Hot House began production back in 1993, and for over 20 years the San Francisco production house has been bringing us the cream of the crop in the gay porn business - masculine hunks, muscle men and well-built jocks. Their site is packed with exclusive videos both produced for their website and their line of DVDs. It's been almost a year since we last reviewed the site, so let's take a look and see what's new.
Hot House is one of the triads of gay porn - three huge studios based out of San Francisco - and pretty much anyone who is pursuing a serious career in gay porn ends up filming with Hot House. You'll find both upcoming guys as well as established porn stars like Jimmy Durano, Trenton Ducati, Angel Rock, Marcus Ruhl, Connor Maguire and Landon Conrad, to name but a handful. The guys at Hot House range from well-defined jocks and athletic types to muscle hunks, and most of the guys are in their twenties with some in their thirties with hot bodies with chiseled pecs, shredded abs, round shoulders and hard bubble butts. Unfortunately for some of us, it almost seems to be a requirement that the models shave their bodies, although about one in six has some body hair, and most don't sport any facial hair.
The action of Hot House is what you might expect; sucking, rimming and fucking with the men having sex in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. But Hot House does have some signature scenes. They film a lot of beautiful pool sex scenes in luxurious settings, and I find that the natural light and bodies glistening with sweat is really hot. There are scenes in locker rooms with the guys wearing sports gear, jockstraps, socks and sneakers. There's another series of medical-style videos where a doctor gives his patient an exam along with a mouth and ass full of dick. And finally, Hot House's "Pack Attack" series is my favorite - one bottom and four or five tops. These are long videos that usually feature the bottom blowing all the guys first, then the tops take turns fucking him. Those are the regular features, but there are tons of other settings and scenarios.
The Hot House site used to feature a lot of rougher sex videos with leather men, BDSM scenes, extreme ass play with dildo fucking and fisting, and the studio still produces that kind of content, but it's mostly on a brother site called Club Inferno Dungeon. You will find some leather men (mostly in hardness), bondage and a bit of fisting on the Hot House site, but not lots. There's also a good selection of dildo sex.
The 916 videos inside Hot House are full scenes offered in MP4 format. They stream in an embedded player and are offered in a variety of sizes depending on the age of the video. All videos display in low (320x180), small (480x270), medium (640x360) (the smaller sizes are good for a variety of mobiles) and high sizes (720x400), and the newer videos also come in HD and full HD and play at 960x545. The largest videos look good - the newest full HD vids look really good even at full screen. The videos played well on my high-speed cable connection. They are no downloads offered, but the videos are mobile compatible.
Hot House also includes 1,938 photo sets. These are good quality digital stills sized between 1000x1500 and 1197x1920, but they are shown much smaller in your browser because they are restrained in size by the page. The galleries are mostly small - between five and 19 pics each - with no repetitious pics, and they're professionally lit and photographed. And you'll generally find that each scene features an action gallery as well as glamour still of each of the video's models. Each photo set can be downloaded as a zip file or you can save pics individually if you prefer. There's no slideshow, but you can navigate from pic to pic using the arrow buttons on each side of the page.
Hot House has one of the best user interfaces I've come across. Each scene's viewing page has a hot description with clickable performer names so you can find more of your favorites. There are theme tags like poolside sex, uncut, tattoos or oral se so you can refine your search. This page also lists other scenes for each of the performers. You can search for videos in pre-defined categories like athletes, black men, daddies, solo jack off, double penetration, and several dozen others. And there's a Men section where you can view all the performers on the site and re-organize them by name, popularity, date of appearances, and a number of other ways. This is a big site and you could easily get lost, but they make it really easy to find exactly who and what you want to see.
And then there's the recorded live shows. While the site no longer seems to have scheduled live shows, there are still 97 archived live shows featuring stars like Trenton Ducati, Rod Daily, Topher DiMaggio, Jimmy Durano, Spencer Reed and the list goes on and on.
I ran into few issues. There is a pre-checked offer (called a cross sale) on the right side of the billing page, so you'll want to watch for that. If you leave it checked you be signed up for a membership to second site when you join Hot House, but it's easy to uncheck. Trial members get limited access to the site's content. Also you may get a pop-up when exiting the join page. And last, there are no video downloads, but they make up for this to some degree by having a robust streaming server and mobile compatibility.
There's a lot to like about Hot House. They feature the hottest men in the business in over 900 videos and a new video and pics are added every Thursday. The videos are a mix of web exclusives and scenes taken from their 119 DVDs. I really liked the search features on the site and it was really easy to find lots more of my favorite performers. And then there are the men - the most popular gay porn stars and lots of up-and-coming fresh faces. They are masculine, mostly quite good looking - some downright gorgeous - with lots of muscled bods. The sex is hot and sweaty, and there's a variety of scenarios to keep things interesting. When you join Hot House, plan to stay a while because there's a lot to see here.