xHamster is the third highest-ranking porn site after xVideos and PornHub, and that alone is impressive enough to consider looking at its content selection. Over ten million users worldwide visit the site regularly enough, and the amount of quality videos is amazing. Ever since launch in 2007, the website has enjoyed a massive flow of popularity, but it’s not the numbers alone that make this platform special.
If we take a quick mental time trip to 2007, we’ll see that this year saw a massive boom of social media. Facebook and Twitter were a big thing back then, so even adult sites felt like they have to go with the flow and offer its audience a bit of social media functionality. That is the general logic behind xHamster, and according to Alex Hawkings, its founder, this platform is designed to share amateur photos and videos, as well as to find like-minded people for intimate relationships.
Well, to be honest, we did not test xHamster for intimate relationships search, but we did take a close look at its design, functionality, and content. Curious? Read on!
Some xHamster History
Before we even get to the content and functionality of the website, we have to explain something. Most people have heard about notorious xHamster lawsuits, so we decide to take a proper look at what the fuss is really about. So, let’s think straight — you get an adult platform where users can upload pretty much any sex content they like. Obviously, you get a fair share of users who post kinky — sometimes totally off the menu — sex clips. But, you also inevitably get an even larger amount of users who post sick — really sick — things. That’s where lawsuits for illegal content came from. As a result, xHamster has to rethink its strategy and shift from pure social media functionality to moderating the content and explaining what’s allowed and what’s a huge no-no.
As for the loudest lawsuits in the xHamster portfolio, one should definitely mention April 2016 when North Carolina suddenly decided the site is discriminating LGBT community. But hold on a second. The platform does allow users to post their own sex content, so any LGBT users who shared their videos did not have any thoughts about discrimination. Or, if they did, they obviously did not have a problem with that. So, what does xHamster do? They simply ban all North Carolina IP addresses. So, if you live there and still want to enjoy the site’s content, get a proxy — or, better yet, a VPN.
Next, there was a sexual assault-related case, so xHamster prohibited all videos that involve rape or violence. Unconscious sex partners are also strictly prohibited, so we thank the site management for keeping a clear head of what’s ok and what’s not.
Probably the loudest and funniest incident is related to the Democratic National Committee email leak in 2016 when the site management offered Debbie Wasserman Shultz fifty thousand bucks to fuck a guy who looks like Bernie Sanders. After all, she already did fuck up his election chances, so why not earn a few grands doing the same thing on camera? If that’s not loud enough for you, we seriously do not know what is. But politics aside, let’s take a closer look at what the site is about — besides the already established fact that its managers have some balls.
xHamster Design and Navigation
The first thing you notice even when taking a brief look at xHamster homepage is how neat and professional it looks. No matter how dirty site content may get, the design is very clean — way cleaner than you’d expect from a porn site that features dirty amateur videos. But then again, you did not come here to appreciate the designer’s job, so let’s see how easy it is to navigate the website. And — once again — we give xHamster five out of five for web navigation.
All videos on xHamster are subdivided into two clear and expectable categories — hot videos and newest videos. The first section clearly has a new user in mind, while the second one aims for a regular visitor. However, there is also a third filtering option that can accommodate both new and regular watchers — videos by length. This feature takes into account the simple fact that most homemade videos tend to be shorter than professional shoots, and we once again thank xHamster for their thought-through website functionality.
Finally, there is a pretty classic option of searching for the best videos — according to user reviews and ratings. If your sexual preferences are really out of the box, this filter may not do much for you. If, however, you fall into a more or less mainstream style — you should find a lot of quality stuff here.
On the left, xHamster offers a couple more filters, allowing to search by particular kink category, channel, or porn star (yes, the site offers pro videos, too — but we will get to that a little bit later). One of the best things about xHamster is that they have a very advanced tag system that allows finding videos with different tags — for example, ‘anal’ and ‘blowjob.’ Any video that ends up in your search results will have both of these tags, not just one of them. So far, we haven’t seen a single porn site that would allow such functionality, so once again — good job, xHamster!
Professional content is available next to homemade videos, and you can always specify the kind of show you’re interested in. XHamster is teeming with men, women, and shemales, so it’s up to you to decide who you want to see. If you do not discriminate between gay and straight videos, you can watch all of them, ignoring these filters for good.
Still, no website is without its flaws. In the case of xHamster, this is an annoying watermark they have all over their videos. Sure, we do get the copyright issues are a serious matter, but when a “this video has been uploaded to xHamster” mark pops right out of nowhere and covers the girl’s face covered in cum, that’s a huge turnoff. Anyone who thought that this could be a user-friendly idea clearly had the masochists in mind.
xHamster Social Media Features
This part of xHamster’s functionality is not unique but is excellently executed. Users can comment on videos, rate them, upload their own content, and contact other users directly. In terms of ‘social’ xHamster has only one feature that’s missing from other porn sites — the dating section. Sure, the section itself is sometimes present on other platforms, but it always takes people to a different site with a totally shady content. Well, not on xHamster. There, you can actually look for user-profiles and find a hookup for the night. Does that sound intriguing?
The filters in the dating tab section are also pretty advanced. Obviously, one can search for users by gender, sexual orientation (not only standard gay or straight, but also pansexual and asexual tags are available), and location, including state and city. Every user profile will have a short bio, pictures, and even video, if any. Similar to most social networking sites, there will also be an opportunity to send a friend request, a direct message, or to subscribe/follow this account.
On the other hand, the possibility to hook up on xHamster does not mean that you will find an easy lay. Most profiles in the dating section are men (ok, no big wonder here). For instance, in the New York area, over 400 men are ready to find a sex date, but only 40 women are willing to do the same — at least, with xHamster’s help. But then again, this is not such a shocking ratio if you think of it, so we still thank xHamster for offering such a refreshing functionality.
xHamster Content and Other Adult Features
Homemade video and hookup profiles aside, xHamster offers a couple of other, highly user-oriented features. For starters, it has a stories section where you can read all the user-created erotica you like, and even upload your own stories if you want to test your writing skills. Users can share feedback on those stories, post comments and feedback, etc. There are literally thousands of these pages, so if you get tired of watching, you can always switch to reading. The erotica stories concept on porn sites is not exactly unique, but it’s great that xHamster is willing to turn in any direction their users may like.
Next, you get a chance to watch professional videos anytime you get enough of the homemade porn. xHamster Premium gives you a chance to buy fully professional videos of different duration — from pro clips to full-scale movies. The best part is that the site is not forcing you into subscriptions or long-term commitments. They simply sell videos one at a time. Any time you feel like you need something more stimulating, you can purchase the video you like and never worry about recurring payments to your credit card (which, by the way, will always be billed discreetly).
Another bonus is the xHamster cam site, and plenty of performing models are also available in the dating section. While cam sites alone are not exactly unique, porn sites are not special either, these two rolled into one make xHamster stand out — really stand out — from the competition. And the fact that you can actually arrange for a personal hookup with a cam star is simply mind-blowing, so xHamster does exceed all expectations a user may have.
Of course, to buy videos, post feedback, and message the users, one will need a registered account. The signup process is quite simple and anonymous — a nickname, a password, and an email pretty much cover all the essential requirements. A verified credit card will also give you access to purchasing premium, professional content, and you do not have to worry about the site’s legitimacy — no one at xHamster is going to rip you off. Everything is fair and square.
Finally, you do get a chance to upload your own homemade videos, but if you do — make sure the show is worth watching. Given xHamster’s user-friendly policies and feature-rich functionality, the site does deserve some quality content from its users.