There are certain things to consider when buying a basketball hoop and first is height. For different age groups, there are different recommended height hoops. Between the ages of 5 and 7, the stand should be 6 foot, from 7 to 8 it should be 8 foot tall, and between 9 and 11, it should reach 9 foot tall. Anything aimed at 12 years or over should be 10 foot. It is also important to consider the price, the location for your hoop and whether you want a mountable or free-standing model.
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Kidadl's Top Pick
Whilst all the basketball hoops on our list are highly recommended, if you're short on time, here's our top pick based on price, size and design.
1. Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Hoop
This is a super funky basketball system for kids aged 5 years and up. It will keep them active and having fun for hours. The pole is also extendable, which means the basketball hoop will keep up with your child as they grow. The fade-resistant graphic is also an excellent feature, as this hoop can withstand all weather conditions, suited perfectly for outdoor use and storage.
It is important to note that a basketball is not included when you buy the hoop.
- Price: £79.99
- Suitable for 5 years+
- 5'5 - 7'5 adjustable height
- 38-litre portable base
- 15-inch rim
- Fade-resistant graphic
- Outdoor use
2. Vtech 2 in 1 Sports Centre
This electronic sports centre includes a mini basketball hoop and a football net for any budding young sports players. When your little one is playing, the sports centre will respond with sounds and phrases, which will encourage your child whilst they play. Turning the gears and pressing the buttons will also help your toddler learn shapes and numbers too - this really is a lot in one centre.
- Price: £40
- Suitable from 12 months+
- Mini basketball hoop
- Football net
- Electronic board (batteries not included)
Best Kids Basketball Hoops For Toddlers
3. Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set
With this Little Tikes mini basketball set, your toddler can have fun whilst getting a little bit of exercise too. With 5 different height settings, your toddler can play as they grow and enjoy basketball fun for a long time. This also comes with a junior basketball too, so everything you need is included in one.
- Price: £30
- Suitable from 18 months+
- Height adjustable from 4 feet
- Indoor and outdoor use
4. Step 2 Shootin' Hoops Basketball Set
This hoop is perfect for toddlers and little children, with an oversized backboard and super wide-rimmed hoop to ensure that your little basketball star will get the ball in every time. It also has a weighted base that can be filled with water or sand to ensure that even the most enthusiastic players can't push the hoop over. This really is a toddler-proof, durable design.
Another cool accessory is the special holders in the base for a water bottle and the ball, to keep the ball safe and to be sure they stay hydrated whilst they play. These added accessories and the sturdy frame mean this hoop has a slightly heftier price tag, but you are definitely paying for quality.
- Price: £110
- Suitable for 24 months- 8 years
- Oversized backboard
- Wide rim hoop
- Adjustable height from 4 feet
- Weighted base (water or sand)
- Easy to assemble
Best For Older Kids
5. Skilz Pro Mini Hoop XL Basketball Hoop
This mini hoop attaches to any door and is a great portable alternative to a standing basketball hoop. This is an indoor net, so it is important to put it somewhere that nothing can get broken, giving a very wide berth for any rogue basketballs flying around! The shatterproof backboard and padding also provides additional protection for playing indoors.
The design is inspired by pro-grade basketball, so your tweens will love this. It even comes at a reasonable price, and would make a perfect present for any avid player, or for someone wanting to start a new hobby.
- Price: £46
- Suitable for 8 years+
- Shatterproof backboard
- Backboard padding
- Door hooks
- Pro-grade 9" rim
- Easy mounting and assembly
6. Lifetime Adjustable Portable Basketball Hoop
This portable basketball hoop is great for young teenagers aged 12 and up, with an extendable pole to ensure that all heights and ages can use this. The classic basketball rim and funky faded design makes this a super cool addition to any garden and will be a game that any tween will love to play. You can even play along with them as an adult, which means endless family fun for the whole family.
It is important to note, this is only for outdoor use and cannot be put indoors.
- Price: £119.99
- Suitable from 12 years+
- Adjustable height from 7.5' to 10'
- Portable base
- Extendable telescopic pole
- Classic basketball rim
7. Basketball All Surface Swingball
This is a basketball hoop that includes an inflatable basketball and pump, which means you can start playing right away. This model is designed for both indoor and outdoor use, as the all-surface base means it can sit on a carpet or interior floor without marking.
Another great thing about the Swingball hoop is that all of the equipment can be packed away compactly into the base, which is great for storage. It even has a handy carry handle so you can take it on a day trip or on a family holiday for endless fun.
- Price: £40
- Suitable from 3- 6 years+
- Adjustable stand up to 6.5'
- Play on any surface
- Inflatable ball and pump
8. BEE-BALL BB-04 Basketball Hoop
This is a great, high quality, 6-foot basketball stand for any outdoor space. The rigid frame and full-sized hoop makes this an excellent model for your children to play ball as if they were professionals! It is a very adult design, not childish at all, so you can be sure your kids, both young and old, will love this hoop. The angled backboard replicates a professional net, which helps to improve accurate shots and dunks.
- Price: £99.95
- Hard-wearing and durable
- Full-sized hoop
- Angled backboard
- Large wheels
- Height adjustment from 6.8' to 8.5'
Best For Families On A Budget
9. Jump Star Sports Basketball Set
This is an excellent buy if your child finds an interest in basketball at an older age. From 6 years upwards, this height-adjustable, portable basketball stand is great to grow with them, meaning they can continue the fun far past their young years. This is also suitable for outdoor use, with rust-resistant, powder-coated poles for durability in all weathers, so no need to worry about finding a place to store this.
You can even shorten this to make it suitable for indoors if the bad weather is getting in the way of your play.
- Price: £69.99
- Suitable from 6 years+
- Height adjustment from 5.5' to 7'
- Rust-resistant, telescopic poles
- Rebound backboard
- Heavy-duty steel hoop and net
- Portable wheeled base
- Indoor and outdoor use
10. Lifetime Basketball Hoop Rim
This basketball hoop comes without a stand; instead, it is a mountable hoop that can be attached to a roof or a wall. Whilst this is advertised for 12 years+, the lower you mount the hoop, the younger the child that can play. This is great for any enthusiastic basketball player, or a child just getting started, and comes at a very reasonable price.
A mounting kit is supplied when you order the Lifetime Rim, to make it easy to assemble. If you are looking for a present idea, this is a great option for any sporty kids.
- Price: £49.99
- Wall or roof mountable
- Classic, steel rim
- Outdoor use only
- Anti-fade graphic
- All-weather resistant
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