You are probably looking at all the different kinds of basketball hoops out there right now and you want to know which one is best. The answer to that question is, well, it depends on you. Each type of hoop offers advantages to different people for different reasons. We will break down the components and advantages of each so that you can make a decision on buying a basketball hoop.
Portable - These hoops you can move. They are ideal if you cannot keep your hoop outside all the time or if you want to move it a lot. For example, if you live at the end of an ally and you want to move your hoop there now and again this type would be the one for you. The disadvantages of this are stability. It wobbles a bit because the base for it is not good.
Mounted - These hoops you mount onto your house or some other object. This is the way to go if possible. It is cheapest, stable, but you do not have the ability to place it.
In-Ground - These hoops you put in ground. There are very stable are a good option for those who are okay with it being there for awhile because they are a pain to get out.
Back board Material
Plastic - This is the cheapest and the worst. You simply get what you pay for. It cracks easily and does not respond well to basketballs.
Acrylic - These are the next cheapest. These are good, but watch out to see if they are made from extruded acrylic which will have a wavy appearance and is simply a cheap product.
Glass -These are usually used in indoor gyms. They are very high quality. They perform the best, but can break with a great amount of pressure and can wear if outdoors.
Polycarbonate - This is the most durable which is why parks use them. It performs okay, but is not commonly sold at retail stores for some reason, but would be a great option.
Basketball Net -G et a premium grade basketball net. It will last much longer so you will not have to change it which can be difficult.
Rim - Get one that suits what you will be doing to your hoop. If you dunk it, get a break-away.
Adjusting - Once again, it depends on you. If you have little kids who will want to shoot on a 8 foot hoop, make sure your hoop is adjustable.
Brand - Read reviews about these at other places.