The backyard trampoline is great for the whole family. It’s also great exercise. We were able to find the perfect trampoline for our yard and family by doing some research and shopping around. Two of them were ours, as well as an indoor one. We also trained children in local gymnastic centers. However, this doesn’t mean that we are the “be all and end-all” experts. However, it leaves us with enough experience that we can offer some tips.
There are many trampoline manufacturers today, in all shapes and sizes. They all look the same. All claim to have the best trampoline. It’s difficult to determine which trampoline is the most reliable and safest.
I can be a bit obsessive, perhaps neurotic. So I did a lot of research when selecting our trampolines. It was more than size and price. It was safe for my children. Then I looked at the suitability of the design to our living space and lifestyle.
In recent years, the trampoline market has seen a boom and now there are many options. There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose between them.
We’ve spent a lot of time evaluating outdoor trampolines and have chosen the best six. Let’s get started!
Zupapa 15-14-12 Ft. TUV
The Zupapa trampoline comes in many sizes and is a popular choice. It is a perfect balance between quality and price. The trampoline remains affordable but maintains a high-quality level.
TUV Nord is a respected European certification agency that certifies sporting equipment, household appliances, and DIY products. It is difficult to get their approval on your products. You will know if that symbol is present that the product you are working with is of the highest quality.
This German-made trampoline is of high quality. You won’t have to worry about rusting because it is made of galvanized steel. To provide stability and strength, the legs are bracket-shaped and have a wide base. They can also be attached to safety net poles to prevent twisting from weather conditions or regular use.
Heavy gauged galvanized steel springs are used on the 12-foot trampolines. There are 108 springs, compared to 96 for other models.
The best thing about this product is the fact that it comes with everything you need, including a galvanized ladder, a net enclosure, and rain covers. The package arrives in three boxes. Although this can seem intimidating, it is actually very easy to set up and requires little effort with tools.
Although there are many things to like about this product, there are also some problems. The worst thing about this product is the poor customer service. Although you won’t need to contact them, it is possible to reach someone who has the authority or respond to your questions.
Amazon guides4homeowners.co.uk is a great way to get the trampoline you want and provide you with the customer service you need.
Skywalker Trampolines 12 Feet Round Trampoline with Enclosure and Spring Pad
Skywalker is a leader in trampoline technology. This is to say that Skywalker has demonstrated safety on many occasions. Skywalker 12′ round trampolines are safe and fun. It is great for families with one or more children.
They have the strongest springs on the market, making every jump crisp. Their mats are tightly weaved for strength. They are strong and can withstand the elements for many years, sometimes without any noticeable damage.
Frame padding is a great feature of this model that is often overlooked. The padding is thick and soft so unless you are trying to climb on or hit the metal with your feet, it won’t cause any serious injuries.
A nice feature of the safety net is its buttoning to the frame. This ensures that your children don’t slip under the net, and the top doesn’t slide down. It also makes it easy to vault over.
The Skywalker 12-foot has one major drawback: It’s difficult to assemble. Although it doesn’t require many tools, the instructions are not very clear and you may end up with more than necessary. It would be better to have it in multiple boxes and parts assembled before I had to put everything together.
Kangaroo Hoppers 15 Feet Round Trampoline
The Kangaroo Hopper 15-Foot round trampoline is sleek. It’s made of black powder-coated galvanized metal. Actually, the legs are bent to follow the contour of the frame. This provides greater stability and eliminates the potential for trampolines to become unstable if they try to climb onto one of the cut-off edges.
The springs are strong and buoyant. This mat is combined with a strong, bouncy spring. It feels great and can reach heights of up to 20 feet. It is strong and taut, ready to catch any jumpers. Plus, it has a zipper door for easy access while maintaining maximum safety.
The metal has been treated so that it will not rust outside. Additionally, the mat and frame pad has been designed to withstand a variety of weather conditions and temperatures.
It was a refreshing change of pace when I called customer service to report a missing part. They were extremely helpful and friendly and sent me a complete package the next day. There have been stories about trampoline owners who were damaged by a hurricane and received a new trampoline free of charge from the company. This is a company that cares about its customers.
Although the Kangaroo Hopper 15-Foot round is slightly more expensive than what you get, it is absolutely worth it for a trampoline that you can rely on.
Skywalker Trampolines Square Trampoline
Skywalker is a more expensive trampoline, but I feel they deserve two spots on this list. Although it is not as complicated as the round model, this trampoline has a lot of merits.
Galvanized steel is used throughout the frame. It can be weather-treated and interlocks to make assembly simple. Each corner has a leg that extends to the safety enclosure pole, which curves in the top for added comfort.
There are no gaps in the enclosure so there is no risk of someone flying out of one spot that’s not protected or an area opening up over time. The safety standards for square Skywalkers are actually higher than those of ASTM.
This model doesn’t feel secure. It comes with a few too many bolts. These bolts are strong enough to hold the frame in place but allow for some movement when people jump on them. Although I doubt it will cause any damage, it can be nerve-wracking for parents to see their children’s reactions and the entire thing moving ever so slightly.
The springs don’t look very impressive. These springs will do the job, but I would expect more from them for the price.
How we chose our trampoline
These are the main things that we looked at and considered before buying our trampoline. To ensure that we purchased the correct unit, we compared and reviewed features.
The largest source of injury – other children – is eliminated by solo jumping.
There are many sizes of trampolines. The size ranges from 6 to 17 feet in diameter for home-use trampolines. We wanted to get the best bang for our buck, so we measured the space in our yard first. Be sure to allow for plenty of leeway from all sides.
We wanted to purchase a large model but couldn’t fit a 17-foot trampoline in the space that we had. The rule of thumb I use is to allow at least 5-10 feet of clearance between the trampoline and your head. You also need to allow for your head. For absolute safety, I required that our yard have a vertical clearance of 25 feet infinity.
When choosing the right size for our yard, I checked for any buildings, fences or poles that could pose a danger.
You can find smaller sizes to fit into small spaces, but it is important to ensure that the trampoline you choose is suitable for everyone in your family.
Which shape is best?
There are four main geometric designs available for trampolines. Each design has its strengths, and each shape is best suited to a specific use.
Round (You’ll find the best value and top safety features here)
The most popular form of the trampoline is the round one.
My experience with circular trampolines is that they are the most popular for backyard recreation. Despite some claiming that this shape is stronger, I doubt it. It does require fewer support members for its construction. Because the frame absorbs the impact of any jump around its perimeter, it is lighter and more robust. However, I am not sure if this is a significant improvement in performance or cost.
According to my husband, the circular shape directs movement towards the center of the pad regardless of where the user is jumping. It also has less bounce which makes it safer for less experienced or younger users.
This shape is also lighter and can support less force. It’s ideal for people who are starting to learn how to trampoline.
There are sizes available in 8-foot to 10-foot, 12-foot, 12 foot, 14-foot, 15, 15-foot, and 16 foot models. I didn’t find the 8 or 10 foot sizes exciting, but the 15 footer was right. It gives my children more room to make mistakes. When they jump, I remind them to keep their center. They have a lot of room for error in the event of a stumble. This helps them avoid injury.
Rectangular (as the Olympians leap on)
Next, I discovered that rectangular trampolines are the best choice for professionals and competitions.
This shape is more bounced but absorbs less force from the jumper, which makes the landing easier. Independently, the springs work together to provide a stable lift-off and landing that is contained no matter where the jumper is on the mat.
Rectangular trampolines are more expensive to make because they require more support and fasteners. YouTube had some great jumping competitions that I watched. I was shocked at the heights.
Square (some higher-end models available if you’re willing to spend a little more)
Skywalker’s square trampoline, 15 feet in length
I couldn’t find any square models. I was not surprised by this. Square trampolines combine the best features of both rectangular and round shapes. The square trampoline is more stable than a similar-sized round one and has a wider jumping area.
It does offer the safety of a trampoline that is round since the shape guides the user to the middle of the space.
The square shape takes up less space than a rectangle so it is ideal for users who require more power in a smaller area. With little wasted space, the square shape is great for small spaces.
The diagonal distance between the corners is greater, and the square shape provides up to 20 percent more space than a similar round trampoline.
This shape didn’t work in my yard so I gave up.
Octagon – A novelty?
I found even fewer Octagons. The octagonal trampoline is similar to the round one but has comparable space limitations. The straight edge design will give the trampoline a slightly higher bounce than a round-shaped one. This shape was more novelty to me than anything.
A trampoline with an oval shape.
To pair with “Ovaltine”, of course, I found that oval trampolines had a larger usable area than similar round trampolines. Users have a wider jumping surface on one side and a self-centering trampoline on the other. The oval trampolines require more effort than other large trampolines to achieve a big bounce.
After looking at the various shapes, I chose the round. This was the largest selection, and I felt that the safety/quality, which I will discuss later, was the best.
You are responsible for your weight!
Although the trampolines that I looked at seemed quite beefy, after watching people’s feet cut through their mats during the down jump, I was inspired to learn more.
These weight limits were set by the trampolines I have seen. This is important for safety. This information was either in the product description or in the owner’s guide for all trampoline models.
Although I had only intended to have one person jump at a given time, my husband weighs in excess of 200 lbs. I also wanted to ensure that there was enough room to accommodate him.
Frame Construction – Boring!
Closeup of the trampoline frame construction
Next, I did some research on frames. I call them boring because, despite all the talk about them, I don’t believe anyone is ever hurt by a weak frame. Although I may be wrong, I have never heard about any in all my years of the sport. This view is supported by the research, at least in terms of probability and numbers.
If you are injured this way, it’s likely that you have loaded the trampoline together with more than one person. Shame on you! For trampoline frames, manufacturers use tubular steel. These frames are made of durable metals that don’t rust. To prevent rust and increase durability, galvanized and powder coated galvanized are common construction materials. This box was checked by most brands.
Spring Count and Specifications
For me, springs were less important from a safety perspective. Have you ever heard of springs snapping or breaking? A trampoline’s bounce is affected by the gauge of the metal, length of the springs, and a number of springs.
All of the models I examined had springs made from heavy gauge, rust-resistant galvanized metal. The style and manufacturer of the springs used will determine the number.
Higher jumps are possible with more springs. A longer-length spring will provide more bounce.
I was looking for padding that would keep our feet from getting caught in the springs. Jump mats and spring padding are made of durable and smooth materials. Jump mats are UV-resistant and can withstand years of outdoor exposure. The mats were made from woven polypropylene. They may have been reinforced with UV-resistant fabric around the perimeter to prolong their life.
According to my experience, spring padding protects users from falling onto trampoline springs. The padding is secondary. They are made of high-density foam and coated with UV-resistant vinyl.
Safety accessories for trampolines
As I was about to spend some of my hard-earned money on a recreational trampoline I thought I would be purchasing the trampoline alone. To be truly safe, I needed to have the extras. While some trampolines come with safety accessories, most do not.
These items are not required for trampoline operation, but they were essential to the protection of my cubs.
The All Important Safety Enclosure
Anyone who starts researching trampoline safety will find The American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement about trampoline safety. I was not the only one. According to their report, falls from trampolines account for between 27 and 39 percent of all trampoline injuries. This knowledge led me to place safety nets at the top of my priority list. In fact, almost 85 percent of trampoline sales include a safety enclosure as of 2012.
To prevent trampoline falls, a safety enclosure is necessary. My safety enclosure had many things that I wanted:
* I needed a net system that was wrapped around the support poles and well-cushioned.
* Securely attach the net to the poles using interwoven shock cords or high-strength strapping.
* The top strap is woven around the netting’s upper perimeter and should be at least 1500 lbs/inch in burst strength.
* Enclosures often have an overlapping doorway.
Do not Forget the Ladder
A ladder was something I needed to consider since I had a toddler. Jackie, my older daughter, would not need it. The ladders allow for easy access to the trampoline platform and allow for easy egress. Importantly, children under the age of 6 can’t climb on the trampoline without supervision.
What Trampoline Anchor Kit Do I Need?
This was the question that I asked myself when I saw stakes appearing on my screen. Then I remembered all the wind that we get. My husband was also concerned about the wind. The unit is secured to the ground by an anchoring kit. This prevents trampoline accidental tipping from the excessive bounce.
The Lower Enclosure
The enclosure lower prevents people and pets from getting under the trampoline. It prevents balls, debris, and other objects from getting under the trampoline.
Children and pets can be hurt if they go underneath the trampoline. Also, objects under the jumping mat could injure the users. This was an easy decision for me.
After initially being hesitant to pay for extras, I decided to go with it. Safety is the most important thing.