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Best Basketballs

Updated November 2018
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  • 26 Models Considered
  • 9 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 155 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    There are 3 main types of basketballs: leather, composite and synthetic leather, and rubber. Typically leather is used for professional indoor play, while synthetic leather basketballs can be used on indoor or outdoor surfaces. Rubber basketballs are usually the cheapest and made for outdoor and recreational use. Men’s basketballs are considered a size 7, and womens a size 6. While one can expect some wear and tear on a basketball after a few uses, especially outdoors, a quality ball should maintain its shape, grip, and air pressure for an extended period of time. If you want to maintain high quality gameplay, make sure your basketballs are fully inflated and look to replace any ball that begins to lose its grip or shape.

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      Heather
      Chief Content Officer
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      Kyle
      Writer
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      Melinda
      Web Producer

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