Unlike in ground units, portable basketball hoops don’t have to be cemented into the ground. The advantage to this is that you don’t have to worry about the pain of a cement installation. You also have the freedom to move your basketball hoop anywhere you want. For example, if you want to move your basketball hoop in your garage in the evenings, you only have to wheel it in when the play is done.
Rather than being supported by a cemented pole, portable basketball hoops are supported with a large, hollow base can can be filled with either sand or water. While water is easier, cheaper, and simpler to empty, sand is a heavier material so it will give you a more stable hoop.
Here are some of the best portable basketball hoops that you can buy.
Highly Affordable Portable Basketball Hoops
One of the most affordable portable hoops that you can buy is the Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Backboard. At under a hundred dollars (not including shipping), it’s tough to beat the price point. Despite its low price, it’s still a decent hoop, with a 44 inch backboard and extends up to the regulation height of 10 feet.
Another similar system is the Huffy 61259 44″ Eco-Composite Portable Basketball System – Fan Shape. They both have similar stats, so you preference for one over the other depends upon which one you like more.
Mid Range Basketball Hoops
If want to spend a little bit more to get higher quality, consider the Lifetime 51550 Courtside Portable Basketball System with 48-Inch Shatterguard Backboard. It’s one of the best selling backboards in its price range for good reason: the decently size backboard and large 31 gallon base make this a very fun and sturdy system.
If you want to upgrade to a system with a fifty inch backboard, consider the Lifetime 1529 Courtside Base Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 50-Inch Shatter Fusion Backboard. It costs a few bucks more, but in exchange you get a larger backboard you can use to do cool bank shots.
High End Basketball Hoops
If you have a beefier budget and want to get some of the best home portable basketball hoops for the home player, complete with real glass backboards, Spalding has a couple options for you.
A cool option is the Spalding Portable Basketball System – 54″ Aluminum Trim Glass Backboard. This system has a massive forty gallon base and real tempered glass backboard. So it has one of the best rebounds that you can get in a portable system.
However, if you want the best of the best when comes to portable basketball hoops, then there’s only one option: the Spalding “The Beast” Portable Basketball Hoop – 60″ Glass Backboard. Not only does this system have a massive backboard (60 inches, which is very close to the NBA regulation size of 72 inches), but it also has a five inch square pole and fifty gallon base for incredible stability. Quite frankly, this the closest you can get to a pro quality system in a residential portable basketball hoop.