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Are you considering buying a trampoline?
When your kids see the new addition in the garden, they will certainly jump for joy!
Trampolines are not only fun but also have many other benefits, for both children and adults.
In this article, we'll find out what the best trampolines are and why, so you can make the best choice for your family.
For almost every family I recommend the rectangular Salta Combo at. Due to its shape, it can easily be placed in the corner of the garden, so you don't lose any unnecessary space. The brand is known for its high quality and it is especially nice that it is not too expensive.
There is of course quite a bit to consider when buying a trampoline and that is why we have prepared an extensive buying guide for you. You will also find a detailed review per type of trampoline later in this article.
What we discuss in this comprehensive post:
- 1 What do you pay attention to when purchasing a trampoline?
- 2 Top 13 best trampolines rated
- 2.1 Best Rectangular Trampoline: Salta Combo
- 2.2 Best inground trampoline: Salta Comfort ground
- 2.3 Best mini trampoline: Jump up Fitness
- 2.4 Best round trampoline with net: BERG Favorit
- 2.5 Best Small Trampoline for Toddlers: Plum Junior
- 2.6 Best trampoline large: BERG grand champion
- 2.7 Best oval trampoline: BERG Grand Champion InGround
- 2.8 Best trampoline for a small garden: EXIT Elegant
- 2.9 Best flat-ground trampoline: BERG Ultim Elite
- 2.10 Best trampoline without springs: Jump-o-lene inflatable bouncer
- 2.11 Best trampoline foldable: Kid Active Foldable children's trampoline
- 3 Best trampoline brands
- 4 Tips to make a trampoline last a long time
- 5 Frequently asked trampoline questions
- 5.1 What are the most common trampoline sizes?
- 5.2 What are the safest trampolines?
- 5.3 Which size trampoline is best?
- 5.4 How do I choose a trampoline?
- 5.5 What should I pay attention to when buying a trampoline?
- 5.6 Why should every child have a trampoline?
- 5.7 How long should a trampoline last?
- 5.8 Is it okay to leave the trampoline outside in winter?
- 5.9 Do nets make trampolines safer?
- 6 Nice trampoline tricks to end the game
What do you pay attention to when purchasing a trampoline?
|Best rectangular trampoline: Salta Combo|
|Best in-ground trampoline: Salta Comfort ground|| |
|Best mini trampoline: Jump up Fitness|| |
|Best Round Trampoline With Net: |
|Best Small Trampoline For Toddlers: Plum Junior|
|Best trampoline large: |
BERG grand champion
|Best trampoline oval: |
BERG Grand Champion InGround
|Best trampoline for a small garden: EXIT Elegant|| |
|Best Flatground Trampoline: |
BERG Ultim Elite
|Best trampoline without springs: |
Jump-o-lene inflatable bouncer
|Best Trampoline Foldable: |
Kid Active Foldable children's trampoline
Trampoline jumping is wonderful, when you are in the air you are weightless for a while and you feel free.
Logically you want the device to look good in the garden, but there are a number of other important aspects that you want to pay attention to beforehand. Below is a quick checklist:
- Age category
- Shape of the trampoline
- Size of the trampoline
– Size of your garden
– Carrying weight and jumping mat
A trampoline offers a lot of fun, often for the whole family. Jumping is good for the motor development of young children and is an easy way to keep moving for older children (and yes, parents too).
The first question most people ask is “from when can my child jump on a trampoline?”
To be honest, it is a little bit about the development of your child, but the average age is from about 4 years.
It is therefore a good idea to check the age category of the trampoline you have in mind beforehand.
For example, is it still too high? Then consider choosing a smaller trampoline.
Shape of the trampoline
Trampolines come in 3 shapes: rectangular, round and oval. Each shape has its own advantages. The shape you choose depends on the shape of your garden and what you already have in the garden.
A rectangular trampoline
Do you have an elongated garden? Then a rectangular (or oval) trampoline is a better choice. Jumps on a rectangular trampoline are also more controllable.
It turns out that you don't jump into each other or get on the edge that quickly.
In this regard, a rectangular trampoline is safer than a round trampoline. Have you noticed that professional trampolines are also always rectangular?
However, rectangular trampolines are in most cases slightly more expensive than other shapes.
This has to do with the extra material (steel) that is incorporated in the frame.
When jumping on a rectangular trampoline, the most pressure is on the middle part of the frame.
To prevent buckling and possible tearing, extra steel has been placed on those parts.
Although this extra material provides more strength to the frame, it does mean that the trampoline will cost more.
A round trampoline
With round trampolines there is equal pressure all over the frame. As a result, the frame of a round trampoline does not need any additional material.
The tension on the springs is evenly distributed and ensures that you automatically jump to the center of the trampoline.
This makes your child less likely to jump off the trampoline.
If several children are jumping on the trampoline, the chance is greater that they will bump into each other.
An oval trampoline
An oval trampoline has the best of both worlds.
With a combination of features of a round and a rectangular trampoline, the oval version offers a more controllable jumping experience.
The child is still centered, but never quite centered. The chance of colliding is thus considerably reduced.
In general, an oval trampoline is more expensive than a round because it requires extra reinforcement.
Size of the trampoline
Now that you've decided which trampoline shape is best for your family, it's time to think about the size of the trampoline. The following two things are important for the selection process:
- Size of your garden
- Carrying weight and size of the jumping mat
The size of your future trampoline depends entirely on who will jump on it and your garden.
Trampoline size chart for the size of your garden
So the first step in choosing the right size trampoline is to look at the available space you have.
It is actually quite difficult to indicate which trampoline is best for your garden in terms of size, because everyone has a different idea of what is large or small.
So first see what the actual space is that you have and whether the trampoline you have in mind will fit in it at all.
For your convenience, a list has been made below with the size of your garden and which round or rectangular trampoline could possibly fit in it.
|Garden size||Diameter round||L x W rectangular|
|Small garden <30 m²||100-244 cm||150 x 200 cm|
|Medium-sized garden 30-60 m²||250-330 cm||215 x 305 cm|
|Large garden> 60 m²||> 366 cm||244 x 277 cm|
Little space in the house?
If you are worried that you will not have enough space at home for a trampoline, then compare them with one of these air tracks in our article about this newest kind of air mats.
What you also have to take into account is the fall zone if there is no net around the trampoline. That is a distance of 1.5 m around the trampoline, which you must keep free.
Maximum carrying weight of the trampoline
You have now determined the shape of your dream trampoline and looked at the available space in your garden.
It is time for the final consideration and that is determining who exactly will use the trampoline.
How much weight a trampoline can support is probably one of the most important things to consider when buying a trampoline.
The weight of a trampoline depends on the size of the jumping mat and vice versa.
Exceeding the maximum weight capacity can cause the jumping surface to tear and cause accidents.
Since 2014, there has been European legislation that has determined that the maximum loadable weight for smaller trampolines is always 50 kg. However, that is independent of what the smaller trampolines can carry or the quality of the trampoline. With small trampolines you could possibly look at the manufacturer's test weight. The legal limit was created to discourage unsafe use of smaller trampolines.
The carrying weight of larger trampolines is determined by the manufacturer, so it is important to check whether it has a quality mark!
Jumping mat size and loadable weight
The load-bearing weight and the size of the trampoline therefore go hand in hand.
Below you will find a table with average sizes, the maximum carrying weight of the trampoline and ages. It may be that it differs slightly per trampoline, but it at least gives you an idea.
|Size trampoline||Carrying weight||Age|
|100cm - 244cm||50kg||from 4-6 years|
|244cm - 305cm||150kg||7+ years|
How nice the playground is too, accidents can still happen.
This can happen because of a trampoline that does not meet the necessary safety requirements or perhaps because of incorrect installation or use.
Safety points to watch out for:
- Quality mark: a safe trampoline has a quality mark. If all goes well, this will be indicated on the packaging.
- Safety net: the net prevents children from getting outside the jumping surface and falling over the edge. Some nets even ensure that the springs fall outside the jumping surface, so it is extra safe.
- Trampoliner Rim: this is quite simple, the thicker and wider the safety pad, the safer it is. In addition, a thick brim also helps to protect the springs and therefore they last longer.
- Stainless material: the trampoline will be outside for a large part of the year, which can cause rust. Preferably choose a stainless frame, so that your trampoline will last for years.
- Sturdy frame: this is also no higher math, the thicker the steel and the larger the tube diameter, the sturdier the trampoline will be.
Anchoring the trampoline
The worst that can happen to you is your kids jumping on the trampoline and the whole thing tipping over, kids and all! Therefore always choose a trampoline with a stable base. Go for a trampoline that you can anchor to the ground or one with a heavy weight as a base.
A safety net at the trampoline
Make sure the net is firmly attached to the trampoline and stretches with the movements.
Is a safety net a must?
A trampoline that will mainly be used by children is almost impossible without a safety net. With a net around the trampoline, the little ones will never be able to fall off the trampoline and hurt themselves on the ground.
A safety net is included with many of the trampolines in our favorites list.
If this is not the case, consider buying it separately anyway.
Even more fun in the garden? Then take a look at these fun slides for children from toddler to 10 years old.
Top 13 best trampolines rated
After these handy tips on buying the right trampoline, let's now go into our favorite trampolines in the different categories.
Which one is it going to be for you?
Best Rectangular Trampoline: Salta Combo
A safe choice! This rectangular trampoline comes with a safety net of 153 x 213 centimeters and is equipped with a sturdy and thick safety edge.
With this combo trampoline from the Salta brand it will be very cozy on the summer days.
This rectangular trampoline fits easily in a small garden with its dimensions of 153 x 213 cm.
It is also equipped with a black safety edge and a safety net for maximum safety.
It gets a 4.5 out of 5 out of 175+ reviews, and for good reason. The springs of the trampoline are very sturdy, so you can jump nice and high.
For example, one customer has been satisfied with it for more than a year, but he still has a good tip about putting it together because that is quite a thing:
I think it's a great one. You can assemble it all by yourself, but assembling it together is a lot easier and faster. I have had it for almost 1 year and it is only outside. The trampoline still looks good.
Below you can see how you can safely set up a trampoline like the salta combo:
Best inground trampoline: Salta Comfort ground
You can dig all trampolines in, but there are also special inground trampolines available.
These types of trampolines have short legs, so you don't have to dig up as much soil. The legs are outside the hole.
The rectangular shape and the fact that it is an inground trampoline makes the Salta comfort ground a safe choice for your kids. It can be easily placed in a corner.
A disadvantage of an inground trampoline is that you can only use it inground. Without a pit there is not enough space under the jumping mat.
My favorite inground trampoline is this spacious model from the Salta brand customers with an average score of 4.8.
And this, of course, is why you would buy an inground one, as one customer puts it:
Really solid trampoline, thick protective edges and sturdy bouncy castle† Top quality for a good price. Also just much nicer design than the typical round on legs
It looks great and I think it is a lot safer, but it does require some digging, as Salta shows here:
This trampoline offers an excellent jumping experience because of the integrated ventilation system, which ensures sufficient air flow from the pit under the trampoline.
Best mini trampoline: Jump up Fitness
With a diameter of 96 cm and low to the ground, due to its compact size, this trampoline fits everywhere.
Would you like to jump but do you have limited space? In that case, this mini trampoline is an excellent idea!
In principle, you can place a mini trampoline anywhere. In the garden or even in your living room.
The legs are short, which significantly reduces the risk of a hard fall. Young children from 2 years old can already play on this.
It has only 6 reviews on bol.com, it's not the most popular choice to buy at least at the time of writing, but they do give positive reviews because it's easy to use and lives up to expectations.
I also like this trampoline as a budget choice. If you are willing to spend a little more for a mini trampoline, you can opt for a trampoline with a rail.
Best round trampoline with net: BERG Favorit
Does a round trampoline fit better in your garden? Then the BERG Favorit is a good trampoline choice!
No matter how big the trampoline is, there is always the possibility that your child will fall off the trampoline. To prevent this, special safety nets are available.
A trampoline safety net is attached to the legs and closes the entire trampoline. You can then enter the trampoline via a zipper or between two flaps.
A safety net ensures that your trampoline immediately becomes a lot higher. If you don't like this in your garden, you can always dig in the trampoline.
My recommendation for a good trampoline with a net is the BERG Favorit trampoline.
This trampoline is available in different sizes. You can choose from a diameter of 270, 330, 380 and 440 cm.
Here you can see the main differences between the different BERG trampoline models:
With all BERG properties, this trampoline is weather resistant and perfect for personal use. The supplied safety net ensures a safe and closed jumping surface.
Best Small Trampoline for Toddlers: Plum Junior
My favorite little trampoline is a nice compact model from the Plum brand.
It is a round trampoline, has 6 legs and a diameter of 140 cm and is specially designed for toddlers, toddlers and primary school children, with elastic suspension for silent jumping.
The trampoline has a wide edge and comes with a safety net with fine mesh.
Thanks to the integrated safety net, the jumping surface is enclosed to guarantee optimum safety. The 30 elastic springs are made of elastic, which makes this small trampoline an extra safe choice for your little one.
This round trampoline comes in neutral black or beautiful pink and has been specially developed for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children.
The jumping device offers many hours of fun and the opportunity to promote body motor skills at a young age.
It is a small but nice trampoline that takes up little space and is suitable for a small garden.
Best trampoline large: BERG grand champion
The bigger the better? In the case of a trampoline, this is certainly important if you plan to jump on the trampoline together.
My preference for a large trampoline is this BERG champion trampoline, with a diameter of up to 520 cm.
It is a really large trampoline with a large jumping surface and a maximum weight capacity of 120 kg. It comes with a safety net and a black powder-coated frame.
You do need some space for this trampoline because it measures 520 x 95 cm (diameter x height).
It is a high-quality trampoline and with solid steel work of 2 mm thick, your children can jump to their heart's content on this sturdy trampoline.
A unique detail of the safety net is the self-lockable closure, which closes automatically when you get on or off the trampoline.
Very useful for very keen jumpers who can forget to close the net.
Here is the Tyler Ferullo who shows you what you can do with it:
The net is 180 cm high and makes the trampoline 270 cm high in total.
Furthermore, this large trampoline has a 3 cm thick edge with a width of 38 cm, which is completely covered.
If your child gets on the edge, he is in no danger of getting his toes or fingers between the springs.
Best oval trampoline: BERG Grand Champion InGround
A beautiful and safe oval trampoline is this green colored BERG Grand Champion InGround Trampoline.
With a size of 515 × 365 cm to dig in, including safety net.
It is an inground trampoline that comes with a safety net for optimal safety.
A very large trampoline to do all your tricks and stunts. The trampoline measures 515 x 365 cm and is intended for a spacious garden.
You dig this inground trampoline into the ground, so you don't have to climb, but just step on it.
As known from this brand, the materials used are of the highest quality and all necessary safety functions are present.
This trampoline can hold a number of people and offers a safe, but also fun jumping experience thanks to its oval shape.
Best trampoline for a small garden: EXIT Elegant
With a diameter of 251 cm and a sturdy frame with strong L-shaped legs.
A good trampoline for a small garden is the EXIT Elegant trampoline.
It is a great specimen that offers enough space to jump and just in a small Outdoor suits.
The spherical shape of the net is different from that of the average trampoline, but offers the necessary safety.
It is a high-quality finished safety net with extra thick foam around the posts. Thanks to the net you can jump as high as you can.
It is well rated by these customers on both price and quality, and one of them says:
The kids are very happy with it, they say that the trampoline jumps very well… in addition, we as parents are also happy because there is a solid net around it.
In this video from Exit itself you can see how big it is:
Other features of this trampoline are: the fresh blue color, the diameter is 251 cm and a sturdy frame with L-shaped legs.
Because of the special Foot Protection System in the protective edge, you will never get your feet between the springs while jumping.
Best flat-ground trampoline: BERG Ultim Elite
A flat-ground trampoline is a trampoline that is completely embedded in the ground. There is no step like an inground trampoline.
The flat-ground trampoline is, as it were, built into the ground and at ground level.
The best flat ground trampoline is this Trampoline BERG Ultim Elite FlatGround.
With dimensions of 500 X 220 cm and including AeroWall for ultimate tricks.
It is a unique trampoline with an extra function. Besides jumping on the trampoline, you can also use the flexible AeroWall springs to do stunts.
You can see this amazing thing in this video from BERG itself:
It is rectangular in shape and takes up a minimum space of 500 x 220 cm. A very nice trampoline for the whole family to enjoy.
Do you want even more jumping action? Then take a look at our article for the best AirTrack mat!
Best trampoline without springs: Jump-o-lene inflatable bouncer
Do you still want the pleasure of a trampoline for your children, but do you think a trampoline with springs is still too dangerous?
Then you can choose this inflatable trampoline without springs.
The trampoline bouncy castle has a round shape and a diameter of 203 cm and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It can also be used as a swimming pool!
This trampoline is a colorful bouncy castle that looks very cheerful in the house, but is also perfect for outside during a children's party, or just on sunny summer days.
Afterwards you can just take out the air and put it away.
The toy offers just as much jumping fun for your child without the possible danger of springs that small feet can get between.
Moreover, this trampoline can also be used as a swimming pool by filling it with water. So double the fun!
More than 600 reviews giving him a 4.1 out of 5 stars. There are a ton of positive reviews about how much fun it is for kids from 2 to a little older and how sturdy it is.
Yet there are also some reviews that it leaked quickly or was difficult to keep inflated. It seems that not every piece offers the same strength:
I bought this for my 1 year old daughter. She absolutely loves it. Has such a pleasure to bounce in it. The first one we received emptied after 3 days. Had a small hole somewhere. After contacting Amazon and the company, a new one was sent for us right away.
In any case, that was quickly resolved.
It also has a high edge of 69 cm, which limits falls from the trampoline.
Also nice to put in balls, and you can see a bit how big it actually is:
The trampoline can bear a maximum weight of 54 kg. That is about the weight of 2 children, between 3 and 6 years.
Thanks to the sturdy vinyl, the trampoline can take a beating or rather a jump or two.
Best trampoline foldable: Kid Active Foldable children's trampoline
To take anywhere, with handle and non-slip rubber feet for safe jumping.
How nice is it for your little one to take the trampoline with you? For example on vacation or to grandpa and grandma. This mini trampoline is ideal because it is foldable and also super safe!
The trampoline is executed in beautiful fresh colors and has a handle that ensures that your little one can always jump safely without falling or falling off the trampoline.
The trampoline stands on legs that are provided with non-slip rubber pads so that the trampoline is stable, especially during jumping.
The trampoline can be easily folded and has the dimensions 87x87x85 cm. Your little one can play on this trampoline from 1 year.
Of course under the supervision of an adult.
Best trampoline brands
Many people who want to buy a trampoline wonder which brands are the best.
This is quite a difficult question to answer, because each brand has its own specific characteristics.
However, there are some brands that stand out above the rest, because of the good experiences people have with it. Below you will find the 3 top brands.
A favorite trampoline brand of many: Salta
The trampolines of the Salta brand are known for their innovativeness and quality. The uniqueness of these trampolines is the wide safety edge and sturdy steel frames.
The materials used are of high quality and the springs are also very sturdy. This brand has an extensive collection of trampolines, from small ones to large oval trampolines.
Another popular trampoline brand: BERG
The Dutch trampoline brand BERG stands for high-quality and durable products.
The trampolines of this brand can stand outside without discoloration or rusting.
A characteristic feature of this brand of trampolines are the springs that make it possible to jump easily.
The BERG range is wide and has something for everyone.
A top trampoline brand: EXIT
Trampolines from the EXIT brand are high-quality products that also look hip and trendy. However, safety comes first.
It is a brand that is popular with both adults and children.
The EXIT brand has a wide range of design trampolines with a cover edge in different colors to change the look of the trampoline.
Tips to make a trampoline last a long time
The better the quality, the longer the trampoline will last. But he must be well maintained, both during jumping and afterwards.
Below are a few tips to make sure you can enjoy it for as long as possible:
- Don't jump on it with shoes on
- Do not bring pets or toys on the trampoline. This can cause damage to the jumping mat.
- Clean the trampoline regularly. With a cloth and water. This way, no dirt remains between the frame. Preferably you do not use cleaning products.
- Break down or cover your trampoline in the winter. Special protective covers are available for purchase.
- Replace parts that are unexpectedly corroded, if necessary. Many parts can be ordered separately.
Frequently asked trampoline questions
We hope that for you there is a nice option for a good trampoline in the list above. Finally, we have some more useful information about trampolines for you.
What are the most common trampoline sizes?
The most common sizes for round trampolines are:
183cm, 244 / 251 / 253cm, 366cm and 427 / 430cm
The most common sizes for rectangular trampolines are:
153x214cm, 214×305 / 366cm and 244×366 / 396 / 427cm
What are the safest trampolines?
Springless trampolines are touted as 'the safest trampolines in the world'. Instead of using metal springs, flexible composite rods have been placed under the SoftEdge mat so that little fingers and hands do not get caught in the springs.
Fiberglass trampolines have become a bit more popular in recent years, but are they better than spring-loaded trampolines? The answer is no. Here's why: Unlike steel spring trampolines, springless fiberglass rods require a high degree of force to generate a good bounce.
Which size trampoline is best?
The best size depends entirely on the space you have and what you want to use the trampoline for.
Trampolines in the category about 4 to 5 meters in diameter are the largest you will find in a round shape. If you're a daredevil or plan to have all your friends join in, you'll want a trampoline with a minimum diameter of 4 meters. A 4-meter trampoline is also necessary if you as a parent also want to have fun.
How do I choose a trampoline?
When considering a trampoline, measure the width and depth of your yard and check it with the size of the trampoline, not just the size of the mat. If you have limited space, you can opt for an oval trampoline or one where the springs are under the trampoline, making it smaller than other trampolines!
What should I pay attention to when buying a trampoline?
Safety nets are important. The trampoline weight limit is an important consideration when buying a trampoline. The frame must be robust and the shape is also important. Installation should be simple.
Why should every child have a trampoline?
When you jump on a trampoline, your blood starts pumping and your lymph system works, which strengthens your immune system and promotes good blood circulation. Since jumping is considered a low impact, it is also safer and less strenuous on the joints than other forms of exercise.
How long should a trampoline last?
In general, you can expect an outdoor trampoline to last an average of 3 to 8 years, with higher quality models potentially exceeding this. The life of your trampoline largely depends on the level of care and maintenance and the quality of the materials.
Is it okay to leave the trampoline outside in winter?
If your trampoline has been exposed to harsh weather conditions, there is a chance that the springs will rust. This reduces the bounce of the trampoline because the springs cannot stretch much anymore. Rust causes the springs to lose elasticity. If you can cover it, that would be better.
Do nets make trampolines safer?
Trampolines are a great activity for kids, when used properly. Safety nets around trampolines reduce injuries by up to 50 percent. But safety nets don't prevent all injuries.
Nice trampoline tricks to end the game
Once you have purchased your own trampoline for your home, then jumping and jumping again is blown.
In the videos below you can already take a look at how you can perform the best trampoline tricks.
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