Trampolines – Your Questions, Our Answers!
In the old days when backyard trampolines began to be somewhat popular, people were convinced that only gymnasts and cheerleaders are capable enough to use it. But truth is everything but this as more and more people of every age tend to use it regularly.
Kids have fantastic time jumping on it, playing games and working out simultaneously, not even realizing it. Benefits it’ll bring for their overall health are enormous.
Choosing a trampoline size that fits best can be hard task. It is in human nature that people want to buy biggest one available on the market. But is this really necessary? Well, not exactly as this is in most cases completely unnecessary.
Do I need any previous gymnastics experience?
No, everybody can jump on trampoline as no previous experience is needed. Only make sure that you jump within your skill set. Don’t expect that doing flips is easy and that you should immediately try it. For a start, just some regular bouncing should be enough. You do not have to be a gymnast to use a trampoline, and there are several health benefits associated with trampolines which should convince you!
Is there minimum age limit?
Generally there is age limit for standard outdoor trampolines where age 6+ is considered as bare minimum for using trampolines bigger than 10 ft.
For younger children we would recommend ones designed specifically for them. Bare in mind that kids trampolines are usually smaller in size and can be used indoors, all year long. But, if you do purchase bigger one it’ll be just fine, but don’t expect that bounce provided shall be high as supposed to (laws of physics, as small children aren’t applying enough weight/force onto springs).
What is the best size for a trampoline?
One of the most common questions as people are generally not sure how all that sizing works, so first question is always “Is a 12ft trampoline, as this is average trampoline size, big enough for my child?” or “Is there any notable difference between 14 and 15 foot trampoline?“, and there really is no straight-forward answer, as what may be fine for one it may not suit another.
Consider the following:
- Who shall be using it?
As you might presume, there is no point buying 14ft or bigger trampoline if only bouncer will be toddler or small child. In that case, it is best to buy 8 ft or 10 ft trampoline.
12 ft trampolines can be purchased if it will be used by older children, 8 years old and above, and 14 ft / 15 ft only for teenagers or if planning to have multiple children playing games.
Always try to match children`s age and capabilities with size of the trampoline. Also, next aspect for decision is size of your garden. Take those facts into consideration and you’ll get perfect size, one that will suite your needs!
- Will it fit your backyard?
We always want best & biggest, but there were cases when people forgot that their backyard is not big enough for trampoline ordered… Most likely this can occasionally happen when people order online, without seeing how big that trampoline really is.
- Weight limit (how much weight can a trampoline hold)
Weight limit is important mostly on smaller trampolines, up to 8ft, as others are tested for 220+ lbs, with maximum up to 800 lbs on ACON rectangle trampoline. Have in mind that 220lbs is mostly conservative weight limit set by manufacturer, and that most of the trampolines can handle much more (let’s say 260 lbs as minimum).
Do all trampolines have same weight limit?
No. Trampoline weight limit is different on all of them, based on several elements from which trampoline is made of. Starting from different design, all the way to frame thickness, springs, mat quality, every single part has huge impact on maximum weight limit of the bouncer.
Some general specifications for weight limitations are like this:
Shape – ROUND
- 8ft trampolines – max 175 lbs
- 10ft trampolines – from 150 – 250 lbs
- 12ft trampolines – from 200 – 300 lbs
- 14ft – 16ft trampolines – from 250 – 400 lbs
Shape – RECTANGULAR
- All trampoline sizes – from 250 – 800 lbs
Shape – OVAL
- 16ft trampolines – from 300 – 450 lbs
Shape – OCTAGONAL
- from 250 lbs+
We encourage you to compare trampolines
How to calculate overall jump area out of diameter?
First take into consideration the fact that some trampolines do have padding, so measure this as well and subtract from previous result before going to multiply.
- Round Trampolines
The formula for the area of a circle is the radius squared multiplied by the constant pi, or 3.14159.
- Measure the diameter of the circular area in feet using the tape measure. The diameter is a straight line that passes through the center of a circle.
- For example, assume the diameter of the trampoline to be 15 ft. Now let’s subtract width of trampoline pad for 1ft (15ft-1ft=14ft).
- Divide the length of the diameter by 2 to find the radius (14 / 2 = 7). The radius is 7 ft.
- Multiply the radius by itself to square the number (7 x 7 = 49). Multiply the result by pi (3.14159), so (49 x 3.14159 = 153.9).
- The result is the area of the circle in square feet–153.9 square feet.
- Rectangle Trampolines
Easy. Just measure the length and width of each side and then multiply those two numbers together to get the jumping area in feet squared (ft2).
For more information read our trampoline buying guide!
How much does a trampolines weigh?
What are available shapes of trampoline and when to use which?
They do come in several shapes, where each one has it’s purpose. They are available in five main types: round, rectangular, oval, square (which were introduced only to fill out a gap between round and rectangular as they take best qualities of both), plus some additional shapes, like octagonal.
There is one more category which covers more and more popular mini trampolines. Click here for reviews of best mini trampolines.
Is there really any difference when jumping on different shapes of trampolines?
This answer is pretty straight-forward – YES, and if you really want best bouncing experience then only rectangular, oval and springless can be considered.
Difference between them is that rectangular are better in height of bounce, but they are not so safe as trampolines can be, not even close to springless but pretty similar to round ones. Which to buy is all about why you need it, recreational or training purposes.
- If part-time recreation is main reason, round trampoline would be my first choice.
- If main reason is training, rectangular shape is what you need as round mostly do not have enough jumping area for performing tricks (but are safer because jumpers in round trampolines are always directed to the center of trampoline mat) and rectangular will give you best performance and available space (but are less safer because jumpers alone decides where it’ll land on a mat).
- With ovals you can get enough room for tricks and as design is similar to round ones, as they also point bouncer back to the center of trampoline mat. It’s kinda win-win situation, where oval’s picked up best of both worlds.
I want best available trampoline on the market for recreational purposes. Which should I buy?
If you plan to use your trampoline for recreational purposes on a daily basis consider buying 14 or 15 ft round trampoline, Olympic sized 10x17ft or a bit smaller 9 x 15 ft rectangular trampoline, 8 x 13 ft large oval spring based or springless trampoline. Of course, when it comes to trampolines big as those, size of backyard matters. Always try to leave as 3ft of empty space from each side.
Which is the safest trampoline?
All trampolines that we review on our site meet all the recommended safety guidelines. Truly dangerous ones are rare, and you won’t find them here – only in brick and mortar stores as low-cost units.
Of course, it would be unfair to say that some of them simply aren’t safer than others as they have tighter enclosure, thicker padding, tighter enclosure net etc.
Vuly Thunder is your nuclear option for safety, but it’s also mighty expensive, truly a premium unit for those who demand absolute perfection, and same could be told for JumpSport Elite or Skybound Stratos. All depends on what you really need!
If you want the safest trampolines for your kids, there are plenty of dedicated small kids trampolines whose frame is not so high as on regular ones. Perfect example is Skywalker 8ft Jump N’ Dunk, whose frame is just 21 inches tall (1,75 foot).
If you’re aiming for indoor ones, for toddlers or smaller children, then you’ll get ones with legs made of sturdy plastic and springs that provide a gradual bounce to aid the kids in keeping their balance.
How long do they last?
The durability of a trampoline mostly depends on the brand. Upscale brands use higher grade materials that can better resist the wind, rain and strains from regular use. There’s no two ways about it – luxury brands definitely last longer than bargain products.
However, with regular maintenance, cleaning and careful use, even average one can last well over 7 years with original parts. Take care that not all parts are equally likely to fail. Frames will certainly outlast everything else.
Trampoline pads are often the first to fail. The plastic can fray and look ugly, but if you’re unlucky it can tear away completely. Then come the mats, enclosure netting and last, the springs. The more layers of stitching the mat has, the longer lasts.
Plenty of them have reasonably priced spare parts, so if say your mat breaks, you can grab a new one for $100 instead of getting a new trampoline.
Professional Trampolines Vs. Outdoor Recreational Trampolines
Professional trampolines are intended to be more powerful and more durable compared to normal trampolines. Generally, the elasticity of these trampolines is situated all throughout the springs as they require more rigidity and firmness. Professional trampolines come only in one shape – as rectangular trampolines!
What is the difference between home and pro trampolines:
• Professional trampolines, in spite of its size, are easy to move from one place to the other.
• They are usually used by professionals/semi-pro’s for additional training, and in some situations, by aspired individuals who may use it for exercise.
• Their fabrics are specially developed and made sturdier than regular backyard trampolines but are still considerably lightweight that allows for easy transport.
• The average base size of this type of trampoline is 14 – 17 feet.
• All these features, especially the springs, which are considerably longer on pro-products, are what allow them to bounce much higher.
Trampolines for professional use are expected to cost more than normal backyard ones and this price is reasonable – features top quality that a lot of professional athletes rely on, especially in cases where this is used for business or in competition.
Ultimate 4×4, made by Eurotramp, is a true competition-grade trampoline used in Olympics and World Trampolining Championship!
There are a lot of advantages of having a trampoline of this type. It’s a good practice to research thoroughly first on the particular type you need by looking up some more information on the internet or probably you could find someone who has familiarity and knowledge about them. From there, you can decide on which is best. You need to consider all angles like the quality, the safety, the price, etc.
How NOT to get hurt!?
This is interesting question but unfortunately there is no unique answer. But we can tell you this:
- always read trampoline user manual as it’ll help you get started with training, if nothing more, you’ll learn some basic moves to start with!
- always use trampoline safety pads and trampoline enclosure – they are a life saver,
- check mat for cuts or tearing before every jumping session,
- check if springs are firmly attached to frames and mat,
- DO NOT over-estimate your abilities. Learn to bounce properly before performing any tricks,
- DO NOT let children inside trampoline without supervision. Trampoline is not a kindergarten,
- If neighbors kids come over to play any trampoline games, talk to them about the rules!