I've been working in web development & content marketing for about 10 years now, but only recently did I find Kickassd after having a grim experience with A2 hosting and their absolutely false claims of being the fastest host.
I've been running a site for about 6 months now that relies on organic SEO for traffic - so speed is of particular importance to me in making certain that I'm giving myself the best chance to rank higher (and better UX of course). A2 absolutely failed to deliver, and I took someone's suggestion and spoke to Chuck at Kickassd.
They transferred my whole site overnight, then my domain for a very small fee, set everything up and were positive and communicative throughout the whole process. Cancelling A2's garbage service was satisfying.
The speeds I'm getting now, even on their most basic plan, are in the high 90s in gmetrix. So basically, Kickassd is delivering A2's promises for me now.
I've also spent a lot of time using Godaddy's hosting in the past, and while I feel like they also take a hot dump on A2, Kickassd has been the fastest, fairest, and friendliest host of all - I'll continue making recommendations to other webmasters on their behalf because I actually feel confident that they'll prove me right.