Is MasterClass Worth It?

Is MasterClass worth it? After two years with a MasterClass all-access pass, here are our thoughts on whether or not it’s worth your time and money. 

In addition to our MasterClass review, we highlight our top 10 favorite courses and why we loved them. We have now completed 23 classes.

is masterclass worth it?

As full-time, live-out-of-our-backpack nomads, we didn’t ask for anything for Christmas. So, my creative sister Anita found a wonderful gift for us to bring along on our trip: MasterClass.

If you haven’t seen their ads on Facebook or YouTube, MasterClass is an online teaching platform where you “learn from the best.”

And they’re not kidding, Gordon Ramsey teaches cooking, Natalie Portman teaches acting, and Serena Williams teaches tennis.

After enjoying the classes for the last two years, here’s a MasterClass review from a couple of lifelong learners who have made a career by exploring all avenues to optimize health and happiness

Too many MasterClass reviews are a regurgitation of the class description. Therefore, we promise to avoid doing this and instead share the story that each teacher tells and how it impacted our lives.

What Is MasterClass?

MasterClass is an online course platform for students of all levels who want inspiration and direction to master a craft. That craft could be cooking, singing, gardening, entrepreneurship, writing, or negotiating. 

The MasterClass teachers are world-renowned experts at their work and MasterClass produces courses to highlight and share their wisdom. 

Who Is MasterClass For?

MasterClass is for lifelong learners. We recommend MasterClass to everyone, of all ages. As long as you are interested in one of the following categories, MasterClass is a fit. 

You should browse all the class categories on the MasterClass homepage because new classes come out monthly. Here is a summary of what they’re offering as of March 2021.

Food – 17 Classes
Arts & Entertainment – 56 Classes
Music – 17 Classes
Writing – 19 Classes
Sports & Gaming – 9 Classes
Design & Style – 11 Classes
Business – 17 Classes
Science & Tech – 4 Classes
Home & Lifestyle – 23 Classes
Community & Government – 5 Classes
Wellness – 5 Classes

It’s a fun activity but we would say it’s more for inspiration and personal development than for business and step-by-step learning.

Many classes are higher level, as the masters share their philosophy and methodology of approaching their life works.

Ryan and I have enjoyed every course, even when it’s not relevant to our daily life. Hearing someone like Jimmy Chin talk about his passion for adventure photography is fascinating, and you learn more about how these great masters have become great.

Discovering their personal stories and what drives them — and how they stay relevant in a competitive world — always motivates and inspires us to do better in our own lives.

In a few words: it’s time to replace your Netflix binges with MasterClass.

Although we’re clearly fans, MasterClass is not for everyone. To decide if MasterClass is worth it to you, it’s more helpful to answer who MasterClass is not for.

Who MasterClass Is NOT For

If you need the following, MasterClass may not be the best online learning platform for you.


MasterClass does not give accreditation on completed courses. For example, it’s unlikely that you’ll be putting your MasterClass course on your resumé.

Live Classes

MasterClass is not for people who want live classes, although you’ll have access to a community discussion board.

Access To Teachers

MasterClass does not give you access to the teachers.

how does masterclass work?

The MasterClass platform itself is fresh and interactive. The MasterClass app feels more like Netflix than an official course site like Coursera or Udemy.

Each course comes with its own downloadable workbook and comments section (the MasterClass Hub) where students can discuss what they learned, ask questions, and share their personal stories and tips.

As of today, in March 2021, there are 108 MasterClasses available, with new courses released monthly.

Roughly, from start to finish, a course lasts from 4-6 hours, covering 18-30 individual lessons. There’s a big range, but some classes are short while others are more involved.

In the majority of them, you’re given things to think about with each course, but not actual homework (although Annie Leibowitz’s MasterClass does).

Also, MasterClass syncs with all of your devices, and you’re able to pre-download them for offline use on an iOS-operating device (watching MasterClass offline is not available on Android yet).

We even downloaded a few courses onto my phone to listen to on long road trips. 

Some courses are best viewed visually, as in the case of Bobbi Brown’s makeup and beauty course, but others by writers or business leaders can usually just be listened to on audio-only.

What Is The Best Way To Watch MasterClass?

Before writing this review, we’ve used our MasterClass subscription on our laptops, iPad, and iPhones. MasterClass can be streamed online or through their iOS app.

On both, after logging in, you’ll be able to see all of the courses you’ve taken, your progress in each, and keep a list of the ones you want to watch next.

On the app, you’ll be able to download most classes for offline viewing, as well as view and download each master’s workbook in PDF form.

What Is It Like Taking A MasterClass

Since you’re reading this MasterClass review, we’re assuming you have never taken a class. Here is what you can expect from a MasterClass membership.

First, it’s important to mention that each MasterClass is a unique experience, with some masters recording long lessons while others do many short ones.

Some even give “homework” assignments, but they’re not mandatory (no one will check) and are for your benefit. Annie Leibovitz will ask you to take portrait shots and Joe Holder will recommend a recovery workout.

Many of the cooking classes are a little longer, with lessons over 20 minutes as the masters show you step-by-step how to cook a dish. For example, Gordon Ramsey shares his classic beef Wellington recipe in 24 minutes.

Likewise, James Suckling has fewer lessons but longer ones, including a 28 minute class on discerning wine flavors and aromas.

Whereas others, like Bobbi Brown, have shorter lessons less than 10 minutes to discuss ‘workplace makeup’ and ‘creating a statement lip.’

Every MasterClass course we have taken is unique. 

Overall, some MasterClasses are like reading an in-depth book that you want to digest and let sink in. While others can be binge-watched (like Tan France’s Style for Everyone) while others we prepped for and made an effort to keep pace with (like James Suckling’s Wine Appreciation).

All were enjoyable, and we guarantee that you’ll learn something new every day.

How Much Does MasterClass Cost?

This is an important consideration to decide if MasterClass is worth it.

In the past, you were able to buy individual classes. Now, there is only one option. The cost of an Annual MasterClass Membership is $214.20 or $17.85/month billed annually.

This is the only way to buy MasterClass. There is no monthly MasterClass membership and you can no longer buy individual classes. 

MasterClass Discounts

In the years since we’ve started MasterClass, we’ve never seen them give a discount. However, they often publicize a buy-one-get-one offer. So pair up with a friend and save 50%.

This offer is the only discount we’ve seen from MasterClass since 2015 when they stopped offering coupon codes.

During Black Friday and the holiday season in December, the 2-for-1 offer has been called “buy one, give one.”

 Click here for the current cheapest MasterClass price

MasterClass Free Trial

MasterClass does not offer a free trial subscription. If you see websites offering a free trial, that is a fake offering so be careful. 

MasterClass does have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can get a refund if you’re dissatisfied. 

Is MasterClass a Ripoff?

No monthly membership, no trial, no discounts… is MasterClass legit?? 

Yes, and it’s definitely NOT a ripoff. Instead, it’s a highly reputable company doing amazing work and confidently charging a fair price. 

At $214.20 a year, we think MasterClass is 100% worth it. It’s far more competitively priced than other online class platforms, and frankly, the teachers, content, and production quality is the best by a long shot.

We share our complete MasterClass review, why it’s worth your time and money, and a pros and cons list at the end of this article.

Next, these are the classes that have made MasterClass 100% worth it for us during the last two years. 

MasterClass Review: classes ranked from Best to “worst”

During our first year with an annual MasterClass subscription, we made a New Year’s Resolution to watch eight classes. 

Well, we completed eighteen and watched snippets of a dozen more. So far in 2021, we’ve completed 5 more classes.  We’ve learned a lot and enjoyed it immensely.

Here’s what we watched, in order of how much we loved each class. Of course, we’re partial to our interests and want to clarify that all of the classes were thoughtful, deep, and engaging.

Are there classes not on our list that have made an impact on you? If so, please explain in the comments section of this post.

  1. Chris Voss teaches the art of negotiation
  2. Dr. Jane Goodall teaches conservation
  3. Emily Morse teaches sex and communication
  4. Alice Waters teaches the art of home cooking
  5. Ron Finley teaches gardening
  6. David Sedaris teaches storytelling and humor
  7. James Suckling teaches wine appreciation
  8. Kelly Wearstler teaches interior design
  9. Jimmy Chin teaches adventure photography
  10. Tan France teaches style for everyone
  11. Gabriela Camara teaches Mexican cooking
  12. Malcolm Gladwell teaches writing
  13. Matthew Walker teaches the science of better sleep
  14. Bobbi Brown teaches makeup and beauty
  15. Sara Blakely teaches self-made entrepreneurship
  16. Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein teach advertising and creativity
  17. Annie Liebowitz teaches photography
  18. Doris Kearns Goodwin teaches U.S. presidential history and leadership
  19. Gordon Ramsey teaches cooking 1
  20. David Axelrod and Karl Rove teach campaign strategy and messaging
  21. Judd Apatow teaches comedy
  22. Howard Schultz teaches business leadership
  23. Frank Gehry teaches architecture

Our top ten teachers inspired us more than we bargained for. These are the classes that changed our lives and inspired us to share our MasterClass Review.

Next, we’ll share what we loved about their MasterClasses. 

MasterClass Review: The Top 10 Best Teachers

The following are our top ten favorite MasterClass teachers. The value we derived from each of these ten classes has been priceless.

In fact, the negotiation skills we learned through Chris Voss’ MasterClass saved us $46,000 when we put an offer in on our first home together. So, was MasterClass worth it for us? Absolutely

And that’s only one reason why we love his MasterClass!

1. Chris Voss Teaches the Art of Negotiation

“Your life could be in a completely different place just by improving how you negotiate.”

Watch the Chris Voss MasterClass trailer

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Chris Voss MasterClass Review:

This class watched like a thriller, showing clips of Voss, who was a former FBI negotiator, as he bargained with bank robbers, gunmen, and even the Sunni insurgents who had kidnapped American journalist, Jill Carrol, in Iraq.

Chris Voss talks you through, step-by-step, how he negotiated with the captors, and it was ground-breaking for us. He never asks “why” (people get defensive) but only asks “what” and “how” we all got into this situation.

He shares how he uses a “late-night FM DJ voice” to keep everyone calm while using his inflections strategically.

Voss also tells you when to play your trump card, and how to use that to get what you want, whether it’s a promotion, salary increase, or that used bike off Craigslist for $50.

His is a show that I want to rewatch, again and again, and I’ve got his book, Never Split the Difference, queued up on my Kindle. 

How it made a difference:

Since this class made such an impact for us, we’ll give you a freebie: this is Voss’s price negotiation schedule.

Establish the target price that you want to pay.

Offer #1: Very apologetically offer 65% of the target price that you want to pay. Make them know in advance that you’re embarrassed even to tell them.
Rejected? Hem and haw and write numbers down on a piece of paper.

Offer #2: Add 20% of the target price you want to pay to Offer #1.
Rejected? Moan and groan, and calculate more numbers.

Offer #3: Add 10% of the target price you want to pay to Offer #2.
Rejected? Wring your hair and make a phone call.

Offer #4: Add 5% of the target price you want to pay to Offer #3. This should now equal your target price.
Rejected? Continue employing tactical empathy, as each price increase is a real burden.

Final Offer: Finish with an odd number, like you’ve counted every last penny to make it to $97.33. Throw in a non-monetary item to show how you’re utilizing all your resources.

In summary, Chris Voss’s MasterClass is definitely worth it! The skills we learned in his class were a huge motivation to write this MasterClass review.

He predicts that everyone is in 4-7 negotiations a day. Turn these into collaborations and you’ll not only get to a better outcome but learn to increase your emotional intelligence along the way.  

2. Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation

“I went to Africa as a scientist. I left the jungle as an activist.”

Watch the Jane Goodall MasterClass trailer

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Jane Goodall MasterClass Review:

Having never listened to Jane Goodall speak before, I was immediately mesmerized by her calm, slow voice.

I also immediately watched her 2017 documentary, Jane, on Netflix and dressed up as her for Halloween (for real, I even pinned a chimpanzee balloon to my khaki shirt).

Dr. Goodall shares her conservation efforts around Gombe Stream National Park and how her activism has changed in recent years.

She has immense understanding and empathy and is so creative in how she opens communication between groups. What an incredibly strong and inspiring woman.

The biggest epiphany for Ryan happened one night at dinner. While usually vegetarian, we went out to a fancy steakhouse, so he decided to indulge in a sirloin. It came out tough and overdone.

Ryan turned to me and said, “I feel bad that an animal had to die for this. It’s not a good meal, and it wasn’t worth it.” After watching Jane Goodall that day, I knew what he meant, and he would have never said this before.

Overall, Jane Goodall’s MasterClass watched like a 30 lesson TedTalk but was fascinating from start to finish. This was one of the longer classes we watched, and it didn’t just inspire us, it made us think (and feel ashamed, sometimes).

How it made a difference:

In addition to the overdone steak incident, A “WWJD” (“what would Jane do”) phrase starting springing up at home, since she shared ways that we can change to help the earth, every day.

Our Jane Goodall MasterClass review: highly, HIGHLY recommend this course. This MasterClass is worth it for everyone, especially kids who will make a huge difference in our world.

We weren’t particularly knowledgeable or interested in conservation, but we want to be good humans and environmentally friendly. Goodall talks about farming, transportation, medicine and drug testing on animals, and sustainability.

She also turns ideas on their heads about how to communicate between warring groups and understanding motivations. Jane Goodall’s MasterClass was a favorite.

3. Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication

“Sexual wellness is an important pillar of our overall health and well-being. When you’re not truly fulfilling your sexual desires and living true to your authentic self, it’s going to impact your entire life.”

Watch the Emily Morse MasterClass trailer

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Emily Morse MasterClass Review:

Emily Morse’s MasterClass is a knockout. Few people talk openly about sexual health and wellness — even us, and we run a couple’s website!

In fact, our first article venturing into sex was inspired by Emily Morse’s MasterClass with our article, ‘How to Spice Up Your Marriage.’

First off, the MasterClass Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication is for everybody and every body, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Her major themes surround understanding the facts (such as only 20% of vulva-owners orgasm through penetrative sex) so you can start understanding how to take control of your own pleasure.

Emily Morse also covers topics like masturbation, consent, and kink, but the bulk of the course simply empowers you to make your own sexual destiny.

How it made a difference:

From learning how to (not offensively and not embarrassingly) communicate your desires to your partner to methods on how to keep your desire alive (including toys and positions), this educational course is a must for every adult human being.

We’re not sure about you, but the sex education we undertook at our high schools was completely lacking (and, that’s typically the first, last, and only times a sex class is taken).

There was no discussion on how important sex can be to your health and relationship.

This is the class we wish we could have taken instead. We highly recommend the MasterClass, Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication.

4. Alice Waters Teaches the Art of Home Cooking

“You can never think about food in the way you may have thought about it in the past. It’s how to use every part of an ingredient very, very simply.”

Watch the Alice Waters MasterClass trailer

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Alice Waters MasterClass Review:

Despite her frail, soft-spoken voice, her words rang loud and true with us! Mother of the ‘farm to table’ movement, Alice Waters describes food and cooking like a romance novel. And we were all in.

Alice Water’s way of simple cooking by focusing on the flavors of in-season, locally-grown, organic vegetables really resonated with us.

She uses her hands more than any other utensil, adds some oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper… Voila! It was almost sensual. She was like a real-life Juliette Binoche from the movie Chocolat.

When Waters goes to the farmer’s market, she picks whatever is freshest. Then, after placing all of her goodies on the table—from rhubarbs to rutabagas to all of the other delights that one can pick up at the Berkeley farmer’s market—she thoughtfully groups them into meals.

How it made a difference:

This MasterClass was especially worth it to us now that we are living in Colombia with Sunday farmer’s markets year-round. We shop, meal prep, and cook just like Waters, eating what is fresh and in season.

For Ryan, his favorite portion of Alice Waters’ MasterClass were her shopping tips, recipes, and activism programs teaching children where real food comes from. Bravo!

In summary, we found this to be a well-balanced and insightful class. It didn’t watch like a cooking show.

Yes, there were recipes shown, step-by-step, but Waters shared practical tips on the equipment she uses, how she selects food, why it’s essential to talk to your farmers, and all while covering cooking and handling techniques.

This MasterClass is worth it for a beginner to a budding restauranteur. She covers it all.

Ryan and I are currently writing our first cookbook with the help of a friend, who is a professional chef. We learned so much from Alice Waters, and plan to keep it very simple but with incredible flavor.

5. Ron Finley Teaches Gardening

“To me, gardening is gangster. Soil is gangster. Air is gangster as fuck! You can’t get no more gangster than air. Mother Nature serves us all, so we have to have respect and help Mother Nature do what she do.”

Watch the Ron Finley MasterClass trailer

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Ron Finley MasterClass Review:

Ron Finley’s MasterClass on gardening was a game-changer for us and all the plants in our life. 

Finley, also known as “The Gangster Gardener,” hosts this class in his boulevard garden in what used to be a rough part of Los Angeles. 

By trade, he was a fashion designer until he got pissed off in 2010 when he had to drive 45 minutes to buy an agrochemical-covered tomato. From there, his inner-city gardening revolution blew up.

The course begins with Ron Finley showing you the difference between good and bad soil. Soil is gangster, so don’t you dare call it dirt. 

After encouraging you to be creative by showing you how to turn an old dresser drawer and an ex-boyfriend’s boot into a garden, he moves on to composting, which is gangster AF.

How it made a difference:

If you’ve ever said, “I just don’t have a green thumb,” or “I kill every plant I buy,” then this class is your ticket to plant.

Ryan loved this class so much that he binge-watched it on a Saturday afternoon.

During the class, he made a list of what we needed to buy for our garden. By the end of the following day, our fingernails were packed with soil, and we had completed the following:

– Planted a full herb garden
– Re-potted four of our plants that were root-bound
– Propagated one over-sized plant into five separate pots
– Began sprouting peas, garlic, sweet potatoes, and turmeric to plant in a loamy soil-filled coffee sack 
– Started filling our compost bins with food scraps, coffee grounds, and plant trimmings.

Whether you just want to learn how to not kill your plants or you want to start a garden and feed your whole neighborhood, you need this class.

By the way, speaking of neighborhood gardens, did you know that plants and green spaces are scientifically proven to lower the crime rate?

What’s more, is now that our terrace is bursting with green, we’ve enjoyed visits from countless new birds and butterflies.

As a relatively experienced green thumb, Ryan found this class game-changer even though the advice was simple, bite-sized, and easily actionable.

For those who need to dive deeper into understanding their zone, reading a heat factor map, and preparing worm tea, there is a 41-page workbook for that!

6. David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor

“The danger is writing something that just stops instead of something that ends.”

Watch the David Sedaris MasterClass trailer

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David Sedaris MasterClass Review:

I’ve been a fan of David Sedaris’ books and essays for years, and his MasterClass didn’t disappoint.

Outside of his hilarious personality, Sedaris shares real-talk on what it’s like to write about people – people you know and people you don’t know. He also reminds you that it’s an everyday process. He wrote every day for 15 years before publishing his first book.

Ryan’s favorite portion is when he reminds us that boring questions begets boring answers. David Sedaris hates nothing more than checking into a hotel and having the receptionist ask how his flight was. Blah, blah, yawn.

So instead, Sedaris only asks good questions: “Do your children shower?” ‘Who is the drunkest customer that you’ve had today?” “When was the last time you touched a monkey?”

How it made a difference:

This laugh-out-loud MasterClass is worth it because it contained his insight into why you should write, as well as his personal stories and regrets. Don’t hold back, David Sedaris for sure doesn’t.

David Sedaris’ MasterClass was one I loved watching with a glass of wine, or temptation bundling while washing the dishes. If you’re a professional comedy writer, this might be too high level for you.

However, everyone should watch this one. Not only are his life stories hilarious, but it also makes you think of the incidences in your life that are genuinely freaking funny and appreciate them in a new light.

7. James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation

“The easiest way to get into wine is to invest in a corkscrew.”

Watch the James Suckling MasterClass trailer

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James Suckling MasterClass Review:

Easily in our top ten MasterClass was James Suckling’s course on wine appreciation. As the master says himself, “All you need to do is love wine.”

James Suckling’s class is part field trip through iconic Tuscan vineyards and part schoolroom. In several episodes, Suckling sits down with students to talk about flavors and aromas in a wine tasting.

You’re invited too, all you need is a few bottles of wine (and probably some friends).

His comprehensive workbook discusses your wine vocabulary (body, tannins, acidity, finish) and how to run your taste test. Suckling shares the exact bottles of widely available wine you can buy to taste along with him. How amazing is that?!

In your workbook, James Suckling shares a cheat sheet on how to identify color, aromas, and palate as you taste your wines.

How it made a difference:

Ryan and I spent several nights enjoying this course together. In the end, we had a deepened appreciation for where the wine comes from and how it’s made.

We learned tips on how to talk-the-talk and make better-informed choices with our money at the grocery store (and no, good wine doesn’t have to be expensive)!

If you like wine, you’ll love James Suckling’s Wine Appreciation.

8. Kelly Wearstler Teaches Interior Design

“Good design is important because it helps us live better. It helps us feel better.”

Watch the Kelly Wearstler MasterClass trailer

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Kelly Wearstler MasterClass Review:

To Kelly, excellent design is like an excellent story. It touches all of the senses, from what you hear to what you smell, and wraps you up in the adventure and romance.

What? You didn’t design your half-bathroom considering sounds, smells, and romance?

As first-time homeowners undergoing a full renovation from the concrete walls and floors, Ryan and I were amped up to learn from Kelly Wearstler. Her MasterClass was highly relevant and worth it.

From personal experience, we know how many overwhelming decisions have to be made, particularly when designing the floor plan to even the light switch placement. Where do we even begin?

How it made a difference:

Kelly Wearstler’s MasterClass on interior design breaks it down to the basics: how to find and build design inspiration to introducing color, textures, and materials.

She shares how she makes the space functional yet beautiful and how to be true to your own, personal design style.

Our biggest takeaway is to start collecting objects we love, whether it’s a fabric, rock, or piece of art. Put them all into a tray and start playing around, designing a room, and designing the story.

So, what’s in our tray? For our master bathroom, we have pieces of natural oak alongside industrial concrete, polished marble, and tropical, green plants.

Our story is that of a luxurious jungle retreat. Thanks to Kelly Wearstler’s MasterClass, we’re feeling confident in making decisions with our renovation that showcases our unique styles and needs.

9. Jimmy Chin Teaches Adventure Photography

“Set the bar higher. What are you willing to do to get there?”

Watch the Jimmy Chin MasterClass trailer

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Jimmy Chin MasterClass Review:

Okay, I knew of Jimmy Chin before MasterClass, but WOW. He is a badass.

Incredibly inspirational, Jimmy Chin’s life has revolved around photography, and he has put everything on the line to get there. As outdoorsy types, we were immediately drawn to his class, his work, and his documentaries “Meru” and “Free Solo.”

How it made a difference:

Like the spectacular superhumans he captures on film, I found his discussion of preparation, technical shooting, and climbing to be just as impressive.

Outside of being in awe, Chin’s down-to-earth discussions about photography, from framing to selecting photos to even how he edits in Adobe Lightroom, to be incredibly helpful.

Hopefully, our small place on the world wide web and Instagram reflects the things we’ve learned from Jimmy Chin!

In addition to Jimmy Chin’s MasterClass, I took the only other available photography course by Annie Leibovitz. Her course was well structured, even with homework assignments, but I found it to be more for professionals instead of an amateur like me.

Many of Annie Leibovitz’s MasterClass topics went over my head while I was able to follow along better and act on Jimmy Chin’s lessons.

10. Tan France Teaches Style for Everyone

“It doesn’t matter your age, your size, your race, your gender identity. Everyone has great style in them, they just need to find it. If you’re not a nudist, style is for you.”

Watch the Tan France MasterClass trailer

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Tan France MasterClass Review:

What I love about Tan France’s MasterClass on style is how unexpectedly accessible it is.

Tan France shares how he still wears the jeans he bought when he was 16 (he puts them in the freezer instead of the washing machine to clean them) and his favorite leather jacket is already years and years old.

How it made a difference: 

As a couple who never paid much attention to our clothes or, frankly, paid much money, this was a relief. Since college, we have worked in dirty manufacturing plants and now work from our couch. Why spend money on clothes?

So it was comforting to see that our clothing budget can remain small while still making a big impact.

France shares his thought process when he goes shopping and explains how to build your go-to “capsule” closet (for men and women) for all of your mix-and-matching needs.

Laced throughout are the common fashion tips to always listen to and what to ignore.

My favorite? If you have a belt to hold up your pants, you’re wearing the wrong pants. Belts are for fashion, not function!

Tan Frances’s MasterClass is fun, fresh, and always relevant. We all feel our best and most confident when we’re dressed our best, and he helps bring us there. And of course, I already loved him from Queer Eye!

Is MasterClass Worth It? Our Final Review

Yes. Absolutely. Over the past two years and 23 classes, we’ve become huge fans. 

In our experience, we love that MasterClass only offers an annual, all-access membership. Many other online learning platforms allow you to buy individual classes and in the past, you were able to purchase individual MasterClasses.

Here are the key reasons why we thought MasterClass was well worth our time and money. 

1. We expanded our horizons

We think the Annual MasterClass Membership is an incredible value because you have the opportunity to expand your horizons. You may not like gardening, but you could become obsessed with it after listening to Ron Finley.

It also gives you a license to try classes that you would never have usually (like Penn & Teller’s magic course), and you’ll enrich your life in new ways.

2. From down time to do time

For some of the business classes, Ryan and I loved sitting down and going through each lesson, step-by-step (particularly with the Sara Blakely MasterClass).

However, for most others, we just listened to them for enjoyment while driving, cooking, or gardening.

In this sense, they replaced our usual Netflix and podcast time, while being far more productive, inspirational, and instructive.

3. Constant variety

MasterClass provides tons of variety and is releasing courses from new teachers almost monthly. We were never bored or burned out.

Instead, when it came to the eleventh month of our first yearly subscription, we felt the pressure to watch more and make the most of it!

Therefore, we were literally watching a MasterClass every time we cooked, cleaned, and even showered!

4. Individual topics are easily searchable

Another feature I love that is unique to MasterClass is the Quicklists. For example, there was one for eggs, yes, just eggs. It was compiled a half dozen lessons from different instructors.

Alice Waters taught me how to cook an egg in a spoon. Thomas Keller showed me how to prepare the ultimate omelet. Gordon Ramsay demonstrated his out-of-this-world, elevated scrambled eggs with truffles. Wolfgang Puck showed how to use eggs in cocktails.

The MasterClass Quicklists are a fun way to explore one topic while previewing different instructors to see who you resonate with most. There are Quicklists on business practices, harnessing creativity, and pitching your ideas.

MasterClass Review: The Pros and Cons

For $214.20/year, MasterClass is not just worth it… it’s a steal (especially if you get the 2-for-1 offer so you can gift a membership).

While we are firm believers that MasterClass is worth the money, there is always room for improvement. These are the pros and cons based on our experience. 

The Cons and Things We Didn’t Like

1. Downloading Lessons

Sometimes the app on my iPad (albeit, my seven-year-old iPad) would freeze when downloading my lessons for offline use.

2. Sharing Our Membership Was Hard

It’s a pro and a con, but Ryan and I shared the same membership.

Unlike with Netflix, which offers multiple profiles when multiple people use it, when we were watching the same MasterClass separately, it was hard to remember our spots.

3. Hard To Gauge Beginner or Advanced

Before the class, it’s tricky to know exactly how advanced or niche the course is.

For example, as amateur photographers, we could follow Jimmy Chin’s advice immediately, but Annie Leibovitz’s went over our heads.

The good news is, though, you can preview the lesson titles in advance, which will give you an idea of how advanced they are.

4. No Free Trial

There are no free trials of MasterClass, but introductions and previews of the courses are available on their page and YouTube channel.

The Pros and Things We Loved

1. Life-Changing Content

Several of the courses we watched were truly inspirational and life-changing. After listening to Jane Goodall’s MasterClass, we won’t think about Mother Earth the same way. For real.

2. It’s Entertaining Education

MasterClass is an excellent replacement for those of us who watch too much Netflix. What’s more, is it’s about the same price. So why not instead listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson or Anna Wintour? 

3. Most Credible and Best Teachers

A few of the MasterClasses that we watched had two instructors, and it was cool to see their dynamic, particularly with David Axelrod (Democrat) and Karl Rove (Republican) in their MasterClass, campaign strategy and messaging.

It’s something that you never see, and I loved how they debated and disagreed. 

4. Incredibly Detailed Workbooks

Each course comes with a workbook, and I’ve referred back to several of them, over and over again.

I looked at Chris Voss’ yesterday to see his steps on negotiating a price. I also keep Alice Water’s oatmeal pancake and Gabriela Camara’s salsa verde recipes on file.

Additionally, the workbooks are all saved on my laptop and are text searchable. So that one time I was at Ryan’s cabin without wifi, I was able to find Thomas Keller’s recipe on butter-poached lobster tails. Thank you, TK!

5. Fast Growing Course List

MasterClass is especially worth it because it’s growing so rapidly! New courses come out monthly.

MasterClass REview FAQs

Is MasterClass good for kids?

Any classes that contain explicit content provide a warning. Occasionally, Ron Finley (the “Gangster Gardener”) or Gordon Ramsey will drop the F-bomb so you should be careful with young kids.

Otherwise, all the classes that we’ve watched, except for Emily Morse’s excellent class on sex and communication, are fun to watch with your kids and grandparents.

Sure, if you’re super progressive, then by all means, watch Emily’s course with the family. Every young kid should watch Jane Goodall’s MasterClass!

How many classes are there?

As of March 2021, there are 108 MasterClasses available, with new courses released monthly.

How much does MasterClass cost?

The cost of an Annual MasterClass Membership is $214.20 or $17.85/month billed annually.

Click here for the current cheapest MasterClass price.

Can I buy one class or a monthly membership?

No, you can only purchase an annual membership which gives you access to all classes.

Can you get MasterClass for free?

Legally, no.

Does MasterClass have a free trial?

No, there is not. If you see websites offering a free trial, that is a fake offering so be careful. 

Is there a 30-day money-back guarantee?

Yes, there is. So, you can give it a shot and get a refund if you don’t like it.

Are there ever discounts on MasterClass?

MasterClass often publicizes a buy-one-get-one offer. So pair up with a friend and save 50%.

This offer is the only discount we’ve seen from MasterClass since 2015 when they stopped offering coupon codes. During Black Friday and the holiday season in December, the 2-for-1 offer has been called “buy one, give one.”

Click here for the current cheapest MasterClass price.

How can I watch MasterClass?

MasterClass syncs with all of your devices, and you’re able to pre-download them for offline use on an iOS-operating device (watching MasterClass offline is not available on Android yet).

Is MasterClass worth it?

At $214.20 a year, we think MasterClass is 100% worth it. It’s far more competitively priced than other online class platforms, and frankly, the teachers, content, and production quality is the best by a long shot.

Is MasterClass a good gift?

No, it’s not a good gift. It’s the best gift for you and the lifelong learner in your life.

Closing Thoughts

So is MasterClass worth it? 

Yes, it’s absolutely worth your investment. And after reading our MasterClass review we hope you see how it will benefit and enhance your life.

We got so much out of it in our first year and now we’re well into our second.

When making your own decision, consider if there are 3-5 classes that you want to watch immediately that could help you in your life and work.

If yes, then the All-Access Class Pass will not be a letdown. From there, give yourself permission to listen to some fun classes (Carlos Santana and guitar playing, anyone?) in your spare time.

Overall, we’ve had a great experience with MasterClass and think it’s a unique and thoughtful gift idea, for yourself or a loved one. Plus, after watching Chris Voss’ MasterClass on negotiation, we already paid for the membership many times over!

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Do you think MasterClass is worth it?

Let us know in the comments below. If you have constructive opinions on MasterClass or your own class recommendations, post them in the comments.

I Have Questions. What Do I Do?

Ask away in the comments below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible and we’ll add them to this article accordingly.

Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for your comment!

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