Types of Trampolines

Trampoline shapes and types

Buying a trampoline (guide) is not as easy as might seem. Plethora of trampolines, most of them looking alike, and the only thing you might see is different – shape! But what is going on here, are they really alike, performance-wise? Of course not. That’s why we will explain the main differences and qualities of each shape!

Some people choose the type of trampoline based on the size of their backyard as the most important factor while others tend to buy because the price seemed right, whatever their characteristics and specs may be. They are both partially – wrong. Yes, it matters, but safety and performance should matter as well, as each and every type is intended for a specific age span.


Different Types of Trampolines


Round Trampolines

Round trampolines are considered recreational trampolines for home outdoor use, ideal for occasional jumping or slight recreation. It is the most common type of trampoline, available in different sizes, designs, and of course – quality. They have sized up to 18 ft and within a very broad price range, depending on the quality. Smaller versions, up to 8 ft are most suitable for children up to the age of 8.

acon round trampoline

The reason for this is the nature of bounce while jumping, as circular springs setup always pushes you back to the center of the jumping mat, lowering chances of accidental landing onto padding or net itself.

Rectangular Trampolines

Rectangular trampolines are made for semi-professionals and professional gymnasts and if you ain’t got much space, because of their rectangle shape,  they might not be your best choice. But, if you have a large backyard and semi-gymnast at home, then it’s your only choice!

type of trampoline - rectangular model - image

Bounce they give is slightly different from the round version, as it doesn’t guide you to the center, but you alone decide where to land, which might be tricky for inexperienced jumpers but great for ones who need to jump high as possible, as this type of trampoline will give you just that – much higher bounce.  Also, there is a fact that they are still pretty expensive. But if it is inside your price range – go for it!

Square Trampolines

Square Trampolines are combining the best of both worlds – they are big and they are safe. They are a bit more expensive but you will enjoy every second of using them.

sprinfree square trampoline
Springfree Jumbo Square Trampoline

As they provide a bit different bounce than round trampolines it is commonly accepted as a trampoline for part-time gymnasts.
Unlike round trampolines, which have limited bouncing capabilities and tend to put the jumper back to the center of the mat, square trampolines are much like rectangle ones – are all about the height.

Springless Trampolines

Safest of all. And the most expensive trampoline for recreational use!

Types of springless trampolines - Springfree and Vuly springs
Springfree Inc. composite rods used on their’s springless trampolines, and Vuly “Leaf springs” used on Vuly Thunder Pro

Springless trampolines are the safest as they don’t use any metal springs. It is several years old design introduced by New Zealand`s engineer Dr. Keith Alexander.
He discovered that a large number of children were hospitalized and treated for injuries from a trampoline and decided to end it. He came up with a new innovative way of placing springs, and that’s below the mat. How is this possible? Well, it doesn’t use standard steel springs but long composite rods, removing the possibility to land on them.

We recommend that you read more about springless trampolines.

Mini Trampolines

If you live in an apartment or you’re really limited by space, a mini trampoline might just be what you’re looking for in your training session.
Mini trampolines or Rebounders - types of trampolines

Mini trampolines will be the best alternative to the gyms on cold winter evenings. They are small enough to be invisible in the interior and then again could be just what you need to add “a bit of personal touch” to your living area.
Next, they are cheap. Good quality mini trampolines can be found for $50 or even less at clearance sales. Of course, those aren’t full-blown products that would be heavily used, but for occasional exercise, they’ll do just fine. Everything depends on your needs!

Did you know that is at least 60% more efficient than jogging?

Exercise on mini trampolines affects the whole body, this is because rebounding affects all joints equally (knees and ankles), so when compared to jogging on a flat surface it creates hot spots on certain areas. Try and see a difference! 20-30 minutes of workout – three times a week, and you will fall in love with yourself.

If you need some kind of training equipment, mini trampolines could be it! Try it! You won’t be sorry!

Reviews of Best Mini Trampolines!

Inflatable Trampolines

Luxurious Water Trampolines or Standard Inflatable Trampolines? Whichever you choose – You will have the most enjoyable time of your life.

inflatable trampoline / water trampoline

Water versions are fairly expensive and are mostly used as a rental service. If you do own it, you will have a FUN time using it. At least your friends will 🙂

More common are inflatable trampolines which are used by toddlers to engage and rule the inflatable castle.

What do reviews have to say? Nothing much…only that THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!

Trampolines for Kids & Toddlers

Tailored exactly for the youngest, kids trampolines are considered safest, as they can be, as the health of your dearest is achieved through several innovative solutions, from extra padded & soft frame to premium enclosure systems.

Check here for the latest reviews of best kids trampolines.

Bungee Trampolines

What to say, looks interesting… would love to have one at home. Bungee trampolines are most often found at fairs and other places where people gather.

Bungee trampoline