Contabo vs Vultr

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We have tested 14 VPS plans from Contabo and Vultr. 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
  • USA

Vultr

Vultr was founded in 2014.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • UK
  • USA

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VPS 300 €3.99 2 4.0 300 0 Sep 03 2019
VC2 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jun 20 2020
S SSD €4.99 4 8.0 200 10000 Apr 21 2020
High Frequency 1GB $6.00 1 1.0 32 1000 Mar 19 2020
M SSD €8.99 6 16.0 400 0 Jan 31 2020
VC2 2GB $10 $10.00 1 2.0 55 2000 Dec 23 2019
High Frequency 2GB $12.00 1 2.0 64 2000 May 12 2020
VC2 4GB $20 $20.00 2 4.0 80 3000 May 03 2020
High Frequency 4GB $24.00 2 4.0 128 3000 Aug 23 2019
VDS S €36.99 6 24.0 180 May 27 2020
VC2 8GB $40 $40.00 4 8.0 160 4000 Feb 07 2020
High Frequency 8GB $48.00 3 8.0 256 4000 Oct 30 2019
VDS M €47.99 8 32.0 240 Jul 07 2020
Preview VDS L €68.99 12 48.0 360 0 May 19 2020

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?

Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VPS 300
€3.99
F D C D E
VC2 1GB $5
$5.00
E F B C D
S SSD
€4.99
D B E C F
High Frequency 1GB
$6.00
B D A B B
M SSD
€8.99
D A D C E
VC2 2GB $10
$10.00
C D C B B
High Frequency 2GB
$12.00
C E C B B
VC2 4GB $20
$20.00
C B C B B
High Frequency 4GB
$24.00
A B B A C
VDS S
€36.99
A B B B E
VC2 8GB $40
$40.00
C B B C C
High Frequency 8GB
$48.00
A A B B B
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 Vultr from instance order to instance accepting connections.

All VPS provisioning times

Contabo Vultr
Number of instance creations in sample 5 11
Provisioning time in seconds 1788s 52s

In Depth...

The grades above are based on the following test results.


Web Response Times

We ran a database intensive web application with ~100,000 hits per day for several days on cloud servers from Contabo and Vultr. 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
Vultr
High Frequency 1GB 42.8ms
VC2 2GB $10 51.2ms
High Frequency 8GB 51.3ms
VC2 4GB $20 60.8ms
High Frequency 2GB 62.7ms
VC2 8GB $40 74.7ms
VC2 1GB $5 89.9ms
Contabo
VDS S 47.6ms
Preview VDS L 48.2ms
VDS M 57.5ms
S SSD 95.8ms
M SSD 96.0ms

During the Web Test, we collect response time metrics, CPU metrics and database performance 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 Vultr. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 151.8
VC2 2GB $10 413.3
High Frequency 2GB 428.1
High Frequency 1GB 467.1
VC2 4GB $20 863.6
High Frequency 4GB 1029.6
VC2 8GB $40 1203.2
High Frequency 8GB 1302.3
Contabo
VPS 300 459.5
S SSD 969.6
M SSD 1509.4
VDS S 1889.5
VDS M 2190.8
Preview VDS L 3781.0

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 83.9
High Frequency 2GB 100.4
VC2 8GB $40 106.5
High Frequency 1GB 119.4
VC2 4GB $20 132.1
VC2 2GB $10 140.9
High Frequency 4GB 194.7
High Frequency 8GB 283.6
Contabo
VPS 300 110.6
S SSD 138.7
M SSD 380.0
VDS S 448.8
VDS M 580.0
Preview VDS L 678.3

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 Vultr.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Contabo and Vultr 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
Vultr
High Frequency 4GB 630.3Mbps
VC2 2GB $10 719.5Mbps
High Frequency 8GB 740.1Mbps
VC2 1GB $5 745.9Mbps
High Frequency 1GB 766.9Mbps
VC2 8GB $40 887.0Mbps
VC2 4GB $20 936.4Mbps
High Frequency 2GB 1355.3Mbps
Contabo
VPS 300 99.9Mbps
S SSD 195.3Mbps
VDS S 248.1Mbps
M SSD 375.8Mbps
VDS M 459.5Mbps
Preview VDS L 684.7Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Contabo and Vultr 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
Vultr
VC2 1GB $5 1441.3
High Frequency 2GB 2426.4
High Frequency 1GB 3036.4
VC2 2GB $10 3645.2
VC2 8GB $40 5340.8
High Frequency 4GB 6513.5
VC2 4GB $20 6879.2
High Frequency 8GB 7961.0
Contabo
VPS 300 1798.5
VDS S 3318.1
S SSD 4070.3
Preview VDS L 4181.6
M SSD 7037.9
VDS M 20069.5

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


Remote Timings

During the entire duration of the web performance test, we collected web response times from 5 different locations in the world. The chart below reports the connection establishment time + TLS handshake latency from all 5 locations. (That excludes the time spent on the server that is already measured in web response times above and it also excludes the DNS resolution time since it is not dependent on the provider).


Remote Latency per Plan

Lower is better

Plan Average remote request duration
Vultr
VC2 8GB $40 335.2ms
High Frequency 8GB 337.8ms
High Frequency 4GB 338.8ms
High Frequency 1GB 340.6ms
VC2 2GB $10 352.2ms
VC2 4GB $20 363.4ms
Contabo
M SSD 484.8ms
VPS 300 492.0ms
S SSD 518.8ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Contabo and Vultr on the Remote Timings 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.

Vultr Review Contabo Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  17 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 2
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