Keep Your Kids Entertained All Summer Long With These Trampolines
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Whether you're 5 or 50, getting enough exercise is key to maintaining your health, and trampolines often make physical activity less of a chore. Hopping on the trampoline is a great way to fit in heart-pumping cardio and burn excess energy.
However, trampolines can also be dangerous if used incorrectly—the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that injuries often occur when jumpers fall off the surface, land on the frame, or collide with other occupants. To prevent these problems and keep everyone safe, it’s important to select a model with the latest safety features and an appropriate size and weight capacity for users.
We’ve rounded up the best trampolines for all ages, balancing safety and entertainment for endless summer fun.
Looking for more ways to keep your family entertained this summer? Check out our picks for the best above-ground swimming pools, best swing sets, and best outdoor toys.
What to Consider
Size and Shape
Trampolines sized range from small 3-foot options for toddlers to 20-foot-long models for practicing gymnastics. You can also find trampolines in a variety of shapes. Circular trampolines are most common, but a rectangular trampoline offers more tumbling space for their tumbling.
Most trampolines list both a maximum weight capacity, which refers to the total weight of all occupants, as well as an individual weight capacity, which is the maximum weight of each jumper. If your children want to bounce with several friends, make sure the trampoline you buy can handle their combined weight.
Trampolines can be dangerous if used improperly, but today’s best models come with a variety of features that make them safer to use, like a safety net enclosure, padded support poles, and a cover for the springs. There are also springless trampolines that use composite rods below the jumping surface. However, these models tend to be significantly more expensive. Trampoline installation is also related to safety. Skywalker Trampolines, maker of our best overall pick, recommends leaving at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides and several feet of vertical space above. Also, make sure to install the trampoline on level ground away from trees or other structures.
Most trampolines are designed to be used outdoors, and as such, components may deteriorate over time. To protect your investment, you may want to look for a trampoline with a long warranty period, which makes it easier to get replacement parts if something breaks.
How We Selected
Every trampoline we selected was carefully vetted with children’s fun and safety in mind. We also took into consideration trampolines based on brand reputation, material quality, warranty periods and safety features, and we selected models that were rated highly by users and met safety standards. Finally, we picked trampolines at a range of prices and in a variety styles, including options for all ages and both indoor and outdoor use.
15-ft. Trampoline with Enclosure
If you’re looking for a trampoline that’s safe, sturdy, and reasonably priced, this 15-foot model from Skywalker is one of your best options. The classic round design is supported by 96 galvanized steel springs, and the brand uses a patented no-gap enclosure system that attaches the jumping surface to every spring to eliminate any dangerous gaps.
This trampoline is surrounded by foam-padded poles for stability and includes an enclosure net, too. All of its materials are weather-resistant, as well—the jump mat is made from UV-protected polypropylene, and the frame is rust-resistant steel. It also comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
The only downside is that this trampoline has a lower maximum weight capacity, so it’s not the best choice for multiple adults to bounce on.
Recreational Trampoline with Enclosure Net
This trampoline is a great choice for larger spaces. It comes in multiple sizes, ranging from 8 feet to 16 feet, and all of the models, starting at the 10-foot size include ladders.
This is an outdoor-only trampoline, and it has a safety enclosure net that connects to the spring cover to eliminate gaps. A steel frame and jumping mat are included with all models.
The trampoline also works well for adults, as it can accommodate up to 400 pounds of individual weight. Quality is solid overall and it comes with a 3-year warranty on the frame and a 2-year warranty on the mat and springs. Just mind the zipper, which can be finicky.
Trampoline with Basketball Hoop
Give your dunk shot some oomph with this trampoline, featuring a built-in basketball hoop designed to keep the ball from bouncing out of the enclosure.
The trampoline features a 6-foot-high enclosure with a galvanized, rust-resistant steel frame and six W-shaped legs for maximum stability. While the payoff is worth it, keep in mind that the basketball hoop has to be manually threaded to the frame.
High Performance Outdoor Trampoline
If you have aspiring Olympic gymnasts in your family, this professional-grade rectangular trampoline is sure to delight. The 10-foot by 20-foot frame is made from commercial-grade double-dipped galvanized steel inside and out to combat rust and corrosion. It was built specifically with competitive jumpers or gymnasts in mind.
Considering the hefty price tag, it makes sense that this model comes with a lifetime warranty. This trampoline—for current or would-be gymnasts—definitely brings home the gold.
Square Trampoline with Safety Enclosure Net
One of the downsides of classic trampolines is that their metal springs can cause injury, commonly pinching skin if they’re landed on. The Springfree Trampoline solves that problem thanks to its innovative design, which uses composite rods that prevent feet or hands from being pinched or becoming trapped.
The rods support the jumping surface, which has a soft edge to protect children’s feet, and the enclosure net is reinforced with flexible rods to keep jumpers from taking a tumble off the side. While this trampoline is more expensive than most and time-consuming to assemble, it may be worth the extra effort to ensure your kids are safe and secure as they play.
Mini Outdoor Trampoline
This 7-foot trampoline is a great outside jumper for children on the younger side. It's built low to the ground, which makes it ideal for shorter legs (it's ideal for kids 6 and under), and is much roomier than most trampolines designed for younger children. The trampoline also has padded poles and a zippered closure on the safety net, making it even safer.
Built from galvanized steel with a reinforced triangular base and 220-pound weight limit, this trampoline withstands rust and stands up to repeated use.
We love the kid-friendly design and the range of bright colors it's available in, including blue (shown here), yellow, and green.
If your little ones are looking for a way to be active indoors, this is the perfect starter trampoline for them. At just 3 feet wide, it can fit in any small corner or room in your home, and won't take up too much space. It's made of a combination of plastic and metal, and can hold up to 13 pounds. Plus, its large jumping surface and included handle bar helps toddlers feel safe and comfortable while having fun.
AirBound Round Trampoline
This 10-foot trampoline is suitable for kids 3 and up, and is safe for adults, too, though the weight limited is on the low side at 198 pounds. It has a 10-foot diameter, and the net enclosure is 6 feet high, which makes it great for the older high-jumpers in your crew.
While this trampoline is fairly simple in terms of design, it still comes with padded poles and a safety enclosure net. The zipper is bright yellow, so it's easy to locate, and overall, you can’t beat the reasonable price for a basic backyard trampoline.
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