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Comparing PODS® Competitors

February 5th, 2015 - 1:47 PM

Compare PODS® Competitors (Then go U-Pack!)

If you're reading this blog, you're most likely moving, planning a move, or have at least moved in the past. And if that’s the case, you’re probably not surprised that moving companies and their equipment are not created equal. What you may not know are the specifics – which can make a big difference. Since portable storage containers are a popular way to move these days, take a look at these PODS® competitors to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

A breakdown of PODS® competitors

First things first, let’s talk about the container moving companies that are most similar to PODS®

  • U-Pack®
  • 1-800-Pack-Rat®
  • The U-Haul U-Box®
  • Door-to-Door®

Comparing PODS competitors

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.

PODS® has two sizes of containers available for long-distance moves: 7’x7’x8’ and 16’x 8’x 8’ (the 12’x8’x8’ container is available for local moves only). Despite a wider variety in size that many of their competitors, many find that their rates and limited service area make them a difficult choice. It’s definitely worth comparing (read more about PODS® container sizes).

1-800-Pack-Rat offers 8 and 16 foot containers constructed of steel for long-distance moves. Kudos on the sturdiness, however size limitations make it difficult for small moves and those with lots and lots of stuff, though you can pay based on the number of containers you use. Pack-Rat currently services 32 states and around 62 markets (read more about Pack-Rat).

Door-to-Door offers 8x5’x7’ wooden containers with a tarp-like covering, very similar to what you see with U-Haul’s U-Box. 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.

The U-Haul U-Box is made of wood and utilizes a soft covering to drape the container. Dimensions come in at 8'x5'x7'6", with the door opening on the 5' side. 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).

A list of PODS® competitors wouldn’t be complete without our personal favorite – the ReloCube. At 6'3"x7'x 8'4", the steel or aluminum container is weatherproof and sits close to the ground for convenient loading and unloading. You 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 solution – the moving trailer. Because you only pay for the space you use, the moving trailer is a great option for any size move! Get a free moving quote and see how U-Pack compares to PODS® and other PODS® competitors.

What do you think of the different moving options available these days? Leave a comment and let us know!