HostPapa vs Vultr

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We have tested 10 VPS plans from HostPapa and Vultr. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


HostPapa was founded in 2006.
It is headquartered in Canada.
It offers Web, Shared, Wordpress and VPS hosting products.


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
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

VPS Plans

Plan Name Monthly Price CPU cores Memory (GB) Disk Space (GB) Data Transfer (GB) Latest trial
VC2 1GB $5 $5.00 1 1.0 25 1000 Jun 20 2020
High Frequency 1GB $6.00 1 1.0 32 1000 Mar 19 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 Sep 13 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
VPS Plus $49.99 4 1.5 50 1000 Jun 27 2019
High Frequency 16GB $96.00 4 16.0 384 5000 Aug 02 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 HostPapa and Vultr
Plan Name Web Perf Raw CPU Power Perf Stability Disk IO Perf Network Perf
VC2 1GB $5
High Frequency 1GB
VC2 2GB $10
High Frequency 2GB
VC2 4GB $20
High Frequency 4GB
VC2 8GB $40
High Frequency 8GB
VPS Plus
High Frequency 16GB
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

HostPapa Vultr
Number of instance creations in sample 1 12
Average provisioning time 3600s 55s

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 HostPapa 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
High Frequency 1GB 42.8 ms
High Frequency 4GB 43.0 ms
High Frequency 16GB 46.0 ms
VC2 2GB $10 51.2 ms
High Frequency 8GB 51.3 ms
VC2 4GB $20 60.8 ms
High Frequency 2GB 62.7 ms
VC2 8GB $40 74.7 ms
VC2 1GB $5 89.9 ms

Maximum HTTP Load

We ran a database intensive web application at various levels of load on cloud servers from HostPapa and Vultr. 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
VC2 1GB $5 10 reqs/sec
High Frequency 2GB 15 reqs/sec
VC2 2GB $10 15 reqs/sec
High Frequency 1GB 20 reqs/sec
VC2 4GB $20 30 reqs/sec
High Frequency 4GB 40 reqs/sec
High Frequency 8GB 40 reqs/sec
VC2 8GB $40 40 reqs/sec
High Frequency 16GB 70 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 HostPapa and Vultr. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
VC2 1GB $5 151
VC2 2GB $10 413
High Frequency 2GB 428
High Frequency 1GB 467
VC2 4GB $20 863
High Frequency 4GB 948
VC2 8GB $40 1203
High Frequency 8GB 1302
High Frequency 16GB 1794
VPS Plus 1143

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
VC2 1GB $5 83.9
High Frequency 2GB 100
VC2 8GB $40 106
High Frequency 1GB 119
VC2 4GB $20 132
VC2 2GB $10 140
High Frequency 4GB 191
High Frequency 16GB 231
High Frequency 8GB 283
VPS Plus 2.67

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 HostPapa and Vultr.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the HostPapa 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
VC2 2GB $10 719 Mbps
High Frequency 8GB 740 Mbps
VC2 1GB $5 745 Mbps
High Frequency 1GB 766 Mbps
High Frequency 4GB 853 Mbps
VC2 8GB $40 886 Mbps
VC2 4GB $20 936 Mbps
High Frequency 2GB 1355 Mbps
High Frequency 16GB 1444 Mbps
VPS Plus 456 Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for HostPapa 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
VC2 1GB $5 1441
High Frequency 2GB 2426
High Frequency 1GB 3036
VC2 2GB $10 3645
VC2 8GB $40 5340
High Frequency 4GB 6203
VC2 4GB $20 6879
High Frequency 8GB 7961
High Frequency 16GB 10787
VPS Plus 3693

Review and compare endurance test results for HostPapa and Vultr 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.

Vultr Review HostPapa Review
Hourly Billing  Yes No
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No Yes
Control Panel  Builtin WHMCS + SolusVM
SSH Keys Setup  Yes No
Total Number of Datacenters  17 1
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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