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PODS® Container Sizes Comparison

June 21st, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Compare PODS® and U-Pack®container sizes

When looking at the furniture and belongings in your home, it can be difficult to imagine fitting everything into a moving container. What size container will work best? You want enough room, but you also don’t want to pay for unused space. Take a look at each size PODS® container and compare to U-Pack equipment. Then figure out which option works best for your home.

Why compare PODS® and U-Pack?

Both companies are self-moving options, where you pack and load, and your belongings are delivered door-to-door. Learn more about the overall comparisons, and keep reading to see how the containers stack up.

PODS® sizes

PODS® has three container sizes with varying dimensions, capacities and weight limits: the 7 ft., 12 ft. and 16 ft. containers. The 12 ft. PODS® container is only for local moves, while the 7 ft. and 16 ft. are for both local and long-distance moving.

PODS® dimensions

This is the breakdown of each size (availability varies depending on location):

  • 7 ft. PODS® container: 7’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH) with an internal loading capacity of 385 cubic feet, which is estimated to hold one room of furniture and boxes. It has a weight limit of 5,200 lbs.
  • 12 ft. PODS® container: 12’ x 8’ x 8’ with an internal loading capacity of 689 cubic feet, and is estimated to hold 2-3 rooms of furniture and boxes. It has a weight limit of 4,700 lbs.
  • 16 ft. PODS® container: 16’ x 8’ x 8’ with an internal loading capacity of 857 cubic feet, is estimated to hold 3-4 rooms of furniture and boxes. It has a weight limit of 4,200 lbs.
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You may have noticed that the 7 ft. container has a greater weight capacity than the 12 ft. and 16 ft. containers. While we were not able to confirm this, the most likely explanation is related to the maximum weight limit of the PODZILLA® (the equipment used to pick up and deliver PODS® containers). If there is a maximum weight the PODZILLA® can hold, and the empty weight of the larger container is greater than that of the small container, the weight capacity of the larger container would be lower.

U-Pack equipment

U-Pack offers two equipment options: moving containers and moving trailers. ReloCube containers are similar to PODS® containers — they’re metal and sit ground level. Trailers are a little different. They are metal, but they’re up on tires, made to hook up to a truck, so a ramp is used for loading and unloading. Both equipment types have tie-down points to secure belongings with rope/straps during transit. Take a closer look at the sizes and how they work:

ReloCube container size

The ReloCube is 6’3” x 7’ x 8’4” (LWH) with interior dimensions of 5’8” x 6’8” x 7’7” and a weight limit of 2,500 pounds.The internal loading capacity is about 305 cubic feet. It’s designed for the contents of a small studio apartment or one room of household furniture and boxes. The Cube™ is comparable in size to the 7 ft. PODS® container. You can use one Cube or multiple. One thing that sets U-Pack apart is that you only pay for the Cubes you use. For example, if you have three containers delivered, but end up using two, you only pay for two.

U-Pack trailer size

The moving trailer is 28’ x 8’6” x 9’ (LWH) with interior dimensions of 27’ x 8’ x 9’ and a weight limit of 22,500 pounds. The total loading capacity is around 2,000 cubic feet and it’s designed to hold the furnishings of up to a 4-bedroom home. The total space is a little bigger than two 16 ft. PODS® containers. However, you don’t have to use the entire trailer. It is divided into linear feet, which are like one-foot-long slices of the trailer. Each linear foot is 1’ x 8’ x 9’ with 72 cubic feet of space. You can use as little as 5 linear feet or up to the entire trailer. If you reserve space but end up needing more or less, you only pay for the space you use.

Choosing the right container

Which size is best? It depends on how flexible you want the space to be. For example, if you’re moving a studio apartment (which should fit into either one ReloCube or one 7 ft. PODS® container), you might think it’s a toss-up on which service to use. But because each home is furnished differently, it’s possible that you may need some extra space. That’s what makes U-Pack a little easier to figure out. You can estimate moving space, and then add an extra Cube (or have the space available in a trailer). Then if you need the space when loading, it’s there to use.

Compare moving container costs

While choosing the right container size is important, so is comparing prices. Prices depend on a variety of factors, some you can control (like the move date and equipment) and some that you can’t change (like the origin and destination). Other things like availability and fuel prices can have an impact as well.

The best way to find the cheapest option is to compare quotes. A PODS® quote requires entering information online and then call for pricing. With U-Pack, you can get an online quote or call 800-413-4799 to talk with a moving consultant.

Read more about how costs compare for PODS® and U-Pack.

Note: When you get a U-Pack quote, the system automatically selects the best equipment option based on move size, price and availability. If you’d like to change the equipment type, you can toggle between options online or call the number above. You can also email your reference number to changequote@upack.com. As long as the equipment is available, we will be happy to switch it.

Have more questions about comparing PODS® sizes and U-Pack options?

If you’re still wondering about the different portable storage options, feel free to call us with any questions or leave a comment below. We’re happy to help.



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