When you look at trampolines on display, you would think that a rectangular model with the same size as a round model would have the same price tag. That’s not true at all. For example, the list price of the Skywalker 15′ Rectangle Trampoline with Enclosure is about $600-$900. The Skywalker 15′ Round Trampoline and Enclosure with Spring Pad is about $600. How does a feature like a geometric shape change the cost of a trampoline, even by the same manufacturer?
Construction and Design Quality
Of course, manufacturers price their items based on the resources used to make them. Round trampolines keep a consistent bounce and keep the jumper in the middle. This allows for an even weight distribution to the entire frame that is less expensive to manufacture. Rectangular trampolines need more springs, a strong frame, and a mat that can withstand the amount of force applied at any position on the apparatus. The rectangular frame requires additional support based on the design shape compared to the natural support of a round shape.
In a side-by-side comparison, Skywalker trampolines vary by their number of springs for their trampolines, as well as the size of the spring. For example, the Skywalker 15ft rectangle uses 76 – 7.64″ springs while the round Jump N’ Dunk 15ft Skywalker uses 96 – 6.5″ springs. The Skywalker square 14ft trampoline is smaller than the same Jump N’ Dunk, but due to its design, it uses the same number of the 6.5″ springs. The Upper Bounce Rectangular trampoline uses 86 – 7″ springs for the 8x14ft size and 90 – 7″ springs for the 9x15ft. The same brand’s round trampolines need 64 – 5.5″ springs for the 10 foot size and 72 – 6.5″ springs.
Professional athletes as well as serious competitors use rectangular trampolines to improve their performance. The long, rectangular shape gives them more area to do tricks. The amount of force applied – and how well the trampoline can take – is also crucial for these types of stunts. Olympic gymnasts, in trampoline competition, as well as athletes, use professional-grade rectangular trampolines. Round trampoline options do not meet their training needs. Professional models as well as the recreational models, that are built to be weather resistant, function with the springs working at different rates for optimum height and landing control.
Round trampolines are designed for amateur, backyard fun. They are ideal for safe jumping for the whole family. They are also priced for the recreational market. Rectangular trampolines are often used for professional use. Competitive gymnasts and other athletes want the type of bounce for ultimate height with a mat and frame that can handle the powerful force required to achieve it. These athletes practice being in control of their jumps and landings. The rectangular trampolines do not naturally control bounce like the round trampolines do, so the jumper must be able to either use the entire mat or maintain enough control for their placement. This trains the jumper by improving their coordination and boosting their stamina. The additional support and spring system that costs more allows them to achieve this on the rectangular trampoline.
Due to the rectangular trampoline’s design for additional support, it can also support a higher weight capacity. For example, the Upper Bounce rectangular models have a weight capacity of 500 pounds while the round models by Upper Bounce can only hold up to 330 pounds for their largest trampoline. Support, not only helps with the amount of force applied during jumps, but with the weight of the jumper as well.
Dollar for dollar, the rectangular trampoline is undeniably the most expensive. Consumers already have many points to consider when it comes to purchasing a trampoline for their family. Manufacturer prices vary, as does the quality of materials and construction. However, it is likely that the consumer is deciding between products by the same company. Size is important because of yard space. Rectangular trampolines can fit in yards that are more narrow. Safety is a concern for all parents. Round trampolines are generally safer for younger jumpers. Is it worth choosing a rectangular trampoline over a round trampoline?
In the end, it is about the investment. If there is an athlete-in-training in the house, who is building up stamina and coordination beyond the limitations of a round trampoline, then you should strongly consider purchasing a rectangular trampoline for all of the benefits it brings to training. While a rectangular trampoline that’s designed for the recreational enjoyment of the family can be part of anyone’s backyard, it’s not a wasted investment when it’s used to its potential.
How Do Other Manufacturers Compare When It Comes to Price for the Round or the Rectangular Trampoline?
- VariableBounce Trampoline: 10ft model = around $1,200; 14ft model = around $1,400
- VariableBounce 10x17ft Rectangular Trampoline: around $2,500