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Best Portable Basketball Hoop Under $600.




 

Hmm! What attributes makes the hoop best? Is it the backboard quality or pole support or in a case of portable hoops the base? Well, the answer is all of the above. The quality of backboard depends on the material it is made of, generally, portable hoop backboards are made of polycarbonate or acrylic material because it’s lighter then tempered glass backboards, which are considered as the best backboards, also uses in official leagues like NBA.

The heavier the backboard, more support it needs from pole to stand still. Now, the quality of pole depends on 3 factors i.e. how thick the steel is, pole sections (one piece, two pieces or three pieces– one-piece pole being the best) and the angle of the pole. If a pole is standing straight then base support is enough to hold a steel pole, but if a pole is slightly tilted forward, companies do that to provide players more room to play under the basket, it needs some extra support in the form of a strut.

This takes us to our third point, the base. Thick pole needs more support from the base or the hoop can tip-over in case anyone hangs on the rim or even by hard flushing dunk. The heavier your whole system, the colossal base you need to support it. Overall, companies provide good base support anywhere from 25-gallon to 50-gallon which can be filled with either water or sand and is enough to hold a hoop with 60” glass backboard.

Now that you have a clear understanding of which portable hoop to choose, let us introduce the hoop which we think is durable and best in its class. Of course, don’t expect a dunker hoop under 200 dollars and be realistic with your choice. You can’t hang on $200 hoop weighing 180-200 lbs, this budget hoops are best for kids and shooting purpose only. Surely, you can dunk on these hoops but hanging on them is not advisable.

Considering how people like to buy things we divided the price range into categories. Further, we have chosen 2 hoops in these categories, the first one being the economical one and the other being the best in that price range. We have given more significance to price v/s specs ratio in economical hoops whereas we consider specs more in the best hoops.





Best Portable Hoop In Range $0-200

Best Economical: Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard

lifetime_1551_portable_hoop_hjagfjhgrgsghWe will start with the cheapest yet robust portable hoop the Lifetime 1221 Pro. This hoop cost around $110 and is recommended for kids and rookies who want to improve their shooting skills or for families who wants to enjoy the game from the luxury of their home.

Design wise, the hoop features a 44″ backboard made of polyethylene material and a classic rim that can be adjusted from 7.5 foot to 10 foot in 6inch increments through Telescoping mechanism. Lifetime 1221 also got 2.75inch 3 piece pole which is screwed onto the base. Talking about the base, it can store up to 27 gallon of water or sand; which is capable of holding a hoop steady. Also, Lifetime is offering a 5-year warranty with this hoop.

Screenshot was taken on July 2, 2016.
Screenshot was taken from Amazon.com on July 2, 2016.

Now, Lifetime 1221 might not seem like a winner at first glance but when you look at other hoops in same price range or even higher (up to $150) you will realize that this is the best specs you can get here. Furthermore, there are more than 1500+ reviews of Lifetime 1221 Pro Court on Amazon.com with the average rating of 4.4/5 and 1600+ reviews on Walmart.com with an average customer rating of 4.5/5. To Read Customers Reviews at Amazon.Com Click the screenshot to your right; for customers reviews at Walmart Click Here.

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Best In Price Range: Lifetime 51550 48 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop

lifetime_51550_portable_hoop_jhgahjfjrsa465dfYou will get many options in this range to choose from but none better than Lifetime 51550 portable hoop. This basketball system is priced near $200 and features a 48inch polycarbonate backboard accompanied by Slam-It Rim which certainly adds to the playability and durability of the hoop.

Furthermore, Lifetime 51550 user-friendly speed shift height adjustment system allow users to adjust rim height from 8 feet to 10 feet. Also, the hoop features a 3-piece round pole with 3inch diameter. This pole is powder-coated to protect steel from corrosion in bad weather.

While pole and backboard of Lifetime 51550 seem robust and durable, the base is also made up of hard-wearing polyethylene material; it can store up to 31-gallon of water or 365lbs of sand.

Screenshot taken from Amazon.Com on July 2, 2016.
Screenshot taken from Amazon.Com on July 2, 2016.

Although this is the best configuration under $200 range, you can also look for Huffy Sports 72351 portable system which features a 4” smaller 44inch polycarbonate backboard but has a bigger base with 37.5-gallon of storage capacity. However, if we bring customer rating into consideration the 72351 basketball hoop has only 33% 5-star rating out of 50+ reviews whereas Lifetime 51550 system got 55% 5-star rating out of 280+ reviews at Amazon.com. To Read Amazon Customers Reviews Click on the Screenshot.

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Best Portable Hoop In Range $200-400

Best Economical: Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System.

lifetime_1558_portable_hoop_gdkyfdh765kgh8Lifetime 1558 portable system is our pick as most economical hoop in the price range from $200-400. At this price range, the hoop looks robust and equally featured packed that offers great value for your money. Click Here To Read Our Review Of Lifetime 1558 Basketball Hoop.

This basketball system cost around $270 for which you will get a 52-inch Steel-Framed polycarbonate backboard, a Slam-It Rim with all-weather nylon net and a 5-year warranty.

Screenshot taken from Amazon.Com on July 2, 2016.
Screenshot taken from Amazon.Com on July 2, 2016.

This economical system also includes a 3.5 inch 3-section round pole supported by a 35-gallon heavy-duty base. Furthermore, Action Grip Mechanism is there to assist users in adjusting the rim height from 7.5 feet to 10 feet. I know, these are not great configurations but the price at which company is providing these features makes it worthwhile.

Amazon.com has 310+ reviews of Lifetime 1558, out of which 80% above are 4 and 5 stars and only 5% customers have given it a 1-star rating. Click on Screenshot to read Lifetime 1558 Customer Reviews At Amazon.Com.

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Best In Price Range: Lifetime 90061 Portable Basketball System

lifetime_90061_portable_basketball_hoop_jgrtyd6547utfdjThe Lifetime 90061 makes it to very top by competing with elite hoop-makers like Spalding, Huffy-sports and other brands in a cut-throat market. Oh by the way! This is the 4th straight Lifetime product in our list of best portable hoops. With the mid-budget market flooded with portable hoops and still getting four spots in our list just shows the supremacy and dominance of Lifetime products– at least in the mid-range market.

Moving forward, the 90061 features a 52inch shatterproof backboard and a Slam-It Rim with double-compression Springs to handle power moves above the rim. Also, the hoop’s height adjustment mechanism is a breeze to use that adjusts rim height from 7.5foot to 10 foot in 6inch increments.

Screenshot taken from Amazon.com on July 2, 2016.
Screenshot taken from Amazon.com on July 2, 2016.

In addition to this, the solid 3-piece steel pole which is 3.5” in diameter conjointly with 35-gallon heavy-duty base provide hoop enough solidity to withstand even toughest of dunks. At present, the 90061 costs around $380 and comes with a 5-year warranty as does it siblings.

Lifetime 90061 got good reviews at Amazon.com– Click On The Screenshot To Read– with more than 90+ reviews and an average rating of 4.4/5, there are only 10% reviews below 3 stars which signify that most buyers are happy with their purchase.

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Best Portable Hoop In Range $400-600

Best Economical + Best In Range: Spalding 68564 portable system

spalding_68564_portable_hoop_trugduk8658jgfdjAt this price point, we were looking for a hoop that enhances the overall gaming experience by having acrylic or glass backboard; more overhang between backboard and pole; massive base and a heavy-duty 3 section or 2-piece pole to keep hoop steady. But to our disappointment, there are not many options available to choose from in this price category.

The only hoop which slightly fits our criteria is Spalding 68564 portable system. The hoop features a clear 54 x 32” steel framed acrylic backboard together with an arena style breakaway rim which took a lot of tension from backboard while dunking. Not only this, it also provides a more professional look and feel to backboard much like a premium hoops.

Moreover, the 16inch overhang between pole and backboard give players some room to work underneath the basket and also avoid injuries during fast pace game by accidentally crashing into the pole.

When it comes to height-adjustment mechanism, Spalding 68564 has a screw jack system at the back of the pole that helps adjust the rim height in infinite increments from 7.5 feet to 10 feet. It also gives the user control to remove the handle so that no one can alter the hoop height without permission.

Screenshot taken from Amazon.com on July 2, 2106.
Screenshot taken from Amazon.com on July 2, 2106.

Our third concern was base support, however, with a 40-gallon massive base, that can be filled with water or sand, Spalding 68564 aced this exam also. Although the 3.5” 3-piece round pole is not to our liking, still the base provides enough muscle to stabilize the overall structure of the hoop to keep it steady.

Spalding 68564 has positive reviews from customers as 90% out of 70+ reviews are 3 stars or above– out of which 50% are 5 stars. Amazon.com offers this hoop under $600 which is the lowest price I have seen so far. To Read Amazon Customers Reviews Click At The Screenshot.

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P.S: For making this page more useful for other readers please share your thoughts and comments if you own or played on any above-mentioned hoop. Or if you have any question regarding best portable basketball hoop under $600 please comment below and I will response as soon as possible. STAY FIT! HAPPY PLAYING.



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20 comments on “Best Portable Basketball Hoop Under $600.

Shawn F.

Hello,

Awesome post on some of the best portable basketball hoops under $600.

It looks like there are a lot of options out there. I am glad that I landed on your post. I was actually in the market for a new portable basketball hoop.

I have passed this on to some of my friends as well. I love what you’re doing on this website and I will definitely be a returning reader.

Thanks,
Shawn

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aman 06

Thanks Shawn, hope your friends will like it…

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Chris

Hi

Great Inforamtion here on the best portable basketball hoop.

I have actually been looking for a new one of these recently at the new place i am staying. It is a favourite past time of mine.

I like the fact that these models are quite durable and also stays fairly stable whilst shooting.

I look forward to some of your future posts.

Cheers

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aman 06

Thanks Chris,

Do let me know if I can help with anything else.

Cheers,

Aman

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DKT

Aman,

I’m looking for a basketball goal for a 7 year old that will last a long time in a hot and sunny climate (Texas). Even though he is only 7 I would like it to last for 10 years or so. Because he is young and I do not know if he will continue his interest in basketball I do not want to spend more than $400.

Although you recommend the Spalding 68564, that has an acrylic backboard and I read that acrylic can turn yellow over time, whereas the polycarbonate backboards have UV resistance. The goal will be kept outside, uncovered.

What do you think of polycarbonate backboards? The best one I found for a portable with 54″ is the Spalding 66673WT (Walmart) for $197 pre-tax. I am also comparing this to the Lifetime 71524, which is $299. I see you also recommend the Lifetime 1558 but it is smaller at only 52″. 54″ size backboards seem to be the biggest you can get without getting too costly.

Suggestions?

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Aman06

Hello DKT,

I prefer Acrylic backboards over polycarbonate because it’s more rigid and provide better bounce during rebounding situations. However, if we consider durability, polycarbonate material is considered 10 times stronger than acrylic boards. Despite that, due to being lightweight, the latter doesn’t provide a good bounce.

Another thing to consider while looking at backboard quality is its thickness. While the professionals play on 1/2″ thick tempered glass backboard, the standard recreational hoops uses 1/4″ polycarbonate or acrylic boards whereas good hoops are more thicker at 3/8″.

At last, if you want your hoop to last a decade then I suggest going for a system that is cemented in the ground because portable hoops base is also made of plastic material; although, powder coated can develop cracks and start leaking after few years due to continuous exposure to the sun.


Comparing lifetime 1558 and 71524 xl- I choose 1558 over 71524 because both hoops got identical features other than a 2″ backboard difference, however, if you look at the price difference 1558 cost $50 less than it’s 2″ big rival. Also, 1558 got a lot more positive reviews than 71524.


My suggestion under $400-

Portable hoop– Either Lifetime 1558; Lifetime 71524 (for durability) or Spalding 68564 (for better rebounding).

In-ground hoop– Spalding 88454G with the industry best tempered glass backboard and a robust 4″ 2-piece pole. Best feature under $400.

I hope this answer helps. Happy Hooping 🙂

Cheers,
Aman

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Jeff

This is great info, I really appreciate it. Have a question for you though – mt son is 9 and has been playing for a few years, he’ll obviously be playing for several more years, would you go for one of the cheaper models because he won’t really be abusing it, or opt for one of the pricier ones that might last longer?

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Aman06

Hi Jeff, Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you like the post. Appreciate your comment 🙂

Regarding your question, if I was purchasing the hoop I would go for a premium hoop like Spalding The Beast or Spalding 68564 portable hoop, to save myself from the hassle of spending money and time again in assembling. Not to mention, cheap hoops can never provide a real game experience and as your son grow old he would like to play vigorously above the rim– as he sees other kids and NBA stars on TV pounding the ball.

If money is not a hitch for you, go with above mentioned high-end models, it’s worth the value and will last a lifetime.

Hope this answer helps if you have any more questions message me and I will reply as early as possible.

Cheers,
Aman

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Mark1

I have been looking for one of these for ages.

I love playing basketball and I really need one of these in my garden.

I personally like the look of the Lifetime 1558 Portable Basketball System. I’d rather spend a bit more money if it is going to last longer. I also think that the red on it looks really cool.

Do you think I have made a wise choice?

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admin

Lifetime 1558 is one of the best portable hoop, I have seen so far, under $300. If you are running tight on budget then this basketball system is a right choice to have– for home use. On the other hand, if you can raise your budget then Spalding 68564 with Acrylic backboard and a 40-gallon base would make a better companion.

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Kathy

Any experience with the Goaliath Go-Tek portable hoops from Dicks Sporting Goods?

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Aman

Hello Kathy,

Goaliath is one of the premium brands when it comes to in-ground basketball hoops. As for Goaliath GoTek portable hoop, the system is slightly new to the market so I haven’t seen any bad reviews about it yet. Although, I think Spalding 68564 is the better option than Goaliath GoTek in terms of durability and ease-of-height adjustment.

But, it all depends on how you going to use the system. If it’s intended for small kids and shooting only GoTek can be fairly useful for this purpose. However, if you are buying the hoop for bigger kids or dunkers, its Classic rim won’t be able to bear much punishment.

Hope this answer helps. If you have any more questions please comment below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Regards,
Aman

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Rob

Awesome information! I didn’t realize so much had to be taken into account when picking out a basketball hoop. The portability makes all these hoops great though. It’s perfect if you want to move it from your driveway to the street to play with a bunch of your friends. Or if you live in colder place, you can put it away during snow storms to preserve the life of it!

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aman 06

Hello Rob,

Indeed, portability is the main reason why portable hoops are in trend these days. As you said, life become easy when you can roll your hoop to the desired place. All the portable hoops I mentioned in this article are best in their price segment and offers easy portability. Although, its much easier to move hoop when it has 4-wheels instead of 2. If portability concerns you check out Spalding The Beast Portable hoop which has 4-wheels attached to the base for easy movability.

Thanks for the comment. If you have anymore questions feel free to comment below.

Regards,
Aman

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Wing

Aman,

As far as stabilizing the base, is there a preference on either water or sand? I know both work and you mentioned that in the article but I wasn’t sure if there were advantages to using one over the other. I’ve heard that sand is better because you it’s heavier, but then water is more readily available. Do you have an opinion on this?

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aman 06

Hello Wing,

I personally feel sand is better than water in a long run. After years of playing its inevitable for the plastic base to develop some cracks, it’s easy for water to leak out from these tiny cracks but sand holds in better and doesn’t leak very easily. Other then that, I can’t think of any reason why people favor sand over water.

Thank you, if you have any more questions feel free to comment below.

Regards
Aman

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M13

Hi there!
First, I would like to thank you for such detailed reviews, great! I’ve been in love with the basketball ever since I was 4 years old and I’ve also played a lot. Now I don’t have as much time for it as I’d like but I still get to play twice per week.
I’ve just moved to a new house and was starting to think of buying a hoop. Now that I’ve seen your site, I’ll probably go with Spalding 68564 portable system.
Can’t wait to buy it.
BR, MP

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aman 06

Hello,

It wonderful to know this article was helpful for you in choosing basketball hoop.

I want to Congratulate you for choosing Spalding 68564, its one of the toughest portable hoop money can buy. Additionally, if you want to make your New Hoop extra stylish, you can buy a Glow in Night basketball net or look for other Basketball Nets here. Happy Playing 🙂

Regards
Aman

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Marty

Great breakdown of portable basketball hoops. Comparing the lowest cost to the best in price is very helpful. My son who is a basketball junky is grown and out of the house but my kids are having kids and I can see some basketball players in the future. Our old hoop was worn out and is gone. It seems as if people are going more for the portable hoops than the permanent fixed position hoops. What are your thoughts?

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admin

Hi Marty, you are absolutely right, people are choosing portable hoops over in-ground hoops nowadays simply because it provides more fun and versatility. With the help of wheels, that are attached to the base of portable systems, you can move your hoop in the garage if there is a storm prediction or during winter times when snow entirely covers the ground. It’s also best for people who live in uptight society which doesn’t allow to install in-ground hoops or keep their basketball hoop outside.

Hope this helps, if you have any more questions please comment below and I will reply as fast as humanly possible.

Regards,
Aman

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