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Best Indoor Basketball For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Indoor Basketball at a Great Price
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
Overview
Typical Needs

You love basketball and you want a indoor ball with good feel that will last you for a few years.  You also don't want to spend too much since it's pretty easy to lose aka get it stolen.  

Best Value Brands

Molten, Spalding, Wilson

Price You Should Pay

Between $36.99 and $69.95 to get best value.

Best Five Products for the Money
F5 Score:
9.3/10
Pros
 
Cheap Price
 
High Rating
 
Cover Material (Composite / Synthetic Leather)
 
Wide Channels
Cons
None
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$45.00
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F5 Score:
8.8/10
Pros
 
Cheap Price
 
High Rating
 
Cover Material (Composite / Synthetic Leather)
 
Wide Channels
Cons
None
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$47.99
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F5 Score:
8.3/10
Pros
 
Cheap Price
 
High Rating
 
Cover Material (Composite / Synthetic Leather)
 
Wide Channels
Cons
None
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$36.99
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F5 Score:
8.1/10
Pros
 
High Rating
 
Cover Material (Composite / Synthetic Leather)
 
Wide Channels
Cons
None
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$69.95
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F5 Score:
7.9/10
Pros
 
High Rating
 
Cover Material (Composite / Synthetic Leather)
 
Wide Channels
Cons
None
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$52.25
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Composite / Synthetic Leather or Genuine Leather
Recommended
100%
Products Meet Recommendation
$0.00
Price Difference for Requirement

Composite / Synthetic Leather is the most popular cover material with ninety percent of the indoor basketballs we reviewed having it at an average price of $86.59. We recommend that cover material be composite / synthetic leather or genuine leather.

The basketball cover material is very important to pay attention to when buying a new basketball.  For indoor use you should always get composite leather.  It offers the softest feel and doesn't require any break in time like leather does.  Buy a rubber ball if you plan on playing outside with it.  Try to stay away from the indoor/outdoor balls.  Once you use it outside it's not going to feel the same, it's better just to buy one indoor ball and one rubber ball for outdoor use.

Yes
Recommended
100%
Products Meet Requirement
$91.44
Avg Product Price w Feature
$0.00
Price Difference for Feature

One hundred percent of the products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $91.44. There is no price difference whether you get a wide channels or not, we believe it's a must have feature.

Basketball channels are just the black indent that wraps around the ball.  They can have different thickness depending on the ball.  Wider channels allow you to grip and palm the ball easier.

18%
Products with Feature
$73.15
Avg Product Price w Feature
-$22.37
Price Difference for Feature

Eighteen percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $73.15. The price on average for a air retention technology (never flat) is actually $22.37 cheaper than without one, it might make sense to get a indoor basketball with this feature to save money.

Some basketball have been designed to hold air pressure for longer times than a regular basketball.  Spalding has marketed this technology under the name "NeverFlat".  It's a nice feature that Spalding claims will keep the air in the ball up to 10 times longer.

0%
Products with Feature
$0.00
Avg Product Price w Feature
-$91.44
Price Difference for Feature

Zero percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $0.00. The price on average for a internal air pump is actually $91.44 cheaper than without one, it might make sense to get a indoor basketball with this feature to save money.

There are basketballs that come with an internal air pump just in-case you don't have a regular air pump around.  These have been known to break.

18%
Products with Feature
$82.63
Avg Product Price w Feature
-$10.77
Price Difference for Feature

Eighteen percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $82.63. The price on average for a moisture absorbing is actually $10.77 cheaper than without one, it might make sense to get a indoor basketball with this feature to save money.

Your hands are going sweat when you play and there will probably be moisture on the floor.  The ball is going to get a little wet and a moisture absorbing ball will work like a sponge so that the ball doesn't slip out of your hands.

64%
Products with Feature
$72.74
Avg Product Price w Feature
-$51.45
Price Difference for Feature

Sixty-four percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $72.74. The price on average for nfhs/ncaa approved is actually $51.45 cheaper than without one, it might make sense to get a indoor basketball with this feature to save money.

National Federation of State Highschool Associations is the organization that makes the rules for most of the high school sports in the United States.  A NFHS approved basketball is just approved to be used during high school basketball games, this is very important if you're buying balls for your high school.

18%
Products with Feature
$203.75
Avg Product Price w Feature
+$137.26
Price Difference for Feature

Eighteen percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $203.75. The price on average for a smart basketball is an additional $137.26, you might want to pass on it if you don't absolutely need it.

A smart basketball has a computer chip in it that allows you to track your shooting through your smart phone.  It could be useful for practice but you wouldn't want to use these balls in a pickup game.  The software isn't perfect and the balls are pretty expensive.

9%
Products with Feature
$36.99
Avg Product Price w Feature
-$59.90
Price Difference for Feature

Nine percent of products we reviewed have this feature with an average price of $36.99. The price on average for a wave grip is actually $59.90 cheaper than without one, it might make sense to get a indoor basketball with this feature to save money.

Wave grip was designed to give you even better control of the ball since it adds extra channels on the ball.  Many players don't like the feel of this type of ball because it feels a lot different than the conventional ball.