- Top Rated Trampolines Comparison Chart 2018 – 2019
- #1. Best of the Best: Zupapa with Enclosure Net and Ladder
- #2. Best Value: Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline
- #3. Best on a Budget: Skywalker 10-Foot Round with Enclosure
- #4. Best Rectangular Trampoline: JumpSport 10×17
- #5. Best for Beginners: Ultega Jumper Trampoline
- #6. Best Folding Exercise Trampoline: Stamina 36-Inch
- #7. Best Commercial-Grade Trampoline: Galactic Xtreme
- #8. Also Consider: Exacme Trampoline All-in-One Combo Set
- #9. Also Consider: GYMENIST Safe Kids Trampoline
- #10. Also Consider: BestMassage 12-Foot Round Jumping Table
- How the Trampolines Were Tested and Selected
- Who Should Own a Trampoline?
- Assembling a Trampoline: Some Helpful Tips
- Caring for the Best Trampolines
- Important Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Trampoline
- Backyard Trampolines: Risks and Safety Precautions
- Enjoy Your New Trampoline
Welcome to our trampoline reviews for 2018!
As trampolines become increasingly popular among both parents and children, the selection of products on the market becomes more diversified and complex. With this project, we set out to achieve a number of different objectives. Firstly, we wanted to answer the most common consumer questions, such as:
- What size trampoline is best?
- What shape trampoline is best?
- Which is the best trampoline to buy?
- Which brand of trampoline is the best?
Secondly, our team wanted to test all of the best trampolines. We tested the best kids’ trampolines but also the best trampolines for gymnastics, the best trampolines for adults and so forth. After a lot of hard work and due diligence, we’re proud to present our rankings for the 10 best trampolines.
Top Rated Trampolines Comparison Chart 2018 – 2019
#1. Best of the Best: Zupapa with Enclosure Net and Ladder
Zupapa continues to be among the best trampoline brands and includes a number of accessories at no additional charge that really distinguish the overall package. You’ll get a high-quality enclosure net, a ladder with built-in safety pads and a cover to protect the mat from rain and when not in use.
These trampolines are round. The showcase product is 15 feet, features 108 springs and has a mat diameter of 159 inches. If you prefer something smaller, Zupapa also offers a 14-foot, 12-foot and 10-foot version that all rather similar except for the mat diameter and the overall height.
Another reason why a Zupapa is the best trampoline to buy is that the company provides a 10-year warranty on the frame. You also get a two-year warranty on the mat, net and springs, and if any parts are defective in those periods, the company will replace them at no cost to you.
The redesign for 2018-19 focused on techniques to make these trampolines have longer life. We had the opportunity to compare these to the last iteration and were impressed with the tweaks. The mat and net now feature a UV absorber—which we couldn’t test directly—that the brand added because it extended material life in terms of both color and integrity a full two years in trials.
The Zupapa isn’t the biggest trampoline on the market. It isn’t the most expensive either. But it is our best trampoline because safety and build quality are a focal point, and we think that the overall package hits that sweet spot for the average family seeking backyard fun that will last for years to come.
It is the best trampoline under $1,000. If that price level is outside your budget or perhaps 15 feet is too large, consider 14 or 12 feet where the Zupapa is still the best trampoline under $500!
#2. Best Value: Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline
The simple answer is yes! Absolutely. Skywalker is a fantastic brand. We believe that some of that consumer concern comes from the prevalence of this product and the aggressive pricing. A Skywalker trampoline often costs so much less than the perceived really good trampoline brands.
It comes down to branding in our opinion, and price is not necessarily an indication of greater quality or safety. Skywalker has been manufacturing safe trampolines for years and has actually innovated some of the techniques that have improved trampoline ratings for safety throughout the industry.
This Skywalker in particular is our pick for best value and in discussion for the best trampoline under $500. It’s actually a lot closer to $300 than that, and when you catch it on sale, it’s the best trampoline under $300, and that is an unbeatable price among 15-foot trampolines as far as we’re concerned.
What distinguishes the Jump N’ Dunk models from the standard round trampolines made by Skywalker is that it comes with a foam basketball net that attaches to the top of the enclosure. It also comes with two foam basketballs, and it really gives kids a place to focus all of that energy. Note that the rim and backboard are breakaway, which can be annoying at times but is that way for safety purposes.
This trampoline also received excellent safety scores from us throughout. It features a no-gap enclosure. All of the poles are foam-padded and capped for safety and secure net attachment. The outer rim of the trampoline that extends beyond the net is padded and provides protection from and for the springs.
Note that no ladder is included, which we don’t like but understand due to the economy pricing. If you want a ladder, Skywalker sells it separately, and it can usually be purchased for less than $30.
#3. Best on a Budget: Skywalker 10-Foot Round with Enclosure
For good trampolines, even at 10 feet, this price is really fantastic. When it goes on sale, it’s an even more amazing deal, and there’s just no competition for the best trampoline for sale at this price point.
The difference between 15 and 10 feet is significant. We don’t want to downplay it. But if you just don’t have that kind of space or the budget for $500, then this is a superb option. It’s a bit no-frills as you might expect, but the build quality and safety that we demand are all still present throughout.
This design features the no-gap enclosure, which means that there’s no dangerous area between the net and the jumping space. The poles are all padded and capped and curve back in for net attachment. You also get the padding and covering beyond the net, which is where the springs are located.
Skywalker provides a three-year warranty on the frame, which is reasonable at this price level. You’ll also receive a one-year warranty on all other materials, including the mat and enclosure. The frame itself is incredibly well-designed and comparable to trampolines that cost a lot more.
As with the Skywalker at the number two spot, this product does not feature a ladder. That’s understandable for the best trampoline under $200, and you may not even need one considering how high the mat is off the ground. But if you want one, it will raise the cost by about 15 percent.
It’s worth noting that Skywalker adds UV protection to the mat, net and the frame pad. This helps to avoid fading, and if you keep your trampoline relatively clean and clear of debris, this Skywalker can look good for a decade, which is pretty astounding considering the price tag.
#4. Best Rectangular Trampoline: JumpSport 10×17
As you may expect with a rectangular model, we do jump up in price quite a bit here, so if you’re seeking the best trampoline under $1,000, this may not be the product for you. If, on the other hand, you’re seeking a rectangular that is tops on all of the important trampoline ratings, keep reading.
When it comes to rectangular jumping areas, many prospective buyers ask: what size trampoline is best? This is a tough question to answer, but our team gravitated toward this size because dropping down to 15 foot or smaller didn’t seem to save enough money to make the tradeoff worth it.
After all, when you’re buying a rectangular, you’re seeking to maximize jumping area. You also have to be mindful that the measurements are for the outer area and not the actual jumping area. The usable area here is 8 by 14 feet, which means 112 square feet in which to bounce around.
We really liked the enclosure design here. A lot of trampolines will use a zipper—probably the worst approach—or Velcro—which is better but a pain in other ways. Here, the net ends overlap so that a doorway forms naturally but also just fades away when no one is entering or exiting the space.
This trampoline is an excellent option if your child is a gymnast, cheerleader or other type of athlete. The single-user weight rating is 225 pounds, and in real-world tests, this product supports a combined weight well in excess of 800 pounds! The warranty is quite good as well, including frame coverage for 10 years and spring coverage for five.
#5. Best for Beginners: Ultega Jumper Trampoline
If you have a child who isn’t quite age-appropriate for our budget pick, let us recommend this trampoline from Ultega. This product isn’t quite as good value-wise, but it is appropriate to young children without being a toy and among the best trampolines under $300.
Our team tested the 8.25-foot model as well as the 6-foot model for our trampoline review. Both exceeded our standards, but we didn’t think that the savings provided by the smaller model were enough to make us want to sacrifice that additional jumping area.
In either case, this is a well-made trampoline that features a durable frame, a frame cover, an enclosure net, six padded and capped poles and a mat. The mat even has an X that indicates to the child where the bounce sweet spot is, and we found that to be really helpful with young kids who aren’t quite aware enough to keep themselves centered on the mat. The X makes that a bit easier.
The trampoline supports one person at a time up to 200 pounds, so this is definitely a product that will be suitable as your child grows. We think 12 years old is about the age where this trampoline would be no longer appropriate. Children want a lot more room to experiment at that point.
The frame height is only 24 inches off the ground. The package does not include a ladder. If a ladder is an accessory you want, your price will go up by about $25 or so. Ultega makes its own ladder, but most ladders from most of the major brands will fit as well.
#6. Best Folding Exercise Trampoline: Stamina 36-Inch
In fact, these products can be a great addition to any aerobic exercise routine or as an option to have in the home for those days when the kids can’t play outside. It has a 36-inch diameter, and it folds up, which means that it doesn’t have to take up any prime real estate when not in use.
This is the best trampoline under $100 that we reviewed. It actually costs a lot less than that. It supports one individual up to 250 pounds, so it’s suitable for most adults, and it weighs less than 14 pounds when folded or extended, which make it easy to move around and store.
This trampoline is best used for cardio exercises and the like. It’s not very high off the ground, but intense jumping isn’t recommended, so it may not be appropriate for children who want to jump hard.
It features band resistance rather than springs, which provide thirty-band tension resistance. If you want to use resistance bands for your arms, this product will easily accommodate them. Simply slide the hook ends over the trampoline legs. Your body weight will keep them in place no matter how hard you work.
If you prefer a trampoline with springs—more bounce but noisier—Stamina also makes a 38-inch model that comes with resistance bands for your arms as well. Although a bit more expensive, it’s still in the discussion for best trampoline under $100, so quite the bargain.
#7. Best Commercial-Grade Trampoline: Galactic Xtreme
Which is the best rectangular trampoline? This is a tough one. Our team loved the Galactic Xtreme from Happy Trampoline. The largest one we tested was 10 by 23 feet, and it was wonderful.
It is among the best trampolines of 2018 and among the safest trampolines we reviewed. So, you may wonder why we didn’t select it as our best rectangular overall, and it simply came down to price.
This is a commercial-grade product. It’s built like it, and it feels like it. That kind of build quality comes at a price that perhaps the average family can’t justify. If the price isn’t an issue and you want the best of the best in rectangular trampolines, then we recommend this one with great enthusiasm!
The frame itself is really impressive and features 3.0-millimeter galvanized steel tubing. This allows the trampoline to support individual users up to 550 pounds, so if you want a trampoline in which mom and dad can really mix it up too, then this is it. In fact, Happy Trampoline is so confident in its frames that you get a lifetime warranty on not only all aspects of the frame but the springs as well.
Happy Trampoline also makes it easy for customers to get replacements for mats, net enclosures, frame covers and so forth. That makes this trampoline an investment that can be in your family for many decades, and the price doesn’t seem all that high from that long-term perspective.
#8. Also Consider: Exacme Trampoline All-in-One Combo Set
Our response is that it depends. We’d often answer with a half dozen or so brands and provide context for those brands, such as budget or rectangular. Exacme is among the brands we often listed that people were most surprised to hear largely because the brand is not a common name like some others.
Nevertheless, it is a brand worth paying attention to particularly if you’re considering products like what Skywalker designs. Exacme competes in that same space of offering round trampolines that are safe and built well and sold at attractive prices and put on sale aggressively.
During our trampoline reviews for 2018, we tested the T-Series, the C-Series and the S-Series. The T-Series is by far the most popular, ranges from 8 to 16 feet and supports up to nearly 400 pounds.
The C-Series was our favorite. The quality of the build and the materials is notably higher but without a huge markup. We also liked the inside springs configuration. The S-Series is similar to the C-Series but uses an outside spring configuration and isn’t available in the larger 16-foot size.
All of these models are TUV-approved and include a ladder. The warranty is excellent, and Exacme has a replacement parts series that makes it easy to keep your trampoline in like-new condition.
If we were choosing between similar trampolines and the Exacme was cheaper than the Skywalker, for instance, then we would select it without hesitation. One area that Exacme doesn’t do as well as Skywalker is the ease of setup. We found the Exacme builds to take longer, which shouldn’t be a deal-breaker but is worth noting if all else is equal.
#9. Also Consider: GYMENIST Safe Kids Trampoline
It features a large handlebar that is attached to the legs, and your child can hold onto this padded bar as he or she jumps up and down. It’s perfect for kids still learning balance and coordination, and it improves motors skills and enhances sensory processing as well as promotes active play.
This is designed for indoor use but can be used outdoors as well, but we don’t recommend leaving it outdoors when not in use. It doesn’t have the UV and weather protection ideal for that.
The GYMENIST Safe Kids Trampoline is quite simple to assemble and takes just a couple of minutes once you’re familiar with it. As mentioned, it folds up for easy storage or so you can take it with you. Setting it up involves unfolding it, attaching the legs and attaching the handlebar. That’s all there is to it. It even includes a free bag in order to make that storage and carrying a lot more convenient.
This product is recommended for ages 3 and up and supports an individual weight up to 150 pounds. The warranty covers all aspects of the trampoline for a full year.
#10. Also Consider: BestMassage 12-Foot Round Jumping Table
It isn’t well known for its trampolines—which it oddly sometimes refers to as jumping tables. In fact, it makes just one jumping table model. As far as we know, the company is best known for making massage tables, massage chairs and so forth. We’re not sure what the connection it is.
To be perfectly honest, we went into this particular trampoline review not expecting much.
We were pleasantly surprised. This is an exceptionally well-made 12-foot round trampoline that is comparable to 12-foot round trampolines made by Skywalker and Exacme. It’s also competitively priced, so if it’s cheaper at the time you’re shopping, it’s a worthwhile consideration.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that BestMassage only makes the 12-footer. If you want something bigger, then you’re going to have to look elsewhere, but this is priced alongside most 10-footers, so unless less it comes down to a matter of space limitations, this is should be a good option in that regard as well.
One aspect that really impressed us was the netting. Not only is it well-designed and without gaps but it’s quite dark and seamless. Unless the sun is just blaring overhead, kids can have fun without direct sunlight feel like its beating down on them. Sunscreen is still recommended, however!
The one area our team is a little concerned with is part replacement. The parts don’t seem to be sold through retailers, and we’re not sure how difficult the direct purchase process is. At this price point, however, it may not even matter that much. You can just purchase a new one when the time comes.
Note: We did test trampolines without springs but couldn’t quite fit any in for various reasons. One pricey trampoline without springs that did stand out to us was the 13-foot jumbo square trampoline from Springfree that includes a basketball hoop and some other clever features.
How the Trampolines Were Tested and Selected
Our first point of emphasis was focusing on only the best trampoline brands, and by best, we mean brands know for consistently manufacturing quality and safe trampolines. There are some brands that did not meet our standards in terms of their safety track record. We’re going to avoid the negative and focus on the positive, but if you don’t see a popular brand listed here, that’s probably the reason why.
Who Should Own a Trampoline?
The easy answer to this question is that anyone with children should. The best trampolines for kids are a no-brainer investment. Have you ever met a child whose eyes didn’t get wide at the sight of one? Kids are drawn them, and the best thing about this is that the best trampolines are also a wonderful form of exercise. Rather than tell them to go outside, tell them to go bounce around instead.
There are some practical considerations. The best outdoor trampolines are going to take up a fair bit of space. You have to consider how much room you have in your yard and the total space strong trampolines are going to take up. You may have to make some concessions in terms of the size you want, but be mindful that best trampoline in the world isn’t necessarily the largest.
The top trampolines can be excellent options for adults as well. The best trampoline for adults will allow for heavier weights and either be designed for a single person or provide a great deal of space. If you’re considering options that you can work into an aerobic exercise routine, then the best home trampoline for indoor use will feature a smaller footprint and often a handlebar or similar safety precaution.
One final note: be aware of homeowner associations. If you belong to an HOA or a similar agreement, be sure to read the contract that you signed beforehand. These rules will sometimes forbid trampolines or set forth certain guidelines to which you must adhere or get fined.
Assembling a Trampoline: Some Helpful Tips
Even the best-rated trampolines will require an involved setup, and while we wouldn’t necessarily call these projects hard, we have dozens of builds under our belts now. It certainly got easier as we went along, and we’d like to point out some tips that we learned that could make your life a lot easier.
Caring for the Best Trampolines
Most trampoline brands don’t include a cover, but it’s a worthwhile investment in order to protect the trampoline during winter or during other extended periods when it won’t be used and may be subject to rain and other moisture. A bit of rain here and there isn’t too much of a concern.
The big thing is to just keep even the best trampoline free of debris and generally clean. If you ever see branches, leaves and other debris, sweep them off the mat with a broom. Be wary of anything that looks particularly sharp, in which case you can pick it up by hand and discard it.
Important Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Trampoline
The main factors you’ll want to consider at the start of this process are:
- Your kids’ ages
- ASTM approval
- Safety and weight limit
- Shape, size and location
Budget-wise, come up with a number that make sense for you. You can spend thousands, but you can also spend $200 to $300. There are cheap but good trampolines on the market. Think about where your kids are too. If they’re real young, it may be better to purchase one of the best trampolines for kids at that age and then spend more a few years down the road when they will get five to 10 years out of it.
We’d recommend avoiding trampolines that aren’t ASTM-approved. All of the best trampolines of 2018 that are on our list are. ASTM stands for the American Society for Testing and Materials, and it means that the product was manufactured according to high quality and safety standards.
Know the weight limit you’ll need or want to accommodate. Be mindful that if you intend to use it during birthday parties and sleepovers, then you’ll need more capacity than you otherwise would. If you go over capacity, then even the safest trampolines can present some serious risks as well.
Also, be mindful that numerous studies have found that safety enclosures make the best backyard trampolines even safer, so you’ll want to choose a product with one or purchase one separately. All of the products that we’ve ranked include a safety net in the package.
Finally, there’s the matter of location, size and shape. Choose your location, and then, choose a size that accommodates that space. When it comes to shape, there are pros and cons:
- Round trampolines are generally the most common and affordable.
- Square trampolines provide more bounce with a total size similar to round.
- Rectangular trampolines provide the most bounce area and bounce height.
- Octagonal trampolines don’t offer many benefits over round and are generally more expensive.
Backyard Trampolines: Risks and Safety Precautions
Is a trampoline dangerous? The answer to this question is a matter of perspective. Trampolines do account for many injuries to children, but a lot of physical activities have some degree of danger. Rather than ask is a trampoline dangerous, ask yourself how you can make it safe.
Enjoy Your New Trampoline
Well, there you have it. A lot of hard work went into these trampoline reviews, and whether you’re seeking the best trampoline for gymnastics or the best trampoline for kids, we hope that we’ve answered all of your questions and identified the top products that make sense for you.
Be mindful that the answer to the question what is the best trampoline depends a lot on your preferences and the property you have available. The best trampoline for the money is generally the one that fits your budget and lets you maximize the space you have available for years to come.