Contabo VPS Plans Review

Contabo


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Contabo in its own words

German 🇩🇪 server provider | #VPS from €3.99 / mo | EU 🇪🇺 and US 🇺🇸 Locations available | 15+ years of experience | 70k+ happy customers | #hosting #cloud #infrastructure

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

Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  No
DDOS Protection  Yes
Backups  Yes

Snapshots are available for free.

Control Panel  custom
SSH Keys Setup  No
Total Number of Datacenters  3
Number of Datacenter Continents  2
Monitoring Charts  No

No chart.

Admin REST API  No
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Reverse DNS  Yes
Accepted Forms of Payment  Paypal, bank transfers, Skrilla
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  Yes
Firewall  No

In VPSBenchmark's opinion

Feature Value Comment
UI Friendliness 

The management UI is very minimalist and feels outdated but it is relatively fast.

Quality of Service 
  • There is a setup fee for new VPS (roughly equal to on month payment and decreasing with length of commitment, waived for 12 months commitment).
  • The Contabo account with login and password is only created after the first VPS is ordered and the account is removed when the VPS no longer exists.

Contabo Extra Services

In addition to features included in the VPS plan, Contabo also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage Object storage Load balancer Floating IP addresses
Team Management Managed databases Serverless DDoS protection   Kubernetes
GPU instances

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Contabo VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
1770s 1200s 3900s 6

Admin UI Screenshots


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Contabo Plans


HDD disk. Each new VPS is charged a 5€ setup fee if billed monthly.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com/?show=vps
Price per month 3.99€ ($4.63)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 300
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Performance Test Results

We conducted 5 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - VPS 300. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the VPS 300 plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the VPS 300 plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Sep 03 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v2 @ 2.10GHz Germany D

Each new VPS is charged a 5€ setup fee if billed monthly.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com/?show=configurator&vserver_id=221
Price per month 4.99€ ($5.79)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 200
Num Cores 4
Memory GB 8.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 38

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D B E C F
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2020 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.

Performance Test Results

We conducted 6 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - S SSD. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the S SSD plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the S SSD plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Apr 21 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz Nuremberg, Germany D
May 07 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40GHz Germany E

Each new VPS is charged a 5€ setup fee if billed monthly.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com/?show=vps
Price per month 8.99€ ($10.43)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 400
Num Cores 6
Memory GB 16.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 43

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D B E D E
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2020 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - M SSD. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the M SSD plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the M SSD plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Aug 24 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz Nuremberg, Germany D
Jan 31 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v4 @ 2.20GHz Germany C

A one time setup fee equal to 1 month payment is applied if billed monthly.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com
Price per month 36.99€ ($42.91)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 180
Num Cores 6
Memory GB 24.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU Yes

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 68

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
A B B B E
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Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - VDS S. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the VDS S plan

This plan was tested 2 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the VDS S plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
May 27 2020 AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor Nuremberg, Germany B
May 13 2020 AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor Munich, Germany B

4 physical cores, 8 logical cores. A one time setup fee equal to 1 month payment is applied if billed monthly.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com/?show=vds
Price per month 47.99€ ($55.67)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 240
Num Cores 8
Memory GB 32.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 70

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B A D B C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - VDS M. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the VDS M plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the VDS M plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jul 07 2020 AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor Nuremberg, Germany B

This is a preview.

Plan Specifications

URL https://contabo.com
Price per month 68.99€ ($80.03)
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 360
Num Cores 12
Memory GB 48.0
Hourly Billing No
Virtualization KVM
Data Transfer GB Unlimited
Burstable CPU No
Dedicated CPU Yes

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

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

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 81

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
A A B A B
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Contabo - Preview VDS L. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

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Performance trials run on the Preview VDS L plan

This plan was tested 1 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the Preview VDS L plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
May 19 2020 AMD EPYC 7282 16-Core Processor B

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