Buying a rebounder, also known as a mini-trampoline, isn’t just about fun – it’s about health.
Hard bounce or a poor quality mat can jar an adult’s muscles and bones, causing slipping, discomfort, or injury.
It’s important to make the right choice, the first time.
So, which rebounders offer the best quality and bounce? We’ve done the research for you, and come up with the seven best ones.
Here’s what we cover:
- size and shape
- folding and carrying options
- weight limits
Ready? Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- Our Top Picks for the Best Rebounders & Mini-Trampolines of 2020
- What else should you know?
- The bottom line
Our Top Picks for the Best Rebounders & Mini-Trampolines of 2020
1. JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Model 250
JumpSport offers good quality, sturdy trampolines, at a price which is on the lower end of average. And unlike the other trampolines listed in this article, most of JumpSport’s Fitness Trampoline have arched legs for added stability.
The good: All of JumpSport’s models have either a 250 lbs or a 300 lbs weight limit. Also, two of their three series offer adjustable mat firmness, which in turn means adjustable bounce. Some of the models fold in half.
The not-so-good: JumpSport does not offer a carrying case. Also, while the quality is decent, it’s not top-of-the-line: A few customers said the trampoline gets a bit loose after bouncing sessions, and they needed to tighten it. Not all customers had this complaint, though, and the vast majority were happy they’d bought the trampoline.
The summary: JumpSport uses bungees instead of springs, and offers good bounce and relatively good quality. Their trampoline mats cover most of the bungees’ length, which means more jumping space and better safety – because the bungees are nearly covered, the chance of a digit getting caught drops.
The best: JumpSport’s Fitness Trampoline offers a terrific, smooth, nearly-noiseless bounce. It’s also sturdier than some of the others, thanks to its arched legs.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a rebounder offering good bounce, working quality, and covered springs at a reasonable price – JumpSport has the rebounder for you.
2. Cellerciser Rebounder With Balance BAR
Considered by many to be the top rebounder, the Cellerciser has lots of raving fans.
The good: Cellerciser’s fabric won’t stretch out when jumped on continuously, preventing back pains. Also, two of the Cellercisers have a balance bar which comes with the trampoline. Cellerciser rebounders can hold up to 300 lbs.
The not-so-good: Cellerciser offers no options for color, size, or shape.
The summary: These trampolines have springs, but their springs are specially made so you don’t turn your ankles in when jumping. And, as the company points out, springs don’t leave little pieces around the house – but rope bungees may well. The company also offers good customer service: When I needed to speak to someone, I got a quick answer via chat, from a live, friendly, responsive person.
The best: The Cellerciser folds – either in half or in thirds – and fits into a neat carrying case with wheels and a pull-out handle. Cellerciser customers say the trampoline has a great bounce and is light on the joints – and one customer said he prefers Cellerciser to bellicon.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for a high-quality, comfortable trampoline at a great price, this is the one for you.
3. Needak R01 Rebounder Soft Bounce
The good: Both Needak’s hard bounce and soft bounce rebounders come in both blue and black, and offer folding and non-folding options. The folding option allows the trampoline to fold in half and be placed in a carrying case.
The not-so-good: One customer returned the trampoline because the bounce wasn’t soft enough. However, that customer did not state if they had bought the hard bounce or soft bounce trampoline. And, another customer combined the soft bounce and hard bounce springs to get the exact bounce they wanted.
The summary: Needak’s rebounders offer a unique technology designed to take pressure off the ankles and reduce the impact of each bounce. More importantly, the majority of customers said the Needak rebounder offered good quality and a smooth bounce.
The best: Needak’s “soft bounce” rebounders have a weight limit of 300 lbs, and their “hard bounce” rebounders have a weight limit of 600 lbs.
It’s worth noting that Needak’s weight limit of up to 600 lbs – even if only for the hard bounce – is unique in the rebounder area. Most other trampolines have a weight limit of 300-350 lbs; one or two offer 400 lbs.
Is it for you? If you want to customize the hardness or softness of the bounce, Needak is a good, high quality choice. And if you need a higher-than-standard weight limit, Needak gives you that option.
4. bellicon Classic Mini Trampoline
If anyone is competing with Cellerciser for top place, it’s bellicon, ranking in second place only because it is less popular on Amazon.
The good: The bellicon rebounders are completely silent and the bounce is gentle on joints. One review said bellicon’s rebounders are “especially helpful” for people with back pain. Also, bellicon rebounders can take up to 440 lbs.
The not-so-good: High quality sometimes comes with a high price: These trampolines range in price from $399-$1000. Some users found its bounce to be too hard, but others solved that issue by mixing bungee strengths.
The summary: Each top-quality bellicon trampoline comes with a starter kit and includes socks and DVDs. bellicon offers a variety of bungee strengths, with each clip color represents a different strength. Also, the variety of strengths offers you the ability to customize your bounce.
To find the strength that’s right for you, take a look at our chart:
The best: The bungees themselves come in six different colors, all available in every strength. These different “strengths” are designed to support different weight loads different exercise intensities. Also, the legs on bellicon’s trampolines fold up to allow it to fit into a carrying case.
Is it for you? If you have the budget, want to choose your bungee strength, and are looking for a high quality trampoline, bellicon is probably the one for you.
5. Pure Fun Mini Rebounder
Pure Fun offers two rebounders, sold as “mini trampolines,” intended for use by people age 13 and up.
The good: Pure Fun’s rebounders are are significantly cheaper (two digits instead of three) than the other trampolines mentioned in this article, and both hold up to 250 lbs.
The not-so-good: Customers were split on the quality of this trampoline, with some saying it was great quality and others saying springs broke too easily. Also, some customers said the Pure Fun gives a hard bounce.
The summary: This trampoline is on the list for one reason: It offers decent quality for one of the lowest prices out there. Bear in mind, though, that the Pure Fun’s simplicity and 90-day warranty suggest it may not be the best buy if you’re looking for a long-term investment.
One customer said the Pure Fun rebounder does not bounce much if a child is under 60 lbs (which is good, considering their age limit).
The best: Besides for their can’t-be-beat price, Pure Fun’s rebounder is relatively quiet, and considered to be “extremely sturdy.” Also, even if you need to replace some parts, the replacements are dirt cheap.
Is it for you? If you have joint or back issues, Pure Fun is probably not the rebounder for you. But if you’re looking for a low-cost rebounder for yourself, and you’d like your child to avoid using it, Pure Fun may just be the perfect rebounder for you.
6. Rebounder, Ultimate ReboundAIR
The good: ReboundAIR’s Standard and Classic trampolines both come with a weight limit of 300 lbs; their Ultimate trampoline has a weight limit of 400 lbs. Also, ReboundAIR customers described the product as sturdy, good quality, and good for bad knees, with good bounce and light impact.
The not-so-good: Like Cellerciser, ReboundAIR offers no choice of color, size, or shape.
The summary: ReboundAIR uses springs instead of bungees – so that’s a safety minus – but both the Standard and Classic trampolines have covers which go over the springs, and maybe even cover an additional centimeter or two. Also remember that these aren’t trampolines meant for huge leaps and jumps – most of the users will jump only a few inches off the mat.
The best: Two of ReboundAIR’s trampolines fold – one in half, and the other in quarters. Plus, they provide a carrying case, and even an airport dolly. As an aside, I found Rebound AIR’s Facebook page and asked a few questions. The rep answered me within less than five minutes and was very friendly and helpful. Add ten points for customer service.
Is it for you? If you’re looking for an easily portable, sturdy rebounder that won’t hurt your knees, ReboundAIR is for you.
7. Boing Rebounder Bungee Trampoline
The cool thing about Boing is that it comes in several colors – not just the mats, but the bungees, too. Boing offers green, blue, orange, and pink mat stripes and bungees, in addition to their classic black.
The good: When you order a rebounder with colored bungees, you can choose size, weight limit, and bungee color. If you choose the black bungee trampoline, you’ll choose mat stripe color, weight limit, and size. Boing also uses bungees instead of springs, offering a safer jumping experience.
The not-so-good: While most Boing customers were happy with their purchase, some described Boing as a great bellicon replacement and others said the company was a bellicon “wannabe.” That said, there were no actual complaints about the rebounder.
The summary: Boing offers two size options and three weight options. Customers ordering on their site choose either a 40″ or 50″ diameter, as well as a weight limit of either up to 150 lbs, 150-250 lbs, or 250-350+ lbs. You can also buy a full set of replacement bungees for just under $70.
The best: Boing offers your choice of green, blue, orange, and pink mats and bungees, in addition to their classic black.
Is it for you? If you’re sick of seeing black and gray rebounders, and want to make your exercise session more fun, Boing will probably be your favorite pick.
Below is a table comparing the different rebounders’ specs:
|Rebounder name||Shapes and sizes||Warranty*||Material||Accessories||Number of springs|
|Bellicon||Round - 39", 44", 49"; hexagon - 54".||Frame - 5 years for stainless steel, 3 years for lacquered steel; 3 years for mats and pads; 3-6 months for rope rings.||Frames are either stainless steel or lacquered steel; mats are UV-resistant woven polypropylene; bungees are polyisoprene.||Support bars, carrier bags, frame cushions, DVDs, replacement parts, various fitness aids, tablet holder, non-slip socks, rubber caps.||30-48 bungees, number depends on rebounder size.|
|Boing||Round, 40" and 50"||Frame - lifetime; mat - 2 years; bungees - 1 year.||Mat is made of polypropylene mesh; frame is powder coating mild steel tubing.||Option to buy replacement bungees.||30 or 36 bungees, depending on the size.|
|Cellerciser||Round, 40" diameter.||30-day money back guarantee; 5 year warranty for all parts, but they say their products are designed to last a lifetime and they "take good care of their customers, period."||Permatron mat; steel frame.||Carrying case, booklet, DVD.||36 springs|
|JumpSport Fitness||Round, 39" and 44".||30-day money back guarantee; 10-year warranty on frame.||Frame is made of cold rolled steel; no other information available.||Adjuster, attachable bar, DVDs, game pack, bottle, toe socks, carrying case for ONE of their models.||30 or 36 bungees, depending on size.|
|Needak||Round, 40" diameter.||30-day money back guarantee; lifetime warranty for frame, hinges, platform pins, leg tubes; 5 year warranty for mats, mat cleats, springs; 2 year warranty for springs, leg tips, leg springs.||Mat is polypropylene/ nylon; frame is heavy-grade steel; spring cover is nylon.||Books, DVDs, replacement parts, carrying case, stabilizing bar, colored spring covers.||36 springs|
|Pure Fun||Round, 38" and 40".||30-day money back guarantee; 90-day warranty.||Galvanized steel springs; polypropylene mat.||Replacement parts, handlebar (not sold separately on website).||32 or 36 springs, depending on size.|
|ReboundAIR||Round, 40" diameter.||30 days money back guarantee; lifetime warranty but up to certain limits.||Metal frame with baked-on enamel paint; mats are made from Permatron.||Stabilizing bar, airport dolly, replacement parts, quarter-fold leg connector, carrying case, cover, gloves, DVDs, books.||36 springs|
*Please note: All warranties listed are for residential use. For commercial use, please see the company’s site.
What else should you know?
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Originally made to be “mini trampolines,” rebounders have become a popular way for sedentary adults to exercise efficiently. The health benefits of rebounding include boosting your immune function and lymphatic drainage; improving digestion; increasing bone mass; thyroid stimulation, improving the cardiac system’s function; and stimulating the endocrine and adrenal systems.
Rebounding, unlike trampolining, does not involve high jumps. Instead, it involves jumping no more than a few inches off the trampoline. Because of this, rebounders generally do not need nets and the adults using them are generally less at risk of injury than children and teens are when using trampolines.
Stay safe on your rebounder
That said, children should not use rebounders without constant supervision, and should not be allowed to bounce high on them. This is because limbs can get caught in the spaces between the bungees/ springs and the frame, and energetic jumping can cause dangerous slips. It’s important to follow the rebounding safety rules.
Stabilizing bars can be bought for several trampolines on this list, and the bar adds a different dimension to the rebounding, since its use requires arm muscles and not just leg muscles.
What about all those other sites comparing rebounders’ impact and bounciness?
It’s worth noting that different people experience different rebounders – differently. The way you jump and your weight, as well as any existing pains, will make your rebounder experience different than anyone else’s.
The best thing to do is to test various trampolines to see which one feels best for you. When you know how each rebounder feels, you can decide which rebounder to purchase.
And if you can’t test any out? Reread this article, click the links, and try to find the best rebounder for you online. ☺
Rebounders can be great fun, and are definitely helpful tools for adults who want to fit exercise into their schedules. The wide variety of rebounders means there’s something for everyone – but if you want my personal opinion, I’d go for a Cellerciser or a JumpSport.
Have you owned any of these trampolines? Is there anything you’d like to know but which wasn’t covered? Let us know in the comments.