2022 CubeSmart Review

Move.org analyzed over 3,500 quotes and averaged more than 135,000 reviews to list CubeSmart as one of the best self-storage companies.
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    Low prices
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CubeSmart average price
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Kurt Manwaring
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January 11, 2022
5 min read

Bottom line: CubeSmart is one of the nation’s best self-storage companies. Its best features include low prices and month-to-month storage contracts.

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Pros
pro Low prices
pro Storage discounts
pro Truck rental partnerships
pro Moving supplies
pro Month-to-month leases
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Cons
con Limited availability
con Below-average customer reviews

See where CubeSmart ranks on our list of the best self-storage companies.


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CubeSmart plans and pricing

The average monthly cost to rent a CubeSmart storage unit is approximately $160. Prices range from about $60 per month for a small standard unit to around $280 for a large climate-controlled storage space. You can also rent Cubesmart self-storage units for vehicles for under $200 per month. All units are available on month-to-month contracts, and rent is due on the first of each month.

CubeSmart pricing

Storage unit size
Standard storage unit
Climate-controlled storage unit
Small$60$60
Medium$140$150
Large$250$280
Vehicle$180$150

Data as of August 2022. Storage unit prices exclude a one-time administrative fee, monthly insurance costs, and special promotions.

CubeSmart coverage options

You must have insurance to store your belongings at a CubeSmart facility. CubeSmart’s coverage options range from a $2,000 to $5,000 policy amount, with monthly costs ranging from $12 to $27. For coverage over $5,000, you need to talk with a CubeSmart employee. So while it's affordable to get coverage for basic household items like furniture and books, expect to pay more for collectible items valued well above $5,000.

CubeSmart insurance prices

Policy amount
Monthly cost
$2,000$12
$3,000$17
$5,000$27
$5,000+See CubeSmart facility manager

Data as of 10/04/2022. Offers and availability may vary and are subject to change. Individuals should review their rental contract—including addendums—for a complete description of the policy's terms, conditions, and exclusions.


Why we recommend CubeSmart

Low prices

CubeSmart has some of the lowest prices in the storage unit industry. Its average cost of $160 per month is about 15% below average. Plus, the storage company typically offers several discounts, including deals for military members and college students. In most cases, CubeSmart provides your first month’s rental on the house.

That’s a $30 savings for your first month. It adds up too. For one year of storage, CubeSmart self-storage can save you nearly $400 compared to other companies.

Annual CubeSmart storage costs compared to industry average

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$1,920$2,280

Data as of August 2022. Storage unit prices exclude a one-time administrative fee, monthly insurance costs, and special promotions.

Month-to-month leases

CubeSmart doesn’t lock you into long-term contracts. Instead, it lets you rent storage space on a monthly basis. That comes in handy if all you want is short-term storage. For example, let’s say you need extra storage space for a three-month home renovation. Some companies might require a minimum six-month contract, meaning you’d pay for three months you didn’t need. With CubeSmart, you pay for only as long as you need a storage unit.

Help moving

CubeSmart is more than a storage space with four walls and a door. In addition to its wide variety of storage options, CubeSmart can hook you up with professional movers and a moving truck. For example, it partners with Penske Truck Rental and offers 10% discounts. It also provides similar deals if you need professional movers to handle the heavy lifting.

Of course, if you want to go it alone, CubeSmart also offers free four-hour moving truck rentals at many locations. 

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CubeSmart storage customization

CubeSmart offers a variety of customized services for an additional fee. For example, you can pay extra for electricity, remote video monitoring, storage shelves, and automatic door openers.


CubeSmart compared to other companies

CubeSmart is one of the best self-storage companies in the United States. While it has fewer total square feet of storage space, CubeSmart has some of the nation’s most affordable self-storage pricing.

Company
Move.org rating
Avg. price
Total square feet
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4.1$16040 million
4.8$160150 million
4.7$210180 million
4.2$160Varies
3.6$23070 million

Pricing and approximate square footage as of August 2022. Prices may vary by location and are subject to change.


Features and services

CubeSmart offers several services depending on your storage needs:

  • Household storage. You can rent CubeSmart storage units if you need space for extra household belongings.
  • Climate-controlled storage. CubeSmart offers specialized climate-controlled storage for easily-damaged items like furniture and electronics.
  • Vehicle storage. CubeSmart has vehicle storage spaces for vehicles ranging in size from small motorcycles to extra-large RVs.
  • Moving storage. In addition to providing household, climate-controlled, and vehicle storage, CubeSmart also has partners to help you move into a new home. Additionally, CubeSmart sells supplies like moving boxes and bubble wrap.
  • Business storage. CubeSmart units aren’t just for household belongings. The self-storage company offers units for storing business inventory and supplies. The storage company also leases office space if you need a place to run your small business and often includes a storage unit.

CubeSmart sizes

Storage unit size (ft.)
Similar to
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Storage lockerSmall closet
5 x 5 Half bathroom
5 x 10Walk-in closet
10 x 10Average bedroom
10 x 15Large bedroom
10 x 20Small garage
10 x 30Large garage
Heads Up
Do you live in New York?

CubeSmart offers specialized move-in service through Bellhp in the Empire State. For $449, you get access to two movers and a truck for three hours.

CubeSmart at a glance

DescriptionCompany information
Move.org rating (out of 5)4.8
# of locations1,300+
# of states39 (plus Washington DC)
Average customer review score (out of 5)3.6
Average cost$160
# of common storage unit sizes7
Climate-controlled storage
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Vehicle storage
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Data as of August 2022. Storage unit prices exclude a one-time administrative fee, monthly insurance costs, and special promotions.

CubeSmart long-term review

CubeSmart has become a better storage unit company in the past year. Our analysis over the last 18 months shows that CubeSmart’s prices and customer reviews have improved, while its storage availability has remained relatively stable:

  • CubeSmart pricing has always been affordable. However, it trimmed prices even more during COVID-19, making monthly costs nearly 15% below average.
  • Customer service. Our analysis of more than 2,500 CubeSmart reviews shows that the company’s average review score has jumped from 3.4 to8 out of 5 stars. That’s a clear sign of improvement (although the company’s score is still a hair below the industry average).
  • While many other companies added new storage facilities, there’s no indication that CubeSmart has undergone significant growth over the past year. The total number of CubeSmart locations has stayed between 1,300 and 1,400 storage facilities since early 2021.

Our recommendation

CubeSmart is worth considering if you value low prices and accessibility. The self-storage company consistently offers rates 15% below average. And while it’s not available in as many locations as some of our other top storage picks, you can still find CubeSmart in more places than most mom-and-pop shops. So it’s a solid pick if you want to save money and can find nearby locations.

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Self-storage FAQ

How much does CubeSmart cost?

The average monthly cost of a CubeSmart self-storage unit is approximately $160. The company accepts payment via credit card, cash, or check.

Does CubeSmart have vehicle storage units?

CubeSmart has a variety of vehicle storage units that fit everything from small motorcycles to extra-large recreational vehicles. Average CubeSmart self-storage prices for automobiles are around $180 per month.

What is the grace period at CubeSmart?

CubeSmart’s maximum grace period is 30 days. Once your rent is a month late, the self-storage company will lock your unit and conduct a storage auction.

Does CubeSmart have shipping supplies?

One of CubeSmart’s perks is its shipping supplies. The storage facility sells moving supplies and packing materials, including moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape.


Methodology

Move.org calculates industry averages and identifies pricing trends by following a fourfold research approach:

  1. Compare quotes. We collected more than 2,500 quotes from 8 different companies in 5 cities. We analyzed prices with and without climate control for more than a dozen storage unit sizes.
  2. Mystery shopping. We called companies posing as customers and visited select storage facilities in-person.
  3. Research. We conducted thorough research on industry features, services, and requirements such as storage unit insurance, company discounts, climate control specifications, and security details.
  4. Annual calendar. We repeat this process every year and save our data so that we can compare trends over time.

Kurt Manwaring
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Kurt Manwaring
Kurt Manwaring brings nearly a decade’s worth of research experience as a business consultant to the Move.org team. He specializes in taking complicated issues (like moving) and presenting them in a way that everyone can understand. His writing has been featured in hundreds of publications, including USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Heavy, Slate, and Yahoo! Lifestyle. He brings a BS in sociology and an MPA (masters of public administration) to the Move team. He would love to hear about your moving experiences and questions at kurt@move.org.