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Gentle Giant Movers: A Full Review

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Gentle Giant Moving Company is a moving company that specializes in local moves. It also offers long-distance and international moves, as well as specialty options like piano moving, corporate moves, and craning.

The company has been around for over 40 years, and has 25 locations across the U.S., including in Boston, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Gentle Giant’s customers have positive things to say about it. Overall, it’s a great option for local moves.

Overall Score: 9/10

  • Value: 9/10 — Gentle Giant Moving Company has specialty services like piano moving and long-distance moving, things many local movers we’ve reviewed don’t offer.
  • Customer experience: 9/10 — Customers are generally happy with their experience with Gentle Giant Moving Company. They make very few complaints.
  • Credibility: 9/10 — Gentle Giant Moving Company is registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and has excellent ratings.

Bottom line: Gentle Giant Moving Company is a great choice if you live near one of the cities it operates in. Its reviews are positive, with only a few minor complaints.

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Gentle Giant Moving Company: In-Depth Breakdown


📊 Our rating: 9/10

  • Locations all across the country
  • A wide variety of specialty services
  • Costs a bit higher than national averages
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Gentle Giant offers solid value. The company dispatches movers from 25 locations across the country, and can service many common moving routes along the East Coast, such as New York to Nashville and Boston to New York.

Gentle Giant offers high-quality long-distance moves and difficult-to-find specialty services like piano moving, crane, and specialty moving as well. We have not seen those services with many of the movers we’ve reviewed!

We tried to get a quote, but the company wouldn’t share one with us. The average cost to for a local move, based on dozens of quotes from companies, is $1,396, while a long distance move costs an average of $6,017. Customers note, however, that Gentle Giant charges more than similar moving companies — standard nationwide rates are $2,000 for a 30-mile move — but they generally believe they get more than enough value to justify the cost.

The company’s primary drawback is that moves need to originate from one of Gentle Giant Moving Company’s home cities.

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Customer Experience

📊 Our rating: 9/10

  • High ratings and great reviews
  • Separate reviews for each location
  • Two formal complaints, company responded within two weeks
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Customers who use Gentle Giant Moving Company generally like their service. Many reviewers say Gentle Giant’s movers are faster than other companies’ movers, helpful in unexpected ways, and very trustworthy.

You’ll find Gentle Giant reviews across multiple Yelp profiles, as each location has a separate online presence. We looked at Yelp reviews for locations in Washington, D.C. and Boston. The average customer rates the service 4.5 out of 5 stars. Because customers rate each location individually, be sure to check the reviews for the Gentle Giant location you plan to use.

Gentle Giant Movers’ Better Business Bureau profile is equally promising. Customers have filed only two complaints. In each case, the company responded within two weeks.


📊 Our rating: 9/10

  • Active insurance and registration
  • Only one crash in the last two years
  • No red flags
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We didn’t find anything in our research that damages Gentle Giant Moving Company’s credibility. The company’s registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and nobody has registered a complaint in the last four years.

We also didn’t find that Gentle Giant violated any U.S. DOT regulations about unsafe driving, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances and alcohol, and driver fitness. The company has excellent scores in each area. The U.S. DOT report includes only one Gentle Giant vehicle crash in the last 24 months.

About Gentle Giant

Massachusetts-based Gentle Giant operates in 25 locations across Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, D.C. Here’s a full list of its locations.

In addition to standard residential moving, Gentle Giant offers packing supplies, storage services, international moving, and commercial moving services. The company also moves pianos and can use cranes, which we didn’t see with many of the movers we reviewed.

Headquarters Winchester, MA
U.S. DOT # 373544
Specialty (long distance, local, etc.) Local and long-distance moves
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How We Researched

We compared Gentle Giant Moving Company’s services to 40 other moving companies across the country to understand how its core business and its specialty services compare to competitors.

We also looked at Yelp reviews for individual Gentle Giant offices such as Boston and Washington D.C., and checked the company’s BBB profile and U.S. DOT profile for complaints, safety concerns, accident reports, licensing and insurance, and reviews.

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What is Gentle Giant Movers?

Gentle Giant is a full-service moving company that operates in 25 locations across the country.

Who owns Gentle Giant Movers?

Larry O’Toole. He started Gentle Giant Moving Company in 1980. O’Toole is originally from Ireland and graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in engineering.

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