Should I Buy It ?

Is this a

or a

A need is something that although you can live without, you feel it is necessary

A want id something that you desire to have, but life would certainly go on without it

Do you already have something similar?

This question helps you consider whether this upgrade is entirely necessary. Sometimes, we are mentally persuaded to make an on the spot purchase for something that will likely just be used once and then stored away. Consider whether you already have something that is comparable and that works. Over time you may find that self discipline when making purchases is more satisfying.

Am I going to tell your Spouse/Partner about this purchase?

We are firm in the belief that all purchases should be discussed with anyone you share finances with. These conversations MAY BE DIFFICULT at times. We may feel that some purchases are better not disclosed. Unfortunately, many have made the mistake of attempting to hide their spending habits. Often, they are found out. But even if not found it, there is a secrecy that is not healthy. So, be healthy. Have the difficult conversation before you make the purchase. Your relationship will improve as you openly and honestly discuss all purchases with your partner or spouse.

Can I borrow it from someone?

Some people just hate borrowing stuff from a family member or neighbor. We have become an increasingly sheltered society. We don’t like to go to our neighbors houses. We prefer to have it all on our own. Consider whether we can be a little more neighborly and share what we have, so that others may want to do the same in return.

Is this a Credit Card Purchase?

Your #1 goal should be to get out of consumer debt. You likely got into consumer debt by making purchases that didn’t have to be made. Sorry to be stubborn on this issue, but you should probably spend any loose change at paying down debt and award yourself when you are debt free.

Have I asked my Friends/Family about it?

If you are planning on making a large purchase, it is often wise to send out a text/tweet/facebook message before you pull the trigger. Often, someone in your social network will have recommendations for a cheaper option, a discount or will persuade you from the purchase. When making a large purchase (or small) it is nice to run it by someone else first.

Is this a soul or body improving purchase?

Tools are required to improve our souls and lives. If you are into yoga, you will need a yoga mat and equipment. If you are into meditation, you will need instructions. If you play sports, you may need a ball. If you are a runner, you need shoes and clothes. These are the types of purchases that increase our overall health and wellness and align us with the centers of our spirituality. We always recommend these purchases. As they increase our energy and often decrease our need for consumption.

Can I delay the purchase?

If you can delay a purchase for a month or two, it might be wise to do so. The longer you delay, the longer the lifespan of your current product. Sometimes when we delay, the desire to purchase goes away entirely. Try to stay away from emotional or trigger purchases.

Have I looked for a lower cost alternative?

Just because it is on Amazon, doesn’t mean it is the best price. Some prices are actually inflated on Amazon. Amazon doesn’t set the prices, individual sellers in the market place do. All you have to do is GOOGLE the item you want to purchase. You will see immediately if Amazon is the best price.

Is this purchase within my budget?

If you are making a purchase that is outside of your budget, you should sit down and reconsider whether the benefit outweighs the cost. It is more prudent, financially, to budget in for this purchase in next months budget. Than you have a cool down period to re-think what you are about to buy.

Can I get this product used?

Although used is not always better, some products are almost as good in used condition (golf clubs, vehicles, books). Check on ebay and your local thrift stores and Craigslist. Ask friends, neighbors or family if they have a used version of the product you are interested in. Often times a used product is just as reliable as a new one and you can get it for Half the Price or better.

Have I googled for discounts or coupons?

A lot of websites have free coupons online all the time. You can easily save 20% or more by doing one search.

Is this Toy or other Product that will end up at the Bottom of Storage Box?

Consider all of the items in your house that you never use. Never use means less than once a year. There are tons of these products. They are everywhere. If your purchase will be used once and then will wind up in the Goodwill sack, reconsider what you are about to do.

Moderation on Kids Toys:

We are really down on toys. Not that toys are bad, just that the over consumption of toys for kids is getting out of hand. A gift or two at Christmas and for a birthday are nice memories that can bring families together. Spontaneous purchases of toys that we buy in hopes that are kids will use them, is just not a good idea.

Are you stressed out or depressed?

Some people make emotional purchase to try to fill voids in their life. Maybe you are stressing out about relationships, jobs or life in general. If this is the case, we recommend taking a walk, talking to a counselor, communicating with a trusted friend. WE DO NOT recommend making purchases in this state of mind. This is where spending becomes addictive and negative.

Is this a selfish purchase?

Purchasing things for yourself is good. But when we become selfish about our consumption and forget about others, this is where we spending can become negative. So have you considered a friend in need? Have you looked at donating to a charity?

Is this a gift for someone else?

On a Balance, sometimes giving a nice gift that will improve a relationship is more important than the cost (within reason). So we allow you to remove some spending inhibition when you are doing it for someone else. Especially when this is an anniversary or birthday present.

Are you a cheapskate?

Nobody likes a cheapskate. So shake off your conditioned response to spending money and open your wallet a little.

Are you buying a book or educational material?

If yes, go for it.

Will buying this make you happy in the long run?

Think of the things you have purchased in your life. Out of these things, which of them do you still derive satisfaction from?

Will this purchase encourage outdoor/recreational activity?

Spending money on things that get you outside may boost your overall happiness and success. We recommend frisbees, hiking boots, camping gear, bicycles, anything that will keep you active and your mind fresh.

How Bad do you Really want to Buy this?

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The Best In Ground Basketball Hoop of 2017

NameSummaryBuy on Amazon
Lifetime Mammoth

My #1 Basketball Hoop. This is after HOURS and HOURS of researching, testing and looking at EVERY available basketball hoop on the market. I'm not saying this is the BEST basketball hoop. I'm saying for our family it is the BEST Value and What fits our backyard the best. We love it. We got the 54' backyard and spent about $1000 per hoop.bigge

Appx $1000.00
Pro Dunk

Pro Dunk is definitely the TRENDING hoop right now. Two of my neighbors, after a lot of research and after playing on my Mammoth, ended up with this Pro Dunk. They are SOLID systems. I actually love them. I prefer Mammoth because of Price and adjustability. Don't like the Pro Dunk Crank System.bigge

Appx $1,578.00

Silverback has been the GOLD Star for Value for basketball hoops for some time. I'm not sure how they can sell this solid hoop for this price. It is a great hoop. Easy install (relatively speaking - still a beast), very solid (Doesn't shake much) - is cheap and long lasting. Tempered Glass backboard to prevent cracking and shattering. You CANNOT go wrong with this hoop. Definitely a top value. bigge

Appx $699.00

SPALDING. Another freaking awesome hoop. Probably my favorite looking hoop of all of these. Love the Jerry West pole safety cushion. Almost wish I would have bought this 60' tempered glass Spalding. This is a HOT system. Nothing bad to say. bigge

Appx $1,549.00

WOW. Another awesome hoop. I have played on this system and I love it. It has a little wobble to it. It doesn't effect play. It is solid, value priced and works well. Wish I had more to criticize here, but I don't. I will put this on the bottom of my list because of the vibration. But I would still buy it. bigge

Appx $899.00
Lifetime 90084

Nah. If you are going to spend the time getting an in ground system, get one that lasts longer and looks better. Too cheap to put in ground. I would rather get the spalding portable system. bigge

Appx $196.00


Who am I? And why can I review Basketball Hoops?

I used to run a basketball review website, for about 4 years.  I reviewed every in ground and portable basketball hoop on the market.  I tested most of them and I read up on all of them.  I knew the details of each basketball system.  Than, I needed money and I sold my basketball hoop review website.  I wish I had kept it.

But, I remembered most of the information.  I was surprised when I went back to research and saw the new hoops on the market.  Not only new hoops but inground systems that have evolved and improved.

So, let’s go through this step by step together and make an educated decision on what hoop works best for your family.

If you have specific questions, please feel free to email me at  I will try to respond to your email within 24 hours.  I usually can, unless I am swamped with work or out of town or on an electronic/computer/phone vacation.

What I am looking for in a Basketball Hoop

1). Price

Yes.  When our family started looking for a basketball hoop, we set price parameters.  We wanted to pay less than $1,000.  We would have preferred between $600 to $1000.  So, let’s look at which systems rank as the best value:

Cheap and Sucky


Obviously the Lifetime 90084 is the cheapest hoop we have reviewed at less than $200.  It is not a good inground hoop though and we do not recommend it.  So, we will move on,

Cheap and Good


The Silverback system is one of our top Values.  We like it.  At $699 we love it.  The only reason we didn’t get it is because of the crank adjustable system.

BEST VALUE $$$: eyes





For our family we went with the Lifetime Mammoth.  We needed two hoops for each ends of the court.  For the 54′ backboard, we got two hoops for about $2000.

Best inground basketball hoop


The Highest priced system that we have reviewed as a top system is the Pro Dunk at $1,578.00.  This is a great system and if you can afford it, I think I would consider the pro dunk or the Spalding.  Both are awesome systems, that cost just a little more.

2). Easy to Adjust

Any of these hoops will be adjustable (usually from 7.5 feet to 10 feet).  We have young kids and we need the system to be easily adjustable.  I have tried the crank system.  Don’t love it.  Don’t necessarily hate it, it just isn’t for me.  Just don’t love the feel.

LIFETIME MAMOTH – best adjustment


Again, we went with the LIFETIME MAMMOTH.  It has the Best adjustable system (in my mind and experience):

lifetime mammoth basketball hoop review

Check out the video that we have uploaded below and you can see that this system can be adjusted by a five year old.  It adjusts to any height between 7.5 and 10 feet.  The hydraulics keep the hoop in place.  Very easy to raise and lower.

The Spalding Hoops just don’t crank well:

Spalding basketball hoop review

The Pro Dunk Hoop also has this Crank system: This is my friend’s hoop system.  He loves the hoop but says “I wish it had the adjustable Lifetime Mammoth system.”

pro dunk hoop review

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3).  Sturdy Rim

PRO DUNK – Best Rim


I have noticed with in ground basketball hoops, that sometimes you get ripped off with a crappy rim.  One that will flex and droop over the years.  One that is too stiff and not forgiving.  One that is just cheap and not worthy of the system.

For the Price you will Pay for an Inground Hoop, you need a Nice Breakaway Rim

This is the Order of Rims that we like:

#1: Pro Dunk:  We love it.  It is thick.  It is breakaway.  It becomes soft after play so that it is forgiving.  It is ideal for hard play.

Best basketball rim with hoop

#2: Spalding: Comes with a Positive Lock Breakaway Rim.  Spalding makes awesome rims.

#3: Goalrilla:  Sturdy rim that holds up to rough play.  No vibration breakaway.  Sweet rim.

#4: Silverback:  Again, we’re surprised that for this price you get an awesome breakaway rim:

#5: Lifetime Mammoth:  Yes, we like the Rim.  We have no problem with it.  In fact, some people like it more because it is a little bit skinnier (it is easier to grip when you dunk).  Yet, I think I would prefer the pro dunk or spalding rim:

Best in ground basketball hoop

#4). Look

If you are going to spend this much money, get something that looks good in your backyard, front porch or driveway.  Obviously the Lifetime 90084 is out:


We like the Spalding:




We also love how Pro Dunk Looks:

Best In Ground Basketball Hoop pro dunk hoop review

And the Lifetime mammoth: For us, we think the Mammoth is the best look for our space.  It is not overwhelming or too fancy.  Just a Pretty, comfortable in ground hoop.

Best looking in ground basketball hoop

Best looking in ground basketball hoop

#5). Longest Lasting

We don’t have enough data on the other hoops to determine how long they last.  We can only review the reviews.  We do know however that the Lifetime Mammoth has stood up to 10 years of hard playing and still looks like this:

LIFETIME MAMMOTH – Longest Lasting


Lifetime mammoth basketball hoop review

LIFETIME MAMMOTH basketball hoop review

According to the Reviews, the Goalrilla and Pro Dunk hoops rank how on sustainability.

#6). Backboard

Yes, the backboard is very important.  All of these upper end hoops have Tempered glass backboards and I have full confidence that none of them will crack or shatter with hard play (except for the Cheap Lifetime one).  The Goalrilla has a little too much wobble for me.  I would say the Spalding and Pro Dunk probably rank the highest on the Least Vibration when you dunk or shoot.

#7). Installation

I have only installed two hoops, the Pro Dunk (with my friend) and the Lifetime Mammoth.  Neither of these are easy.  In fact, they are freaking difficult.  I’m not a carpenter though.  I don’t even have a tool box.  I’m just a city slicker.  Call all of your friends to come help you.  It will take all day.

It took me and three guys all day to assemble our two Lifetime Mammoths:

lifetime mammoth basketball hoop Best inground basketball hoop

Based on Reviews, I am going with Silverback as the winner for easiest to assemble.

SILVERBACK – Easiest to Assemble


#8). Padding

Our Lifetime mammoth did not come with padding.  It costs extra.  Pro Dunk comes with this padding:

best inground basketball hoop

I like the Spalding Padding.  With Jerry West, it is by Far my Favorite:

SPALDING – Best Padding



After much research and discussing with other people who have other hoops, our family went with the 54′ Lifetime Mammoth:

lifetime mammoth basketball hoop picture

We have no complaints.  Our kids love it and they use it all of the time.  It is easy to raise and lower.  We feel like it is a good value.  It was NOT easy to install.  It appears to survive the elements gracefully.  For US, it is the best choice.  For others, Pro Dunk or Spalding appear to be the way to go.  I have seen more and more people going with Pro Dunk in ground hoops lately.  I would recommend the Lifetime Mammoth.

I have personally played on and Loved the Goalrilla, Mammoth, Spalding and Pro Dunk.  I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these choices.  Still looking for an opportunity to play the Silverback hoop.




Best in ground basketball hoop

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