10 Best Mini Trampolines & Rebounders in UK – With Buying Guide!
When it comes to trampolines, nothing is as simple as it seems. Trampolines can be a lot of fun, but also serve as a great exercise option. This is doubly so for mini trampolines, many of which are made precisely to serve this function. Mini trampolines are often referred to as “rebounder trampolines” or “mini fitness trampolines”.
First, let’s answer most common questions about rebounders and rebounding
What is the difference between a rebounder and mini trampoline?
Possible the most asked question we receive, and answer is pretty straightforward – there is none, and there is (but only in some cases). Rebounder is same as mini trampoline or fitness trampoline, where all of them are referred to smaller versions of regular outdoor trampolines. But while they were more and more adopted in gyms as exercise equipment, on which rebounding exercises are being performed, term “rebounder” came to life. So basically when we talk about rebounders we think about better mini trampolines, performance-wise but they both do fall in same category. Do not let this confuse you!
What is “rebounding”?
Rebounding is a low-impact cardiovascular exercise, type of aerobic workout performed while jumping on a mini-trampoline. Rebounding exercises are a great way of burning off excess calories. They are a good cardio workout and have many health benefits. Jumping on a mini trampoline burns over 400 calories per hour, all up to 1000 with some specific workout sessions. Not only that, but it is a lot of fun as well. It can be done in the comfort of your home. You do not have to leave your house just to exercise. Your motor skills will also improve, along with your sense of balance. Your muscles and bones will strengthen, too. Some also say bouncing every day helps them get rid of negative energy and built-up stress.
What is the best brand of rebounder/mini trampoline?
If you are in the market for a rebounder, which will be intensively used, then some of the better brands are as follows: Jump Sport, bellicon and Cellerciser, along side with Maximus Pro & Fit Bounce Pro, which are somewhere in between high-performance and budget mini trampolines. While we talk about budget versions, then we need to mention BCAN, Ultega, Marcy & Ancheer.
What size mini trampoline is best?
Mini trampolines are mostly made in three different sizes, with few available variations. Those are 40″, 50″ & 60″ in diameter, and as mentioned, there are few models which are in between of those. When answering the questions which one is the best, it’s good to know who will actually use it. Smaller size is better for kids, teenagers and skinny people, so weight of a jumper should be most important factors when thinking about the size.
Are mini trampolines good for seniors and Who shouldn’t use them?
While there is no age limit in terms of who can use them, there are several safety-guidelines, such as people with back problems, injured joints or feet, or people who suffer from heart condition and similar, so in those cases it’s always good to consult a doctor before using them. Also, be aware of your limits, so always go easy – do a warmup session then continue to basic jog, and only then continue to more intense aerobic exercise.
BEST Mini Trampolines & Rebounders
Fit Bounce Pro II
This rebounder by Fit Bounce Pro is the pinnacle of their product range. Unlike many other models of rebounders, this one does not utilize springs for providing bounce. Bungee elastics are used instead, a total of 30. These cords are much safer and the feeling when rebounding is a lot more direct. They are 8 mm thick and are one of the thickest on the market. The bounce is soft, meaning there’s less force on your joints and bones. It’s also quieter than other spring rebounders we’ve tested, as there are no springs that can squeak. The cords are elastic and soft so even if you miss the trampoline mat, it’s no big deal.
The mat is quality made and won’t break soon. Unfortunately, due to the cords, the rebounding area is a tad smaller than with other rebounders – only 28 inches in diameter.
It’s a half folding design and takes a few times for the cords to loosen a bit so it can be VERY difficult to open properly for the first few times. Make sure you’ve got the muscles or ask someone else to help you! But when folded it’s really small and can fit almost everywhere.
There are six legs and 63 cm (25in) of rebounding area diameter. A respectable weight limit of 135 kg (21 stone) means nearly anyone can bounce on it, making FitBounce PRO perfect mini trampoline for adults.
The trampoline comes with two spare cords if some break and a convenient storage bag, so that’s extra value. Considering the high end price, it’s the least we’ve expected, to be honest. It comes with a “bounceometer” that tracks the number of bounces you’ve done during the training session so you can monitor your progress. Included are two video and one music download (60 minutes of workout music).
Unfortunately, the stability bar costs extra. Warranty is a year on the frame, 6 months on the mat and 3 months on the cords. It could be a bit longer.
Overall, this is a capable and good-looking trampoline. It is well-made, sturdy and adequately bouncy. The warranty is phenomenal. The addition of a bounce counter sweetens the deal. It’s a nice little unit with a hassle-free assembly and a quiet bounce. Fit Bounce Pro is a top quality trampoline that we would definitely recommend to anyone, but its high price makes it a lot less attractive. Still, if you can afford it, definitely get this one! Our verdict? Excellent.
Rebound UK Pro Gym Rebounder
Rebound UK presented us with their model from the Pro line of rebounders. With a standard diameter of 102 cm and rebounding area diameter of 67 cm, which is a bit above average, the trampoline can fit almost anywhere. The maximum weight limit of 130 kg is also a good indicator of its quality. Almost anyone can bounce on it without fear something will break.
The rebounder looks nice but we would prefer it if the springs were covered with some sort of pad for extra safety…
36 springs are responsible for the bounce, which is gentle and not too loud. It doesn’t sound like an old mattress like some bargain bin rebounders can and often do. The mat is non-slip for extra safety. Six chrome plated collapsible legs keep it safe and stable at a height of 26 cm.
Warranty is the same as with the previous product – a year on the frame, 6 months on the mat and 3 months on the cords. Again, the period could be a bit longer.
Unfortunately, the rebounder doesn’t come with a stability bar and is one of the highest priced spring rebounders on the market. It does come with two exercise DVDs to help you get started. It’s decidedly good, though, so it’s not a bad purchase as it is, but the MaXimus Pro provides a lot more value for a little less money.
MaXimus PRO Rebounder
The well-esteemed trampoline star makes a comeback. Maximus Pro is known as a manufacturer of reliable rebounders and this 40-inch model seems to follow suit. A rich accessory package complements the offer, as you’ll receive free handle rail, sand weights, storage bag and awesome DVD/online selection of workouts for all levels, from teenagers to seniors. The MaXimus Pro Rebounder represents a great upper mid-range package.
The trampoline folds in half for easy storage and comes with a neat storage bag. The triple-tiered springs are very large (jumbo coils) and provide a safe, responsive bounce that doesn’t put a lot of stress on your joints. There is a total of 32 of them and for this size it’s quite a lot, considering the size. We have to admit we were very pleased with them as they are were not only quiet but very responsive.
The mat is double stitched for safety and stability. The overall rebounding area diameter is 69 cm (40″), which is a lot considering the size of the springs and the overall diameter of 101 cm.
A 135 kg weight maximum means the manufacturer is confident of the materials used and their strength. The rubber feet are non-marking and can be used without worry in gyms and living rooms.
It is rigid and won’t bend or feel wobbly when bouncing as many cheap rebounders can feel.
The warranty provider is Rebound UK, meaning the warranty period is the same as with the previous two trampolines. Maximus Pro folds in half for easy storage.
The bundle is really admirable in its scope and considering the asking price, it’s one of the best deals on the market.
We heartily recommend MaXimus PRO for all age groups as it’s a perfect sweet-spot between high performance rebounders and home use mini trampolines!
Pro Urban Rebounder
This mini trampoline is touted as “the most robust mini trampoline on the market” by its manufacturer. And they’re not that far off – it’s certainly comparable in build quality to the best of the bunch.
It is foldable and comes with a stability handle bar and an exercise DVD. As a unique addition, it comes with a special kit (four extra legs) that lets you elevate its legs and use the rebounder in a slightly tilted position. The manufacturer claims it burns more calories that way.
True, but take care if you’re a beginner as it’s a lot easier to fall off the trampoline that way!
The mat is durable and the springs are covered for extra safety and good looks. The trampoline is rated for a maximum of 100 kg (although a few more kilos should not be a problem) and has 8 inches of ground clearance. Its six legs keep it stable and sturdy. The warranty is classic for rebounders – a year on the frame, 6 months on the mat and 3 months on the spring cover. The rebounder is intended for ages 12 and up.
If you think you might get a good use of its incline position feature, this rebounder won’t disappoint you. But if you don’t need the feature, there are other choices that might suit you better.
However, there have been general concerns with springs snapping due to long-term use. This has definitely been the case for us on some rebounders, but those were mostly really cheap and flimsy. We feel this is not a common occurrence on this model and should not pose an obstacle when deciding about your purchase.
Tunturi Fitness Trampoline
The Tunturi Fitness Trampoline is an interesting package very similar to the Pro Urban Rebounder, but features a lower price while promising an exceptional standard of quality.
The springs are heavy duty and the bounce is responsive, but not too firm so as to damage the joints. The rebounder is foldable but requires a lot of muscle strength to open the first few times.
It comes with a stability handle bar and four extra legs that allow you to set it up for an incline jumping workout. It activates your muscles more than when bouncing on a straight surface, but as with the Pro Urban Rebounder, take care. It can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Unfortunately, the trampoline doesn’t come with a workout DVD, so you will have to look up some exercises on your own. We liked the rated weight capacity of 140 kilos and a 1 year warranty on parts. Some users have reported missing parts in a package, but this is usually swiftly solved by contacting the Tunturi Trampoline Customer Service.
For the price, one cannot complain too much. For a lot less money you can get a rebounder almost as good as the Pro Urban Rebounder.
If you’re cash strapped but don’t want to sacrifice quality, this is an excellent choice.
What to check before buying a mini trampoline?
10 to 16 feet is the norm for standard outdoor trampolines, while the category of mini trampolines (rebounders) usually includes trampolines less than 2 meters in diameter (up to 6 feet). Mini trampolines & rebounders usually have a ground clearance of about 30cm (1 ft) and are made primarily for indoor use. As a consequence of their size, the bounce is not as high and because of that they are likely safer than their larger counterparts. Low bounce also means less stress on joints and muscles.
Generally, mini trampolines (rebounders) come in sizes from 32 to 45 inches, with 36 and 40 inches being the most common. While the differences in size are not too big, every inch counts and if you live in a rather cramped space you might not appreciate the extra bulk larger trampolines invariably have. Beware though that by choosing a smaller trampoline you will most likely sacrifice some of the jumping surface. But even the smallest of trampolines should accommodate an average person without any problems.
Most mini trampolines are round and there are usually no alternatives to that. There are a few square mini trampolines, but these are usually marketed to kids (and come with the correspondingly small weight limits).
If you are plus sized and want to rebound, of course you can! In fact, it is a great exercise and will likely help you maintain healthy weight and good general health. There is a thing you must pay attention to while purchasing it, though. Always ensure the maximum weight capacity is not exceeded.
Good trampolines should have a capacity of at least 115 kg (18 stone / 250 lbs), and some of the best ones can bear even more than 140 kg( 22 stone /300 lbs). You should avoid trampolines with less than 90 kg (14 stone / 200 lbs) of maximum weight capacity if you are a larger person.
While exceeding the maximum weight capacity of a trampoline generally does not lead to catastrophic failure right away (though it very well may) and there is some extra leeway left by the manufacturer, it should not be done often as it may cause parts to experience increased wear and tear and ultimately fail prematurely. There is no warranty for such cases and it is best to abide by the manufacturer’s claims than to risk it yourself.
Mini trampolines are to be used by only one person at a time, but we generally suggest the same even for larger trampolines as there is a considerable risk of injury due to collisions.
A general rule of thumb is that the more weight trampoline is able to carry, the more expensive it will be due to higher quality parts and better build quality required.
Depending on your needs, you might value your trampoline to be as portable as possible. Most trampolines accomplish that by making use of folding legs or whole rebounder for easier storage and transport. When you’re not using your trampoline, you can simply fold it or just the legs and stow it away behind a wardrobe.
There are various mechanisms for folding and unfolding and some require huge amounts of strength to fold and unfold properly. It is best to try doing it yourself in the store or, if you are ordering online, read our reviews to get an idea of what mini trampoline would suit you best. We would also recommend you to avoid extremely cheap big box store foldable trampolines as their legs are very flimsy and made of thin sheet metal, if metal at all. These can present a huge risk, especially if not unfolded well and it can lead to injuries. That is why it is important to look up any model you might want to buy.
If you have enough space, we would definitely recommend you to buy non-foldable mini trampoline with good, stable legs and preferably with anti-rust coating. It is not that foldability is inherently unsafe, but it is simply one less thing that could go wrong.
Think it’s easy to unfold a mini trampoline? Good luck with some models 🙂
Just because the trampolines are small, it does not mean they should come with a short list of features. There are various designs available and your mini trampoline should not look ugly. The most common, run-of-the-mill options (and the cheapest ones) come in a combination of black mat and blue safety pads. But the more money you are able to spent, the better and sturdier the trampolines begin to look.
At a minimum, you should ensure the trampoline comes with anti-slip rubber caps on its legs to ensure stability and safety. Mini trampolines generally have a firmer bounce, but it does not mean it should be reasonably bouncy and not too firm.
The more you move up in price, the better the features become. You should expect more expensive trampolines (over £100) to have an all steel construction and some kind of anti-rust plating. Springs should also be of better quality and there should be a higher density of them. Some trampolines even do away with springs and use special very elastic bungee cords.
But unfortunately, the corresponding higher cost is enough to turn away some prospective buyers. Even more expensive models come with adjustable bounce firmness settings.
At least six legs is the norm for mini trampolines, and some come with eight to bring more stability.
Most mini trampolines are easy to assemble as the parts are neither big nor plentiful. Some even come pre-assembled and just need to be unfolded. Most come with free-shipping from online retailers, but even if you buy from brick-and-mortar stores, they should not be difficult to transport in your car.
How much do they cost?
Expect to pay about £30 for entry level mini trampolines. There are not many that we could recommend and would generally advise you to steer clear of these unless you have personal experience with the product or have read unbiased recommendations and reviews such as those conducted by us on this website. There is nothing inherently wrong with buying a budget trampoline, but exercise caution. Best quality trampolines can be found from £200 upwards. They are sturdy and come with long warranties so you can be sure they will last you a long time. It is a significant upfront investment, so you are still advised to do your research and hear our thoughts about them.
Anyway, mid-priced mini trampolines are a real minefield and it is difficult to give a hard and fast rule. Generally, avoid those that are cheap-looking and too similar to those budget big box £30- trampolines. They are likely just marked-up rebrand’s that prey on unsuspecting and uninformed buyers.
We have enumerated a few tips to help you, though, so to reiterate:
- Always check the maximum weight capacity
- Ensure the warranty is comfortably long
- Check the unbiased reviews
- Use our trampoline comparison tool
- Look for galvanized frames (these frames do not rust as easily)
- Look for springless trampolines that use elastic cords (bungee cord rebounders are supposed to give best lymphatic drainage)
- f in doubt, contact the manufacturer about the warranty and spare parts availability
- Ensure there is generous safety padding around the mat
- Instructions should be included, and they should be clear and detailed
You should always aim for the trampoline to have some kind of a warranty. The longer, the better, obviously. You can generally get a good overview of a trampoline’s quality by the length of the warranty. While it’s not always the case that a short warranty means a bad trampoline, it is a cause of concern. Why purchase a trampoline that even the manufacturer does not believe in?
The length of the warranty varies by the price range and manufacturer.
Expect the cheapest ones (£30-£40) to have a 60-day warranty, if at all. Some have 90 day warranties on the mat, springs and other parts and are a bit more generous on the frame with at least a year’s warranty. Generally warranties on frames are longer than those on the mat or springs, as these can be realistically expected to fail after use. However, more expensive trampolines will generally have 10 years or lifetime warranty on the metal frame, at least two years on the mat and at least a year on the springs, with some offering five and two years, respectively. The springs are the first part to fail, especially on the cheaper trampolines.
For some customers it is very confusing when shopping for a rebounder as there is so many mini trampolines on the market. And they are suitable for some people. But have in mind that cheaper mini trampolines will not allow you to get all the amazing fitness benefits that are achievable from rebounding on a fitness trampoline.
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