Chaturbate Review

Chaturbate is the world’s largest cam platform and the most recognisable brand of all the major adult cam sites.

With a staggering 350,000+ registered models, and 5000+ models performing live at any given time, you won’t find better variety, or choice of channels, on any other site.

The secret sauce behind Chaturbate’s industry dominance is its freemium business model.

You can watch fully-explicit live sex shows without even registering on the site.

Chaturbate has leveraged the power of network effects to build a huge platform where viewers have unlimited choice, and models have sky-high earning potential.

But with that massive growth, Chaturbate has painted a target on its back.

The site is a decade old. There are plenty of new cam sites on the block that have taken Chaturbate’s successful ideas and run with them to create similar offerings.

In this Chaturbate review, we look at how the OG of free cam sites stacks up to the competition. Is it still the go-to site for both viewers and models?

Let’s get started!

The World’s Biggest Cam Site

Chaturbate review

There were many cam sites before Chaturbate.

So how did Chaturbate become the biggest of them all?

With a few exceptions (notably MyFreeCams), the major cam platforms in the early 2000s focused on selling private shows on a one-to-one basis.

Buying a private show was a case of choosing from a ‘menu’ of models who would broadcast some flirty chat for free, but would always save the best content for paying customers.

The cam scene was similar to a late-night adult TV station.

And then things changed…

Chaturbate brought mass audience tipping-based cam shows to the mainstream.

This concept allowed thousands of users to watch the same channel, at the same time, whilst increasing the amount of money that the broadcaster could earn.

And unlike the late night TV stations, you could watch the whole show. Fully explicit, hardcore sex, full nudity… without having to pay.

If you’re wondering why models would agree to switch to a freemium model like Chaturbate’s, the reason lies in the small percentage of users who do still pay.

Would you rather have an audience of 50,000 viewers where 1% of the users are happy to tip tokens towards a group target, or 1 viewer who is willing to pay a fixed rate per minute?

The money is in the crowd.

Thus, Chaturbate became the world’s largest cam site by effectively crowdsourcing the way that their models earn money. And as the audience grew, so did the number of models and paying customers using the service.

These days, the Chaturbate tipping formula is commonplace on most adult cam sites.

If you can’t beat them, join them.

Variety of Performers on Chaturbate

Chaturbate homepage selection of featured models

A cam platform is nothing without its performers, and there isn’t a platform in the world that can boast as many as Chaturbate’s 350,000 registered models.

You are spoiled for choice here.

The famous Chaturbate homepage features 100 of the hottest shows happening now and the variety of models is plain to see.

You’ll find cam girls (and guys) from all over the world with a healthy mix of North America, European and Asian models.

There are entire studios in Central America and Eastern Europe that specialise in Chaturbate productions, and they’re generally pretty easy to spot.

If your model of choice is stripping in front of jarring fairy-lights and too-convenient-to-be-true bedroom props, there’s a good chance she’s working in one of the many cam-factory-mills.

Shows are divided at the most basic level in to Female, Male, Couples and Trans.

The majority of performers are solo females, but we’d put it at around a 70:30 split.

70% solo females, 30%… everybody else.

Important to note is that the platform is almost exclusively amateur performers.

One of the ways that Chaturbate’s rivals have tried to claw back traffic is by hiring A-List porn stars and household names to feature in guest cam shows.

You won’t see that on Chaturbate.

It’s amateur hour, every hour.

How to Use Chaturbate

Given the amount of channels available to view on Chaturbate, you’d be forgiven for wondering how to find the best models.

Most of the site is available to browse for free, and you can drop in on any of the public channels without registering an account.

However, you will need to register an account if you want to communicate easily on the platform – by talking to the models, or tipping them, for example.

Sign up is also free and super fast.

Once you’re active on the site, you can sift through cams by either scrolling through the most active broadcasts (which will appear on the first page), or by using the handy tagging feature to browse channels by type.

Chaturbate review: tagging system
Chaturbate review: the tagging system

If you’ve got a thing for big boobs, you can use the #bigboobs filter to load a thumbnail dump of all the active channels that meet this criteria.

Sounds like a useful system right?

Yes, but it has a couple of key flaws.

The tags are selected by the broadcasters, who have a natural incentive to include as many as possible in the hope that they’ll appear on more searches.

If you like big boobs, there’s no guarantee that your criteria for big boobs will match the B-cupped model who has tagged herself with them in a quest for additional viewers.

This is more of a problem in the specialist categories.

If you’re looking for something specific, there’s no guarantee that the tagging system will pull you towards the models that are providing that content.

In our view, if you want to find the best content on Chaturbate, your best bet is to stick to the homepage and see which shows are trending. The shows with the most viewers tend to be the ones with the most action going down.

Once you join a channel, it’s easy to get involved.

You can chat away for free.

Many models are happy to engage with their viewers, including those who are just taking a passive role in watching.

But if you want to get the most out of the service, you’ll want to have some tokens so that you can tip and/or enjoy a private show.

What Does Chaturbate Cost?

Tokens are the currency of choice on Chaturbate.

It can be a little confusing to work out what a token is worth, as well as what it can get you.

So here is our handy chart of prices:

What Are Chaturbate Tokens Worth?

Chaturbate TokensAverage Cost Per TokenTotal Cost
1000.11 USD per Credit10.99 USD
2000.10 USD per Credit20.99 USD
5000.09 USD per Credit44.99 USD
7500.08 USD per Credit62.99 USD
10000.08 USD per Credit79.99 USD

Once you have tokens, you will find that the models are suddenly much more attentive to your dubious messages and crap flirting.

You can use tokens to tip towards a group target (e.g. 2000 tokens for masturbation on cam), or to trigger whatever interactive sex toys the model may have integrated with her show.

You can also use tokens to go private with the models who choose to offer private shows.

An average private show on Chaturbate costs anywhere between $0.50-$7/minute, with the majority of models charging somewhere in the $2.50-$4/minute region.

This is about average for the industry and not too different from the rates on rival sites, such as CamSoda, MyFreeCams or StripChat.

However, it’s important to remember that the models on Chaturbate are mostly amateurs.

You’re not going to receive the same smooth and professional experience that is available on other premium-end cam sites, like Flirt4Free or LiveJasmin.

See how Chaturbate compares to its closest rivals:

Payment Options

Tokens can be purchased at any time by:

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Wire transfer
  • Bitcoin
  • Money order
  • Certified check 

We’re not sure who is buying cam site tokens with certified checks, but it’s an option if you need it!

Does paying for tokens mean that Chaturbate is going to appear on my bank statement?

No!

Any charges will be related to MultiMedia LLC, the parent company.

The ability to pay by Bitcoin is a nice addition for those who are hoarding cryptocurrency and need somewhere to spend it.

What Do Models Earn on Chaturbate?

As we’ve seen, Chaturbate offers a lot of free content for non-paying viewers.

Does that make it a bad platform for models and broadcasters?

No, there are still many ways to make money on Chaturbate.

Besides receiving tokens from users as tips, models can earn money through private shows, spy shows, by setting up a fan club, or by selling photos and videos on their profile pages.

Models take roughly a 50% cut in broadcast earnings, with the rest going to Chaturbate and affiliates.

The token system is different for models than it is for paying viewers.

What you need to remember is: 20 tokens is worth $1 for models.

Or, if it’s easier to remember: 100 tokens = $5.

  • 20 tokens: $1
  • 100 tokens: $5
  • 500 tokens: $25
  • 1000 tokens: $50

Once you’re familiar with the pricing, you can set up your own tipping menu.

make money on chaturbate tip menu

Before you can run any show on Chaturbate, you will need to get age verified. This usually takes 24-48 hours, but it depends on your timezone and how many other applications are in the pile.

We have some useful resources for any model looking to get started on the platform:

Chaturbate Review: Still The OG of Cam Sites?

Chaturbate needs no introduction in the world of adult cams.

Since arriving on the scene in 2011, it has gone from strength to strength as a freemium cam site offering unrivalled choice of models, and a decent range of modern features.

If you’re looking for an intimate cam-to-cam session with a professional model who knows exactly how to get you off, then there are better alternatives.

This is more of an amateur playground.

Chaturbate appeals to a younger crowd that is happy to whittle away the hours in group chats, or bingeing through dozens of cams in a single session.

It isn’t the sleekest platform, and you’re not going to find porn-set production… but there’s still a lot of high quality cams, and some of the top channels do have exceptional video quality with the latest equipment.

It may take a while to find exactly what you’re looking for, but that’s part of Chaturbate’s charm.

You never know what you’re going to see on this site, but you can guarantee: it will be explicit, and not much will be held back.

Sign up on Chaturbate to see for yourself.

Featured images in our Chaturbate review are via their website.