Lifetime 71281 In Ground Basketball Hoop: (7.5 / 10)
Lifetime makes many models, from cheap portable systems to high-end in-ground basketball units that can handle rim rocking slams. Every Lifetime hoop is built in the USA and comes with a five year warranty providing their customers with great service and support.
The backboard on the Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is 52 inches measured diagonally. This is a medium sized backboard for a recreational in-ground basketball hoop and will meet the needs of most families. It is steel framed, which enhances the stability and durability of the backboard.
Low cost home hoops like the Lifetime 71281 have a backboard that is made of a polycarbonate material. This makes the backboard durable and unlikely to break or shatter. However, polycarbonate backboards are not very responsive and do not perform particularly well during use.
The Lifetime 71281 In-Ground Basketball Hoop features the Power Lift Height Adjustment mechanism, which makes adjusting the height of this basketball system a breeze. To adjust the height from the 7.5-10 feet range you simply grip the Power Lift system and lift up to adjust the height down or pull down to lift the height of the hoop higher. The leverage created by the Power Lift System makes it easy so you don’t need to be He-man to get the job done.
Many recreational Lifetime basketball hoops such as the 71281 have an exposed spring breakaway rim setup. This does allow for some light dunking, but we do not recommend hanging on the rim as you could cause damage to the system over time.
Exposed spring breakaway rims have springs that may rust over time due to being exposed to the elements.
Most low-end in-ground basketball hoops have a three-piece support pole and the Lifetime 71281 is no exception. It has a three-piece rounded support pole with powder coating to help protect it from rusting.
Three-piece support poles are good for recreational use but will allow for more vibration than more expensive two and one piece support pole designs.
The value basketball hoop market is dominated by Lifetime. Lifetime makes a great product for a low price that simply is hard to beat. The Lifetime 7182 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is an example of this with its Power Lift Height Adjustment feature and breakaway rim.
If you are truly serious about the game of basketball and don’t just want something to shoot a few baskets on then we suggest you spend a few more bucks on a better basketball hoop. The Lifetime 71281 is best suited for families who are just looking for a fun activity to do together.
Ryval C872 In-Ground Basketball Hoop: (9.8 / 10)
These days there are many different quality high-end basketball manufacturers to choose from. Some brands are well known like Spalding, Goalrilla, and Lifetime, while others are up and comers such as Hoopstar, Pro Dunk, Goalsetter, and the brand behind the C872, Ryval.
Any review of the Ryval C872 starts with its 72 inch tempered glass backboard that is 1/2 inch thick. This is truly a regulation sized board with the same quality as those found in collegiate gymnasiums.
Due to the quality of the backboard, the Ryval C872’s rebounding performance is spectacular. The basketball comes off the backboard with force and consistency.
Safety is another strength of the Ryval C872. Covering both the anchor base and support pole is heavy-duty padding that comes included with the basketball system. Quality padding also aligns the bottom of the backboard to protect players’ hands and heads.
Height adjustment on the C872 is controlled with the 2 FX Life Assist Cylinders that allow you to raise or lower the hoop from 5 feet to the regulation 10 feet. This is great for families with growing children who will be able to use proper mechanics on a lowered hoop as they build strength.
The rim on the Ryval C872 is also top of the line. It features one horizontal spring and two vertical springs to offer maximum weight support that can handle rim rattling dunks. The springs are covered which works to minimize wear and rusting that can happen to rims exposed to the outdoor elements. When shots hit the rim it performs beautifully, remaining stable without being too rigid like double ring hoops you may remember from the playground.
Make no mistake that this basketball hoop is a behemoth, and as such takes a lot of effort to assemble. If you buy this hoop please plan to have at least three people for the job. For those who are not handy consider hiring a company to do the installation for you. It will save you a lot of headaches in the end.
With the increasing number of basketball hoop brands that are focused on building high-end in-ground basketball hoops it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Ryval has done this with the C872 due to the galvanized parts and awesome safety features that comes standard with this hoop.
If you are serious about the game of basketball, or have a child who has a passion for the game, then it may be time to consider investing in their basketball future by picking up a high-end hoop that will last for years and years. The Ryval C872 is a great choice and would make a fine addition to your driveway or court.
Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop: (8.8 / 10)
The vast majority of portable basketball systems for sale are made by two companies: Lifetime and Spalding. Both of these companies make quality hoops, but it does somewhat limit the variety of basketball hoops that are available to buy. With that said it is encouraging to see Silverback, who specializes in in-ground basketball hoops, jump into the portable basketball hoop market with the Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop.
Another reason we are excited about the Silverback NXT is the numerous unique features that it has not found on any other portable basketball system we’ve seen to date. The most visually obvious of these features is the backboard. The Silverback NXT features what Escalade Sports calls an “infinity backboard”.
Most backboards have a metal frame that the backboard attaches to. In the case of the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop the backboard does not attach to a metal frame and instead wraps around at a ninety degree angle via a technique called flanging. Flanging makes the material stronger and more stable. At each of the four corners of the backboard it attaches to the support system.
Lastly, the infinity backboard just looks freaking cooler than most other backboards out there. The infinity design gives the hoop a clean and sleek look due to the absence of the metal frame.
The Silverback NXT Portable Hoop also has an exclusively designed ErgoMove base. This base has two large wheels made to make transporting the hoop easier. There are also two hand grips on the sides of the base so that you can easily get a stable grip when moving.
Beneath the fill base there are two metal bars that run the length of the base reinforcing the hoop structure and offering enhanced stability. No other portable basketball hoop that we know has this feature on their base.
One of the biggest pain points when it comes to recreational basketball hoops is the amount of time and effort assembly can take. Often times assembly requires several hours and several people to put together a hoop, which is then further complicated by directions that are lacking in clarity.
Thankfully, the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop has you covered if you don’t want to spend hours upon hours assembling. Silverback states that their NXT hoop only takes 90 minutes to assemble, but there have been some buyers that claim it took them longer despite being fairly handy. Either way, this portable basketball hoop should take you less time to put together than most others.
As for the rim on the Silverback NXT it is a pretty simple one spring setup. The spring is exposed to the elements so rust could be a concern over time. However, the bounce and strength of the rim is impressive. We recommend that if possible to bring the Silverback NXT Portable Hoop inside for storage during the winter months.
This portable basketball hoop’s height is adjustable from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in increments of six inches. The actual adjustment range is pretty standard among portable basketball hoops, but many other similarly priced hoops can be adjusted in infinite increments.
The biggest downside to this hoop is the price. The 50 inch version of the NXT will run you about $500, while the 54 inch version will set you back an estimated $600. This is in the mid-range of hoop prices and there are some other basketball hoops at this price that we’d consider a better value.
No doubt that the Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop brings something unique to the table that no other portable basketball hoop can match. We hope to see more portable basketball hoops from Silverback in the future because we feel they can add variety and force other hoop manufacturers to step up their game as well. We wish the pricing of the NXT was more competitive when you consider at the same price you can get a Spalding 60 Inch Acrylic Portable Basketball System.
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.
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.
Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System: (7.3 / 10)
As with all Lifetime products, their goal is to bring you a solid product of high quality that is affordable and built for long lasting use. The Lifetime 71799 In-Ground Basketball System follows suite by giving you a ton of great features at a family friendly price point. Some other hoops that the Lifetime 71799 hoop is comparable to include the Lifetime 71525 Portable Basketball Hoop and the Spalding Pro Slam Basketball System, which are both priced comparably and have many of the same characteristics as the 71799.
First, let’s take a closer look at some of the features that make the Lifetime 71799 Basketball System special. The rim on this hoop is high quality and has two compression springs to support shots and rim rocking dunks. Unfortunately, there is no cover over these springs which could leave them susceptible to rusting over time. While this is a spring loaded rim that will give when dunking, we would not recommend hanging on the rim of this hoop as it is designed more for recreational play rather than a gym quality system that is heavy-duty.
The action-grip pole for height adjusting is another fantastic innovation from Lifetime to make the game more accessible for youngsters wanting to work on their shooting skills. The six inch height adjustment increments that are available are not as specific as the infinite increments of more expensive units, but it will suffice for the majority of families.
The 71799 Lifetime Basketball Hoop also has a 50 inch backboard made of Makrolon Polycarbonate material. This material is nearly unbreakable, which is great for families with kids who like rough housing and may not always treat the hoop with dignity. On the flip side most polycarbonate backboards simply will not perform at a level even close to that of a tempered glass backboard like the one featured on the Goalsetter All-American Basketball Hoop. The backboard quality simply comes down to how much you are willing to pay for your home basketball system.
To summarize our views on the Lifetime 71799 Hoop, we feel that this system is a great choice for families who are looking for an inexpensive in-ground basketball system that can take reasonable wear and tear. However, for those who are more serious about the game and want their family members to play on top quality hoops we would suggest looking at the Goalsetter All-American or the Silverback SB-60, which are a step above in quality and price.
Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball System: (9 / 10)
One name that may not be familiar to many but is rising in the ranks of basketball hoops is the Goalsetter basketball hoop brand. These guys specialize in in-ground basketball hoops that are in the higher price range. There may be no better hoop that represents what Goalsetter brings to the table than the Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball Hoop. This hoop has a distinctive look and feel based on the support pole design, but make no mistake this is one of the best high end hoops you can get.
Let’s start by discussing the backboard and rim. The rim for this hoop could very well be the best rim available for a recreational hoop. It is a heavy duty breakaway rim that can handle even the most monstrous of dunks. The backboard is made of tempered glass and is 60 inches wide. Acrylic backboards are available for this hoop for those who prefer durability over backboard performance.
While we really like both the rim and backboard, there is a lot more to be excited about with the Goalsetter All-American Basketball Hoop. If you are looking for a great hoop and want your money to go to the right place, then you are in luck because all Goalsetter hoops are made in the USA. The support pole of the All-American is top notch with it’s one piece design keeping the unit stable. What really makes the support pole unique is the shape which allows for greater support and stability. The support pole is square shaped and 5 inches.
The system also has one of the widest hoop height adjustment ranges that we’ve ever seen. The Goalsetter All-American Basketball System can be adjusted in height from 6 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments. The handle for the height adjustment can be removed to stop unwanted guests from messing with your hoop. It is also encouraging that based on the Amazon ratings this basketball system is one of the most simple hoops to install, which is not something that can be said for most recreational hoops.
When real basketball players look for a hoop, they look for the best. It is easy for us to recommend the Goalsetter All-American Basketball Hoop as one of the best basketball systems that money can buy. If you are committed to your game and want to become the best basketball player possible then a high quality hoop like this one is a must. If you would like to read about some other high quality hoops, then we recommend you look into the Goalrilla GLR GS I or the Spalding Arena View.
For those visiting BestBasketballHoops.org who are looking for a top of line hoop that will also give you the most bang for your buck space wise, then we recommend you take a look at the Goalrilla GLR GS 54 In Ground Basketball System. This basketball hoop is
the most compact offering from Goalrilla that will accommodate smaller driveways and courts while retaining the quality that a Goalrilla hoop provides. The Goalrilla GLR GS 54 is one of the most affordable offerings from Goalrilla. For those who want a larger Goalrilla hoop we recommend you take a look at the Goalrilla GLR GS-1 hoop that offers a full size 72 inch backboard.
For a smaller sized hoop it comes with a great deal of top quality features. The tempered glass material featured on the backboard is usually reserved for more expensive, larger basketball systems. You simply will not find another 54 inch backboard on the market that performs like this Goalrilla. Another great aspect of this basketball system is that the Goallrilla GLR GS 54 also has a one piece steel support pole design. This the mecca for
basketball hoop stability and enhances the performance of this system. The support pole measures at 5 inches by 5 inches giving a heavy duty feel to this hoop. Also, you will not have to worry about this system’s support pole rusting out for many years as it is powder coated to last. While the 2 and a half foot offset from support pole to hoop is not as large as other high end hoops, simply buying a support pole pad will minimize the risk of injury for any players driving to the hole. The crank adjustment system on this hoop allows you to adjust the height from 7 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments. This allows for more dunking opportunities as well as assists youngsters in gaining proper shooting form.
To wrap things ups, you simply will not find a better 54 inch backboard basketball system than the Goalrilla GLR GS 54. This hoop is a higher price range than similarly sized options, but in this case you get what you pay for. We highly recommend that if you buy this hoop to go ahead and get the padding for the support pole for extra protection. If you are looking for a larger top quality hoop we suggest that you consider the Goalrilla GLR GS-I or the Spalding Arena View Basketball Hoop.
Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System: (8.9 / 10)
Spalding has been a leader in the game of basketball for many decades and continues to set a course which many other basketball brands follow. They arguably offer the greatest variety of basketball hoops at different price points, features, and quality. The Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is a mid-priced hoop that finds itself positioned between less expensive portable hoops like the Pro Slam and higher-end in-ground systems like the Spalding 888 system. So, if you want to take a step up from some of the more common value hoops but may not have the budget for a hoop that will set you back one or two grand, then the Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is likely to be right up your alley.
The value of this hoop cannot be understated. It features a 60″ tempered glass backboard while keeping a price point under $600, a rare feat in the basketball hoop market. Tempered glass offers the best rebounding experience when compared to backboards made of acrylic or polycarbonate. The backboard also has a better more supportive design than what is more commonly seen with lower priced hoops. The rim that comes with this hoop is also a step up from other systems and is more capable of handling dunks and competitive game play. Installation of this hoop is made more simple with the ground sleeve anchor system that is included with this hoop.
We see the Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System as a good entry into the premium hoop game without some of the bells and whistles that are included with more expensive systems. Most notably, this hoop comes with no padding on either the support pole or the backboard. While the 2″ offset from the backboard to pole does help to keep players from getting injured, it may be worthwhile to invest in a pole pad if you decide to purchase this hoop.
The Spalding 60″ In-Ground Basketball System is a great value that comes with features not matched by many hoops at its price point. This characteristic is what helped drive our rating of this hoop. We would generally recommend this hoop for families as well as those who are serious about the game of basketball and their budget. For those wanting the features of a higher priced hoop (padding, larger backboard, etc.) we suggest looking into the Goalrilla GLR GS-I and the Spalding Arena View Hoop.