If you’re looking for a mini basketball hoop, there are a few different affordable options.  My son loves playing mini basketball, in fact he loves it so much that’s gone through like 5 different goals over the past few years.  Not because they’re not good quality, but when you constantly slam on one for a year, it has a tendency to eventually break.  🙂

The Best Mini Basketball Hoop

Through hours and hours and hours of slam dunk testing, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Spalding NBA Slam Jam Mini Basketball Hoop is the best bang for the buck in the category.  There are some that are more expensive, but with the breakaway goal and a very good durability, it’s hard for me to justify anything else other than this hoop.  In fact it even has padding on the back to prevent scrapping up the door, which is especially important to Mom.

The basketball that comes with it is very good quality.  It stay inflated (the most important thing) and will outlast the goal.  In fact the original ball we had on his first goal several years ago is still good for playing (although it’s almost bald and has all the writing worn off at this point).  I’ve been very impressed with it considering the price, I’ve bought $60 real leather basketballs that don’t stay inflated as well as this mini basketball.


I’ve already mentioned this above, but this thing is tough.  When you have a 95 pound kid constantly dunking on it all the time, it’s amazing that it lasts as long as it does.  Eventually when it does give way after a year of constant use, it’s usually from a crack in the backboard.  Tape will keep it together for longer, but eventually it cracks too much.  However, without daily use it would probably last forever.  My son is a Type 1 diabetic who uses the mini basketball goal to get his numbers down when his blood sugar gets too high.  It’s a great way for him to have fun and get exercise at the same time.

In fact he made a video review of it below, so you can hear it from his own mouth:



If you’re looking for a mini basketball goal, I can’t think of a better one that this one for the money.  Spalding’s been making these for years, so you can tell all that experience has paid off when making these hoops.  When I was a kid, you’d be lucky if your mini hoop lasted a week, in fact I remember physically breaking one off the wall after like 5 dunks (non breakaway) when I was like 12.  So luckily things are a lot better now than they were back then.



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