Top 13 Best Online Load Testing Tools 2022

Table of Contents

In this article, we will go through our favourite features of each of these cloud-based load testing tools (see also our article “Top 10 load testing tools“), while in the end you will find a parameterized comparison of all of them in one table.

1. Boomq.io

We proudly give Boomq.io the first place in this list for the ease of use, ability to compare the results of the tests, and handy trend reports that help to localize the bottlenecks really quickly. It allows running complex tests in the cloud to anyone interested in load testing. 

To use Boomq, you don’t have to be a load testing engineer or even hire one. This new-generation tool is able to import load profile data from Google Analytics, Yandex.Metrica, and other sources. All you have to do is log in, and then Boomq.io retrieves your statistical information and lets you run load tests without any coding or other engineering. The ease of use is matchless.

But it does not mean that Boomq is for non-specialists only. Of course, you may customize the tests if you want to, or run your own JMeter scenarios. Developers and performance engineers will find boomq.io handy for conducting performance tests in the cloud, too. They can use a full suite of testing tools, such as HAR/Insomnia import, request definition, parameterization and correlation running in the cloud as SaaS service. You can also manage and reuse tests, centralize the assets, compare the results between them, see trends across time and share results and reports. No need to worry about infrastructure deployment, though. 

Boomq’s no-commitment policy is another rare feature: no credit card is required for a free version. Just start testing right away.

Pros

    • Easy-to-use web portal for all your performance testing needs
    • Ability to define emulated user actions without coding
    • Easily build your profile based on statistics from Google Analytics, Yandex.Metrika, etc
    • Record your tests in any browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, via HAR import
    • Import your requests from functional testing tools, such as Insomnia or Postman
    • JMeter plugin to easily upload your work into cloud and support your existing workflows
    • Easily shareable test results through a web report
    • Detailed and visual test-to-test comparison
    • Easy to read Service Level Agreements (SLA) immediately indicating the test status
    • Trending of the multiple test results, giving a high-level overview of the multiple SLAs over multiple test-runs
    • Ability to run the tests and receive results through a modern API, which could be easily called from your favorite CI/CD conveyor (GitHub. Gitlab, CircleCI etc) or any other system

Cons

    • At this point, Boomq.io only supports HTTP(-s)-based protocols

Pricing

Demo

Standard (monthly)

PRO (monthly)

Enterprise

1 concurrent test

1 concurrent test

Multiple concurrent tests

Ask vendor for

quotation

10 users max

200 users max

5,000 users max per month


15 minutes max test duration

60 minutes max test duration

48 hours max test duration

5 test runs total

10 tests per month

1,000 tests per month

Free

$50

$400


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2. BlazeMeter

BlazeMeter is a platform for fully-functional web testing and load testing the capabilities of desktop or mobile applications. BlazeMeter was created on the basis of open source code, and is fully compatible with Apache JMeter. 

Its intuitive interface provides all the features necessary for load testing. An unbeatable advantage is a huge list of supported script formats allows you to create tests without having to convert files. Another very convenient feature is an extension for Chrome, which allows recording scripts and uploading them in JMX/JSON/YAML in a couple of clicks. 

The service also provides access to many advanced features, such as setting uo mock services, application performance monitoring (APM), real-time reporting, automated reports emailing, distributed testing, and integration with developer tools for continuous integration (CI). If your organization is already using Apache JMeter, you will like BlazeMeter, too, although it can be somewhat expensive for user load volumes exceeding 1000 users.

Pros

    • Integration with CI tools
    • Creating tests using scripts of almost any format
    • Scheduled launch of tests and sending test results by email
    • Comparison of test results
    • A large selection of instances with different locations
    • Setting up Mock Services directly on the platform
    • A large selection of APM integrations

Cons

    • Very basic and superficial reporting
    • Expensive for user load volumes exceeding 1000 users
    • Lack of a concise editor

Pricing

Starter (Monthly)

Basic (Monthly)

Pro (Monthly)

Unleashed

10 tests

15 tests

6,500 virtual user hours

Contact vendor for a quotation

10 concurrent users max

1,000 concurrent users max

5,000 concurrent users max


25,000 API Calls

25,000 API Calls

25,000 API Calls

1 Mock Service

3 Mock Services

3 Mock Services


Free

$149

$649


3. OctoPerf

OctoPerf is a commercial full-featured SaaS platform for load testing of any HTTP-based website or mobile application. It was created using proven open source technologies based on Apache JMeter. To create a test, all you need to do is to import a list of URLs, REST API, a HAR/JMX script or a Postman collection. The built-in editor provides tools for correlation and parameterization of the newly recorded script. 

OctoPerf allows you to use public instances in a public cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Digital Ocean or Microsoft Azure. The possibility to configure Service Level Agreement (SLA), application performance monitoring (APM), a detailed report on each transaction, integration with developer tools for continuous integration (CI) are just some of the features that can be useful to anyone who wants to run load testing.

Pros

    • Full-featured built-in script editor
    • Setting up SLA
    • Ability to create custom metrics
    • Detailed report on each transaction
    • A large selection of instances with different locations
    • Browser-based load testing by Selenium WebDriver
    • A large selection of APM integrations

Cons

    • Expensive for user load volumes exceeding 1,000 users

Pricing

Demo

Basic (monthly)

PRO (monthly)

On Demand

50 concurrent users/test

1,000 concurrent users/test

3,000 concurrent users/test

Ask vendor for quotation

Unlimited tests

15 tests per month

20 tests per month

2 load generators

20 load generators

20 load generators

Free

€149

€649


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4. Gatling Enterprise Cloud

Gatling Enterprise Cloud is a cloud load testing solution of the well-known French company Gatling, and if you are familiar with Scala, this is the best choice for you. Its interface is very simple and informative. The simulation is created step by step, and changes can be saved at any time. After the testing is completed, you get an automated report, which is dynamic and colourful. All that is left is to analyze it. 

Built-in technical support and documentation with a detailed description of the features helps navigation. You can embed continuous integration processes using Jenkins. For long-term projects, consider using Gradle, Maven, or SBT Gatling projects.

However, if you have no experience with Scala, the entry threshold for full use of Gatling will be higher than for other load testing tools.

Pros

    • Simple and intuitive interface
    • Informative report
    • IDE Compatibility
    • At high loads, Gatling can be more productive than other load testing tools
    • Convenient if you are developing on Scala
    • Available integration with plugins
    • Built-in technical support and detailed documentation

Cons

    • If you have no experience with Scala, the entry threshold for full use of Gatling will be higher than for other load testing tools.
    • Additional configuration is required to create a test

Pricing

Demo for 2 weeks

Scout (monthly)

Scale (monthly)

Corporate (monthly)


1 user account

10 user accounts

Ask vendor for quotation

500 minutes with 1 load injector

2,000 minutes with 1 load injector

3 load injectors

6 load injectors

1 injectors’ zone

 3 injectors’ zones

1 hour max test duration

24 hours max test duration


Free

99

€396

Starts at €1380

5. K6 Cloud

K6 Cloud is a commercial SaaS tool that is a perfect addition to K6 OSS and provides ease of use and convenience in performance and load testing. The test builder with a graphic user interface allows you to quickly and easily create tests. If necessary, you can write your own script in JS, or use an extension for Chrome with an upload in HAR format. The test is run in various locations in the public cloud using Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

Due to some advanced features of the platform, it is possible to set thresholds to confirm Service Level Objectives (SLO) and run scheduled tests, configure application performance monitoring (APM) and integrate with developer tools, such as Jenkins, GitLab, Azure Pipelines, etc. You can also run cloud tests from the command line if you have k6 Open Source installed.

Pros

    • Running scheduled tests
    • Setting thresholds for SLO confirmation
    • An advanced feature for tracking the activity of your team’s projects right in the interface
    • Real-time reports using APM
    • Ability to create custom metrics

Cons

    • Very basic and superficial reporting
    • Importing only HAR script
    • Not convenient detailing when working with charts

Pricing

Trial

Developer (monthly)

Team (monthly)

PRO (monthly) 

Custom/ Enterprise

50 cloud tests

1 concurrent test

1 concurrent test

2 concurrent tests

Ask vendor for quotation

Up to 200 vusers

Up to 1,000 vusers

Up to 5,000 vusers

15 minutes max test duration

60 minutes max test duration

60 minutes max test duration

50 test runs

100 test runs

100 test runs

Free

$74

$424

$1,499

6. Flood.io

If you are looking for a browser-based cloud load testing tool, Flood will be the best choice for you. Using Flood Element, it is possible to quickly create a script in Typescript. To create a test, it is enough to import a script from such tools as JMeter, Gatling, Element or Selenium. Flood also has its own editor without parameterization and correlation.

The interface allows you to configure SLOs, use your own AWS/Azure/Google Cloud account to create load, integrate with developer tools for CI, and monitor performance of DynaTrace applications.

Pros

    • Simple and intuitive interface
    • Browser-based load testing
    • Using cloud services accounts
    • Setting thresholds for SLOs confirmation
    • A large selection of instances with different geolocation

Cons

    • A credit card is required to start testing
    • Inconvenient detailing when working with graphs

Pricing

0 to 500 VUH

(Virtual User Hours)

20k VUH

100k VUH

250k+ VUH

1 hour max test duration

24 hours max test duration


Free

€855 monthly

€3,745 monthly

Contact the sales

7. Loadview

Loadview is a platform for cloud load testing mostly designed for stress tests and identification of bottlenecks of websites and applications with the ability to simulate browser-based load.

The platform’s arsenal also includes tools for working with REST, SOAP and JSON APIs. The service provides a huge number of AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud load generators. Using a recorder, it’s easy to create large load scenarios. You can import your own scripts in JMX format. Each type of testing has its own monitoring platforms, where you can manually configure the dashboards. There are tools for configuration of SLA and integration with Jenkins using LoadView Plugin, as well as a built-in knowledge database and a 24/7 technical support service.

Pros

    • Focusing on reliability testing
    • Browser-based load testing
    • Manual monitoring setup
    • Setting up SLA
    • A large selection of instances with different geolocation
    • API testing tools

Cons

    • Registration using corporate email

Pricing

Starter (monthly)

Professional (monthly)

Advanced (monthly)

On Demand

100 concurrent browsers max

500 concurrent browsers max

200 concurrent browsers max

Ask vendor for quotation

15,000 user hours

75,000 user hours

300,000 user hours

4 hours max test duration


4 hours max test duration


4 hours max test duration


$199

$499

$1,499

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8. Loader.io

Loader.io is a service for performing load testing of web applications and APIs by feeding the load to a host registered through the interface or API. The interface is simple and intuitive. The script is compiled manually, and there is no possibility to import your own tests. The advanced features of the platform allow you to set thresholds, configure APM and integrate developer tools, such as Jenkins, Circle, etc. When subscribing, the list of available features increases, and the report on the test results becomes more detailed.

Pros

    • Ability to integrate functionality in your deployment procedures
    • Simple interface with a set of necessary tools
    • Running longer and more intensive tests at a relatively cheap cost

Cons

    • Additional host configuration is required to create a test
    • Limited number of requests in the script

Pricing

Free

Advanced (monthly)

Custom

10,000 clients per test

100,000 clients per test

Ask vendor for quotation

1 target host

unlimited target hosts

1 min tests

unlimited 10 min tests

2 urls per test

10 urls per test

$0

$99.95

9. LoadStorm

Another solution for testing web and mobile applications is LoadStorm. Creating a test is possible by uploading an HAR file or an archive. Otherwise, you can do it manually instead. Test builder contains all the necessary tools: parameterization, correlation, adding transactions, timeouts, loading or generating test data, etc. Load feed is configured manually.

A wide variety of Amazon instances with different geolocations is available. There is also a built-in monitoring with very detailed test results that can be compared and a scheduled test run feature. Test results are publishable, and if difficulties arise during testing, the system provides a learning center with video tutorials, user manuals, load testing guide, and customer service consultations.

Pros

    • Fully-featured test builder
    • Running scheduled tests
    • Informative reports
    • Comparison of test results
    • Detailed documentation and the possibility of obtaining consultations at any stage of testing

Cons

    • Lack of integration with CI tools
    • Import only HAR script

Pricing

Basic (monthly)

Advanced (monthly)

Premium (monthly)

Plus (monthly)

Custom

5,000 concurrent VUsers max

15,000 concurrent VUsers max

50,000 concurrent VUsers max 

150,000 concurrent VUsers max 

Ask vendor for quotation

$299.97

$699.97

$1,799.97

$3,999.97

10. LoadFocus

LoadFocus is a universal platform for cloud testing of websites, web applications and APIs suitable for both load and functional testing. You can create tests manually or by importing a JMX script: all the necessary tools are available. There is a possibility to choose if the web page will be downloaded from mobile or desktop. You can also configure the launch of scheduled tests.

A wide variety of Amazon instances with different geolocations is available. The built-in monitoring is very informative, and you can set up alerts and compare the results of several tests. To simplify running tests and monitoring the results, you can install extensions for Chrome. To integrate with Jenkins, it is enough to install the Load Testing plugin. There is functionality for creating visual regression tests and testing mobile device emulation.

Pros

    • Versatility of the platform
    • Granulation of graphs up to 100 ms
    • Informative reports
    • Running scheduled performance tests
    • Comparison of test results

Cons

    • There is no possibility of integrating application performance monitoring
    • 7 days of website performance monitoring data storage

Pricing

Starter

Basic (monthly)

Pro (monthly)

Business

20 concurrent tests

1,000 concurrent tests

5,000 concurrent tests

10,000 concurrent tests

1 minute tests

30 minutes tests

1 hour tests

1 hour tests

10 tests per year

300 tests per year

1,000 tests per year

2,000 tests per year

50 website performance monitoring tests per month

5000 website performance monitoring tests per month

15,000 website performance monitoring tests per month


50,000 website performance monitoring tests per month

Free

$59

$259

$399

11. Neoload Web SAAS

NeoLoad Web SAAS is a centralized platform by Neotys designed for continuous testing. To create a test, you need to upload a script in YAML or ZIP format. There is a wide choice of instances from different providers with different geolocations. The interface offers functionality to configure SLA, create and manage dashboards, reserve resources, as well as advanced statistics for each tested component of the application, and role allocation.

With daily performance regression testing, the trends report will become a great asset in analyzing the results. You can also run tests via NeoLoad Controller, which works locally and sends data to NeoLoad Web during test execution. Integration with Jenkins developer tools, Azure DevOps, and Gitlab is available, too.

Pros

    • Manual control of dashboards
    • Setting up SLA
    • Trend Reports
    • Advanced Statistics
    • Distribution of roles and privileges

Cons

    • There is no possibility of APM integration
    • Imports only YAML or ZIP script

Pricing

    • Pay-as-you-grow. Contact vendor for quotation.

12. LoadNinja

LoadNinja is a cloud service for load testing websites and APIs. The peculiarity of this tool is that there is no possibility to import ready-made scripts, but you can record a sequence of user actions directly through the interface. When writing a script, it is possible to configure an SLA. The setup of load feeding is rather easy, and a lot of AWS instances with different locations are available.

The load is served using real browsers. Reports can be observed in real time, as well as compared with other reports at the end of the test. To integrate with Jenkins, it is enough to install the LoadNinja Load Testing Plugin. If difficulties arise during testing, you can turn to documentation, video tutorials, and support, all available in the system.

Pros

    • Browser-based load testing
    • Recording the UI script directly in the interface
    • Comparison of test results
    • Real-time reports
    • Setting up SLA

Cons

    • There is no possibility of APM integration
    • There is no possibility to import a ready-made script

Pricing

Starter

Pro (monthly)

Premium (monthly)

Enterprise

100 virtual users

1,000 virtual users

2,500 virtual users

Ask vendor for quotation

8 load hours per month

8 load hours per month

8 load hours per month


€249

€749

€1,009


13. Loadium

Loadium is a simple and functional platform for performance testing. By uploading a script from JMeter, Gatling or Selenium, you can easily and quickly create a test. It is also possible to write a script manually using the test constructor. To work with Postman collections or HAR format scripts, a converter to the JMX format is prudently built in. When setting up the test, you can specify a transaction limit per second.

A wide variety of Amazon instances with different geolocations is available. It is possible to use dedicated IP addresses, enable notifications about the start and end of the test, and compare test results. The advanced features of the platform allow you to configure APM for AppDynamics or New Relic and integrate Jenkins developer tool. With the Loadium Record & Play extension, it will become even faster and easier to record, edit and run load tests.

Pros

    • Built-in converter
    • Extension for Chrome
    • Comparison of test results
    • Real-time reports using APM
    • Dedicated IP addresses
    • Email notifications about the start and end of the test

Cons

    • Inconvenient detailing when working with graphs

Pricing

Free

Basic (monthly)

Standard (monthly)

Enterprise

10 tests

250 tests

 360 tests

Ask vendor for quotation

250 concurrent users

2,000 concurrent users

5,000 concurrent users

10 minutes max test duration

30 minutes max test duration

3 hours max test duration

10,000  API Calls 

Unlimited  API Calls 

Unlimited  API Calls 

Free

$99

$349

Parameterized comparison

Our parameterized comparison of the tools in this table will let you choose the instrument just right for you without surfing all the websites. Afterall, we’ve used these tools many times. If you want to learn more or are interested in load testing services, do not hesitate to contact us, we will do our best to help.

Parameter Boomq.io BlazeMeter OctoPerf gatling.io k6.io flood.io loadview loader.io load storm loadfocus.com neoload SAAS Load Ninja Loadium

Configurable
own tests

but very basic

Cloud

AWS or
private cloud

AWS,
Azure, G.Cloud

AWS,
Digital Ocean, Azure

AWS

AWS

AWS,
Azure, G.Cloud

AWS,
Azure

AWS

AWS

AWS

AWS,
Azure, G.Cloud

AWS

AWS

Different locations

Coming soon

Google Analytics
Yandex.Metrica

HAR import

Built-in converter
from har to jmx

Rest API collections import
(Insomnia, Postman)

  for Postman,


Postman

Built-in converter
from har to jmx

   for Insomnia

Selenium WebDriver
scripts support

Run your existing tests

 

JMeter-based


JMeter, Gatling, Selenium, Taurus
 

JMeter-based
 

Gatling-based
 

HAR


JMeter, Gatling


JMeter


har, gz, zip or xml


JMeter-based


yaml-based


JMeter, Gatling

SLA

, but it`s possible to set RPS limit
, Thresholds

ContentSLO,
only transaction- based

, Thresholds

No, but it`s possible
to set TPS limit

Integration with CI



using the plugin


via outer CI tool


via outer CI tool


using the plugin

Tests comparison

Trend reports

Real Browser testing

JMeter parameters
override


Simulation System Properties

Detailed traces with errors

Granularity

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 5 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 100 ms

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

down to 1 sec

Free version?
no upfront commitment

Credit card
needed to start