Not all trampolines are alike, nor are they created with the same results. There are a number of very good models, which have significant features in common. We’ll explore two models, the Bounce Pro and the Skywalker trampolines, to see what they offer.
|Bounce Pro Trampoline||Skywalker Trampoline|
|Age||6 and up||6 and up|
|Assembly||Relatively easy, better to have an extra hand; 2 to 4 hours||Relatively easy, better to have an extra hand; 1.5 to 4 hours; instructions can use more clarity|
|Color||Primarily blue||Primarily blue|
|Enclosure||Comes with zipper enclosure. There’s no gap between the netting and pad||Comes with a unique no-gap enclosure|
|Frame||Heavy-duty, galvanized, rust-resistant frame||Heavy duty, rust-resistant, galvanized frame|
|Game||Spinner Flash Litez or Electron Shooter with Targets||N/A|
|Ladder||No ladder, but you can purchase a kit separately||No ladder, but you can purchase a kit separately|
|Leg Count||6 W-shaped legs||6 W-shaped legs|
|Mat||UV-resistant jumping mat||UV-protected polypropylene jumping mat|
|Price||Less than $300||Less than $400|
|Shipping Weight||121 pounds; ships in two boxes||126.3 pounds; ships in two boxes|
|Size||14 feet||15 feet|
|Springs||72 springs; comes with spring hook for assembly||96 springs|
|Stakes and Support||Not included with product||Not included with product|
|Warranty||2 years||1-year frame warranty; 90-day materials warranty|
|Weight Limitation||220 pounds||200 pounds|
|Best Yard Size||Medium to large backyards||Medium to large backyards|
Bounce Pro 14′ Trampoline
The Bounce Pro trampoline is an entry-level version for families who are new to trampolining. Bounce Pros are easy to find in retail outlets, such as Walmart and Sam’s Club. They are competitively priced at less than $300. Most models are the 14-foot trampolines, but you’ll find the 15-foot model at some outlets.
The Bounce Pro is easy to assemble, but it’s a good idea to have a second person to help with assembly.
This trampoline’s heavy-duty frame is made with galvanized steel, so it’s not as susceptible to rust. It also comes with a UV-resistant mat. Its enclosure keeps kids securely on the jumping space, rather than on the springs.
Because the jumping surface doesn’t allow jumpers to jump as high as other models, it keeps children at a more manageable altitude. The safety enclosure netting is finely woven to prevent snagging. The poles and arch are fully padded, covering the frame and springs for added protection. The Bounce Pro is compliant with the standards of ASTM International, the organization that develops technical standards for materials, systems and services.
The weight limit for the Bounce Pro trampoline is 220 pounds, but manufacturers don’t recommend adult jumpers on this model.
Here’s where knowing what you want to do with your trampoline comes into play.
The Bounce Pro is intended for children rather than adults, so if you’re planning for your family to become to trampolines what the Von Trapps were to music, you’ll need to consider another model. But if you’re looking for a way to have a good time as a family, the Bounce Pro comes through.
Skywalker 15′ Trampoline
The Skywalker ‘with enclosure’ is a traditional spring trampoline with a one-inch foam padding, which covers the exposed springs for increased safety. Its galvanized steel frame allows it to withstand all seasons of weather. Its safety and durability are increased by the t-socket locking enclosure frame.
According to Trampoline Safety of America, as a third-party organization that studies the technical aspects of major trampoline distributors, the Skywalker trampoline (priced at approximately $375), is one of the more popular trampolines on the market. However, this does not automatically make it one of the best. While most high-end trampolines use a nine-inch spring with a minimum of 108 springs, the 15-foot Skywalker has 96 springs of 6.5 feet, which affects the height of your jump. They found the trampoline to be cheaply made.
Conversely, Thoroughly Reviewed, a website which reviews a variety of products ranging from products to car warranties to pet insurance, made the Skywalker 15-foot round trampoline its top pick. They cited the durability of the galvanized steel frame and the safety of the enclosure with netting.
The Skywalker 15-foot enclosure with pad is a traditional round model. Round trampolines provide a softer bounce for basic trampoline fun rather than competition. Rectangular and square trampolines, with more lift, provide a firmer bounce and are designed for gymnastics and competition.