Bluehost vs StableHost: 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 StableHost 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.

StableHost Hosting Plan

StableHost's claim to fame is their stability. They've been around since 2009 and host around 32,000 domains. They have data centers located in Phoenix, Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

I have purchased a hosting plan on StableHost 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 NameStable
Cost$5.95/month
Disk Space7GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
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 impressively 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.

StableHost performs impressively in the Web Hosting Speeds: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst For Your Site? Test, with an average result of 2.84 seconds. It's best result was 0.00 s but it has been as bad as 12.29 s. StableHost most recent result on Dec 10 was 0.00 s. Stablehost is one of the few hosts that routinely has page load times under 3 seconds - that's awesome. They have all headers optimized for performance (compression, caching, connections), and their stats back it up.

Let’s see how Bluehost and StableHost 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 okay 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.

StableHost performs alright in the Web Hosting Uptime: Which Hosting Brands Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 99.92 percent. It's best result was 100.000 % but it has been as bad as 73.000 %. StableHost most recent result on Dec 9 was 100.000 %. Stablehost really lives up to its name - proving itself with one of the best uptime percentages around, it truly is stable. Not sure I've witnessed an outage more than a minute or two with them. That's unheard of. Kudos, Stablehost.

Let’s see how Bluehost and StableHost 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 pretty poorly 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.

StableHost performs above average in the Web Hosting Support Response Time: Which Hosts Are Best & Worst? Test, with an average result of 0.37 hours. It's best result was 0.10 h but it has been as bad as 1.70 h. StableHost most recent result on Mar 22 was 0.20 h. Stablehost's tech team is top notch not just in their speed and uptime knowledge, but in their response time too. You can count on the fact that Stablehost will get back to you within a couple hours - and most likely a few minutes.

Let’s see how Bluehost and StableHost compare in detail for their uptime stats: