Comparing The Best Trampolines

best trampoline

Is it any wonder that today’s kids are less fit and more unhealthy than any other generation in history?

Television, cell phones, virtual reality (it’s on the way!) all play a part in keeping our kids indoors and inactive.

What if there was a piece of equipment that’s fun, gets your kids outside, improves their fitness, and gives you a much-needed break from them that doesn’t involve technology?

Well, a good trampoline is all that and more.

In fact, a trampoline is a long-term investment in your kid’s fitness that also happens to make exercise fun, which is why they’re such a popular choice for parents who find it difficult to get their kids moving.

I know you’re eager to have a look at my in-depth guide to the best trampolines, but for those who are in a hurry to get to the bottom line, here are my top picks.

  NameSize OptionsWeight LimitRating 
Best Overall
SkyBound Stratos12′, 14′, 15′330 lbs4.8/5Check Price
Best Value
Zupapa Round10′, 15′330 lbs4.7/5Check Price
Budget
Skywalker Round10′, 12′, 15′175 lbs4.6/5Check Price
Best Quality
AlleyOOP VariableBounce14'800 lbs4.9/5Check Price
Safest
Springfree Trampoline
11′, 13′1100 lbs4.6/5Check Price
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n this guide, I’ll be reviewing 14 of the top trampolines divided into four categories based on price, safety features and overall value to help you choose the best trampoline for your family.

Although the trampolines I’m going to review are mostly suitable for older kids (aged 6 and up), and include mainly outdoor trampolines, you can also find a great selection of kids trampolines for the little tykes who also want to join in the fun!

best trampolines

Best Trampolines

The best trampolines on the market deliver the perfect balance between safety and practicality for an affordable price.

Unusual shapes, fantastic bounce, all-weather suitability and exceptionally high weight limits are common features within this category: evidence that you do get more for your money.

If you want all of the above plus great safety features and high build quality, look no further than the SkyBound Stratos. It’s my recommendation for #1 Best Overall trampoline and it falls within this section – but any of these models would make a very wise choice.

Trampoline Comparison Chart

skybound stratos
SkyBound Stratos
  • 4.8/5 Rating
  • 12′, 14′, 15′
  • 330 lbs
  • Round
skybound stratos

Recommendation

The SkyBound Stratos trampoline is my top pick as the #1 Best Overall trampoline on the market. It merges fantastic construction and durability with awesome styling to keep you and your family active and entertained for a very reasonable price.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
12′, 14′, 15′
Weight Limit
330 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
89.4 lbs
Age Recommendation
6+
Safety Features
Exceeds US ASTM standards, 12 enclosure poles, comes with an industry leading warranty (up to 10 years), high density concave safety enclosure net with patented lightning quick installation

SkyBound Stratos

If your budget allows it, it’s definitely worth investing in a slightly more expensive trampoline as you really do get your money’s worth in terms of build quality.

Take the springs on the SkyBound Stratos, for example, which have a distinctive bright gold color. This striking color is caused by the steel being dipped in ionized zinc which resists rusting and corrosion, meaning that you’ll get extra life from your trampoline. These springs are durable, but still offer more bounce than cheaper standard steel springs.

The springs are robust, but you don’t have to worry about getting hands and feet caught in the gaps as not only are they covered with thick padding, but they’re also separated from the jumping mat by a concave shaped high density enclosure net.

I was seriously impressed by the net – its strength, tight weave and concave nature mean that when the zipper is closed, everyone inside is completely secure. This, in addition to the exaggerated convex vertical poles, means that it’s almost impossible to hit the poles and cause an injury – even when you put your whole weight against the net. Nevertheless, SkyBound have still put padding on the poles as an extra precaution, and it’s this extra care and attention to detail that rocketed this trampoline’s position in my rankings.

The trampoline comes supplied with a shoe bag, which, although not essential, is a handy little addition. SkyBound seem to be great with all these little added extras – in fact, I can’t fault the brand or their customer service at all.

For me, assembly was a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the process was relatively simple as there were no fiddly nuts and bolts. On the whole the instructions were clear (which is both a bonus and a relief!) but I would recommend reading through them first before you start, just so that you know what to expect later down the line.

However, putting the trampoline together did need quite some elbow grease. It’s a good idea to have a rubber mallet to hand, as it can be a real battle to fit some of the pieces together. The upside of this is that at least you know you have a tough, robust trampoline which won’t start falling apart at the seams!

One other point to mention is that I found that the extreme curvature of both the net and the poles meant that the foam slid off the poles all too easily. This is an easy thing to fix: simple spray some sort of grip or fixative onto the poles before sliding the foam on to ensure that they hold in place for years.

This might not be the easiest trampoline to put up, but it more than makes up for the hassle with its strength, durability and quality. This is a fantastic value for money product which makes an ideal long-term investment.

Pros
  • Exceeds US ASTM standards and comes with a 10 year warranty
  • Rust- and corrosion-resistant springs prolong the life of the trampoline
  • Very robust, durable construction
  • A tightly woven safety net and very curved poles give a high level of protection
Cons
  • Assembly is physically demanding
  • Foam slides off poles easily
skybound stratos net
skybound stratos above
skybound stratos frame
skybound stratos springs
kidwise magic circle
Kidwise Magic Circle Octogon
  • 4.8/5 Rating
  • 16′ size options
  • 450 lbs
  • Octagonal
kidwise magic circle

Recommendation

Offering one of the largest jumping surfaces that money can buy, the Kidwise Magic Circle Octogon trampoline features heavy duty construction and extra springs for superior bounce. The large, octagonal jumping area accommodates several jumpers at a time, and rather than throwing jumpers clear it directs them back towards the middle.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
16′
Weight Limit
450 lbs
Shape
Octagonal
Trampoline Weight
82 lbs
Age Recommendation
3+
Safety Features
Galvanized steel frame with a 10 year frame warranty

Kidwise Magic Circle Octogon

The octagonal shape of the jumping mat has many benefits: first and foremost, it actually makes it less likely for you to fly off the edge of the trampoline. I found that if you land near the edge of the jumping mat, it seems to direct you back towards the middle, which adds an extra level of peace of mind.

The size of this trampoline offers a jumping area which is larger than almost anything else you’ll find on the market. This means that there’s more than enough room for several kids – or even several adults – to jump at the same time. You won’t have to worry about overloading the surface or pushing the springs to their limits, as the 450 pound weight limit is enormous.

This trampoline is fitted with 112 springs which gives incredible bounce, much more than cheaper brands which are fitted with fewer springs. The bounce was good enough for me to pull off a few tricks and flips, and I didn’t feel that I was even coming close to testing the trampoline’s strength or durability.

There are only four legs holding this trampoline up, but they’re super sturdy and strong. It didn’t budge an inch during storms and strong winds, despite the fact that I hadn’t had a chance to anchor them down first.

Despite the heavy duty construction and the top rails measuring almost 2 inches in diameter, this was one of the easiest trampolines to put together that I’ve ever come across. Attaching the last few springs was the hardest part as no tools are included to help, but it is possible to put the whole thing together by hand. I set it up alone within the space of about half an hour.

This trampoline definitely delivers in terms of strength, durability and bounce quality, so you really do get what you pay for. The only major downside is the lack of an enclosure net, but these can be purchased separately if safety is still a concern. Otherwise, the only other drawback that I noticed is that the protective mats fade, but as this is just cosmetic it’s something that can easily be overlooked.

Pros
  • Frame has a 10 year warranty
  • Very large jumping area with a high weight limit
  • Octagonal shape prevents jumpers from being thrown clear
  • 112 springs give excellent bounce
Cons
  • No tools are included to help with assembly
  • No enclosure net included
  • Protective mats fade in strong sunlight
kidwise magic circle
kidwise magic circle garden
kidwise magic circle outside
kidwise magic circle springs
skywalker rectangular
Skywalker Rectangle
  • 4.2/5 Rating
  • 14′, 16′
  • 200 lbs
  • Rectangular
skywalker rectangular

Recommendation

The Skywalker Rectangle trampoline gives even bounce across all areas of the jumping surface, so two children can jump at the same time without hindering each other. The sturdy construction and the superior, patented safety features make this option more appealing than the ACON Air, but the maximum weight limit is disappointingly low for a trampoline of this standard.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
14′, 16′
Weight Limit
200 lbs
Shape
Rectangular
Trampoline Weight
260 lbs
Safety Features
Galvanized steel frame, patented Stay-Put enclosure net design, meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards

Skywalker Rectangle

The Skywalker Rectangle trampoline is the first rectangular trampoline which I’ve reviewed here, and at first I wasn’t sure about how it would shape up when compared to traditional round jumping mats or the octagonal shape of the Kidwise Magic Circle.

However, the arrangement of the springs around a rectangular trampoline gives an even bounce all the way across the jumping surface. This is important because it gives great bounce – I’d say it’s almost gymnastic quality – and it allows two people to jump at the same time, both achieving the same level of bounce.

The bounce is good enough for flips and tricks, but be careful not to overload the jumping surface. With a weight capacity of 200 pounds it’s disappointing for the price because realistically only two children can jump at a time.

Like the Skywalker Round and Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk trampolines, the Skywalker Rectangle has all the superior safety features which are synonymous with the brand. These include the reinforced leg sockets which add stability and the patented Stay-Put enclosure net system which protect little fingers, toes and ankles from getting pinched and trapped.

One extra feature which I thought made the trampoline feel more secure was the position of the legs. Rather than being parallel to each side, the four legs sit across the corners, giving extra stability regardless of where on the trampoline you bounce.

The construction is pretty rugged and robust, so make sure that you assemble the frame in the place where you intend to keep the trampoline, as moving it once it’s constructed isn’t easy. It’s fairly straightforward to set up the trampoline, especially as it comes with a tool to help attach the springs, but you’ll still need some help from another adult as I couldn’t manage on my own.

One thing to bear in mind is that the door to the enclosure net is positioned on the long side of the rectangle rather than the short side. This cannot be changed, so make sure that wherever you plan to put the trampoline gives you enough safe access to the entrance.

The main problem which I encountered was not with the trampoline itself, but with delivery of the parts. There was a mistake with the two boxes which were shipped out to me (I received two of the same box rather than one of each), and I believe that this is a relatively common problem among buyers of this trampoline. It’s nothing that a quick call to the customer services department can’t fix, but it’s still a frustrating and unnecessary delay to bear in mind.

Pros
  • Rectangular shape gives even, gymnastic quality bounce across the jumping surface
  • Patented Stay-Put enclosure system
  • Durable construction with stable positioning of legs
  • Meets or exceeds US ASTM safety standards
Cons
  • Low maximum weight limit
  • Difficult to move once assembled
  • Delivery of parts can cause delays
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skywalker rectangular outside
skywalker rectangular springs
skywalker rectangular enclosur
acon air
ACON Air
  • 4.0/5 Rating
  • 14′, 15′
  • 800 lbs
  • Round
acon air

Recommendation

The ACON Air trampoline features an impressive design with the superior level of build quality which can survive continuous outdoor use all year round. The durability is worth the premium price tag alone, but the addition of the sky-high weight capacity and the great bounce make this trampoline exceptional value for money.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
14′, 15′
Weight Limit
800 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
295 lbs (15′), 282 lbs (14′)
Safety Features
Galvanized steel frame, 5 year warranty on the frame

ACON Air

There’s no denying that this is a seriously heavy duty trampoline. The frame is made from thick, galvanized steel pipes which are incredibly sturdy. The upside of this is that the trampoline won’t budge an inch, even with the strongest of winds or most vigorous of jumping, but the downside is that it’s difficult to move when you need to do yard work.

It isn’t just wind that this trampoline can withstand: you can keep it up all year round through all weathers. I’ve seen it go through both a snowy winter and a hot, sunny summer, and it still looks almost as good as new.

Assembly of this trampoline took a while, but that’s to be expected when you’re putting together a tough, superior quality piece of kit. A tool to connect the springs is included, and although it’s a little flimsy it’s a welcome relief as trying to connect the springs without one would be almost impossible.

Overall, the instructions are clear, but I would recommend reading through them before you begin. Use both the written instructions and the pictures, because it’s easy to make a mistake when fitting the enclosure net – and I can assure you that this is a job that you don’t want to have to do twice!

Once it’s up, this trampoline is fantastic. It doesn’t have a weight restriction for a single user – instead, it has an overall weight limit of 800 lbs, which is more than enough for a whole group of kids and even a few adults, too. The bounce is incredible, and even with the strain of the whole family jumping at once I never heard or felt any creaking.

During assembly, you have to weave the safety net to the jumping mat, which means that there is no gap to pinch or catch little hands and feet. In addition to this the springs are connected outside the enclosure net, which is another safety feature which I’m sure other parents will find reassuring.

Finally, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ACON Air trampoline comes with its own ladder to climb on and off the jumping mat safely. This wasn’t mentioned in the product description so it’s a nice touch which saves you from having to spend out on buying a separate one.

Pros
  • Very high maximum weight capacity with no single user limit
  • Very heavy duty construction
  • Suitable for use all-year round
  • Ladder included
Cons
  • Assembly takes a few hours
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acon air snow
acon air outside
acon air springs
mid range trampolines

Mid-Range Trampolines

Offering superior build quality and wider choice, mid-range trampolines are a step up from the previous simpler models.

The maximum weight limits on the Zupapa Round, Merax Round Large, Ultega Jumper and Upper Bounce trampolines aren’t significantly higher, but you will find a few extra features such as long warranties, a no-gap enclosure net, extra stable designs, and even a leaflet featuring jumps and exercises to get you started.

That – together with super-quick assembly times – makes a mid-range trampoline the ideal choice if you want a no-fuss option that you can start using within a matter of minutes.

Trampoline Comparison Chart

zupapa round
Zupapa Round
  • 4.7/5 Rating
  • 10′, 15′
  • 330 lbs (10′), 375 lbs (15′)
  • Round
zupapa round

Recommendation

The weight limit and ladder put the Zupapa Round trampolines firmly in the Mid-Range category, but it does have some minor drawbacks. For the price the Zupapa Round is still excellent value as it’s solidly built, but make sure you check carefully which size you’re buying as the features and items included can differ slightly.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
10′, 15′
Weight Limit
330 lbs (10′), 375 lbs (15′)
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
120 lbs (10′), 211 lbs (15′)
Age Recommendation
6+
Safety Features
TUV certified, 6 month – 3 year warranties (different warranties for each part), galvanized steel frame, extra wide padding over springs

Zupapa Round

For starters, Zupapa knocks Skywalker out of the park in terms of its maximum weight limit. This Zupapa Round trampoline can easily hold 330-375 lbs (depending on size), which is more than enough for your whole family to enjoy at once.

The Zupapa Round sits fairly high above the ground so smaller children might struggle to climb onto the jumping surface on their own, which is why I was suitably impressed to find a ladder included as standard – another feature which the Skywalker trampolines go without.

The larger trampoline can fit together with the enclosure net on either the outside or the inside of the springs. I love the fact that consumers are given this choice, as you can decide whether you want to avoid the springs completely or whether you’d prefer a little extra space.

The smaller 10ft trampoline comes with a rain cover, which impressed me at first as it’s designed to give extra protection against the elements all year round. However, in reality, you won’t always remember to put it on – or have the inclination.

Although the foam which pads the springs and poles is great for safety, I found that it began to wither and perish a lot quicker than with some other more expensive brands. This isn’t a deal-breaker, but if you live in a particularly sunny area then be aware that it will probably need replacing.

I didn’t find any real downsides to the Zupapa Round trampolines – more minor inconveniences.

When putting it together (which, incidentally, didn’t take long at all), by far the most time consuming part was threading the enclosure net to the hooks at the base. This felt like a hassle at the time, but it secured the net firmly in place so was a small price to pay for having a secure net.

In addition, the poles which form the main frame and hold the enclosure net in place are straight, while many other trampolines have curved poles. The only drawback to this is that it is slightly easier to bump against straight poles, but if you and your kids are careful with your jumping then this shouldn’t be a problem. In my opinion, it would have been ideal if the poles were slightly taller too, but again the height is more than adequate for all the jumping and tricks that your family might enjoy.

Pros
  • Ladder included as standard
  • Enclosure net can be fitted on either the inside or the outside of the enclosure net
Cons
  • Foam padding on the poles perishes quickly
  • Fitting the enclosure net is time consuming
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zupapa round weight
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zupapa round springs
merax round
Merax Round Large
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 14′ size options
  • 250 lbs
  • Round
merax round

Recommendation

Offering some reliable safety features as well as great durability, the Merax Round Large trampoline is fantastic value for money. It will withstand years of regular use through all seasons – an improvement on the Zupapa Round – providing both enjoyment and satisfaction for kids and adults alike.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
14′
Weight Limit
250 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
Safety Features
Curved legs, top ring for added stability

Merax Round Large

Straight out the box you can tell that this is a great quality trampoline. The padding which covers the springs is durable and waterproof, and there are tough canvas sleeves which sit over the padded poles to give extra resistance against damage and wear. In fact, this trampoline is so sturdy and durable that it managed to hold up through a snowy winter.

However, in this case durability does not mean bulky and cumbersome. I was able to put the trampoline together in an afternoon – it was fairly straight-forward, but you might need an extra pair of hands to help stretch the mat. Once set up, it’s still portable enough to pick up and move around when you need to do yard work.

Despite the fact that this trampoline doesn’t have the largest weight limit on the market, it always feels safe, even when used by an adult. A twisted frame is never a concern as the top of the poles are secured by another strong ring, which means that the poles will never skew and the structure will stay safe.

When it comes to looking after your little ones, the curved poles are some of the safest I’ve seen. Instead of having just a subtle curve, they bow out at a significant distance from the jumping mat. I found that this made jumping much more comfortable as there is virtually no chance of hitting the poles. From a value for money perspective this is great too as the poles don’t get damaged easily so won’t need to be replaced.

The net – which can be fitted either around the inside or the outside of the springs to give you the option of extra room or extra safety – has a tight weave to avoid pinched fingers. From a parent’s perspective, it’s reassuring to know that your kids can’t lean against the net and fall out, as the zip secures fast with extra clips to prevent it from coming undone.

The Merax Round Large trampoline might not have any revolutionary features to put it streets ahead of the competition, but I found it to be a sensible choice and a great all-rounder for everyday family use.

Pros
  • Suitable for all-year use
  • Quick and easy to assemble
  • Solid top ring prevents structural twisting
  • Curved poles and a tightly woven enclosure net offer good protection against injury
Cons
  • Relatively low maximum weight capacity
merax round net
merax round frame
merax round springs
merax round enclosure
ultega jumper
Ultega Jumper
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 6′, 8.5′, 10′, 12′, 14′
  • 200 lbs
  • Round
ultega jumper

Recommendation

A relatively new brand, Ultega has become a stalwart in the trampoline and leisure world. Here, they bring high quality in the form of German engineering straight to your backyard. This is an ideal choice for families for whom safety, durability and exercise are top priorities, without breaking the bank.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
6′, 8.5′, 10′, 12′, 14′
Weight Limit
200 lbs
Shape
Round
Age Recommendation
3+
Safety Features
Galvanized steel frame

Ultega Jumper

Trampolines are great for keeping kids active and entertained, but they’re a fun way for adults to get some exercise, too. That’s why I love the Ultega Jumper, as it’s designed specifically with this in mind.

Included with the trampoline is a list of jumps and exercises to try on the trampoline (complete with directions on how to do them) which help to stretch and tone the entire body. This takes the guesswork away from exercise and gives you an easy way to get the most out of your trampoline.

The manufacturers do recommend that only one person should use the trampoline at a time, which I would agree with if you’re doing some of the aforementioned jumps and tricks. You’ll appreciate having the extra space as the risk of colliding with another person would just be too great.

This trampoline is very well made and feels nice and sturdy to use, thanks to the galvanized steel legs. These do extend beyond the edge of the springs slightly, so factor in a little extra room when you’re choosing the right size for your yard.

The main downside that I found with this trampoline is that it starts perishing and showing signs of wear much sooner than many others. After several years the foam padding crumbles and the netting disintegrates, making safety much more of a concern.

These parts can be replaced, but if you’re having to buy a couple then it might work out more cost effective to invest in a whole brand new trampoline to see you through the next few years. Whatever you decide, I can vouch for Ultega’s customer service department, as every dealing I’ve had with them has been stress- and hassle-free.

If you can look past the fact that you may have to replace some parts after a few years then this definitely looks and feels like a classic, traditional, reliable trampoline. Its focus on exercise is fantastic, and the optional range of ladders, covers and other accessories makes it even more appealing.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Comes with directions on a variety of jumps and exercises
  • Brand has excellent customer service
Cons
  • Low maximum weight capacity
  • Foam padding and enclosure net perish and disintegrate quickly
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ultega jumper outside
ultega jumper springs
ultega jumper fastener
upper bounce
Upper Bounce
  • 4.0/5 Rating
  • 7.5′, 10′, 12′, 14′, 15′, 16′
  • 330 lbs
  • Round
upper bounce

Recommendation

The Upper Bounce is one of the quickest and easiest trampolines to set up, so it’s a great choice if you want to get going straight away. However, what you get in ease you lose in durability, as certain parts will need to be replaced or repaired frustratingly soon.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
7.5′, 10′, 12′, 14′, 15′, 16′
Weight Limit
330 lbs
Shape
Round
Safety Features
No-gap enclosure net, galvanized crack-resistant frame and springs, dual closure zipper and buckles, padding to cover springs on exterior of enclosure net

Upper Bounce

I am always a fan of products which come with all the necessary tools included – nothing is worse than trying to put together your new item but having to search through the cupboards for your own screwdrivers and spanners first.

Luckily, the Upper Bounce trampoline comes with everything you need to get set up, and assembly couldn’t have been easier. With two adults working together, there’s no reason why you can’t be up and jumping within the hour.

Of course, easy up also means easy down. With many other trampolines I’ve found that once they’re up, they stay up, but with the Upper Bounce it was quick and easy to take down the vertical poles for storage during winter. This isn’t always necessary, but if you want to protect against hard weather and opt to buy one of the optional covers, then this feature gives so much peace of mind.

At first, the trampoline feels really great to use. It’s strong and can hold several kids (or even kids and an adult) at the same time, which is probably down to the reinforced jumping mat which has been finished with 8-row stitching.

In addition, the enclosure net seems to be very safe and protective as it sits on the inside of the springs, thus eliminating the risk of falling awkwardly onto the springs. It features a zipper and buckles, so there are no gaps to fall through. The net is secured to the springs with a no-gap system (similar to that used in the cheaper Skywalker trampolines), so there’s nowhere to catch, pinch or trap a finger or a limb.

The springs are fitted on the outside of the enclosure net, but they’re still covered with padding which makes it safe, easy and comfortable to get on and off the trampoline.

However, it was only after around six months that I started to find considerable wear and tear with the softer parts of the trampoline. The padding broke away so much that had it been on the inside of the enclosure net it would have posed a serious risk to both children and adults.

This wasn’t the only fault that I noticed: the hooks which attach the net to the top of the poles were fairly flimsy and broke very easily, so the net sagged and fell down the poles. I don’t need to tell you how dangerous this could be, as using a trampoline without a satisfactory enclosure net could mean flying off the trampoline altogether.

Both of these parts can be repaired or replaced fairly easily, but it’s frustrating to have to do so after such little use. If these parts can become damaged and broken so easily, there is a worry that other parts might follow suit, so keep an eye on your trampoline and watch it with care.

This trampoline is tremendous fun to use (while you can), but remember to factor in any potential repair or replacement costs.

Pros
  • Very quick and easy to assemble
  • All tools are included
  • Features a reinforced jumping mat
Cons
  • Foam padding covering the springs disintegrates quickly
  • Flimsy hooks cause the enclosure net to sag
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upper bounce latch
upper bounce setup
upper bounce springs
cheap trampolines

Cheap Trampolines

Not every family has a big budget, so finding a cheap trampoline that can still stand up to years of rigorous use is a must.

I’ve selected the Round and Jump N’ Dunk trampolines (both by Skywalker) and the Exacme 6W as three great entry-level options.

Their features are all fairly basic, but for the price these models offer some impressive safety features and sturdy construction.

These trampolines may be well made, but they won’t last forever. If you’re looking to make a long-term investment then it might be worth saving up for one of the longer-lasting mid-range trampolines instead.

Trampoline Comparison Chart

skywalker round
Skywalker Round
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 10′, 12′, 15′
  • 175 lbs (10′), 200 lbs (15′)
  • Round
skywalker round

Recommendation

One of the first names you’re likely to come across when researching the best and cheapest trampolines available is Skywalker, as they’ve built a reputation on delivering exceptional quality for an affordable price. I’ve picked out the Skywalker Round trampoline as the best budget buy because it’s rugged and robust, comes in an impressive range of sizes, and you’ll still come away with spare change in your pocket.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
10′, 12′, 15′
Weight Limit
175 lbs (10′), 200 lbs (15′)
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
Approx 75 lbs
Age Recommendation
6+
Safety Features
Rust-resistant galvanized steel frame, patented Stay-Put enclosure system, padded enclosure, dual closure net

Skywalker Round

Straight away I was impressed with the build quality of this trampoline – it’s made from rust-resistant galvanized steel and features reinforced sockets to prevent twisting, bending and warping with time. This means that the frame will be able to withstand frequent use and all the elements for several years.

Similarly, the springs are resistant to rust, so they won’t wear with time either. The maximum weight recommendation for the smallest size Skywalker Round trampoline (10′) is 175 lbs, while the maximum weight for the largest size (15′) is 200 lbs, and I found that the springs were plenty strong enough to handle these weights with ease. They can actually withstand much more, but putting extra weight and strain on the trampoline isn’t recommended.

From a safety perspective, I was reassured to find that the springs are attached to the jumping surface on the outside of the enclosure net, so provided that the net is secured correctly, there’s no chance of injury from landing on the springs.

The net itself is made of pretty tough stuff and has a tight weave. It fits closely to the jumping mat, so there’s no chance of getting a foot, hand or even a finger caught. This is a major benefit which seriously boosted this trampolines position in my rankings, as having a poor quality net is an absolute no-no.

Luckily, this is the sort of trampoline that can be put together in a few hours with reasonable ease. However, the instructions aren’t the clearest, so set aside enough time to do it properly – and be prepared to re-align the poles if you haven’t quite set them up correctly the first time.

Bear in mind that for the price, you’re never going to get a trampoline that will last forever. As long as you’re aware that some of the foam and padding (which sits on the poles and outside the enclosure net anyway) may need replacing after a few years then you should be satisfied with what is a fantastic value trampoline.

Pros
  • Reinforced sockets prevent structural twisting
  • Patented Stay-Put enclosure system
Cons
  • Unclear assembly instructions
  • Foam padding needs replacing
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skywalker round frame
skywalker round joints
skywalker round springs
skywalker jumpndunk
Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk
  • 4.4/5 Rating
  • 8′, 12′, 15′
  • 175 lbs (8′), 200 lbs (12 and 15′)
  • Round
skywalker jumpndunk

Recommendation

The patented system designed to eliminate gaps which could trap small fingers is one of the safety features which makes this trampoline so appealing, even if it isn’t as robust as the Skywalker Round. The price is low, but hand-in-hand with that comes difficulty with assembly and a flimsy basketball hoop.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
8′, 12′, 15′
Weight Limit
175 lbs (8′), 200 lbs (12 and 15′)
Shape
Round
Safety Features
Rust-resistant galvanized steel frame, T-sockets, patented Stay-Put enclosure net design, padded poles and springs, dual zipper and latch closure on the net

Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk

With a popular name like Skywalker, I expected a sturdy, stable, structurally sound frame, and the Jump N’ Dunk didn’t disappoint. Like the Skywalker Round, it is made from galvanized steel and features T-sockets which won’t weather or weaken with time.

In fact, the whole trampoline seems to hold together really well. For example, the enclosure net fits together between the jumping mat and the springs, so there’s no danger of landing on the springs and causing yourself an injury. Skywalker have designed the net with a patented Stay-Put feature, which means that there are no little gaps to get caught up in.

One bonus that improves the value of this trampoline even further is that it comes supplied with a basketball hoop which secures onto the enclosure net.

I was impressed by the quality and affordability of the Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk – and I can totally understand why it ranks so highly on Amazon – but for the low price there are some sacrifices which can’t be ignored.

Although assembly is fairly quick and straightforward (with a little help I managed to set it up in around an hour), the instructions are poor. The fitting of the enclosure net is particularly unclear, and if you get this wrong then you’ll end up having to re-do virtually the whole thing.

In addition, the basketball hoop is a nice touch, but it is quite flimsy. Consider that with every jump you will pull down on the hoop, and you can see how it won’t last for very long. I found that the hoop broke within a few days, but be gentle and you might get a little more use out of it.

Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Patented Stay-Put enclosure system
Cons
  • Difficult to assemble
  • Poor quality basketball hoop
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exacme round 6w
Exacme 6W Legs
  • 4.3/5 Rating
  • 12′, 14′, 15′
  • 375 lbs
  • Round
exacme round 6w

Recommendation

Cheap and cheerful, the Exacme 6W Legs trampoline offers an alternative to the Skywalker brand name. It feels sturdy and has the highest weight limit on the market (within this price range), but be prepared to repair or replace it after a few years.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
12′, 14′, 15′
Weight Limit
375 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
170 lbs
Safety Features
Enclosure net connects all the way down the length of the poles, galvanized steel frame with 6 W-shaped legs

Exacme 6W Legs

The Exacme brand doesn’t have quite the same hype surrounding it as Skywalker, so I was less sure of what to expect from the product.

As a result, when I found that the enclosure net connects to the poles down their entire lengths rather than just having connecting straps at the top), I was pleasantly surprised. This feature holds the net in place securely, even if you fall or push against it.

However, one downside with the way this trampoline fits together (especially when compared to both the Skywalker Round and Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk) is that the springs sit inside the enclosure net, so if you fall or land awkwardly you could land on the springs. They are covered with thick padding which does improve comfort and prevent pinching, but it’s still something to keep an eye on if young children will be using the trampoline.

The frame of this trampoline is sturdy in itself, but it can actually hold an impressively large weight. It has no problem withstanding a couple of adults at the same time – or even an adult and a few kids – so it’s perfect for the whole family to use at once. With a maximum weight limit of 375 lbs I couldn’t find a higher limit within this price bracket (although it equals the Zupapa Round), so it is unrivalled in this aspect.

Coming in at under $400 for the largest size, this Exacme trampoline represents excellent value for money. However, I started to notice wear and tear disappointingly soon, particularly to the enclosure net. Small holes and tears began to appear after relatively little use, and as this is a crucial part of the trampolines safety, the only options were repair, buying replacement parts or replacing the whole trampoline.

Considering that this is a cheaper trampoline it shouldn’t come as a great surprise that you may need to replace or repair it after a few years, but bear in mind that this will significantly increase your costs. If trampolining is a hobby then this might not be a problem, but if you see it as a long-term investment then it could be worth saving up for a more durable model.

Pros
  • Enclosure net connects down the entire lengths of the poles
  • Highest weight limit within this price range
Cons
  • Springs are fitted inside the enclosure net
  • Enclosure net tears and shows wear easily
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safest trampolines

Safest Trampolines

You can’t put a price on your kids’ safety.

That’s why it’s worth forking out for a top-of-the-range trampoline specifically designed with safety in mind – if your budget can afford it.

The AlleyOOP VariableBounce and DoubleBounce don’t just guard against pinching or jumping off the edge of the trampoline. They’re specifically designed to keep your body safe, reducing the impact on bones and joints.

As well as safety, this is the one category where you’ll find the next generation of trampolines. Springfree is the latest in trampoline design, and it even combines exercise with interactive technology.

Surely choosing one of these trampolines will be the greatest investment you can make in your child’s health.

Trampoline Comparison Chart

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AlleyOOP VariableBounce
  • 4.9/5 Rating
  • 14′ size options
  • 800 lbs
  • Round
alleyoop variablebounce

Recommendation

Featuring patented technology, the AlleyOOP VariableBounce trampoline is perfect for kids and adults who want to jump without putting pressure on their joints. The specially designed springs absorb more shock than cheaper trampolines, taking care of your body and giving you superior bounce at the same time. This model is also great if you’re looking for sturdy build quality and a very high weight limit, which is why it’s my pick for Best Quality trampoline on the market.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
14′
Weight Limit
800 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
350 lbs
Safety Features
New octagonal safety net design (optional), heavy duty galvanized steel frame

AlleyOOP VariableBounce

At first, this trampoline might seem quite expensive when compared to many others in this guide, but it’s worth every cent when you consider the extra benefits that it has for your body.

The springs have been made with patented VariableBounce technology, which means that not all the springs stretch at the same time. In effect, every time you land there’s a time delay, so the first springs stretch immediately and the rest start to stretch a fraction of a second later. This means that the jumping mat absorbs more of the force from the jump, rather than relying on your body to take the strain.

As is to be expected, I found that this made for much more comfortable jumping than most regular spring trampolines. My knees and back didn’t feel as achey as usual the next day, and this was particularly noticeable on occasions when I’d landed awkwardly.

As a result, I had to place this trampoline firmly in the ‘Safest Trampolines’ category. Its protective qualities are beneficial for everyone, but even more so for those with health conditions which mean that they have to take extra care of their joints and muscles.

As if that wasn’t enough, the enclosure net has another feature which makes this trampoline even safer. Instead of having an entry which secures with a zipper, the door is already sewn in with a slight overlap, so there’s no chance of falling out if you accidentally forget to close the zipper or clips.

Installation of the net is the most difficult part of assembly due to the fact that the instructions are slightly lacking. Do read them in their entirety before you begin, and make use of videos which AlleyOOP have created to help you out.

The jumping mat (which has an exceptionally high maximum weight limit of 800 lbs – more than enough for the whole family) should be removed when winter approaches. I found that heavy snow tended to stretch the jumping mat, so if you live in an area that has particularly cold winters then you’ll need to do this to extend the lifespan of your trampoline. Having to take care of your trampoline in this way isn’t unexpected, but it isn’t as attractive as the cheaper, all-weather ACON Air trampoline.

The only other negative with this trampoline is that it doesn’t come with a ladder. The manufacturers do recommend the JumpSport SureStep ladder to use with this trampoline, but this added expense might take this trampoline out of your budget. Although it isn’t ideal, I found that a small stool or step-ladder was adequate, so consider a similar safe, alternative option if you’re on a tight budget.

However, everything else that was needed for the set-up, installation and use of the trampoline was included. With the help of one other person, you can have this up within an afternoon, ready to jump more safely than on any other cheaper trampoline.

Pros
  • Time delayed springs absorb shock and protect the body from awkward landings
  • Overlapping entryway makes it impossible to fall out
  • Very high maximum weight limit
Cons
  • Unclear assembly instructions
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alleyoop doublebounce
AlleyOOP DoubleBounce
  • 4.7/5 Rating
  • 14′ size options
  • 800 lbs
  • Round
alleyoop doublebounce

Recommendation

Featuring fantastic safety features and brilliant bounce, the AlleyOOP DoubleBounce trampoline represents good value for money. As with the VariableBounce, your body will thank you for it – the only difference is that here the double mat design acts as a shock absorber to reduce the impact on joints and muscles.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
14′
Weight Limit
800 lbs
Shape
Round
Trampoline Weight
535 lbs
Safety Features
Heavy duty galvanized steel frame

AlleyOOP DoubleBounce

Like the VariableBounce, the DoubleBounce trampoline has been designed reduce injury and impact on the body, instead giving a comfortable jumping experience. AlleyOOP have achieved this by using two jumping mats which are separated by a layer of air. The air acts as padding, absorbing much of the shock and impact, so it’s a lot easier on your joints.

It’s true that the jumping mat is very comfortable to use, but I was worried that this would come at the expense of the bounce. However, I was pleasantly surprised as the jump was just as good as the VariableBounce. If added height is a priority for you, the manufacturers do have the option of the Power DoubleBounce which incorporates an extra layer of springs, but I expect you’ll only need that if you’re a serious gymnast.

The design of this trampoline is just about the safest that I’ve come across, proving that the old adage that ‘you get what you pay for’ is true. The springs are entirely covered by thick, durable padding, so there’s no risk of trapping little fingers. Furthermore, the enclosure net sits inside the springs, so you won’t be able to land awkwardly or dangerously on the springs.

The tough safety net is fitted in an octagonal shape around the jumping mat, which is safer than round safety nets. The net also features an inbuilt doorway which overlaps itself, meaning that there’s no risk of accidentally falling out. It isn’t as easy a doorway to exit as those with zipper pulls and clips, so take care when climbing on and off the jumping mat.

Assembly was a little complicated, and it took me a good few hours – even with the help of another adult – but this isn’t unexpected with a trampoline of this quality. The most fiddly part is attaching the net correctly, but AlleyOOP have produced online videos to make things easier, so do make use of those to save yourself a lot of hassle.

However, once you’re done you’ll be left with a seriously sturdy, excellent quality trampoline which is impossible to tip over and which gives a safe, impressive bounce experience.

Pros
  • Two jumping mats absorb shock and protect the body from awkward landings
  • Thick, durable padding covers the springs
  • Octagonal enclosure net
  • Additional layer of springs is an optional extra
Cons
  • Complicated assembly
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springfree trampoline
Springfree Trampoline – Large Square
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 11′, 13′
  • 1100 lbs
  • Square
springfree trampoline

Recommendation

My pick for Safest Trampoline on the market, the Springfree Trampoline has been designed without any springs, delivering safer jumping and a larger jumping area, but the same level of bounce as traditional spring trampolines. This might be the most expensive trampoline on this list, but it’s worth every cent.

TECH SPECS

Size Options
11′, 13′
Weight Limit
1100 lbs
Shape
Square
Trampoline Weight
269 lbs
Safety Features
Springfree technology, tear-resistant safety net which is UV tested to twice the industry standard, galvanized steel frame

Springfree Trampoline – Large Square

This specially designed Springfree Trampoline uses flexible rods which sit underneath the circumference of the jumping mat, and which bend as you bounce. I was sceptical about how much bounce these would give, but I didn’t really see a difference in bounce height between this trampoline and those with traditional springs. One extra bonus of having no springs is that it increases the amount of jumping space which you can use.

The lack of springs increases the safety of this trampoline, but it has several other attractive safety features, too. Firstly, the thick, sturdy, rust-resistant galvanized steel frame sits underneath the trampoline, so it’s impossible to hit it and cause an injury.

In addition, the concave safety net is held in place by convex poles, so even if you land against the net it will hold you firmly in place. The net has been made with a FlexiNet design which resists against tearing and fraying, which seriously lengthens the lifespan of the trampoline.

I was impressed at how well this trampoline stood up through all weathers. It can be left up all year round, as the quality didn’t seem to diminish even after cold winters and blisteringly hot summers. This is probably down to the attention to detail on the part of the manufacturers: the net has been UV tested to twice the industry standard.

The manufacturers describe this as the world’s first smart trampoline, as it comes with what is effectively a tablet loaded with apps and games. This is designed to encourage kids to be active outside – and in this case the lure of another screen is a genius choice. It doesn’t affect the trampoline itself, but this is a nice feature which makes jumping even more fun.

I was pleased to find that a basketball, basketball hoop and ladder were all included as standard, which saves the need for spending even more money on buying these separately.

The main downside with this trampoline is that assembly is very difficult. It’s hard work – more so than any other trampoline I’ve reviewed – so you’ll definitely need the help of a few strong adults. It’s a fairly straightforward process (especially with the help of the instructions and online videos), but it’s physically challenging. However, it’s worth the effort as once it’s up this trampoline will outlast most others.

Pros
  • Springfree design gives more space, excellent bounce and no safety concerns
  • FlexiNet design prevents tearing and fraying
  • Suitable for use all-year round – tested to twice the industry standard
  • Smart trampoline comes with interactive apps, games, a basketball and hoop
Cons
  • Assembly is very physically demanding
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How To Choose A Trampoline Your Family Will Love

The Definitive Trampoline Buyer’s Guide

trampoline buyers guide

What should you look for when buying a trampoline?

what should you look for when buying a trampoline?Choosing the right trampoline for you and your family is about so much more than just fun: there are many different elements and features to weigh up when making your decision. Broadly speaking, the main considerations fall under three main categories: safety, size and added extras.

In such a competitive market, the range of safety features which manufacturers are coming up with is extraordinary. At the cheaper end of the spectrum, an enclosure net, padded springs and good build quality should be the bare minimum to protect against nasty landings.

However, as the price and quality rise, the safety features become more advanced, including overlapping entryways, tear-resistant safety nets, and even springfree design.

For the most part, safety goes hand-in-hand with build quality. If a trampoline looks and feels well made – and if it stands the test of time – then it should provide adequate protection. If in doubt, look for trampolines that meet ASTM standards (although this isn’t mandatory) and those which come with long warranties.

When you’re considering the size and shape of your trampoline, think about how much outdoor space you have to spare. You should also look carefully at the differences between round, rectangular and octagonal trampolines, which will all be covered in more detail later.

Many trampolines come with a variety of added extras which set them apart from the competition, and while these should never form the main basis of your decision, you should always look at exactly what’s included to make sure you’re getting value for money.

These accessories can range from canopies which protect against sunlight and debris while still being attractive, to ladders which make it safe and easy to climb on and off the jumping surface. Anchor kits and assembly tools may or may not be included as standard, but if they’re not then you will have to factor in extra money to buy these separately.

Accessories aren’t just practical: they can improve the overall enjoyment of your trampoline, too. Look for trampolines which include basketball hoops and balls, or even interactive games for those families with the biggest budgets.

Which is the best trampoline brand?

There are several trampoline brands which will come up time and time again while you’re doing your research. However, there’s no simple answer to which brand is the best, as it all depends on where your priorities lie.

If you have a small budget, then you’ll probably come across several trampolines from the Skywalker brand. These guys have made a name for themselves by offering fantastic, patented safety design features for a very low price. As a result, these trampolines make the best budget buys.

However, if you consider the ‘best’ trampolines to be those with the largest jumping areas and the highest weight limits, then you’ll probably find Skywalker quite disappointing. Kidwise and ACON both top the tables in these categories as they have plenty of room for the whole family and a maximum weight limit of 800 lbs.

In terms of safety, the best trampoline brands can once again be described differently. They might not have the largest jumping areas or lowest prices, but AlleyOOP has devised some unrivalled safety features. Springfree has gone one further with its design of no springs and a frame that’s impossible to land on, which is why it could be considered the best trampoline brand on the market – provided your budget can afford it.

What makes a trampoline safe?

what makes a trampoline safe?As a bare minimum, a safe trampoline should have a good quality, galvanized steel frame, an enclosure net, and thick foam padding to cover the springs.

A heavy duty trampoline with good construction will prevent structural twisting, and it will eliminate the chance of the trampoline breaking. If either of these happen while the trampoline is in use, it could cause injuries to the kids or adults using the trampoline at the time, which is why build quality should be one of your main safety concerns.

You’ll find that the majority of trampolines come with a safety net so most of the time it won’t be something that you have to actively look for, but do pay attention to the net’s quality.

It is always recommended to buy a trampoline with enclosure included, as having this physical barrier will prevent jumpers from flying off the edge of the trampoline or from landing awkwardly on the springs. However, some people believe that enclosure nets give a false sense of security, giving jumpers an excuse to try riskier tricks. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s preferable to restrict your jumping style with no net, or to have a net preventing you from being thrown free.

Regardless of where the springs are fitted in relation to the enclosure net, they should always be covered with thick foam padding. Aside from making it less painful if you should land on the springs, this padding will also prevent the trapping and pinching of fingers and skin. Similarly, the vertical poles which hold up the enclosure net should also feature some sort of padding or covering, even if the chance of hitting the poles is minimal.

The safest trampoline on the market is probably the Springfree trampoline. This is because, as the name suggests, it has been designed without the need for springs, so there is zero risk of awkward landings or pinched fingers. In addition, the heavy duty frame sits underneath the trampoline, so it’s impossible to accidentally hit or land against the frame while using the trampoline.

These features are unique to the Springfree trampoline, so although they aren’t uniform across the trampoline market, they’re the type of extra safety features which a larger budget can buy.

Putting price, brand or individual safety features to one side, you can rely on a trampoline’s safety standards if it’s ASTM approved. These guidelines recommend minimum safety requirements for trampolines, and some brands even exceed these expectations.

How do springfree trampolines work?

Unsurprisingly, springfree trampolines have been designed to work without any springs. They’re just as bouncy as traditional trampolines, which is all down to the clever engineering from the manufacturers.

Fitted underneath the trampoline, around the circumference of the jumping surface, sits a series of thin, flexible rods. Rather than being positioned vertically, they lie at an angle, so as the jumper lands and pressure is put on the jumping surface, the rods actually bend. As the jumper takes off once again, the rods move back into position.

The sheer number and flexibility of these rods give the trampoline its bounce, which feels almost exactly the same as that of traditional trampolines.

Should I replace my current trampoline with a springfree one?

There’s no shying away from the fact that springfree trampolines are very expensive, but this is largely down to the fact that it’s such new technology. They are considered to be the safest trampolines on the market so they’re worth their weight in gold, but the high price means it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

If your budget allows it, then the unrivalled safety features of springfree trampolines means that investing in one is a sensible decision.

However, approximately 1 million trampolines are sold each year, and Springfree only makes up a small percentage of that market. For decades, trampolines with springs have provided fun, entertainment and exercise for millions of families around the world.

As a result, there’s no need to update to a springfree trampoline. Your current trampoline with springs will work just as well as it always has. If you’re happy with your current trampoline and it’s still in good shape, then keep it until normal wear and tear render it unusable.

When you start researching the market to find a new trampoline, that’s the point at which you should seriously look into buying a springfree trampoline as the benefits are worth the extra outlay.

What size trampoline should I get?

what size trampoline should i get?There are two main considerations when choosing what size trampoline to buy: who will be using it, and how much spare room you have.

A trampoline for kids will usually be significantly smaller than an adult trampoline, so if you intend to join your kids (or use it alone!) then you will probably need a fairly large jumping area. A decent sized trampoline for adults will measure around 14 feet in diameter.

Similarly, if the idea is for the whole family to use the trampoline at once, then you’ll be looking for a large trampoline – and don’t forget to choose one that has a high weight capacity.

Large yards tend to be able to accommodate large trampolines pretty well, while the same trampolines might overwhelm smaller yards. Although a trampoline measuring 16 feet across might fit in your outdoor space, do you really want to be left with no room for anything else?

In essence, it isn’t just size that’s a consideration: think about how a certain size will fit within the wider context of your yard.

You might want to factor in a little extra room, as well. Squeezing a trampoline into a tight space isn’t sensible if climbing on and off the trampoline is going to be a struggle. This is particularly true for rectangular trampolines, where it isn’t always possible to change the position of the door. Make sure that you allow enough space to move around safely.

Finally, bear in mind that the size on the box doesn’t necessarily reflect the total size of the trampoline. Each manufacturer produces their literature differently, so while some measurements refer to the size of the jumping mat, others represent the total diameter including the springs. Check carefully before you buy to make sure you know what you’re getting.

I don’t have much outdoor space. Can I still get a trampoline?

Having a backyard trampoline is a great way to get kids outdoors, enjoying fresh air and good weather. However, for some families it isn’t always practical, whether it’s down to space concerns or regular bad weather.

Luckily, as long as you have plenty of space inside, then an indoor trampoline is a great alternative.

If a trampoline comes with added weather-proof elements then it’s expected typical use will be as a garden trampoline, but not exclusively. Most trampolines can be assembled indoors, in which case these elements will be redundant, so check that you’re not paying extra for them.

The main setback that you might stumble across when trying to assemble an indoor trampoline is the height of the vertical poles which hold the enclosure net together. These can rise as high as six feet or more – on top of the height of the legs – so you’ll need high ceilings if you want to use your safety net. Think carefully about this before buying, as you’ll probably need some sort of protection if you intend to place your trampoline on a hard surface such as a tiled floor. Flying off due to having no safety net could cause nasty injuries.

If it isn’t the diameter of the trampoline that’s the problem but the bulk of it, then you might be able to install an in-ground trampoline in your backyard. Identical to any ordinary outdoor trampoline, this would just be placed in a large hole which you’d need to dig first. The jumping surface would be level with the ground, so it wouldn’t seem like as large and cumbersome an item overtaking your yard.

Alternatively, if none of the above seem like viable options and you only have small children, then a kids trampoline may be the way forward. Generally measuring only a few feet across and designed for one little user at a time, these trampolines can be stored easily in most homes.

What about shape – do rectangular trampolines bounce like round ones?

In general, the shape of a trampoline doesn’t affect the amount of bounce that you get or how high you can jump. However, there are a few subtle differences which may sway your decision of which shape to buy.

Kids and adults who want a professional trampoline tend to stick with rectangular shapes as they give even bounce across the entire jumping surface, and they offer marginally more space than round trampolines. With that in mind, if you want to take trampolining seriously then look for a good rectangular trampoline; a round trampoline will be more than adequate if it’s just going to be a hobby.

Surprisingly, shape does play a part in where you land on the jumping surface. Rectangular jumping mats allow you to choose where you land, while round jumping mats tend to direct you back towards the middle. This is exaggerated even more by octagonal jumping mats, which are considered even safer as they direct jumpers back towards the centre to a greater extent than round ones.

This means that rectangular trampolines are best suited to experienced or confident jumpers who know how and where to land safely. Young kids, beginners, or those who have less control over their landings may prefer the slightly safer options of round or octagonal trampolines.

How much does a trampoline cost?

The cost of a trampoline depends on so many factors.

There are trampolines available to suit all budgets. You get what you pay for, so larger sizes, better quality, more safety features and better-known brand names tend to cost more than small, weak trampolines.

Cheap entry-level trampolines with a basic yet adequate set of features can be found for under the $200 mark. You can expect to pay a few more hundred bucks for mid-range trampolines and those which overall are considered the best on the market. For the most serious trampoline enthusiasts, those with the biggest budgets and those who consider safety a top priority, the safest trampolines on the market can set you back several thousand.

The question shouldn’t be ‘how much does a trampoline cost?’ but rather ‘how much are you willing to pay?’.

Is jumping on a trampoline good exercise? What are the health benefits?

Jumping on a trampoline is a fantastic form of exercise. It uses your entire body and gives a great aerobic workout, so you’ll notice it building your strength very quickly.

Not everyone finds exercise enjoyable, but this is one way of keeping fit that suits both kids and adults, making it fun for everyone. Regardless of age, as your strength and confidence grow you can push yourself to jump higher or try out some tricks (while still saying safe), so it’s the kind of sport that doesn’t have a limit.

Using a trampoline is also a brilliant way to improve co-ordination and balance. As you work out how, when and where to land, how to achieve a higher bounce, or how to pull off a certain trick, you’ll gain a greater awareness of your body and how to use it.

The science gurus at NASA have actually established that a 10 minute stint on a trampoline can be as effective as running for half an hour, so it’s a quick way to get a great workout – perfect for busy lifestyles. (Source)

Trampolining for just a few minutes a day will provide you with an almost instant endorphin boost, improve your mood, guard against depression, get more oxygen to your brain, and burn plenty of calories.

One added bonus of jumping on a trampoline which doesn’t apply with many other forms of exercise is that it greatly benefits your lymph nodes. They need gravity to work and movement can increase how effective they are, so jumping on a trampoline prompts them to work more quickly and efficiently than normal. Your lymphatic system rids toxins and waste from your body, so trampolining will actually leave your body feeling fresh and revitalized.

If you’re worried about the effect that jumping has on joints, look into one of the AlleyOOP trampolines. They have been designed the body in mind, specifically aimed at reducing the impact on bones, joints and muscles. These trampolines’ systems of absorbing extra shock than standard trampolines make them safer and more comfortable to use than any others.

Are there any accessories which can make my trampoline more fun?

There is a wide range of accessories which can improve the whole jumping experience. Some are included as standard, while some are optional extras which you’ll need to buy separately, so check the product details carefully before buying.

For a relatively low price you can get hold of basketball hoops and balls which are designed for use with trampolines. These can encourage kids to jump higher, using up more of their boundless energy.

Alternatively, if you can stretch to a more expensive trampoline – in particular the one created by the Springfree brand – then you can expect ‘smart’ technology to encourage kids outdoors. This involves a tablet loaded with apps and games designed around trampolining, aimed at getting kids moving and jumping in a fun, interactive, competitive way. Nowadays it is difficult to get kids active at the best of times, so the lure of a screen can tempt even the most technology-focused kids outdoors.

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