Fresh air means one thing: it’s time to get the kids outside. Whether your kids are pushing their cute sandals to the limit by running around the yard over and over again or you’re setting up for backyard pizza night, warm weather evenings are made for outdoor activities.
For parents who want to level up and be seen as the GOAT in their homes–nay, the entire block—a trampoline is the accouterment your family needs. We found the best trampolines for kids to get them moving.
The best trampoline for your family will of course depend on how many kids you have, who will be jumping, their ages, their weights and how much space you have. There are certain safety to considerations as well, says Cathy Pedrayes, safety and security expert. The first stop should be a call with your insurance company, as many won't write a homeowner's policy if there's a trampoline involved.
"Opt for a round trampoline versus a rectangular one, make sure the trampoline is enclosed with high safety nets and uses shock-absorbing safety pads that cover the springs, hook and frame entirely," she says.
Take a close look at the models you're considering when you buy a trampoline, as Pedrayes says that the newer designs tout better safety using composite rods instead of finger-pinching springs, but there aren't enough studies yet on whether this design actually reduces trampoline injury.
"Most of the injuries happen on the mat itself," she says. For extra safety measures, she suggests placing it on a softer surface like sand. Additionally, she says a family should come up with a set of rules, such as one jumper at a time, and that adults should always supervise children on trampolines.
The Serene Life Trampoline is safety-certified to the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. It’s 12 feet in diameter, has four L-shaped legs for stability and comes with a safety net. Made from galvanized metal and reinforced plastic, it’s durable, rust-proof and weatherproof and able to stand up to heavy-duty jumping.
It holds up to 352 pounds total, which means it can hold multiple adults and children (ages six and up) at once. It weighs 130 pounds and requires minimal assembly, which means your family can be up and running in no time for summer jumping fun. If you have active kids, this one easily doubles as a fitness trampoline.
The Skywalker Trampoline has over 10,000 ratings on Amazon for good reason—it’s an all-around fantastic option for those looking for a trampoline that won’t break the bank. It’s been tested for safety standards by the American Society of Testing Materials, and it has a no-gap design to reduce falls and pinch points. The springs are located outside the net for extra safety, and the spring pad is UV-resistant and reinforced.
Made from with galvanized steel frame that’s weather resistant, this one is even stable thanks to T-sockets at each leg and joint. It can hold up to 175 pounds collectively. One of the best things about the Skywalker Trampoline is that it comes with a basketball hoop, perfect for dunking. It comes with a three-year limited warranty on the frame and a one-year limited warranty on the other materials.
The ORCC Trampoline comes in six width options, ranging from 8 feet to 16 feet. It has 96 springs and can hold up to 450 pounds collectively. It is American Standards of Testing Material and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act compliant, which means that it meets safety standards including being lead- and phthalate-free.
This trampoline also allows for two net options, one with the net on the inside of the springs, and one with the net on the outside, depending on your personal preference for jump surface and safety. At 6 feet high, it’s also one of the higher nets on the market. The enclosure poles are also padded with foam.
The pad is extra thick, waterproof and UV-resistant. It comes with a rain cover, U-shaped wind stakes, a ladder and even includes gloves for assembly.
This Little Tikes jumper is small but mighty and a great option for those looking for a first trampoline for toddlers to burn their endless amounts of energy and work on gross motor skills. At 13 pounds, it’s lightweight enough to be transported between rooms. Over 30,000 customers have rated it, with an average of 4.7 stars. This mani trampoline offers high quality in a compact design. It's just 3 feet in diameter and has a weight capacity of up to 55 pounds.
Recommended for children ages 3 to 6, it does require assembly but it goes quickly. The bar doesn’t fold down to store the trampoline compactly, but it does unscrew if you need to store it. It’s usable indoors on a variety of surfaces, such as tile, wood and carpet. And really, it offers plenty of jumping space if you're a little one stuck inside on a rainy day.
And you guessed it—it's our favorite trampoline for toddlers.
At 7 feet in diameter, this Giantex trampoline is big enough to feel like your kids are burning enough energy without taking up your entire basement. It holds up to 220 pounds collectively, which is plenty of weight for several young children. It comes with a safety net and a two-sized L-zipper with a buckle and double closure, and the mat is tear-resistant.
Made for children 3 years and older, it has safety features such as a 360-degree net, protective foam cover and a seamless design to keep fingers from getting pinched and is deemed safe by the American Society for Testing and Materials. It does have a low profile, which means that heavier children might bottom out.
At 16 feet wide with 108 springs, this Merax trampoline comfortably fits multiple jumpers. It comes with a 5.9-foot tall net and thick padding for extra safety, with the net located outside the pad to make for an even larger jumping area. The net has a zipper and is extra secured by a buckle, just in case the net unzips itself.
It has six U-shaped legs for stability and 12 foam-covered poles that distribute weight around the frame. For extra stability, 12 wind stakes are included to plant the trampoline firmly into the ground, even during a storm. The best part? This model is one of the few backyard trampolines able to hold a collective 800 pounds. That means an entire family can comfortably bounce together.
The legs are three feet tall for a high profile, which means jumpers can jump harder and go higher.
The CalmMax Trampoline has over 2,700 ratings with a 4.6-star rating on Amazon, making it a top-rated choice for families looking for a well-designed trampoline with important safety features built in. The net is 6 feet high and 360 degrees around.
It’s been tested to 20,000 jumps, 5,000 hours and can hold up to 400 pounds collectively, accommodating several adults and kids. The springs are rust-resistant and come covered in a PVC foam pad. This one also hits all the right safety notes, partially because it's round (vs. a rectangular trampoline that experts warn against) and such extensive testing.
It has four legs and eight balanced contact points for stability. The 12-foot version is compact enough that it won’t take up your entire backyard, but big enough for multiple jumpers.
The size of the trampoline you need for your kids depends on your kids’ ages and how many you think you’ll have jumping at once. Trampolines that are 8 feet and under are good for smaller children to get exercise and trampolines that are 8 feet and over are good for older children to practice skills and tricks and have more space to jump.
The average trampoline size is 8 to 10 feet. The Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline is a good type of trampoline for toddler-age children who are looking for an introduction to jumping. It's important to also consider the trampoline's weight limit as well.
If you have multiple jumpers, you can look for trampolines starting at 8 feet wide. The right size will depend on your children’s ages and weights when combined. If you have older or heavier children, you’ll want to also look at the bottom clearance to make sure that hard or heavy jumpers won’t bottom out and touch the ground when jumping.
Trampolines go up to 16 feet wide, which is ideal for large families, heavier jumpers, multiple jumpers and a combination of adult and kid jumpers. Jumping mats vary by the trampoline size and diameter as well.
The best size indoor trampoline is the one that fits in your space. Look for trampolines that clear your ceiling height while having enough room for the trampoline to bounce without bottoming.
You should have enough comfortable space around the exterior of the trampoline, even if you have a net around it. The average indoor trampoline is somewhere between 6 feet and 10 feet, but you can go bigger or smaller depending on your space requirements.
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