Dreamhost vs Hetzner

Dreamhost
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We have tested 8 VPS plans from Dreamhost and Hetzner. This page is a summary and comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


Dreamhost

Dreamhost was founded in 1997.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers Shared, Wordpress, VPS and Dedicated hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • USA

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 €2.99 1 2.0 20 20000 Feb 25 2019
CX21 €4.90 2 4.0 40 20000 Jul 11 2019
gp1_subsonic $6.00 1 1.0 80 3000 Sep 22 2019
CX31 €8.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Sep 30 2019
gp1_supersonic $12.00 1 2.0 80 10000 Jul 05 2019
CCX11 €19.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Dec 09 2019
gp1.lightspeed $24.00 2 4.0 80 10000 Nov 27 2019
CCX21 €34.90 4 16.0 160 20000 Apr 29 2019

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
CX11
€2.99
D D D C C
CX21
€4.90
B B B B C
gp1_subsonic
$6.00
F F E F E
CX31
€8.90
D C B C D
gp1_supersonic
$12.00
F F E F D
CCX11
€19.90
B C A C C
gp1.lightspeed
$24.00
C D B D C
CCX21
€34.90
B A A B C
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Dreamhost Hetzner
Number of instance creations in sample 5 6
Provisioning time in seconds 41s 31s

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 Dreamhost 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

Provider Plan Average response time
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 104.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 204.0ms
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 71.0ms
Hetzner CX11 84.0ms
Hetzner CX21 75.0ms
Hetzner CX31 89.0ms
Hetzner CCX11 67.0ms
Hetzner CCX21 67.0ms

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 Performances

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



Rate of operations

Higher is better

Provider Plan Operations per second
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 280.8
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 176.9
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 570.8
Hetzner CX11 365.9
Hetzner CX21 691.2
Hetzner CX31 666.5
Hetzner CCX11 599.5
Hetzner CCX21 1299.0

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 Dreamhost and Hetzner.


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

Provider Plan Average remote request duration
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 359.0ms
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 343.2ms
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 336.0ms
Hetzner CX11 522.8ms
Hetzner CX21 510.2ms
Hetzner CX31 523.0ms
Hetzner CCX11 517.4ms
Hetzner CCX21 508.0ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Dreamhost and Hetzner on the Remote Timings Comparison page.


Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Dreamhost 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

Provider Plan Network Download Speed
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 213.4Mbps
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 275.2Mbps
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 589.4Mbps
Hetzner CX11 1022.4Mbps
Hetzner CX21 675.1Mbps
Hetzner CX31 800.0Mbps
Hetzner CCX11 707.4Mbps
Hetzner CCX21 951.9Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Dreamhost 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

Provider Plan Average ops/hour
Dreamhost gp1_subsonic 1279.7
Dreamhost gp1_supersonic 754.9
Dreamhost gp1.lightspeed 2800.8
Hetzner CX11 2861.0
Hetzner CX21 5483.9
Hetzner CX31 2714.6
Hetzner CCX11 5017.1
Hetzner CCX21 7970.7

Review and compare endurance test results for Dreamhost 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.

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


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