Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve covered the best outdoor games, trampolines, and exercise gear, here we’ve rounded up the best indoor and outdoor basketball hoops as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated basketball hoop
Indoor basketball hoops (which require less maintenance and setup than outdoor versions) tend to be the most popular options on Amazon, and with over 3,000 reviews, this is the No. 1 best seller in wall-mounted hoops. Reviewers love it for themselves and their kids, with one even saying it’s “impossible NOT to use it at least once a day.” Another enthusiastic reviewer considers it a confidence booster: “As an Asian man with a below-average height, this mini basketball hoop has me questioning my career path. Call me the Asian Steph Curry, since I continue to drain hoops.”
Many reviewers note that the plexiglass backboard can be very noisy indoors when used with the mini rubber ball it comes with and suggest swapping it out for a lighter foam ball. Several others report that mounting the backboard flush against the wall, versus over the door, can increase stability.
Best-rated (less expensive) basketball hoop
This over-the-door alternative from Spalding NBA has racked up over 1,000 reviews. Many shoppers agree that, compared with the competition, this option is the best for quality and price. One reviewer, who has owned four different over-the-door backboards, says this one is by far the best: “It is sturdy, well made, and the one my kids have played with the most and longest.”
Other parents seemed surprised at how realistic it is. One who “was expecting a flimsy plastic net with a plastic basketball like you see on infomercials” instead found “a high-quality plastic backboard, a metal rim with springs that bend downwards for dunks, a real net, and a miniature Spalding basketball” — which he found ideal for “real indoor one-on-one.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of basketball hoop you might be looking for.
Best outdoor basketball rim
Reviewers appreciate this single basketball rim for the hassle-free assembly. One happy shopper called it “a slam dunk of a product! Really solid, sturdy, and easy to attach.” Many used it to replace an old, dinky basketball rim, so they loved the high-quality frame “made of real, heavy steel” and the easy installation: “The rim contained all the parts to replace the original, including the ‘breakaway’ springs and brackets. Installation was simple, and I had it up and ready to use in 20 minutes.”
Best in-ground basketball hoop
Installing an in-ground basketball hoop can require some elbow grease, which many reviewers note was the case with this best-selling Silverback hoop. But the overwhelming majority were pleased with the results. One reviewer was skeptical of the high price tag but ended up being blown away with the finished product. “Everything was perfect, from shipping to the final installed product. Besides the pain of digging a deep hole and the concrete work, which I finished with a neighbor’s help, everything else was easy to set up.” A few weren’t so sure about the stability of this hoop for dunking but said the wobble didn’t affect the quality of a game.
Best portable basketball hoop
At under $500, this portable Lifetime Height basketball system with a shatterproof backboard is the best for the money, according to the bulk of reviews. “Only had the hoop for a week, but the quality for the price is second to none,” said one who compared prices across a bunch of stores and was equally impressed with the directions. “Took me about six hours solo —but I’m the least handy person you’ll meet.” Not everyone thought the setup was a breeze, but most agreed that, once installed, it’s built to last and sturdy (even more so with a few sandbags piled on top).
Best basketball hoops for kids
Many shoppers appreciated that this basketball set for kids sizes up from two to four feet to match your kid’s height. Generally, parents said it was a hit for their children, like one who called it “a four-foot-tall plastic babysitter.” A number of reviewers complain that the hoop can fall off easily but noted that it’s easy to transport from inside to outside and holds up under duress. “Durable for a destructive toddler and so easy to assemble,” says one. “If you’re looking to start training your kid to be your future payday, this hoop is it. It grows with your all-star and is perfect for a living-room sports court.”
Step2 designed this basketball set for slightly bigger kids — it starts at four feet tall and extends up to six feet — though some reviewers indicate that it’s suitable for the whole family. “My seven-year-old son, ten-year-old daughter, my husband, and I all play with this. We were all surprised at how tall it is once assembled and how nice it looks,” says one. Many parents admire how easy the pole is to adjust for growing kids — “one of the few toys we can get our daughter that she doesn’t tower over within a few months” — and its general adaptability. “Sturdy, easily adjustable, and easy to move outside or inside, depending on where we want to play,” confirms one reviewer.
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