplicity of the registration process (all you need is an email address and password), it’s easy for fake accounts to populate the site.
Moreover, site administrators try to validate the profiles via photo identification and mobile number, and member email addresses are never shared with any third-party sites. As for billing, payments are made via credit or debit card or Verotel account, and you’ll be billed under the discreet company name of Digital Quarter PTY Ltd.
If you wish to block a user, you can click on the “Report Abuse” link on their profile page. Blocked members can’t see your profile or contact you. If you need to get in touch with RedHotPie directly, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their address is Digital Quarter PTY Ltd. PO Box 156 Claremont WA 6910 Australia. There is also a “contact us” page on their website where you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
You can sign up for RedHotPie for free and use some of the site’s features at no cost. Free members can send flirts, view basic profile information and pictures, use Datefinder, message matching profiles, and receive messages from Premium members. However, all of the things that make this site “fun” are only available with a paid subscription.
RedHotPie offers three membership tiers: Premium, Premium Plus, and Platinum. You can sign up for one month, three months, or six months on any plan. Just be aware that if you choose a three or six-month plan, you need to pay the amount in full.
The Premium plan allows you to view restricted photos, access five daily messages and two daily Webcam views, and places you in the third-tier priority listings. One month costs $32.99, three months is $47.99, and six months costs $69.99.
Premium Plus grants you access to 20 daily messages, and two daily Webcam views, as well as second-tier priority listings, private chat requests, and restricted photos. One month costs $46.99, three months is $69.99, and six months costs $94.99.
The Platinum plan includes private chat requests and restricted photos, first-tier priority listings, as well as 50 daily messages and three daily Webcam views. One month costs $59.99, three months is $99.99, and six month costs $139.99.
|Priority Listing||3rd Tier||2nd Tier||1st Tier|
|Private Chat Requests||No||Yes||Yes|
How do I make sure my RedHotPie account doesn’t get hacked?
Make sure that you’re using a unique and secure password that meets the website’s specifications (numbers, letters, etc.). Also, never give out your password to other users, even if you’ve met them in real life. If you do get hacked, contact Digital Quarterly PTY Ltd. via email to report the issue.
How do I mute notifications? I’m getting too many!
At the bottom of your profile page, click on the “Notify Me” tab and update your notification settings.
Is there a free trial available?
There isn’t a free trial available for the Premium, Premium Plus, and Platinum plans, but you can join RedHotPie as a guest and check out the free features available there.
How do I cancel my membership?
Simply go to your profile page and click “Edit Profile” to go to your subscription settings. From there, you can click “cancel” to end your membership.
What is RedHotPie’s refund policy?
Refunds are not granted for canceled or deactivated subscriptions.
How do I know if a profile is fake?
Unfortunately, it’s easy for fake accounts to get onto RedHotPie. Your best bet will be to practice safe messaging and refraining from giving out personal details. If you do choose to meet up with someone, always do it during the day at a public place, preferably with a buddy.