Scaleaway vs DigitalOcean vs Vultr vs Hetzner benchmark (March 2019)

UPDATE October 2019: The revised version of these tests uses more consistent network locations and can be found on my Scaleaway vs DigitalOcean vs Vultr vs Hetzner benchmark (Revised) (October 2019) post.

This month I needed to host a new project that could be both reliable, and perform well, at a competitive price. I have tested and recorded the results of the entry-level offering that all of these hosts provide in my benchmark to determine the best performers.

Pricing and specifications

Company Specifications Price
Hetzner Cloud 1vCPU, 2GB RAM 2.99 EUR
Scaleaway 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM 1.99EUR
DigitalOcean 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM 5 USD
Vultr 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM 5 USD

Benchmark Results

The tool used for the benchmark is nench.

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Conclusion

>I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from the findings. In my opinion the Hetzner server is likely the best all-rounder, although they suffer slightly in disk writes. Both DigitalOcean and Hetzner are solid choices if you require the best CPU performance at a 5USD or lower price range. The network stats can’t really be compared, because in my tests the servers are in different locations.

I could have made the test fairer with network performance by attempting to use NL for all locations (apart from Hetzner which is DE), as it stands they are a little spread out.

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