Round, oval, rectangular: which trampoline shape is best?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 21, 2022

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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. Also jumps on a rectangular trampoline 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.

Advantages rectangular trampoline

  • Children are less likely to jump against each other or on the edge
  • safer
  • Handy for elongated garden
  • Jump higher: The surface and the extra material allow big kids to jump higher on rectangular trampolines

Disadvantages rectangular trampoline

  • More expensive because of extra material
  • safer
  • Handy for elongated garden
  • Not suitable for little ones or inexperienced jumpers
  • Fewer options: this shape has fewer sizes and choice options than, for example, a round trampoline

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.

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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.

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.

Benefits round trampoline

  • Good for the little ones
  • Because the springs are all equally tensioned, the jumper is 'pushed' to the middle, so less chance to jump on the edge; so a round trampoline is safer in that regard
  • Often in many different sizes and price ranges

Disadvantages round trampoline

  • Takes up more space
  • More difficult to do tricks

A 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 led to the center, but never quite in the center. This significantly reduces the risk of collision. In general, an oval trampoline is more expensive than a round one because it requires extra reinforcement.

Advantages oval trampoline

  • More controllable jumps, so fewer collisions
  • You will not be pulled to the middle, so jump safer
  • Good for a narrow garden

Disadvantages oval trampoline

  • More expensive! This is due to the frame, an oval trampoline needs more material

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.