Hayu review: Is the reality TV streaming service any good?

Housewives, Kardashians and Top Chef, oh my!
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
For lovers of reality TV, Hayu represents great value at $6.99 per month with a month-long free trial.

Our verdict on Hayu

For lovers of reality TV, Hayu represents great value at $6.99 per month with a month-long free trial. Its mobile apps could use some work, but the oh-so-juicy content it has on offer makes up for the clunky UI.

Pros

  • Tons of reality content
  • Low subscription fee

Cons

  • App needs improvement

These days, the words ‘streaming service’ are pretty much synonymous with Netflix, Stan and Disney Plus. However, there’s something out there that’s a little more niche, a little more trashy, and a whole lot cheaper: Hayu.

What is Hayu?

Hayu launched in Australia back in 2016 and essentially is to reality TV junkies what Shudder is to horror fans – a mecca of all your guilty pleasures. Think Real Housewives, Kardashians, Million Dollar Listings and Top Chef. Basically, if you’re only keeping your Foxtel subscription for the Fox Arena channel, you can cancel it, because Hayu has you covered.

How much does Hayu cost?

Sure, Hayu isn’t everyone’s thing, but at $6.99 per month with a generous 30-day free trial, it’s a killer deal for lovers of trash like myself. For comparison’s sake, Netflix will set you back from $10.99 per month, Stan from $10 per month and Disney Plus from $8.99.

What shows are on Hayu?

Hayu is home to just over 250 titles, so it certainly doesn’t have the largest library in the world. That said, given the long-running nature of most reality series, there are plenty (we’re talking thousands) of episodes to keep you going.

If, like me, you love nothing more than watching grown women with obscene amounts of money fight over who said what behind who’s back, Hayu is heaven. It’s got every Real Housewives franchise from Atlanta to Vancouver, though you will need to keep that Foxtel subscription if you’re a devotee of the Aussie series (Melbourne and the god-awful short-lived Sydney series).

Real Housewives of Beverley Hills screenshot

Look, we couldn’t mention Real Housewives and not include this iconic screencap from the Beverly Hills franchise.

Continuing the theme of dropping in on the lives of the ridiculously wealthy, you’ve also got access to all 19 seasons of Keeping up with the Kardashians, not to mention the many, many spin-offs.

For real estate junkies, Million Dollar Listing will have you lusting over eye-wateringly expensive properties in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco. Doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

You’ll also find the likes of Top Chef, Below Deck and Vanderpump Rules, not to mention a bunch of true crime titles such as In Ice Cold Blood, Buried in the Backyard and 21 seasons of Snapped.

How can I watch Hayu?

As much as I unashamedly love the shows on Hayu, there’s one thing I’m not so keen on – the mobile app. I tried it on both iOS and Android, and while the iOS one was clunky but usable, I never managed to get it working on Android.

If you’re running into the same problem, you can simply watch directly on the Hayu website, otherwise, there are also apps available for Apple TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fetch TV, Telstra TV and most Android smart TVs. Having spent a longer time than I’d like to admit struggling with the mobile apps, the Chromecast with Google TV was a joy to use.

hayu devices

Is it worth it?

The answer really depends on the kind of person you are. If you detest over-the-top drama, obviously Hayu isn’t for you. But if you are a fan of reality TV, $6.99 per month is an easy-to-justify fee for so much juicy content.

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