Compare PODS® Competitors to find the best option
If you’ve seen moving containers around town, you may be interested in using one for your upcoming move. However, it can be tough to compare the options because all moving companies and their equipment are not created equal. It’s vital to take a look at the specifics of each service because those can make a big difference. If portable storage containers sound like the way you want to move, take a look at these PODS®competitors to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to determine the best service for your move.
A breakdown of PODS® competitors
While you may have heard of a couple of big alternatives to PODS®, let's talk about the various container moving companies that are most popular and most similar:
- The U-Haul U-Box®
For starters, take a look at this side-by-side comparison chart to see the main differences and overlaps in each of these companies:
Now let’s dive into the specifics of each service and how it compares. We’ll look at PODS® containers first, then PODS® vs. Pack-Rat, PODS® vs. Door-to-Door, PODS® vs. U-Haul and finally, PODS® vs. U-Pack.
Review of the PODS® service
PODS® has two sizes of containers available for long-distance moves: 7’ x 7’ x 8’ and 16’ x 8’x 8’ (the also have a 12’ x 8’ x 8’ container, but it is available for local moves only). Despite a wider variety in size than many of their competitors, many find that their rates and limited service area make them a less than ideal choice. It’s definitely worth comparing the other companies (read more about PODS® container sizes).
1-800-Pack-Rat service details
Pack-Rat offers 8- and 16-foot containers constructed of steel for long-distance moves. While they are sturdy containers, size limitations may make them difficult for small moves and those with lots and lots of stuff. You do have the ability to pay based on the number of containers you use. Regarding service area, Pack-Rat currently services 32 states and around 62 markets (read more about Pack-Rat).
Specifics about Door-to-Door
Door-to-Door offers 8’ x 5’ x 7’ wooden containers with a tarp-like covering and are very similar to what you see with U-Haul’s U-Box (more about that below). The configuration of this size container makes it difficult (if not impossible) to move large or unusually-shaped pieces of furniture. Door-to-Door currently services 37 states and 67 markets in the U.S.
Overview of the U-Haul U-Box
The U-Haul U-Box is made of wood and utilizes a soft tarp-like covering to drape the container. Dimensions come in at 8 'x 5' x 7'6", with the door opening on the 5' side. For many, the issue may come with the container’s weight limits, as the U-Box also has a maximum weight capacity that's 3,200 lbs. less than a 7’ PODS® container and 500 lbs. less than the U-Pack ReloCube® (read more about U-Box).
Details about the U-Pack ReloCube
At 6’ x 7’ x 8’, the metal, weatherproof ReloCube sits close to the ground for convenient loading and unloading. You have the flexibility to use what you need – just reserve as many ReloCubes as you think you need and only pay for the ones you end up using. And, if you’re moving a bunch of belongings, U-Pack offers another equipment solution – the moving trailer. Because you only pay for the space you use, the moving trailer is a great option for any size move! In terms of price, U-Pack is often comparable to a truck rental. Get a free moving quote and see how U-Pack compares to PODS® and other PODS® competitors.
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