Best Trampoline - Quick Buyers' Guide  - 2017 Edition

Trampolines are a great deal of pure fun that no one should be denied of. However, the trampoline market is confusing, scarily huge and ever expanding, and when it comes down to the safety of your near and dear ones, you cannot make a compromise. You also cannot spend a whole day to research and buy the right product according to your need, because you have other things to do. So, I have prepared a thorough guide for you. After reading the article, you'll find it easier to choose the best trampoline for your needs. Before you reach for the sky, try to see where you’re headed.

Best Trampoline - Reviews of Top Models

It's important to go through several trampoline reviews before deciding on one. Here are a few of the best trampolines that I have compiled for you. The list is by no means exhaustive but merely an indicative one to help you make a final decision.

Skywalker 15 Feet Round with Enclosure and Spring Pad

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Skywalker has always been one of the most loved brands when it comes to trampolines and therefore it is no surprise that the Skywalker model would be one of our recommended models. Made from hardened galvanized steel (that basically means that the steel is impervious to rust) the model ensures safety and durability before anything else. The safety enclosure is an added feature to that effect.

Veterans who have previously owned a trampoline would recall how there is a small space separating the jumping mat form the enclosure net. This trampoline has been designed in such a fashion that you need not worry about the gaps anymore. The trampoline stands stable enough for kids and adults alike. The Skywalker also works well for most adults. The Skywalker promises you endless hours of fun and will surely keep you bouncing about well past the sun down.

Alleyoop Variable Bounce with Integrated Safety Enclosure

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While it is impossible to satisfy everyone, the Alleyoop Variable Bounce claims to do exactly that. Built in with Alleyoop’s patented Variable Bounce Technology, the trampoline promises you endless hours of excitement and fun.

The Variable bounce technology involves a whole lot of springs and ensures that while landing you do not hurt your feet or twist your ankles. This is great news as it makes the trampoline safer for older people.

The frame of the Alleyoop Variable Bounce is built from reinforced pre- galvanized steel and this ensures a strong and durable frame. The springs, as claimed by Alleyoop, are made from high-quality steel. The frame is further, sturdy enough to hold under sufficient pressure.

The trampoline is also easy to clean. You could just hose down your trampoline when it's dirty and easily clean it off. The 96 extra stress absorbing spring ensures that your body is less affected by the impact and the spring absorbs more of it. This develops a better bounce. A double step ladder that can be purchased separately is particularly useful. I would recommend that you get that for maximum ease.

Exacme 15 Feet Round All-In-One Combo Set

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The Exacme All-In-One is an all inclusive set complete with all sorts of accessories one would require with a trampoline complete with a ladder. The frame is made from heavy-duty galvanized steel. 

​You can get an idea of how strong the frame is just from the weight capacity of the trampoline. Exacme offers the highest weight capacity in the market with a whopping 330 pounds.

This trampoline meets all health and safety standards and has certifications from a host of agencies to that effect. However, there are some pretty obvious cons in the product. The design of the product enables that there remains some space between the jumping mat and the safety enclosure. When a competing product like the Skywalker addresses this issue and you don’t, it’s enough to make you fall back in competition. While the design of the trampoline, therefore, not being the best you can get, however, it is a lot better than most other trampoline models that you shall get in the market.

Ultega Jumper with Safety Nets

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Why should kids have all the fun? This is something that Ultega keeps in mind while having designed and marketed this product. Granted, that the overall weight capacity is not up to par with most market competitors. However, it is of a very innovative design. 

However, there are numerous concerns with the trampoline. For a device that aims to also market towards adults, the device has a rather low weight capacity. Also, the stand system used is not as secure by fellow products in the same price range. Access to the jumping area is also too small for adults. Thus, all these bearing in mind, if it is for your kids, maybe the Ultega Jumper is a good option. However, if you are looking to have some fun yourself, give this a pass.

Skywalker 15 Feet Rectangle with Enclosure

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The Skywalker Rectangle is the only rectangular trampoline that makes it in our list and the reason is obvious, it is quite simply one of the best models around. While initially, I thought that the shape would take away valuable jumping space and make it less stable. However, I was wrong.

The model comes with all of Skywalker’s usual additions in terms of features including the no space between mat and net, reinforced steel frame, weight capacity of 250 pounds and extra durable spring pads. Personally speaking, the Skywalker is the best range of trampoline that you can get anywhere.

Acon Air 4.6 Trampoline 15′ with Premium Enclosure

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The Acon Air 4.6 promises durability so strong that it would last for years without any sort of replacement. The trampoline comes with a five-year warranty in case of damages. 

The best part about this trampoline is that the reinforced and thicker pipes, better springs, the thick foam padded mat ensures that you don’t have take it down after the summer months are over. The trampoline itself weighs around 295 pounds and is the most stable product I have ever come across.

The trampoline is probably more priced more than the average ones and if you are running on a budget, you might not want to consider this option. However, if budget isn’t a problem and you are searching for a trampoline so durable that you can leave it out in the winter and still be able to use it, then this is the trampoline for you.

A Number of Things to Consider in a Trampoline

Firstly, you have a number of things at hand which you might want to consider while buying a trampoline.

Frame

First and foremost, frames are the one component in a trampoline which cannot be ignored. The frame constructs the main body of the trampoline, and when you’re buying one, you’ll probably look for a sturdy and safe frame which will keep tragedies separate from fun. Some trampolines are tall, and some are short, and some have a huge structure. There are trampolines of all sorts and kinds, and the framework changes accordingly. So, if you have kids who are very little, you should go with a shorter one. If you have to accommodate a lot of people, have a spacious one. These frames are usually made from galvanized steel, making them lightweight and reliable at the same, and also rust resistant – so that you don’t have to worry about placing it at the side of your pool.

Weight

Keeping in mind the circumstances under which you are going to use your trampoline, you should think of a weight limit. The ones with the higher weight limit are safer, and if it should entertain more than one person at a time, it better possess a higher weight limit. Supporting the weight of a jumper is necessary, and even if higher weight limit means more dough, it’s totally worth all that extra safety of your children.

Springs

Like the frame, the spring is also an important part of the mechanics of a trampoline, and the bounce of the jumper entirely depends on the durability of the springs. So, if low-quality springs are used, the euphoric experience might be led to astray and moreover, there are possibilities of serious accidents. Always look for rust resistant, good quality springs which will not collapse or get damaged over time.

Size

The size is a tricky factor you’ll have to decide upon, and it’s not always the case that the bigger means the better. Figure out if you’re trying to make a long-term investment or not and act accordingly. You might have one kid, or you might have five, and then there are always some more friends who are coming over. In that case, it will be a wise decision to invest in a large one. Another thing you have to keep in mind is the idle space available in your backyard to set the trampoline up. If you can manage a wide space, then you could as well invest in an 18-footer. Also, see if there are any overhanging obstacles, and try to avoid them as much as possible.

Shape

With the question of size, arises inevitably the question of shape. No, seriously, if you’re wondering it couldn’t get harder than this, you’ve got it wrong. They come in a mind boggling variety of shapes – rectangular, round, square, oval, hexagonal, octagonal.. okay! and I see that you’re overwhelmed at all the possibilities, probably a little paranoid, too. When it comes to the traditional, nothing can beat the round ones, and they are the most popular and readily available ones.

The bounce is seamless, soft and deep, providing you, the jumper, with an easy comfort. While the new shapes like rectangular trampolines, hexagonal and octagonal look fancier, they function same as the round ones. However, if you have space constraint, then you can consider the rectangular or square models as they fit into tiny corners. These trampolines provide the user with firmer bounce and are perfect for backyard use.

Assembly

Personally, I love the part where you have to unpack, read the instructions that come in five or six languages (Chinese is unfailingly the most intimidating), and assemble the pieces. I am struck by the interactive facet that these companies aspire to deliver. Setup is in buyer’s hands, and though not as important a factor as, say, safety, they do matter. The seamless installation creates the first good impression, and too long and complex installation procedure might be a headache. So, you would like it very much to go for a product with easy and fast assembly. Pricey models generally have easier assembly options.

Safety Components

One safety component that you simply cannot ignore is the padding. Pads will provide safety cushioning for the jumper and prevent serious injuries. If not padded, springs can posit serious safety threats. Arms or legs can get stuck between the springs while jumping, or unrefined surface could cause cuts or minor injuries. So, safety components like padding make sure that accidents never take place and the good time lasts longer. Also, when buying a trampoline for your kids, you should see that it has safety enclosures.

It may sound fun when you imagine it, but when you jump and jump and fly off the trampoline, let me assure you that it won’t be much fun. Also, bad landings may end you up in hospitals with muscle cramps, fractures, and even injuries. This is why people who have already been unfortunate enough to experience falling off a trampoline, generally consider the safest trampoline as the best trampoline. So, make sure that the trampoline of your choice has all the useful safety components. However, the safety of trampolines is a comparatively new consideration, and the popular brands have reshaped their safety standards drastically.

Price

In the end, the one thing that affects the purchase the most is the price tag – and trampolines are not generally cheap buys. So, as a dutiful parent, you should make sure that your hard earned money is being spent in the right direction, and at the same, you should look after the fact that your child’s safety is not being compromised. Generally, the determinant factors are shape, size, and quality, and these are the aspects of which you should be particular as a buyer.

Types of Trampolines: What is Your Need?

Trampolines come in all shapes and sizes, and the possibilities are simply endless. The trampolines found in markets these days can be divided into various different types. While there are classic regular sized round shaped trampolines which give the old photograph traditional vibe, there are also new trends like water trampoline and rebounder.

Classic Trampoline

The classic model is the most widely popular one, and come in round or rectangular shape. They are usually the best-sellers when it comes to trampolines, due to their all-purpose nature. No matter if it's mainly for you or your school-going child, a classic trampoline is generally the best choice if you have a diverse use case in mind.

These are sturdy products, and are usually meant for outdoor usage. If you don’t have an interest in any particular direction, this is supposedly your choice.

Kids’ Trampoline

There are models, especially crafted for children, and these models are small in size and height (hence called mini trampolines). However, they are meant for kids and thus have low weight limits. Moreover, kids are bound to grow up and be regular sized people, so if you don’t have a generic purpose to serve, you should stick to the classic model.

Rebounder and Water Trampoline

Moreover, there are dedicated specially designed models like the rebounder, bouncy house, and water trampoline. A rebounder is designed with tighter elasticity and lower bounce and thus can be used to exercise and increase one’s jumping capacity and stamina. These are very small and will fit in a corner of your room. There are also water trampolines which have the ability to float on water.

Gym Trampoline / Olympic Trampoline

Gym trampolines are used to reach greater heights, and are a little dangerous for the inexperienced. One is only advised to use these under expert supervision – nevertheless, the extra bit of height means a great deal more fun.

Bouncy House

Bouncy houses are the technical offspring of trampolines, and apart from mechanical semblances, they don’t have much in common. However, they are a common sight at carnivals and fairs.

Spring-free Trampoline

The newest addition to the group is the fairly game changing springfree devices. Most of the accidents that occur at the time of trampoline jumping are caused by the springs, and an engineer of mechanics of the University of Canterbury thought it could work if we lose the source of all problems, the springs. And that’s how it came about. Spring free trampolines use flexible plastic rods to achieve a similar effect, and they are, by all means, a lot safer. But this one is a comparatively new addition, so people are still skeptical about it.

Trampoline Accessories

Trampoline companies are always coming up with a new and polished set of accessories, and while some accessories are simply add-ons that enhance the fun factor, some others are necessary components used for safety purposes. The right set of accessories can make the best trampoline even better, functionality-wise.

Trampoline ladders are necessary for the safety of your children because most of them would find it very difficult to climb up the trampoline without a ladder, the primary concern being their heights. So, if you don’t want to buy a Kids’ model which would serve its purpose for four to five years tops, and want to make a serious investment, then you should keep a trampoline ladder at hand. Most companies provide a trampoline ladder in the package, so, be advised not to think of the extra money it’s going to cost you. Ladders are generally made of plastic, metal or rope – you might want to overlook the option of metal when there are kids involved.

Anchor kits are responsible for securing your trampoline firmly in wherever it is that you want to keep it. This doesn’t look much, but I would suggest buying one, just in case. It’s necessary, because trampolines are not generically heavy, and could get toppled over by high wind or stormy adversary weather. Anchor kits, as their name suggest, help to anchor the steel frame into the ground. You, however, have to buy them separately.

There are more add-ons like spring pulling tools, trampoline covers and trampoline shoe holders, which help to increase the efficiency of the model and these components make it all the more comprehensive. On the other hand, there are fun items for your kids like trampoline tents, basketball hoops and bounce boards – while the tent makes for a perfect night-out plan for your kids, the basketball hoops make your ordinary trampoline into a fun playground. So, be sure to make a set of choices.

Conclusion

Once upon a time, all of us have had that moment of a euphoric escapade with gulps of adrenaline lemonade. And the perfect picture of a distant summer afternoon has always consisted of a swimming pool, some chilled beer, and trampolines – the flawless American dream, the acute depiction of a summer party. Man thinks of reaching a little closer to the sky, and that explains his crazy love for sudden adrenaline drive achieved by jumping, driving, swimming, free-falling etc. And as the American Dream faded, the stoic populace figured that the only cheap way for excitement crash course is trampolines, and these things, in turn, leisurely became an American family member in the summertime sadness.

In our capitalist era, money has possibly every power to buy you happiness but even then, there are some things, as the popular saying goes, that money can’t buy – watching your family members both young and old all turning sixteen and jumping excitedly on a trampoline is one of them. However, having said that, it is also important that you make the optimum choice when buying one.

The trampoline sector is filled with models over a varied price range. While buying, it is very important to note that safety is something you must never compromise with. Always check the stability of the trampoline, the weight capacity, and the spring durability before investing in one. Do not always go for ratings. Try to form a decision based on experience too. The trampoline is a device that you shall be using extensively and it is, therefore, good that you purchase one with a decent weight capacity. After all, there quite a things money can never buy, watching your parents, wife and siblings turn children again is one of them. Happy bouncing!