What is the difference between portable and in-ground basketball hoops?
Whether you are deciding between a portable or in-ground basketball goal, or considering upgrading your portable unit, it’s important to understand the distinctions between the two types of hoops before making a purchase.
- Large plastic base with wheels for rolling or moving
- Can be moved to different positions
- Often remain stationary because they can be difficult to move.
- Not easily moved
- Often installed with an anchor system
- Option to unbolt and relocate if you move homes
- Does not require in-ground installation
- Requires anywhere from 90 minutes – 10 hours of assembly
- Installation process takes longer to complete
- Requires additional tools, materials, and people.
- In-ground installation greatly enhances quality
- Less expensive
- Cheaper materials
- Shorter lifespan
Because the average lifespan of a portable is roughly 1/3 the life of a premium in-ground system, the backboard, pole, and other materials are less substantial, making the hoop less expensive.
- More expensive, but higher quality performance.
- Investment in your home
- Adds value to your home and curb appeal
- Goalrilla hoops are backed by a limited lifetime warranty
- Blow-molded base as a support structure
- Average lifespan is roughly 2 to 5 years
- Lighter, plastic backboard
- Unable to support the weight of a glass backboard
- In-ground, concrete installation maximizes stability
- Mirrors the specifications of NCAA and NBA hoops
- Tempered glass offers authentic rebound
- Risk of tipping or falling over
- No dunking
- Will not tip or fall over with concrete installation
- Eliminates the trip hazard of a molded base
Now you’ve had a chance to see the ins and outs of both in-ground and portable hoops, you probably have a better idea of what you’re looking for. Click on the image to the right to learn in-depth about the factors that matter most for an in-ground hoop. Otherwise, click the image on the left to see our selection of portable hoops.