Bristlr
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Bristlr was created in 2014 by John Kershaw, a bearded man who felt that bearded people are less represented in society. As told by Kershaw himself in interviews, the creation of the app started as a joke. As of today, it has more than 100,000 members worldwide more particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Canada.

The site aims to make the bearded users find someone who is interested in them, and vice-versa. Media often refers to it as the "Tinder for beards". Its site claims that it has been featured in different online publications such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, BBC, and a lot more.

It has both app and desktop versions. However, the rate of downloads in the Apple Store and Google Play Store are not very high despite being available in the market for years.

Bristlr Member Structure

Members
500 from Hong Kong
Members activity
500 active weekly
Gender Proportion
48 %
52 %
  • Male and female users are almost equal
  • Members are mostly young adults
  • Low member activity
  • Low population
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community are present in the site

According to available data, Bristlr has more than 100,000 members worldwide with members coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Canada. It is quite a low population compared to members of the most popular dating sites in the market today.

The male and female members are both dominant on the site, however, not all of them are actively using the site. 

Members who are members of the LGBTQ+ community are welcome to join as well. 

Since the registration process of the site is not-so-strict, you can expect that there are fake members or bots around. Just like any other sites, you have to be extra careful in dealing with other members.

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up at Bristlr

Bristlr Signup
  • Signing up is fast and easy
  • Registration is not strict
  • Non-bearded individuals are welcome to join
  • Register for free
  • Sign up using your Facebook account

Bristlr's registration process is very simple. You can even finish it in a few minutes. It doesn't require much information, but you should have at least an email address or a Facebook account to get in. All members should be at least 18 years old to join. 

At the top of the page, you should upload a profile photo. This is for free. They don't have any special guidelines on photo uploading, but it is better if you show your face if you aim to get more interactions.

You can completely sign up on one whole page. You have to give some basic information such as your gender, who you are looking for, your location using your zip code, and date of birth. Tick the small box at the bottom of the page if you are a bearded man. You cannot leave the page to complete registration unless agree to the site's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies.

Making Contact on Bristlr

Bristlr Contact Rate
  • Messaging is for matches only
  • Send likes to other members for higher chances of getting matched
  • Rate the beards
  • Adjust search settings
  • Use chat on your desktop or mobile device

Right after registration, you will be redirected to the search results page based on your location and preference. The settings can be adjusted anytime. The search filters include gender, age, distance from your location, and whether or not the member has a beard. You can also tick the box if you prefer to put new people at the top of the list, and only the people who like you on the results. A more advanced option of typing a word which should be on the member's profile.

You can contact other members for free as long as you mutually like each other. To be able to message more members, you can like as many profiles as you like to give you higher chances of getting a match. However, you can always click on the skip (x button) opposite the like (heart icon).

Lastly, you can rate the beards of other members using a five-start point system. Of course, the lower number of stars, the lower the rating is. You can also click "not a beard" or "skip a beard" if you want to.

Bristlr Profile Quality

Bristlr Profile
  • Profile information is very liimited
  • Upload a profile photo for free
  • Most members have filled out their profile information
  • Premium members can see who's viewed their profile
  • See the members who liked your profile

    You cannot find much information on a Bristlr member profile. It's a good thing that matched members can communicate for free. Nonetheless, you can still rely on some important information on the profiles of your prospect date. 

    First, of course, is the username and a big photo on the left. Next are the age, location/address, and distance from your location, a short bio write-up about yourself, about the members that you would like to meet, and if you have hope of meeting up in person. Editing a profile can be done anytime.

    The online status of another member is also visible to the others.

    Bristlr App

    Bristlr App Version
    • Install the app to your iOS or Android devices
    • Download for free
    • The app has a bold design
    • More members prefer using the app version
    • App is available in countries worldwide

    The features of the app and the website are similar. So if you are using both versions, you have no reason to get confused.

    People who are always on-the-go prefer using it. Even those who just stay at  home find it more convenient.

    It can be downloaded for free from either Apple Store (for iOS devices) and Google Play Store (for Android devices).

    Bristlr Real Life Review

    "I always have a thing for bearded men, so this app is like heaven sent to me! All the important features are free to acess, and even without paid memberships, I was able to find a match and go on a date! It has limited numbers in my area, but still got lucky to get matched!" -Cindy, 28

    I've been a member for a few months now and I still haven't met a member. It's hard to get a match because there are only a few members. Generally it's a nice site, I hope more members will register so that I can get matched already." -Andrew, 35

    Design and Usability

    The design of the app is simple and very masculine because o its logo and choice of color. It's not overwhelming to the eyes and the layout is not hard to navigate. Even new users of sites like this wouldn't have a hard time going over it. Icons are very easy to understand which doesn't confuse the users.

    It's good that users will have options of either using the app or the desktop version. Both versions load fast and have no annoying ads all over them.

    Bristlr Costs and Prices

    Free Services
    • Send messages to your match
    • Searching
    Fee-Based Services
    • See members who likes you
    • See who checks your profile

    Is Bristlr expensive or cheap?

    In comparison to other providers Bristlr is low-priced.

    Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
    6 Months4.95 USD / Month29.70 USD
    3 Months7.95 USD / Month23.85 USD
    1 Month9.95 USD / Month9.95 USD
    Bristlr Price
    Payment Options
    • Credit Card

    The membership package of Bristlr only differs from the length of the subscription in months. You can choose from 6-month, 3-month, or 1-month packages. All the packages will give you access to viewing who liked or viewed your profile. You can pay for membership using your credit or debit card. For apps, you can charge it to your app store account.

    The site claims that its payment method is secured by Stripe, which is classified as one of the safest payment processing platforms.

    All card charges and billings will be under the name "Bristlr."

    Special Features

    Bristlr offers some special features which can also be accessed even by members without a paid membership. Read more about it here:

    Rate the Beard

    On this feature, members can rate another member using a five-star rating. If you like the beard of the member, you can rate him as high as 5 stars. If you don't like it, you can give lower number of stars. However, if a member doesn't show that he has a beard on the photo, you can click "Not a beard" or "Skip beard."

    Like

    Members are required to get matched before they start using the messaging feature. And to get matched, they have to mutually like each other. If you like a member, you can click the heart icon, if you don't you may click the X icon.

    Our rating

    Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
    Making Contact: 3.5 / 5
    Profile Quality: 2.5 / 5
    Real Life Review: 3.5 / 5

    Editor's Conclusion

    DatingsScout.hk Author Chris Pleines
    The idea behind the site is unique and the creator himself classifies it as hilarious. It may have started as a joke, but it actually is a good way to remove the stigma of bearded men. The site's design is pleasing and user-friendly. However, it was noted during the testing that the registration is not that secure since it doesn't require verification. It also has a few members compared to the leading sites today. Nonetheless, it still is a promising dating site. But if you would like to meet more members —bearded or not, you can check out our reviews on other Dating Sites.

    Bristlr FAQ

    Facts

    How does Bristlr work?

    Bristlr connects members who either have beards or are interested with people who have beards, through a matching feature.

    What is Bristlr?

    Bristlr is a dating site for bearded members and those who are interested to stroke their beards.

    Can I join Bristlr even if I don't have a beard?

    Yes, Bristlr accepts non-bearded members.

    Does Bristlr have an app?

    Yes, you can download the app from Google Play Store and Apple Store.

    Is Bristlr a dating site?

    Yes, it is a dating site with an app version.

    What is Rate the Beard in Bristlr?

    Rate the Beard feature lets a member view different member photos where they can rate it with 1 to 5 stars.

    What does the different color of hearts mean in Bristlr?

    The different colors symbolize your "like" status with that member. Hallow grey hearts means you haven't liked/unliked a member. The grey hear symbolizes that you have liked them but they haven't liked you in return (yet). A red heart symbolizes a match.

    Usability

    How can I message another Bristlr member?

    To message another member, you have to get matched. Once you find a match, you'll be able to send a direct message to that person.

    How can I adjust my Bristlr search settings?

    To adjust the settings, click on the search settings icon at the top of the page.

    Will the other Bristlr member be notified if I click the skip/unlike icon?

    No. You will only be notified of the likers/profile viewers if you are paying for membership. If you are a free member, you will only be notified  when you get a match.

    Account and Membership

    What will show up on my credit card statement after paying for Bristlr membership?

    The biller's name will also be "Bristlr".

    Is Bristlr free?

    Most of Bristlr's features are free. But if you would like to enjoy all the features, you may upgrade your membership.

    How many premium packages are there?

    The premium benefits are the same, but you may avail them for different length of time—  1 month, 3 months, and 5 months.

    What are the payment options for Bristlr paid membership?

    You can pay for Bristlr membership using your credit card or through you app store account.

    Can I deactivate my Bristlr account?

    You have the option to hibernate or permanently delete your account.

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    Contact details

    Company:Bristlr Limited
    Address:Manchester, United Kingdom
    E-Mail:john@bristlr.com