BlueHost vs. Hostinger – Both Affordable but Who’s Better?

Updated: 2022-03-17 / Article by: Jerry Low

Are you starting a new website but can't decide on the specific web hosting company to use? There are a variety of options that you may opt for. BlueHost and Hostinger are two notable options for beginners with their unique pros and cons.

But which of them is a more suitable option for you? How do these two hosting companies match up against one another?

In this article we will compare BlueHost and Hostinger from different angles – server performance, hosting plans and pricing, business reputation, and user feedbacks. Let's begin!

About Hostinger

Hostinger 2022

Lithuania may not be many users first choice as the source of web hosting services but a surprisingly decent company started out there in the form of Hostinger. After a few name changes and hitting some small speed bumps along the way, Hostinger today hosts over 29 million users and has spread its office across the globe.

Learn more about Hostinger in our full review

About BlueHost

BlueHost is no slouch and has been offering its customers impressive performance since 2003. It has grown today to include powerful Cloud hosting plans in its repertoire and has achieved good results in our 2016 Web Hosting Surveys.

Learn more in our full BlueHost review

Server Performance

With its wide geographic business spread, Hostinger has data centres on three continents and does well in our serever speed tests. BlueHost has also proven to offer some of the best performing servers we’ve seen to date.

Both web hosts also have very good uptime records which, while not perfect, are more than good enough for anything except critical services.

Hostinger Server Performance
Hostinger performance test: TTFB rated as “A” by WebPageTest.
BlueHost Server Performance
BlueHost performance test: TTFB rated as “A” by WebPageTest.

Web Hosting Plans & Pricing

These are two hosts that almost anyone should have no issue picking up on and they are ready for you to grow to any size you would need. Hostinger does have a slight edge over BlueHost Hosting in terms of price but to me the advantage of that is slightly debatable.

This is because to really take advantage of Hostinger’s cheapest plans (steepest discounts) you’ll have to sign on with them for an incredibly long period of time (as long as 48 months!) I don’t really recommend signing on with any service for that long a period, so choose wisely.

I also must add that BlueHost Hosting, while being slightly pricier than Hostinger does have plans that I feel are just that bit more competitive. What they offer feels more substantial than the usual bling and they’ve got the numbers to back them up.

BlueHost Shared Hosting

FeaturesBasicPlusChoice PlusPro
Websites1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts5UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Website Space50 GBUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Free DomainYesYesYesYes
SubDomains25UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Free MigrationNoNoNoNo
Free SSL CertificateAuto SSLAuto SSLAuto SSLAuto SSL
WordPress IntegrationYesYesYesYes
Git SupportNoNoNoNo
BackupNoNoYesYes
MySQL Databases20Unlimited*Unlimited*Unlimited*
Signup Price$2.95/mo$5.45/mo$5.45/mo$13.95
Renewal Price$8.99/mo$11.99/mo$16.99/mo$26.99

BlueHost VPS Hosting

FeaturesStandardEnhancedUltimate
CPU (Cores)224
RAM2 GB4 GB8 GB
Disk Space (SSD)30 GB60 GB120 GB
Bandwidth1 TB2 TB3 TB
Control PanelcPanel / WHMcPanel / WHMcPanel / WHM
Root AccessYesYesYes
Dedicated IP122
Free SSLYesYesYes
Signup Price$18.99/mo$29.99/mo$59.99/mo
Regular Price$29.99/mo$59.99/mo$119.99/mo

Hostinger Shared Hosting 

Shared Hosting FeaturesSingle PlanPremium PlanBusiness Plan
Number of Websites1100100
Disk Space (SSD)30 GB100 GB200 GB
Bandwidth100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
MySQL Database2UnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts1100100
Free DomainNoNoYes
Domain Parking2100100
Free MigrationYesYesYes
BackupsWeeklyWeeklyDaily
Free CDNNoNoYes
Git SupportYesYesYes
Signup Price$1.99/mo$2.99/mo$4.99/mo
Regular Price$9.99/mo$11.99/mo$16.99/mo

Hostinger VPS Hosting

FeaturesVPS 1VPS 2VPS 3
vCPU1 Core2 Cores3 Cores
Memory1 GB2 GB3 GB
Bandwidth1,000 GB2,000 GB3,000 GB
Burst RAM2 GB4 GB6 GB
Control PanelhPanelhPanelhPanel
Disk Space (SSD)20 GB40 GB60 GB
Root AccessYesYesYes
Signup Price$3.95/mo$8.95/mo$12.95/mo
Regular Price$9.95/mo$19.95/mo$39.95/mo

What Customers Are Saying?

BlueHost Users Feedback

BlueHost has gotten some heat from users which I have attributed to them being part of Endurance International Group now. Personally, I found it was not terribly long a wait for support, but where there is smoke, it is likely there will be fire.

Learn more in our full BlueHost review

BlueHost User Reviews
Recent BlueHost users feedback was a mixed bag – Some users love them while others aren't so happy.

Hostinger Users Feedback

Where we complain about the availability standards of live chat support for BlueHost, sadly Hostinger does even more poorly in this than its competition. Their team is good, no doubt, but getting to them can be a bit of a pain sometimes. It’s likely you will end up figuring things out on your own if you need help.

That said, however, most users seem to be happy with Hostinger's affordability and recommend them as a good cheap solution.

Learn more about Hostinger in our full review

Hostinger User Reviews
Most users seem to be impressed with Hostinger's cheap price tags – even the unhappy ones.

Verdict: Hostinger the Cheaper Solution

If you’re looking for any major differences, the only thing I could probably say is that on one side, Hostinger edges slightly ahead with great security features such as free weekly / daily backup and built-in Enterprise-level virus scanner. However, with official endorsement from WordPress.org and business record track back to 2003, BlueHost really comes out tops for user-friendliness and overall popularity.

Another key difference lies in a pet peeve of mine – website migration services. My feeling is that if you want to win customers form other hosting services, something must give, right? Where Hostinger is smart and offers free migration services, BlueHost wants to tag that on as an extra for a whopping $149.99.

BlueHost Site Transfer Services
BlueHost charges $149.99 for server migration (source).

All of this though, is nit picking because at the end of the day, these are two very good and stable names in web hosting that offer an extremely wide range of services. This means you can scale as your grow your business with them.

Thanks to comprehensive documentation and help, along with the necessary support, either one of these web hosts can easily be taken up by almost anyone. Newbies or small sites can opt in and grow anytime.

My only hesitation would be for established sites to try and move to BlueHost since they charge so much for migration. Unless the host you’re already with is terrible, it might not be worth that extra bit you must pay.

About Jerry Low

Founder of WebHostingSecretRevealed.net (WHSR) - a hosting review trusted and used by 100,000's users. More than 15 years experience in web hosting, affiliate marketing, and SEO. Contributor to ProBlogger.net, Business.com, SocialMediaToday.com, and more.