Contabo vs Hetzner

Contabo
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We have tested 12 VPS plans from Contabo and Hetzner. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Contabo

Contabo was founded in 2003.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Germany
  • United States

Hetzner

Hetzner was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in Germany.
It offers Web, Dedicated and VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
CX11 €2.49 1 2.0 20 20000 Feb 05 2020
VPS 300 €3.99 2 4.0 300 0 Sep 03 2019
CX21 €4.90 2 4.0 40 20000 May 09 2020
S SSD €4.99 4 8.0 200 10000 Apr 21 2020
CX31 €8.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Sep 30 2019
M SSD €8.99 6 16.0 400 0 Aug 24 2020
CPX31 €12.40 4 8.0 160 20000 Jul 13 2020
CCX11 €19.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Dec 09 2019
CCX21 €34.90 4 16.0 160 20000 Apr 02 2020
VDS S €36.99 6 24.0 180 May 27 2020
VDS M €47.99 8 32.0 240 Jul 07 2020
Preview VDS L €68.99 12 48.0 360 0 May 19 2020
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Performance Grades

To summarize the performance of each VPS plan, we generated grades based on the various tests that were run: web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Each grade focuses on one aspect of the VPS speed or stability (cpu, disk IO, network IO...) and is made of one or more metrics measured during the tests.

Grades are evenly distributed between A and F. A is best, F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

How are grades calculated?

Screen all VPS from Contabo and Hetzner
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
CX11
€2.49
E E C D B
VPS 300
€3.99
F D C D E
CX21
€4.90
D C D D C
S SSD
€4.99
D B E C F
CX31
€8.90
D C B C D
M SSD
€8.99
D B E D E
CPX31
€12.40
C A D B B
CCX11
€19.90
D C D C B
CCX21
€34.90
C A B B B
VDS S
€36.99
A B B B E
VDS M
€47.99
B A D B C
Preview VDS L
€68.99
A A B A B
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

This is the average time it took to create an instance for Contabo and Hetzner from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo Hetzner
Number of instance creations in sample 6 8
Average provisioning time 1770s 22s

In Depth...

These are some of the test results that make up the grades above.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and Hetzner. This is the average response time measured locally on the VPS for each plan we tested.



Local Response Time per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average response time
Hetzner
CPX31 58.7 ms
CCX11 69.6 ms
CX11 71.4 ms
CCX21 72.7 ms
CX21 74.5 ms
Contabo
VDS S 47.6 ms
Preview VDS L 48.2 ms
VDS M 57.5 ms
M SSD 92.5 ms
S SSD 95.8 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from Contabo and Hetzner. This is the maximum rate of HTTP requests that each server handled without error.



Maximum HTTP request rate

Higher is better

Plan Max HTTP requests rate
Hetzner
CX11 10 reqs/sec
CCX11 15 reqs/sec
CX21 25 reqs/sec
CCX21 40 reqs/sec
CPX31 60 reqs/sec
Contabo
S SSD 35 reqs/sec
M SSD 50 reqs/sec
VDS S 80 reqs/sec
VDS M 90 reqs/sec
Preview VDS L 140 reqs/sec

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, rate metrics and CPU metrics. All of those are measured locally on the VPS running the web server. All metrics can be compared on the Web Performance Comparison page.


Sysbench CPU Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Contabo and Hetzner. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Hetzner
CX11 306
CCX11 599
CX31 666
CX21 681
CCX21 1300
CPX31 2434
Contabo
VPS 300 459
S SSD 969
M SSD 1446
VDS S 1889
VDS M 2190
Preview VDS L 3781

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

We ran the full suite of Sysbench tests on VPS plans of Contabo and Hetzner. These are the Sysbench Disk IO Random Read test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Hetzner
CX11 63.0
CX21 69.2
CCX11 113
CPX31 202
CCX21 254
CX31 352
Contabo
VPS 300 110
S SSD 138
M SSD 175
VDS S 448
VDS M 579
Preview VDS L 678

Sysbench test results are also available for random disk IO tests, sequential disk IO tests and memory tests.

Review and compare all Sysbench numbers on the Sysbench Comparison page for Contabo and Hetzner.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and Hetzner VPS and we measured the speed of downloads and uploads.

The transfers involve multiple files, 10 threads and last for at least 10 seconds at maximum speed. The transfers are repeated 3 times from different servers and only the fastest transfer is reported here.


Download Speed per Plan

Higher is better

Plan Network Download Speed
Hetzner
CCX11 707 Mbps
CPX31 777 Mbps
CX31 799 Mbps
CX21 1047 Mbps
CX11 1067 Mbps
CCX21 1200 Mbps
Contabo
VPS 300 99.9 Mbps
S SSD 195 Mbps
VDS S 248 Mbps
M SSD 340 Mbps
VDS M 459 Mbps
Preview VDS L 684 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo and Hetzner on the Network Transfers Comparison page.


Sustained CPU Endurance Tests

We pushed the CPU of those VPS plans hard for 24 hours straight.

This test shows how fast the VPS can go for long periods of time, how stable the performance is and it also gives clues on how overallocated the VPSs may be.


Average number of operations per hour

Higher is better

Plan Average ops/hour
Hetzner
CX11 1922
CX31 2714
CX21 4441
CCX11 5017
CCX21 7774
CPX31 13439
Contabo
VPS 300 1798
VDS S 3318
S SSD 4070
Preview VDS L 4181
M SSD 6758
VDS M 20069

Review and compare endurance test results for Contabo and Hetzner on the Sustained CPU Endurance Comparison page.


Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price of the plan will be marked as missing but they may be available for the fee.

Hetzner Review Contabo Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  Yes Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Custom custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  3 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  1 2
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