On June 13, 2023

In-Ground Vs. Portable Hoop: Longevity, Theft, Value

In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the key differences between in-ground and portable basketball hoops for your court setup. Both these options come with potential benefits and drawbacks depending on your needs and budget, and evaluating both is typically worthwhile.

At Courts Unlimited, we’re happy to offer Utah’s best selection of commercial and residential basketball courts, plus help with important decisions like these. While part one of our series discussed themes like costs, safety and adjustment capabilities for both these hoop types, today’s part two will look at some other factors to consider when choosing between them for your court.


When it comes to durability, an in-ground hoop almost always beats a portable one. In-ground hoops are usually made with thicker and sturdier materials than their portable counterparts, allowing them to withstand extreme weather conditions without much trouble. This makes it the better option if you’re looking for something that’s going to last for years or decades.

On the other hand, portable hoops are often built with lighter materials that can be easily damaged by the elements. For instance, a strong gust of wind can tip over a portable hoop if you don’t anchor it down properly, and metal poles may rust in wet conditions. That’s why many people prefer to invest in an in-ground hoop for their basketball court setup if long-term durability is a priority.

Theft Protection

Another key difference between in-ground and portable hoops is the level of security they offer. Portable hoops can be easily removed or disassembled, making them more vulnerable to theft than an in-ground hoop. Additionally, it may be easier for someone to damage a portable hoop since all you need is a few simple tools.

In contrast, an in-ground hoop is much tougher to steal and damage since it’s permanently installed into the ground. This can help provide added peace of mind if you’re worried about theft or vandalism on your court.

Property Value

While this is typically a secondary consideration, a basketball court setup with an in-ground hoop can add value to your property if you ever decide to sell someday. A beautiful and well-maintained court may be attractive to potential buyers, especially for those looking for recreational activities for the family.

A portable hoop just doesn’t have the same effect since it’s perceived as being more temporary in nature.

Overall, both in-ground and portable basketball hoops come with their own advantages and disadvantages. At Courts Unlimited, we understand the importance of choosing the right equipment for your court, so let us know if you’d like help deciding which one is right for you. We look forward to helping you make the most out of your basketball court, tennis court or pickleball court!