Recently, I was given the task of finding the best portable basketball hoop for my family. I was given this task because, well, I am the Dad, the alpha-male in our family if you will.

Unfortunately, I know very little about basketball, and even less about finding a great portable hoop. But, after about 40 hours scouring the web, and two purchases later – I found what I think is the best portable hoop! 

These hoops speak to everyone’s inner athlete. You can channel Michael Jordan in your driveway, or wherever you decide to set it up…even if your best athletic talent involves a recliner and your favorite frosty beverage.

With that being said, I decided to write this review for everyone like me, who didn’t know there were a plethora of these delightful things available that can run the gambit price-wise, from just over a hundred dollars to several grand.

As I learned, research is key to finding the best portable basketball hoop.

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A portable hoop can be super convenient and a great little addition for your family. 

Let’s start with a short product description: These basketball hoops are designed for people who do not want to mount a hoop on their property or just do not have the room to designate a space to a permanent basketball hoop.

This product would also be ideal for someone that would be interested in keeping a hoop in their driveway with the option of taking their game on the road, like a friendly pick-up game at a friend or family member’s house.

For this reason, the best portable basketball systems are easy to set up, take down, and set back up again.

Most of these hoops disassemble so that they can be moved even after they have been assembled.

These basketball hoops have a backboard that can range in size from 43 inches to 60 inches, depending on which model you chose.

Most of these hoops can be adjusted up and down, ranging in height from 6 foot for your little gamer, who wants “to be like Mike” all the way up to the NBA regulation of 10-foot-tall for your older gamers.

These hoops have a plastic or PVC ballast base that can be filled with sand or water and most have wheels on the base so that the hoop can be moved even after it is filled. (not like the in-ground, steel pole goals)

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Hours of practice and fun are what you have to look forward to with a top-notch portable basketball system.

I hope that regardless of which one you choose, these wonderful products offer you endless hours of enjoyment while you spend time with your family and friends, and perhaps even get a little exercise while you enjoy them!

Below I offer a list of the best portable hoops, starting with the most economical, moving to the more luxurious models.

I decided to go about middle of the road where economical met luxury, and I am very happy with my decision as it allowed me to retain my alpha-male status.

Picture Title Votes  
Lifetime 1531 Portable Basketball System, 48 Inch Shatterproof Backboard 137 Check Price
Spalding Pro Slam Portable NBA 54 123 Check Price
Lifetime 54 Inch Acrylic Portable Basketball Hoop 119 Check Price
Spalding NBA Hercules Portable Basketball Hoop - 54 116 Check Price
Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - Acrylic Backboard 107 Check Price
Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard 106 Check Price
Spalding NBA 102 Check Price
First Team Portable Basketball System - Hurricane Triumph FL 100 Check Price
Giantex 10ft 43'' Backboard In/outdoor Adjustable Height Basketball Hoop System 94 Check Price
Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop 83 Check Price
Spalding NBA Hercules Vertical Pole Portable Basketball System - 52 72 Check Price
Lifetime 51544 Front Court Portable Basketball System, 50 Inch Shatterproof Backboard 53 Check Price
Franklin Sports Full Size Hard Court Portable Basketball System 23 Check Price

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Lifetime 1531 Portable Basketball System, 48 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
The Lifetime 1531 portable basketball hoopt is the most economical product that features a break away rim, this would be important to the consumer that has a future NBA dunk star in the family.

This product also features a quick adjustment for its height.

The 48” shatterproof backboard is ni...
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Spalding Pro Slam Portable NBA 54
Spalding Pro Slam Portable NBA 54 hoop is the lowest cost option that offers an angled pole which was important to me, so that when you are going for a lay-up you do not end up running into the pole and getting laid out.

A 54” polycarbonate backboard that is virtually unbreakable gives a little...
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Lifetime 54 Inch Acrylic Portable Basketball Hoop
The Lifetime 54” portable basketball hoop has a great steel-framed acrylic backboard that makes it a very real seeming hoop.

This portable hoop system combines style with function, this product looks really good, with a 54” professional looking back board coupled with the manufacturers spring...
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Spalding NBA Hercules Portable Basketball Hoop - 54
This portable basketball hoop combines the best features of both bargain and luxury hoops.

TheSpalding NBA Hercules with the larger 54” backboard has all of the features of lower priced hoops, plus a few bonus features I did not know I needed until we started researching these products.

This...
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Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - Acrylic Backboard
This Spalding NBA Hybrid portable basketball hoop is one of the more luxurious top rated portable basketball hoops on this list.

If you are a serious baller and you know you’ll be using that hoop quite a bit, this maybe the best portable basketball hoop for you.

This product offers a hybrid ...
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Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
This portable basketball hoop is the still economical but still offers many of the same features found on the more expensive models.

With a 44” polycarbonate backboard that is virtually unbreakable, the Lifetime 1221 Pro Court portable basketball hoop is a great option if your games tend to get...
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Spalding NBA
This portable basketball hoop is definitely on the high end.

If you are looking for an accurate game experience, the regulation tempered glass backboard of this hoop is not common on other models.

This product also offers a break away rim and an easy screw and jack height adjustment.

If por...
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First Team Portable Basketball System - Hurricane Triumph FL
First Team product is the cream of the crop of portable basketball hoops.

This hoop offers a regulation sized tempered glass back board and 180 degree break away rim.

This system also offers adjustable height and padded uprights just in case someone runs into them.

This portable hoop is to...
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Giantex 10ft 43'' Backboard In/outdoor Adjustable Height Basketball Hoop System
The Giantex portable basketball hoop is very economical, but as the old adage goes, “You get what you pay for.”

It’s not quite as durable as other hoops on this list, but it offers solid construction and similar features as more expensive models, it is just made with cheaper materials.

I...
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Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop
The Silverback NXT portable basketball hoop is a very sleek looking basketball hoop.

The maker of this hoop brags that it only takes 90 minutes to assemble compared to the 4-8 hours of assembly of competitors.

This product is aimed for the consumer looking for the convenience and portability o...
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Spalding NBA Hercules Vertical Pole Portable Basketball System - 52
This Spalding portable basketball hoop comes from a trusted name in sports equipment, and it’s a very good example of what to expect from the best portable basketball hoop.

The Spalding NBA Hercules portable basketball hoop offers most of the features of the next expensive model with the except...
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Lifetime 51544 Front Court Portable Basketball System, 50 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
The Lifetime 51544 Front Court portable basketball hoop offers a very nice spring loaded rim which the manufacturer has named the “Slam-It” rim.

I found this rim very interesting and almost purchased this portable basketball rim but I did not like how small the base looked in the pictures and...
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Franklin Sports Full Size Hard Court Portable Basketball System
For a midrange option that won't break the bank, this portable basketball hoop from Franklin Sports might just be the best portable hoop you're looking for.

Designed to be used by either kids or adults alike, the 44" goal area goes from 5.5' to 10'.

This basketball system is protected by a weather



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What’s a Double-Double in Basketball?

A double-double refers to getting double figures (more than 10) in at least two of the main statistical categories (rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, points).

So, if you were to get 12 assists and 14 points, that would be a double-double. Most double-doubles occur with forwards and centers who get greater than 10 rebounds and greater than 10 points.

What Size Backboard Should I Get For a Driveway Hoop?

The quick answer is 48″. However, if you’re a hardcore baller and you have a big driveway, I’d definitely recommend upgrading to a 72″. You’ll pay a bit extra, but it feels so much more like real basketball when you can actually use the entire backboard.

How Long is a Basketball Game?

If you’re watching professional basketball, it’s 48 minutes (four quarters of 12 minutes each). If you’re watching a college game, it’s 40 minutes (two halfs of 20 minutes each).

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