Buying a portable basketball hoop is a lot like buying artwork. You can spend a large amount of money, or you can spend practically nothing. And like art, unfortunately there is often not always a direct correlation between what you spend and the level of enjoyment, so spending wisely is very important.
Let’s start off with a common idea in spending. Utility. That is the amount of additional enjoyment for every dollar spent. You can buy value portable basketball hoops for as little as $110, or you can buy the Ferrari of portable basketball hoops for as much as $9000. Does this mean the $9000 basketball hoop is almost 100 times more fun? Hardly.
So how do you choose a portable basketball system that gives the maximum amount of fun for the money spent? First, you need to answer four questions.
- What is it going to be used for?
- How many people will be using it?
- How important is the backboard material to you?
- How often are you going to play?
- How many people are going to be using it? If its one on one time for you and your son, that is one type of purchase, if you’re going to have neighborhood scrimmages where the unit takes a beating that is something totally different.
- Who is it going to be used for? Most of the buyers are parents buying portable basketball hoops for kids. This means factoring in two competing elements – the physical growth of the child as their basketball career blossoms and the real possibility that it will just sit on the corner of your driveway doing nothing as he or she moves onto their next sport. The former means spending a little more isn’t going to sting as much as the latter.
- Backboard material comes in polycarbonate, acrylic or glass. Polycarbonate is virtually indestructible, but has the least rebound bounce of the three. Glass can shatter if abused, but gives professional quality rebounds, and acrylic is somewhere in the middle for both. Glass is the most expensive, acrylic is the least expensive.
- How often are you going to play? Playtime is a pretty important factor, because if you and your family are serious about the sport, then you’ll want the unit that is most stable. This means the biggest base and a glass backboard. Hot Ten Reviews suggests that this unit is the Lifetime 52 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop System. We like that one too.
The bottom line is this. If you want the maximum utility for your portable basketball system, for most people this will cost you between $200 and $400 for a high quality product.