Best Buy Trampolines 2017./2018.
This is the category most prospective buyers like to find out about first. Why? It’s simple. Best-buy trampolines provide the most fun for the best possible price. They represent that sweet spot where quality and price meet.
Are Best-Buy Trampolines Cheap?
Not necessarily. Best buy does not always equal cheap. Actually, bargain bin trampolines most often provide poor value for money. They cost a little, but they break so often that you’d be sorry you bought it in the first place.
Best-buy trampolines are usually in the middle of the pack when it comes to price. They’re not the cheapest, but not really expensive too. It’s true – you do get more with pricier trampolines, but for many users the perks will not outweigh the increased costs.
However, if you can afford them, top of the line trampolines are always the best, performance-wise. Just be prepared to shell out some extra money. If you can deal with that, you’re golden!
What Makes a Trampoline Best-Buy?
There are several different factors to consider. Obviously, price is extremely important. No matter how good a trampoline is, if it’s to expensive, it’s not going on our list. Then, we like to see the list of extras. Ladders, trampoline covers and exercise equipment (for rebounders) all add up to a terrific value package.
The performance of a trampoline also must satisfy certain criteria. The enclosure must be adequately safe, and the bounce must not be below average in quality. We like to see rust-resistant frames in our best-buy trampolines as well.
Then we look at the warranty period. It’s always nice to have a great warranty, but sometimes it’s worth it to buy an otherwise good trampoline with a shorter warranty. Remember, best-buy is all about trade-offs, and something has to give.
Is a Best-Buy Trampoline Right for Me?
If you’re a first-time trampoline shopper, then it certainly is. All the best-buy trampolines on our list are safe and fun enough for carefree, everyday use. You get an enjoyable experience with only a few minor annoyances, but you can save big.
We don’t recommend best-buy trampolines for professionals. They are used to larger and more sophisticated trampolines, and only a few best-buy trampolines can satisfy the criteria.
Most best-buy trampolines and rebounders are round. It’s the easiest and the most practical shape to make. Other shapes usually carry a price premium, so bear that in mind if you’re looking for an oval or a rectangular trampoline. However, the benefits of extra jumping surface and a smoother bounce might be worth the money to some.
I’m Interested. Show Me the List!
You can find the top best-buy trampolines of the season in the list below. We have carefully reviewed every one of them so you don’t have to – just pick and choose what you like to see the detailed review. Happy jumping!
|Shape||Size||Weight limit||Spring count||Rating|
|Round||13.5ft||450 lbs||96 (8.5")||4.4|
|Round||14ft||220 lbs||84 (7")||4.3|
|Round||15ft||375 lbs||108 (7")||4.3|
|Round||16ft||330 lbs||108 (7")||4.3|
|Round||14ft||200 lbs||84 (6.5")||4.1|
Pure Fun Dura-Bounce 14ft. Outdoor Trampoline with Enclosure
Our Rating: (4.4 / 5)
This model of backyard trampoline by Pure Fun features great looks with lime green pads and a sleek mat. The polypropylene mat is double stitched which not only looks nice, but is a great safety feature that improves performance and bounce quality, too.
The enclosure poles (8 in total) keep the net strong and safe. We liked that the zippered net prevents you from touching the springs and the safety pad. 6 U-shaped legs provide good stability. We’re happy that the manufacturer chose to include 6 legs instead of four. 96 springs are more than adequate for a 14 ft. trampoline and they support a maximum weight of 350 lbs.
Pure Fun has weatherproofed the trampoline really well and it justifies the term “outdoor” in the title. The poles are all rust resistant; the mat is weather resistant and the mesh is UV resistant. The trampoline takes a few hours to assemble but the assembly is not too difficult. For ages 6 and up. The warranty period is 90 days and covers all the parts. The trampoline is certified by all the relevant safety agencies.
All that comes at a reasonable price. The bounce is better than on generic trampolines and the safety net is designed well. The weight limit is very good.
Our verdict – we definitely recommend this trampoline as is top5 in best-buy trampolines!
PureFun Dura-Bounce Trampoline 15ft. – Full Review
Kidwise Magic Circle Round 13.5ft Trampoline
Our Rating: (4.4 / 5)
Available size: 10ft, 12ft, 13.5ft, 14ft, 16ft Reviewed model: 13.5ft
KidWise is a known manufacturer of trampolines that focus on safety and are kid-friendly, but they don’t sacrifice usability either. This trampoline is no different. Featuring a bit unusual size of 13.5 feet, it comes in nice, bright colors.
The safety is paramount with this trampoline; the enclosure is sewn together with the mat so that the child won’t accidentally land on the springs.
Not that they could anyway, since the foam is so thick that it would protect them in either case. The mesh is tight and sturdy. The trampoline is very bouncy owing to 96 long springs (8.5 inches), meaning that there is a lot of fun to be had with this model.
Materials used are of high quality (14 gauge steel), as its weight rating of 450 lbs. shows. It’s a large rating that shows us how confident the manufacturer is about their product. It’s easy to assemble and should take about an hour. An added bonus is that the trampoline is manufactured in the USA, which should justify its higher price than other, imported trampolines.
JumpKing 6 Legs Trampoline with Enclosure, 14’
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Available size: 14ft, 15ft
Jumpking offers us another of their good quality trampolines with a fresher design than the usual blue color. The mat and the pads are colored in a shade of dark green. A welcome addition is their proprietary “over and under equalization spring system” which ensures a high bounce. The total number of springs is 84 and they are 7 inches long; this is a solid number.
The enclosure is dual entry with a zipper and buckles for extra safety. 6 legs provide enough stability and sturdiness. We liked how the enclosure poles are farther from the net so that it’s more difficult to collide with them. Even so, they are covered in foam. As most trampolines in the market are galvanized to prevent rust and let you leave them in your yard all year long (though some can’t withstand the elements), this one is no exception and we feel it won’t get rusty even after a few seasons.
This trampoline represents the true middle-of-the-road trampoline. We found it perfectly fine for most casual uses. It’s adequate, looks good, and doesn’t break the bank. But there’s always a caveat. In this case, it’s a weight limit of 200 lbs. It is adequate for children and most adults, but for some too conservative, so keep it in mind.
Zupapa 15 ft. Trampoline with Enclosure
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
A fairly unknown trampoline brand, Zupapa, has presented us with this 15 foot trampoline that emphasizes good warranty, affordability and compliance with all regulatory safety certificates (the German TÜV). We found that the trampoline largely satisfies their claims.
For a very good price you get a trampoline with six galvanized legs, a tight, high enclosure (2.4 meters high) and especially thick (3.3 cm) safety pads. The number of springs is also a pleasant surprise, with 108 springs 7 inches long. It makes for a more comfortable bounce, albeit those with fewer but longer springs are just as good, and can be even better.
The trampoline comes bundled with a safety ladder and a rain cover to make it last longer. The warranty is six months on the pad and enclosure, a year on the mat and springs and three years on the frame. This is a good warranty for the price point. 375 lbs. of maximum weight limit assured us that the trampoline is not shoddily built.
This model, although it won’t take your breath away, is excellent value and quality, especially considering its size. Because it’s not made by a big brand, you won’t be paying a premium and the warranty is solid.
We can definitely recommend this as one of the best-buy 15 ft. trampolines around.
ExacMe 16 ft. All-in-one Trampoline
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
Compared with the previous ExacMe model on our list, this 16 ft. trampoline is a foot larger and features a different, improved style of enclosure, a style that we like more. The net is sewn on the inside part of the trampoline so you cannot come in contact with the springs, making it a bit safer for recreational jumping. The net itself is 6 feet high.
For added stability, it comes with 6 stable support legs to hold a frame. Frame has pipe thickness of 0.06″ with full diameter of 166.9″. Steel is galvanized for extra layer of protection. So do not worry about rust. :)
While it looks fairly basic, it is well-built and has no obvious quality issues or weak points. The bounce is very responsive and the trampoline is a lot of fun. It can be left outside without issues as the mat and the safety pads are all made with UV resistant material.
108 pieces of 7″ galvanized springs – same count of springs as on 15ft version, too bad they didn`t follow industry standards and added few springs more – it could really five a nice boost in bounce. Few points blown away :(
As the trampoline is 3.1 feet high, the manufacturer provides a free ladder along with the trampoline. This is a great addition as ladders can and usually do cost quite a bit. The only gripe we had with this trampoline is that the setup and assembly is a nightmare and the useless instructions don’t really help. You do get all the required tools and parts, though. So with some tinkering, it’s definitely doable and isn’t something you’ll do more than once anyway.
If you’re patient enough, this can definitely be a great purchase as the price is very fair and the complimentary ladder further helps sweeten the deal. An another plus is great weight capacity of 375 lbs., something unheard of for trampolines of this price range.
Skywalker Trampolines Trampoline Sports Arena, 15’
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
This trampoline again comes from SkyWalker, but is a markedly different product than 14.ft round. It comes with reinforced T-joints and good quality enclosure as well, but where unbeatable value for your children comes is with various unique additions. There are 96 gold plated springs that won’t rust and the bounce is better than on their smaller model. The trampoline includes a basketball hoop inside the trampoline for extra fun times. It also comes with a volleyball net that can be attached to the trampoline, so that those around it waiting for their turn can also do something fun.
But that’s not all! The trampoline comes with a unique blowback accessory, which is basically like a target that you attach to the trampoline frame and it rebounds the ball back to you. It’s loads of fun and we really haven’t seen anything like that anywhere. And it all comes together with the trampoline and requires no extra payment. This is unbeatable value as the trampoline itself is not really expensive for its size. The warranty is standard for Skywalker – a year on frame and 90 days on other parts.
Again, the only gripe we have with this trampoline is its unrealistically low weight limit of 200 lbs. We feel the trampoline is capable of much more and simply cannot fathom why the manufacturer opted for posting such a low limit. Even though we are confident of the quality and think it can safely take quite a bit more, we must warn you that any malfunctions while going over the limit most likely won’t be covered by any warranties. We still think it’s excellent for kids due to its unique attachments providing hours of fun. Plus-sized adults – take care.
North Gear Trampoline
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Available size: 10ft, 12ft, 14ft; Reviewed model: 14ft.
North Gear has created a trampoline of medium size that will fit in most yards and provide a lot of fun. It comes equipped with a zippered enclosure, which is a standard even for cheaper trampolines these days.
We found that most trampolines have at least six legs whereas this has only four. This has not been an issue as the trampoline was still stable and it meets the regulatory requirements, but if you are really concerned you might want to spring up for a more equipped model. On the bright side, the trampoline comes with included enclosure and a trampoline cover plus free ladder. The ladder is good for safety and the trampoline cover helps extend the longevity of your trampoline by shielding it from the elements. The trampoline is also rust-resistant.
It is recommended for ages 4 and up but we would actually recommend age 8+ as smaller jumpers will definitely not use all potential North Gear trampoline has to offer. It is rated for a maximum of 330 lbs, which is good for a trampoline of this size and more than most other trampolines offer. What bothers us is the problem with frame – we find it way to thin for that kind of weight limit.
It is not difficult to put together and can be done in under two hours. We found it less bulky and more lightweight than other trampolines – some might consider this as lacking in quality, but it doesn’t show. The customer service is stellar as well and they will happily answer all your questions. It comes in nice green color which is a breath of fresh air as most trampolines are blue.
While it probably won’t be adequate for the most demanding of buyers (we’ve seen a lot better), it’s perfect for the occasional user. Also, price with included accessories makes it one of the best buy trampolines.
New Clevr 12 ft. Trampoline With Enclosure
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
This trampoline represents the basic value trampoline that is great for casual users. Just like the trampoline we’ve already mentioned, the North Gear 12f., it is highly functional and equipped with an enclosure. As colors make as think that it was intended for younger jumpers, we would have liked if the enclosure was sewn on the inside of the mat so that you cannot touch the springs while landing, but that’s what pads are for so it’s still safe. Anyway, when it comes to kids trampolines we really do prefer a bit more.
Build quality is good, especially considering the price point. It’s not a revolutionary trampoline when it comes to function, but performs really well. 72 springs function well to provide a good bounce. A high maximum allowed weight of 330 lbs. is very high for a trampoline of this size. It comes with a ladder, as a nice bonus.
The main selling point of this trampoline, though, is its design. Unlike regular blue trampolines, this one is colorful, bright and vivid. It’s easy on the eyes and the kids will love it for that. We haven’t seen trampolines of this size in such colors and this one it definitely unique in this regard. The parents will love the fact that it won’t break the bank and requires no extra tools and little time to assemble.
What about price? Well, this is one of the cheapest trampolines that ended up on our TOP20 best trampolines list so we can indicate that it easily can be in Top 5 best-buy trampolines. Again, if you don`t mind the size…
SportsTramp Extreme 16ft. Octagon Trampoline with Detachable Cage
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
If, for some reason (we don’t judge!), you dislike round trampolines, then here is something you might be interested in. This is an octagonal trampoline and is really huge – 16 ft. and comes with an enclosure. The enclosure poles are foam-covered and the mesh is installed onto the mat; you can’t land on the springs this way. 14-gauge steel frame is rust-resistant and can withstand the occasional shower or storm without issues.
The bounce is “gymnastic quality”, as quoted by the manufacturer. While we’re unsure of what “gymnastic quality” would precisely entail, the description is fairly adequate. A total of 112 tapered springs, which is a lot, does provide a good bounce. They are 8.5 inches long (above average) and the trampoline has a max weight limit of 450 lbs. A great result overall.
We found it easy to assemble, as installation requires no additional tools. We did it in an hour, but it shouldn’t take anyone more than a couple of hours. For ages 12 and up.
The trampoline is more expensive that we thought it would be, but that is likely because of its unusual shape (round trampolines go for half the price). The bounce is better than the usual so it’s a plus, too. But if you care about price, you should look elsewhere.
Kangaroo Hoppers 15-Feet Round Trampoline
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Here comes yet another affordable 15 ft. trampoline. Not that there is anything wrong with that… The trampoline is very well designed and is available in five different colors – blue, orange, dark green, apple green & pink. There are no other differences amongst the models, though.
We tested the pink version and it looks good – the design choices are unique. This is not one of those rebranded cookie-cutter trampolines; the designers did their best, both looks- and function-wise. Five U-legs keep it stable and the enclosure mesh covers the spring pads. The zippered doors allow for easy entry.
When you see that the “no drilling required” is featured in the description as a pro, it’s a good indicator that you’re not about to expect a hassle-free assembly. And it does take quite a bit of time as the instructions aren’t clear at times – set aside a few hours for setup. No drilling though – they weren’t lying!
The weight limit is 250 lbs. and there are 90 springs in total. We’ve seen trampolines that have better bounce, but we wouldn’t call this disappointing. The extra L-shaped ladder, which is built into the trampoline, is basically a little step that helps you get on the trampoline, but nothing more is needed, actually. It should last you a while, considering the materials are UV resistant and the frame is rust-resistant.
The price is very enticing and is one of the reasons we liked the trampoline so much. There definitely are better products around, but expect to pay more. There have been some issues with the customer support, but if you buy from Amazon you should be all set. If you can’t stretch your budget but want a 15 feet trampoline, you don’t have to get a smaller one as this will do just fine.
Skywalker 14 ft. Round Trampoline with Enclosure
Our Rating: (4.1 / 5)
This 14 ft. trampoline from Skywalker really will make you feel like you’re in the sky, except you’ll be jumping, not walking.
Skywalker is a company that has always made good quality trampolines at very acceptable price points and this one is no different. It comes with a very good enclosure that attaches at every spring, preventing you from touching them at all.
The enclosure is doubly secured and it cannot open on its own during operation. Special T-brackets are used to further secure the joints and stabilize the trampoline so that the frame doesn’t twist under load and pressure. 84 springs 6.5 inch long provide a high bounce.
Six legs provide adequate trampoline stability and the fairly thick pads are covered in customary blue UV resistant paint. The polypropylene mat is UV resistant too and heavy duty. The trampoline doesn’t feature groundbreaking design, but isn’t ugly to look at either. We found the assembly instructions clear and simple. It took us about an hour and a half to set it all up.
A red flag is its 200 lbs. rated weight limit. The trampoline looks like it’s capable of more, and in fact some of our reviewers are dangerously pushing the said limit, yet they had no issues jumping on the trampoline. The joints look sturdier than in some trampolines that are rated for way more. Still, we wouldn’t advise going over the limit (as you would if two people jumped, something we don’t condone anyways).