Top 10 Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops of 2018


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We have provided a lot of information about portable basketball hoops on our site, which you can see here.  However, it has come to our attention that not everyone is looking for a portable basketball system and many are in the market for an in ground basketball hoop.  In ground basketball hoops tend to be more durable and consistent in their play as they have a more solid foundation as the support pole is set in concrete.

There is also more hoop options at the higher price points for in-ground basketball systems when compared to their portable counterparts.  That is why we suggest you purchase an in ground basketball goal if any of the following describes you: you are likely to stay in your current residence for the foreseeable future, you or a family member is serious about the game of basketball and plans to spend many hours using the basketball system on a regular basis, you are planning to make a basketball court by laying concrete to get the “ultimate” home basketball experience.

Our goal with this article is to list what we consider to be the absolute best in ground basketball hoops at three price points: Low-end, Middle-Tier, and High-end.  Please feel free to look over our list and share it with any friends or family who may be looking to purchase an in ground basketball goal.

 

In-Ground Basketball Hoops Summary Chart

Use our portable basketball hoops summary chart to fast track your way around this page to any hoop on our list that you are interested in.  To jump to a hoop simply click on the basketball hoop name.

Basketball HoopBackboard SizeBackboard MaterialSupport PoleRating
Low-Cost ($0-$400)
Lifetime 7128152 InchesPolycarbonateThree-Piece (3.6 / 5)
Lifetime 7152554 InchesPolycarbonateThree-Piece (3.3 / 5)
Mid-Range ($400-$1,000)
Silverback SB-6060 InchesTempered GlassTwo-Piece (4.3 / 5)
Spalding In-Ground60 InchesTempered GlassTwo-Piece (3.8 / 5)
High-End ($1,000+)
Lifetime Mammoth54, 60, & 72 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.5 / 5)
First Team Game Changer60 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.5 / 5)
Ryval C87272 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.8 / 5)
Goalsetter All-American60 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.6 / 5)
Goalrilla FT54, 60, and 72 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.6 / 5)
Spalding Arena View60 & 72 InchesTempered GlassOne-Piece (4.3 / 5)

Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops-Low End 

Lifetime 71281 In Ground Power Lift Basketball System

Backboard: (3.5 / 5)

Rim:             (3.5 / 5)

Value:           (4.5 / 5)

Support:       (3 / 5)

Overall:         (3.6 / 5)

 

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The first choice on our list is the Lifetime 71281 In Ground Power Lift Basketball System.  For the price this hoop has a lot to offer.  The frame and pole for this hoop are made of steel and it also features a nice pad that is attached to the bottom of the backboard for safety.

The backboard is made 52 inches and made from poly-carbonate which is durable and works to minimize vibrations from shots.  The rim is also a great value with double compression springs that will be able to sustain any high flying dunks.

The hoop can easily be adjusted from 7-10ft.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • One of the highest rated in ground basketball hoops for the price
  • 52 inch steel framed backboard is a decent size in this price range

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Polycarbonate backboards do not offer the same performance as acrylic or tempered glass
  • Three piece support pole means that this hoop will vibrate moderately when shots hit the rim

 

Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball System 

 

Backboard: (2.5 / 5)

Rim:             (3.5 / 5)

Value:           (4.5 / 5)

Support:       (2.5 / 5)

Overall:         (3.3 / 5)

 

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The Lifetime 71525 In-Ground Basketball Hoop is a nice hoop at a great price which is great for family games and developing your skills from the comfort of your home.  This system provides consistent performance due to its rim that features two compression springs.  The power-lift pole makes it so easy to adjust the hoop’s height that anyone can do it.

The unit’s height adjusts anywhere from 7 and a half feet to the regulation 10 feet.  For a value priced hoop the backboard is exceptional as it is made of Makrolon polycarbonate, which is significantly stronger than acrylic.  As with the other Lifetime hoop in this category the 71525 also has the added feature of a padded backboard to keep any elite jumpers safe.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Light-duty backboard padding helps to enhance the safety of this basketball hoop
  • For the price, the rim offers quality performance

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • While the backboard is strong it is not very responsive for optimal rebounding
  • Springs in the rim are exposed to the elements, which can make rusting an issue over time

 

Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops-Middle Tier

Silverback SB-60 In-Ground Basketball System 

Backboard: (4.5 / 5)

Rim:             (4.3 / 5)

Value:           (4.5 / 5)

Support:       (4 / 5)

Overall:         (4.3 / 5)

 

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Our first entry for the best middle-tier in ground basketball hoop is the Silverback SB-60 In-Ground Basketball System.  The unit features a 60 X 33 inch backboard with a 8 millimeter tempered glass frame with aluminum trim.

The breakaway rim on this unit is of higher quality than what you will find on less expensive options.  What we love about this Silverback hoop is that it is Dupont Powder Coated so that it won’t rust even in areas that get a large amount of precipitation.

The foam pad on the pole is another nice touch as it will help to protect anyone who gets a little out of control when driving to the rack.  Lastly, there is a two and a half foot overhand from pole to backboard so that you can go for a reverse layup under the hoop.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Huge step up from the low end hoops on our list
  • Has a tempered glass backboard, the best backboard material
  • Dupont powder coated to make the hoop rust resistant

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Big step up in price from low cost hoops

 

Spalding In-Ground Basketball System with Glass Backboard

Backboard: (4 / 5)

Rim:             (4 / 5)

Value:           (3.5 / 5)

Support:       (3.8 / 5)

Overall:         (3.8 / 5)

 

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The Spalding In-Ground Basketball System makes our list because from our experience this hoop is great for anyone who wants to take their game to the next level without breaking their wallet.

The backboard on this hoop is 60 by 34 inch and is made of tempered glass.  Similar to most modern recreational hoops the Spalding In-Ground Basketball System can be adjusted in height from 7 and a half-10 feet.  Spalding makes a great breakaway rim and this hoop shows their expertise.  The rim is consistent, fair, and firm.

There is an offset of two feet from pole to hoop so that you can work on your skills under the hoop.   Because the hoop has a strong square steel support pole it will give you many great years of basketball performance.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Tempered glass backboard offers solid responsiveness on rebounds
  • Spalding has some of the best rims at the mid to high price point
  • Square support pole is stronger than lower cost hoops with circular support poles

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • No padding on the support pole or on the backboard

 

Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops-High End

Lifetime Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System

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Backboard: (4.8 / 5)

Rim:             (4.8 / 5)

Value:           (4 / 5)

Support:       (4.5 / 5)

Overall:         (4.5 / 5)

 

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Welcome to the top class of in ground basketball hoops.  This is where the high flyers, ballers, and those with just a sweet shooting stroke play.  Our first hoop for those that tickle the twine is the Lifetime Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System.

While Lifetime is often known for being able to provide a good hoop at a great price, this hoop shows that when they want to make a great premium hoop they know what real players are looking for.  The Lifetime Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System comes in 54, 60, and 72 inch backboard versions.  This goal can be adjusted from 7 and a half feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.

The bolt down pole is 5×5  to 6×6 inches depending on which backboard size you purchase, and is made of powder coated steel.  Because you can bolt down the pole to the cement it allows for easier leveling.  We know that anyone with game would love to own this hoop.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Comes in three different backboard size options allowing you to get a great hoop within a lower budget
  • Square one-piece support pole that is powder coated to reduce rusting
  • Bolt down anchor system allows you to take this hoop with you if you move

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • No padding on the support pole

 

First Team Game Changer In-Ground Basketball Hoop

Backboard: (4.5 / 5)

Rim:             (4.8 / 5)

Value:           (4.5 / 5)

Support:       (4.3 / 5)

Overall:         (4.5 / 5)

 

 

 

First Team is a smaller basketball hoop manufacturer that focuses on higher-end basketball systems.  Their First Team Game Changer Hoop is a great choice in terms of a balance between quality and value.

This hoop comes with a 60 inch backboard.  This goal can be adjusted from 7 and a half feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.

The single-piece bolt down support pole is 5×5  inches, minimizing hoop vibrations.  Want a top end hoop without a ridiculous price tag?  If so, we consider this one of the best.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Given the top-tier quality of this hoop, the price is reasonable
  • Bolt down one-piece square support poles are the best in terms of durability and strength
  • 60 Inch tempered glass backboard offers great responsiveness

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Does not offer multiple backboard size options

 

Ryval C872 Basketball Hoop

Backboard: (5 / 5)

Rim:             (5 / 5)

Value:           (4 / 5)

Support:       (5 / 5)

Overall:         (4.8 / 5)

 

Ryval is not a basketball hoop brand that many are not familiar with, but with their line of premium in-ground systems this is likely to change.  Their top of the line model is the C872, which made our list as one of the best in-ground basketball hoops.

The Ryval C872 features a regulation size 72 inch tempered glass backboard that is a half inch thick.  This backboard performs just like an arena quality hoop.

When it comes to minimizing hoop vibrations the support pole is key.  The support pole on the Ryval C872 is a one-piece system, which is the best you can get.  This results in the hoop having minimal vibrations when the basketball hits the rim or backboard.

On top of these features, this basketball hoop also comes with rust guard and has a ridiculous height adjustment range of 5 to 10 feet!

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • One of the best backboard and support pole combos that can be found on a recreational in-ground basketball hoop
  • Extensive heavy-duty padding on the backboard and support pole
  • Awesome gym quality breakaway rim that can handle monster slam dunks
  • Comes with a LIFETIME warranty, something not many hoop manufacturers offer

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Price is high, but what would you expect

 

Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball Hoop 

 

Backboard: (4.8 / 5)

Rim:             (4.8 / 5)

Value:           (4 / 5)

Support:       (5 / 5)

Overall:         (4.6 / 5)

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Goalsetter may not be the first name you think of when you consider basketball hoops, but the Goalsetter All-American In-Ground Basketball Hoop may change that.  A 60 by 38 inch competition quality tempered glass backboard will make you think you are in the gym getting ready to take the last second shot.

The support pole is a 5 inch square steel piece that can support monster dunks from the heaviest of rim shakers.  The hoop can adjust in height an insane 6 ft. to 10 ft., making it the most versatile hoop on our list.

Because of Goalsetter’s patented ground anchor hinge system the hoop can be fully assembled before being raised upright.  If you are ready to get serious about the game of basketball then it is time to seriously consider this hoop for your personal basketball heaven.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Goalsetter All-American can be full assembled before being raised upright
  • Support pole is angled so that it distributes weight from dunks more effectively

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • No padding on the support pole or on the backboard

 

 

Goalrilla FT In-Ground Basketball Hoop

Best In-Ground Basketball Hoops

Backboard: (4.8 / 5)

Rim:             (4.8 / 5)

Value:           (4.3 / 5)

Support:       (4.5 / 5)

Overall:         (4.6 / 5)

 

Goalrilla is the big brother to the Silverback brand, and is the top brand for basketball hoops by Escalade.  This FT In-Ground Basketball Hoop comes in three different tempered glass backboard sizes: 54 inches, 60 inches, and the regulation 72 inches.  The backboard on this hoop performs as you’d expect from a gym quality hoop allowing for accurate bank shots.  Rim stability is also good, as it has a good feel during shots and is durable enough to handle rim rocking dunks.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Three backboard size options allow for different budgets to purchase this hoop
  • Once of the best rims that can be found on an in-ground basketball hoop

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Minimal padding on the backboard

 

Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System

Backboard: (4.8 / 5)

Rim:             (4.8 / 5)

Value:           (3 / 5)

Support:       (4.8 / 5)

Overall:         (4.3 / 5)

 

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For our most spectacular hoop to have in your home we have chosen the Spalding Arena View In-Ground Basketball System.  As we go through the features of this bad mamma jamma it should come as no surprise why it made our list.  There are some options with this hoop as it comes in a 60 inch and 72 inch backboard versions.   A half inch think piece of tempered glass makes up the backboard and its dimensions are 72 in. X 42in.

The padding that aligns this hoop is similar to what you would find on a professional gymnasium hoop.  Did we forget to mention that the hoop features the best rim on the list?  How dare we!  Well, let’s tell you now that this 180 degree breakaway rim plays just as you would expect: perfectly.

So, what are you waiting for?  If you plan to work on your game for hours on end and play endless pickup games into the night, then the Spalding Arena View is a must for you home.

What We Like About This Hoop:

  • Comes in both 60 inch and 72 inch backboard versions
  • Extensive support pole and backboard padding
  • Square support pole is stronger than lower cost hoops with circular support poles

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Rust protection is lacking on the Spalding Arena View Basketball Hoop

 

 

Things To Consider When Purchasing an In-Ground Basketball Hoop

 

1. Your Basketball Hoop Needs

It’s no secret that skilled ballers have needs that differ from those of a youngster learning the game.  In general, more advanced players that put the game of basketball at a higher priority should plan to invest more into a top of the line in-ground basketball hoop.

 

Advanced Players

 

I consider advanced players to at least be playing in high school, or those younger who are prospects.  If you are in this category (or have a son of daughter in this category) I recommend purchasing a hoop with the following features:

  • Tempered Glass Backboard
  • Gym Quality Breakaway Rim
  • Two or One-Piece Support Pole
  • A Backboard to Support Pole Offset of At Least Two Feet
  • An Anchor Bolt System so the Hoop Can Be Moved If Needed
  • Purchase Price of $750 or More

 

Intermediate Players

 

Intermediate players have expressed an interest in basketball and enjoy to play regularly.  They may one day play at the high school or recreational level, but are not trying to be the next hoops star.  There is no doubt their hoop will get used, but as a priority, basketball is not at the top of the list.

  • Acrylic or a Smaller Tempered Glass Backboard
  • Enclosed Breakaway Spring Rim
  • Two Piece Support Pole or Higher End Three Piece Support Pole
  • Purchase Price in the Range of $400-$1,000

 

Beginning Players

 

Beginning players are just learning the basics of the game of basketball, or want to learn.  They may or may not continue this interest beyond a year or two.  This is also the category for families with small children who would like a hoop for some laid back family fun.

  • Polycarbonate or Acrylic Backboard
  • Standard Rim or Basic Spring Rim
  • Price Point Below $500
  • Two or Three Piece Support Pole

 

2. Your Budget

 

 

 

There is no shame in admitting that you cannot afford the most expensive in-ground basketball hoop.  In fact, if you don’t have deep pockets it is better to admit than spend more than you are able.

That said to get an in-ground basketball hoop that will perform up to most players’ expectations be prepared to spend at least $500.

We’ve included several hoops in our low-cost category because they are certainly the best performing in-ground systems at their price point.  But do not expect any of these hoops to perform with the likes of the Lifetime Mammoth or Goalrilla FT.

If money is your number one priority, it may be worth considering a portable basketball hoop, as many are cheaper than their in-ground counterparts.

 

3. Your Residence

 

HOA and Community Regulations

For those living in areas with Home Owners Associations (HOAs) or within city limits be sure to see if there are any regulations that may prevent you from having a basketball hoop that is visible.  Most of these regulations will be named “Unsightly Nuisance” or something similar.

Installing an in-ground basketball hoop is a big undertaking, and it we stink if you did all the work only to find out that having the hoop will get you a daily fine.

 

Underground Utility Lines

With in-ground basketball hoops, installation is bound to involve some hole digging.  Make sure to call 811 to ensure that there are no underground pipes or power lines underground.  No hoop is worth taking a life threatening electric shock. And let’s be honest, nobody wants to be the guy who caused the power to go out in their neighborhood.

 

Available Space For Your Court

NBA basketball courts are 94 feet by 50 feet.  Unless you’ve spent a serious amount of dough to create an outdoor version of a full court sized playing surface, you will be most likely using your in-ground basketball hoop in a smaller space.

When selecting a basketball hoop consider the space you have available.  If you have a small space, it will make more sense to purchase a smaller basketball hoop that will take up less space.  For those with wide driveways or dedicated court space be prepared to spend more on a hoop that has a larger backboard (60 inches or greater) with a thicker support pole.