Best trampoline 2022: 6 top picks for fun and fitness

They are so much fun but how do you know which is the best trampoline for your family? Fear not, we’ve done all the hard work for you

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If your kids prefer playing computer games inside to going out for a runaround it can be really hard to persuade them to head outside and get active. Thank goodness for the best trampolines. They are so much fun that you might even struggle to get children to come back inside when you want them to.

Trampolines can help kids develop motor skills, flexibility and muscle control. Jumping can heighten spatial awareness and improve cardiovascular health. It is a fantastic way to burn off some energy and, most importantly, it makes kids happy. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder more and more families are installing 

trampolines in their backyard making them one of the most popular yard activities for kids. As they have become more common for home use, quality has improved and prices have come down. Now is the perfect time to treat the kids to hours of active fun.

There used to be a plethora of safety concerns with backyard trampolines. Thankfully, manufacturers have upped their game and safety features like net enclosures and padded covers are now usually a given. Safety was our number one priority when reviewing the best trampolines, so you can rest assured all those on our list have great safety features.

Whether you have a huge backyard and a budget to match, or you’re looking for an inexpensive option that can tuck out of the way, it’s all here in our round-up of the very best trampolines.

Best trampolines 2022

Springfree Jumbo 13ft trampoline with enclosure

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1. Springfree Jumbo Round Trampoline

Best overall: a super safe, springless, bouncy beauty that looks great in your backyard

Specifications

Dimensions: 13ft (other sizes and shapes available)
Weight capacity: 220lbs
Safety net enclosure included?: Yes
Ladder included?: No
Springless?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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No springs
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Aesthetically pleasing design
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10 year warranty
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Available in several shapes and sizes

Reasons to avoid

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One of the more pricey options on our list

Our top pick is the Springfree Jumbo Round Trampoline. Springfree is a reputable brand and this trampoline feels well built and safe. It comes with a 10-year warranty and it has a very enjoyable, low-impact bounce.

The main safety feature, as the name suggests, is the innovative flexible composite rods in place of metal springs around the edges. This keeps little toes from getting caught or pinched. The spring-free design also means you get a larger surface area for bouncing, as no space is wasted on springs around the edge. It takes up less valuable yard space for more fun jumping space.

The springless design also enhances the trampolining experience as the rods quietly and gently absorb shock so you can bounce for hours and it still feels forgiving on your joints. It is also super refreshing to have kids jumping around all day without creaky springs giving you (or neighbors) a headache.

The safety net enclosure feels well made and the metal poles are shaped to stay out of the way so they can’t cause injury. The net attaches directly to the jumping mat so there are no gaps and the mesh is strong and taught. Even adults were nudged back into the center. You can also purchase accessories like a ladder, cover, sunshade, or even a basketball hoop to make it extra fun.

The only downside is that is one of the more pricey options on the market. However, it is built to last, so much so that all components are covered by a 10-year warranty. Plus, you can’t put a price on safety.

Skywalker 12ft trampoline

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2. Skywalker 12ft Round Trampoline

Best value: a well-built backyard trampoline that is less expensive than you might think

Specifications

Dimensions: 12ft (other sizes and shapes available)
Weight capacity: 200lbs
Safety net enclosure included?: Yes
Ladder included?: No
Springless?: No

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Patented no-gap safety net enclosure
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3-year warranty
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Available in several shapes, sizes and colors

Reasons to avoid

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Springs
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Not as durable as our top pick

Our close second is the Skywalker 12ft Trampoline with Safety Enclosure. It is well built by a reputable brand and you get unbeatable bounce for your buck. 

Whilst this option does have springs, they are covered with a thick, vinyl-coated UV-resistant pad for safety. They are also on the outside of the safety net enclosure which attaches at every spring so there aren’t any gaps for little feet to fit through.

The safety net enclosure is tightly woven and is supported by six padded poles. We do think it might be possible to hit a pole if you jumped towards one hard enough, but the net would certainly slow you down and the poles are padded to prevent injury.

The steel, weather-resistant frame of the trampoline feels durable enough to give your family years of fun. It also comes with a limited three-year warranty on the frame and one-year warranty on other materials.

It doesn’t feel quite as long-lasting as the Springfree model above but, at less than half the price, it offers unbeatable value.

Skywalker mini trampoline 40 inches

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3. Skywalker Trampolines 40in Round Classic Mini Trampoline with Enclosure

Best for little kids: a super cute mini trampoline where your toddler can learn new skills

Specifications

Dimensions: 40in
Weight capacity: 100lbs
Safety net enclosure included?: Yes
Ladder included?: No
Springless?: No

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Patented no-gap safety net enclosure
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3-year warranty
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Available in different colors and styles
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Easy setup
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360-degree handlebar

Reasons to avoid

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Kids grow out of it quickly
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Designed for indoor use

Let your toddler burn off some energy and develop gross motor skills with this cute, mini trampoline from Skywalker.

This is our top choice for little kids as it feels super safe with a 360-degree handlebar, sturdy enclosure and stretch bands instead of steel springs. The net enclosure is sewn directly to the jump mat so there are no gaps for little feet to fit through when they’re bouncing. Everything is also covered in soft padding that protects toddlers as they climb on and off.

We love that it’s super easy to set up so it can be stowed away when not in use. It’s also small enough to fit just about anywhere. It comes in a range of different colors and themes, from muted tones that will fit in with your living room decor, to magic mermaid-themed versions with sound, that would look fabulous in a little one’s bedroom.

The main drawback is that it is designed for indoor use so it can’t be left out in the backyard but can be taken out on a good weather day and put away at the end of play. Finding space in the house can be tricky though, even for a tiny trampoline. The other downside is that kids grow fast and you’ll likely need to upgrade to a bigger one before you know it.

However, it is specifically designed to go easy on little joints and it’s very good value. We think it’s a great pick to get little trampolinists started.

Acon trampoline package air 16 in yard with pool

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4. ACON Trampoline Package Air 16 Sports HD

Best for big kids: a serious trampoline with great bounce for the real jumping enthusiast

Specifications

Dimensions: 17ft x 9.8ft
Weight capacity: No single user weight limit available
Safety net enclosure included?: Yes
Ladder included?: Yes
Springless?: No

Reasons to buy

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Unbeatable bounce
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Includes a ladder
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Up to 10-year warranty on parts
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Built for year-round use
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Rectangular shape fits better in most backyards

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than other models on our list
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Not as safe as circular-shaped models
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Too bouncy for little kids

If you have big kids who are looking to go pro, the ACON Air 16 Sport HD Rectangle Trampoline is the one. The bounce on this beauty is superior to any other trampoline we’ve tried. The jump height and rectangular shape mean you can practice all the best tricks.

This trampoline is built to last with a sturdy galvanized steel frame, heavy-duty stitching, UV treated, weather-resistant enclosure net and jumping mat, and thick, high-quality safety foam on the poles. It is so strong that there is literally no single user weight limit.

The 140 ten-inch springs make the bounce on this trampoline incredibly fun. It is the perfect option to keep bigger kids and even adults entertained. However, we wouldn’t recommend it for smaller kids. The jump height is too high for little ones and it could be possible to get a small foot pinched in a spring if it fits under a gap in the safety net enclosure.

It is on the pricier end of the scale but, if you have the budget, it is a fantastic high-end option that will last your family years.

Springfree 6ft trampoline with enclosure

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5. Springfree 6ft Mini Round Trampoline

Best for smaller space: think you don’t have space for a trampoline? Think again

Specifications

Dimensions: 6ft
Weight capacity: 175lbs
Safety net enclosure included?: Yes
Ladder included?: No
Springless?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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The most jumping surface area in a mini
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10-year warranty
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No springs
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Fits in most backyards

Reasons to avoid

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Too small for some tricks
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One of the more expensive options

The Springfree Mini Round Trampoline feels just like its 13ft big sister but at just 6ft, it fits just about anywhere.

Admittedly, it’s not super mini like our top pick for little kids, but its bounce, jumping surface area and weight capacity are super impressive for a trampoline of its size. The design in this mini version is every bit as good as our number one option from Springfree. 

As with the larger model, the flexible composite rods mean there is no need for metal springs around the edges which keeps little toes safe. The safety net enclosure attaches directly to the jumping mat so there are no gaps to fit through. The bounce feels soft and forgiving for little joints, just as it does with the larger model.

Bear in mind that the footprint is actually 6ft 6in at the base and you will need to leave space around the edges too, so you will need a little more than 6ft round. The main drawback for this mini trampoline is that in a smaller jump space kids are closer to the edges, so it is not safe for some tricks. It is also probably too small if your little ones like to bounce together. The other downside is that it is one of the pricer options on our list. You can get a full-size trampoline and spend less. 

Nevertheless, it is a premium-quality product that will last your family many years and it all comes neatly packaged in a super convenient mini.

JumpSport foldable trampoline

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6. JumpSport In-Home Folding Fitness Rebounder Mini Trampoline

Best for fitness: a creative and fun way to sweat it out

Specifications

Dimensions: 39in
Weight capacity: 225lbs
Safety net enclosure included?: No
Ladder included?: No
Springless?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Foldable for easy storage
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Lightweight
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Includes JumpSport DVD
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Smooth, low-impact bounce

Reasons to avoid

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One of the more expensive fitness options

If you're in search of a new, creative way to get your sweat on, get yourself a JumpSport 230f In-Home Folding Fitness Rebounder Mini Trampoline. It feels sturdy enough for you to go as hard as you like and the rebound is always oh so smooth.

JumpSport uses EnduroLast Elastic Cords that are formulated to stretch more than those in budget models. They also use more bungee cords in their trampolines compared to other options. They claim to have the ‘smoothest, deepest, and most supportive low-impact bounce on the market’, and we can’t argue with that. It is a pleasure to work out on this trampoline.

JumpSport makes several other models if you’d like something larger or more bouncy, but we like this one best as it is foldable making it easy to transport and store. It also comes with a workout DVD if you’re looking for some inspiration. Or, if you know what you’re doing, it is solid enough to handle just about anything you like.

The main drawback is that this fitness trampoline costs more than others on the market. However, these trampolines are built to last so it’s better value for money in the long run.

How to choose the best trampoline for your family

Knowing the main purpose of the trampoline before you buy is key. Is it a jump-around to keep little ones busy (and to tire them out)? Or will it need to be big enough for teens and adults who want to keep fit?

Even if you are buying for very young children, think ahead and ask yourself whether you want this to be a play fixture in your yard for years to come. 

Once you have decided who and what you trampoline is for, narrow down your options for your backyard with the considerations below.

Safety
Safety features are usually a given these days. No company wants to be sued by an angry parent. All of the full-size options in our list come with a safety net enclosure and we wouldn’t advise purchasing a trampoline without one. However, not all nets are made the same. Make sure that the mesh is made of strong, durable material and check for gaps that little feet could fit through. Sometimes nets are attached directly to the jumping mat before the springs, which is safer than nets that go around the very edge.

Springfree trampolines (our top pick) claim to be 90% safer than those with springs, however, they are also a more pricey option. If you go for a model with springs, make sure there is soft padding to cover them.

Size
Size is an important thing to consider when looking into purchasing a trampoline. How much yard space are you happy to give up? Do you want to be able to see the trampoline from inside the house to keep an eye on your kids? Decide where your trampoline is going to go and work from there.

All of our top picks listed come with a safety net enclosure, but you still need around a 2ft margin on all sides as a precaution. And don’t forget that the listed dimensions are usually for the jumping mat, not for the trampoline’s footprint. Make sure that you have space for the legs too.

Check out our small backyard ideas for more tips on dealing with smaller spaces.

Shape
Most families opt for a round trampoline but there are also square, rectangular and oval-shaped options commonly available. Circular trampolines are the most popular as they are the safest choice. Kids jump in the center and stay as far away from all edges as possible. They also tend to have a lower jump height which is safer too.

However, in a lot of backyards, a rectangular shape fits much more easily. Rectangular trampolines are also said to have a more consistent, even bounce than their circular counterparts. If you have bigger kids or if you’d like a trampoline for yourself, the higher jump height on rectangular models can be much more fun. After all, the rectangle is the go-to shape for professionals, you don’t see round trampolines at the Olympics.

Build Quality
As trampolines have become more popular, prices have generally come down, which is great. There are now some super cheap options available, but make sure you do your research before you go ahead and purchase the cheapest option. You want to buy a well-built trampoline from a reputable brand that will stand the test of time.

It is worth spending a little more money if it will last a lot longer. Be sure to look for a heavy-duty frame and springs, good-quality jumping mat and net, and weather-resistant everything if it’s going to live outside. Most good-quality trampolines also come with a warranty so check what is covered too.

Weight Capacity
Make sure you get a trampoline that your kids can grow into. If you purchase a toddler-specific trampoline with a low-weight capacity, you will likely have to purchase a new one in a couple of years. Also, consider that kids like to play together so you may need a higher weight capacity than you think.