Generally-speaking, Linode is better than Vultr. And Vultr is better than Digital Ocean.
I’ve used Linode in 3 continents over 10 years. Used Vultr in 2 continents for only a few years. I haven’t done exact fair-comparison testing but through just firing up servers for clients using the same stack and “feeling it” (however you trust my feel for it, haha)….I feel Linode is better.
When I run a quick hdparm, Linode is definitely faster. It goes in order of this Linode > Vultr > Digital Ocean. I think DO is the biggest “hype” of all 3. Vultr probably used to be the weakest of them but then got better with their recent upgrade (in the hypervisor or stack, I believe?).
I feel Linode just has consistently better hardware to begin with. They seem like a much bigger company with uniform hardware. Vultr seems more like hodgepodge of different hardware (and also depending on which datacenter)…and I could be totally wrong.
Linode interface is kind of ugly but I like it a lot. Very clean and efficient for me (kinda like the Craigslist of VPS-UI). I used to think DO is sexy but it’s actually annoying to use. Vultr is probably the best mix between sexy & functional.
Any room for variability?
Absolutely. Some people feel Vultr is the fastest (faster than Linode). I do like their interface and also that they sell bare metal servers and DDOS filtering. But for sure, I think we all agree Digital Ocean is the slowest and gimmicky/over-hyped of the 3.