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Lifetime 1221 Pro Basketball Hoop Review- Child’s Play!


Product Name: Lifetime 1221 Pro Basketball Hoop.
Price Range: $90-150.
Playability Level- Beginners.
Warranty: 5-Years.
Our Rating: 7/10.




Indeed, Lifetime 1221 Pro Basketball Hoop is a “Child’s Play”. The statement is correct both figuratively and literally. While this hoop is good for kids and rookies, assembling it is a child’s play. This Lifetime portable hoop features an impressive Impact Backboard which is virtually unbreakable; a 27 gallon base with rollers; and like other hoops in this range a 2.75″ 3-piece pole. After spending long hours online reading reviews and watching videos, here is what we think about this portable hoop.

lifetime_1221_basketball_hoop_hkjgfkhfkh6546jgghImpact Backboard- Time Traveling.

Looking at the backboard of Lifetime 1221 Pro, the first thing that comes to mind is– time travelling! The graphics of backboard looks remarkable for a hoop which makes it standout from any other basketball system in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, at 44″ width the backboard size is too small for our liking. This Impact backboard is made of Polytheleyene material which makes it ultra strong from wear and tear. Also, the graphics are fade-resistant which means the hoop will look as good as new after years of intense gaming.

Height Adjustment System- Easy to Use.

Lifetime 1221 hoop comes with Telescoping mechanism for adjusting rim height so that every age folks can enjoy the game. For kids and beginners, the rim height can be adjusted at 7.5-foot and for adults and pros, it can be easily adjusted at standard 10feet height.

Rim: Sorry Folks No Dunking.

Lifetime 1221 pro court system features a classic rim which isn’t built for dunking as there are no springs attached to it. However, the built of the rim is solid which is supported by 1/2″ braces. This 18-inch rim is good for shooting basketball only and should not be dunked on, as it can void the 5-year warranty on this hoop.

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Pole and Base Support

The Lifetime 1221 hoop has 2.75inch 3-piece steel pole. This steel pole is powder coated to protect it from rust. We saw many hoops in this price and none offers better pole support then Lifetime 1221 Pro. Still, the pole shakes a lot even if you took shot 5-feet from the basket– from a standard size basketball.

As far as base support goes, it can store up to 27-gallon of water or sand. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop the backboard from trembling while shooting the ball.



Screenshot was taken on July 2, 2016.

Customers Rating: Lifetime 1221 receives excellent reviews from customers who bought it online. At Amazon.Com, 86% of buyers rated it 4-star or 5-stars, out of 1400+ reviews available. Almost all reviewers are happy with the built-quality of the hoop, however, there are 7% of buyers who rated it 1 star. Click Here to read Customers Reviews At Amazon.Com.

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The Upshot- Lifetime 1221 Pro Court is perfect for budget conscious people. The hoop got decent features at a price that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. It’s a great gift for kids and beginners who just started playing and wants to improve their basketball skills from the luxury of their home. However, spending little more money can get you Lifetime 51550 Portable Hoop which is better than 1221 Pro Court in every aspect of the game.

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