With the holiday season coming up we felt it would be a good idea to give you some info on some of the best basketball related products that you can give as gifts to your young up and coming basketball fanatic. The Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Basketball System certainly fits into this category. For any of you who remember being a kid and setting high scores at your local arcade with an arcade basketball hoop, then you know how much fun these types of arcade basketball hoops can be.
With the Double Shot, Lifetime has created one of the most durable, reliable, and all around high quality arcade basketball system designed for home use.
One of the most important things for an arcade basketball hoop to do is to keep score accurately. If the system does not keep score accurately then it becomes a whole lot less fun to play. The Lifetime Double Shot Basketball Arcade System has one of the most advanced infrared scoring sensor system on any basketball arcade we’ve seen. Infrared is superior to systems with physical spring-loaded scoring sensors because the latter system cannot count two basketballs going through the hoop one right after the other.
The Lifetime Double Shot also will fold up when not in use so that it does not take up as much space. This is a big bonus for those who do not have a large space for an arcade basketball system, but would still like one for their home. To fold the Double Shot simply lift the two front legs up at they bend and fold toward the rim and backboard.
Durability and stability are also high on the priority list when it comes to arcade basketball systems. Lifetime Double Shot has you covered as this system features an 18 gauge powder-coated steel frame. This gives this basketball arcade system a strong “core” and minimizes shaking during gameplay.
The rims and backboard of this arcade basketball hoop are higher quality than those found on most other systems. In fact, the Lifetime Double-Shot has the best rims we’ve seen on an arcade basketball hoop.
As for things we don’t like about the Lifetime-Double Shot it pretty much comes down to the fact that this system does not use the power of the internet to allow you to play against players from around the world. While this is a newer technology, arcade basketball systems allowing you to connect to an App via bluetooth are starting to be available for sale. For example, the Shaq Cyber Hoop Shot being released at the end of October 2016.
Having this technology on your arcade basketball system is huge because it opens up your playing opportunities beyond just family and friends. With this in mind, we hope that Lifetime decides to add a similar technology in the near future as it would certainly take the Double Shot to the next level.
Lastly, this arcade basketball hoop comes with 7 mini basketballs and an air pump to get you on your way to playing some enjoyable games with your family.
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.
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!
Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop: 7.8/10
We are really excited to bring you our review of the Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop. Lifetime is a company with a long history of creating good quality basketball hoops that most families can afford. The Lifetime Crank Adjust is at a price point we find appealing because it is more expensive than most low-cost value hoops, but also less expensive than the premium in-ground systems from Goalrilla and Spalding.
Due to this price point, we feel that this basketball hoop is great for homes where you have a serious basketball player, but don’t want to drop $1,000+ on a hoop. The Lifetime Crank Adjust has two backboard size options: 54 inches and 60 inches. The price of each ranges from about $700 to $800.
A strength of the Lifetime Crank Adjust In-Ground Basketball Hoop is that it features a tempered glass backboard on both the 54 inch and 60 inch versions. This is the best material for a backboard that money can buy. However, the tempered glass featured on this hoop is not the most thick that we’ve seen. To get an in-ground basketball hoop with a thick tempered glass backboard you’d need to be looking at a hoop such as the Goalrilla GLS. Either way, for the price we like the backboard on the Lifetime Crank Adjust Hoop.
Another component of this hoop we like is the rim. It is a quality spring loaded breakaway rim that has a cover to protect the springs from rust, and also from injuring any players attempting to dunk. While not as heavy-duty as a breakaway rim in the gym, this basket will meet the needs of the vast majority of recreational basketball hoop buyers.
The crank mechanism of the Lifetime Crank Adjust Basketball System allows owners to adjust the height of the hoop from 10 feet to 7.5 feet in infinite increments. Having a height adjustment mechanism on your hoop allows for younger players to develop proper shooting skills and mechanics so that they don’t resort to throwing the ball at the hoop. Also, lowering the hoop makes for fun activities like dunk contests. Although for this hoop we would not recommend hanging on the rim for extended periods of time due to the potential for long-term wear and damage.
The support pole is a two-piece design that does a really nice job of minimizing excessing shaking. This support pole is 4″ squared, which is a good size to support this unit. Padding also aligns the bottom of the backboard offering enhanced safety during play, however, there is no padding included for the support pole.
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What a unique hoop in terms of price and performance. We are really glad that Lifetime has decided to make a hoop like this because we feel it fills a void in the basketball hoop market. Some other basketball hoop options in a similar price range include the Spalding 60 Inch Portable Basketball System and the Silverback SB In-Ground Hoop.
We have reviewed many other low cost Lifetime Basketball Hoops in the past, and have found the vast majority of them to be a great value. These lower cost system generally cost in the $100-$400 range and are made primarily for families with children who want to learn the game of basketball. The Lifetime 1269 Pro Court Portable Basketball System is a hoop that finds itself in this category. Priced at under $200, the Lifetime 1269 is one of the lowest cost portable hoops that you will find. If you are on a tight budget and don’t want to spend a ton of money on a basketball system, then give this hoop a closer look.
To begin our review, we want to discuss the specific strengths of the Lifetime 1269 Pro Court. First, even we actually prefer a standard springless rim to the typical low grade double compression breakaway rims that are found on most low cost portable basketball hoops. Low quality breakaway rims tend to be too bouncy when shots hit the rim making them feel flimsy and unlike gym quality rims. Springless standard rims on the other hand are firmer and are more responsive to shots. The truth is that low cost portable basketball system will not hold up to dunking over the long terms whether of not the hoop has a breakaway rim, so really what’s the point?
We also like the relatively large 27 gallon base that is featured on the Lifetime 1269. Most portable hoops in this price range do not have this large of a base. For portable basketball systems, the base is a critical component. With a base that is too small you will find that your hoop could tip during inclement weather and during dunking. Bottom line, the bigger the base the more stable the hoop.
The final strength of this hoop is simply price. At under $200, this portable basketball hoop is cheaper than all but a few hoops on the market today. If you are not going to spend over $500, the honest truth is that there is not a huge difference from a $200 to $400 other than a larger backboard and base. So, this hoop could give you just the amount of family fun for about half the cost.
Now, with a hoop this low cost there are going to be some weaknesses. The backboard is small at 44 inches and is made from a type of polycarbonate material. Polycarbonate is the lowest quality backboard material and while durable does not perform well during play. This leads to a lack of responsiveness when the ball hits the backboard giving the backboard a “dead” feeling. The telescoping height adjustment mechanism is not the most user friendly. It requires that the person changing the height be able to support the upper half of the hoop while lowering it or raising it, making it impossible for most children to adjust the hoop height safely. The three-piece support pole system is the lowest quality support system design found on basketball hoops. This lower grade support pole design means that the hoop will feel less stable during play. Lastly, the Lifetime 1269 Pro Court Portable Basketball Hoop does not have a support pole to hoop offset, which can make it easier to run into the support pole when driving to the hoop.
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A slightly more expensive Lifetime Basketball System that you may be interested in is the Lifetime 71286 XL Portable Basketball System.
When shopping for a portable basketball system for your home, price is usually a factor that comes into play, along with quality, durability, and looks. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, a great option for you is the Lifetime 1268 Streamline Impact Portable Basketball System. Solidly in the low priced category, the 1268 makes an average starter hoop for your family, and allows you hours of play and tons of shots without a load of money to spend. However, remember that paying a lower price can sometimes sacrifice quality and other features.
Let’s take a look at some of the features included with the Lifetime 1268 Streamline Impact Portable Basketball system. While the price point is low, you might have to sacrifice some of the features and quality that you would find in other hoops. This hoop features a 44 inch backboard, which is constructed with a high-density polyethylene. While it is not the strength of an aluminum or Makrolon backboard, for the price this polyethylene can handle the job for most players with moderate use. The backboard has colored graphic details, and is UV protected for the color to last. Lifetime claims that the backboard can hold up through moderate use, and offers their 5 year warranty to back that claim up.
Like many other portable basketball systems, the Lifetime 1268’s hoop height can be raised and lowered according to your needs. The hoop can be adjusted from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6 inch increments; we found the hoop to be easy to raise by teens and adults, although children would likely need some help. Despite having an easily moveable hoop, the hoop and pole are seen to be weak and flimsy,
The base of a portable basketball system is of great importance, as a good base allows the hoop to stay strong through high winds and weather, as well as tough games with minimal shaking. The Lifetime 1268 comes with a mere 12 gallon base which can be filled with sand or water; while this provides a lightweight and easily portable hoop, the weight of 12 gallons of water or sand cannot withstand vigorous play. Some mentioned it leaked water when filled, and others talked of the cheap, thin plastic of which it is constructed.
For the most part, assembly of the Lifetime 1268 Portable Basketball system can be difficult and too time consuming; multiple reviewers stated that they needed more than one person to successfully assemble this hoop, and that at times there were parts missing. Lifetime features helpful customer service if you come upon missing pieces or questions, and their 5 year limited warranty comes into play on many of the pieces and parts.
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A better starter hoop choice in our opinion is the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball Hoop. It is more expensive, but still affordable and a much better hoop system.
Pro Dunk Platinum In-Ground Basketball System: 9.8/10
When you are a player or parent who has their own dedicated court at their residence a run of the mill portable basketball hoop just will not get the job done. As you are investing in your future it is important to get a hoop that can offer years of performance as well as be able to handle tough play by some of the best players from your town. If this sounds like you, then we recommend digging deep into your pockets and getting the Pro Dunk Platinum In-Ground Basketball Hoop. While it may be expensive this basketball system will perform just like the hoop in your local gym. It is sturdy, stable, easy to adjust, and has important safety features as well.
The backboard on the Pro Dunk Platinum In Ground Basketball System is truly incredible for an outdoor hoop. The tempered glass is responsive in a way that no acrylic or polycarbonate backboard can imitate. The half inch glass thickness helps to stabilize the hoop and does not get overwhelmed when the ball hits the backboard. 72 inches is the regulation size for a backboard and offers game like performance with the convenience of being right outside your door.
The rim on the Pro Dunk Platinum is second to none, and that includes indoor basketball hoop rims. This pro quality breakaway rim will give when you hang from it so that it protects the rest of the basketball system’s structure. Due to the heavy duty nature of this rim you can feel free to hang on it with confidence. This bad boy can easily support you.
Safety was also a high priority for those who designed this hoop has it features a solid hoop to base offset, as well as a healthy amount of padding. The padding aligns the bottom of the backboard which helps to protect players going up to dunks and layups. Additional padding covers up the support pole and base so that if a player runs into the support pole they are protected and the chances of injury are minimized.
When you buy this hoop you are basically telling the world that I am serious about my game and I plan on improving by working daily on my skills. The Pro Dunk Platinum In Ground Basketball Hoop is a system that cannot be outgrown so it may be better to buy it now if you think you may want to purchase it when your young baller gets a bit older. Once you play on this hoop it will make most portable basketball systems seem like garbage by comparison. If you would like to read about some other high quality hoops, then we recommend you look into the Goalsetter All-American or the Spalding Arena View.
So, you have purchased the hoop of your dreams and want to but it to good use as soon as possible. The only thing standing in your way now is the actual installation of the basketball hoop, and for those of us who are not exactly handy this can be quite the obstacle. Thankfully there are some fairly simple tips that you can follow to make the installation process as seamless as possible so that you can get to the fun of playing on your hoop.
Most lower to mid-priced in ground basketball hoops have a support system that is placed directly in the ground. This means that moving the hoop at a later date is likely not going to be an option. If you have a higher-priced hoop then it may allow you to utilize anchor system kits that make the hoop more transportable if you ever decide to change the hoop’s location or move. However, even if your basketball hoop is installed with an anchor kit moving the hoop is still anything but easy.
As you can see planning out exactly where you want to place the basketball system is a critical decision that should be made with care knowing that you will likely have to live with your decision for the life of the hoop.
Dads, please listen closely. We all know that you want to impress the wife and kids with your impeccable lifting abilities and craftsmanship. But let’s get things straight. The days of max bench presses and suicide sprints are over which has left you a little softer through the years. The last thing we want for you is to pull out your back in a futile attempt to be dad of the year.
This is not to say that there are many dads out there that have the tools ready and are equipped to do the job of a basketball hoop install without major issue. What we are saying is be honest with yourself in regard to whether or not you fit into this category. If you find the install process overwhelming, all is not lost. You can actually hire a professional basketball hoop installer directly from Amazon (Check it out). Each installer has their own pricing so it is important to do your research when selecting someone to install your hoop. The nice thing is that by hiring someone you get to bypass all the headaches and allow a professional who has the proper equipment and know how to take on the heavy lifting.
If you think that installing a basketball hoop is a one man job then think again. To have a good experience and for the install to go as planned please get help from at least one if not two individuals. This can make any lifting tasks easier and will minimize the risk that you will set the hoop crooked or any other mishaps that may occur due to not having enough help.
Also, don’t be cheap, if you have friends help you out some beers and a pizza will go a long way!
I hate to keep beating up on the dads (and men in general), but please be sure to carefully follow the directions when installing your basketball hoop. As a part of the man clan, I am guilty of quickly tossing the directions to the side a saying “I can figure this out, just a little trial and error.” Well, that might work for a remote-controlled helicopter, but for a basketball hoop that weighs hundreds of pounds with many screws and moving parts it just will not end up pretty. Often you will miss steps in the assembly process that will leave your hoop looking funky and not performing properly.
It is easy to get frustrated when assembling and installing something as big and heavy as a basketball hoop. Be sure not to let your emotions get the best of you and remain calm during process. If you find that you screwed up something in the assembly it may be wise to take a break and come back to it so you feel mentally refreshed and ready to tackle the challenge of figuring out what you did wrong. Just five minutes of introspection will help clear your mind and will often lead to your figuring out the problem.
Spalding 79564 Backboard and Rim Combo: [usr 7.25]
Today the majority of the hoops sold are in ground systems or portable basketball hoops. For those who are looking for a simple rim and backboard unit to attach to a wall or garage the number of options have become more limited. One really solid option if you want a rim and backboard system is the Spalding 79564 Backboard and Rim Combo. It works great for those who have a garage or indoor environment where you want to hang the hoop from. One strength of these systems is the simplistic assembly compared to portable and in ground systems.
The Spalding Backboard and Rim Combo has a great number of features that make it a great option for your home. The system has a medium sized backboard of 54 inches, which is made of acrylic. Acrylic is a nice middle of the road material that is higher quality than polycarbonate, and not as expensive as tempered glass. The bottom of the backboard is aligned with padding that will protect any players who go up for a layup or dunk. Another feature of this hoop is the arena slam breakaway rim. This rim has a covered spring mechanism that allows for breakaway flexibility when dunking. On the rim there is an all-weather net so that outside it will not wear down due to the elements.
One thing that we really like about wall-mounted hoops is that they tend to provide strong backboard support so that rebounds come off with velocity unlike some portable basketball systems. With the Spalding 79564 Backboard and Rim Combo this reputation for strong backboard performance continues. This system comes ready to be mounted to an existing pole, but will require a wall-mount bracket if you are going to hang it from a wall.
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The Spalding 79564 Backboard and Rim Combo is a great option for those with a garage or other building to mount the hoop to. If you want a similar quality Spalding hoop that is portable then we suggest the Spalding 60″ Portable Basketball System, and for in ground the Spalding 60″ In Ground Basketball System.
A good basketball hoop for your home or gymnasium can make a big impact on the players who use it to play a friendly pick –up game, or those who use it to tweak their free-throw and three point skills. Here at Best Basketball Hoops, we look to review great hoops at all price ranges so that you can find the best match for your needs. Today we are reviewing the Lifetime 1533 44 inch portable backboard system. This Lifetime hoop comes in at our lowest price point, so at under $300 dollars, this would make a great starter hoop for those just getting into the game, as well as a solid choice for those not wanting to spend big bucks to fulfill their hoop dreams.
The main features of the Lifetime 1533 offer a good product for your driveway. The backboard of this hoop measures 44 inches, and is constructed of high-quality acrylic with a polyethylene frame; the backboard also features some great red and blue colored graphics, making you feel the flair of a pro hoop as you drop in your lay-ups. The graphics are fade resistant, so your hoop will still look great after a summer of sitting out in the sunshine. The base on the Lifetime 1533 is a 31 gallon tank with rollers that can be filled with water or sand to give you a sturdy and strong base. Reviewers have found the wheeled system to be easy to use and move around as needed, so this hoop can move from your driveway into your garage or backyard without too much hassle.
The Lifetime 1533 Portable Basketball System also features a Quick Adjust II system, which allows you to adjust the height of the hoop from 8 feet to 10 feet with the simple act of a yardstick or broomstick. With the Quick Adjust feature, your hoop can grow with your young ball player, or meet the need of players of various heights and ages. The 3 inch round pole attached to the Quick Adjust is made of powder-coated steel for strength and durability. When it comes to assembly, reviewers have found it easy to assemble, as well as move around, so if you’re looking for a basketball hoop that can get you up and playing in little to no time at all, this Lifetime product is a great idea.
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The Lifetime 1533 is a great option for beginners, kids, and those looking to not spend a boatload of money on a portable basketball system. Although it has a lower price point, it still is a quality product that we here at Best Basketball Hoops were happy and confident to review. Let your game improve without emptying your pockets!