Best Portable Basketball Hoop Reviews 2019

After completing 26+ hours of research on different portable basketball hoops considering the facts like stability, portability, user friendliness, durability, usability, and price, here is the extensive guide for you on choosing the best portable basketball hoop.

Why should you trust and what did we consider to make our list?

  • This portable basketball hoop reviews guide has been divided into two parts. Hoop for youth-adult category and hoop for mostly kids category. So you can decide based on the end user requirement.
  • We picked the most popular hoops and reviewed them to make the list.
  • During the review process, we were not biased towards any brand and provided both pros and cons so that deciding the right product becomes a piece of cake for you.
  • We considered the price, quality, portability, usability, stability, user-friendliness, and more importantly the opinion of the real users of the products.
  • None of the products will cost you an arm and a leg.

Best Portable Basketball Hoops at a Glance

4 Top Quality Portable Basketball Goals – for Youth & Adults

Preview
Best for Portability with Performance
Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - 54" Acrylic Backboard
Best in Overall Quality & Performance
Spalding NBA "The Beast" Portable Basketball System - 60" Glass Backboard
Lifetime 71524 XL Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 54 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
Lifetime 71522 Competition XL Portable Basketball System, 54 Inch Acrylic Backboard
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54" & 60" acrylic backboard, base can be filled with 19 gallons of water ​& 200 lbs of sand or gravel together, 3 pcs support pole with crank height adjustment system, pro-style compression breakaway rim
60" tempered glass backboard to provide highest rebound & performance, the largest 55 gallons base, the 2 pcs support pole that enhances the stability, Crank height adjustment,Pro-Image breakaway rim,
54" poly carbonate backboard, 35 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with power lift height adjustment, pro-style compression breakaway rim
54" acrylic backboard, 35 gallons base, 3 pcs support pole with power lift height adjustment, slam-it pro rim
Editor's Rating
5 / 5
5 / 5
4.5 / 5
4.5 / 5
Best for Portability with Performance
Preview
Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - 54" Acrylic Backboard
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54" & 60" acrylic backboard, base can be filled with 19 gallons of water ​& 200 lbs of sand or gravel together, 3 pcs support pole with crank height adjustment system, pro-style compression breakaway rim
Editor's Rating
5 / 5
Best in Overall Quality & Performance
Preview
Spalding NBA "The Beast" Portable Basketball System - 60" Glass Backboard
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60" tempered glass backboard to provide highest rebound & performance, the largest 55 gallons base, the 2 pcs support pole that enhances the stability, Crank height adjustment,Pro-Image breakaway rim,
Editor's Rating
5 / 5
Preview
Lifetime 71524 XL Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 54 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
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54" poly carbonate backboard, 35 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with power lift height adjustment, pro-style compression breakaway rim
Editor's Rating
4.5 / 5
Preview
Lifetime 71522 Competition XL Portable Basketball System, 54 Inch Acrylic Backboard
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54" acrylic backboard, 35 gallons base, 3 pcs support pole with power lift height adjustment, slam-it pro rim
Editor's Rating
4.5 / 5

4 Best Budget Portable Basketball Hoops – Mostly for Kids

Preview
Our Best Pick
Lifetime 71566 50 Inch Shatter Proof Portable Basketball Hoop
Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
Lifetime 1306 Pool Side Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
Lifetime 90022 Youth Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System
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50" poly carbonate backboard, 35 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with action grip adjustment system, compression breakaway rim
44" polyethylene backboard, 27 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment, standard rim
44" acrylic backboard, 27 gallons base, 2 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment, standard rim
32" polyethylene backboard, ​​10 gallons base, 3 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment system, standard rim
Editor's Rating
5 / 5
4 / 5
4 / 5
3 / 5
Our Best Pick
Preview
Lifetime 71566 50 Inch Shatter Proof Portable Basketball Hoop
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50" poly carbonate backboard, 35 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with action grip adjustment system, compression breakaway rim
Editor's Rating
5 / 5
Preview
Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
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44" polyethylene backboard, 27 gallons base size, 3 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment, standard rim
Editor's Rating
4 / 5
Preview
Lifetime 1306 Pool Side Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
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44" acrylic backboard, 27 gallons base, 2 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment, standard rim
Editor's Rating
4 / 5
Preview
Lifetime 90022 Youth Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System
Finding
32" polyethylene backboard, ​​10 gallons base, 3 pcs support pole with telescopic height adjustment system, standard rim
Editor's Rating
3 / 5

 

We are going to make your life easy by giving reviews for both budget and expensive portable basketball goals for your driveway or any other place that you find good to play basketball with a movable goal. So that you can choose according to your need. Like many other products, the quality of a portable basketball goal varies based on price. If you spend more, you will get the higher quality product. But it does not mean you have to spend more than your requirement. So, read our portable basketball hoop reviews, hope that will help you to make a right balance between your demand, and budget.

4 Top Quality Portable Basketball Goals Reviews- for Youth & Adults

1. Spalding NBA Hybrid – Our Best Pick in Youth & Adult Category

Backboard Size: 54/60 inches
Backboard Material: Acrylic
Rim: Arena Slam breakaway
Base Size: 200 lbs of sand or gravel and 19 gallons of water together
Height Adjustment: Crank
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Features and Pros
  • Provides enough stability.
  • Easy to empty the base and transport.
  • Durable.
  • Both 54 and 60 inches acrylic backboards are available to choose from with heavy duty steel frame. Acrylic provides highly satisfactory rebound and durability.
  • The base can be filled with both 200 lbs of sand or gravel & 19 gallons of water meaning enough stability during the play. That’s why the term hybrid has been used for this goal.
  • Crank (U-lift) height adjustment that allows you to adjust the height easily from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.
  • Arena slam breakaway rim with the all-weather net. The springs of this rim are covered which makes the rim durable. The quality of the rim allows you to slam dunk without damaging the rim.
Cons
  • Assembling. Well, its easy, that is not a problem of course. The problem is you need another person to help to assemble different parts. You have a paid solution though, you can always call an expert service provider to assemble the hoop.
  • 3 piece support pole will increase the shaking a bit after shots hitting the backboard. But the good thing is, the extra shaking is almost unnoticeable; that means it will shake almost like other hoops shake. You won’t find any problem in terms of stability, and sturdiness during the play.
  • The price is moderately high; although the quality, performance, and durability will be even higher.

“Spalding” as a brand has been igniting the market for over a millennium now in different sports. Their basketball has been considered as the official basketball of NBA in 1983, and they have been dominating the basketball hoop market as well for so many years now.

We consider “Spalding NBA Hybrid” as one of the best portable basketball hoops for a couple of reasons; the portability and easy to use hybrid base is two of the main features that forced us to select this product as the top one on our list.

Let’s get into the detailed review.

Detail Review

Backboard

This model features both 54 and 60 inches acrylic backboard. Acrylic is the second highest quality backboard material after the tempered glass in terms of rebounding.

If you want to have the combination of rebound and durability then acrylic is the perfect material. The ball jumps off the backboard quite well and should satisfy you for sure. But don’t expect something like a gym quality performance from this model.

54 or 60 inch is enough to play the bank shot, right? You will be able to play the bank shot, putback and tip-in shot so comfortably without thinking too much about the space required from a backboard.

Rim

Arena Slam breakaway basketball rim with the all-weather net is ok for slam dunking whenever you want. But don’t hang too often for your own safety. The rim is covered by a case to prevent the rusting, which is important for the sake of longevity.

Base

spalding hybrid base

Here is the interesting component of this hoop that makes it one of a kind.

How?

Well, the hybrid system allows you to fill the base with both 19 gallons of water and 200 lbs of sand (4x 50 lbs  = 200 lbs)together in two different chambers.

You can easily put sandbags directly into the chamber instead of pouring the sand. You just open the cover of the chamber and put the sandbags in.

Isn’t it cool? We liked this feature most. Because this makes the goal highly stable and easily movable.

So easy to move. Guess how? You just open the cover and remove the sandbags, now even if you don’t remove the 19 gallons of water, you can easily move the system with the help of another person. Meaning here in order to move the system you don’t have to go through the pain of emptying all the water out from the base.

Height Adjustment

Spalding NBA Hybrid portable basketball goal offers crank (U-lift) height adjustment that allows adjusting the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.

The crank height adjustment procedure is not as comfortable as the action grip. But not a difficult one at all. For this goal, it is easier to make the height down than up.

Support Pole

3 pcs support pole system and 3 pcs support pole is the common scenario of any portable goal. As per our knowledge, there is only one portable hoop (“Spalding the beast”) that has got 2 pcs support pole to provide less wobbling and more stability after the ball hits the backboard or rim. But you have to spend more to buy that version of a hoop.

The shaking of the goal after the ball contact is pretty much acceptable and normal.

2. Spalding “The Beast” – Best in Quality for Adults & Youth

Backboard Size: 60 inches
Backboard Material: Tempered glass
Rim: Pro-Image Breakaway
Base Size: 55 gallons
Height Adjustment: Crank
Support Pole: 2 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Features and Pros
  • Super sturdy, you will see very little shaking after the ball contacts the backboard.
  • Easy to move with the detachable handle.
  • Assembling is easy with the help of another person. You can hire a service provider as well without spending too much. The instruction manual is pretty much straightforward.
  • Absolutely ok for dunking.
  • Till the date of this writing, it is the only 2 pcs support pole portable system on the market. Others are usually 3 pcs. 2 pcs support pole provides more stability and less vibration during the play.
  • 60” tempered glass backboard provides highest rebound possible for a portable option.
  • Pro Image breakaway covered rim with an all-weather net. The cover prevents the spring from rusting.
  • The largest base with 55 gallons of capacity.
  • Easy to manage height adjustment (crank) to adjust the height from 7.5 – 10 feet in infinite increment.
Cons
  • A bit expensive but won’t break your bank. It is always what you pay is what you get. You will not regret the quality if you are serious about the game.
  • A foam padding could have given the backboard an extra dimension in terms of safety measure.

“Spalding” is dominating the sports markets from 1876 by manufacturing different sports item. It has been influencing the basketball market as well by producing high-quality basketballs and basketball goals both portable and in-ground.

We believe, among the portable hoops this version of “the beast” is something that you should go for if you are looking for quality and performance over anything else.

While it is using the highest quality components that can be used for a movable system, keep in mind, you will have to spend extra bucks to afford this option, because it is always what you get is what you pay.

If you want to compromise the performance and quality for the money then this is not the option for you. In that case, you should go for the Spalding hybrid portable goal.

So, let’s dive into the detail review section.

Detail Review

Backboard

Let’s talk about the positives first. 60” tempered glass where the ball will come off with the highest velocity among the other materials (i.e. acrylic or polycarbonate). So you will get the same professional feeling as you would expect from a gym quality goal. You will see a very little vibration after the ball hits the backboard.

Playing bank shots is not a problem at all with this 60” tempered glass backboard.

The other side of the coin is, in terms of durability tempered glass tends to last less than its other counterparts. There is a chance of shattering as this is a glass material. But don’t worry, it will not shatter so easily. A foam padding could have added an extra dimension to the backboard as well.

Rim

Absolutely dunk friendly Pro image breakaway rim with an all-weather net. The spring is covered, so normally it suppose to prevent the spring from rusting and it does that. According to some user’s reviews who have been using this goal for over a year, they have not seen any kind of rust.

Base

So far this model has got the largest base with 55 gallons of water capacity. Isn’t that big?

While filling the base can be done with either water or sand, we prefer sand over water as that will provide you with more stability. BaseGel can be another smart option to go for.

Two wheels and a detachable handle is there to help you to move the goal easily.

Height Adjustment

Crank height adjustment that is relatively easier to use. Although the Lifetime products provide more sophisticated and easier to use height adjustment methods but this one from Spalding is not hard to manage either. You can adjust the height from 7.5 – 10 feet in infinite increment.

Support Pole

The only 2 pcs support pole that provides more stability and less vibration after you hit the backboard or rim with the ball. Generally, you will find 3 pcs support in other portable options. 3 pcs tends to shake more than 2 pcs.

Overall we think, this is a perfect goal if you are serious about your game. You will have to spend a bit more, but you will not regret after observing the quality and performance. But if you are looking for some budget options, this is not the ideal option for you. In that case, you should go for either Spalding Hybrid Portable goal or Lifetime 71524 XL

3. Lifetime 71524 XL – 3rd Choice for Youth & Adults Category

Backboard Size: 54 inches
Backboard Material: Poly carbonate
Rim: Pro-Style compression breakaway
Base Size: 35 gallon
Height Adjustment: Power Lift
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Features and Pros
  • 54 inches shatterproof Makrolon Polycarbonate background gives this hoop durability and strength.
  • 18 inches Slam-It Pro rim where the springs are covered. This feature allows you to dunk while playing.
  • Most comfortable power shift height adjustment mechanism lets you adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments. You can adjust the height with only one hand, and the process is fast.
  • A 35-gallon heavy duty base can be filled with water or sand that makes the goal stable when playing. Easily movable because of the wheels underneath.
  • 3 pieces powder coated steel round pole, all-weather nylon net and fade resistant graphics.
Cons
  • Polycarbonate backboard is not rebound friendly. That means balls don’t rebound that much after hitting the backboard. But better than any polyethylene backboard.

This model is appropriate not only for the recreational play but also for tournament play with your neighborhood.

This comes with 54 inches shatterproof Makrolon Polycarbonate backboard. As you can see the backboard is well enough to play angle shots or distance shots.

Detail Review

Sometimes you will be getting more than the expected rebound from a Polycarbonate backboard which actually will not help you.

Why?

Because that makes the rebound a bit inconsistent, which is not good for playing bank shots. This does not happen always, that is why you can either take this problem into consideration or avoid it.

In this case, you will have pro-style compression breakaway rim where the springs are covered, so you can slam dunk while playing. But again although your dunking will not hamper the rim that much, it is always better to avoid hanging on the ring after dunking to avoid accidental injuries while you are using transportable hoops.

The power lift height adjustment mechanism will give you the comfort of adjusting height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments. How cool is that?

The 35-gallon heavy duty base can be filled with water or sand. Filling with water is hassle free while filling with sand will give you more stability.

Since the base has got wheels, the whole system is easily movable.

4. Lifetime 71522 XL – 4th Choice for Youth & Adults Category

Backboard Size: 54 inches
Backboard Material: Acrylic
Rim: Slam-it Pro
Base Size: 35 gallon
Height Adjustment: Power lift
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Features and Pros
  • 54 inches shatterproof Acrylic backboard perfect for the bank shot.
  • Most advanced power lift height adjustment mechanism that allows you to adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.
  • A 35-gallon base that can be filled with water or sand that ensures stability. The base has wheels under them, resulting in smooth movement to the desired location.
  • 3 pieces support pole.
  • Slam-it Pro rim that has a cover to protect the springs from rusting and making the rim durable and dunking friendly.
  • All-weather nylon net and fade resistant graphics.
Cons
  • Assembling the parts may seem troublesome at first. But if you take someone to assist you during the process then that should be an easy task to accomplish.

Detail Review

This is another quality basketball goal that allows you to play with your friends and family. Appropriate for kids, teens or adults.

This model features 54 inches steel frame shatterproof Acrylic backboard. 54 inches is quite big for the distance shot and angle shot, more specifically bank shots, right? Yes, it is. Acrylic backboard gives you good rebound. The backboard is durable and virtually unbreakable.

Most advanced power lift procedure will allow you to adjust the height very easily from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.

The 35-gallon base that can be filled with water or sand gives you excellent stability and portability like other products of Lifetime we have listed here. Obviously, the base also has got wheels to move the hoop to any location without any trouble.

Solid steel Slam-it Pro rim has a cover to protect the springs that make the rim durable and stable to make it dunking friendly.

4 Best Budget Portable Basketball Hoops Reviews – Mostly for Kids

1. Lifetime 71566 Courtside – Our Best Pick in Budget Category (for Kids)

Backboard Size: 50 inches
Backboard Material: Poly carbonate
Rim: Compression breakaway
Base Size: 35 gallon
Height Adjustment: Action grip
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Features and Pros
  • 50 inches shatterproof Polycarbonate backboard with weather resistant steel frame that also increases the rigidity. You already know Polycarbonate material is durable.
  • A heavy-duty 35-gallon portable base that can be filled with water or sand. The base has wheels underneath it.
  • Action Grip/Trigger handle height adjustment which is easily manageable with one hand. You can adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inches increment.
  • Compression breakaway rim, meaning the rim has double compression springs. Having springs is helpful for slam dunking. Although we recommend not to do hang on the ring; not only to keep the hoop in good condition but also to avoid injuries.
  • All-weather heavy-duty nylon net.
  • 3 pieces support pole.
Cons
  • Polycarbonate material is not that much rebound friendly. But at least not as much dead as Polyethylene backboards.
  • To assemble the hoop, you will have to have someone to help you in the process. Or you can always call an affordable and expert service provider to assemble the system.

Have you ever wished for a quality portable system by spending very few bucks compared to the other quality options that cost more?

Lifetime 71566 courtside can be your top choice among all the other budget options we have listed here.

Let’s see how.

Detail Review

This movable basketball goal features 50 inches shatterproof backboard made from Polycarbonate material. A Polycarbonate backboard is a durable option we should say.

We found both young and adult players who think this option as an ideal choice for them. But obviously, for recreational playing only.

You will have some spaces from the relatively bigger backboard to play bank shots as well as putback and tip-in.

Although Polycarbonate is not that much rebound friendly but at least better than Polyethylene. You will get a satisfactory level of rebounding to play a recreational match. At least it is quite enough to play putback shots.

One of the best parts of this goal is the height adjustment mechanism. This model features trigger handle/action grip feature which is very easy to manage with one hand. You can adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inches increment.

We found it very easy to adjust the height as expected. Action grip is way better and more comfortable than telescopic adjustment. Most of the budget goals have the telescopic adjustment, but this one has action grip. That is another reason behind choosing this model as our top pick.

Another good part of this product is the compression breakaway rim. That means the rim has double compression springs but not covered. Having springs will allow you to do a slam dunk, although we recommend not to overdo it. Obviously, you should not hang after dunking.

The 35-gallon portable base will give you stability once you fill it with water or sand. People generally fill the base with water as it is hassle free. But filling with sand makes it even more stable. With that being said, 35-gallon is quite enough to have good stability once you fill it with water as well. We also felt likewise.

So, if you are looking for a budget option then we strongly recommend you to go for this model.

2. Lifetime 1221 Pro Court – 2nd Choice in Budget Category (for Kids)

Backboard Size: 44 inches
Backboard Material: Polyethylene
Rim: Standard rim
Base Size: 27 gallon
Height Adjustment: Telescopic
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 4 / 5

Features and Pros
  • Lightweight and the base has wheel hence easy to move.
  • Good choice for kids, and young players.
  • 44 inches backboard made out of high-density polyethylene that makes the backboard unbreakable until you hit it with a hammer. 44 inches is perfect for kids or learners.
  • The heavy-duty 27-gallon base that can be filled with water or sand.
  • Telescopic height adjustment mechanism. You can adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inches increment.
  • Three pieces support pole.
  • Standard rim with all-weather supported nylon net.
  • Very much affordable.
Cons
  • Although the telescopic mechanism is easy to manage but not as comfortable as other mechanisms like trigger handle, power life or crank handle.
  • Standard rim, meaning no springs. So dunking will damage the rim. But as the kids mostly use this hoop, so this is not a big issue.
  • The plastic backboard is not rebound friendly. But ok for recreational play.
  • Mostly kids friendly. Adults will not enjoy playing with this option.

Were you looking for a useful portable basketball goal for your kids? You can go for this option too.

This is one of the popular portable basketball goals for recreational play, particularly for the kids, and young players. You can easily afford this model as it falls under our budget category. You will get all the basic functionalities by spending very few bucks compared to other options.

Detail Review

The backboard is made out of Polyethylene, and the size of the backboard is 44 inches. You already know Polyethylene backboard is not too good for rebounding. But this is not a must-have benefit for children.

The standard rim is used for this model, meaning there are no springs associated with the rim. But this should not be a problem as this model is mainly for your children and they are not going to dunk while playing.

You can adjust the height according to your need easily (from 7.5 feet to 10 feet, in increment of 6 inches) as this model comes with the telescoping height adjustment mechanism.

Although telescoping is not the best of the best height adjustment procedure regarding comfortability, unfortunately almost all the budget hoops come with this mechanism. That is why we recommend you to go for our top pick in budget category that is Lifetime 71566 Courtside model.

The base capacity is 27-gallon that you can fill with water or sand. We found that sand gives more stability than water.

This is a lightweight product with wheels underneath the base. So you can move it very easily to your desired location.

3. Lifetime 1306 Poolside – 3rd Choice in Budget Category – for Everyone

Backboard Size: 44 inches
Backboard Material: Acrylic
Rim: Standard rim
Base Size: 27 gallon
Height Adjustment: Telescopic
Support Pole: 2 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 4 / 5

Features and Pros
  • 44” acrylic fusion backboard with strong, and durable polyethylene frame. An acrylic frame gives you better rebound than it’s plastic backboard counterpart.
  • Weather and rust resistant 3-inch diameter round pole.
  • The heavy-duty 27-gallon base that can be filled with water or sand. The base has wheels that will help you to move the hoop easily.
  • Standard rim with all-weather nylon net. Standard rims don’t have spring. But this should not be a problem as you are not going to do slam dunking while playing in the swimming pool.
  • 2 pieces support pole with telescopic height adjustment. You can adjust the height from 4 feet to 6.5 feet in 6 inches increment.
  • All steel parts are powder coated to make the hoop rust resistant.
  • The graphic is fade resistant.
Cons
  • The telescoping height adjustment mechanism is easy to do but not as comfortable as action grip or power shift mechanism. But since this is a poolside hoop, so you don’t have to adjust the height too often. So telescoping pole is good enough.
  • Although Lifetime is telling this model has rust resistant round pole. But don’t expect rust free pole for years. There is a possibility of rusting if you swim in a salt water pool.

Detail Review

This transportable basketball hoop is going to make your next summer pool party a memorable one. Lifetime 1306 poolside portable basketball goal is a perfect choice to play basketball while you are enjoying your swimming with your family. When it is about poolside basketball goal, this is our top choice.

This goal has 44 inches acrylic fusion backboard with an unbreakable polyethylene frame. As the backboard is made out of acrylic material, the ball rebounds better than it’s plastic backboard counterpart which is vital when you are swimming and playing.

The standard rim is used here, meaning there is no spring. But this should not be a problem as you are not going to dunk while playing in the swimming pool.

Since this is your poolside buddy, that is why the height is not same as the standard basketball goal. In this case, you can adjust the height from 4 feet to 6.5 feet in 6 inches increment. The mechanism is telescoping height adjustment.

You can fill water or sand in the heavy-duty 27-gallons base which has wheels to move this goal very easily to your suitable location.

4. Lifetime 90022 Youth – 4th Choice in Budget Category (for Kids)

Backboard Size: 32 inches
Backboard Material: Polyethylene
Rim: Standard rim
Base Size: 10 gallon
Height Adjustment: Telescopic
Support Pole: 3 pcs
Editor’s Rating: 3 / 5

Features and Pros
  • 32 inches impact backboard made out of high-density Polyethylene. This makes the backboard virtually unbreakable.
  • Lightweight and easy to move as the base has wheels.
  • 10-gallon heavy-duty base that can be filled with water or sand.
  • 3 pieces powder coated round pole.
  • Telescopic height adjustment mechanism where you can adjust the height from 5.5 feet to 7.5 feet in 6 inches increment.
  • Standard rim with all-weather nylon net and fade-resistant graphic.
Cons
  • The standard rim is not suitable for slam dunking. But this should not be a problem as your kids will not dunk generally.
  • Only suitable for recreational play.
  • Although telescopic pole height adjustment is easy to do but not as comfortable as action grip, or power shift, or crank handle mechanism. But telescopic pole is the commonly available option when you are going for a budget basketball goal.

Detail Review

This is another popular model available on the market targeted to kids and young players. That means mainly for the recreational play for your kids.

This model features 32 inches impact backboard made out of high-density Polyethylene. As you know, Polyethylene is not rebound friendly, but that is not a major issue in this case as your kid will enjoy enough without any significant rebound.

The backboard is durable and effectively unbreakable.

The base has wheels to move the whole system easily while having a 10-gallon capacity to fill the base with water or sand. We tested by filling with both sand and water. Both performed well. But filling up with sand made it more stable. On the other hand, filling with water is hassle-free.

Telescoping height adjustment will let you adjust the height from 5.5 feet to 7.5 feet in 6 inches increment.

This model comes with a standard rim with all-weather nylon net.

Overall this is also very lightweight movable basketball goal, so you will not face any trouble to move and place it to a proper location.

The base is relatively small that offers only 10-gallons of capacity. As per our observation, this seemed too small. On the other hand, Some of the parents who bought this item for their kids think, this is well enough for stability.

If you don’t mind to spend a bit more for your kids, then you can buy our recommended budget portable goal; Lifetime 71566 Courtside.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

1. What is the regulation height of the basketball hoop?

The standard basketball hoop height is 10’, meaning the height from the top of the surface to the ground is 10’. This is the standard followed by NCAA, NBA, and high schools.

See, this is the height from the top of the ring, not the top of the backboard or from the bottom of the rim. While 10’ is the standard, you can easily adjust the height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in most of the height adjustable portable hoops for your driveway. You can even adjust the height from 4’ to around 6.5’ in case of a kids portable hoop.

2. How much does a portable basketball hoop cost?

The cost varies in a wide range. But our recommendation is to keep it below $500 for the one that will be used by absolute beginners. For youth and adults, you will find good hoops in the range of $600-$900.

3. What is the regulation size of basketball backboard?

The regulation basketball backboard dimensions are 72 inches (183 cm) width and 42 inches (110 cm) height.

If you find something written as 72” backboard, that means that is the width of the backboard. Mostly you will find this type of denotation on the product short description page online, but most of the manufacturers also mention the width as well on the detail description page.

While 72” is the standard width of a backboard, you will find a number of variations on the market. 50”,52”,54” are the most common backboard width for the adult portable basketball hoop. For kids 44”,32” and some other small width size is available for the backboard.

4. What size backboard should I go for?

As we said, the standard size of the backboard is 72” but there are a number of different sizes available for the movable basketball hoop. But we recommend you not to go for below 52” for youth and adults, otherwise, it will not allow bunk shots.

For kids any size between 32”-44” is ok.

5. What backboard material should I choose?

Tempered glass vs acrylic vs polycarbonate – which one should you buy?

Well, if you want the highest quality and performance then tempered glass is the one you should go for. But these are comparatively more expensive than the acrylic and polycarbonate ones. If you are buying goals for the advanced level of player then this must be your choice of backboard material.

Acrylic performs almost similar to the glass backboard but of course, not the exact same performance you should expect from acrylic. In terms of durability, the acrylic is completely ok. Acrylic is considered to be the perfect choice for adult beginner and intermediate players.

Poly-carbonate is something you should go for only when you want to go to hard with the backboard and searching for a budget hoop where the performance is not a big deal to the target users. Because this time you will get very less professional feel and performance compare to the other type of backboard materials. The rebound is not that good compared to others but ok for the recreational play. But if you talk about the durability and toughness poly-carbonate is the perfect choice.

6. Which height adjustment mechanism is the best?

Well, every height adjustment is ok to good for, but broomstick mechanism and telescoping pole should be avoided if you have a moderate budget. Most convenience mechanisms are crank handle, trigger handle/action handle, power lift systems.

7. What is the perfect capacity of a portable basketball hoop base?

Well, the definition of “perfect” is relative to your need and budget. But the ideal capacity of a transportable hoop base should be 35 gallons to ensure the stability of the hoop if the adults and young players are going to play. You will find hoops having more than 35-gallon capacity. The bigger is the better, but we think 35 is the ideal number.

For kids, you can even go for the base capacity of 27 or 10 gallons.

8. What is the best way to fill the base?

Either sand or water; sand will give more stability. Spalding NBA Hybrid system will allow you to use both water and sand.

Apart from sand and water, there is another state of the art super absorbent polymer named H2OLD BaseGel.

9. What type of rim performs best?

Pro-style compression breakaway is the best and you should be aiming to buy this.

Standard rim and compression rim can be the choice for kids hoops or fresh beginners hoops.

10. Is there any service provider available to assemble the portable hoop?

Yes, definitely. You can call your nearby service provider (google it). Or here you can find the professional service provider at a reasonable price.

Hiring service provider is not must. But it can save a lot of your time and keep you away from the hassle.

11. What is the difference between a kids hoop and a professional hoop?

There are quite a few differences, that’s why we categorized them into two categories.

You may not spend a lot for a complete beginner or a kid, but safety measure is something you must consider. That is why balancing the budget and quality is important here. Our selection list of budget hoops will exactly serve that purpose.

But for youth and adult meaning intermediate and advanced players should spend more to get the professional performance.

The quality of the backboard material, performance, the capacity of the supporting base, the rim quality, the height adjustment mechanism all these parameters are important to consider when choosing a goal for youth and adults to get the professional feel and good performance.

We covered the differences and other factors throughout this article.

BaseGel Basketball Goal Portable Bases Polymer – What, Why, and How?

basegel polymer gel for hoop base - h2old

Don’t you think lifting the heavy sandbags or pouring only water is kind of old days style of filling the base? Why not try the state of the art method to do the job?  This method ensures less hassle for you but more stability to the base.

Yes, we are talking about the H2Old BaseGel, which is a super absorbent polymer that you can use in place of sand or water to support the transportable goal’s base.

Here one 16 oz of bottle replaces 400 lbs of sand or 40 gallons of water when added to water.
The recipe for filling up the base with this polymer is an easy process.

Here is how.
1) Add ⅔ of the BaseGel to the base.
2)Next, fill the half of the base with water.
3)Then, Add the remaining BaseGel to the base.
4) Add water up to the recommended fill level of the base.

Done! In 2-3 minutes the BaseGel will turn into a stable and firm gel. That’s it. How easy is that?
Why do we prefer using BaseGel in place of sand or water? Particularly we highly recommend you to use the BaseGel instead of water.

It is because
1)This polymer resists leaks if small holes or cracks develop in the base.
2) Environment-friendly.
3) No problem to use in any climate.

How to remove BaseGel from the base?
Although you won’t want to remove the BaseGel until it is really necessary. Because this gel will remain as a firm gel for 7 years or more. But if you want to remove it for any reason, then here is the process.
1)Use simple table salt and water solution to reverse the BaseGel back to liquid.
2)Done! Remove the liquid as you do in case of water.
Have more question on BaseGel? Visit this page to know the answer to the frequently asked question.

Watch this video from H2Old to understand the process visually.

if you do not know about the different types of hoops then no worries. We are going to brief you in the next section.

What Are the Different Types of Basketball Hoops?

You will find three types of basketball goal for playing recreational matches. Portable, in-ground, and wall-mount.

Portable Goals

portable basketball hoop infographic

Due to the portability benefit, portable goals are now the most popular type of basketball goals. The main advantage of this kind of hoop is that you can carry, place and play anywhere you like to play.

Carrying a movable basketball goal is not troublesome if you have proper knowledge about it. We will discuss those later in this article. Portable goals have wheels that make life easier when you move them from one place to another.

Are you wondering if this type of hoops is stable or not? They are stable. To maintain the stability you can always fill the base with water, and sand. Some bigger hoops have space to place bricks or other materials on top of the base to make the base even more stable.

The only drawback of cheaper portable basketball goals is, they tend to shake and vibrate too often, whereas the expensive ones remain stiffer than their low-price counterparts. It is always “what you pay is what you get.

In-Ground Hoops

As the name implies this type of hoops is cemented directly into the ground. So once you set up an in-ground hoop, you can not move it anywhere else. The main benefit of this type of basketball goal is they are very rigid and sturdy, resulting in greater stability than portable goals.

Wall-Mount Goals

This is another self-explanatory category of the basketball goal. They are mounted straight on the wall. These are the least favorite type, but you can save space using them.

So after knowing about the three types of basketball hoops, it is very much clear that each of the types has some advantages and disadvantages.

But obviously, the portable basketball goals will be the perfect choice as they give everything you need from a hoop.

Why Portable Basketball Hoops?

  • They are transportable; you can move anywhere and play.
  • Transportation is very easy.
  • You can adjust the height.
  • Very much affordable and cheaper than in-ground goals.
  • You just assemble, and it’s ready to go. No need to dig a hole or something.
  • You can keep it in the garage during the bad weather to retain its quality.

The Downside of Portable Goals

The major downside of movable basketball goals is, you should avoid ring hanging after scoring. At best you can do slam dunking, but you must not hang on the ring after dunking.

Exciting time ahead. Now we are going to dig into the buying guide so that you can educate yourself enough to make the right decision and buy the top portable basketball hoop based on your need and choice.

Things to Know to Choose the Best Movable Basketball Hoop

Now we are going to teach you briefly about the basketball goal construction that will help you to learn different buying factors.

Backboard Materials

The first thing you need to know about a movable basketball hoop is the merit and demerits of different kind of backboard materials. Backboard materials are directly related to the performance, and longevity of the hoop.

There are four types of backboard materials available on the market. Plastic (Polyethylene), Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Tempered glass.

 

backboard rebound

Plastic(Polyethylene)

This is the cheapest material among the four types of backboard materials. No doubt this material is used to make budget hoops.

This material is only suitable for kids as they mostly play a game for a recreational purpose. The ball almost does not rebound after hitting the backboard. Most of the time balls just drop down instead of bouncing off.

So if you are on a budget or you want to buy a basketball hoop for your kids, then this material is a good choice. Otherwise, you should not go for a basketball goal that has a plastic backboard.

Polycarbonate

The price of this material is higher than plastic but cheapest compared to acrylic and tempered glass. Although this is the most economical material compared to acrylic and tempered glass, the other side of the coin is Polycarbonate is the most durable, and strongest among all the available materials. Mostly intermediate, and professional players like this material as they tend to play rough games, and Polycarbonate backboard is not going to break ever.

While durability and strength offer good value, there is a downside of this material as well. Balls don’t reflect well after hitting the backboard, and this will give a dead feeling which in turns may put bad impact on your play.

Acrylic

Acrylic is the most popular basketball hoop among the players. The performance of acrylic is better than the polycarbonate materials. That means the ball reflect more than the polycarbonate backboard, resulting in better rebounding play. Concerning durability, this is also a durable material, although not as durable as its polycarbonate counterpart. What about the price? Price is very much affordable, not too high, not even too low.

Tempered Glass

If quality and performance are two of the topmost priorities of you, then we recommend you to go for tempered glass material. Balls reflect so well after hitting the backboard that you will almost get the feeling of a professional game. That means you will get good rebound once the ball hits the backboard.

No wonder why the tempered glass backboards are expensive, it is because of their quality. If you are serious about your game, you should go for tempered glass backboards.

Backboard Size

Different portable basketball goals come with the different size of backboards. The large backboard is helpful for rebounding play as well as distance, and angle shooting.

For a learner or beginner 44’’ backboard size is perfect. On the other hand, 48’’- 50’’ range is ideal for practicing drives to the basket and bank shots. Usually, teenagers use this size of backboards. 50’’ – 60’’ size is preferred by the aggressive players while the regulation backboards are 72’’. 60’’ will be enough for you to have the professional feel.

Rim

Rim is another principle object of a basketball goal. Rim should be 18 inches in diameter from edge to edge so that the ball can easily go through it. There are mainly three types of rims available on the market. Standard rim, Compression breakaway rim, Pro-style compression breakaway rim.

Standard Rim

 

standard rim

The standard rim is not for the players who like to do slam dunking very often. Why? As standard rim does not have any spring, and it is fixed, so it will break the backboard if you hang onto the rim after scoring. That is why it is suitable for casual/recreational play, especially for young or junior players.

Compression Breakaway Rim

 

compression breakaway rim

Compression breakaway rims are better than standard rim if you like slam dunking very often. The use of springs makes this type of rim somewhat ok for frequent slam dunking. But remember they are ok for moderate dunking not ok for ring hanging or harder dunking.

The springs are not covered for compression breakaway rim that makes the rim bouncy, but the downside is, it can rust over time.

Pro-Style Compression Breakaway Rim (Covered Springs)

Pro-Style-Compression-Breakaway-Rim

Pro-style compression breakaway rims are perfect for you if you have the habit of slam dunking. But still, we advise you not to do it very frequently to minimize the damage of the backboard.

The springs are covered, and concerning quality, this type of rim has got the highest quality compared to its other counterparts. You guess it right. As the quality is high, the price is also higher than standard compression breakaway rim. Pro-style rims are also less bouncy than standard compression breakaway rim.

Supporting Base

Since you are searching for the top portable basketball hoop so you must consider knowing about supporting base.

The size of the base varies. Some goals have a base size of 27 gallons, some are in the range of 35 to 40 gallons, and some are 50+ gallons. The bigger sized base gives more stability and security than the smaller sized base. Why? Because you can put more water or sand inside the base to make it stable on the ground.

If you buy a base with wheels, then it will be helpful for you to move the hoop very quickly.

Just remember one thing. If you are staying in a location where the weather gets cold, try to mix some antifreeze in the base. Otherwise, there is a chance of water expanding, resulting in a damaged base.

The “Lifetime” (brand) hoops are exceptional in this situation. Their bases are made of Polyethylene plastic which expands when the water freezes.

You can fill the base of the transportable basketball hoops with the state of the art solution BaseGel Basketball Goal Portable Bases Polymer. You can also use only water or sand. Water is easier to manage as far as filling, draining, and moving are concerned. On the other hand, sand gives better stability than water. But using BaseGel polymer is the perfect solution in terms of filling, draining, moving, and stability.

Supporting Pole

Supporting pole is also a crucial part of the portable basketball systems as it is responsible for maintaining the stability of the goal. Mainly there are three types of pole designs. Three pieces, two pieces, and one piece.

Three pieces

Three pieces support pole is found mainly in the cheapest and middle tier portable basketball hoop. In this case, the hoop shakes most compared to other types.

Two pieces

Two pieces support pole is mainly found in the top quality portable basketball hoops. This kind of pole gives more stability than three pieces supporting pole and capable of tolerating rough play.

One piece

One piece support pole is used in case of in-ground basketball systems.

Height Adjustment

Any movable basketball goal should have the height adjustment feature. Previously it was not possible for the kids to have fun with basketball as the standard height of the hoop is 10 feet. A kid is not able to score a goal at that height. To make the life easy for everyone, almost any transportable goal comes with height adjustment system.

Previously a broom handle was required to adjust the height, but these days there are some other comfortable techniques that have been introduced. Here are some height adjustment mechanisms you will find in the modern age portable systems.

Telescoping Pole

This is a procedure where you lean the hoop over then unscrew a bolt. After adjusting the height up or down, you re-insert the knob. This is basically how a telescoping pole adjustment mechanism works.

Commonly you can adjust a telescoping pole from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inches increments.

Generally, you will find this mechanism in the cheaper goals that are used for the kids mostly.

Broomstick Adjustment

This height adjustment procedure is also called “exact height” or “ratchet adjustment.”

Working Mechanism

A pole or broomstick is used to unlock the ratchet behind the backboard. Then the same pole or broomstick is used to adjust the height ( high or low according to your choice).

This height adjustment procedure is mostly used to make low-cost portable goals.

Trigger Handle/Action Grip

This type of height adjustment is also called one-hand height adjustment.

Working Mechanism

The process is relatively easy. The height adjustment mechanism is located behind the pole. You will find a handle with a trigger behind the pole. You just have to squeeze the trigger then move the handle up and down. This will make the channel slides up and down. Once you release the trigger, the backboard will be stabilized.

Power Lift/Pneumatic Adjustment

This is also an instant, fast one-hand height adjustment procedure.

Working Mechanism

In this case, the process of adjusting height is also very easy. Even better than action grip and also durable. You simply have to squeeze the handle, and the gas pressure will help to make the height high or low. As this mechanism uses gas to assist the adjustment, this is also called “gas shock” or “hydraulic” system.

The main benefit of this procedure is, you don’t have to adjust the height in 6 inches increment. After grabbing the handle you can release it anytime, and the backboard will be stabilized right there, that means you can increase or decrease the height in infinite increments.

Because of the simplicity of this mechanism, even a kid can adjust the height.

Crank Handle

This is another easy to do adjustable height procedure. Although not as comfortable as action grip or power lift mechanism. But better than telescopic or broomstick mechanism.

Working Mechanism

In this case, a crank is located at the back of the pole. You just have to turn the crank to adjust the height high or low.

Portable Hoop Maintenance Checklist

Just in case you are wondering how you can do the maintenance of a movable hoop to make it usable for the long run, here are some tips.

  • Clean the pole, backboard, base, etc. You can clean things with regular household cleaning solutions and detergents. Vehicle cleaning agents are also good to go.
  • Remove the streak from the backboard.
  • If you use water to fill up the base, then check the water level regularly.
  • Check the nylon net. If it is damaged or worn change it. If you are planning to go for a vacation or not using the hoop for a longer period of time for any reason take down the net and keep it inside your home to ensure it’s durability.
  • Check the nuts and bolts, tighten them if required.
  • Lubricate the parts if needed.
  • Take care of the rim. As you and other players will tend to dunk, the rim will be affected more than any other parts of the hoop. If required contact the manufacturer for the replacement if they provide it.
  • See if there is any rusting over the time, try to remove the rust using the methods shown in this wikihow article or simply use emery cloth to remove them. You can follow this another wikihow guide to paint rusty steel.
  • If the rust has penetrated the pole area replace the pole immediately for your safety.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed reading our portable basketball hoop reviews and found it helpful to find the best portable basketball hoop based on your requirement. We tried to explain every detail of the products with pros and cons so that you can take an educated decision before buying a portable basketball goal.

One important thing we should mention that we covered only those topics in our buying guide those are important to consider before buying the product. We believe, dumping unnecessary information is useless.

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