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If you search "hosting reviews" on Google, almost all results are advertisements.

I can just tell by looking at them.. :/

Is there any trustworthy hosting review websites out there?

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For hosting what kind of application? Using what framework/language? –  Darin Dimitrov Apr 8 '10 at 13:39
Yes - my review of webfaction.com right here in this comment. "They rock". –  Dominic Rodger Apr 8 '10 at 13:41
Only user forums. Though there are also representatives of those hosting companies that spam everywhere. Even SO was attacked by hosting spammers some time ago. –  user21708 Apr 8 '10 at 13:41
Define "trustworthy". I think you'll find it means different things to different people. Most notably, it will mean something quite different to yourself and the hosting companies. Perhaps the word you're looking for is "unbiased". –  John Gardeniers Apr 8 '10 at 22:16

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Reviews -- not really, the closest I think you'll find are the user-submitted minireviews on Web Hosting Talk's forum. While it's not an edited comparative reviews site, it's the best source for information about webhosts that I know of...

You could also try your local language Usenet groups via Google Groups -- I don't know about your region, but here in Scandinavia we have local Usenet groups that focus on the local webhosts...

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I can tell you being in the hosting industry for almost 15 years no, no reviews are trustworhty - 90% of sites are bids (they aren't going to take someone BAD, but anyone above average can bid to get on most lists).

Some of the peer reviews are best but you can't tell if the person hosted one site and had bad luck or really tested the host fairly. No matter what host I guarantee if they've been around some human has made a really dumb mistake that cost them a customer.

Word of mouth are the only leads we go after anymore, I'd suggest talk to someone you trust that managed some sites of roughly the same scale as yours - see who they recommend - Hosts that are good for one size site aren't particularly good for all size sites.

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For Germany we have webhostlist.de but this won't help ya, right?

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There's WebHostingStuff, but don't listen to its' top 10, that's based on CPC bidding.

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