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Last updated: July 13, 2021
Backyard trampolines have evolved a lot over the years, especially in terms of safety and quality. 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 I am going to share with you five of the best outdoor trampolines you can buy for your kids today. Don’t forget to also read my trampoline buying guide further below for some practical tips.
Top 5 outdoor trampolines for kids:
Top 5 Outdoor Trampolines for Kids
In no particular order, here are 5 good quality and generously sized outdoor trampolines that your kids are going to appreciate.
1. Zupapa Trampoline with Safety Enclosure Net
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.
|Frame size:||8-15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375-425 pounds|
2. Merax Outdoor Trampoline with Basketball Hoop
This trampoline is a slam dunk, literally. The Merax 15 feet outdoor 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 would surely be mistaken.
You will get plenty of air as you launch off the round shaped mat, and the net is nice and tall to protect small and big kids alike.
|Frame size:||15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 pounds|
3. Acon Air Outdoor Trampoline with Premium Enclosure
This Acon Air trampoline with premium enclosure really looks the business; if you are looking to raise a family of Olympic gymnasts, then this might well be the perfect backyard trampoline for you.
This round shaped trampoline has a weight restriction of 295 pounds for a single user (either for a child or an adult). The mat in the 15 feet frame is UV resistant, and the whole trampoline has been designed to be used all year round, including throughout the colder winter months.
If you are looking for a trampoline that you can train on, as well as bounce around for a bit of fun, then this is a solid choice for you.
|Frame size:||15 feet|
|Weight capacity:||295 pounds|
4. Exacme Heavy Duty Trampoline with Enclosure Net
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 the market.
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.
Or if you are looking for something a bit fancy, you can pick a model with an integrated basketball hoop or a trampoline made from carbon fibre.
|Frame size:||8-16 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 pounds|
5. Tatub Outdoor Trampoline With Safety Enclosure
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.
|Frame size:||16 feet|
|Weight capacity:||375 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 Shapes
- 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 Shapes
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.
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.
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.
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.