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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Galvanized steel frame with a 10 year frame warranty
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.
Frame has a 10 year warranty
Very large jumping area with a high weight limit
Octagonal shape prevents jumpers from being thrown clear
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.
Galvanized steel frame, patented Stay-Put enclosure net design, meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards
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.
Rectangular shape gives even, gymnastic quality bounce across the jumping surface
Patented Stay-Put enclosure system
Durable construction with stable positioning of legs
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.
Galvanized steel frame, 5 year warranty on the frame
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.
Very high maximum weight capacity with no single user limit
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.
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.
TUV certified, 6 month – 3 year warranties (different warranties for each part), galvanized steel frame, extra wide padding over springs
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 weather and perish a lot more quickly 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.
Ladder included as standard
Enclosure net can be fitted on either the inside or the outside of the enclosure net
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.
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.
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
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 back yard. This is an ideal choice for families for whom safety, durability and exercise are top priorities, without breaking the bank.
6 ft x 6 ft x 6.9 ft, 8.25 ft x 8.25 ft x 7.9 ft, 10ft x 10 ft x 8.4 ft, 12 ft x 12 ft x 8.9 ft, 14 ft x 14 ft x 8.9 ft
Galvanized steel frame
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 hvaing 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.
Sturdy build quality
Comes with directions on a variety of jumps and exercises
Brand has excellent customer service
Low maximum weight capacity
Foam padding and enclosure net perish and disintegrate quickly
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.
75 ft diameter = 90″ high, 10 ft diameter = 95″ high, 12′ diameter = 98″ high, 14, 15 and 16′ diameter = 108″ high
No-gap enclosure net, galvanized crack-resistant frame and springs, dual closure zipper and buckles, padding to cover springs on exterior of enclosure net
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.
Very quick and easy to assemble
All tools are included
Features a reinforced jumping mat
Foam padding covering the springs disintegrates quickly
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.
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.
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 trampoline’s 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
12 ft diameter, 14 ft x 14 ft x 8.8 ft, 15 ft x 15 ft x 9 ft
Enclosure net connects all the way down the length of the poles, galvanized steel frame with 6 W-shaped 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 trampoline’s 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.
Enclosure net connects down the entire lengths of the poles
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.
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.
New octagonal safety net design (optional), heavy duty galvanized steel frame
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.
Time delayed springs absorb shock and protect the body from awkward landings
Overlapping entryway makes it impossible to fall out
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.
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.
Two jumping mats absorb shock and protect the body from awkward landings
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.
19′ x 19′ x 9.3′ (11′ jumping surface), 21′ x 21′ x 9.3′ (13′ jumping surface)
Springfree technology, tear-resistant safety net which is UV tested to twice the industry standard, galvanized steel frame
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.
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
There are a few things you’ll want to consider before diving into the trampoline market.
Here are the major points I’ll hit in this post:
Space and Sizing;
In-ground versus above-ground;
Why Buy a Trampoline in the first place?
Here’s the Bottom Line:
The trampoline for your household mostly depends on size and space.
For adult trampolines, you’ll need a large to jumbo-sized trampoline, with a weight capacity of 400+lbs. You’ll need the same for active teenagers, with plenty of space surrounding the trampoline (you might want to consider an in-ground trampoline if they plan on doing a bunch of tricks!).
For a budget trampoline, you can find many decent medium-sized trampolines that won’t hurt your pocket. And for kids, they’ll love the extra space of a large or jumbo-sized trampoline (especially for bouncing with friends), but it isn’t totally necessary. For toddlers, jump over to this post
For a quick and easy breakdown of the best trampolines in each category, take a look through my reviews above. I’ve already done all the hard yards for you, so you can just browse the key points and walk away knowing exactly what to expect.
Let’s get into it.
Trampoline space and sizing
First thing’s first (and apologize for needing to spell this out): most full-size trampolines are intended for outdoor usage. Unless you have oodles of ceiling and floor space, or you happen to own an indoor gymnastics center, you’re going to want to find a nice piece of grass or backyard space to house your trampoline.
Once you’ve considered where you’d like to put your trampoline, it’s a matter of picking the right sizing. There are two basic types:
1) Round sizings; and
2) Rectangular sizings.
Round trampolines are ideal for larger backyard spaces.
Rectangular sizings can be useful for fitting your trampoline to meet space demands. For example, rectangular trampolines can be placed neatly against a neighbor’s fence, with easy access from just one or the other three sides. Round trampolines are typically better when they can be accessed from all sides. Hence requiring a little more space around the trampoline itself–large grassy backyards are ideal for this.
Rectangular sizings usually fall within the 14×8 feet to 17×10 feet range, but can be larger or smaller depending on the manufacturer. Round sizings are measured by diameter, typically starting at 10 feet and working up in 2 feet increments to 16+ feet. There are, of course, mini trampolines also. These can be kept and used inside since they tend to have very low spring tension and won’t send you flying into the ceiling.
Trampoline weight capacity
The size of your trampoline will also decide how much weight it can safely handle. Miniature trampoline are not able to hold more than one person at a time and usually max out at around 150 pounds. Medium-sized to large and jumbo-sized trampoline can hold significantly more weight, depending on:
1) The weave of the mat;
2) The tension or elasticity of the springs; and
3) The size and strength of the frame.
Trampolines within the 12-17 foot size range should hold 400 pounds safely. This will be featured in the trampoline’s specifications, so be sure to check those out. If you plan on having more than one person bouncing at a time (and creating those double bounces we all love) then it’s worth taking a look at your trampoline’s weight capacity before purchase.
In-ground Trampoline versus above-ground
Above-ground options are the most common and traditional trampoline designs. Let’s face it though: they can be a bit chunky. In-ground trampolines have a major aesthetic advantage over above-ground options. They are installed flush with the ground, making them easy to cover and hide. They also have the advantage of being entirely accessible–no climbing up awkwardly on the above-ground frame or falling off.
Despite common wisdom, in-ground trampolines are not actually much safer than above-ground options. Their advantages are almost entirely aesthetic. While they do eliminate some height from the equation (meaning that if your kid were to fall off, it would be from a slightly lower height), they don’t protect from the major trampoline dangers:
1) Springs; and
Which leads us to our next buyer’s category…
Both in-ground and above-ground models share the most common safety hazards. Springs and frames are responsible for the most trampoline injuries, regardless of size and design. Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect against them.
These are the obvious and effective solution to preventing frame and spring-related injuries.
For all models, it’s recommended that padding will line the outer frame of the trampoline. Pads should also rest loosely over the springs, as exposed springs can pose a hazard.
As trampoline springs extend with tension, slim gaps open between the coiled metal. Once the pressure is released, these (literally) spring back into place with tremendous force. Now imagine a finger getting caught in this spring mechanism and you’ll understand why it’s important to invest in some protective padding.
Pads are also useful for protecting your trampoline against the elements. As the vast majority of trampolines are made for outdoor use, they will be exposed day and night; rain, hail or shine. Along with padding, it’s a good idea to purchase a trampoline cover. This will protect the fibers of your mat from all forms of weather.
Since most mats are waterproof, rain is mostly a problem if you don’t like bouncing on a wet trampoline (and for encouraging the development of rust on your metallic frame). The real danger is when your trampoline is exposed to frequent and intense sunlight. Since most trampoline mats are black, they absorb sunlight like nothing else. If you live in an area with particularly strong summers, your trampoline fibers can deteriorate at a faster rate than usual.
strong>Trampoline covers might seem like a hassle, but they can extend your trampoline’s lifetime by 5+ years and are a worthwhile investment.
Another way to check your trampoline’s safety is to make sure it is officially certified. Certifications that are administered by an independent auditor will tell you that the trampoline has been safety tested without bias. Be careful that your trampoline’s ‘certificate’ is not run by the brand itself!
While the majority of injuries are related to landing on trampoline springs and frames, this doesn’t mean they are the most serious accidents. As you can imagine, falling or jumping off the trampoline can be dangerous. Particularly if your trampoline isn’t surrounding by lovely fresh grass, a tumble from the trampoline can be enough to ruin your weekend.
Safety nets are ideal for families with younger kids and limited backyard space. If you’ve installed your trampoline on a concrete or brick surface, it may be worth investing in a net–regardless of age. Kids aren’t the only ones to fall off trampolines, after all!
Safety nets and poles won’t be enough to stop a large adult’s fall entirely. But they will be enough to catch a child, and to slow down any otherwise dangerous fall. What’s more, safety nets serve as a psychological reminder not to jump too close. Even without thinking about it, by having a safety net installed around your trampoline, you will not be as likely to jump near the edges–therefore reducing your chances of falling (and of landing on those painful springs and frame).
Here, it’s worth taking a moment to mention the importance of a thorough installation. I get it:
When you get your new trampoline, you want to set it up as soon as possible. Even if you’re not the excitable type, you may well have kids hanging off your sleeves begging you to hurry so they can start bouncing.
Trampolines can be perfectly safe, lasting your household many years. However, this requires a solid installation job. Any shortcuts will only set you back in the short run, so here’s a brief list of things to keep an eye out for while you’re about to set up:
1) Double check the parts;
2) Get the right tools you need (screwdriver, etc.);
3) If possible, don’t do the set-up alone (it’s safer and more fun in a group anyway!); and
4) Make sure each piece is secure before moving on to the next step.
There are some products where experimenting away from the norm will get you the best results. Trying a new unknown brand of cereal, for example, or reading a book by an author you’ve never heard of. When it comes to trampolines, however:
Stick with trusted names.
This isn’t because every other brand is sub-par; it’s because you want to know what you’re getting yourself into. Trampolines are something you want to keep for 5-10 years. They’re an investment in your family’s fun and activity—there’s no reason to take any big risks. If you happen to be a trampoline connoisseur, then, by all means, experiment with lesser known brands (after reading the specifications and certifications closely). However, for the average household, there are plenty of top brands out there that produce the goods time and time again. These are also backed by official certifications and are in tight competition with each other (so they won’t be much more expensive than the lesser known brands, anyway!).
For more information on the best brands, and the importance of sticking to known brands in the trampoline world, you can read more here:
Get the right trampoline for your needs:
If your kids are going to be doing all the jumping, there’s no need to get an adult trampoline. You’ll also want to look for trampolines that are compatible with the best safety equipment and are made for easy-access by younger children.
For more detailed information on this, take a look at this post:
The most obvious reason is for the fun of it. Kids love trampolines more than cereal and cartoons, and it can be a great way to get them outside and active. While it may not seem like it, trampolines actually teach your kids a lot of important motor-skills. How to control their body in the air; and how to jump properly, without hurting themselves. It also teaches them (with real-life consequences) about the importance of being safe while having fun. You can create challenges, develop new and complicated tricks like how to do a backflip, and invent routines or patterns of movements which they need to remember and perform in a certain order.
Believe it or not, trampolines can actually be a great workout, too. Not just for kids. One study found that consistent jumping on a mini-trampoline not only burns calories, but it has a positive effect on vertical jump scores in adult athletes. These results had to do with training your body to jump with correct technique, without putting major strain on your tendons and joints. So if you’re looking to boost your vertical and touch the rim, a new trampoline in the household could benefit more than just your kids.
How to measure a trampoline?
Rectangular trampolines are measured from frame to frame. This means beginning your measurement from the outer edge of one side frame and taking it across to the opposite outer edge. Repeat this for the length (or width, depending on which you took first) and you will have your measurements: for example, 8 feet (width) x 14 feet (length) or 10 feet (width) x 17 feet (length).
Round sizings are much simpler. They are based on the diameter of your trampoline’s frame, and are therefore equal all the way around. Pick any starting point you like, then measure across the length of the trampoline, being sure to measure through the dead middle of the trampoline. You should get a figure between 10-16 feet, and that is your round trampoline sizing.
Are trampolines dangerous?
As with many fun things, there is always some risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Review, there are close to 110,000 trampoline-related injuries every year. For this reason, trampolines are often thought of as being more dangerous than they really are. What the statistics don’t tell you is that the vast majority of these injuries are avoidable and that with the right safety equipment you can cut out just about all serious accidents.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that, if you don’t want to, there is absolutely no reason that you need to take any risks on a trampoline. With a large to jumbo-sized trampoline, bouncing in the middle of the trampoline gives you literally feet of room for error. Even if you make an awkward bounce, it would be really difficult to fall off the edge. The major dangers come when people use their trampolines irresponsibly, or do not bother to install safety features like nets and padding. Bouncing under the influence of alcohol (while fun) is also naturally an increased risk—and the same goes for jumping with jewelry, sharp objects and jumping off the trampoline directly. Common sense goes a long way in this, but for more statistics and information on the topic, check out this post
How much is a trampoline at Walmart?
Walmart sells trampolines in a surprisingly large range. The price will depend upon the size, quality and safety features of the trampoline. This can range anywhere from $35 for a mini trampoline to over $400 for a jumbo-sized frame with safety nets and pads.
How many calories does jumping on a trampoline burn?
Yes: jumping on the trampoline will burn a good amount of calories without you really noticing it! In just 10 minutes of bouncing, a medium-sized adult will burn about 42 calories. In 30 minutes, a larger male (200 pounds) will burn 167 calories!
These are rough figures, and not quite exact. How many calories you burn will have to do with the intensity of your jumping, your age, height and gender. But generally speaking, trampolining certainly counts as a workout.
How to anchor a trampoline?
If you are worried about your trampoline’s stability, you may want to consider purchasing an anchoring set. These anchor kits are straightforward and come with detailed instructions for installation. Basically, they will pin your trampoline to the ground for some added stability and safety and may be worthwhile in windy conditions or for lighter trampoline frames.
Is jumping on a trampoline good exercise?
Jumping on a trampoline is great exercise! Not only does it burn calories, it can improve your athletic capabilities like vertical jump and speed. It also trains your body to jump with good technique, along with improving complex motor skills and muscle memory. Ever tried to learn how to do a backflip? This isn’t just good physical exercise–it’s a great mental workout. So yes: trampolining is a healthy, stimulating form of exercise.
How to measure trampoline mats?
Trampoline mats or pads should be measured for your specific frame and spring set-up. Most trampoline brands will have a partner padding brand which suits their specifications. I would suggest looking out for these, otherwise, take to your trampoline with a measuring tape and find some padding that will sit loosely over your frame and springs.
How much weight can a trampoline hold?
Trampoline weight capacities vary with size and spring tension. Miniature trampolines, for example, are rarely able to hold much more than 150 pounds safely. Jumbo-sized trampolines can hold over 400 pounds comfortably, with multiple people jumping at the same time. Your trampoline’s weight capacity will always be listed in the product specifications, so be sure to check these before buying.
How to make a trampoline?
While this might make a fun DIY project, I wouldn’t be comfortable giving advice on how to build your own trampoline. Trampolines can be a hazardous piece of equipment, with many safety regulations that need to be met for each material. Better to leave it to the experts!
Take a look at these videos for info on how to make a trampoline of your own.
How to disassemble a trampoline?
In some areas, using your trampoline in winter just isn’t an option. It may be a good idea to disassemble your trampoline for the winter months to save its lifespan.
First thing you’ll want to do is remove the pads and safety nets if you have any. Then comes the difficult part. Removing the springs can be a bit of a hassle. You’ll actually need a specific tool to extend the springs and release them from the trampoline mat. This can be a bit of a workout in itself, and the tool isn’t so easy to use. Once you get the first spring off, I like to use the spring itself to finish of the remaining springs. Use one end of the spring to pull at the base of where the new spring attaches to the metal trampoline frame. The new spring should release quite easily. Then, it’s just a matter of unhooking it from the mat and repeating all the way around your trampoline until the mat and frame are separated.
How to clean a trampoline?
Since trampolines see a fair bit of time outdoors, they do require the occasional cleaning job. Beyond dirt and rain, birds also have a habit of landing their droppings right in the centre of your trampoline. The best solution to this is to invest in a trampoline cover. Otherwise, you can simply take to the trampoline mat with a rag, some cleaning agent and a bucket of water.
How to install an in-ground trampoline?
Installing an in-ground trampoline can be a bit of a task. Most manufacturers will either offer or give suggestions for an installation crew. The main things to look out for when installing your in-ground trampoline are that you leave a good clearance one all sides of the trampoline, and that you keep the pit beneath your trampoline clean. You don’t want to encourage moisture and swamp life beneath your trampoline, and this is one of the most common oversights of in-ground trampoline set-ups.
How to put a net on a trampoline?
Putting a net on your trampoline is relatively simple. Safety nets come with poles that usually attach directly to your trampoline frame, and can be added without much effort. You’ll want to be sure that your safety net matches your trampoline’s dimensions perfectly, otherwise there will be an excess of slack in the netting (or not enough net to make it all the way around your trampoline!). More advanced nets will come with a greater number of poles to ensure the net is spread out more smoothly.
Trampolines are only fun when they’re working properly. To ensure you and your family have the best bouncing experience, take a little time to consider the information above. From installation to your first backflip, trampolining is about safety, activity and fun. Be smart with your purchase, and keep it in your family for many summers to come.