If you’re looking for an enjoyable way to keep your kids active, try a trampoline. As a mom, I know the importance of having a trampoline that’s not only fun, but safe.
My quest to find the best trampoline for my child’s birthday led to an in-depth search of my own. I’ve put together a detailed guide that helped me in my journey. I hope the following list saves you time as you decide on the best option for you and your family.
Compare the best kids trampoline using the chart below…
|7.5′ Bazoongi JumpPod Elite
|7.5′ Bazoongi Treehouse (JumpPod)
|7′ Little Tikes First
Four of the Best Trampolines for Kids: Detailed Review
The Bazoongi Elite JumpPod trampoline is a great option if you are looking for an indoor or outdoor option with an enclosure. It comes with 42 3.5″ galvanized springs, a rust-resistant steel frame, over-under spring design, W-shaped legs, and a top rail system, measuring 160 inches in height off ground. Because of its smaller size, it works well for younger children, ages 3 to 8.
This trampoline is sturdy and well constructed and supports jumpers, up to 175 pounds. Reviewers have found the safety net to be tight and secure, while others have found the material used for the net to sometimes unravel, causing holes in the safety net. The JumpPod trampoline is relatively easy to assemble, but some users found the instructions unclear.
This unit may be the best choice for your family if you need a smaller trampoline with a good bounce.
Little Tikes First Trampoline supports up 100 pounds and is a great option for families with younger children, between the ages of 3 and 10. Because of its relatively small size, this trampoline works well for smaller backyards. It comes with a high-quality steel frame and 21.65-square-foot jumping area, providing a great bounce for hours of fun. Its blow-molded plastic enclosure is made from PE netting, to improve safety and durability.
The majority of Little Tikes owners love this trampoline and boast of its quality, durability and safety. Some complaints include the trampoline’s limited warranty and the fact that replacement parts are hard to find. Most users have found installation fairly easy, while others have not. This model model does not fold down for storage, but has to be taken apart completely, so that could be a downside.
Little Tikes is a good buy if you have a small yard and are looking for a fun, safe way to get your kids active.
Although the Magic Circle is pricier than most, it is well worth the cost. If you want a trampoline that lasts several years, this is it. It comes in various sizes and shapes – round, rectangle, octagon and hexagon. It also supports up to 450 pounds, twice as much as most trampolines.
I’ve seen nothing but high reviews for this trampoline, even from owners who have had it for years. The Magic Circle has received top ratings for being one of the strongest trampolines in the market. Customers rave about the company’s top-notch customer service. They love how sturdy, large and bouncy the Magic Circle is. Assembly is also said to be relatively easy.
The Magic Circle is a great choice for any family, particularly those with active kids or teenagers who need a sturdier option.
Because of its larger size and 200-pound weight capacity, the Skywalker trampoline works best for large yards. It comes with a 36.5-inch galvanized steel frame, UV-protected jumping mat, 146-square foot jumping surface, and an enclosure that’s designed to eliminate gaps between the safety net and jumping area.
This round trampoline has a nice bounce and works well for children of all ages. Most owners find its assembly not too complicated if instructions are followed precisely. The Skywalker has received rave reviews for its great bounce, safety and durability, but there have been a few complaints about the enclosure and padding tearing apart. In addition, the replacement parts tend to be pricey.
The 15-foot model is a good choice for active families of any age, who love to bounce and have lots of space.
All in all, this trampoline works well for the entire family and for those looking for an alternative workout option. It’s also fun, bouncy and durable, but as with all trampolines, not recommended for somersaults.
How to Find the Best Trampoline Size for Your Yard
If you’re getting an outdoor trampoline, chances are, you already have a specific size in mind. Knowing the size of your front or backyard can help you better determine which trampoline to go with. Like pieces of furniture within your home, a trampoline that’s too large can clutter your space, or worse, not fit at all.
10-foot trampolines tend to work better for smaller yards, while those 12 feet or larger, work better for bigger yards.
Here are some tips to help you along those lines.
Measure your play area…
Using a reel tape measure (best for larger areas), measure the length and breadth of the area where you want a square or rectangle trampoline to go. For round or hexagon trampolines, measure the diameter (across the center) instead.
The area should also be on level ground with extra space above the trampoline (approximately 24 feet above ground) to allow for bouncing. In addition, it should be free from obstructions, such as nearby trees growing overhead, fences and walls.
Measure the safe fall zone…
Add at least 6 feet to this measurement (giving you at least 3 feet on each side of the equipment), to cover the surrounding area where a child may fall.
Like the play area, this area should also be free from obstacles, such as walls, fences, sidewalks and electric wiring.
Determine who the trampoline is for…
Aim for a larger trampoline (12 feet or more) if you have older kids or plan to use it yourself. Larger trampolines also have a greater weight capacity if you want something that smaller kids can grow into.
Visualize how the trampoline will fit with your current layout, taste and style, then pick a size that works with all these elements.