Top 7 Moving Container Companies of 2019

Moving pods have become all the rage in the moving industry and a lot of new companies have sprung up recently. We researched over 20 moving container companies, cross-referencing verified customer reviews, license data, insurance data, and federal complaint records to find you the 7 most trusted and reputable companies in the industry.

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U-Pack
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ABF U-Pack is one of the oldest and largest container companies offering both relocation containers and larger moving freight trailers. If you're moving long distance or to another state you'll definitely want to get a quote from U-Pack.

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How much does U-Pack cost?

1 bedroom 2-3 bedrooms 4-5 bedrooms
Local Move N/A N/A N/A
< 250 Miles $900 - $1,300 $1,100 - $1,700 $1,200 - $1,900
Cross Country $1,500 - $2,500 $2,400 - $3,900 $3,500 - $6,600

Perfect for people who...

  • Are moving between 100-250 miles (great pricing compared to others)
  • Don't need more than 3 days to load or unload the container
  • Live in a rural area; U-Pack has excellent national coverage
  • Need their items delivered quickly

The Good

  • Only pay for the space you use
  • No deposit or initial fees
  • Fast delivery time frames
  • Monthly storage available
  • Nationwide coverage
  • Online shipment tracking
  • Competitive pricing on 100 to 250 mile moves

The Bad

  • No local moving options
  • Tend to be more expensive for cross-country moves
  • Parking can be a challenge
  • The 8' tall freight trailer can be challenging to pack
  • Only 3 days to load/unload the container

Container Options

Relocube Moving Trailer
Capacity Studio apartment 3+ bedroom home
Popular Usage Smaller moves, locations with limited parking Larger moves
Types of Moves Nationwide Nationwide
Storage Available Yes Yes
Internal Dimensions 5'10"x6'1"x7'9" 27'x8'x9'
Cubic Footage 305 cf 1,800 cf
Container Material Metal Metal
Weight Limit 2,500 lbs 22,000 lbs

U-Pack Reviews

Matt A.  —  3/15/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Salt Lake City, UTSan Francisco, CA
1 bedroom 740 mi. $1,300

Everything went great. I ended up using upack to deliver a cube and ship it to our destination in SF. I looked at using pods first, but they would've taken an extra week to deliver everything to SF. UPack was really fast and convenient. The company was flexible with my schedule for delivery and pickup of the cube, and it was only around $1,300.

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Steve R.  —  9/15/2017
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Stamford, CTFort Walton Beach, FL
2 bedrooms 1,257 mi. $2,100

So far it has been the ultimate in knowing how I put the stuff in and how it will be upon arrival. If one doesn't mind doing some loading and unloading. The trailers do come with a ramp. And one can get helpers I suppose. trailer is tall, so it can be packed in pretty good. They charge by linear foot.

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Garret M.  —  6/20/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Madison, WIChapel Hill, NC
2 bedrooms 931 mi. $1,650

We went with a freight trailer with ABF instead of their moving containers because of our limited driveway space. Also, the freight trailer option is much cheaper even with the added expense of renting a moving truck to load and unload at the trailer location. I didn't have any problems and the trailer arrived within 3 days. Would definitely use this company again for our next move.

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moveBuddha Review

As a leader in the “do it yourself” moving category for a long time, U-Pack comes in at number 2 on our best moving pods list. Their Relocube is perfect for smaller moves and their moving trailer option makes larger moves easy.

The company offers their, “You load, we drive” service to practically anywhere in the continental US as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. We especially love there is no initial deposit and you can track your shipment online. They also have short and long term storage options.

While we always recommend getting multiple quotes when looking for a moving cube company, U-Pack does tend to beat the competition on pricing for moves in the 100 – 250 mile range. The company only charges for the space you actually use which is also a nice perk.

U-Pack usually only handles moves over 100 miles, which is kind of a bummer. Also, if you need more than 3 days to load or unload your moving cube, U-Pack won’t be an option. Storage is limited to off-site locations.

Assuming none of these issues are deal breakers, if you’re looking for the best price long distance moving containers, U-Pack is definitely a company to check out.

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Moving Place
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If you're moving long distance, Moving Place is the best priced moving container we've found. With an excellent customer service track record among moveBuddha reviewers, Moving Place is high on our list!

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How much does Moving Place cost?

1 bedroom 2-3 bedrooms 4-5 bedrooms
Local Move N/A N/A N/A
< 250 Miles $1,100 - $1,300 $1,200 - $1,700 $1,400 - $2,100
Cross Country $1,100 - $2,500 $1,900 - $3,200 $2,900 - $4,700

Perfect for people who...

  • Are moving over 500 miles and want the best pricing
  • Want a dedicated trailer with only their items in it
  • Don't need more than 3 days to load or unload the container
  • Require fast and predictable delivery
  • Have a large move and want to ship a car with their items

The Good

  • Best pricing on freight trailers
  • Excellent customer service
  • Ship your home goods and car option
  • Very fast long distance delivery times

The Bad

  • No online quotes
  • Only 3 days to load/unload the container
  • No local moving options

Container Options

Freight Trailer Full 52' Moving Van
Capacity 1-5 bedroom homes 5+ bedroom homes
Popular Usage Single family homes Large moves + auto
Types of Moves Long distance only Long distance only
Storage Available Yes No
Internal Dimensions 27'x8'x9' 50'x8'x9'
Cubic Footage 1,800 cf 3,800 cf
Container Material Metal Metal
Weight Limit 22,000 lbs 44,000 lbs

Moving Place Reviews

Amber Y.  —  12/13/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Detroit, MIBeverly Hills, CA
1 bedroom 2,294 mi. $1,700

Ryan at moveBuddha was very helpful in assisting us with our cross country move. He recommended Moving Place, who I had not heard of through my own research and they charged 1000s less than the more well-known companies I was looking at. Our truck was on time on both ends of the move, and the Moving Place rep I worked with, Stuart, was very helpful and always prompt at answering my questions.

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Alexa G  —  3/12/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Bloomington, INPortland, OR
1 bedroom 2,267 mi. $1,900

We could not have been more pleased with how our move turned out, and especially with the great service we received from moveBuddha and the Moving Place. We really booked our move about as close to the last minute as you can get, and involved transporting our son's furniture and assorted belongings from Indiana to Oregon where he was entering his junior year of college. We were convinced there was no way to get the move accomplished in time, but moveBuddha and Moving Place got it done, and at a cost well below every other estimate we had. Ryan at moveBuddha was simply wonderful to work with as was Stuart at Moving Place. They were on top of the move from the start and seemed to care about getting our son moved in almost as much as us. Great service, great people, and just a satisfying experience all the way around. We will definitely be using them again, and will gladly recommend moveBuddha and Moving Place to anyone planning a move. We plan to use them again when we finalize our move to California in the next few months.

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Christina B  —  4/30/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Fort Collins, COWinter Garden, FL
5+ bedrooms 1,869 mi. $5,900

Great option for a large household move without breaking the bank. The trailer drop-off and pick-up on both ends were right on time. We went over a bit on our quoted linear feet for the trailer, but since we are the only household in the truck it was not a problem, we just paid a little more, but still much more reasonable than a full service mover.

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Josh M  —  6/19/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Spokane, WAJupiter, FL
5+ bedrooms + car 2,999 mi. $8,900

We had a great experience with our move. Rich, our driver, was amazing - professional, hard working, and he clearly took pride in his business. Highly recommended!

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moveBuddha Review

moveBuddha customers consistently score Moving Place number one for customer service and competitive pricing. The company continues to be a leader in the moving container industry and our preferred option for long distance moves.

A number of things make Moving Place stick out, but by far their most unique offering is the option to rent an entire 52′ professional moving van. This option is hard to beat for those doing large moves. The trailer comes equipped with all the moving pads, straps and dollies you’ll need. You can even transport a car in the trailer directly with your home goods. You load and they drive everything to your destination.

For smaller, 1 – 3 bedroom moves, Moving Place has a moving trailer option where you only pay for the space you use. The trailer is dedicated to your move and offers up to 3 days to load and unload your items. Short term storage is also available with this option.

Unfortunately, the company doesn’t have any options for local moves. They also don’t provide instant quotes online, you’ll have to submit a form first.

Minor drawbacks aside, Moving Place is absolutely a company to consider if you’re moving interstate or cross country.

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PODS
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PODS invented the portable storage container in 1998 and has been an industry leader in containerized moving and storage ever since. While their brand name can sometimes come with a higher price tag, their experience performing nearly 4 million deliveries makes them one of the top moving container companies.

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How much does PODS cost?

1 bedroom 2-3 bedrooms 4-5 bedrooms
Local Move $200 - $400 $300 - $650 $300 - $800
< 250 Miles $450 - $800 $750 - $1,900 $900 - $2,100
Cross Country $2,000 - $4,000 $3,000 - $4,900 $5,500 - $7,600

Perfect for people who...

  • Need storage
  • Want unlimited time loading/unloading their PODS container
  • Need multiple sized containers
  • Live close by to a PODS location

The Good

  • 30 days storage included
  • Local and long distance moving options
  • Unlimited loading/unloading time
  • Store on property or at a facility
  • Various levels of insurance coverage available
  • Nationwide locations
  • Online shipment tracking
  • Online quoting and booking
  • Military discounts

The Bad

  • No online quotes for long distance moves
  • Need space to park container
  • Pricing can be higher than competition
  • Reservations need to be made well in advance

Container Options

7 ft 12 ft 16 ft
Capacity Studio apartment 2-3 bedroom home 3-4 bedroom home
Popular Usage Small moves Local storage & moving Single family homes
Types of Moves Long distance only Local only Local & long distance moves
Storage Available Yes Yes Yes
Internal Dimensions 6'6"x6'x7'6" 11'6"x7'x7'6" 15'6"x7'6"
Cubic Footage 390 cf 749 cf 1,008 cf
Container Material Metal Metal Metal
Weight Limit 5,200 lbs 4,700 lbs 4,200 lbs

PODS Reviews

Laura R.  —  9/27/2018
      4.33 / 5.00
Recommended
Denver, COAllentown, PA
1 bedroom 1,721 mi. $3,121

Cost included drop offs and pickups, long distance move, and an extra month of storage, a 16' POD. Pricing was accurate but I'm working with them to remove an extra charge for an additional month of storage I didn't need (was an autopay, this charge came up long before the new month would have started, so that I'm not a fan of). They were always on time, everyone I talked to was friendly, their technology of moving the POD is neat, and all of our stuff made it safely across the country.

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Ben B.  —  5/18/2017
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Cambridge, MACorona, CA
1 bedroom 2,968 mi. $2,500

Great experience, will use again.

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Clay C.  —  5/18/2017
      2.33 / 5.00
Athens, GAGrinnell, IA
1 bedroom 934 mi. $3,060

I would never use pods ever again. It was a thoroughly terrible experience. It was a last minute move, but the salesman sold me that they could for sure get the pod to me on Saturday morning of my move between 7 AM and 10 AM and claimed he could just move things around to make the time schedule work. Friday night we got the call indicating our estimated delivery time window was between 3PM and 6PM. I was on a flight so my wife called customer service and waited about an hour on the phone. The customer service person told her that they don't guarantee delivery times, but that when she looked in the system our delivery time said between 10 AM and 1 PM. Since this was still early enough for us to proceed with our move, we pushed our movers back a little bit. By 1PM the Pod had not showed up so I then spent the next couple of hours on and off the phone and/or on hold with pods to figure out what was going on. Our estimated service window was in fact 3 PM to 6 PM. I asked to speak to a supervisor about how two of their employees had at that point lied to us. The supervisor pretty much just ignored what I said and gave a canned response repeatedly that they do not guarantee service time windows. He said that their sales guy shouldn't have guaranteed the window and that he would get coached on it. I asked for some kind of discount since they had screwed up our entire moving day and the best they were able to do was $100. The truck ended up arriving around 7 or 7:30 PM. We were forced to do all of the loading, cleaning, and painting on Sunday before driving 8 hours to our next destination.

If you are going to use Pods make sure to set the delivery up or a day or two in advance of your delivery. I recommend not using them though because my experience with them was that they were extremely dishonest.

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John L.  —  1/29/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Falls Church, VASan Jose, CA
5 bedrooms 2,845 mi. $10,500

Included pro loading/unloading services and ~70 days of storage. Really happy with the entire move process and the storage offering.

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moveBuddha Review

Coming in at number three, the inventor of the moving container; PODS Moving and Storage. There’s a lot to love about PODS especially their 3 container sizes, flexible storage options, and local and long distance moving and storage services.

Let’s start with local moves. If you’re moving within 50 miles you can use a 12ft or 16ft container. For moves over 50 miles, the 7ft or 16ft sizes are available.

All containers allow for open-ended, monthly storage. And you can store on your property or at a nearby PODS storage facility. PODS is a particularly good option if you’re staging a home or need a lot of time for loading or unloading.

PODS also offers the ability to purchase additional insurance options and hire moving labor to help load your container all on their website.

PODS household name in moving and storage can sometimes mean their pricing is higher than competitors. Especially if a PODS location is over 50 miles away from your location. They can also book up fast due to their popularity.

Regardless, PODS is an excellent option and we recommend to always check their price.

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Zippy Shell
      4 verified reviews
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Zippy Shell is a relative newcomer in the DIY container moving industry but their innovative street legal, metal cage containers, “shells” have become very popular over the past few years. They also make it easy to book moving labor and purchase additional insurance options through their website.

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How much does Zippy Shell cost?

1 bedroom 2-3 bedrooms 4-5 bedrooms
Local Move $190 - $240 $300 - $630 $350 - $750
< 250 Miles $500 - $920 $730 - $1,600 $1,100 - $3,100
Cross Country $1,800 - $3,900 $2,800 - $4,500 $5,200 - $7,000

Perfect for people who...

  • Moving in/out of a city and need a street legal container
  • Need moving labor
  • Don't need more than 3 days to load or unload the container
  • Require guaranteed delivery

The Good

  • Street legal containers perfect for city parking
  • Innovative metal cage containers that promote airflow
  • Expedited and guaranteed delivery options
  • Available for both local and long distance moves
  • Multiple insurance choices
  • Easily add moving labor help

The Bad

  • Containers are slightly smaller than competitors
  • Only 3 days to load/unload the container

Container Options

10 ft 15 ft
Capacity Studio/small apartment 1-2 bdrm apartment
Popular Usage College students Local & long distance moves
Types of Moves Local & long distance moves City apartment
Storage Available Yes Yes
Internal Dimensions 9'7"x6'4"x6'4" 15'7"x6'4"x6'4"
Cubic Footage 385 cf 625 cf
Container Material Metal cage Metal cage
Weight Limit 4,500 lbs 4,500 lbs

Zippy Shell Reviews

Joan M.  —  5/15/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Los Angeles, CAPortland, OR
2 bedroom 959 mi. $5,355

Moving anywhere is gawdawful, interstate moves are hell. I'm not going to say that Zippy Shell made my move across state lines a walk in the park, but they made it far easier than it could have been at a reasonable cost. So not hell. Purgatory light.

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Sheryl L.  —  5/25/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Los Angeles, CANashville, TN
4 bedroom 2,007 mi. $9,400

The staff at Zippy She’ll were terrific. Especially Paul Vicente. And the same goes for MoveBuddha. I would never have found Zippy Shell otherwise and you made the whole process so much more transparent and simpler.

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Kenneth K.  —  3/28/2018
      4.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Scottsdale, AZColumbia, MO
5 bedroom+ 1,387 mi. $7,600

Zippy Shell's price came in quite a bit lower than the other bidders. And Paul Vicente with Zippy Shell was easy to contact and very helpful over the phone.I was nervous all along about the full-service aspect of the move. Zippy Shell did not have a contract that matched the service they were providing. As I understand it, this is a new service they are providing: they really need to produce a contract which matches the service they are providing. I had to trust Paul's word (and I managed to get in writing via text messages).

The driver did a really good job. He coordinated with me the day before the move. He showed up on time. And he did a good job prepping me on how the day should go. There was quite a bit of confusion on the movers and packers. The movers showed up a little late. When they arrived, they informed us that they don't pack, they only move.

For several hours (maybe 3-4) it was unclear if the move would be finished by the end of day, as was promised by Paul. However, a second moving contractor was hired. They showed up midday and really kicked ass. They had everything packed up and moved out in a few hours.

At the destination (Columbia, MO), we had the same driver. He showed up within a couple days of the move day from Scottsdale. We were just moving everything into a storage unit, so it all was pretty easy and went smoothly.

In all, the driver was great. Paul was helpful, responsive, etc. Their new full-service move process requires some refining (i.e. the contract and sub-contractor hiring needs improvement). And their price beat everyone else (I think the closest bidder was about 10% more in price.)

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Kathy F.  —  8/18/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
Recommended
Dracut, MACary, NC
5 bedroom 730 mi. $10,000
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1-800-Pack-Rat
      4 verified reviews
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1-800-Pack-Rat has been providing local and long distance moving container services for over 15 years. They’re a direct competitor to PODS Moving & Storage, offering very similar services.

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How much does 1-800-Pack-Rat cost?

1 bedroom 2-3 bedrooms 4-5 bedrooms
Local Move $150 - $500 $200 - $630 $340 - $790
< 250 Miles $465 - $910 $660 - $1,900 $1,000 - $3,400
Cross Country $1,200 - $3,800 $2,400 - $4,600 $5,100 - $6,900

Perfect for people who...

  • Live nearby to a Pack Rat location
  • Need a slightly larger container to fit everything
  • Want to price match against PODS

The Good

  • Barn-style container doors make packing easier
  • Available for both local and long distance moves
  • $10k insurance included with option to purchase more
  • Free lock provided for container door
  • 30 days storage included in base price
  • 16 ft container is larger than most competitors

The Bad

  • Fewer locations than major competitors
  • Monthly storage fee can't be prorated
  • Be aware of fuel surcharges on long distance moves
  • Long distance move quotes require calling in

Container Options

8 ft 12 ft 16 ft
Capacity Studio/small apartment 2-3 rooms of furniture 3-4 rooms of furniture
Popular Usage College students Apartments Local & long distance moves
Types of Moves Local & long distance moves Local moves only Single-family home
Storage Available Yes Yes Yes
Internal Dimensions 8'3"x7'3"x6'10" 11'10"x6'11"x7'7" 15'10"x6'11"x7'7"
Cubic Footage 404 cf 620 cf 830 cf
Container Material Metal Metal Metal
Weight Limit 4,000 lbs 6,000 lbs 6,000 lbs

1-800-Pack-Rat Reviews

Carlos H.  —  8/14/2018
      4.67 / 5.00
Recommended
Columbus, OHWilliamsburg, VA
3 bedroom 530 mi. $4,500

Used 1800Packrat for a long distance move from Columbus, OH to Williamsburg, VA. We had a 2 week vacation planned in the middle of the move, so using a container service that allowed one month from drop off to drop off without additional storage fees worked well. We needed three 16 foot containers for all the items in our house. Had no issues with 1800PackRat and would use them again.

If you are using them, I would recommend that you schedule the container drop off and pick up one day before you actually need it if you have friends or movers loading/unloading. On our drop off day, one container was delivered at 8:30 AM and the other two at 6:00 PM. Same deal on the drop off at our new house. So the containers were delivered on the promise day, just not first thing in the morning.

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Joel N.  —  8/20/2018
      5.00 / 5.00
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Fort Collins, COHopkins, MN
2 bedroom 853 mi. $2,600
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Adam C.  —  10/31/2018
      2.67 / 5.00
Washington, DCSeattle, WA
2 bedroom 2,778 mi. $4,400

We moved with a storage container from 1-800-pack-rat. PackRats did not disclose a substantial "gas adjustment" fee on the phone when booking - even when I asked about the possibility of additional fees. Although this fee was in the fine print of the agreement they sent me, it seemed like they were trying to hide it.

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Lynnette E.  —  5/12/2018
      3.67 / 5.00
Glendora, CAPleasant Hill, TN
1 bedroom 2,087 mi. $3,800

The cost posted above is an estimate--they charged about $3800 but had quoted $3525. The lady who placed the order did NOT tell me that there was a surcharge for gas now. When I used them before about a year ago there was NOT a surcharge for gas, so this surprised me. Especially since we discussed that the price was higher than last time I used them and gas then was twice as much as it is now, and I had expected the cost to be lower---then low and behold the bill comes and there is a SURCHARGE for gas if the rate for diesel is over $1.50 a gallon, which is a MAJOR rip off as that price has not been seen in decades...So since they can not be upfront with the price they are not worth doing business with and are now off my list. The surcharge was in the small print on the order at the very end, in the type that you can not read as its too small and one would need a magnifying glass to read.

They also had the destination street address off by one number, but that was easily fixed with a phone call. They dropped off the box on the day scheduled and delivered it on the day scheduled. We are still waiting pick up of the empty box, but do not need to be there for that. Nothing really shifted in the box.

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