Last updated: May 11th, 2017
Your list of uniquely safe, cool, and affordable trampolines (and why the net is important).
Trampolines cause about 100,000 injuries per year in the United States alone, and over one million people arrived in emergency rooms across the United States between 2002 and 2011. Worse, 93% of trampoline injuries occur in children under the age of 16, and one injury in every 200 leads to permanent neurological damage.
Many of these injuries could have been prevented if the children had jumped on a safer trampoline. So which are the best and safest trampolines for kids?
We’ve done the legwork for you. Here, you’ll find information on:
- size & shape
- and warranty
Let’s get started
The top nine trampolines, in descending order are:
Table of Contents
- #1. Springfree trampolines
- #2. Thunder trampolines
- #3. Magic Circle trampolines
- #4. Aquaglide Platinum Rebound Bouncer
- #5. Skybound trampolines
- #6. Skywalker trampolines
- #7. BouncePro Superdome Trampoline and Bouncer
- #8. JumpSport Fitness Trampoline
- #9. JumpSport AlleyOop trampolines
- How were the trampolines evaluated?
- What else do you need to know about trampolines?
- The bottom line
#1. Springfree trampolines
The good: No dangerous springs, no metal near the jumping area, good pole curvature, and a net that’s attached to the mat.
The not-so-good: Springfree isn’t cheap.
The summary: Springfree trampolines were invented to eliminate the problem areas which make trampolines dangerous.
Springfree uses a unique springless design, and the net attaches to the jumping mat to prevent children from falling off the edge. Springfree trampolines are incredibly hard to move, have lots of supportive poles, and have great bounce. (Yes, springless trampolines can still be incredibly bouncy.)
Springfree sells oval, round, and rectangular trampolines, with one or two sizes per shape.
Want to read more? Take a look at our thorough review of Springfree trampolines.
The best: It’s a great trampoline, and you can go to the bathroom knowing your kid is safe.
Is it for you? Springfree’s trampoline is best for safety-conscious parents who can afford to invest in a quality trampoline designed for safe jumping.
#2. Thunder trampolines
Springfree’s runner-up in both safety and quality is Vuly’s top-of-the-line Thunder trampoline.
The good: It’s safe, it’s quality, and it claims to have the best bounce.
The not-so-good: It only comes in the classic round shape, and only in three sizes. Like the Springfree, the Thunder trampolines can get expensive.
The summary: Thunder claims their safety net is the best, allowing jumpers to bounce into it as much as they like while still avoiding the metal poles. Similar to Springfree, Thunder’s safety net is attached to the actual jumping mat, preventing kids from slipping out.
Also like the Springfree, the Thunder trampoline is springless. However, the design is different: Thunder uses “leaf springs,” whereas Springfree uses mat rods to provide bounce and support the mat. Another difference: Thunder’s leaf springs extend out to the sides, and Springfree’s mat rods are completely underneath the jumping mat.
The best: The Thunder comes with a “safety skirt,” preventing objects and people from getting lost or injured underneath.
Is it for you? Thunder’s trampoline is designed for parents who want a more traditional look, but still want a safe trampoline.
#3. Magic Circle trampolines
The good: It has a 10-year warranty, including a 4-year warranty for the fabric components (which is longer than *anyone* else). It also has a super-high weight limit of 450 lbs.
The not-so-good: It’s expensive. Also, Magic Circle can be very difficult to assemble, so make sure you have safety goggles and heavy-duty work gloves available.
The summary: Magic Circle is domestically produced, so money from its purchase supports other Americans – not the Chinese. Made of heavy-duty steel, the Magic Circle is super-durable. There’s also an option to buy a safety cage sewn into the jumping mat with seven rows of stitching. (This is something you need. Buy the safety net.)
The best: The coolest thing about Magic Circle is that you can choose your own colors. Magic Circle comes in round, hexagon, octagon, and “rectagon” shapes, as well as a variety of sizes.
Is Magic Circle for you? This trampoline is best for parents who want a safe trampoline but aren’t looking for the standard shapes and colors. It’s also for those who want or need a super-high weight limit.
#4. Aquaglide Platinum Rebound Bouncer
This one is a water trampoline, so it technically doesn’t belong here. But it was so cool, I couldn’t resist including it in the list.
The good: No net necessary (but you do need to know how to swim), no springs, no dangerous metal parts, no rust.
The not-so-good: It’s expensive, can’t be used on land, and you’ll need a place to put it. Also, not all the customers are happy with their purchase.
The summary: The Aquaglide Bouncer is a floating trampoline which comes in one shape and three sizes: 12′, 16′, and 20′. It has a 3-year warranty and depending on the package you choose – has easy-access accessory and a slide. The seams are “welded” instead of sewn, creating a clean look and a strong product.
Is Aquaglide’s Rebound Bouncer for you? This trampoline is perfect if you’re looking for a way to enjoy water, if you want something unique, or if your pool takes up most of your yard.
#5. Skybound trampolines
Skybound is a high-quality trampoline considered to be incredibly sturdy and bouncy.
The good: It’s relatively safe.
The not-so-good: It may be hard to set up, and one customer complained the net came loose. Price is average, and the trampoline comes only in one shape (round), but a variety of sizes.
The summary: Some of Skybound’s safety features include springs which are rust-resistant, and a safety net attached to the jumping pad itself. Skybound also offers a good warranty and a decent. Skybound is considered to be decent quality, and give good bounce.
Skybound trampolines come in two shapes: a hexagon which has only one size (7 feet), and a round trampoline which comes in 3′, 8′, 12′, and 15′. The 3′ trampoline does not have a safety net.
Should you buy Skybound? Skybound trampolines are perfect for those who want a sturdy, rust-resistant trampoline at an affordable price.
#6. Skywalker trampolines
The good: Skywalker trampolines are sturdy, cheap, and offer lots of variety.
The not-so-good: They’re not the best safety-wise, and you may need to replace the net every few months.
The summary: Like the other trampolines listed, Skywalker’s net is sewn directly onto the jumping pad, and the springs are outside it. This means that unless the net is decayed, jumpers’ limbs can’t get caught in the springs (and that’s true for every trampoline I’ve listed so far). Skywalker trampolines offer good bounce, good quality, and are super-affordable.
The best part: Skywalker offers a wide variety of accessories, and you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of trampoline shapes and sizes.
Want to read more? Take a look at our thorough Skywalker Trampoline review.
Should you buy Skywalker? Skywalker trampolines are perfect for parents who are looking for a brand offering variety, safety, and affordability.
#7. BouncePro Superdome Trampoline and Bouncer
Created by BouncePro, the Superdome is a super-cool trampoline which allows kids (and adults) to enjoy jumping on a combination bouncy castle and trampoline.
The good: It’s cool, it’s fun, and it includes great accessories.
The not-so-good: It’s expensive, hard to assemble (and disassemble), and not everyone was happy with it.
The summary: The Superdome includes an air blower, and has a sturdy galvanized steel frame (similar to that of most trampolines). It has a decent safety net, and comes with a slide, which can be used for entry as well as exit. However, the Superdome only comes in a single shape and size (round, 16′).
The metal springs between the bouncy part and the trampoline itself are attached to the trampoline’s frame.
Also, it takes about four hours (six hours were reported, too) for two people to assemble or disassemble the trampoline.
The best: Even kids who don’t like trampolines will love the bouncer and the slide.
Is the Superdome for you? This trampoline is perfect if you’re looking for a unique trampoline, or if you were debating between buying a bouncy castle and buying a trampoline. And if you loved bouncy castles as a kid, this trampoline will be your dream come true.
#8. JumpSport Fitness Trampoline
This trampoline doesn’t have an enclosure net, but it’s small, lightweight, and springless.
The good: It’s great for small spaces, affordable, and doesn’t require complicated assembly.
The not-so-good: It’s small, has no safety net, and there are still spaces between the cords where little fingers and ankles can get stuck.
The summary: The JumpSport Fitness Trampoline uses cords instead of springs, and has arched legs to provide added stability. The Fitness Trampoline provides users with good bounce and relatively good quality.
Also, the trampoline’s mat covers most of the cords, providing added inches and safety. This trampoline offers a weight limit of 250 lbs. and a jumping surface of 32.5″. And JumpSport also offers an accompanying workout CD.
The best part: The Fitness Trampoline uses adjustable FlexBounce technology, allowing you to choose how bouncy you want it to be – and how high you want to allow the jumps to be.
Is this the trampoline for you? JumpSport’s Fitness trampoline is perfect for adults who want a quick workout at home or in the office. It’s also great for families who want to provide a low-key, indoor jumping space for their kids. Just make sure to supervise them, and put the trampoline on its least bouncy setting.
#9. JumpSport AlleyOop trampolines
The good: It’s quality, it’s durable, and it has good bounce.
The not-so-good: It’s expensive, and not all the models have added safety features.
The summary: AlleyOop is a typical trampoline: good quality, great bounce, and decent (if not great) variety. However, the springs are positioned inside the net instead of outside, placing jumpers at a great risk of injury. AlleyOop is considered a sports trampoline, and selected models offer reinforced jumping pads or enclosures.
AlleyOop trampolines come in rectangular and round shapes. Both rectangles are 10’x17′, but one is a PowerBounce and one is a Variable Bounce. The round trampolines come in 10′, 12′, and 14′ sizes, and come in PowerBounce, New DoubleBounce, Variable Bounce, and New Power DoubleBounce.
Safety-wise, the DoubleBounce and Power DoubleBounce are probably the best, since they have a shock absorption system, as well as reinforced mats and springs.
The best part: AlleyOop has tons of great accessories compatible with their trampolines.
Is AlleyOop right for you? If you can afford an AlleyOop, want super bounce and great accessories, and aren’t picky about where the springs are in relation to the mat – then yes, AlleyOop is your trampoline.
How were the trampolines evaluated?
Each trampoline was evaluated based on five criteria. These were, in descending order: safety, quality, price, bounce, and variety of size and shape. As you’ve probably noticed, the biggest factor here was safety – and for good reason, too: Nearly 100,000 American kids are injured each year in trampoline-related accidents. And that’s just America – what about everywhere else in the world?
Most trampoline injuries are the result of falling off the trampoline, hitting a pole, or getting a limb or digit caught in the springs, or between the springs and the protective mat.
Most of the trampolines listed have the safety net sewn into the mat. Two of the trampolines don’t have nets at all (the JumpSport Fitness and the Aquaglide) and the other two (Superdome and AlleyOop) have the springs inside the net instead of outside.
What else do you need to know about trampolines?
|Shapes and sizes||Warranty||Material||Accessories|
|Springfree||Square 13' and 11'; oval 8'x11' and 8'x13'; round 10'||Frame and rods: Basic warranty - 4 years; registered warranty - 8 years|
Mat and net: Basic warranty - 1 year; registered warranty - 2 years
|Frame is made from galvanized steel, trampoline is UV-protected. No other info available.||Yes, both practical and fun.|
|Thunder||Round. 8.5', 10.5', 12.5'. Thunder (not Thunder Pro) also has a small size, no measurement available.||Net, net poles, skirt, and leaf springs - 1 year; jump mat - 5 years; frame tubes and joiners - 10 years. 3-year extended warranty available for net, net poles, leaf springs.||Thunder: Polyethylene netting net; Thunder Pro: Terylene netting net.||Yes, both practical and fun.|
|Magic Circle||With Magic Cage: Round - 12', 13.5'; octagon - 16'||Frame - 10 years; 5-year pro-rated warranty on mat, net, and springs.||Steel poles, foam poles with protective coating, galvanized steel frame, fabric has UV-resistant material.||Yes, both practical and fun. (See "all products" on their site.)|
|Skybound||Round - 3', 8', 12', 14', and 15'; hexagon - 7'.||Springs - 6 month warranty.|
Mat - 2 years for stitching and v-rings, 3 years for manufacturer defects. Basic pad - 90 days; standard pad - 6 moths; net - 6 months. Frame - 2 or 10 year warranty, depending on model. Premium parts have a longer warranty.
|Vinyl-coated sleeves, powder-coated steel frame, gold or galvanized steel springs, PVC trampoline pad. Pad and poles coated with PVC and pole foam. Springs - galvanized steel.||Practical accessories only.|
|Skywalker||Square - 13', 14', 15'; rectangle - 8'x14', 9'x15', 10'x17'; oval - 16', 17'; round - 8', 10', 12', 14', 15'; mini - 36", 40", 48", 55", 60".||Net, pad, jumping mat - 90 days. Plastic hardware - 90 days; frame, springs, and other steel parts - 1 year. Does not cover damage due to weather, misuse, or improper assembly, maintenance, or storage.||Frame is made of galvanized rust-resistant steel, UV protected material.||Yes, both practical and fun.|
|BouncePro Superdome Trampoline and Bouncer||16' circle (8' trampoline surrounded by inflatable ring).||No information available.||Inflatable bouncer - UV-resistant nylon; frame and springs - rust-resistant galvanized steel.||Air blower, access slide.|
|AlleyOop||Round - 10', 12', 14'; rectangular - 10'x17'.||Frame and poles - lifetime; hooks, and arms - 5 years; springs - 2 or 5 years, depending on model; all other components - 1 year.|
Jumping mat and net - 5 years; frame pad - 1 year.
|No information available.||Yes, both fun and practical.|
|JumpSport Fitness Trampoline||Round - 39", 44".||Frame - lifetime warranty; hinges and other components - one year.|
Jumping mat - 5 years; plastic cords - between 2 and 4 years, but limited to one replacement per set.
|No information available.||Yes, both fun and practical. Exercise DVD available.|
|Aquaglide Platinum Rebound Bouncer||12'x12' octagon.||All parts have a three-year warranty covering manufacturer's defects.||Duratex with PVC.||SwimStep access platform.|
It’s important to note that enclosure nets tend to decay over time, so ask the company how often you should expect to replace the net. (Magic Circle or Springfree would probably provide the best nets.)
You may want to buy (or look into buying) a second net at the same time as you’re buying your trampoline.
There are two main reasons It’s important to have the enclosure net attached to the jumping mat. The first reason is that sometimes the foam pad moves when a jumper falls, and limbs can (and have) get caught in the trampoline’s springs.
The second reason is that if the enclosure isn’t properly attached, jumpers can fall sideways and fly off the trampoline completely. This happens when a jumper crashes into the safety net and ends up in the space between the net and the jumping pad – and from there, ends up on the floor (or grass, or concrete).
Like we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to replace the trampoline’s net every few months due to decay. This decay isn’t always apparent, but it’s usually there. How does it happen? The same way your pants (or your children’s pants) sometimes get torn at the knee. Fabric isn’t perfect, and when you put too much pressure on it, and it’s exposed to the elements too often for too long, it gets weak. One jump with too much velocity – and it can break. It’s happened, and it will happen in the future.
What’s important is to know how long your trampoline net will last, how long the warranty is for – and to replace the net *before* it decays enough to become unsafe.
What about assembly?
All trampolines come with assembly instructions. Be sure to read them first, and only then attempt to assemble the trampoline. Some of the trampolines are difficult to assemble and require more than one person.
Often, one mistake will mean you have to take the nearly-completed trampoline apart and start again from the beginning. It’s not worth it. Read the instructions first.
Also, you can Google your model and see if anyone has put up a video on how to assemble it.
What do I do if it rains or snows? And will too much sun ruin my trampoline?
Some trampolines come with rain covers, so if yours comes with one – buy it. Also, if you’ve bought from a company which does not sell rain covers, it may be worth looking at other companies’ sites to see if they sell a rain cover which will fit your trampoline.
Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to bring your trampoline indoors (or take it apart) when it snows. Some trampolines can handle snow, obviously, but the constant moisture may cause joints to rust – and jumping in so many layers isn’t that safe, anyways.
And while trampolines are made to withstand the elements for some time, it’s probably a good idea to do a check every now and then to make sure nothing needs replacing. If possible, try to keep your trampoline out of direct sunlight (under a tree, for example).
Also check the material: Some trampolines are made of more weather-resistant materials than others. You’ll want to research which fabrics will do best in your local climate.
How do I care for my trampoline?
Please check your trampoline’s user manual or the manufacturing company’s website for care instructions
Trampolines can provide hundreds of hours of good, healthy fun and exercise, for both children and adults. And each parent should have the right to choose the trampoline that’s best for their family.
Have fun, and remember: Only one person jumps at a time. No matter what the weight limit is.
Otherwise, you run the risk of jumpers bumping into or landing on each other – or worse, one jumper accidentally pushing the other into a pole or spring.
Have a question or comment? Is there a trampoline that should’ve made the list, but didn’t? Have you owned any of these trampolines? Let us know!