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Best Portable Basketball Hoop For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Portable Basketball Hoop at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
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.
Lifetime 71566 XLLifetime 51550Lifetime 54 InchFirst Team InvaderSpalding 68564
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Cheap ($229)
Average ($379)
Cheap ($311)
Average ($467)
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Features Needed
All-Weather Net
At Least 44" Backboard
- 50''
- 48''
- 54''
- 44''
- 54''
Durable Backboard
- Polycarbonate (Shatter-proof)
- Polycarbonate (Shatter-proof)
- Polycarbonate (Shatter-proof)
- Acrylic
- Acrylic
Easy Adjustment
- 7.5 - 10 Feet (Telescope adjuster)
- 8-10 Feet (Speed Shift adjust)
- 7.5 to 10 Feet (Trigger system)
- 7.5 - 10 Feet
- 7.5 to 10 Feet (Screw Jack lift crank)
Spring Back Rim
- Double compressed
- Double compressed
- 5/8 inch ring of solid steel
Sturdy Base
- 35-gallon base
- 33-Gallon Capacity Base
- 40-gallon base
- 5-year
- 5-year
- 5-year
- 1 year
- 5-year
Wheels On The Base
Features Not Needed
60" Plus Backboard
UV-Protected Backboard
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Nothing beats that game winning shot with 1 second left in the game, especially when that shot takes place in your own backyard. We have all played that magical moment in our heads, but it is not always easy to secure a basketball hoop outside our homes. Fortunately, there are portable hoops which can be convenient and affordable if you know what to look for.

When seeking the perfect portable basketball hoop there are a few features you’ll want to look for. First you’ll want to find a system that easy to adjust. The crank height adjuster is the most durable and easiest to use. Although cheaper, a lot of times the “trigger activated systems” tend to break easily and will cost you in the long run. A telescope adjust is a good system too. 

Another feature you’ll want to look for are wheels on the base. As you will be filling the base with either sand or water it will be easier to transport the hoop with the wheels. Wheels at the front of the base makes it easier to move.  

As lot of us like to emulate our favorite stars on the court, so a spring back rim is essential for durability when dunking the ball.  The backboard will crack if there is no give on the rim.

Most nets were made for indoor courts, so all weather nets are a nice feature. They generally don’t cost much more and keep you from having to replace the net every few months, especially if you live in a damp climate.

When choosing the backboard selecting an acrylic surface will do just fine. You do not have to pay extra for the “shatter proof fusion”, usually made from Makrolon (a polycarbonate plastic.) Acrylic boards have been used for years and are durable enough, especially for a home game or just shooting around. 

One area you can find yourself spending more money is on the backboard size. You don’t need to spend extra on the larger 60” plus backboards. Anywhere from 44”-52” will be more than adequate. 

A UV protector may be a nice feature, but really is not worth the extra money, the material the hoop is made from should be durable enough. If the elements are a concern to you a cheap tarp or canvas can be draped over the hoop, set at its lowest height setting. 

To add support to the hoop there is a bladder system built into the base, where water or sand can be used to keep the hoop from moving or tipping. If you live in a colder climate you may want to choose sand to fill the base, as water may freeze and cause the base to expand and crack. The larger the base the more support you will get, as it can hold more sand or water. Any base over 33-gallons will do just fine. 

For extra support you can use sand bags placed along the base of the unit. It's also smart to invest in a pole pad just in-case you run into the pole during a drive to the basket.

First Team has been producing sporting equipment for almost twenty years. Their hoops feature a great "crank" adjuster that makes very easy to adjust their unit and provides durability. 

Lifetime has made some nice portable systems over the years. They are a family owned business that invented the the Quick Adjust system, which allows players to adjust the hoop with a broom or stick. The back all their products with a 5 year warranty. 

Spalding is a nice system and has been used for years in both the NBA and the NCAA. Overall their systems are durable, but they tend to add a lot of features (fortified backboard or re-bounder) to their systems, which could end up costing you more.  

Portable basketball hoops are a great way for one to practice or just have a pick-up game at home without having to dig in to the ground or mount anything to a garage. They are easily adjusted and can be stored in the corner of the yard or garage if space is needed.

Features You Need
All-Weather Net, At Least 44" Backboard, Durable Backboard, Easy Adjustment, Spring Back Rim, Sturdy Base, Warranty, Wheels On The Base
Features You Don't Need
60" Plus Backboard, UV-Protected Backboard
What You Should Pay
Between $228.98 - $467.48
Top Of The Line Price
Over $1,000.00