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Last updated: November 25, 2021
Backyard trampolines have evolved a lot over the years, especially in terms of safety, quality and maintenance.
This also means that choosing a new trampoline can be rather challenging, as they come in so many different shapes and sizes.
In this article, we are reviewing five of the best outdoor backyard trampolines you can buy for your kids today, based on safety, durability, weight, maintenance, shape, price and more.
Top 7 Backyard Trampolines:
Top 7 Backyard Trampolines
In no particular order, here are 7 good quality and generously sized backyard trampolines that both you and your kids are going to appreciate.
Further below you can find our backyard trampoline buying guide with more practical tips around finding the best outdoor trampoline.
Note that the below trampolines are suitable for kids and adults. If you’re looking for a smaller trampoline, check out my guide to the best trampolines for toddlers.
1. CalmMax Recreational Trampoline
CalmMax offers this round shaped recreation backyard trampoline in six different sizes, ranging from a small and compact 8 feet to a generously sized 16 feet.
It’s built and designed with safety in mind, and comes with a 6 feet high enclosure net, three to six U-shaped legs for optimum trampoline stability, and a convenient ladder (except for the smallest 8 feet sized version). The mat has a robust polypropylene surface that offers excellent rebounding force, supported by rust resistant galvanized springs.
Overall, this CalmMax trampoline model offers the best value for money. Built with durable materials and designed to the highest safety standards, you can be confident this trampoline will last for many years in your backyard.
|CalmMax Recreational Trampoline|
|Frame size:||8-15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||400 pounds|
2. Zupapa Backyard Trampoline
This Zupapa outdoor trampoline model really walks the walk when it comes to providing you and your family with a safe and durable jumping experience.
Asking someone to come bounce on your hot-dip galvanized trampoline may sound like an awkward invite, but it’s actually a really important feature that gives this product its stamina. It’s a finishing process that gives the steel frame five times more protection from rust and will keep you bouncing around all year long.
The no-gap design of the springs is also a clever feature to stop anything from getting past. This trampoline has extra springs to close up any scary gaps as well as adding extra bounce, and a nice soft foam pad over the top to stop any little curious hands from getting stuck.
Also worth mentioning is that the anti-UV jumping mat has a weight capacity of 375 to 425 pounds, depending on the size you choose (options from 8 to 15 feet frame). Lastly, the 7.2 feet high enclosure net ensures maximum safety.
|Zupapa Backyard Trampoline|
|Frame size:||8-15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375-425 pounds|
3. Merax Backyard Trampoline with Basketball Hoop
This trampoline is a slam dunk, literally. The Merax 15 feet backyard trampoline with safety enclosure net combines two awesome sports in one, by integrating a little basketball hoop into the top of the safety net.
If you are ready to be like Mike this is the trampoline for you. But if you’re concerned that this trampoline is all about the dunking and not the jumping, then you can stop worrying now. This is indeed a high quality trampoline designed to be safe as well as to provide a superior bounce.
The 6 feet high enclosure net and galvanized rust resistance steel construction with 6 U shaped legs offer not only the highest safety standards but also optimal stability while in use.
|Merax Backyard Trampoline|
|Frame size:||15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 pounds|
4. Exacme Heavy Duty Trampoline
The round shaped Exacme heavy-duty trampoline may seem a little basic, but don’t judge a book by its cover. It comes in a wide range of sizes (8 to 16 feet frame), and the larger sizes make it one of the bigger outdoor trampolines on this list.
This is great if it will be shared by more than one child at a time, or if you are going to join in on the fun. Exacme also has a wide range of options you can upgrade to in their collection. For example, you can choose between having the safety net on the inside of the springs instead of the outside.
You also have the option to upgrade with an integrated basketball hoop or a trampoline with carbon fibre surround rail.
|Exacme Heavy Duty Trampoline|
|Frame size:||8-16 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 pounds|
5. Skywalker Rectangular Trampoline with Basketball Hoop
Skywalker is a well-known manufacturer of recreational backyard trampolines, and this rectangular shaped model not only offers a generously sized mat (8 x 14 or 9 x 15 feet) but also includes a basketball hoop.
The materials used to build this trampoline are premium, including weather-resistant galvanized steel, a polypropylene mat, a polyethylene net, and a UV-resistant PVC spring pad. As we touch on further below, Skywalker commits to meeting or exceeding ASTM standards, ensuring the best safety for your children.
While rectangular shaped trampolines are less common that circular trampolines, one of the benefits of a rectangular shaped trampoline is that they often offer a better and more efficient bouncing experience, while also better accommodating two kids to jump at the same time.
|Skywalker Rectangular Trampoline|
|Frame size:||8×14 / 9×15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||250 pounds|
6. Tatub Outdoor Trampoline with Basketball Hoop
This round-shaped outdoor trampoline has a 16 feet frame size and comes with a full safety enclosure and a convenient ladder. The rust resistance steel construction has 6 U-shaped legs that create maximum stability.
For an extra element of fun, this trampoline also includes a basketball hoop which of course doesn’t need to be used, but it’s a nice to have for the kids. Also included is an accessory kit and detailed instructions.
|Tatub Outdoor Trampoline|
|Frame size:||16 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 pounds|
7. Lukdof Backyard Trampoline
This Lukdof backyard trampoline comes in two different sizes; 10 feet and 14 feet, with the latter also including a basketball hoop. Both versions comply with ASTM’s safety standards, and includes common accessories such as enclosure net and a padding cover.
The high tension steel springs offer an excellent bouncing experience, and are covered with durable blue PE+PVC foam pad. The galvanized steel components have a hard-wearing zinc coating, and the U-shaped legs have 6 balanced contact points for superior stability while the trampoline is in use.
|Lukdof Backyard Trampoline|
|Frame size:||10-14 feet|
|Weight capacity:||600 pounds|
Backyard Trampoline Buying Guide
As mentioned further above, outdoor backyard trampolines come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and some come with more features than others. In other words, choosing the perfect outdoor trampoline for your backyard can be quite the challenge.
In this guide, I am going to share some factors that you can take into consideration when looking for that new trampoline:
- Trampoline Shape
- Safety Features
- Extra Features
- Space and Surface
- Weight Limit
- Trampoline Maintenance
- Trampoline Safety Rules
Let’s go through these factors in a bit more detail.
1. Trampoline Shape
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of trampoline shapes before purchasing one.
There are generally four primary trampoline shapes:
Each of these shapes has its own benefits and drawbacks. Square and rectangular trampolines are typically a bit sturdier than circular and oval models. Round models typically sell at a lower price point and perhaps offer more portability than bulkier square trampolines.
For recreational backyard use, a round or oval shaped trampoline is often the most logical choice. Most of the trampolines listed above are round-shaped trampolines.
Read my guide explaining the different types of trampoline shapes for more information on this topic.
2. Safety Features
A modern backyard trampoline is generally regarded to be a safe toy to be used by kids. However, some trampolines are definitely safer than others, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to choose a trampoline that has all the safety features. This will also depend on who is going to use the trampoline.
Many outdoor trampolines come with a safety net surrounding the mat to help prevent children from falling off. For obvious reasons, this is quite a crucial safety feature. Make sure that the net has a sufficient height and that it is made with high quality rip-proof materials.
Some trampolines also have a ladder attached to make it easier for people to safely get onto the trampoline mat. Make sure the ladder is safely attached to the trampoline and that access to the mat is as easy as it gets.
The mat itself should ideally also cover the springs to prevent injuries from happening, especially when smaller children or inexperienced trampoline users are going to be jumping on the trampoline. If the mat doesn’t cover the springs, make sure they are covered with soft padding, which is quite common.
Another thing to consider is an anchoring system to make sure the trampoline doesn’t move around when in use, and doesn’t actually blow away in case of strong winds.
Read my guide to anchoring a trampoline for more practical information on this important topic.
3. Extra Features
In addition to the safety features above, some trampolines also come with extra features to enhance the trampoline experience.
For example, as you’ve see in the list of backyard trampolines above, some actually come with a basketball hoop. Whether you need additional features like that is of course entirely up to you. But do make sure that the actual jumping experience and safety isn’t sacrificed by any of those extra features.
4. Space and Surface
This might be an obvious one, but please do think about the size of your backyard and the space you have available to actually place a trampoline. Believe me when I say that most people are surprised to see how much space a trampoline actually occupies in their backyard when it is all set up.
In addition to the space needed, you also need to think about the surface. It’s important to place a trampoline on a flat surface and avoid slopes, even of they’re hardly noticeable. Grass is also a much more suitable surface then concrete, and if you don’t have a grass surface available, consider investing in a set of rubber mats or similar.
Read more about this topic in my guide to the best surface for your trampoline.
5. Weight Capacity
The weight capacity as determined by the manufacturer (and also the size and shape of the trampoline) will determine how many people can be on the trampoline at once, and if it is suitable for both kids and adults.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) requires that a trampoline should be able to withstand up to four times the weight limit. But trampoline manufacturers aren’t actually required to pass these ASTM trampoline tests, so don’t expect all backyard trampolines to be able to hold four times the recommended weight limit, and definitely don’t try and test that at home.
I always recommend to only have one person jumping at any given time anyway, but it’s still important to consider the weight capacity just in case. Most modern trampolines will have a minimum weight capacity of 250 pounds.
Read more about this topic in my guide to trampoline weight limits.
6. Trampoline Maintenance
Once you’ve purchased a trampoline, it’s important to look after it so that you can keep and use it for many years to come.
While some trampolines are certainly better quality than others, longevity is also very much dependent on how well you’re going to maintain the trampoline.
It’s important to clean the trampoline (frame as well as the mat) regularly, especially before and after the winter break. It’s also recommended to regularly check the mat for any tears or holes. Early detection means that tears and holes can still be fixed.
Other things you need to look out for are UV-protection of the mat, springs and frame, and also make sure the springs and frame are rust-proof. This will make maintenance easier and will ensure improved longevity.
Read my guide to patching a trampoline mat hole for some practical tips. Also read my guide to cleaning a trampoline mat so you’re well prepared once you have that trampoline installed in your backyard.
7. Trampoline Safety Rules
Please note that while trampolines are such great fun for kids and a must-have in the backyard, they are not without risk. It’s important to be aware of these risks, and explain your kids how to safely use a trampoline.
Read my guide explaining the most common trampoline safety rules, so you and your kids can keep enjoying the backyard trampoline for many years.
While I do generally recommend to only use a trampoline for what it is designed to do, jumping, check out my guide to fun activities to do on a trampoline for more ideas to keep your kids entertained in the backyard.