There’s a good chance that dribbling a basketball in the house was frowned upon when you were growing up. And, let’s face it, it probably still is. If you’re looking to practice your hoops skills from the comfort of your home (without destroying your floors and walls) an arcade basketball system is the thing you need.
You might be straining to imagine how you could possibly fit an arcade-sized basketball set inside your apartment. But, the sets made for home use are lightweight and generally have folding legs. That means that even if you don’t have a designated space to keep the set, it can at least be put away when not in use. These home sets also include digital scorers and even different games to choose from, just like arcade versions. All of the options below have two hoops for competitive play.
If you want to bring the fun of an arcade home, then these are the electronic basketball sets to buy.
1. Pop-A-Shot Dual Shot Basketball Arcade Game
The electronic basketball set was invented by Pop-A-Shot, and they still make one of the best home sets on the market. This game has two hoops for competitive play. There are 10 different games to choose from and a conveniently located control panel on the front of the set. You can also enable the announcer feature and sound effects like a cheering crowd to inspire you during play. The set uses an infrared sensor to keep track of the score.
Pros: Includes 10 different game modes. The height of the set is adjustable and the sensor is extremely accurate.
Cons: Assembly can be difficult and time-consuming.
2. Lifetime Basketball Double Shot Arcade System
This basketball set has two hoops, and it uses infrared sensors and a digital display to keep track of players’ scores. There are also sound effects to simulate the experience of playing at an arcade. The height of the set is adjustable, allowing the set to fit in different sized rooms. Plus, it can all be easily folded up when not in use.
Pros: Sturdy backboard with an adjustable height to accommodate different room sizes. Set is easily foldable.
Cons: Scorekeeper can occasionally be inaccurate.
3. ESPN Indoor Basketball Game
ESPN is the biggest name in sports coverage, but you might not have realized they actually make sports equipment, too. This set includes two hoops and comes with 4 balls. The nylon ramp is printed with a design resembling an indoor basketball court. There are 8 different games to choose from, plus variable sound effects.
Pros: Set can be found on the BILT app, which shows 3D displays to make assembly easier than just with an instruction booklet. Set includes 8 different game options.
Cons: Only includes 4 balls, rather than the other options’ 7.