Public Storage Review

Bottom line: Public Storage has the most locations of any self-storage company in the US, offers a variety of storage units sizes and unit types, and is a great fit for most of your storage needs.

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

Public Storage is the largest self-storage company in the business—by a long shot. With over 150 million rentable square feet of storage space in the US alone, Public Storage has a lot of space to spare.

But size isn’t everything when choosing a storage company. Storage unit selection, facility features, and rental cost all come into play when weighing your options.

Luckily, Public Storage scores high marks in all of these areas. Read on to learn more and decide whether Public Storage is the right option for you.

What services does Public Storage offer?

Public Storage offers everything most people need out of a storage unit, but a few of its features stood out more than the rest during our research.

  1. More locations than any other company in the self-storage industry
  2. Plenty of unit sizes and vehicle storage options to choose from
  3. Secure storage units that keep your belongings safe in more ways than one

We’ll dive into these features a little bit later, but for now, here’s a more detailed list of Public Storage’s services and features.

Services Public Storage offers:

  • Climate-controlled storage units
  • Covered, uncovered, and enclosed vehicle storage
  • Clean and well-lit units
  • Convenient access hours
  • Electronic gates with coded access
  • On-site property managers
  • Month-to-month contracts
  • Online rental discounts
  • Online storage size guides
  • Online reservations
  • Available self-storage insurance
  • Available moving and packing supplies
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Keep in mind

Keep in mind

Services and features vary from location to location—no matter which storage company you choose. Before you book your reservation, contact your local storage facility to make sure it has all the features you need.

How much does Public Storage cost?

Whether you want to store a few pieces of furniture during a home remodel or store your vast collection of Beanie Babies because “they’ll be worth something someday,” your Public Storage rental rate depends largely on your storage unit size, whether or not you want climate-controlled storage, and whether you need to purchase self-storage insurance.

Your storage unit preference isn’t the only thing that affects your rent, however. Much like its services and features, Public Storage’s rental rates vary between its locations too.

Take a look at the table below to see the price range for Public Storage’s most common storage types.

Public Storage rental cost range

Storage type
Non-climate-controlled storage
Climate-controlled storage
Vehicle storage
Monthly rental rate
$25–$350
$20–$500
$40–$500

The price depends on where you live and how much you’re storing. For example, a 5’ x 5’ unit in Utah may cost $41 but can cost upwards of $160 in New York.

Most of Public Storage’s prices are easy to find online, however. If you’re curious about the rental rate for a storage unit in your area, you can find it on Public Storage’s website.

Public Storage has the most self-storage locations

Public Storage’s size benefits you in two key ways.

Benefit #1: You’re more likely to find the right storage size

With over 158 million square feet of rentable space,1 Public Storage is miles ahead of the competition when it comes to available storage space.

The next company in line is about forty-five million feet short of that mark,2 and that size discrepancy makes a substantial difference. Smaller storage companies tend to quickly run out of their most popular storage sizes, but thanks to Public Storage’s size advantage, you’re more likely to find the right storage unit for your needs than anywhere else.

Benefit #2: You’re more likely to live near a facility

In addition to having the most rentable space, Public Storage also has the most company-owned locations in the self-storage biz—2,386 in the US, to be exact.3

This widespread availability means there’s likely a Public Storage unit near you. That comes in handy if you need to visit your storage unit often to store or retrieve items for your hobbies or small business.

Even if you have no intention of visiting your unit for several months, finding a conveniently located storage facility makes move-in day much less time-intensive than if your storage facility is across town.

Public Storage gives you tons of storage options

Half the battle of renting a storage unit is finding a unit that’s the right size. You don’t want to rent something too large to store just your stamp collection, but you also don’t want to be stuck with something too small to store those giant stuffed carnival prizes you keep winning.

Most storage companies offer a variety of storage sizes, but we found that Public Storage had a wider variety across its facilities than other storage companies we researched.

Common Public Storage unit sizes

Unit sizeEquivalent capacity
5' x 5'Small room or large closet
5' x 10'1 average-sized room
5' x 15'2 average-sized rooms
10' x 10'3 average-sized rooms
10' x 15'4 average-sized rooms
10' x 20'5 average-sized rooms
10' x 25'6 average-sized rooms
Unit size
5' x 5'
5' x 10'
5' x 15'
10' x 10'
10' x 15'
10' x 20'
10' x 25'
Equivalent capacity
Small room or large closet
1 average-sized room
2 average-sized rooms
3 average-sized rooms
4 average-sized rooms
5 average-sized rooms
6 average-sized rooms

In addition to these storage sizes, we also found several locations with more unique sizes:

  • 4′ x 8′
  • 5′ x 3′
  • 5′ x 7′
  • 10′ x 23′
  • 10′ x 30′
  • 17′ x 20′
  • 15′ x 20′
  • 12′ x 15′
  • 12′ x 25′
  • 12′ x 28′
  • 20′ x 35′

Storage unit sizes vary by facility, regardless of which storage company you choose, but we liked the variety offered by Public Storage.

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Heads Up

Heads Up

If you need a specific storage unit size, be sure to call your local Public Storage facility before making your reservation.

Public Storage offers vehicle storage

Public Storage offers three storage options to keep your vehicles safe.

  • Uncovered
  • Covered
  • Enclosed

Uncovered storage

Uncovered storage is your best bet if you just need somewhere to park your vehicle for an extended period. It won’t provide any extra protection from the elements, but it will provide a secure space and free up some room on your street or in your driveway.

Covered storage

Covered storage is similar to uncovered vehicle storage in that it’s still outdoors, but it provides a little extra protection. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain or snow, covered storage is the way to go.

Enclosed storage

Enclosed storage offers the most protection out of Public Storage’s vehicle storage options. This is the perfect option if you want to store a more valuable car or you want the reassurance of protecting your vehicle with four walls and a ceiling.

Public Storage says it offers all three storage options for anything from cars and motorcycles to boats and RVs. Unfortunately, we had a hard time locating a facility that listed vacant spaces for the covered and enclosed options online.

Since enclosed and covered storage spaces are limited, you often have to call Public Storage to find an available space. Although we like the fact that it offers vehicle storage for such a wide range of vehicle sizes, we wish you could reserve these options online.

Public Storage has secure storage units

Public Storage offers quite a few security measures to keep your items safe from both theft and damage.

Theft protection

Like with many other storage facilities, Public Storage sells high-quality disc locks to protect your unit. You can always provide your own, but it’s nice to know that Public Storage has quality locks available if you don’t have one lying around.

Whichever option you choose, you hold the only key, so would-be thieves have to go to extreme measures to loot your unit.

Public Storage also protects its units behind an electronic gate that requires a personalized code to open. Each customer receives their own gate code, so you won’t have to worry about someone walking in from off the street and entering a “master code” they found online.

Certain Public Storage facilities also employ on-site managers who live on the property, meaning there’s always someone nearby to keep an eye on your belongings. Video surveillance is available at many Public Storage locations too.

Damage protection

Whether you’re storing your belongings for a month or a year, you want to be sure everything remains intact until you’re ready to pick it up.

Public Storage’s indoor climate-controlled units protect your items from the wild temperature and humidity shifts that occur in outdoor storage units. This not only keeps your boxes from getting moist and developing mold, but also keeps pests at bay.

Although access for indoor storage isn’t always as convenient as traditional outdoor storage, we think it’s a good option if you’re considering storing things like furniture or clothing that do better in a consistent climate.

Our recommendation

Public Storage is one of the best storage options available if you’re looking for conveniently located facilities. It lands at number two on our best self-storage companies list and scores high marks in a few key areas:

It has the most locations of any self-storage company in the US
It has a wide variety of storage unit sizes for both household items and vehicles
It has secure storage units that protect your belongings from both theft and damage

Overall, we think Public Storage is a good option for most any self-storage need, but your choice may depend on whether or not your local facility offers storage unit sizes or security features that are most important to you.

Have you rented a storage unit from Public Storage? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Sources

  1. Public Storage, “2017 Annual Report
  2. Extra Space Storage, “2017 Annual Report
  3. Public Storage, “2017 Annual Report

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin is no stranger to moving, having done so five times in the last five years. As a former journalist and documentary interviewer, Colin brings a wealth of research experience to improving your move.