Is Burning Angel worth it?

Just as blink-182 started in basements and grew into a multimillion-dollar powerhouse, Burning Angel started with largely unknown alt models and today features some of the biggest porn stars on Earth. For over 15 years, Burning Angel has stood out as the number one punk rock alternative for porn fans.

More and more, heavily tattooed performers are the norm on bigger sites like Pornhub, Reality Kings, and Brazzers. But Burning Angel, founded by former AVN award-winning porn star and alt-porn pioneer Joanna Angel, set the foundation for that change.  Is Burning Angel still worth your hard-earned dollars? Here’s everything you need to know about  

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Burning Angel cost


Making the change to paying for porn can take getting used to, but Burning Angel offers fairly affordable pricing. Memberships start at just $5 per month for unlimited streaming video. If you’d like to download content to keep forever, Burning Angel still provides an incredible value. Almost no other major porn sites let you download and stream for just $14.95 per month.

However, if you’re looking to save even more money, you should consider an annual membership. With a monthly payment plan, you’ll end up paying $179 for a whole year, but purchasing one year upfront rounds out to $95.40. Burning Angel already has some of the most reasonable pricing in porn. Porn stars are people who deserve to be paid for their work, and Burning Angel lets you support the site and its performers without breaking your bank.  


What’s included with your Burning Angel membership?

1,500-plus scenes

Thanks to being around for over almost two decades, Burning Angel has built up a massive library of content. Your membership gives you access to over 1,500-plus scenes, with more added every week. For sheer volume and quality of content, Burning Angel can’t be beaten.

Five updates per month plus DVDs

If Burning Angel’s legacy content isn’t enough to get you hooked, the site’s frequent updates will. Burning Angel currently updates every seven days, about five updates every month. It averages out to almost three hours of new content each month. On top of the new scenes released monthly, Burning Angel members can stream the company’s full-length DVDs with their membership. There’s always something new to watch somewhere on Burning Angel.

Personalized Burning Angel porn star pages

Burning Angel’s site is designed to give you a more personalized relationship with its stars. Many performers on the site have filled out questionnaires listing their favorite bands, turn-ons, thoughts, and dreams. It’s another way Burning Angel sets itself apart from the mainstream porn (even as it increasingly becomes more mainstream). 

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Largest collection of tattooed and alt-porn models on the web

Over the last decade, the porn mainstream has seen the rise of tattooed porn stars. No matter what site you subscribe to, you’re going to see porn stars covered in ink. That being said, it makes a difference that this site doesn’t just feature body mod porn stars—that’s its main focus. Getting turned on by a punk, goth, heavily pierced or tattooed performer is just as valid a kink as liking cheerleaders or MILFs. And hell, sometimes Burning Angel even gives you goth MILFs and punk cheerleaders. The site is pretty good at that. If you like alternative models, Burning Angel is unlike anything else around.

PS3 and Xbox compatible

Burning Angel might not have a streaming app, but the site knows how to play nice with today’s biggest gaming consoles. Whether you’re on the PlayStation or Xbox, you can use your machine’s web browser to watch Burning Angel content on your TV. We tested the service and it’s remarkable. Navigating with your controller is annoying, but it’s a small price to pay to watch porn on your TV.

Truly niche porn

Burning Angel earned its punk reputation through more than just models that look right out of a Rancid music video. Over the years Burning Angel has experimented with what can only be described as “horror porn.” Spoofing titles like The Exorcist and Reanimator, Burning Angel as created sexy-yet-gory hybrids of horror and hardcore. If you’re into truly weird, though often hysterical, porn Burning Angel has some surprises waiting.

Diversity performers

Like most porn sites, Burning Angel could do a better job of featuring a diverse range of performers. However, the site deserves credit for the work they’ve done, regularly casting women of color as performers in their films. Despite the alt-porn reputation, Burning Angel often does a better job of including performers of other races than the competition.

Burning Angel also doesn’t have much to offer in the way of lesbian porn or queer porn. There are some designated “lesbian” categories on the site, but most of them cater to the male gaze or include a male performer at some point in the scene. Gay porn, pretty obviously, is nowhere to be found on this site.


Burning Angel membership cons

It’s biggest selling point might also turn off some users

For many users, the reason they sign up for Burning Angel is the punk attitude across its content. From its humor to the look of the performers, Burning Angel is unlike any other site. Goofy jokes abound and the scenes are hardcore and exuberant—and sometimes they get downright extreme. Especially in some of the site’s earlier archived content, it seems the focus was on pushing boundaries.

If you look hard enough you’ll find scenes involving zombies and fake blood or guys going down on their partners after finishing inside them. Burning Angel is a porn site that plays with the boundaries of the adult industry at times. If you’re not into choking, cum play, hardcore anal, gang bangs, and dirty talk, some of the content on Burning Angel may be too extreme. 

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Is Burning Angel worth it?

Burning Angel is a true independent success story in the adult world. While companies like Mindgeek buy up seemingly every company around and control Pornhub and Pornhub Premium. Burning Angel is still owned and operated by founder Joanna Angel. They’ve used the freedom that comes with that to make a site that’s unlike any other online. Full of humor, beautiful performers, and hardcore sex Burning Angel is the gold standard of alt-porn online.

Porn fans looking for the biggest collection of stunning tattooed porn stars on Earth should look no further than the folks at Burning Angel. From its early gonzo indie film-esque content to today’s high production value scenes, Burning Angel stays true to its brand. That’s almost as sexy as the content they produce.


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John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.