BestBasketballHoops.org is committed to reviewing basketball-related products and offer tips and advice for ballers of all ages and skill levels. In this article we are aiming to reach out to the parents with toddlers who are showing an interest in the game of basketball. Now that your little one is running around with a seemingly non-stop motor (where do they get the energy?) it is a great time to buy their first basketball hoop.
But a regulation sized basketball hoop, even lowered, will be too large and toddlers will not have the strength to get the ball to the rim. Luckily, there are several really good toddler basketball hoops on the market today that offer a low enough rim and small enough system that are perfect for kids who are 2-5. We have picked four of the best toddler basketball hoops available to give you an inside scoop to see if one may be the perfect basketball addition to your child’s playroom.
- Height Adjustment: 6 different height settings ranging from 2 to 4 feet
- Dimensions: 24" x 22" x 60"
- Pros: Perfect for kids aged 2-5. Large base that can be filled with sand.
- Cons: Does not offer height adjustment range seen on the I Can Play Basketball Hoop
- Height Adjustment: 4 different height settings ranging from 3 to 6 feet
- Dimensions: 22" x 10" x 46"
- Pros: Goes up to 6 feet so that even kids older than toddlers can continue to enjoy this hoop.
- Cons: Significantly more expensive than the other three toddler hoops on our list.
- Height Adjustment: 30" to 48"
- Dimensions: 37" x 20" x 61"
- Pros: Only toddler basketball hoop with cup holders
- Cons: Less height adjustability than other hoops
- Height Adjustment: 25" to 40"
- Dimensions: 20" x 24" x 6"
- Pros: Has a "Sure Score" rim add-on that makes making baskets easier for toddlers
- Cons: Backboard is a bit smaller than the other hoops
Little Tykes is a well-known toy brand specializing in recreational play-sets that can be used indoors and out. Their EasyScore is no exception as this toddler basketball hoop can be used in a rec room or outdoors on a driveway. Little Tykes recommends this basketball set for kids aged 1.5 to 5 years of age. We agree with this recommendation as the hoop can be adjusted from 2 to 4 feet allowing this hoop to grow with your youngster.
The base of the EasyScore can be filled with sand to help weigh it down to prevent tipping. This system weighs 10 pounds when not filled with sand, which makes it very easy to transport from room to room, or even for a big move. Dimension come in at 24″ x 22″ x 60″, which is not small but also not so big that it will take up a large space in a decent sized room. As for price, the Little Tykes EasyScore is very reasonably priced at around $30.
While the Little Tykes EasyScore will work great for toddlers, once your child gets to be seven or eight years old they will have outgrown that system. If you want a toddler basketball hoop that can grow with your child better then we suggest the Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball Set.
This basketball hoop is adjustable from 3 feet all the way up to 6 feet with 1 foot increments between. As you can see the I Can Play Basketball does not lower to the level of the EasyScore, but is able to raise a full two feet higher. Because of this the Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball Hoop is recommended for ages 2 years and up.
We also like the ball return that is included with this basketball hoop, which lessens the need to go run down the basketball after shots are taken. The base can be filled with either sand or water.
The Step2 Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set is another highly rated basketball hoop specifically made for toddlers. This system’s height can be adjusted from 30″ to 48″, which is less adjustability than the other hoops on our list. If you want a hoop that will grow with your child for a longer period of time we’d recommend the Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball Hoop over this system.
Despite the small adjustability range, the Step2 Shootin’ Hoops is well built and sturdy. The base can be filled with either sand or water. One of the more unique features of this hoop is that it has cup holders on the base, which we do not feel are that useful as bottles and cups are likely to get tipped over by a errant basketball flying through the air.
Our last pick for best toddler basketball hoop is the Fisher-Price Grow to Pro Junior Basketball Hoop. This hoop’s height can be adjusted from 25″ to 40″ making it great for those in the 1.5 to 5 year age group. There are four height adjustment levels total.
The most unique feature of this basketball hoop is that it comes with removable “Sure Score” rim that makes it easier for little ones to make buckets. However, we generally feel this is unnecessary as kids need to learn at a young age that missing shots is a part of the game.
As with most of the other toddler basketball hoops on our list the Grow to Pro can be filled with either water or sand.
Whether for a birthday, Christmas, or just as a random gift, these toddler basketball hoops are a great addition to any playroom and will give your child hours of entertainment. Not only that but you’ll be introducing them to the great game of basketball!