The 9 Best VPS Hosting Providers of 2019

See who made the short list

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: a2 Hosting, "Offers a good range of Linux distributions to choose from."
  • Best Entry-Level: VirMach, "The clincher here is the extra 5 GB of storage space (15 GB overall)."
  • Best Mid-Level: HostGator, "If you find you need a little more horsepower, HostGator has you covered."
  • Best Budget: 1and1, "It offers the same 1 core, 512 MB RAM server as VirMach above, only for $2/month."
  • Best for Windows Servers: Interserver, "Interserver provides the best Windows options out there."
  • Best for Multi-OSServers: Atlantic.net, "The company offers a variety of configurations for uses."
  • Most Versatile: Linode, "Linode makes it incredibly simple to get up and running."
  • Best Managed: Inmotion, "They’ll make sure security updates are applied and can assist with installations of other apps."
  • Most Powerful: RoseHosting, "The SSD 64 VPS service from RoseHosting provides an incredible 12 processor cores."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: a2 Hosting

a2 Hosting

a2 Hosting

4.1

With very flexible pricing and a well-priced entry-level tier, a2 Hosting comes out on top of our roundup. For as low as $10/month (depending on your commitment and options), you get started with a VPS with 1 processor core, 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of disk space, and 2 TB of bandwidth. The company also offers a good range of Linux distributions to choose from.

You can also scale your server as needed. For example, if you have a very popular blog, you may not need further RAM or computing power (you’re still using the same blog system after all), but you will need more bandwidth. The VPS offering from a2 would allow you to increase just that aspect of your plan for better cost control.

a2 also has add-on features to help improve your VPS’ performance. As with its web hosting, the Turbo option (which does have a price attached) for VPS servers gives you priority access to machine resources, meaning your VPS could perform (the company claims) as much as 20 times faster. 

Best Entry-Level VPS: VirMach

Virmach VPS Hosting

Virmach

While it was very close, we’re selecting the SSD512 offering from VirMach as tops in this category. This offering provides 1 computing core, 15 GB of SSD storage, 512 MB of RAM, and 1 TB of throughput for the incredible price of $2.50/month. You’ll need to be comfortable with Linux to use this tier, because it doesn’t come with Windows. Nor it is managed in any way. But this configuration should be sufficient to run a blog or other single web-based application for a small number of users.

While there are similar offerings with the same price, the clincher here is the extra 5 GB of storage space (15 GB overall). This is critical because, unlike shared web hosting, you need to consider all the space your software will need… including the operating system! Once you install a Linux OS, you may have less than 8 GB of an original 10 GB allotment, and that’s without any software at all. You may find that extra 5 GB allows you to wring just a few more months out of this service tier before you need to upgrade your blog with more resources.

Best Mid-Level VPS: HostGator

Host Gator

Host Gator

4

An entry-level VPS, as we’re defining it, is one that will support a small- to mid-sized workload, which works out to the equivalent of a good netbook computer circa 2008. If you find you need a little more horsepower, HostGator has you covered.

Their Snappy 2000 VPS, at $29.95/month, is a little pricier than most other entry-level options. But what you get for that is a pretty capable set-up, with two (not one) processor cores, 2 GB (not 1 GB) of RAM, and a very generous 120 GB of storage. The bandwidth is somewhere in the middle with 1.5 TB of throughput, but as an overall package, the price isn’t very far from competitors. 

Advanced features available with all HostGator VPS accounts include full root access to install the software you need, included cPanel and WHM admins, and security such as redundant firewalls. If you’re running multiple applications and need a little bit more punch in your server, HostGator offers a capable package at the right price.

Best Budget: 1and1

1and1 Ionoos

IONOS

1and1 offers the same 1 core, 512 MB RAM server as VirMach, but only for $2/month. On one hand, it does offer unlimited bandwidth, although to be honest, that’s not likely to be a big boon for uses that can get by with the meager RAM at this level. However, the smaller allotment of 10 GB of storage is a bigger deal for reasons mentioned previously.

If your use case is very modest, say, just a single application such as your personal blog, this will still get the job done. However in many cases, sacrificing the storage for additional throughput just doesn’t make sense. You’ll quickly find yourself requiring more storage space once the operating system (which can easily require as much as 1 GB of storage, even without a graphical desktop) and application (with all its prerequisites) are installed.

Best for Windows Servers: Interserver

Interserver.net

Interserver.net

When it comes to VPS operating systems, Linux is by far the leader of the pack. Especially when you consider that VPS machines can be brought up and down with the click of a couple of buttons, and with Linux you don’t need to worry about licensing concerns. However, there are applications that are built for Windows, and Interserver provides the best Windows options out there for those looking for a VPS solution.

The entry-level tier for Interserver, normally $10/month (unmanaged), gets you 1 processor core, 2 GB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD storage, and 2 TB of bandwidth. There are 16 tiers overall, giving you a very granular set of options depending on your needs. Another key reason we selected Interserver is their support for the newer Windows Server 2016, where some other competitors only support the older Server 2012. Add to this support for Windows 10 as an option for your VPS, meaning you can set up a cloud-accessible desktop with Interserver.

Best for Multi-OSServers: Atlantic.net

Atlantic.net

Atlantic.net 

The majority of VPS hosting is based on Linux, and we’ve also highlighted a provider with a strong Windows-based offering. But we’re still missing one operating system that’s still prevalent, and that’s FreeBSD. If you want to be able to choose any of these OSes for your server, look no further than Atlantic.net.

The company offers a good selection of Linux distributions covering the usual suspects, although it’s not the most exhaustive on this list (that honor goes Linode, detailed below). But Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and CentOS are accounted for. It also supports Windows Server versions from 2008 all the way through the current 2019. And as mentioned, FreeBSD is available if you want a rock-solid web server.

The company offers a variety of configurations for uses including Storage Optimized (for media-heavy websites, for example) and Compute-Optimized (perhaps to use as a Minecraft server). Remarkably, Atlantic.net offers free use of a General Purpose VPS for one year for free. This includes one processor core, 1 GB of RAM, 40 GB of storage, and 3 TB of throughput. So Atlantic also offers a very good platform to try out a virtual private server without any risk. 

Most Versatile: Linode

Linode

Linode

Linode’s VPS offerings are known for being developer-friendly, so in order to satisfy all the potential needs, the company offers a very flexible platform. As developers regularly create, use, and then destroy their virtual servers, Linode makes it incredibly simple to get up and running. 

The site boasts a three-step process: “Pick a plan. Pick a distro. Pick a location.” There's even a command-line tool that will let you create a new VPS with a single command. Linode also offers one of the broadest sets of Linux distributions, including standards like Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS, but also lesser-used ones like Arch, Gentoo, and OpenSUSE.

You can also get started with Linode for as little as $5/month. This entry-level plan includes 1 processor core, 1 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, and 1 TB of transfer. In other words, on par with other options. But their pricing is also broken down by hour ($0.0075/hour), so in the event you only need your server for a couple days, you can do so for a pittance.

Best Managed: Inmotion

inmotion hosting

Inmotion Hosting

5

When you get a virtual private server, you gain full control over it in the form of root access. But, as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, in the form of maintaining that server. Updating software, applying patches, and more are all things you’ll need to do yourself.

Unless you sign up for a managed VPS. This combines the best features of VPS (full control over software, privacy, resource allocation) with assistance from your provider’s staff to manage aspects of the server for you. They’ll make sure security updates are applied and can assist with installations of other apps.

Such a service is available from Inmotion for $39.99/month, which is a good ten dollars less than many competing options. This also provides a very capable system with 4 GB RAM, 75 GB disk space, and 4 TB of bandwidth. The system also comes with free cPanel, which is usually an additional cost, as well as a free domain and three dedicated IP addresses.

Most Powerful: RoseHosting

RoseHosting

RoseHosting

Don’t let the meager specs on some of the services so far make think you can’t get power in a VPS. While many customers can be satisfied with some of the “regular” tiers, you can also get a VPS that rivals any physical machine you could put together.

The SSD 64 VPS service from RoseHosting provides an incredible 12 (yes, twelve) processor cores, 64 GB of RAM, 400 GB of SSD storage, and unlimited bandwidth. In addition to other perks like free migration to your new server and back-up once you’re there, RoseHosting’s services also come with full management (as with the Inmotion service above).

Of course, all these things come with a price, and a top-tier server from Inmotion costs $619.95/month. Fortunately, like the other items on this list, you can scale these to your needs. The SSD 8 VPS gets you a machine with 4 cores, 8 GB RAM, and 120 GB SSD storage. This is relatively on-par with modern physical PCs, and the $99.95/month price (or $1,200/year) is not an unreasonable price when you also consider that the machine is hosted on the cloud.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 10 hours researching the most popular VPS hosting sites on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 18 different VPS hosting sites overall, screened options from 16 different brands and manufacturers, read 2 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 1 of the VPS hosting sites themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.