By now, you’ve probably heard about “sugar daddy” dating sites like the wildly popular SeekingArrangement. With 10 million users worldwide and 3.25 million in the U.S. alone, SeekingArrangement is certainly well-known. But some of the so-called best sugar daddy websites, the ones that are kept a bit more private, aren’t usually a part of internet discourse. If you’re among the millions of entrepreneurial people curious about how the sugar dating scene works, we looked into the top sugar daddy websites for both prospective sugar daddies and sugar babies.
The concept of being a sugar baby sounds appealing—but what is it really like to seek a certain kind of arrangement? And which sites are the safest? How do you become a sugar baby?
Sugar Dating 101: What is a sugar daddy?
A sugar daddy (or momma) is ordinarily a person seeking companionship in exchange for financial support. The sugar “baby” is stereotypically younger, though this isn’t always the case. A sugar baby receives monetary benefits from the sugar daddy in the relationship, whether it’s lavish gifts, vacations, or cash to pay bills.
Like every relationship, each arrangement is different and depends on the wants and needs of the people involved. As Brandon Wade, the founder of SeekingArrangement.com writes, “Every successful relationship is an arrangement between two parties. In business, partners sign business agreements that outline their objectives and expectations. Likewise, romantic relationships can only work if two people agree on what they expect, and what they can give and receive from each other.”
Some relationships may be sexual if that is a part of the agreed arrangements. Others may be entirely about companionship or platonic financial support. It’s a tricky line to draw. If you are seriously looking to become a sugar baby, it is most important to be upfront about consent, conscious of your own safety, and fully aware of the terms of an arrangement. It comes down to figuring out your desires and finding someone who is on the same page, then establishing some rules.
Best sugar daddy websites
Probably the most notorious sugar daddy dating website, SeekingArrangement was founded way back in 2006 with the goal to connect people for “mutually beneficial relationships.” The allows users to message, like, and flirt with potential matches for free. And in addition to filling out a detailed profile–complete with public pictures and a wishlist–users will also be able to create a locked photo album (in case privacy is a concern).
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: Preferred profile placement on discover pages, verified status, unlimited messaging, custom search filters, display up to three profile locations, message without a public photo, and hide your profile from searches.
Since 2007, SugarDaddyMeet has been one of the top sugar daddy sites. Not only does it host a large membership base, but joining is easy and members can choose to verify their personal details (like age, income, photos, and education).
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: Unlimited messaging, unlimited searches and winks, plus, you can initiate conversations.
Considered one of the best arrangement sites, EstablishedMen launched in 2008 with one goal: to successfully connect younger women with older, affluent men. Since then, the site has largely grown its membership base and prided itself on its ability to unite users and help fulfill their desires.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: Premium member badge, notifications when new members join, exclusive access to new members, unlimited messaging, and your profile will be recommended to new members.
One of the world’s largest sugar daddy dating sites, SugarDaddyForMe boasts a membership base of over 4 million subscribers. Using a GPS match-based system, users can search through profiles and see who’s online in the area (or any of the 10 major U.S. cities listed on the site) for free.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: SugarDaddyForMe offers two paid memberships, the Silver Membership offers notifications, unlimited chat and profile searches. The Gold Membership offers that of the Silver plus preferred profile placement, faster profile approvals, matches that go directly to your email, unlimited storage, and a history viewer.
Membership payment options (payable by money order/cashier check/credit card/check card):
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This particular sugar daddy dating site is popular for its verification service that ensures verified profiles. Owned by FriendFinder Networks, the site asks users to prove that they’re exactly who they say they are by requiring multiple forms of government-issued ID.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: See who’s online, see who’s viewed your profile, record video introductions, verify your income, ID, and photos to increase your chances at finding more matches.
MillionaireMatch is a little different. According to the site’s description, it’s built for serious relationships only. The homepage even strictly advertises against the typical sugar relationship structure. So, you’re probably wondering how it made the list. We’d consider this the eHarmony of millionaire search dating, while the other sites are like distant relatives of Tinder.
People that have used this site have said: Since the profile-building process is so lengthy and the site doesn’t have tons of active users, this site is more of a waste of time than anything.
Premium membership benefits: Access to dating advice, priority listing in search results, exclusive Verified profile badge, notifications when someone reads your message, send birthday/greeting cards, advanced search, respond to first date ideas/statuses, etc.
Whatsyourprice.com offers users a more upfront approach to the arrangement side of sugar dating by requiring potential dates to offer a cash allowance with their invitation. So if a member views your profile, likes what they see and decides they want to take it to the next level, you’ll receive a message saying they’re interested and can offer you an allowance of increments between $50 to $200 to reimburse you for preparing for the date.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: unlimited messaging, access to chatrooms.
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Unlike many other sugar dating sites, MissTravel.com has a focus on fun excursions, romantic vacations, and adventurous dates. So if you’re looking for a casual (but consistent) travel companion instead of a more committed relationship, try MissTravel.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: Unlimited Messaging with members all over the world, browse invisibly, appear in Featured Trips in member search results, have new users featured daily on the dashboard.
Although most sugar daddy websites are LGBT-friendly, the SugarDaddy.com filtering system makes it really easy for gay, bi, or pansexual people to refine their search results to better match their desires. The site also hosts a large community of gay members, so you won’t have to worry about there not being any fish in the sea.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: SugarDaddy.com offers two monthly memberships, Platinum and Diamond. The Platinum membership allows users to send and receive email, chat with subscribers, and store messages for two months. The Diamond membership includes everything in the Platinum plan plus profile highlights, faster photo approval, no limit on mail storage, priority search results, ability to add profile notes, etc.
It may not have your traditional spelling, but SugarDaddie.com isn’t here to conform to tradition. With success stories dating back 14 years and over five million members (and thousands of new profiles joining every day), this is one of the largest dedicated free sugar dating sites out there. And in addition to matchmaking services, SugarDaddie.com also offers dating advice to all members.
Premium Sugar Daddy membership benefits: Join forums and discussion boards with other community members, unlimited instant messaging, send and read e-mails.
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