If you’re passionate about basketball, odds are you’ll seek ways to take your game to the next level. And even if you prefer not to get in on the action- a bowl of popcorn and your favorite drink is just about right for some of us- you might want to shop for basketball rings in Australia for your son or daughter. Who knows, your youngling could become a star if they start early! Ok, let’s hold that thought.

On average, a quality hoop costs between $500 and $800. Top-tier rings can set you back up to $2000 or more. So, how do you determine the ideal hoop for your needs? Let’s unveil some of the variables you need to consider while shopping around and why the price varies widely.

  1. Type of Hoop

How do you intend to use the hoop? Where do you plan to use it? These questions may help you decide on the ideal type of basketball ring.  

Are you looking for a portable or an in-ground hoop? The former is best if you have limited space and want something that’s not permanent. The latter, on the other hand, costs more but tends to be sturdier. An excellent portable basketball ring costs roughly $300, while an in-ground hoop is about $400.

Generally, portable hoops are easier to set up, making them ideal for people not looking to spend a lot of time or cash on installation. Alternatively, an in-ground hoop makes more sense if you have the luxury of space and time. It’s also more challenging to take down, which is great if you live in an area with severe weather conditions.

You may also go for a mounted model, including a backboard and rim- without a pole or base. This type can be mounted to your wall and tends to be sturdy, depending on the mounting surface.

  1. Size of the Hoop

Your age and height impact the size of the hoop. As such, a smaller ring will suffice if you want something for kids who are just getting started.

However, the standard or regulation size is perfect for grownups or serious players. This way, you can practice as if they’re playing an actual game. But if you’re taller than average, you might want to consider an oversized ring. Essentially, the larger the hoop, the higher the upfront cost.

  1. Backboard Size and Material

The bigger the backboard, the pricier it gets. That’s because a large backboard is more challenging and expensive to manufacture. If you want a quality backboard, expect to spend an additional $100+. But if you’re on a budget, you can always go for a smaller backboard and still have a great experience. Typical backboard materials include: 

  • Polyethylene plastic- is the most budget-conscious option.
  • Polycarbonate and acrylic- are more rugged than plastic.
  • Tempered glass- most expensive but sturdiest among available options. 

Select a backboard based on the available playing space and your needs. If you have limited space, go for a smaller backboard. Conversely, choose a larger one if you want to enhance your shooting experience and have ample space.

  1. Ring Material

Just like the backboard, a hoop’s material also impacts the cost. The most popular and durable types are made of either steel or aluminum. Steel is stronger but pricier, while aluminum is cheaper but may not stand up to the rigors of regular play. For a small compromise, go for a stainless steel rim, which offers a great mix of durability and affordability.

It’s also worth noting that the rim’s design can impact your shooting experience. Suppose you want a sturdier ring that can take more abuse, go for a solid one-piece rim. But if you want something more forgiving, go for a breakaway hoop. The latter is especially great if you plan to dunk a lot.

  1. Brand

The brand of a basketball hoop affects the price. More popular brands, like Spalding or Lifetime, tend to be more expensive, costing anywhere between $400 and $950, although that’s not always the case.

You may find cheaper hoops from these brands depending on their features and materials. For example, a basic Spalding hoop might cost less than $100, while a top-of-the-line in-ground model from the same brand could set you back $1400 or more.

Lifetime also has a wide range of prices, depending on the specific hoop. So if you’re looking for a bargain, it’s worth checking out all your options before making a decision. But generally, you can expect to pay more for a basketball hoop from a well-known brand.

Ideally, a basic portable hoop would suffice if you need a hoop for casual play. But if you intend to up your game and get serious about basketball, you might want to invest in a higher-end hoop. Just remember that the price is not always indicative of quality.

By Manali