Trampolines are not just pure pleasure and fun which costs money. Better think of it as investment into the future. It is great for health, it is great for fun, it is even great for sunbathing. Just think of all possibilities it has to offer.

As you will see, rectangle shaped trampolines are overall winners when it comes to everything jump related, but that certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t even consider round trampoline as your first choice! Read on.

round vs rectangle trampoline

How do I pick – Which is better??

There are a few ways you can do it. First, decide which shape would best fit your backyard, take measuring tape and check, leaving at least 3 ft from each size. You wouldn’t wanna get your self huge rectangle trampoline, unpack it and realize there is not enough room to accommodate it. Some people were there. Don’t be one of them.

When you have narrowed down the shape, then consider who will be using it. Do you have semi-pro gymnast at home? Then  choice is definitely rectangle. Or are you buying it for occasional jumping sessions and play time? Then choice is again clear – round trampoline it is.

But fine, now that we tried to explain first steps in choosing what you really need, let’s go deeper into the matter and see what really are main differences between rectangle and round trampolines!

 

Rectangular Trampolines VS. Round Trampolines


Today standard trampolines come mostly in two shapes – round and rectangular. Main difference between them is not just  in appearance, but also in overall safety, price and overall user experience.

 

 

Rectangle vs Round Trampolines – PERFORMANCE

Rectangular trampolines give you higher jump while absorbing more landing force. Also, regarding user experience, main difference is in that that rectangular trampolines will give you much more room for doing tricks, while round trampolines will try to direct you into the center of trampoline. Simply, rectangular is a choice which more professional users typically stick with.

Rectangle vs Round Trampolines – WEIGHT LIMITS

Weight limitation is also one important element to consider. Will it be used by older jumpers or only children? If children, how many of them will you allow on it? (We recommend only one jumper at a time, as multiple jumpers is number 1 reason for accidents). So when you’ll have those answers then and only then you can select a trampoline which will handle those requirements.

Rectangular trampoline generally have a lot higher weight limit than round counterparts, and it ranges from 250 – 450 lbs on rectangular and from 200 – 250lbs on round ones. Of course, there are models which allow a lot higher, so definitely go and check it out.

Rectangle vs Round Trampolines – USES

Round trampolines are designed for home and recreational rather than professional use. They accommodate less weight and force than rectangular trampolines, which are best suited for ever growing demands of gymnasts, divers and aerialists.

Rectangular  vs Round Trampolines – PRICE

Round trampolines often feature a lower price than rectangular counterparts, and this is due to the inherent natural strength of the circular frame, which requires less added steel support than a square or rectangular frame design. Manufacturers can build round trampolines relatively easily, and at a low cost, which then gets passed on to the consumer. But, not only it has to do with extra cost of frame, there are other factors worthy mentioning, beside frame alone:

  • Size of the trampoline – bigger trampoline means that more materials will be used, from jumping mat and enclosure size all the way to weight, as shipping costs for trampolines are not exactly small.
  • Quality of materials: The used materials of what’s trampoline made of will affect the price. That especially goes for jumping mat, where some material, like Permatron, adds significantly to the overall price.

Rectangular vs Round Trampolines – SAFETY

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia“ suggests that parents weigh the risks of trampolines carefully before making a purchase. If you decide that a trampoline is the right choice for your family or children, the hospital recommends sticking with round designs, which offer a less powerful bounce than rectangular models. The reduced spring size of those trampolines lowers your children risk of injury. This is general recommendation when it comes to toddlers and small children who still aren’t so skillful trampoline bouncers.

  • Never have more than one child jumping on a trampoline. Multiple jumpers are great fun but also makes one of the most common reasons for accidents to happen.
  • Always use trampoline enclosure. It is a MUST HAVE security system which is not expensive and can prevent a lot of accidents.
  • Always do full inspection of trampoline integrity. Check trampoline mats, check trampoline springs and at last, check trampoline frame for possible cracks. If you need to replace any of replacement parts, replace it and only then continue to use it.
  • Never let children on trampoline without supervision. Trampoline is not a kindergarten.

VERDICT:

Round trampolines are the clear choice if you plan to use it for occasional recreational purposes. If you have a gymnast at home, or at least semi-pro trampoline user, then rectangular is a way to go.