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Portable vs In-Ground

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.

Transportability

Portable Hoops

  • 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.
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In-Ground Hoops

  • Not easily moved
  • Often installed with an anchor system
  • Option to unbolt and relocate if you move homes
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Installation

Portable Hoops

  • Does not require in-ground installation
  • Requires anywhere from 90 minutes – 10 hours of assembly
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In-Ground Hoops

  • Installation process takes longer to complete
  • Requires additional tools, materials, and people.
  • In-ground installation greatly enhances quality
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Value

Portable Hoops

  • Less expensive
  • Cheaper materials
  • Shorter lifespan
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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.

In-Ground Hoops

  • 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
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Playability

Portable Hoops

  • 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
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In-Ground Hoops

  • In-ground, concrete installation maximizes stability
  • Mirrors the specifications of NCAA and NBA hoops
  • Tempered glass offers authentic rebound
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Safety

Portable Hoops

  • Risk of tipping or falling over
  • No dunking
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In-Ground Hoops

  • Will not tip or fall over with concrete installation
  • Eliminates the trip hazard of a molded base
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Conclusion

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.