Tightly-coiled stainless steel springs resist rust and work independently across the bounce surface. Double-zip safety enclosure is latched to keep kids safe. Weather-resistant materials resist fading.
Shipping issues include missing parts. Zip opening can be small for adults.
A mid-size, affordable model that comes with safety in mind, thanks to features like the net and gap-free attachment system. One person can assemble it.
Not large enough for groups of kids. Only rated to support up to 175 pounds.
Sturdily built with reinforced polypropylene mat and dual-zipper fine-weave enclosure netting for safety. Features L-shaped feet for extra stability. Frame comes with foam padding.
Assembly instructions can be hard to follow.
A spacious trampoline with extra safe netting around the perimeter. Comes with a ladder. 375-pound weight capacity. 10-year warranty on the frame, which is durable.
Assembly can be a bit challenging. Pricier than some, but it has a lot to offer for the cost.
Choice of sizes ranging from 12 to 15 feet. Steel springs with galvanized, rust-resistant coating. Sturdy construction with good customer service if problems arise. Jumping mat reinforced with UV protection.
Some had challenges putting up the safety net with the layout of the net poles. Be careful not to damage by over-tightening.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.
Trampolines offer classic backyard fun for kids of any age. Even a smaller model can be a significant investment, so it’s important to consider all factors when selecting the best trampoline for you and your household.
The right size and shape depend largely on your yard and the age of the jumpers. While little ones may be content with a smallish trampoline, you will want a bigger model for preteens or teenagers. Different shapes allow for varying amounts of space and bounce, with a rectangular shape offering the most space and bounce, thereby making it the best choice for tumblers. A safety enclosure can prevent injuries, as can soft-edge trampolines, which don’t have springs.
Before we delve into the best trampolines and what makes them so great, it helps to understand the parts of a trampoline and what raw materials comprise them.
Frame and legs
The frame and legs of a trampoline are usually made of galvanized steel, a superior material that can hold up to seasonal backyard use. Galvanized steel has been coated with a layer of zinc to help it better withstand the elements.
Springs and pads
The springs give a trampoline its bounce. Of course, as you will see, not all trampolines have springs. When they do, however, the springs are typically made of coated steel. A spring pad and frame pad, typically made of foam and covered with vinyl or PVC, protect jumpers from getting hurt on these elements, which would be sharp and hazardous if left uncovered.
Typically made of nylon or polyethylene, this is the heavy-duty and fibrous area where the fun happens. The surfaces of today’s trampolines are often made to resist fading in the sun. If you will be storing your trampoline outdoors for all or part of the year, check into this. (You may also want to invest in a cover to protect the jumping surface from water. Later in this review, we highlight a quality rain cover you can get on Amazon.)
Square trampolines only take up a little more room than round models of the same width, but they offer a more generous jumping area.
Users can bounce a little higher than on a round or octagonal model, but not as high as on a rectangular one, so these offer a happy medium. The reason for the higher bounce is the configuration of the springs, which assume a crisscross pattern in a square trampoline.
These are the most common type and are widely available. They are also seen in mini trampoline form.
These tend to be more affordable as compared to octagonal and rectangular trampolines.
The bounce isn't as strong due to even distribution of springs — which is great if you're worried about your kids bouncing too high, but not so great if you have gymnastic aspirations.
The round shape directs users back toward the center of the trampoline, so there's less chance of falling off the edge, even if you don't have a safety enclosure.
These have slightly less bouncing space than other trampolines of equivalent size but different shapes.
These have the largest amount of jumping space out of all types of trampolines.
Due to their shape, they allow users to bounce extremely high. This is quite preferable for gymnasts, because the higher you bounce, the easier it is to perform aerial moves.
Since it is larger, a rectangle trampoline takes up more space. Trampolines of this shape might not be suitable for smaller areas.
Rectangle trampolines tend to be more pricey than other types.
Octagonal models direct users into the center of the jumping mat, and don't allow them to jump too high.
They offer a little extra room to bounce compared to round types. The octagonal shape is also conducive to higher jumping, which is why some consumers seek out this shape.
Bouncers are less likely to be drawn toward the center of an octagonal trampoline than a circular one. If you are worried about bouncers crashing in the middle of the trampoline, this is a perk worth considering.
Octagonal trampolines are expensive and offer few advantages outside of jumping height and weight distribution, so we generally suggest opting for a round, square, or rectangular model instead, depending on what you're looking for in a trampoline.
Some trampolines do not contain springs. Instead, they derive their bounce from bungee cording or fiberglass rods that bend and flex. This feature is most common on trampolines made for young children and fitness trampolines made expressly for exercise, like rebounders. Note that many of these trampolines simply do not have the bounce that trampolines with springs do.
You may have heard of a “springfree trampoline.” This is actually a product from a trademarked brand. The manufacturer places high value on construction-related safety issues and avoids using many of the traditional parts of a trampoline, such as springs and rigid poles. This springfree trampoline is marketed as the FreeJump Springless Trampoline and, though pricey, it has received some good trampoline reviews.
Whereas the trampolines explored on this page are for multiple people to use at once, these tiny trampolines are designed for just one person at a time. These affordable round trampolines are typically used in the home for exercise and fun. Some have springs; others get their bounce from bungee cording instead. If you are interested in this type of equipment for yourself or the kids, check out our page on the best mini trampolines.
Some crossover exists between the trampolines we’re discussing here and trampolines marketed exclusively for children. If you have a young person in your home who would benefit from some exercise and bouncy fun on a trampoline but you don’t want to invest in a full-fledged trampoline for the yard — or you want something for your indoor rec room when it’s cold and rainy out — there are smaller trampolines with safety nets, bright colors, and other kid-friendly features available. Check out our page on the best trampolines for kids to find out more.
Although not the primary focus of this buying guide, we would be remiss not to mention the wildly fun water trampolines available on today’s market. A water trampoline is another type of springless trampoline, but this kind sits on the open water for aquatic fun on a lake or other body of water. Water trampolines inflate via an air pump. Fun additions can include a water slide or ramp. You also need a ladder to climb aboard a water trampoline. Note that for safety, water trampolines should be used on bodies of water that are a minimum of 6 feet deep.
Most backyard trampolines measure between 8 and 16 feet wide. When deciding what size you want, consider how many people will be using it simultaneously, and how much space you have.
While some people don't recommend more than one person jumping at any one time, we don't think it's too much of a problem, as long as you take precautions.
A larger trampoline will help avoid collisions, as each bouncer can stick to his or her own area. If two or three people want to bounce at the same time, we recommend a trampoline between 14 and 16 feet wide.
Also known as an enclosure net, this is a net surrounding the full perimeter of the trampoline, preventing users from accidentally bouncing off the edge and injuring themselves.
Trampoline-related injuries do happen, so we recommend one of these as a precaution, especially if children will be bouncing.
Many come with this already, but you can also buy one separately.
Some safety enclosures fit around the outside of the frame and springs, whereas others fit inside the springs. The latter stops you bouncing onto the hard springs and hurting yourself; although if they're well-padded, this precaution is unnecessary.
All trampolines have a maximum weight limit, generally between about 180 and 400 pounds. As a rule, larger trampolines have higher weight limits.
If you're heavier than average, or if multiple people want to bounce at the same time, make sure you choose a trampoline with a high enough weight limit.
A high-quality frame is essential if you want a trampoline that will stand the test of time. Cheaper frames will rust, bend, or warp, whereas a top-notch frame will last for years to come. Many of our favorite trampolines have a galvanized steel frame for durability.
Also consider the frame height. While the height of the frame doesn't make too much difference overall, if the jumping surface is too high off the ground, users will probably need a ladder or step for mounting the trampoline, especially small children.
Springs give a trampoline its bounce, so quality springs are a must. If you see a trampoline for sale with a price that looks too good to be true, it probably has low-quality springs that will rust and degrade over time.
Look for a trampoline with durable, high-quality springs that resist rust.
Some newer trampolines have a "soft edge," meaning the springs and frame are beneath the jumping mat. This both increases the room you have to jump in and means you can't accidentally hurt yourself by landing on the springs instead of the mat.
These trampoline tips will have you bouncing like a pro in no time:
Think about where you will put the trampoline. It's best to place your trampoline on grass — hard ground puts stress on the frame and causes it to break over time.
Note that you may have to replace parts over time. If one part of your trampoline breaks or gets damaged, don't worry — replacement parts are relatively easy to find, so you won't have to buy a whole new trampoline.
Get creative with your trampoline moves. It's not all about bouncing up and down. You can learn a range of fun trampolining moves, from basic tumbling to intense gymnastics. YouTube is a good place to look for tutorial videos.
Durability is key. Conscientious parents and caregivers naturally want the safest trampoline they can get. A rustproof trampoline and a weighted base are two features that will help prevent the trampoline from tipping and degrading. Another safety tip: be sure not to exceed the weight limit, and supervise tots when they jump.
If you’re unsure whether a large trampoline is right for you, consider starting out with a smaller one that can be used indoors or out. These include miniature trampolines, rebounders, and trampolines for kids. A child’s trampoline often includes a handlebar for added safety.
Consider professional assembly. If you're not 100% confident assembling your new trampoline yourself, hire an expert to do it for you. It's not worth risking the safety of any users over a small assembly fee.
Rain cover: Skywalker Trampoline Weather Cover
A UV-resistant cover will protect your trampoline from rain, sun, and the elements. We like this vinyl and PVC cover from Skywalker, which can be purchased to fit either a 12-foot or 17-foot trampoline.
Personal rebounder: JumpSport 250 In-Home Cardio Trampoline
If you’re looking for a quality trampoline for a single user that will provide a terrific exercise outlet, consider this quiet option.
Childrens’ rebounder: Merax Mini
Another great choice for little ones who aren’t ready to share a trampoline with the big kids is this inexpensive item from Merax. Available in pink or blue, it’s also a great alternative on rainy days when it is too wet and on chilly days when you’d rather they stay inside.
Children’s trampoline: Giantex Kids’ Trampoline
If you’re not sure the youngest members of your family are up for the challenge of a big trampoline, you can’t go wrong with this inexpensive trampoline from Giantex. With a 55-inch frame, it’s the perfect size for young children who want to jump but aren’t ready for the big leagues quite yet.
Square trampolines cost a similar amount to circular ones. However, you'll find fewer on the market, so you won't get as much choice of size and manufacturer.
Octagonal trampolines tend to cost about $600 to $900, depending on size, and don't offer much added value over round models.
Rectangle trampolines can cost as little as $300 for small 7 x 10-foot models, and up to $2,000 for large 10 x 17-foot models of professional quality.
Trampolines without springs are the priciest variety, costing anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000. However, you do get an exceptional product for the price you pay.
A. Here are a few of the factors you should consider when deciding where to place a trampoline:
Do you have 24 feet clear above the place where you plan on placing your trampoline? That means no overhanging branches, washing lines or power lines.
Do you have 6 feet of clearance on each side of the trampoline?
Is the area where you intend to place it level?
A. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is the regulating body for trampoline safety. A trampoline with this approval has been manufactured according to the safety guidelines put in place by the ASTM. As such, we recommend opting for it.
A. A weather-resistant trampoline cover is a must-have if you leave your trampoline set up during the winter, as it will protect it from rain and/or snow. Apart from protection from the elements, trampolines are fairly low maintenance — just adhere to the weight limit, and occasionally check for damaged springs or other parts that may need replacing to ensure user safety.
A. Yes, and it is recommended that you do replace your net if it begins to tear or shows other signs of wear that could place jumpers in danger. To find the right enclosure net, determine these variables: the shape of your trampoline, the diameter of its frame, and the type and number of enclosure poles. (Poles can be straight, arched, or curved.)
It may be easiest to buy a replacement net from the manufacturer of your trampoline. We recommend that you search for this product’s availability on Amazon or directly through the manufacturer. If you cannot find a replacement enclosure net this way, you can still order one that is specific to your trampoline’s shape, diameter, and poles. Note: replacement enclosure nets do not come with net poles!