Streamate is not going to win any awards for its limited range of features, nor for its innovation, but where it excels is in their wide range performers (and high number of Americans) as well as their very popular Party Chats.
Otherwise, Streamate gets pretty much standard scores across the board: They aren't the cheapest, nor most expensive, they have a fairly average number of performers and their site, while mostly unchanged over the years, is easy to use and impressively uncluttered.
Updated: Mar. 6, 2018
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I think I first visited Streamate around 10 years ago and little has changed - for the good and for the bad. On the plus side, they offer a clean, straight-forward design that takes the guessing out of how things work. This also goes for their chat rooms which offer a fairly basic feature list but is easy to use and intuitive.
The downside is that outside of adding group chats (in the form of Gold Shows and Party Chats) Streamate hasn't really done much to keep up with the latest trends and technology advancements in the adult webcam industry.
Unless you truly prefer 1-on-1 private chats, give your wallet a break and stick to the Party Chats which can run as low as $1/minute. You may not get to see exactly what you want or get (much) individual attention, but if you just want to sit back and enjoy ...
One area that Streamate excels, however, is in their strong roster of American women - something that many of the other premier sites lack. And lets face it, a lot of us guys (and gals) aren't necessarily turned on by the exotic beauties of Eastern Europe; Some us are perfectly happy with the "babe next door" type.
They have categories for every type of performer, fetish and ethnicity you could ask for, but just be advised that whatever number of "live" performers you see listed beside a category name, typically divide that by 3 for the actual number currently online.
Private chats at Streamate start as low as $1.99/minute and can range up to nearly 5 times that. Just keep in mind that Private isn't truly "private" as others can join in. If you want an Exclusive chat with the performer make sure you choose that option when you start - and expect to pay a bit more.
Gold Shows and Party Chat work similarly to other sites whereby members contribute credits (or gold in this case) for a show to start. Kind of like you're all chipping in for a shared private. Much cheaper of course, but you don't get the performer all to yourself.
◊ Gold Shows and Party Chats are Streamate's bread and butter these days. (So much so that you may have trouble getting the performer you want into a private chat.)
◊ Some performers offer a free and/or paid video library.
◊ Some performers offer phone access so you can talk during a private session.
Streamate is not likely going to be at the top of your list as far as the best video chat sites go as it doesn't quite measure up to its competitors in terms of the features available, the member community and the limited interaction options with performers outside of their chat room. All the while their private chat prices are on the high end of average.
The good news is that their Party Chats are very popular and they do have a core of excellent performers, including a handful of adult film stars, that keep members coming back.
The Good News
- Performer diversity
- Excellent Group/Party chats
- Solid mobile site
The Bad News
- Exclusive private chats can be expensive
- Limited features
- Limited interaction options
- No community
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