Before going through this guide with reviews of the best trampolines for pre-teens, kids, and teenagers, I want to give you some background on our research that got us this 2020 list.
When we asked our small group of parents in our Facebook group about what they knew about the best trampoline available, one parent who is always excited to share her unique views about baby products wasn’t as excited about trampolines. She mentioned that most available information or ‘third party’ reviews were fake. And she was right.
In 2019, there was a disturbing case that FTC finally settled with a trampoline company which was promoting two brands ( Infinity Trampolines and Olympus Pro Trampolines) using unscrupulous ways. The two brothers created several websites about trampolines and created a fake seal; “Trampoline Safety of America” logo. They also used the internet’s accessibility to leave thousands of fake reviews on legitimate sites.
I had to mention the story above because over 100,000 trampoline injuries are reported every year in the US. Over a million spent time in emergency rooms between 2002 and 2011 and 93% of the injured were children. This is where it hurts most. As a parent myself, I would hate myself knowing that I bought a faulty trampoline that got my child some neurological damage. Yes, one child in every 200 experience permanent neurological damage because of these injuries.
With our aim to remain honest and transparent in our guidance to parents on what they should purchase for their kids, the 10BabyGear team (myself and three other members) reached out to several parents and organizations that have actually tested these trampolines. While some were very supportive because of our objectivity to actually rank and decide which trampoline was the overall best, a few were asking for links. Interesting to note that those who were asking for links had not actually done the tests themselves.
How we ranked the top trampolines of 2021
That aside, we have compiled a list of ten best trampolines that you can rely on as a parent to give your child a safe bouncing environment. Below is a summary of all the important factors we considered:
- Safety of the trampoline:
- Bounce the trampoline gives
- Size and shape
- Price and warranty:
- Quality of the base/is the base sturdy enough: The best trampolines have sturdy bases and cannot tip over while your baby is bouncing on it. If the base is not weighted, you should make it can be secured to the ground. Make sure your option comes with anchors with no additional cost.
Best Trampoline for Teenagers 2021: Springfree Trampoline
The oval Springfree trampoline is our overall best trampolines for kids and teenagers in 2020 and it scored very well in all the five ranking factors above. This trampoline is manufactured by Springfree, a company founded by Dr. Keith Alexander who has wide experience doing research on trampolines and specifically how to reduce trampoline injuries. All trampolines made by Springfree have eliminated 90% of the impact areas that normally cause injuries.
This Springfree trampoline comes with a softEdge mat that absorbs 30x more shock making it safer than others in this list. In addition, this trampoline has a safety enclosure that makes it perfect for kids and teenagers who are just learning to jump on a trampoline.
Best Trampolines for Toddlers and Kids in 2021
After considering all the 5 factors above, here are the safest and the best trampolines you can pick from for your kid or kids in 2021:
- Springfree Trampolines (Best Safety)
- Skywalker Trampoline (Best Value)
- Skywalker Trampolines Rectangle
- Zupapa Trampoline
- Vuly Thunder Trampoline
- Skywalker Trampolines Mini Trampoline with Enclosure
- Exacme 6W Legs Trampoline with Safety Pad & Enclosure Net & Ladder All-in-One Combo Set
- Airzone ’14 (best for budget)
Reviews of the Best Trampolines for Pre-teen Kids
1. Springfree Trampolines (Best Safety)
Springfree is our overall best trampoline which is ideal for most backyards and ideal for most parties that your kids and teens can think of. Close to 100 parents have rated this trampoline 4.3/5 and most parents liked that it is spring-free and therefore perhaps the safest in the market. Springfree, the company behind this top-rated trampoline replaced metal springs with flexible composite rods under a softEdge mat. You can be sure that the softEdge mat will not let your baby’s fingers and hands wouldn’t be caught.
Here are other reasons we like this top trampoline:
- It can support up to 220lb of jumpers’ weight.
- There is barely any noise that this trampoline makes thanks to its great design.
- The mat absorbs the shock and provides smooth bouncing and on top of the soft bounces, it comes with a basketball hoop.
- You can choose from 10ft., 13 ft., 11ft. models.
This trampoline is not the biggest in this list and actually limited to kids only (not adults). Because of the rods, it is definitely the safest and parents that were shocked by the deceit of 2017 mentioned above.
2. Skywalker Trampoline (Best Value)
Skywalker is our second best trampoline for kids. Skywalker is one of the renown brands that was founded in 2004 and is actively engaged with programs that seek to give back to the community. They run an autism awareness program and as one of the popular brands, it gives immense value, without asking much in terms of cost.
If you have a backyard, this can easily be set up at any space outside your home. It is significantly cheaper than Springfree trampolines (#1 above). The springs are placed at intervals creating a very consistent bounce. A basketball is also included but can be attached using velcro. As a parent, I was only satisfied that the net is sewn directly to the jumping pad, and the springs are below.
3. Skywalker Trampolines Rectangle
The rectangular Skywalker brand of trampoline came third and is the favorite for gymnasts as they provide the best bounce. While this brand uses springs, they all operate independently creating an even and coordinated bounce and landing.
The 12-gauge steel frame is very great as it provides an anchor to the frame as it bounces. The bounces on this trampoline are very high but it has net enclosure with no gaps to keep your baby within the bouncing pad.
4. Zupapa Trampoline
Zupapa trampoline made it to this list and as you can see from high ratings of 4.8/5 by over 800 parent reviewers who praised this trampoline, we also ranked it fourth in this list. Zupapa is perhaps the safest trampoline in the market with its TUV certified materials, heavy gauge springs and enclosure without gaps.
5. Vuly Thunder Trampoline
Vuly Thunder Trampoline is our 5th best trampoline that is preferred by parents for the best safest bounces and is only second to the Springfree brand, our first trampoline reviewed above. Although it is expensive, given that it doesn’t use cheap springs but guarantees safety as the jumper can fully avoid the poles.
Unlike Springfree above which uses mat rod for support of the bouncer weight, Vuly Thunder uses leaf springs. Don’t get confused with the leaf springs, Vuly is still springless trampoline.
6. Skywalker Trampolines Mini Trampoline with Enclosure
Skywalker mini trampolines with enclosures made to this list because of safety, our biggest consideration in all trampoline rankings. It is currently the best-selling trampoline in the ‘Recreational Trampolines’ category on Amazon and regardless of the size you pick, you can get this enclosed trampoline for less than $100.
The polyethylene net which makes the enclosure would not let even a finger pass through. That aside, this trampoline that is considered safe for toddlers comes with 3 years warranty. For additional safety and stability of the bouncing kids, it has a 360 degree padded handlebar.
While this trampoline may be considered as a scaled-down version of a regular trampoline, I like it because it almost guarantees you the safety you would want for your toddler. It uses stretch bands and does not have springs (Springfree) which is good and softer on joints, although this limits the bounce height! In addition, it is closer to the ground and is very ideal for indoor bouncing.
7. Exacme 6W Legs Trampoline with Safety Pad & Enclosure Net & Ladder All-in-One Combo Set
Our seventh-best bouncing equipment is a full-set trampoline that is ideal for toddlers, teens and even adults. This trampoline is not the cheapest costing over $400 but it is made of TUV certified material and has GST testing and UV testing approved. The assembled size is; 15ftx15ftx9ft.
This trampoline has the highest weight limit in the market and can support several people bouncing on it at once. In addition to the stronger base and better weight support, this 16-foot trampoline can support weight up to 375lbs, way higher than traditional trampolines that have w limit of 150lbs.
#8. TRIPLETREE Trampoline
TRIPLETREE Trampoline came 8th on this list of best trampolines for kids in 2020. Like all other considerations we’ve made as we picked out safest trampolines, TRIPLETREE has a safety enclosure net and fits 3 to 4 kids and can support up to 661 lbs. This trampolines come with 2 years warranty and is made of galvanized steel tube that is safe and easy to install.
Here are other features of this trampoline:
- Name: TripletTree trampline for 3 kids or 4
- Package Size: 63.8*19.3*9.1 inch (1* Instructions, 1* ladder, 6* Arc-shaped tube, 6* Up safety pole with EPE tube, 6* Bottom safety pole with EPE tube, 3* U-leg, 60* Spring, 6* Connecting tube, 1* Wrench, 12* Screw and nutsert, 1* Drag hook, 1* Spring cover pad, 1* Safety net, 1* Waterproof jumping mat)
- Package Weight: 89 LB, 3-4 people
- Product Material: Galvanized steel tube+ PP+ PE+ pearl cotton
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at 10BabyGear. I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.