Unless you’ve got your heart set on a premium product with a lot of bells and whistles, you don’t need to spend a fortune on your next backyard trampoline.
In fact, if you’re looking for a reasonably priced trampoline with basic safety features, easy-to-follow assembly instructions, and decent bounce, Bounce Pro might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Or read on to find out everything you need to know about Bounce Pro trampolines:
Table of Contents
- What do people say about Bounce Pro trampolines?
- Bounce Pro Trampolines – Features
- What features help make Bounce Pro trampolines safe?
- Are Bounce Pro trampolines hard to assemble? What’s the average assembly time?
- Are Bounce Pro trampolines durable?
- How is the bounce quality?
- Are there quality control issues?
- Does Bounce Pro have good customer service?
- Bounce Pro Trampoline – Sizes
- Popular Trampoline Models from Bounce Pro
- What is the warranty on Bounce Pro trampolines?
- Bounce Pro vs. Skywalker
- What’s the bottom line?
What do people say about Bounce Pro trampolines?
To size up the Bounce Pro, we took a hard look at several hundred customer reviews. We considered owner’s positive and not-so-positive experiences.
On the plus side, many owners praise Bounce Pro for its:
Sturdiness: We saw a lot of reports that the Bounce Pro frame has a solid, secure feel once assembled.
Safety: Owners like how the metal springs are located outside the enclosure net, which greatly reduces the risk of pinched toes and feet. The netting is taut, so kids won’t fly off the jump space.
Assembly: Bounce Pro instructions are written in clear and accurate English. Assembly is time-consuming, but easy-to-follow instructions take a lot of the hassle and uncertainty out of installation.
Cost: Perhaps most importantly, Bounce Pro is cheaper than some other quality brands. In the words of one reviewer, “I was skeptical of the quality of this for the price, but WOW!”
During our research, we noted a few potential downsides to the Bounce Pro:
Quality control: Many owners are pleased with their experiences with Bounce Pro, but there have apparently been some quality control issues.
A number of reviewers claim they were missing parts when their orders arrived. This isn’t an across-the-board problem, and many customers report receiving everything they needed for complete assembly.
In many instances, customers who contacted the company to report missing poles, springs, bolts, or other parts received prompt assistance.
The company quickly shipped out the missing parts, although not via overnight delivery, as some customers would have hoped.
Be aware, larger trampolines will arrive in two boxes that may ship separately. I suggest you delay set-up until both boxes arrive. Do a complete inventory, laying out all the parts and tools, before you begin assembly.
Some customers report that holes were misaligned, so certain parts didn’t fit together smoothly during assembly. In most of these cases, customers were able to improvise, drilling new holes to enable proper installation.
Durability: Many Bounce Pro customers are thrilled with their trampolines and feel confident that they will last. We did, however, hear from some people that the bounce mat can sag or that the supportive poles can bend and/or break over time. In the event that this happens, replacement parts are available.
Bounce quality: There are a lot of Bounce Pro owners out there who report an “awesome” jump experience. However, some claim that straight from the box, the Bounce Pro has less bounce than more expensive brands.
Access: If you want easy entry and exit, you’ll feel the lack of a ladder. Keep in mind, though, you can use a standard step ladder or buy a reasonably priced trampoline ladder as an add-on.
If you’ve already done your research and are attracted to Bounce Pro’s key selling points, then…
If you’re undecided and want to take a closer look at Bounce Pro, keep reading. We’ll help you determine if Bounce Pro is the best option for your family.
Bounce Pro Trampolines – Features
Bounce Pro trampolines are associated with Sportspower Ltd, a manufacturer and distributor of trampolines and other outdoor play equipment.
Bounce Pro trampolines feature the following:
- Heavy-duty rust-resistant galvanized steel frame
- U-shaped legs
- Double welded plate leg welds at the joints
- UV-resistant netting with zipper enclosure
- Steelflex enclosure ring to boost net strength and eliminate net sag
- UV-resistant TenCate Permatron jump mat with premium stitching
- Padded spring cover
What features help make Bounce Pro trampolines safe?
Safety is obviously a major concern for parents when it comes to trampolines. Sure, you want to know that your trampoline isn’t a nightmare to assemble, that it will withstand constant, repetitive bouncing, and that it won’t blow away when the weather turns rough. But all of that is irrelevant if your kids aren’t safe.
So, what does Bounce Pro have to say for itself in terms of safety features?
Happily, we saw a lot of positive feedback about Bounce Pro’s key safety feature: the enclosure net. We give Bounce Pro a big thumb’s up for designing their enclosure nets in such a way that the metal springs are outside of the jump area.
If you attach the safety enclosure net carefully and correctly, your kids’ feet shouldn’t come into contact with the springs when they jump. That means, no pinched toes and no plunging through.
We also like how the net, when closed, fits snug. Bounce Pro’s Steelflex enclosure ring is designed to keep the net nice and taut, which significantly reduces the risk of kids falling through.
Of course, all Bounce Pro trampolines also come with a padded spring cover to further protect feet and hands. According to some users, the safety padding is somewhat thin, but most customers seem satisfied with the quality and extent of the spring coverage.
Are Bounce Pro trampolines hard to assemble? What’s the average assembly time?
Kudos to Bounce Pro for including user-friendly instructions that are written in proper English. Even though assembly is somewhat time-consuming, the job would be a lot trickier if the instructions weren’t as clear as they are.
Some customers report going solo, but most people agree that working in two’s or three’s saves time and hassle, especially with respect to installing the enclosure net. The safety net comes with special ties that must be threaded through and secured around the entire trampoline.
It’s technically easy work but pretty tedious and time consuming. For a team of two people, the entire set up should take two to three hours. If you’re working solo, expect three to four hours from beginning to end. Of course, there are always the exceptional folks who require less (or more) time to get the job done.
Be sure to follow instructions exactly. People who got ahead of themselves regretted doing so, because they found themselves undoing and then redoing. Working carefully step by step will likely save you loads of time and aggravation in the long run.
Keep in mind, securing the net properly eliminates dangerous gaps between the net and the trampoline. The process of tying the net to the trampoline is painstakingly slow, but a thoroughly secured net will protect your kids from injury.
Some people have noticed that the string ties can loosen over time, leaving dangerous gaps. Want a neat hack? Swap out the strings and use nylon zip ties instead.
Are Bounce Pro trampolines durable?
With respect to durability, the feedback is mixed. Many families claim their trampolines still feel sturdy after much use. Plenty of users are still happy with their purchase after many months or a year of regular jumping.
Some users do report long-term problems, including bent or broken poles, stretched or snapped springs, displaced V-rings, an overly stretched and saggy bounce mat, and/or disintegration of safety padding.
How is the bounce quality?
We saw some complaints about Bounce Pro’s mat being insufficiently taut. It’s unclear if this is due to the springs or the mat itself, but some parents think there’s too much give. Others report their trampolines are plenty bouncy and claim their kids love the Bounce Pro jump experience.
Are there quality control issues?
As we mentioned, it seems that the company’s quality control record has been less than stellar in the past. Some Bounce Pro customers found their trampoline kits were carefully packed with everything necessary for assembly.
Others discovered crucial pieces of hardware were missing and had to contact the company or improvise. Some installed their trampolines without a hitch. Others encountered significant problems, including pre-drilled holes that didn’t line up properly.
Does Bounce Pro have good customer service?
We also saw mixed reviews about customer service. Although some customers expressed disappointment with the company’s responsiveness, others have found the service reps to be helpful, kind, and prompt.
Bounce Pro Trampoline – Sizes
Bounce Pro for Little Kids
Bounce Pro has a number of trampolines for younger kids, including the 36-inch, 55-inch, 7-foot, 8-foot, and 10-foot models. All of these models have safety enclosures, except the 36-inch, which features a padded handlebar to help little jumpers keep their balance.
Bounce Pro’s popular 7-foot “My First Trampoline” gets a lot of great feedback from owners. Ideal for kids ages 3 to 10, this starter trampoline is roomy, bouncy, and well-padded for safety. You can see our review of a very similar model sold under the Sportspower brand name.
A Sportspower customer service representative assured us that Sportspower manufacturers both of these 7-foot models. What differentiates the two, according to the rep, are certain design features. Most notably, the Bounce Pro version has U-shaped legs and the Sportspower version has individual “feet.”
If you’re considering Bounce Pro’s 7-foot model for younger kids, we suggest you read our comprehensive review of the Sportspower 7-foot “My First Trampoline,” because the two models hail from the same manufacturer and are very similar.
Bounce Pro for Bigger Kids, Teens and Adults
Bounce Pro has a variety of sizes for older kids, teens and adults. All of them meet ASTM safety standards and feature the same quality materials. To determine which size is best, you’ll need to consider your budget, your available outdoor space, and the ages, sizes, and weights of those who will be jumping.
Bounce Pro 12-Feet: The 12-foot option offers a good amount of jump space but spares you the additional cost of even larger models. It’s great for pre-teens and teens who relish a larger bounce area than a beginner trampoline provides.
The 12-foot Bounce Pro is roomy, but it won’t overwhelm your garden or yard. If you have an outdoor space limitation or don’t want your trampoline to eat up all your available space, this model might be ideal.
Bounce Pro 14-Feet: This is where you have to make some tough choices. The 14-foot Bounce Pro is a larger investment, and it will take up a significant amount of room in your yard. On the other hand, the larger bounce area is a huge plus.
Your kids will appreciate the extra bounce space, especially as they mature and grow in size and weight. If you have no space constraints and can afford the extra money, consider the 14-footer.
Bounce Pro 15-Feet: This is Bounce Pro’s mega model. The 15-foot trampoline offers a maximum jump area, so larger kids, teens and adults can bounce freely without touching or ending up in the net. Whether you stick with the basic trampoline or opt for special accessories (see below), the 15-footer offers the ultimate recreational experience.
Of course, you’ll need a bigger budget and more yard space to make it work. Keep in mind, some people who purchased the largest model were shocked by how huge it feels once it’s assembled.
Popular Trampoline Models from Bounce Pro
If you or your kids are into “extras” and don’t mind paying a little more, you might be drawn to one of Bounce Pro’s optional accessories. Bounce Pro with Flash Light Zone comes with a light hookup that attaches underneath the trampoline.
The light device is motion-activated; when your kids land in the flash light “zone,” they’ll automatically trigger a light show.
From what we’ve read, you shouldn’t expect the flash light to work well. While some users think its pretty cool for night jumping, others complain that the flash effect is weak at best. If you’re expecting a fantastic light show, you might be disappointed.
Bounce Pro with Slama Jama Basketball Hoop
Bounce Pro with Slama Jama includes a basketball hoop and net. A lot of parents offer great feedback about the hoop and think it adds a lot to their kids’ jump experience. A handful of customers complain the basketball system is unimpressive, calling it “weak” or “floppy.”
If your kids like to shoot baskets, you might want to consider Bounce Pro’s hoop variation, but some parents who took the Slama Jama route think it’s not worth the extra money.
The Electron Shooter Game is another accessory offered by Bounce Pro. The game comes with two spider-shaped infrared targets that attach to the enclosure frame. While jumping, kids use a handheld remote to shoot at the targets, earning as many points as possible over a 90-second time period.
If you think your kids might like the extra challenge and the arcade-like sound effects of the Electron Shooter game, consider investing. Keep in mind, though, you have to provide the batteries.
What is the warranty on Bounce Pro trampolines?
At the time of this writing, Sportspower offers a 7-year warranty on Bounce Pro’s steel frames. The bounce mat is under warranty for three years. Other parts, including the spring pad, safety net enclosure, and foam padding, are covered for one year from the date of purchase.
Bounce Pro vs. Skywalker
How does Bounce Pro compare to Skywalker, one of the most popular trampolines on the market?
If you you’re in the market for a round trampoline, the 15-foot Bounce Pro and the 15-foot Skywalker are certainly comparable.
The two models share some key features, including a galvanized rust-resistant steel frame, reinforced T-sockets to increase stability, U- or W-shaped legs, and a safety enclosure net that prevents kids from falling off the trampoline and protects their feet from exposure to the springs. Neither model comes with a ladder.
Although there are many, many pleased Skywalker customers, there are also reports of poor quality control, including missing or damaged parts. Some people report receiving no assembly instructions; others claim the Skywalker instructions lack clear, detailed pictures and are difficult to follow.
As far as warranties, Skywalker claims to offer a 3-year limited warranty on their trampoline frames and a 1-year limited warranty on other materials. That’s seemingly less generous than what Bounce Pro offers (see above).
Skywalker’s enclosure nets are pre-attached to the jumping mat, which might save you some serious time in terms of assembly. To remind you, Bounce Pro nets have to be manually attached with laces, which is both tedious and time consuming.
Also, as far as eliminating gaps between the net and the mat, Skywalker’s pre-attached design might do a better job than Bounce Pro’s.
In terms of shape, Skywalker offers a lot more variety. The company makes square, rectangular, and oval trampoline frames in numerous sizes. Bounce Pro favors round frames.
Both the Bounce Pro and Skywalker are mid-range trampolines; they offer decent quality for a relatively low price. Both have earned a good number of positive reviews in terms of sturdiness and safety, and both boast similar weight limits.
If you opt for the Bounce Pro, you’ll likely save some money, because Skywalker tends to be the more expensive of the two models.
The Bounce Pro is a nice trampoline for the money. Assembly can be time consuming and a bit of a pain, but the instructions are clear and helpful. There are higher quality trampolines with better bounce out there, but if you don’t want to spend a fortune, Bounce Pro is a solid option.
If you want to save time on net assembly, we suggest you opt for a trampoline with a net that is pre-attached. Skywalker is a good option, but you’ll likely pay more than you would for the Bounce Pro.
If you do purchase a Bounce Pro, we suggest the following:
1. Lay out all your parts before you begin assembling your trampoline. Because we read numerous complaints about missing pieces, we strongly urge you to do an inventory before you get started.
2. Read through the instructions before beginning assembly, and then carefully follow instructions for set-up. Customers who worked systematically reported better results than those who rushed through the job.
3. Consider using nylon zip ties instead of the enclosed strings to attach the enclosure net. Some customers claim the strings were insufficient for holding the net securely.
4. Consider using a combination of stakes and strong string to tether the trampoline to the ground. The extra precaution might protect your trampoline from heavy winds.