In an age dominated by video games, we’re grateful that our children still enjoy jumping on a trampoline. Of course, not all jumping surfaces are created equal, and a poor choice could land your little one with an otherwise avoidable injury. We sifted through what seemed like an endless array of trampolines before settle on 10 undeniably amazing products. We focused on finding products that are fun, safe, and affordable.

Whether your kiddo is looking to top a Guinness World Record, shake their wiggles out, or practice their gold medal gymnastics routine, this list will help you jumpstart your search for the perfect trampoline.

Our Top Picks

Skywalker Mini Trampoline

Best Overall

Skywalker Mini Trampoline

Zupapa 15-Foot Outdoor Trampoline

Upgrade Choice

Zupapa Outdoor Trampoline

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline

Best Budget Buy

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline

How to Pick the Best Trampolines for Kids

1. Jumping Surface:

Determine how much space you are willing to dedicate to your child’s new jumping device. Consider the dimensions of your ideal trampoline, including its diameter, closure height, and distance from the ground. What’s more, consider the shape of the jumping surface. Trampolines may be circular, square, or oval-shaped.

The size and shape of the jumping surface help determine the location and number of bouncy sweet spots. Rectangular trampolines tend to provide end-to-end high bounces. According to Nationwide, such high bounces can be dangerous for inexperienced jumpers. Whereas, circular jumping surfaces are usually only bouncy in the center. They tend to provide children with a more moderate bouncing experience.

The material must be flexible, soft, and springy. It should flex under intensified pressure without losing its rigidity or shape. You must never exceed your trampoline’s passenger or weight capacity.

Keep in mind that many trampolines are used outside. The material should not warp or fade when exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

2. Size

Trampolines come in many different sizes. How do you choose one?

Miniature trampolines, like the 3-foot Little Tykes jumper, are usually geared toward younger audiences. These low-impact exercise devices can only support one or two young jumpers. Small trampolines tend to feature stabilizing handlebars and spring-free jumping surfaces. Elements like these are meant to improve the safety and comfort of junior jumpers.

Since these jumpers are so small, they are often suitable for indoor home use. They help fill the void for young jumpers, as standard backyard trampolines are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Midsized trampolines tend to be 8 to 12 feet in diameter. They may be able to accommodate two to four jumpers, depending on their weight limit. These jumpers are the perfect size for small backyards.

The biggest trampolines are between 14 and 15 feet in diameter. These are the Rolls Royces of the trampoline world. They are the kind of jumping surfaces that you can enjoy as a teen or an adult. If your house is the designated spot for family gatherings and playdates, do your best to squeeze an extra-large trampoline into your budget.

3. Materials

We cannot stress the importance of choosing high-quality materials. Opt for rust-resistant galvanized steel spring and tightly woven polyethylene fabric. Make sure that there is no way that young children will come in contact with the hooks, springs, or frame.

Every element of a trampoline is going to be strained during your child’s jumping sessions. You do not want to risk your child’s well being by investing in a trampoline made from inferior materials.

The nation’s doctors treat nearly 250,000 trampoline-related injuries each year. We don’t share these statistics to keep you from these entertaining toys. However, you should consider these facts when choosing a model for your children.

4. Safety Nets

Most modern trampolines come with custom-fit safety enclosures. Look for an enclosure that protects jumpers from coming in contact with the trampoline’s springs and frame. Most enclosures are supported by verticle poles that are mounted on T-sockets. A tightly woven fabric sheet should be thread over the poles to create a seamless wall around the jumping surface. Opt for a tightly woven fabric that will not tear under pressure.

The enclosure should have an easy access zip or velcro entry point. There may or may not be a ladder that leads up to the entry point. Safety clips help lock the entrance in place during jumping sessions.

5. Safety Pads

Safety pads are the donut-shaped fabric sleeves that cover the springs and other rugged elements that surround and support a trampoline’s jumping surface. Most modern trampoline manufacturers consider safety parts an integral part of a trampoline package. Springs or not, we wouldn’t opt for a trampoline without this essential safety element.

6. Frame

Make sure that your trampoline has a durable steel frame. We prefer those made out of unbending tubular steel. It should have a rust-resistant powder coating or something that protects it from the elements.

The Winners

#1

Skywalker Mini Trampoline

Best Overall

This 40-inch Skywalker Mini Trampoline will satisfy your child’s craving to walk without gravity. Stretchy bands provide a bounce that’s even more elastic than most spring-based jumping surfaces. The jumping surface is buffered by a high-quality polyethylene netting. It’s woven tight enough that little fingers aren’t going to get stuck in it.

The trampoline’s waist-high support bar provides little jumpers with added stability. The mini Skywalker is the only trampoline on our list with custom jumping pads. Opt for a jumping surface with a moon man or a tiny UFO. Little toes love landing on curious images.

Surface: 5.3-square foot circular jumping surface
Size: 40-inch diameter
Materials: Metal, plastic, foam
Safety Nets: Yes
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: Tubular metal frame with supportive handle bar

#2

Zupapa 15-Foot Outdoor Trampoline

Upgrade Choice / Most Durable

The Zupapa 15-Foot Outdoor Trampoline is designed to handle intense multi-kid jumping sessions. It’s the only trampoline on our list that we’d consider safe for adults. The galvanized springs provide plenty of bounce without compromising your children’s safety. The bubble boy-inspired safety features include a vinyl pad, step ladder, and towering enclosure net. While the assembly process takes a few hours and at least two
functioning adults, it doesn’t require tools. What’s more, the process is fairly straightforward. If you put your mind to it, you can go from box to bounce in less than two hours.

Many parents reached out to tell us how impressed they were with Zupapa’s customer service. This company is dedicated to keeping their customers happy. While the trampoline has a few minor flaws, you can expect Zupapa to promptly resolve any post-manufacturing issues.

Surface: circular
Size: 12FT: 125 inches; 14 feet: 148 inches; 15 feet: 159 inches
Materials: Durable steel frame, galvanized springs, fabric, plastic, and foam
Safety Nets: 12 by 15-foot enclosure net with zipper closure
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: Heavy-duty steel frame with galvanized springs (weighs 164 – 192 pounds)

#3

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline

Best Budget Buy

The Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline is perfect for Energizer Bunnies between the ages of 3 and 6. The jumping surface is supported by four tubular metal legs with bright orange rubber boots. The springs are covered in a pliable vinyl material. There is no need to worry about the safety of curious fingers and toes.

A rigid metal handlebar extends 34 inches from the jumping surface, providing little ones with a little bit of extra support. Little Tikes seems to have perfectly balanced metal and plastic pieces. Kids get lots of bounce out of this otherwise small jumping surface.

Surface: 3-foot diameter round jumping surface
Size: 3-foot diameter close to the ground
Materials: Metal, plastic, fabric, rubber
Safety Nets: No
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: Painted metal with four legs and rubber reinforcements

#4

Skywalker Jump N' Dunk Trampoline

Best Safety Features

The Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk enables your kids to get major air before landing their slam dunks. This trampoline has an 88.2-foot center-focused jumping surface that is secured by tightly coiled pinch-and rust-resistant steel springs. Jumpers are safe within the confines of the polyethylene enclosure net. The net is supported by a foam-covered steel frame that sits inside reinforced T-sockets. Children can use the dual zipper and latch clip to secure the enclosure after entering the jumping area.

It takes a few hours and a couple of helping hands to assemble this basketball-inspired trampoline. It does not come with a step ladder. Unless you buy one, your children will have to lift themselves over the edge of the springs. Once assembled, the trampoline is covered by a generous 3-year warranty. The directions are well-written and easy to follow, though you must follow them exactly. Otherwise, you may find yourself repeating the most laborious steps.

Surface: Center-focused round jump surface
Size: 88.2 Square Feet jump surface
Materials: Rust-resistant steel springs and drame
Safety Nets: Enclosure net with a dual zipper and a latch clip
Safety Pads: Extra-thick vinyl-coated spring pad
Frame:

#5

Best Choice 7-Foot Mini Trampoline

Best Outdoors Trampoline for Toddlers

The Best Choice 7-Foot Mini Trampoline is perfect for toddlers and young children. It has a 110-pound weight limit and a 7-foot diameter jumping surface. The jumping platform is 16 inches off the ground and surrounded by foam-covered metal bars and mesh fabric. A double-sided zipper enclosure helps create a seamless layer around your little jumper.

We love the bright orange and blue colorway. The trampoline’s metal elements are almost completely covered, whether it is by decorative plastic casings or pool noodle-like foam covers. Since the trampoline is fairly small, it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor play spaces. A little rain or snow isn’t going to stop your kiddo from bouncing.

Surface: 7-foot diameter circular jumping surface
Size: 80.5 by 76.5 inches
Materials: Heavy-duty metal frame with galvanized springs, plastic, foam
Safety Nets: Foam and fabric enclosure with zipper entrance
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: 16-inch tall metal frame with galvanized springs

#6

The Toy Company's Fold & Go Trampoline

Best for Kids with ADHD

The Toy Company’s Fold & Go Trampoline is perfect for parents and kids on the go. It’s also a great option for apartment-dwellers who don’t have the space for expansive jumping platforms. The Fold and Go can be assembled in 5 minutes flat. The legs and handle screw on and off, enabling parents to stuff this jumper in the trunk or backseat of their vehicle. Even the frame and mat can be folded. This is origami at its best.

While the trampoline does not pose any significant risk to young children, it even comes with a miniature safety pad. The pad prevents curious fingers from pulling at the stretchy fabric support bars. The 36-inch diameter jumping surface can accommodate kids that weight as much as 150 pounds.

Surface: 36-inch diameter jumping surface
Size: 36 x 36 x 34 inches
Materials: Metal, vinyl, and foam
Safety Nets: No
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: Screw on legs and handle

#7

Galt Nursery Trampoline

Best Trampoline for 1-Year-Olds

Children as young as 1-year can enjoy bouncing sessions with the help of Galt’s Bouncy Nursery Trampoline. This little green turtle has a 70-centimeter diameter and a 44-pound weight limit. It’s a great introduction for little ones trying out a trampoline for the first time. We were pleased to see the springy elements were covered by a brightly colored padded ring of fabric. What’s more, the removable handle was capped with a slip-resistant rubber grip. Even the steel frame has a set of rubber shoes to help it stay in place.

Your little one will love jumping and jiving on this soft-shelled tortoise. This plaything is suitable for indoor and outdoor jumping sessions. However, it’s a tool that will certainly help little ones from releasing energy on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Surface: 70-centimeter circular jumping surface
Size: 19.7 x 5.6 x 16.1 inches
Materials: Plastic cover, tubular metal frame, rubber grips and feet
Safety Nets: No
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: Tubular metal frame with detachable legs and handle

#8

Jump2It Kids Portable Mini Trampoline

Best for Two Players

The Jump2It Kids Portable Mini Trampoline’s unusual shape enables each jumper to get plenty of air without stepping on each other. The rigid support handle helps kids gain the confidence they need to develop strength, balance, and coordination.

Surface: Oval 56″ x 35″ jumping surface
Size: 56 x 35 x 35 inches, 29 pounds
Materials: Metal, fabric, foam
Safety Nets: No
Safety Pads: Yes
Frame: 9 inches off the ground, tubular metal

#9

LBLA's 36-inch Kids' Trampoline

Best for Toddlers

The LBLA’s 36-inch Trampoline is the perfect size for a solo toddler. This trampoline’s spring-free jumping surface, extendable handlebar, and protective padding will provide even the most cautious parents with peace of mind. It can be assembled and disassembled on demand. This makes the LBLA an excellent option for families with limited square footage. Since this jumping device can be used both inside and outside, it’s a fabulous tool for toddlers with elevated energy levels.

Surface: 36-inch diameter
Size: Comes with 18- and 36-inch diameters, plus an adjustable height and handrail
Materials: Nylon, metal, fabric
Safety Nets: No
Safety Pads: Circular protective cover
Frame: Six steel legs on foldable steel frame with stretchy nylon loops instead of springs

#10

Skywalkere Jump N' Dunk Trampoline

Best Rectangular Trampoline

Trampoline purists will tell you that rectangular jumping surfaces provide jumpers with more sweet spots and higher bounces. They’re also a better fit for linear landscapes. The Skywalker Jump N’ Dunk features a rust-resistant galvanized steel frame and a gapless polypropylene enclosure. A built-in basketball hoop serves as the foundation for slam dunk contests and friendly shoot outs. This trampoline’s 14-foot jumping surface is also ideal for budding gymnasts.

Surface: 7.75 feet by 13.75 feet
Size: Frame is15 by 9 feet
Materials: Galvanized steel , fabric
Safety Nets: Yes, framed netting
Safety Pads: Yes,
Frame: Made from rust-resistant galvanized steel springs and hooks

Quick Decision

Skywalker Mini Trampoline  – Best Overall
After careful consideration and lots of trial bouncing sessions, we’re happy to name the it as the best trampoline for kids. This trampoline has a small yet bouncy jumping surface and plenty of safety features to keep your thoughts of impending doom at bay.

Zupapa 15-Foot Outdoor Trampoline – Upgrade Choice
 If you’re looking for an adult-worthy trampoline, check out the ultra-durable 15-foot Zupapa. This is a super-sized jumping device that can handle the great outdoors and lots of abuse.

Little Tikes Trampoline – Best Budget Buy
If it’s dollar bills you’re obsessing over, then the 3-foot diameter Little Tikes Trampoline is perfectly suitable budget-friendly jumping surface.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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