Best In Ground Basketball Hoops of 2016

In ground basketball hoops are a great option for anyone that has a flat driveway and that is planning stay at their current residence for many years.  Often, in ground basketball systems provide greater stability than their portable counterparts.  This produces more accurate and consistent bounce off the rim and backboard.  The prices for in ground basketball hoops can vary greatly from under $200 to into the thousands.  It is important to select an in ground hoop that meets your price point while having high enough quality to last years of play.  Below we have selected three in ground basketball hoops that we feel are of the highest quality.  The selections are categorized by price: least expensive, mid range, and high end.  This way you will be able to find a great hoop on any budget that will meet your unique basketball needs.

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Lifetime Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System

Goalrilla GS In-Ground Basketball System

Silverback In-Ground Basketball System

Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop

Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System

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Backboard Material: Tempered Glass    Tempered Glass  Tempered Glass  Polycarbonate  Polycarbonate
Backboard Sizes: 54, 60, and 72 Inches  54, 60, and 72 Inches  54 and 60 Inches  52 Inches  50 Inches
Backboard Thickness: 2" (Includes Backboard Frame)    3/8"  1/3"-1/5"  N/A  N/A
Offset: 4 Feet    3 Feet  3 Feet  22 Inches  22 Inches
Padding Included? Yes    No  Yes  Yes  Yes
Height Adjustment: 7.5-10 Feet/Infinite Increments  7.5-10 Feet/Infinite Increments  7.5-10 Feet/Infinite Increments  7.5-10 Feet/Infinite Increments  7.5-10 Feet/6" Increments
Support Pole Specs: 6" X 6" Square One-Piece Pole/Bolt Down Anchor  6" X 6" Square One-Piece Pole/Bolt Down Anchor  4" X 4" Square Two-Piece Pole/Bolt Down Anchor  3.5" Diameter Round Three-Piece Pole  3.5" Diameter Round Three-Piece Pole

 

Best Least Expensive In Ground Basketball Hoops

Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System with 50-Inch Shatter Guard Backboard


in ground basketball hoopsStability:     4 Stars (4 / 10)

Quality:      5 Stars (5 / 10)

Assembly:  6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)

Price:         9 Stars (9 / 10)

Value:         7 Stars (7 / 10)

Overall:     7.0 Stars (7.0 / 10)

Our first least expensive in ground basketball hoop option is the Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System.  This basketball goal is a great permanent option that features a high quality shatter guard backboard and spring back rim.  We like that this hoop is designed for high intensity and outdoor wear as you cannot always predict what punishment your hoop may go through.  The height adjustment system allows for dunking and offers younger players the ability to build their skills as they grow.  For the money (retails on Amazon for $289.00) we believe you will not find a better value.

Pros

  • Price of the Lifetime 71799 is affordable for an in ground basketball hoop (~$275)
  • Offers some additional bracing behind the backboard to make the basketball system more stable
  • Simple Action Grip pole makes height adjustment very easy

Cons

  • Polycarbonate backboards do not offer the responsiveness and performance of acrylic and tempered glass boards
  • The Lifetime 71799 In Ground Basketball Hoop does shake moderately when shooting

Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball System with 52-Inch Shatterproof Backboard

Stability:     4.5 Stars (4.5 / 10)

Quality:      5 Stars (5 / 10)

Assembly:  7 Stars (7 / 10)

Price:         8 Stars (8 / 10)

Value:         8 Stars (8 / 10)

Overall:     7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

 

The Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is a high quality value hoop that can take on a tough game of basketball between rivals.  It features a power-lift pole that is able to adjust the hoop’s height easily anywhere from 7 and a half to the regulation 10 feet.  This bad boy also has a double compression rim so that it can take on dunks as well as provide consistent performance on all kinds of shots.  This hoop also has a backboard pad to offer extra protection to players.  The backboard is 52 inches wide and is made of polycarbonate, which is several times stronger than acrylic.

Pros

  • The Lifetime 71281 In Ground Basketball Hoop has a larger backboard (52 Inch vs. 50 Inch) compared to the Lifetime 71799
  • The Power Lift height adjustment is well designed and easy to use

Cons

  • Polycarbonate backboards do not offer the responsiveness and performance of acrylic and tempered glass boards
  • Three piece support pole system design on in ground basketball hoops are less stable than two or piece support poles

Best Mid Range In Ground Basketball Hoop

Silverback SB-54iG In-Ground Basketball System with 54-Inch Tempered Glass Backboard

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Stability:     7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Quality:      8 Stars (8 / 10)

Assembly:  8 Stars (8 / 10)

Price:         7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Value:         10 Stars (10 / 10)

Overall:     8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

For those who want to spend a little more to get a lot more, the Silverback SB-54iG hoop is a fantastic option.  From its appearance alone you can see that this is a pro style basketball hoop.  The backboard is 54 inches by 33 inches and made of tempered glass which is the best backboard material money can buy.  The backboard gives this hoop a durable and sturdy feel.  The pole is weather proofed by Dupont powder coating to ward off rust.  Another great feature is the heavy duty padding that wraps around the support pole trunk which enhances safety for any players who may be at risk for running into the pole on a layup or on defense.  What we love best about this in ground basketball hoop is the pro-style breakaway rim.  Whether dunking or shooting, we feel that this hoop will make you feel like you are in the gym using only the best equipment available.

Pros

  • Tempered glass backboards are the ultimate in backboard performance and responsiveness
  • Two piece support pole system on the Silverback SB54ig In Ground Basketball Hoop is significantly more stable than hoops with three piece designs
  • Padding that lines the bottom on the backboard and wraps around the support pole make this one of the safest hoops available out of the box

Cons

  • The tempered glass backboard on this in ground basketball system could be larger than the 54 inches

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Spalding In-Ground Basketball System with Glass Backboard

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Stability:   6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)

Quality:     7 Stars (7 / 10)

Assembly: 5 Stars (5 / 10)

Price:        8 Stars (8 / 10)

Value:        7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Overall:     7 Stars (7 / 10)

A great choice for someone who has the budget and desire for a hoop that takes it to the next level is the Spalding In-Ground Basketball System.  This beautiful unit includes a 60 by 34 inch tempered glass backboard that plays like a professional hoop you see in arenas all over the country.  The breakaway rim is also a step above the rims in the less expensive hoop category.  Similar to most modern recreational hoops the Spalding In-Ground Basketball System can be adjusted in height from 7 and a half feet to 10 feet.  There is an offset of two feet from pole to hoop to allow for play under the hoop.   The square steel pole is of a higher quality than lesser units and will ensure the hoop provides stable and consistent play for many years.  It is no wonder that this hoop has earned a 4.3 rating on Amazon.com.

Pros

  • The two foot offset from the two piece support pole to the rim give additional space for play directly below the hoop
  • Backboard bracing on the Spalding In-Ground Basketball System is a strength
  • Larger 60 Inch tempered glass backboard is featured on this in ground basketball hoop

Cons

  • No padding on the backboard or the support pole, families with children who purchase this basketball hoop may want to consider buying after market padding to ensure safety

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Best High End In Ground Basketball Hoop

Goalrilla GLR GS 54 Basketball System

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Stability:     9 Stars (9 / 10)

Quality:      9 Stars (9 / 10)

Assembly:  7 Stars (7 / 10)

Price:         6 Stars (6 / 10)

Value:         7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Overall:     8 Stars (8 / 10)

For the most serious ballers out there who want a high end, top quality in ground hoop, the Goalrilla GLR GS 54 Basketball System is the choice for you.  While the hoop is rather expensive ($998.60), it has it so many great characteristics that it actually is a decent value.  The backboard is thick tempered glass measuring 54 by 34 inches.  For extra stability this hoop comes with rebar steel rods to strengthen the concrete foundation so that the hoop will not move when a shot hits the rim.  The rim on this bad boy is also one of the highest quality breakaway rims on the market today.  Even if you do not have the flight to slam it down at the regulation ten feet, adjust the height and you can be rim rocking in no time.  This hoop is durable, transportable (due to rebar steel rod foundation), and a great option for the most serious driveway legends.

Pros

  • Goalrilla in ground basketball hoops take pride in making heavy duty hoops that can with stand just about any punishment
  • Support pole is one solid piece of steel making the Goalrilla GLR GS 54 one of the most steady in ground basketball systems available
    • FYI, very little shaking during shots
  • Monster sized support 5X5 inch square support pole
  • Anchor bolting system makes installation and leveling significantly easier

Cons

  • No padding is featured on the Goalrilla GLR GS 54 In Ground Basketball System
  • 54 Inch backboard is relatively small for the price of the hoop ($999)

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Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball Hoop with 60 Inch Backboard 

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Stability:     9 Stars (9 / 10)

Quality:      10 Stars (10 / 10)

Assembly:  7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Price:         7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Value:         9 Stars (9 / 10)

Overall:     9 Stars (9 / 10)

Wow, what can we say?  Just look at this thing.  A hoop does not get more badass than the Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball Hoop.  Let’s go over just a few of the features that make this hoop stand out from the crowd.  A 60 by 38 inch competition quality tempered glass backboard makes for some of the most consistent play from a recreational hoop.  The support pole is a 5 inch square steel piece that can support the abuse from the heaviest of rim rockers.  Height adjustment on this unit is a ridiculous 6 feet to the regulation 10 feet.  Because of Goalsetter’s patented ground anchor hinge system the hoop can be fully assembled before being raised upright.  If you are serious about basketball and want to provide the ultimate experience for your home, then get this hoop now!

Pros

  • The offset 5X5 inch one piece steel support pole is designed to minimize torque during rim rattling slams
    • This is the most durable system on our list hands down
  • Comes with the option of either a tempered glass backboard (recommended for top players) or acrylic (recommended for families)
  • Anchor bolting system makes leveling and transporting this in ground basketball hoop easier
  • The Goalsetter All American In Ground Basketball Hoop has the second widest height adjustment of any hoop on this list with a minimum height of 6 feet and a max at the regulation 10 feet

Cons

  • Padding does not come standard on this in ground basketball system

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Lifetime Mammoth Height Adjustable In-Ground Basketball System

Stability:     10 Stars (10 / 10)

Quality:      10 Stars (10 / 10)

Assembly:  7 Stars (7 / 10)

Price:         7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Value:         9 Stars (9 / 10)

Overall:     9.5 Stars (9.5 / 10)

Lifetime not only makes quality low cost portable basketball systems, they also manufacturer the high quality line of in-ground Mammoth basketball hoops.  These heavy-duty basketball systems bring the performance of gym quality hoops to your home.  The support pole on this rig is 6″x6″ which makes the system very stable.  Lifetime Mammoth uses a pump device for height adjustment that ranges from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.  The Lifetime Mammoth Basketball System comes in 54, 60, and 72 inch backboard options.  The offset from the rim to the support pole varies from 35″ to 48″ depending on the backboard size option you choose.  All backboards of the Lifetime Mammoth are made from tempered glass and comes with backboard padding the lines the bottom and sides of the backboard.  We love that this hoop comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Pros

  • 6×6 inch one piece support pole is one of the strongest on any in-ground basketball system
  • Has the option of getting a 54, 60, 72 inch backboard version
  • Limited lifetime warranty does protect your investment even with dunking
  • Height adjustment mechanism is easy to use and kid friendly
  • Great hoop for the price (good value)

Cons

  • The pump for the height adjustment can be a little jerky and is not the smoothest

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Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System with Glass Backboard, 72-Inch

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Stability:     10 Stars (10 / 10)

Quality:      9 Stars (9 / 10)

Assembly:  6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)

Price:         7 Stars (7 / 10)

Value:         8 Stars (8 / 10)

Overall:     8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

And here it is, our most expensive, highest quality hoop to make our list.  It should be no surprise that this entry comes from Spalding given that they are the official hoop and basketball sponsor of the NBA.  The Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System is by our account the best recreational hoop that money can buy.  If you want to feel like a pro while playing at home then this system will make you salivate.  There are some extra options with this hoop as it comes in a 60 inch and 72 inch backboard versions.  It has a half inch think slab of tempered glass that can withstand practically any shot you could ever imagine throwing at it.  Arena style foam padding is fitted to the full length of the bottom part of the backboard, and a professional quality breakaway rim performs as good as anything you will find indoors or out.  While this is the most expensive system selected for this list, we believe that this truly is the best in-ground hoop money can buy.

Pros

  • The padding on the support pole and backboard is the absolute best compared to every other in ground basketball hoop on this list
  • 8X8 square pole is the thickest support pole available on a residential in ground basketball system
  • Does have the option of acrylic or tempered glass, but depends on the Arena View version on Amazon
  • The rim on this hoop is unbelievable and will very much compare to those found on indoor hoops

Cons

  • So large that you will need a small army to assemble it, or just hire a professional to install it (recommended)

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So What is the Overall Best In Ground Basketball Hoop?

All the in ground basketball systems that we have listed above are great choices for any budget and purpose.  Due to this our selection for the best in ground basketball hoop may not perfectly meet your needs like another hoop on the list will.  With that said we cannot help but compare each basketball system and see that one stands out above the others in terms of value, quality, durability, and features.  For us, the Lifetime Mammoth Height Adjustable In-Ground Basketball Hoop stands above the rest.  We absolutely love how robust the support pole is on this hoop.  The Lifetime Mammoth is also is relatively easy to install for its size because of its unique design components.  The overall build quality is also a step above any of the other hoops we have put on our best in ground basketball hoops list.  The support padding is extensive with the Lifetime, and the components in the rim and backboard are second to none.  Lifetime has long been a leader in building quality low-cost portable basketball systems, and now has a reputation of putting together great high-end in-ground systems.  With the warranty on this hoop you can buy with confidence.

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