My boy Brando is 5 - I've had him 2 years now.
When he lived at the breeder's house, he was fine with his crate - was actually a good crate dog. Fast forward to my house - Brando has never liked his crate at my house - and he has both plastic and wire crates. He has always shredded his bedding and cried - doesn't matter what treat is waiting for him (raw bones, kongs, busy buddies).
The first month he was here, I had him sleep in his crate at night. He wasn't great, he would shred his bed and would cry for about an hour then finally give up. However, in the morning at first light - be it 3am or 5am, he would cry incessantly until the whole house was up. After his first month here I let him sleep with Ruby on my bed.
He has always been fed in his crate. It took some work to get him to actually go into his crate on his own for dinner - I usually had to catch him and then put him in - however his game of keep-away was never because he was afraid, he would be wagging his tail the whole time and basically thought he was a joker. I managed to train him to sing for his dinner and then run into his crate and wait for his food. However, he has never silently waited for his food. He's usually sobbing away - although I don't think it is sobbing because he is crated, he's crying because he wants his food. Immediately upon finishing his dinner he starts sobbing to get out of his crate. That doesn't happen - the dogs have to wait until I finish my meal before they are let out, so he sobs for about 15 minutes and then gives up. When he had bedding in there, he would be shredding his bed/blankets. He has never been let out of his crate when sobbing - never.
So does he hate his crate because it isn't soft and comfortable - no - he just hates being confined in general.
The thing I will say about Brando vs. my other 2 (both girls)…Brando absolutely craves human interaction - has since the minute he came in the door. To him there is no greater joy in life than being petted and loved on. My other 2 - Ruby and Aaliyah want love on their own terms and are really much more independent than Brando. They love their crates because they love the treats in their crates. If I toss and turn on the bed too much, Ruby has been known to let out a big sigh because I'm disturbing her sleep and climb off the bed and sleep in her crate. Brando would NEVER do that!