13 Types of Trampolines You Need to Know Before Buying One

Getting a trampoline that’s just right for you is not a walk in the park. There are trampolines with various sizes & designs. Whether you’re into fitness, following a professional sport, or just looking for something that’s right for kids’ backyard fun, there’s a specific type for every use.

So before you go and invest your hard-earned money (and time) onto something that does not even align with your needs, check out this detailed guide I prepared for you. By the end of it, you’ll have a better understanding of all the types available to you, along with their strengths and weaknesses. 

Let’s get into it, shall we?

8 Types Of Trampolines: Which One Should You Get? 

Here are eight common types of trampolines based on their shape, size, and purpose. Let’s get a brief overview of each one. 

#1 – Rectangular Trampolines 

A rectangular trampoline is ideal for professional gymnasts as it gives uniform jumping patterns over the mat’s surface. It’s spacious, so jumpers can simultaneously jump on it without the fear of collision. As a result, it generally has more weight capacity to support weight of multiple people.

These are well-built, as they are for multiple adult users, so from the reliability, safety, and durability perspective, these are highly dependable.

But the downside of it is that it consumes more space, is weightly, and is comparatively costlier than other types.

A side note: These are not ideal for beginners because as these do not direct the jumper towards the middle.

  • Size Range: 7×10 feet to 10×17 feet
  • Price Range: $500 to $2,500+

Strengths

  • Helps maintain an even bounce 
  • All space gets utilized throughout the corners
  • Allows multiple jumpers to bounce at a time
  • Great built quality

Shortcomings

  • Takes more space than others
  • Its a bit pricier than round and oval trampolines

#2 – Square Trampoline

Square trampolines are kind of a mix of round and rectangular trampolines. These give the bounce like round trampolines (we’ll discuss below) and the spaciousness like rectangular ones.

The bounces are even throughout the mat, just like rectangular ones — but with lesser energy and power. And these can accommodate multiple jumpers at a time, too. As a result, this type is ideal for beginner sports enthusiasts, adults, and kids alike.

Typically, these are built with sturdy materials and come in smaller sizes. But for home use, it’s best if you order a medium size, which can accommodate kids easily – and as well as adults — if you’re up for fun! (wink). 

If you’re looking for commercial use, like a gym or fitness studio, it’s best for you to get a bigger size for obvious reasons. 

  • Size Range: 10×10 feet to 15×15 feet
  • Price Range: $400 to $2,000+

Strengths

  • Safer for kids as it gives less bounce-back power
  • Excellent for beginner athletes and kids
  • Can adjust them in tight spaces
  • Can accommodate kids and adults 

Shortcomings

  • Not ideal for professional gymnasts 
  • Might feel a bit pricey

#3 – Round Trampoline

Round trampolines are the mainstream. These are easily available and come at very reasonable prices, which is why most people prefer these for indoor and outdoor fun.

These are seen as the safest because these pull the jumper in the center to avoid any chances of falling off the trampoline or onto the net. 

The bounce you get on one of these is recreational, which simply means not as much height and power as you see in athletes’ trampolines. But still good enough.

As a result, these are great for kids. 

  • Size Range: 8 feet to 16 feet in diameter
  • Price Range: $150 to $1,500+

Strengths

  • Safest choice for kids
  • Easily available
  • More affordable than other types

Shortcomings

  • Can only handle a single jumper 
  • Not suitable for adults
  • The space at the corners remains unused 

#4 – Oval Trampolines

Oval trampolines are not much different from the round ones except that they are different in shape. They have got all the features of round and rectangular trampolines. Therefore, they usually only catch customers’ eyes who like unique types.

So why do we have them? Well, that’s because of its ‘shape’. The main perk of buying this type is that the jumper enjoys more space while bouncing from one leap to another. If you jump on a round one, you cannot really ‘hop’ from one side to another.

So when you jump on this one, you get the benefit of two center points that let you individually avail all the jumping effects while hopping simultaneously.

Plus, a large oval trampoline can accommodate more than one jumper — which means more fun — and comes with more weight capacity. 

  • Size Range: 8×11 feet to 10×17 feet
  • Price Range: $300 to $1,800+

Strengths

  • Gives a better-organized bounce than round ones
  • More area for jumping due to oval shape
  • Large size models have double centers

Shortcomings 

  • Costlier than the round ones
  • Not easily available

#5 – Octagonal Trampolines

Octagonal, as the name suggests, are eight corner trampolines. For this specific reason alone, these are a bit costlier than other types. But there’s more to these that you need to know.

They might look like round trampolines, but they significantly vary from them. Families of three to eight prefer these trampolines as they feel much spacious due to their octagonal design.

Plus, they have an average weight-bearing capacity of around 300-500 pounds, which means you get great durability and reliability.

But don’t get confused when you see their mini forms, known as mini trampolines or fitness trampolines. These are used for fitness purposes only.

These mini types are usually spring-free and are assembled using flexible designs like bungee-cord design. These come with 40 to 50 inches in diameter and are only suitable for adults.

Since during the exercise the gymnasts need to bounce at the same point, these trampolines come with more durable and elastic pad.

Also, an in-built stand comes with these (detachable, depending upon the brand) to help athletes for added balance and support. 

  • Size Range: 12 feet to 16 feet in diameter
  • Price Range: $400 to $2,000+

Strengths 

  • Safer for multiple jumpers at a time
  • Great for all-family fun, kids and adults simultaneously
  • Vast space for bouncing and playing

Shortcomings

  • Costs a lot more than the round ones
  • Require more space to place

#6 – Water Trampolines

Water trampolines are often confused with water bouncers when, in reality, they are significantly different. Water trampolines are usually spring-based and, in contrast, water bouncers come with an inflatable tube.

These trampolines are almost the same as regular trampolines except that these don’t come with the safety net, stand, and frame. These, however, do have springs in them, which makes them stable — and bouncy at the same time. 

These trampolines are great for water adventures, when you’re on a vacation or enjoying a weekend beach outing. Besides providing fun, these are also great for swimming lessons. 

  • Size Range: 10 feet to 25 feet in diameter
  • Price Range: $1,000 to $4,000+

Strengths 

  • Great during summer vacations
  • Aids in swimming learning as well
  • All-family fun

Shortcomings

  • Season-based fun, you’ll only use them in summers
  • A bit heavy to carry around

#7 – Bungee Cord Trampolines

These unusual-looking trampolines are primarily seen in theme parks or fancy fairs. These are rarely used at home due to their giant sizes.

So how do these work? Well, these come with flexible cords that connect the jumper’s jacket to a 20-30 feet stand, allowing for really high jumps. While these cords are durable, if they break, it can cause problems. The cords are durable, but too much exposure to extreme weather conditions like heavy sun and rain can make them brittle. 

  • Size Range: Varies widely based on design and purpose
  • Price Range: $2,000 to $10,000+ for large commercial setups

Strengths

  • More adventurous 
  • Can accommodate multiple people

Shortcomings

  • You need excessive space. 
  • Some states require you to have a permit for these, even for home use.
  • Needs extra care in harsh weather.

#8 – Professional Trampolines

These are the high-end trampolines used by professional athletes and gymnasts. These are meant to produce great bounce as athletes and gymnasts have to perform various tasks and stunts. They are often used in Olympics.

This type is highly durable with heavy-duty performance. The bed is stuffed with the thick layer of durable material like woven nylon bands. The springs used in it are anywhere between 118-126, on a metal frame.

Professional trampolines have an extensive and thicker pad as they provide more fantastic bouncing effects, high weight capacity, and stability. Needless to say, these are expensive.

Also, you need a huge space to put these in place.

These aren’t easily available on sites like Amazon. If you do decide to get one of these, you might have to contact manufacturers directly. 

  • Size Range: Standardized for competition
  • Price Range: $2,000 to $10,000+

Strengths

  • These trampolines are great for professional use. 

Shortcomings

  • These are very costly.
  • Professional trampolines can not be used traditionally.

#9 – Recreational Trampolines

These trampolines are just an extension to more fun, specifically for kids under the age of 10. These trampolines offer you many additional parts, allowing you to have more fun than the regular ones. Basketball nets are one of the most common forms of it as well. 

These can be fixed anywhere, whether indoor or outdoor. However, recreational trampolines are not much durable as other trampolines, so it is preferred that they are used by kids only.

These are available in all sizes and shapes, but regardless of their size and shape, their weight-bearing capacity is only suitable for kids. 

  • Size Range: 8 feet to 16 feet in diameter
  • Price Range: $100 to $1,000+

Strength 

  • Easily available
  • More affordable
  • Plenty of shapes and sizes

Shortcomings

  • Not for serious use
  • Not for adults

#10 – Enclosed Trampolines Or Trampolines With Nets

The sole purpose of enclosed trampolines is to provide safety to the jumpers as the net surrounds all of the edges of the trampoline. This safety net prevents jumpers from falling off the trampoline.

Most trampolines come with a safety net, but you can choose to have an open trampoline. 

The enclosure net is attached around the poles of the trampolines and is usually UV-protected and tightly woven. If you hit against the net, you will bounce back inside.

In worst cases, sometimes a hard hit might tear up the net. There are numerous ways of locking the net, like a latch clip, double zipper, overlapping doors, etc. These might vary from brands to brands. 

Strengths

  • Ensures maximum safety

Shortcomings

  • Costs more

#11 – Trampolines Without Nets

Trampolines without a net look more open, fun, and exciting. Usually, a low-cost trampoline won’t have a net enclosure around them. The preschool trampolines or the kid’s trampolines are generally without a net because they don’t provide high-magnitude bounces.

Considering how unpredictable kids are, it is always preferred to get an enclosed trampoline for the kids to ensure their safety.

Strengths

  • Costs less than the other regular trampolines
  • Looks more open and appealing

Shortcomings

  • Not the safest choice for kids

#12 – Kids’ Trampolines

The kid’s trampolines are usually enclosed and low in height, around 5-8 feet in diameter, and lower weight capacity. All of that make them kids-friendly. 

Moreover, these trampolines are free from traditional springs, so you don’t have to worry about your kids being hurt while playing. Instead, these are built with stretch bands that give push-back almost the same as springs, but are much safer. Depending upon the brand, you might also find built-in sound systems to play music. 

  • Size Range: 3 feet to 8 feet in diameter
  • Price Range: $50 to $300+

Strength

  • Safe, as they’re springless
  • Handle bar for additional safety

Shortcomings

  • Kids only

#13 – Springs or Springless Trampolines

Which trampoline is safer, trampolines with springs or springless trampolines?

Well, it depends upon your use. Here’s what I mean:

  • Getting springless trampolines is safer because they provide controlled bouncing. The Nylon elastic cables are used to grip the trampoline pad smoothly. 

  • In contrast, the spring trampolines allow you to have more bounces along with extra space. These come with steel or iron springs, fixed under the mat. 

But if you go about buying one of these for kids, I’d highly recommend you to get a ‘Springless trampoline’.

The reason I say this is because:

  • Traditional spring trampolines, while they give a great bounce, they are risky because if the mat tears on contact, the jumper might suffer a direct from the metal springs. (Which can result in serious injuries!)

  • On the other hand, in the springless ones, there are no exposed metal springs, there’s no design gap, and the built quality is often sturdy. And yes, springless trampolines might feel costlier — but they’re safer option for kids.  

Strengths Of Spring Trampolines

  • Higher bounces
  • Great for adult, professional, and fitness use

Shortcomings of Spring Trampolines

  • Exposed metal springs right under the mat
  • Kids might fall off the trampoline due to higher bounce

Strengths Of Springless Trampolines

  • Even bounces
  • Safer as compared to spring trampolines

Shortcomings of Springless Trampolines

  • Not higher, powerful bounces

Conclusion

Trampolines are available in different forms, sizes and designs for various needs and tastes. Whether it is for kids’ fun in your backyard, professional setup for gymnastics training, or a all-family fun, there is always a type of trampoline just for you.

Whatever your needs are, while selecting a trampoline, always look for safety, durability, and long-term usage as it should be fun for many years to come.