Trampoline Buying Guide

A trampoline is a great piece of exercise equipment that will help your family stay fit while having fun. This trampoline buying guide outlines some different options to assist you in your shopping.

Trampolines 101

Trampolines provide a moderate to high-level aerobic workout that benefits your whole body and improves cardio health. In fact, jumping on a trampoline can achieve results similar to a good run but with less stress on your joints. Trampolines are available for both indoor and outdoor use and come in various sizes and shapes. Your choices range from a one-person indoor rebounder to a full-size round or rectangular trampoline sunk in your backyard like an in-ground pool. If your yard is on the small side, you may prefer the more space-efficient round design. Kids' trampolines have extra safety features such as handrails and protective netting. With so many choices, it's easy to choose a trampoline that will help you get fit and also provide fun and exercise for the entire family.

Types of Trampolines


Rebounders & Mini-Trampolines

Rebounders are one-person indoor trampolines about three feet in diameter and one foot high. Designed for home personal fitness, they're easy to move around and a breeze to store when not in use. Bouncing or jogging in place on a rebounder is an excellent aerobic exercise that can strengthen many parts of your body depending on your movement. It’s also safe and gentle enough for all ages.

Full-Size Trampolines

Full-size trampolines are intended primarily for outdoor use. The round variety ranges from 12’ to 16' in diameter, while rectangular trampolines come as large as 16' by 24'. With their spacious jumping surfaces, full-sized trampolines permit you to perform a broad range of aerobic exercises, but advanced exercises should be attempted only if you have received proper instruction.

Springless Trampolines

If you're shopping for a safer trampoline option, you should consider a springless model.  Traditional trampolines get their bounce from hard springs around the edge of the jumping surface. Springless trampolines use fibreglass rods instead of springs. The result is a softer, smoother bounce that is gentler on your knees and joints. The metal frame is also removed from harm's way, with an added enclosure net to ensure jumpers don't miss the trampoline surface and end up on the hard ground. 

Kids Trampolines

Trampolines designed for children are strictly for play, although they certainly provide a great outlet for kid energy. Some models have a safety bar to assist jumping and help prevent falls. Others are completely enclosed to eliminate any possibility of falling out, along with padded frames for extra protection. Most models are rated for use by toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school kids. 

Trampoline Buying Tips:

• The trampoline you choose should suit both the space you have available and the size of the people using it
• It is recommended that a minimum of 8' of clear space be left around all sides of the trampoline
• A large trampoline requires at least 24' of overhead clearance from the ground up
• Ensure that the trampoline is fitted with safety pads that cover the hooks, frame and springs

Trampoline Features

Frame +

A steel-tubing frame provides the structure over which the trampoline bed is stretched. A sturdy frame is needed to handle the stress placed on the trampoline during its use.

Legs +

The legs of the trampoline raise it off the ground to provide the space for the downward flex of the trampoline bed. The wider the stance of the legs, the more stable the trampoline will be.

Bed +

The trampoline bed, also known as the bounce mat, is the large piece of fabric stretched across the frame to create the jumping surface.

Springs +

In traditional trampolines, springs are used to attach the trampoline bed to the frame. The springs give the trampoline its bounce, so they need to have high tensile strength to deliver optimum performance.

Spring Pad +

The spring pad, or padded surround, is the protective material about 8" wide that covers the springs and hooks attaching the trampoline bed to the frame. Spring pads should have thick padding to protect the jumpers and be made of weather resistant fabric to withstand the elements.

Safety Enclosure +

A safety enclosure helps prevent jumpers from falling off the edge of the trampoline. The enclosure is made of netting or mesh suspended around the outside edge of the trampoline on padded metal poles and secured at the bottom to the trampoline springs. A zipped entry provides access to the trampoline bed.

Safety skirt +

A safety skirt helps prevent people and pets from getting underneath the trampoline. They are made of durable materials and often have built-in storage pockets for stowing shoes, watches, phones or other items.

Trampoline ladders +

A trampoline ladder is a type of step ladder that clips to the trampoline frame to provide easy access to a raised trampoline bed.

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How to Use a Trampoline

Jumping is a moderate to high-level aerobic workout that will increase your heart rate to a healthy level. Jumping at a low, controlled rate will help you avoid unsafe landings. Basic jogging is good aerobic exercise, while side-to-side bouncing strengthens abdominal and leg muscles. Jumping jack bounces on a trampoline are easy on the joints. Gymnasts jump barefoot but novice trampoline users will do better with the ankle support of a properly fitted running shoe.

Trampoline Maintenance Tips:

• A trampoline cover should be placed over the trampoline when not in use
• If possible, jump barefoot or wear socks to keep the trampoline bed clean and reduce damage to the fabric
• Sweep dirt away with a soft broom
• Don’t sit, stand or walk on the padded frame around the edge of the trampoline.
• Replace parts such as the trampoline bed, protective padding and springs when damage is visible

Trampoline Safety Tips:

• The trampoline should be level; do not set up an outdoor trampoline on sloping ground
• Jumpers should always be supervised
• Allow only one person to use the trampoline at a time
• Never jump on a wet trampoline bed
• Set up indoor trampolines on non-slippery surface away from walls and furniture
• Be aware that jumping on a trampoline could cause it to shift sideways to an unsafe location
• You can use trampoline anchor kits to secure the trampoline to the ground to aid in preventing both sideways shift and tipping
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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