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Shopping guide for best trampolines
Jumping on a trampoline is great fun, and it's an excellent form of exercise. If you're looking for a joyous way to burn some calories while working a wide range of muscles, a trampoline is a fantastic option. Here are some factors to consider if you're looking to bring a new trampoline home.
Trampoline size and shape
The majority of trampolines are round with a diameter between eight and 16 feet. Make sure you choose a trampoline that's big enough for the number of people who will use it at any one time. For multiple jumpers, we recommend a trampoline with a diameter of at least 14 feet. That said, you'll also want to consider the size of your yard before you buy so it isn't dwarfed by your new addition.
Although round trampolines are by far the most common, you can also find square, rectangular, and even octagonal choices. Due to the distribution of the springs, round trampolines have a weaker bounce than square and rectangular models. This can be a good thing where kids are concerned, but competitive trampolinists may wish to consider a four-sided trampoline.
All trampolines have a weight limit. Find this out before you buy a particular product, bearing in mind that the weight limit reflects the weight of the total number of bouncers. Therefore, you will need a higher weight limit for multiple bouncers.
Some trampoline manufacturers specify a per-person weight limit, too. This tends to hover around the 200- or 250-pound mark.
Frame. The frame of your chosen trampoline should be sturdy and well-made. To avoid rusting or warping in the elements, it should also be weatherproof.
Jumping mat. This is the part of the trampoline you bounce on. It should be strong, durable, and made from UV-resistant material, so it won't degrade with sun exposure.
Safety enclosure. Many, but not all, trampolines feature a safety enclosure. This prevents bouncers from taking a spill off the edge of the trampoline and injuring themselves.
Ladder. A ladder can make it easier for users to mount the trampoline - especially small children.
Trampoline prices. Basic trampolines for recreational use start around $200 or $250, depending on size and overall quality. High-end models for competitive trampolinists can cost as much as $4,000 or $5,000. If you just want to jump for fun, you shouldn't have to pay more than $500 to $1,000 - even for a large, high-quality model.
Q. Do I need a safety pad for my trampoline?
A. A safety pad sits over the springs of the trampoline, providing protection should you misjudge your bounce and land on the spring area. Granted, many safety enclosures already sit inside the spring area for your protection - but a safety pad gives you even more protection.
Q. Should I position my trampoline on grass or hard ground?
A. Placing a trampoline on hard ground puts more stress on the frame and can cause it to break down over time. What's more, should you take a tumble from your trampoline, you're more likely to injure yourself if you land on hard ground. As such, it's better to place a trampoline on grass or other soft ground.
Q. Will I need to assemble my trampoline myself?
A. Yes, all trampolines require some degree of assembly. While it should be simple enough to do yourself, it can be time consuming. Some manufacturers offer an assembly service for a small fee.
Best of the best: Zupapa 15-Foot Trampoline
Our take: This roomy trampoline is large enough for multiple bouncers and is designed with safety in mind.
What we like: There is no gap between the jumping mat and the springs, enhancing jumper safety. The trampoline comes with a ladder, a rain cover, and a safety mat.
What we dislike: Some buyers find it tricky to assemble.
Best value: Skywalker Trampolines 15-Foot Trampoline
Our take: Want a large trampoline on a budget? This 15-foot model offers exceptional value for the money.
What we like: This trampoline is sturdy and built with UV-resistant materials for longevity. The no-gap enclosure makes it safe for bouncers.
What we dislike: Some users report missing pieces upon arrival.
Our take: Measuring 17 x 10 feet, this huge trampoline is geared toward serious gymnasts and trampolinists.
What we like: This trampoline comes with a 10-year warranty and is extremely durable with a large "sweet spot" landing zone. StagedBounce technology creates a smooth, safe bouncing experience.
What we dislike: The price is quite high.
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