Bluehost vs DreamHost: Which Host Is Best For You & Your Site?

I secretly test hosts every month for speed, reliability, and support. Here’s a comparison between Bluehost and DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? with real proof of their performance.

Bluehost Hosting Plan

Bluehost claims to have unbeatable technology, optimized hosting for wordpress, and genuine support. They have been around since 2003 and hosts over 2 million websites worldwide. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Bluehost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameBasic Shared
Cost$9.99/month
Disk Space50 GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime GuaranteeNone
Money Back Guarantee30 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased. Although when I signed up I was under the impression it was a monthly plan, but it was billed annually (at $83.40). They have called and left me several messages to 'verify' my account, but when I call back I'm placed on hold (so I hang up). I'm assuming they're just trying to upsell me, or my account will forever be in 'unverified' status.

DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? Hosting Plan

Dreamhost is known for their unlimited resources at a great value. They have been around since 1998 and hosts over 10 million sites. Data centers are located in California and Virginia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here is the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHappy Hosting
Cost$10.95/month
Disk SpaceUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee100%
Money Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.  Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
HostGator: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Uptime & Hosting Speed?2.79 s2.00 s15.02 sTest Results
StableHost2.84 s0.00 s12.29 sTest Results
GoDaddy2.90 s0.31 s37.97 sTest Results
DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime?2.99 s0.00 s21.25 sTest Results
Bluehost3.01 s0.00 s9.17 sTest Results
MDDHosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?3.04 s2.00 s74.96 sTest Results
InMotion Hosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?3.09 s0.00 s14.12 sTest Results
Namecheap: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?3.12 s2.00 s72.71 sTest Results
Site5: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?3.24 s0.25 s46.29 sTest Results
Yahoo Small Business: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?3.98 s2.00 s60.96 sTest Results

Bluehost performs above average in the Web Hosting Speeds: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst For Your Site? Test, with an average result of 3.01 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 9.17 s. Bluehost most recent result on Dec 10 was 2.00 s. Bluehost is usually pretty inconsistent with its page speeds - sometimes quicker than other hosts, sometimes slower. Its slowest times are usually when accessed from the east coast. While they do optimize connections and compress images, they fail to set caching properly for repeat views.

DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? performs impressively in the Web Hosting Speeds: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst For Your Site? Test, with an average result of 2.99 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 21.25 s. DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? most recent result on Dec 10 was 0.00 s. I expected Dreamhost to have poor performance, but they're not that bad. There are faster hosts out there, but you're not going to be disappointed with them.

Let’s see how Bluehost and DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? compare in detail for their page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime?83.360 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
InMotion Hosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?99.600 %100.000 %0.000 %Test Results
Site5: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?99.820 %100.000 %50.690 %Test Results
Yahoo Small Business: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?99.850 %100.000 %82.780 %Test Results
MDDHosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?99.870 %100.000 %64.580 %Test Results
StableHost99.920 %100.000 %73.000 %Test Results
Namecheap: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?99.940 %100.000 %92.000 %Test Results
Bluehost99.940 %100.000 %84.930 %Test Results
GoDaddy99.970 %100.000 %94.720 %Test Results
HostGator: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Uptime & Hosting Speed?99.970 %100.000 %97.500 %Test Results

Bluehost performs mediocre in the Web Hosting Uptime: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 99.94 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 84.931 %. Bluehost most recent result on Dec 9 was 100.000 %. Bluehost had a terrible day back in August that's bringing their average uptime way down. Other than that they're usually pretty reliable.

DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? performs under par in the Web Hosting Uptime: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 83.36 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 0.000 %. DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? most recent result on Dec 9 was 0.000 %. Dreamhost has had a few significant outages, but I've seen worse. Their ping response time is pretty impressive, faster than most hosts, showing they have a decent network.

Let’s see how Bluehost and DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? compare in detail for their uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host’s support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

HostAverageBestWorst
MDDHosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?0.11 h0.10 h0.20 hTest Results
GoDaddy0.12 h0.10 h0.30 hTest Results
Site5: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?0.28 h0.10 h0.80 hTest Results
StableHost0.37 h0.10 h1.70 hTest Results
InMotion Hosting: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?0.94 h0.20 h2.30 hTest Results
Namecheap: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?2.20 h0.10 h6.00 hTest Results
DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime?2.79 h0.20 h11.00 hTest Results
Bluehost34.67 h0.10 h168.00 hTest Results
Yahoo Small Business: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Hosting Speed & Uptime?50.89 h16.00 h124.00 hTest Results
HostGator: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Uptime & Hosting Speed?53.40 h0.30 h168.00 hTest Results

Bluehost performs miserably in the Web Hosting Support Response Time: Which Hosts Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 34.67 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 168.00 h. Bluehost most recent result on Mar 22 was 168.00 h. Bluehost is pretty inconsistent in its response times. I've seen instances where they get back to you in minutes, and other times I've had to wait days.

DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? performs okay in the Web Hosting Support Response Time: Which Hosts Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 2.79 hours. It's best result was 0.20 h but it has been as bad as 11.00 h. DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? most recent result on Mar 22 was 1.30 h. Dreamhost will usually get back to you within an hour, although that's not always the case. Regardless their support is average.

Let’s see how Bluehost and DreamHost: How Good (Or Bad!) Is Their Hosting Speed & Uptime? compare in detail for their uptime stats: