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Comparing PODS® Competitors

January 29th, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Consider all the different PODS® competitors​

If you’re getting ready to move, you may be noticing PODS® moving containers around town and wondering if other companies offer a similar service. Pack Rat®, U-Haul® and U-Pack®also offer portable storage containers for long-distance moves, but they each work slightly differently. Since the companies have varying equipment and service options, we’ve gathered some information to make it easier to compare. Take a look at PODS® services and compare PODS® alternatives to find the right container for your move. 

PODS competitors

What companies are considered PODS® competitors?

Many companies provide moving container services, but these are the most similar to PODS®:

  • 1-800-Pack-Rat®
  • U-Haul U-Box®
  • U-Pack

Take a look at the major differences and similarities in this snapshot:

Compare PODS(r) competitors with this helpful chart.

Comparing PODS® alternatives

Now let’s dive into the specifics of each service and how it compares. We’ll look at PODS®containers first, then PODS® vs. 1-800-Pack-Rat, PODS® vs. U-Haul and finally, PODS® vs. U-Pack.


PODS® has two containers available for long-distance moving: 7’ x 7’ x 8’ and 16’ x 8’x 8’ (they also have a 12’ x 8’ x 8’ container, but it is available for local moves only). They do have locations in a majority of states, but each location typically services larger cities and metro areas so remote locations may not be serviceable. Read more about their rates to learn about pricing considerations.


1-800-Pack-Rat has 16-foot containers constructed of steel for long-distance moves (they also offer 8-foot and 12-foot containers for local moves). Pack Rat moves can take up to 30 days with 10 days available to load and unload, and 10 days for transit. Regarding service area, Pack-Rat currently services 32 states and around 62 markets (read more about Pack Rat).

U-Haul U-Box

The U-Haul U-Box is constructed differently than other PODS® competitor equipment. It’s made of wood and utilizes a soft tarp-like covering to drape the container. Dimensions are 8 'x 5' x 7'6", 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).

U-Pack ReloCube

At 6’ x 7’ x 8’, the metal, weatherproof ReloCube sits close to the ground for convenient loading and unloading. The service is flexible — 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. When it comes to price, U-Pack is often one of the cheapest PODS® alternatives. Get a free moving quote and see how U-Pack compares to PODS® and other portable moving options.

Other things to consider when comparing PODS® alternatives

This comparison is an overview of each moving service. Depending on the situation of your move, things like storage, transit time and customer service can play a role. If you need more information on the U-Pack service, leave us a comment below. We’re happy to help!


PODS® is a registered trademark of PODS Enterprises, Inc. 1-800-Pack-Rat® is a registered trademark of 1-800-Pack-Rat, LLC. U-Haul® is a registered trademark of U-Haul International, Inc. Use of third-party trademarks or registered trademarks does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by such third-party.