Hetzner vs Amazon Lightsail

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We have tested 9 VPS plans from Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail. This page is a summary and a comparison of all test results for those 2 providers.


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

It has datacenters in:
  • Finland
  • Germany

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail was founded in 2016.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

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

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

This provider is related to Amazon EC2.

EC2 is the full featured cloud offering from Amazon.

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
1GB 1core $5.00 1 1.0 40 2000 Dec 26 2019
CX21 €4.90 2 4.0 40 20000 May 09 2020
CX31 €8.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Sep 30 2019
2GB 1core $10.00 1 2.0 60 3000 Apr 04 2020
4GB 2cores $20.00 2 4.0 80 4000 May 16 2020
CCX11 €19.90 2 8.0 80 20000 Dec 09 2019
CCX21 €34.90 4 16.0 160 20000 Apr 02 2020
8GB 2cores $40.00 2 8.0 160 5000 Feb 13 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
1GB 1core
2GB 1core
4GB 2cores
8GB 2cores
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VPS Instance Provisioning Time

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

All VPS provisioning times

Hetzner Amazon Lightsail
Number of instance creations in sample 8 9
Provisioning time in seconds 25s 41s

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 Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail. 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
8GB 2cores 53.0ms
2GB 1core 58.0ms
4GB 2cores 58.0ms
1GB 1core 62.0ms
CCX11 67.0ms
CCX21 71.0ms
CX11 86.0ms
CX21 88.0ms
CX31 89.0ms

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 Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail. These are the Sysbench CPU test results:

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan Operations per second
2GB 1core 327.3
1GB 1core 329.3
4GB 2cores 689.3
8GB 2cores 709.1
CX11 306.7
CCX11 599.5
CX31 666.5
CX21 681.5
CCX21 1300.1

Sysbench Disk IO Performance

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

Rate of operations

Higher is better

Plan MiB per second
1GB 1core 12.2
2GB 1core 13.4
4GB 2cores 16.7
8GB 2cores 29.2
CX11 63.0
CX21 69.2
CCX11 113.3
CCX21 254.3
CX31 352.2

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 Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail.

Network Transfers

We have performed large file transfers from the Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail 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
8GB 2cores 567.4Mbps
2GB 1core 591.7Mbps
1GB 1core 643.8Mbps
4GB 2cores 724.2Mbps
CCX11 707.4Mbps
CX31 800.0Mbps
CX21 1047.2Mbps
CX11 1067.4Mbps
CCX21 1200.8Mbps

Network Transfers measurements including download and upload speeds can be compared for Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail 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
1GB 1core 288.2
2GB 1core 1214.7
4GB 2cores 2465.0
8GB 2cores 3114.3
CX11 1922.8
CX31 2714.6
CX21 4441.9
CCX11 5017.1
CCX21 7774.9

Review and compare endurance test results for Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail 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
4GB 2cores 343.8ms
1GB 1core 344.0ms
8GB 2cores 347.4ms
2GB 1core 350.0ms
CCX21 506.6ms
CCX11 517.4ms
CX31 523.0ms
CX21 539.0ms
CX11 628.2ms

Detailed remote timings measurements including connection time, TLS handshake time, and response time can be compared for Hetzner and Amazon Lightsail 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.

Amazon Lightsail Review Hetzner Review
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No Yes
Backups  No No
Control Panel  custom Custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13 3
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 1
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