Getting the fundamentals of basketball down at an early age is useful for young kids to learn dexterity and flexibility. Taking in where objects are on a basketball court (or the parking area turned into a court with a basketball hoop) makes it easier to work within the confines of different spaces for children who need to develop better coordination. Playing basketball is also fun for kids to learn and enjoy too, let’s not forget that!
Here are the best basketball hoops for kids. There are a few different kinds depending on where the hoop is going to be located and the age of the child who’s going to play with it. A mini basketball system is freestanding with its own weighted base, stand, backboard, hoop, and net. Similar systems like ones that are just a backboard, hoop and net that get fitted to a door or an interior wall are also reviewed too. You have to pick the right one for the space available and your child’s suitability.
Top 10 Basketball Hoop For Kids
Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set
The Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball set is a good mini hoop system with its adjustable freestanding base,
backboard, and oversized rim to make it easier to score. The set is sold either with a single child-sized basketball or three of them.
Sand or water needs to be added to the base to weight it down which is not included with the product. The hoop’s height is adjustable from two feet up to 4 feet tall to be ideal for young kids 1 ½ up to 5 years’ old. The hoop can be slam dunked or just shoot at the hoop from a distance works too. The net is white, the rim is red, the backboard is white, with a blue stand and a back base. The use of different colors lets small kids identify better which part of the mini hoop that they’re shooting at.
The product is a good all-rounder because it offers young toddlers a way to get into basketball early in their young lives. It’s accessible even if they’re not too tall yet, so it doesn’t make them feel inferior either and will build confidence with every hoop achieved.
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop – Glow In The Dark
The SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop – Glow in the Dark is cool basketball product to hang on the wall or the back of a door (it doesn’t have a freestanding base). There are several versions, but the one under review is the standard sized one that glows when the lights are out. It looks real cool. It does come with a 5-inch sized basketball that always can be seen in the dark.
The hoop is 9-inches in diameter with a spring back facility to rebound to its original position. There’s also an 8-loop net that has a satisfying sound when sinking a ball on target. The backboard is polycarbonate; it is not quite as shatterproof as stated by the manufacturer and we’ve found that other parts of the hoop can come apart with prolonged use.
When hitting the backboard with the basketball, it’s not quiet at all. Furthermore, when hanging the product on a door rather than a wall then a ball hitting the backboard with push it back to the door which also makes noise as if the door was hit directly with the basketball. So, it’s not quiet in use at all.
Little Tikes TotSports Easy Score Basketball Set
The Little Tikes TotSports Easy Score Basketball Set is a pink product for girls that helps them learn motor skills, social interaction when playing in teams, and hand-eye coordination. It’s not much different to a previously reviewed similar model from Little Tikes that wasn’t aimed specifically at girls.
Adjustable height from 2 feet to 4 feet. Suits girls who are 1 ½ years to 5 years’ old. Requires weighting down with sand to prevent the product from falling over.The oversized rim makes it easier to score simple shots without difficulty.
Great product for little girls who are showing signs that they want to play sports and need some encouragement. Improves coordination, movement, and confidence the more she plays basketball at a young age.
Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Junior Basketball
The Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Junior Basketball is mini basketball set designed for smaller children. The plastic rim is wide with edges that extend out like fins in all directions at an upward angle to catch stray balls and let them work its way into the net below. The extended rim is also removable when the child gets a little bit older and more accomplished.
The height is adjustable to one of four positions. The maximum height is only 40 inches which is shorter than some other mini basketball sets under review here. A single young child will grow out of this product because it’s smaller than other models.
This product works well for the really small kids who like to walk up to the net and pop the ball into it. Their arms might not be strong enough yet to throw the ball, so they can still participate without needing to jump or throw. Then the kids that really get into basketball can graduate to a large hoop set that’s height adjustable up to 4 feet tall.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball, Frustration-Free Packaging
The Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball, Frustration-Free Packaging is a model designed for big toddler basketball hoop and teenagers to use. It has a sleek look with a black backboard, orange markings, a white-gray stand that’s adjustable in height and a black base. The base is free-standing, but it can be filled with either water or sand (nothing is supplied) to ensure it’s more stable.
The stand adjusts from 3 feet up to 6 feet tall. It’s a little difficult to get down to the 3 feet height setting but the others are easy enough to setup. The height is good enough that teenagers can use this basketball system too. For smaller toddlers, even the lower height setting will be too tall and a source of frustration for them. Clearly then, this is a more advanced product for the taller, older toddlers and kids older than this too.
For practice sessions, the product is compatible with ball return scoop attachments that send a ball back to you after successfully making a shot. A child-sized basketball and one better suited to one-on-one play or in a group come provided. Both needed repeated inflating and don’t appear to be the greatest quality. Easy to unpack and setup.
Little Tikes Adjust ‘N Jam Basketball Set
The Little Tikes Adjust ‘N Jam Basketball Set is a great indoors and outdoors gaming product. It has a sturdy base that gets ever sturdier when adding sand. It will work indoors and slide across the carpet when not weighted down too much. It is also good with the outdoor elements for a period of time too, but don’t expect it to last forever this way.
The hoop height adjusts from 4 feet up to 6 feet tall. The ideals ages for this basketball set are 3 years to 6 years. Older than this and it’s likely that the child will not be able to get the most out of the set because it’ll be too short to present many challenges to dunking over and over.
The product is well-built and is likely to be usable for a number of years if well taken care of. Because the basketball set can be setup indoors and also outside, that makes it more valuable because there’s greater flexibility there. New homes with different space, room orientations, and setups may cause this to need to go outside (or come inside) which is where the indoor/outdoor feature will save you money buying a new set.
Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball
The Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball hoops for kids is a freestanding basketball set that is only 40 inches at its tallest setting. This means that it’s ideal for use with small 1 ½-year-old ones right up to 5-year old.
The white backboard stands out with its red target markings and Fisher-Price logo above that. The bright red basketball rim uses the SureScore system with an enlarged plastic rim that points up and out to provide a more likely score for the little ones. The inclusion of the SureScore attachment makes it less likely toddlers will get discouraged when they cannot hit the hoop their first or second time out. For older toddlers, removing the SureScore attachment is simple enough and adds to their difficulty level.
There are several height positions up to the 40-inch maximum. This allows for good flexibility as the toddler grows up. The base stands on its own but is sturdier when weighted down with sand (water works too but isn’t as sturdy because it’s lighter). The hoop is usable both indoors and outdoors. It will last less time when left outdoors though. A small ball is provided for use that’s small enough for little hands to get a good grip on it.
Step2 Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set
The Step2 Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set is a way to buy from a different brand that the major ones like Fisher-Price or Tikes. The model has a lighter looking base which comes with two circular spaces either to hold a drink or the six-inch ball that is provided.
The back pole adjusts the height from a low point of 30-inches to a high point of 48-inches, adjustable up/down in 6-inch moves. A modest amount of sand or water may be added to the base, but there isn’t as much space to add the same kind of volume as with other products.
The backboard is taller and wider than with some other mini basketball sets available. It’s white with red markings to help with target practice. The rim is bright red, easy to see and wide to make it simple to hit. It’s plastic and not a metal pole that a child could hit their head on.
Some reports of a lower build quality have been noted. Mostly seems to affect the hoop not staying attached. Adding additional screws or some zip-ties to ensure it doesn’t drop off the backboard is recommended.
Little Tikes Adjust and Jam Pro Toy Basketball Hoop
The Little Tikes Adjust and Jam Pro Toy Basketball Hoop is a tall product with a white plastic backboard. The backboard is larger than expected for many parents. The product has five height adjustments from 4 feet right up to 6 feet which suits older toddlers up to 5-year old (depending on their height).
The package comes with the base, basketball hoop and a smaller basketball. The base is fillable with sand at the front and haw a ball holder at the back. It is definitely worth filling it up to add greater stability to this taller product before use.
There have been some reported issues with the breakaway hoop (which falls away pointing downward while still attached) dropping out far too often. This isn’t a fixable problem by parents. Also, zip-ties may be used to keep the net from falling off the ring as it is prone to do.
Little Tikes Play Like A Pro Basketball Set
The Little Tikes Play Like A Pro Basketball Set is a nice set for kids that are more serious about basketball and are graduating from a smaller one. It has a 4 to 6 feet adjustable height and a rim that breakaway safely too. There is one junior-sized basketball included.
Add sand to create more stability. More colorful than some other outdoor sets with black and other colors used creatively. The height adjustments don’t always stay in place which is a bit jolting.
The main choice with a basketball set for junior is whether to get a simple basketball hoop or a freestanding basketball set that can be used indoors or outdoors. From there, the age of the toddler or young child determines the product needed to suit how high they can reach up or score. A mode that is fillable with sand is best. Some versions are more robust and durable than others, so look for ones that don’t have issues with parts not functioning correctly for best results.