PODS® Container Sizes Comparison

How do PODS®sizes compare to U-Pack?

If you’re thinking about moving with PODS® or a similar service (like U-Pack®), you’ll need to understand the different container options. The size of the container you choose will determine how much parking space you need, how many containers you reserve, and ultimately the cost. Take a look at PODS® container sizes, and see how U-Pack equipment differs.

PODS® container dimensions

PODS® has three container sizes with varying dimensions, capacities and weight limits: the 7 ft., 12 ft. and 16 ft. containers. Here’s the breakdown of each size (availability varies depending on location):

  • 7 ft. PODS® container
    • 7’ x 7’ x 8’ (LWH)
    • Holds 1 room of furniture and boxes
    • 5,200 lbs. weight limit
  • 12 ft. PODS® container
    • 12’ x 8’ x 8’
    • Holds 2-3 rooms of furniture and boxes
    • 4,700 lbs. weight limit
  • 16 ft. PODS® container
    • 16’ x 8’ x 8’
    • Holds 3-4 rooms of furniture and boxes
    • 4,200 lbs. weight limit
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Note about the PODS® weight limit

You may have noticed that the weight capacity of the 7 ft. container is 500 pounds more than the 12 ft. and 1,000 pounds more than the 16 ft. container. This is most likely due to the weight limit of the PODZILLA® (the equipment used to pick up and deliver PODS® containers). If the PODZILLA® has a maximum weight it can hold, the capacity of the larger containers would be lower to offset their heavier weight.

How U-Pack container sizes compare

U-Pack has two different equipment options: ReloCube moving containers and moving trailers. You can use either for moving and storage, but they each offer flexibility that’s unique to U-Pack. Take a look at both types of equipment and how they work:

The ReloCube® is similar in size to the 7’ PODS® container — measuring 6’ x 7’ x 8’. It’s designed to hold the furniture and belongings of a studio apartment or a single room. What sets the ReloCube apart is the option to pay only for the containers you use. So if you’re unsure if you need two or three, it’s best to have three delivered. If you end up using only two, you don’t pay anything for the unused container. It takes some of the worries out of choosing the right equipment size.



The moving trailer is bigger, coming in at 28’ x 8’ x 9’, but you don’t have to use the entire thing. We measure the trailer in linear feet, which are like 1-foot slices of the trailer. You can use as little as 5 linear feet or up to the entire trailer. If you need more or less space than you reserved, we adjust the price accordingly. The trailer is up on tires (made to hook up to a truck), so you’ll use a ramp for loading and unloading. It’s great for any size home. You put up a secure divider wall after you load, and then we’ll fill the remaining space with commercial freight going in the same direction. It’s a great way to cut costs, and we pass those savings along to you!

Learn more about how U-Pack and PODS® compare.

If you need help estimating your space needs, U-Pack can help. Call one of our moving consultants at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to go over the options.

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