Google PageSpeed Fails when Cache enabled

With a website that routed through CloudFlare with standard Caching enabled:

Are there any known issues with testing that with Google PageSpeed or Pingdom’s speed test?

FYI, Cross posted this to Serverfault

SYMPTOM
When I test the speed of our site with Google PageSpeed & Pingdom’s speed test, they return horribly slow (or no) results when Cache is enabled.

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My Testing

  1. I’m measuring our site with Google PageSpeed insights and Pingdoms’s speed test. Our site is routed through CloudFlare for SSL and Caching.

  2. *Disabled ** Cache. Waited 5 minutes, tested per the above. Page seems good (fully loading in 5-8s
    3. Google PageSpeed reports score of 81-93% (4 tests)
    3. Pingdom reports load times 5.27-7.2s

  3. Google Pagespeed fails to load it: Lighthouse returned error: NOT_HTML (tested 4x over about 10min). Failed all 4 times.

  4. Enabled Cache again. Repeated tests. Google PageSpeed & Pingdom both report horrible results

  5. Pingdom reports: 17s 23.4s load time

  6. Google Pagespeed fails: FAILED_DOCUMENT_REQUEST & Lighthouse returned error: NOT_HTML

  7. Geo peformance looks terrible

  8. However, when I load the page myself in Chrome (F12, Control+R refresh), it loads in fine (Chrome reports fully loaded: 2.4s, 6.5s 2.4s

  9. Reenabled Caching. Waited 5m

  10. Pingdom shows much better load times: 4.3s - 6.28s

  11. Pagespeed works, showing 82%, 92%,
    10 Geo peformance looks good

*I’m testing Caching by disabling it via the Caching.Development Mode option.

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