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Goalrilla Vs Mammoth Basketball Hoops

Goalrilla Vs Mammoth Basketball Hoops


The two biggest names in premium home basketball hoops are Goalrilla and Mammoth. These two brands can offer you nearly pro style play right in your driveway. While these two types of hoops may seem very similar, there are actually some important difference you should be aware of if you are going to purchase one of these hoops.

54 Inch Goalrilla And Mammoth Hoops

The 54 inch model Goalrilla is the GLR GS 54 Basketball System. The 54 inch model Mammoth hoop is the 54 inch Lifetime Mammoth In Gound Hoop. These are two very similar hoops. They both have five inch square poles, they both have the same size glass backboard, both are protected by a limited lifetime warranty, and they both can be adjusted from 7.5 to 10 feet in height. But they are different in some important ways.

The Mammoth and Goalrilla basketball hoops, across all sizes, have different adjustment systems. All Mammoth hoops use an air pneumatic adjustment system. While the Goalrilla basketball hoops allow you to adjust the hoop up and down by turning a crank. The Goalrilla hoop hoop has an overhang of thirty inches, while the Mammoth hoop has a slightly longer overhang of 35 inches.

But other than that , they hoops are very similar in quality in play. The Goalrilla goal is a better deal, since you can purchase it online for about $1000, while the Mammoth hoop usually sells for around $1200. Unless a longer overhang is important to you, get the Goalrilla hoop.

Goalrilla 54 Inch Basketball SystemLifetime Mammoth Basketball Hoop

60 Inch Goalrilla and Mammoth Hoops

The major difference between the Mammoth Hoop and the Goalrilla 60 inch models is the pole size. While the Mammoth hoop still has a five inch pole, the Goalrilla hoop benefits from a bigger six inch pole. That extra inch on the pole provides a much stronger and sturdier backboard, which provides better rebound for bank shots. While the Goalrilla 60 Inch costs a little more than the Mammoth model, it’s definitely a higher quality system.

Goalrilla 60 Inch Basketball HoopMammoth 60 Inch Basketball Hoop



72 Goalrilla And Mammoth Hoops

If you want to get a real NBA experience,both Goalrilla and Mammoth have basketball hoops with 72 inch backboards. But while Mammoth provides one 72 inch unit, Goalrilla offers a few pro style units. The higher end ones can comes with advanced features like half inch thick glass (as opposed to ⅜ inch) and thicker 6 x 8 inch poles. If you really want some of the best basketball that you can get on a home system, then you should look to a higher end system like the Goalrilla E1 Basketball System.

Goalrilla basketball Hoop

Lifetime Basketball Hoops

Lifetime Basketball Hoops


The most popular brand of goals is the Lifetime basketball hoops. you will find these goals in more driveways than any other brand. And there’s a good reason for this, besides offering a wide variety of goals.

Lifetime literally has hundreds of goals to offer home basketball players. But to help you decide which one is the best one for you

Affordable Basketball Hoops

If you have an eye on your budget, there are fortunately a few options for someone who wants a good basketball system at a low price point. If you want to get an in ground basketball hoop, the Lifetime 1079 Height Adjustable In-Ground Basketball System with 48-Inch Backboard is one of the best choices that you can make.

If you want a portable system, then you should go with the Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Backboard. It is one of the most affordable systems on the market, under $100, and consequently one of the most popular basketball hoops that you can buy. Buyers should be aware, however, that this type of hoop has no overhang, meaning that the pole is attached directly to the backboard.

Mid Range Basketball Hoops

If you want something that is a little higher quality than the budget models, without really breaking the bank, you have a few good options. Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball System with 54-Inch Shatter Guard Backboard offers a much wider 54 inch backboard, plus an easy to use Power lift adjustment system.

If you would prefer a portable system with similar specs as the 71525, then take a look at the Lifetime 71524 XL Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 54-Inch Backboard. It has the same size backboard, the same adjustment system, and even the same overhang. But all that comes in a portable system you don’t have to cement into the ground.

High End Basketball Hoops

Looking to buy the best that the Lifetime brand can offer? For in ground basketball hoops, get the Lifetime 78888 Competition Series In-Ground Basketball Hoop with 54 Inch Shatter Guard Backboard. While all the other hoops on this list have a three and half inch round pole, this system has a four inch square pole. The thicker size and superior construction makes it sturdier and closer to an actual NBA backboard.

For a higher end portable hoop, get the Lifetime 71522 Competition XL Portable Basketball System with 54-Inch Shatter Guard Backboard.

Lifetime Ground Sleeve

If you are purchasing a Lifetime inground basketball hoop with a round pole, you may consider also buying the Lifetime In-Ground Sleeve for 3.5″ Round Pole. This accessory will make installation easier by allowing you to install your hoop without cementing the pole directly into the ground. Instead of the pole, you simply cement this sleeve. After the cement drives, you can simply slide the pole directly into the sleeve. In addition to making installation less of a headache, it also gives you the option of removing the pole, should you need the space or want to move the goal for any reason.

How Much Does a Basketball Hoop Cost?

How Much Does A Basketball Hoop Cost? (Really?)

Hoop Basics

The first question you will probably ask before starting to build your home or driveway basketball court is “How Much Does A Basketball Hoop Cost?” In truth the cost of basketball hoop depends upon what sort of basketball experience you want to have. A cheap kiddy hoop that children ten and under will have fun playing around on can cost less than $100. While a high quality basketball hoop that an NBA player would be proud to dunk on might set you back $2500.

There are a few questions to ask before you really narrow down how much you are going to pay for your basketball hoop?

What Is My Budget?

Firstly you should decide on what you willing to spend to get a basketball hoop in your drive. Since they vary so widely in price, a maximum price point will help you easily narrow down your options. Quality hoops can be had for a couple hundred dollars. But if you willing to pay a thousand dollars or more, you can enjoy a pro style basketball hoop that will last a lifetime.

Do I Want An In Ground Or Portable Basketball Hoop?

The next question you should ask yourself is whether you want a basketball hoop that installs directly in the ground or do you want a portable hoop that you can wheel into position. The primary advantage of in ground hoops is that they are much more stable and just plain feel a lot more like playing on a pro system. However, they are more difficult to install and require you purchase and use concrete in order to secure the pole.

Portable system on the other hand don’t have quite as good of a rebound, but they are easier to install and are less permanent. Rather than being cemented straight into the ground, they are weighed down by a base you fill with water or sand.

How Big Do I Want My Backboard To Be?

The pro size backboard is seventy two inches across. However, you can can smaller sizes. To get a full rundown of all of the backboard sizes, checkout our explanation of backboard materials. INCLUDE LINK

How Frequently Will I Need To Adjust The Basketball Hoop?

Are you going to keep your basketball hoop at the regulation height of ten feet, or are you going to adjust the hoop to lower heights in order to dunk or accommodate younger players?

Take a look at our adjustment system guide INCLUDE LINK to learn about the different adjustment systems that come with basketball hoops, and how they work.

Do I Need Any Accessories?

You should also consider that the basketball goal itself is not the only expense associated with building a home basketball system. You will also needs a basketball. If you choose an inground basketball hoop, you will have to also purchase cement. If you want to keep your ball from rolling somewhere you don’t want it go, will you also have to purchase a guard net. To get a review of all the accessories you can use to check out our accessories guide. (INCLUDE LINK)


In Ground Basketball Hoop

In Ground Basketball Hoops

Hoop Basics

In Ground basketball hoops should be the first choice for anyone who wants the absolute best basketball experience at home. Since they are cemented in the ground, the poles are much more rigid, giving better rebound. Installed poles can also carry sturdier brackets and backboards, so the rest of the parts of the basketball hoop are usually better quality than portable hoops. While these units take more effort to install, and require you to buy concrete from a local hardware store, they last long and are a blast to play on.

Low End In Ground Basketball Hoops

Shopping for basketball hoops on a budget? There are a few options under $300 that can help you start playing basketball at your home without breaking the bank.

One of the most affordable options is the Spalding 88351 NBA 44″ Polycarbonate Backboard In-Ground Basketball System. This bare bones system has a 44 inch backboard, a 3.5 inch pole, and a 16 inch offset (the distance from the pole to the backboard.) It includes an adjustment system that can bring the basketball hoop all the way from the regulation height of 10 feet down to 7.5 feet, so it’s great for kids.

Spalding Basketball Hoop

If you want to get something a little more advanced, but still very affordable, consider the Lifetime In-Ground Basketball System with Shatterproof Fusion Backboard, 50-Inch. This system features a bigger, 50 inch backboard and an easier to use adjustment system.

Lifetime Fusion Basketball Hoop

To make installation easier for this system, and all Lifetime systems, also purchase the ground sleeve. Rather than cementing the basketball hoop directly into the ground, you just have to cement this sleeve, and slide the pole into the sleeve. In addition, the sleeve gives the power to remove the basketball hoop easily should you want to.

Medium Range Basketball Hoops

If you have a little more money to spend on an in ground basketball goal, then you can afford to get systems with bigger backboards, sturdier poles, and longer offsets.

Do you want a pro-style glass backboard but don’t have thousands to spend? Then you should get the Silverback SB-54iG In-Ground Basketball System with 54-Inch Tempered Glass Backboard. Despite being under $600, the Silverback system includes a 54-Inch Temperated glass backboard for super high quality rebounds, making it one of the best bangs for your buck in the industry.

Silverback basketball Hoop

If you are willing to spend a little more on a bigger backboard, they also have a model with a backboard that is sixty inches wide: the Silverback SB-60 In-Ground Basketball System with 60-Inch Aluminum Framed Tempered Glass Backboard. Both silverback systems include a 7 year warranty that protects the goals.

Silverback basketball goal

High End Basketball Hoops

Do you want to get the best of the best? There a few basketball systems that can make playing in your driveway feel like you’re playing in Madison Square Garden.

One of the best systems on the market right now is the Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System with Glass Backboard, 72-Inch. It has a glass backboard, and is in every sense is a 100% pro style system, down to the regulation 72 inch board and four foot offset.

Spalding Arena View Basketball backboard