Are you looking for the best trampoline for your needs and budget, but you don’t know how and where to find it? We got you covered! You are welcome to check our reviews and go through our buying guides that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
There are several types of trampolines available on the market and each one of them has its own set of pros and cons. Some of them are appropriate for children, some of them are strong enough to be used by several adults at once. But more about this later on. Here are our top recommended picks.
Best Trampoline Comparison 2017
|1||Springfree Trampoline||Oval||8 x 13ft||220 lbs||4.9|
|2||AlleyOop PowerBounce||Rectangle||10 x 17ft||350 lbs||4.9|
|4||Skywalker Trampolines Jump N' Dunk||Round||15ft||200lbs||4.9|
|5||Skywalker Trampolines 15-Feet Rectangle||Rectangle||9 x 15ft||250 lbs||4.9|
|7||Skywalker 17-Feet Oval||Oval||17 x 15ft||200 lbs||4.9|
The Springfree trampoline is the world’s first smart trampoline. It has an integrated digital game system (tgoma) with more than 10 apps and games to enhance the fun factor for both children and adults. It encourages children to go outside and be active while having all the fun in the world.
Although the tgoma game system is in a class of its own, the main advantage of this trampoline is the springless design. There are no metal springs which makes it safer than other trampolines, and it makes the jumping surface much larger. It also comes with a basketball hoop, and a ladder.
- Size: 8 x 13 feet.
- Tgoma – world’s first outdoor interactive digital game system for trampoline.
- Springless design – enhanced safety.
- FlexiNet advanced safety net.
- SoftEdge mat is made of geo-textile fabric will hold up to 1540 lb of static weight.
- Comes with a FlexrHoop basketball hoop and FlexrStep ladder.
- Higher price.
Our top pick is the AlleyOOP PowerBounce. It’s a large rectangular trampoline that measures 10 x 17 feet and features a wide range of innovative features that make it stand out compared to most other trampolines in the similar price range.
It features a state-of-the-art technology which improves both bounce performance and shock absorption. This means that it can be easily used by people of different age, weight, and skill levels; including gymnasts and extreme athletes. Just like all AlleyOOP trampolines, the PowerBounce holds up to 800 lbs of people at once while the maximum weight per jumper is 350 lbs.
- Size: 10 x 17 feet (jumping area approximately 100 square feet)
- VariableBounce™ Technology
- Patented Triple-Fail-Safe™ Enclosure System.
- The best warranties available.
- Superb quality means higher price.
AlleyOOP 14′ VariableBounce
The VariableBounce is one of our top picks when it comes to round trampolines. It’s made of the highest quality materials to ensure durability, and enhanced bouncing performance; something we are used to when it comes to JumpSport products.
It features an innovative VariableBounce technology that optimizes the bounce performance. This system engages the springs asynchronously and quickly (similar to car airbag system), and puts less stress on the knees, back, etc. This results in better bounce and more forgiving landing.
- Diameter: 14 feet
- The deep forest green powder coating blends great with landscaping
- Heavy-duty durable frame (backed by a lifetime warranty)
- VariableBounce™ Technology
- Advanced safety enclosure System.
- Easy to install.
- The ladder is sold separately.
Skywalker Trampolines Jump N’ Dunk
Skywalker Trampolines is one of our favorite brands when it comes to recreational trampolines and we have already reviewed several of their product. The Jump N’ Dunk is an interesting trampoline that can provide many days of unlimited fun.
The reinforced t-bracket construction ensures great stability at each trampoline joint and enclosure, meaning that it’s durable and designed to last. The patented no-gap enclosure system eliminates gaps between safety net, pads, and springs which results in enhanced safety. It also comes with a basketball hoop and a ball. They are both made of soft materials to prevent injuries.
- Diameter: 15 feet
- T-bracket construction ensures structural stability.
- Patented no-gap enclosure system for enhanced safety.
- Several different color designs to choose from.
- Meets / exceeds ASTM safety standards.
- Single-year warranty on frame.
Although trampolines can be a great source of fun, they can be very unsafe. Think about it; you’re jumping a few feet into the air while not having much control of where you land. Trampolines didn’t have many safety features about a decade ago, but most of them today have a safety enclosures and a lot of safety features. But there is no such thing as a 100% safe trampoline and the official statistics say that trampolines cause approximately 100.000 injuries per year.
We believe that every outdoor trampoline should have an enclosure (safety net) and protected padded springs. Furthermore, you really want a well constructed trampoline that comes with a T-construction (not shoddy welding) because the last thing you want is your trampoline to break when you land on.
We don’t know when they finally decided that there needed to be some regulation on trampolines but you only want to buy a product that has passed the ATSM/TUV quality and safety standards. This is why in all our trampoline reviews, we only recommend those with a solid construction, and other safety features.
Depending on how many kids and adults will be using the trampoline, the size is going to matter. Also trampolines come in all different sizes and it also really depends on what you’re planning to do on it like exercising. There are usually two types of trampolines – ones that are designed for kids to play on out back and ones for adults who use the trampoline as an exercise equipment. Our advice is the bigger, the better because it’s more fun when you have more people jumping on a trampoline at once.
If you are not an athlete with practice in using the trampoline; use it with care and follow all the necessary safety measures in order to avoid injury to yourself and others; it is otherwise a great way to lift spirits, exercise and have fun at the same time.
Trampoline Springs and Weight Capacity
Each trampoline comes with a different number of springs which depends on the size of a the mat. If you get one with more springs, you will be able to jump higher and have more people on it at once. For those with multiple kids or if you want to jump with your kids, my recommendation is to get least a 10 foot trampoline with at least 64 springs and a weight capacity of at least 400lbs.
History of Trampolines
It is believed that the first people to use a trampoline were the Eskimos. They built them from walrus skin, which was strong and flexible enough to bear the weight of humans. The walrus skin was not set or fixed on a given frame but held by people from different corners while one of them was tossed up and down from it. Other traces lead researchers to believe some similar practices were carried on in England but with blankets instead of walrus skins.
While none of the above have any specific dates to document their existence historically, it is certain that in the early 20th century some stage acts used bouncing beds to amuse their audience. George Nissen and Larry Griswold built the first modern trampoline in 1934; both were athletes on the gymnastics team of the University of Iowa, USA.
According to some circus legends trampoline was invented by Du Trampoline, who used the bouncing sheets as safety nets for performing trapeze artis There are, however, no documents available to prove the this story. Gymnasts use trampolines in variety of activities and exercises. Children love the trampoline as well but they have a smaller size unit so they don’t bounce too high. Bungee jumps sometimes have trampolines as safety nets when they practice indoors or on solid ground.
Before you start bouncing
Here are a few basics that you should take into consideration before you start bouncing on a trampoline.
- make sure your latest meal has fully settled.
- make sure that the kids haven’t guzzled too much fizzy soda.
- make sure that Dad hasn’t guzzled too much fizzy beer.
- make sure that the neighbours aren’t watching.