Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison Dating Site Registration Process
Ashely Madison Contacting Members
Ashley Madison Profile Example

Our Review

Ashley Madison is a dating site that was originally formed back in 2001 for people who were married or attached in relationships and were seeking a partner to have a discreet extramarital affair with. The site now claims to have a broader interest with the world having moved on over the past 15 years with open relationships and having multiple partners in polyamorous relationships becoming more popular, Ashley Madison now appeals to a wider audience.

Ashley Madison say their members come from all walks of life and include singles, those attached and seeking an affair, or attached in an open relationship.

In 2015, Ashley Madison was rocked with the scandal of their database being hacked and personal details of their members being released to the public. Ashley Madison had addressed these security concerns and have put improved protection in place and are committed to the privacy of their members moving forward.

Member Structure

Members activity

    Age Distribution

    • 18-24
    • 25-34
    • 35-44
    • 45-54
    • 55+

    Signing Up

    Ashley Madison Dating Site Registration Process
    • Quick and easy to register
    • Free to sign up
    • Only basic information required to get started viewing profiles

    Registering with Ashley Madison is quick, simple and very easy. You are asked to nominate your situation, ie if you are male or female and if you are seeking a male or female and then specify your ‘limits’ and choose between Something Short Term, Something Long Term, Cyber Affair/Erotic Chat, Whatever Excites Me, Anything Goes, Undecided, as well as detail your height, weight, body type and ethnicity. That’s it!

    Making Contact

    Ashely Madison Contacting Members
    • Email other members
    • Send gifts to stand out from the crowd and impress members
    • Female members use the site for free
    • Sending messages to other users is free for women
    • There is a chatroom

    Contacting other members is simple on Ashley Madison. Paid male members can exchange free text emails with other members. You only pay once, replying to a member that you have already initiated contact with is free. Females get to use the site for free.

    If you attempt to contact a member without credit, that member is notified that you are interested and has the opportunity to respond that they would be interested to encourage you to buy credits to finish sending the message.

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    Profile Quality

    Ashley Madison Profile Example
    • Special features help you maintain your privacy with photos
    • Profiles are very basic and contain only limited information
    • Most profiles we reviewed had very few details on them
    • You usually need to contact members to really understand what they are in to and what they are after from being on the site
    • The profiles are poorly detailed
    • The profile information can be changed later
    • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

    After completing basic information you are guided through the profile creation process, including tools to upload a profile pic with discretion, including cropping, blurring or adding a mask to your photos. You will be asked to write a little bit about yourself to tell other members what you are interested in but after that you are off and running and able to view other members profiles.

    Ashley Madison prides itself on being discreet and this seems to result in profiles being quite basic and not sharing a lot of information. Compared to many other casual dating sites, information about sexual encounter preferences is lacking on the profile and you will need to speak with someone to understand what they are into, which is all part of the fun really.


    Ashley Madison Apple iOS App
    • App is available for iOS and Android
    • App Icon is discreet and named only 'AM' for privacy

    The Ashley Madison app is full featured and easy to use. You can search for members, review their full profiles and send messages and gifts from the app, just like the desktop site. You can also become a premium member on the site, but it is important to note that payment through a mobile device will be via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and if you need to cancel your membership you must do so via those account management facilities.

    Real Life Review

    Joel, Sales Manager, 39 – Being in sales I am on the road constantly, often away from home 2 out of every 4 weeks. I have been married since I was 22 and love my wife dearly, but I miss our physical connection when I am not with her. About 12 months ago whilst feeling lonely in a hotel room whilst away on a work trip, I decided to google dating sites for married people and found Ashley Madison. I joined, started chatting with a younger woman immediately and we met up that night for drinks….which eventually led to perfect, no strings attached sex. I use the sit regularly now and although I know my wife would be crushed to know this is happening, I am not interested in an ongoing affair or anything at home when I can be with her. I use Ashley Madison solely for physical fun whilst I am away and it is easy, private and lots of fun.


    Ashley Madison is an easy site to use, with very simple and basic functionality which works well. Getting started, setting up your profile and making contact with other members is quick and easy.

    Ashley Madison Costs and Prices

    Free Services
    Fee based Services
    • Send messages (Men only, females free)
      5 credits to initiate contact via message. Additional messages to the same member are free.
    • Receive collect messages (Men only, females free)
      5 credits to open collect messages.
    • Send Priority messages (Med only, females free)
      5 credits to send priority messages.
    • Send gifts
      AshleyGifts (virtual gifts) are available for 20, 30, and 50 credits.
    • Chat sessions
      0 minutes = 30 credits, 60 minutes = 50 credits
    Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
    100 Credits0.49 USD / Credit49.00 USD
    500 Credits0.29 USD / Credit145.00 USD
    Affair Guarantee
    1,000 Credits0.24 USD / Credit240.00 USD

    Is Ashley Madison expensive or cheap?

    In comparison to other providers Ashley Madison is average.
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    Payment Options
    • Credit Card
    • PayPal
    Payment discretion
    • Your credit card will not be billed as Ashley Madison. All credit card statements will be discreetly billed.

    Credits are automatically renewed when you run out unless you turn off this function in your account settings.

    Further Costs

    Membership Activation Fee: $19.00 USD

    Cancellation Fee: $19.00 USD

    Special Features

    Discreet photos

    Ashley Madison prides itself on being a discreet service. As such, when you create your profile there are tools provided to help you maintain your privacy and this includes being able to crop your profile pics, blur the pics or add a mask to partially conceal your identity until you trust someone. You can also mark photos as private and only share those with members who you wish to reveal yourself to.

    Priority Man & Travelling Man

    Ashley Madison Priority Man is a premium paid feature that means you will receive more profile views than regular profiles because your profile will appear highlighted and in position #3 when you match the search criteria for women in your area.

    When you are traveling for work or on holiday, you can also use the Traveling Man feature which helps you connect with women from that area who are looking for discreet relationships, even before you arrive.



    Our rating

    Signing Up:4.0 / 5
    Making Contact:4.0 / 5
    Profile Quality:2.0 / 5
    App:4.0 / 5
    Real Life Review:4.0 / 5

    Editors Conclusion

    Chris Pleines
    Ashley Madison is not necessarily a site for all people and all tastes, but for those that are seeking discreet adult dating and sexual encounters, it offers the right amount of privacy to ensure that members can have fun without worry. The site is very simple and profiles are basic, but that works well as it encourages members to get in contact with each other and start making connections. The site experienced tough times in 2015 with their data leak, but it is now under new management and the new team has invested heavily in encryption and security technology to protect members.
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