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Fitness trend, children's birthday party or just to clear your head. In our big trampoline test 2021 you can find out a lot of useful and practical information about trampolines and how you can have a lot of fun with them. Trampolines are very suitable as both sports and leisure equipment.

Not only children but also adults enjoy the sporty trampolines. If you want to buy a trampoline, you should follow the following article with interest and pay particular attention to certain purchase criteria. Such as: Load capacity, TÜV certificate, size and weight. Only with a critical eye will you be able to choose the right trampoline for you.




Summary

  • A trampoline is one of the most popular pieces of sports equipment for young and old to perform (acrobatic) jumping exercises.
  • There are four different types of trampolines, including the inflatable trampoline, the fitness trampoline, the garden trampoline and the mini trampoline. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
  • When buying a trampoline, you should pay attention to the size, age approval and load capacity as well as the TÜV/GS certificate.

The Best Trampoline: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a trampoline

Trampolining is fun for young and old. By the way, you burn a lot of calories while bouncing. The following guide will help you decide on the perfect trampoline for you.

Why is it worth buying a trampoline?

Trampolining is not only a lot of fun, but also very healthy.

Bouncing on a trampoline improves your stamina, strengthens your muscles and helps you lose weight easily.

If you have joint problems, a trampoline offers you the perfect opportunity to burn fat and at the same time protect your joints thanks to the springy effect. Trampolining is also very popular with children of all ages. Whether in the garden or indoors, trampolining guarantees hours of laughter for children.

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Trampoline manufacturers indicate age recommendations on their products. In general, children should only start trampolining when they are at least 3 years old. (Image source: pixabay.com / Skitterphoto)

If you want to buy a trampoline for your children, it is important that you secure it sufficiently and get the appropriate accessories. Many trampolines already come with a safety net .

Which trampoline suits me best?

When choosing the perfect trampoline for you, you need to ask yourself two questions:

  • What do I want to use the trampoline for?
  • How much space do I have available for the trampoline?

If you are buying the trampoline as an amusement for you and your children, a safety net is the best choice Garden trampoline. There are also special trampolines that are particularly suitable for children. In general, we recommend trampolines for children from the age of three. When buying, pay close attention to the manufacturer's age recommendations.

If you still want to give your little ones the bouncing fun, bouncy mattresses are a possible alternative for children under three. Otherwise, there are no age-related restrictions. If you want to use the trampoline as fitness equipment, a fitness or sports trampoline is best for you. Fitness trampolines are also much smaller than a garden trampoline and therefore easier to store.

An inflatable trampoline is also very space-saving. When you don't need it anymore, you can simply deflate it and store it in a space-saving way. However, we recommend inflatable trampolines more for children, as they are not ideal for sports exercises.

How much does a trampoline cost?

Trampolines are available in all price ranges - from inexpensive inflatable devices for the home to professional fitness rebounding products. The cheapest trampolines are the inflatable ones. They are available from around €50. Mini trampolines are also available in this price range. Inexpensive indoor or sports trampolines can be bought for around 60 €, higher quality models cost around 100 €. If you opt for a garden trampoline, a solid mid-range model starts at around 100 € - although the price varies depending on the size and accessories of the trampoline. Professional trampolines can also cost several hundred euros, but for recreational use, a cheaper model is usually perfectly adequate.
Type Price
Inflatable trampoline From €50
Fitness trampoline From €60
Garden trampoline From €100
Mini trampoline From €40

What alternatives are there to a trampoline?

A good alternative to the trampoline - especially for smaller children - is the bouncy mattress. It poses less risk of injury than a trampoline and is still great fun for children. In addition, the bouncy mattress trains your child's coordination and balance and can also be used as a seat because of its soft surface. Bouncy balls or smaller bouncy castles can also be a good alternative for the little ones.

Decision: What types of trampolines are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between four different types of trampolines:

  • the garden trampoline
  • the mini trampoline
  • the Fitness Trampoline
  • the inflatable trampoline

Each type of trampoline has different advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you need your trampoline for, a different type of trampoline is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to help you find out which type of trampoline suits you best.

What are the characteristics of a garden trampoline and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The garden trampoline offers a large surface area and a robust frame that makes trampolining an experience for the whole family. The diameter of the jumping surface varies between 240 and 490 cm. The height of the jumping surface is usually between 80 and 100 cm. This type of trampoline is extremely robust due to the steel frame and the thickened tubular steel legs and can support up to 160 kilograms.

Advantages
  • Very robust
  • All-weather trampoline
  • Size
  • Suitable for adults and children
Disadvantages
  • Accident risk relatively high
  • Rather expensive

Garden trampolines are available with or without springs. If you want to leave your trampoline outside all year round, you should choose an all-weather trampoline . Garden trampolines are often offered in a set with safety nets.

Safety nets definitely make sense, but they are not a reliable protection against injuries.

In general, caution is always required when jumping, especially when supervising children! However, the large surface area of the garden trampoline offers enough room to practise smaller acrobatics such as somersaults and to play frolicsomely.

What are the characteristics of a mini trampoline and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Mini trampolines are originally height-adjustable rectangular or square trampolines that serve as a jumping strength enhancer in apparatus gymnastics.

Advantages
  • Perfect for sports lessons
  • Height adjustable
  • Very good suspension
  • Fitness mini trampolines also suitable for private use
Disadvantages
  • Less suitable for recreational use
  • Pure bounce reinforcement

You probably know this type of trampoline from your sports lessons. Although mini trampolines are indispensable in the gym, they are rather unsuitable for private use. Today, many people also use the term mini trampoline for the fitness trampoline. Fitness mini trampolines are certainly suitable for private leisure use and are also popular there as a practical indoor alternative to the garden trampoline.

What are the characteristics of a sports trampoline and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Rebounding and fitness trampolines are considered fat burners and are therefore part of an effective workout. Rebounders and other fitness trampolines offer you a good opportunity to take care of your health and burn calories quickly and effectively. The fitness equipment is perfect for improving balance, increasing coordination and strengthening the joints. As fitness trampolines bounce particularly well, they are very easy on the joints.

Advantages
  • Easy on the joints
  • Robust
  • Good training equipment
  • Good suspension
Disadvantages
  • Sometimes very expensive
  • Only suitable for bouncing while standing

Sports trampolines are usually circular and rather small and therefore only suitable for jumping while standing. Many jumping fitness trampolines are offered with some accessories, with which you can perfectly round off your training.

What distinguishes an inflatable trampoline and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The special advantage of inflatable bouncers is that you can use them indoors, outdoors and even in water. After jumping on the trampoline, they can also be stored away to save space.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Space-saving
  • Low risk of injury
  • Can be used several times
Disadvantages
  • Low load capacity
  • Low bounce
  • Rather unsuitable for adults

Inflatable bounces are the cheapest option and very popular with children. The surface of the trampoline is usually made of plastic and has no sharp edges - to prevent injuries. Although these trampolines are specifically designed for children, it is important to never leave your child unattended and to secure the trampoline appropriately. In addition, you should always pay attention to the manufacturer's information.

Purchase criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate trampolines

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate trampolines. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Trampoline type
  • Size, height and load capacity
  • TÜV/GS certified
  • Age recommendation
  • Design and accessories

Trampoline type

First ask yourself what you want to use your trampoline for. If you are looking for a trampoline for your garden, only garden trampolines or all-weather mini trampolines come into question.

Without a UV coating, the trampoline will quickly become brittle.

To be able to leave a trampoline outside all year round, you must make sure that your trampoline has a jumping surface with a UV coating, as the constant sunlight destroys the flexibility of the plastic fabric over time. Without UV coating, trampolines and safety nets become brittle even faster and tear easily. If you want to use your trampoline primarily for sports, fitness trampolines are your first choice. However, if you are looking for a trampoline for your children, an inflatable trampoline offers an exciting alternative.

Size, height and load capacity

The most important key data before buying a trampoline include the size, height and maximum load capacity of the product.

Size

A trampoline always takes up a certain amount of space. Depending on what you use your trampoline for and, above all, how often you use it, you should think about how much space it can take up in your household. Garden trampolines take up the most space, but guarantee maximum jumping fun for young and old. Depending on how big your garden is, you can choose from different size variations. Garden trampolines are available from approx. 180 cm up to 500 cm (diameter).

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A safety net around the trampoline surface offers more protection so that you don't fall off the equipment when jumping. (Image source: pixabay.com / Hans)

If you don't want to lose too much space on your trampoline, you might choose a mini or fitness trampoline. These types of trampolines are already available with a diameter of less than 100 cm. They are also very suitable as indoor trampolines. A particularly space-saving option is the inflatable version. Inflatable trampolines can be deflated again after use and you can easily store them in the cupboard. The jumping surface is the area on your trampoline that is effectively available to you for jumping. If you are thinking about buying a small trampoline, pay close attention to the size of the trampoline frame and how much space you really have for jumping. The jumping surface of the trampoline can also have different shapes. Larger trampolines in particular are usually round, but there are also square models. Smaller trampolines, e.g. fitness or mini trampolines, often have an angular shape or jumping surface. They are most often hexagonal.

Entry height and overall height

When buying a trampoline, also pay attention to the entry height of the trampoline. If you are looking for a trampoline for your child, it is essential to ensure safe entry. Many manufacturers also offer entry aids such as ladders with their trampolines. The overall height plays a big role for you if you are looking for an indoor trampoline. Make sure that your trampoline is not too high so that you don't hit your head on the ceiling when jumping.

Did you know that trampoline gymnastics can reach heights of up to 9 metres on good equipment? Safety measures are indispensable here! A normal net would never be enough.

Maximum load capacity

The maximum load capacity of the trampoline varies depending on the model. When buying your trampoline, pay close attention to the recommended weight load of your desired product.

The maximum load capacity informs you about the total weight with which the trampoline can be safely used in the long term.

If you are using your trampoline as a piece of sports equipment, it is important to take your body weight into account when buying the trampoline in order to be able to use it as a piece of fitness equipment in the long term.

TÜV/GS certified

The GS test checks whether a product complies with the legal requirements regarding the protection of the health and safety of persons.

Be sure to look for the TÜV or GS certification.

The GS mark or TÜV can only be awarded by independent testing bodies. Manufacturers themselves decide whether they want to have their trampoline inspected. Many manufacturers label their products with a CE mark. Attention, however, the CE mark only states that the manufacturer believes that his product complies with all European directives. Accordingly, the GS mark is much more meaningful.

Age recommendation

In general, you can assume that trampolines are unsuitable for children under the age of three. The bones of small children can break even during normal jumps. Most accidents happen when two people jump at the same time. When buying a trampoline for your child, pay close attention to the age recommendation and choose special children's trampolines or jumping mats.

Design and accessories

The design plays an important role in a trampoline that you cannot store away in the cupboard after every use. The design is primarily divided into two elements:

  • The colour of the trampoline
  • The shape of the trampoline

Most trampolines are offered in the colour blue. If you prefer a different colour, you can often buy models in green or red. Special children's trampolines are very colourful. Trampolines are usually round, but you can also buy rectangular trampolines. Many manufacturers already offer a complete set for your trampoline, but sometimes it makes sense to buy certain additional products.

Garden trampolines, for example, are often sold with a safety net. If you want to leave your trampoline outside all year round, it certainly makes sense to buy an additional cover. If you are looking for a workout partner, height-adjustable handles are often included. These handles are absolutely necessary to be able to perform some specific exercises on the jumping surface.

Trivia: Interesting facts about trampolines

Safe trampoline fun - what do I have to consider?

Careful reading of the manufacturer's information, proper clothing and supervision of children are absolutely necessary to make trampolining safe.

As a rule, manufacturers advise against jumping together to avoid collisions and.

This is very important for small children. The bones of small children are not yet very robust and can even break without colliding. You should be especially careful here. Safety nets are useful and can prevent falling off the trampoline. However, it can still happen - so keep a close eye on your child when they are jumping on the trampoline alone.

A TÜV certification offers additional guarantee and safety and should not be neglected. You should also make sure that your child is wearing the right clothes and avoid wearing jewellery so that they don't get caught on anything.

How healthy is trampolining?

Trampolining works your entire body. No muscle is left out. Not only do you get better balance and coordination of your body, but by jumping you can also enjoy successful weight loss. Trampolining can burn around 750 calories per hour of exercise - more than jogging! In the following table you can find out which areas are particularly affected by trampolining.

Areas What happens? Effect
Cells Old and weak cells are replaced more quickly by new and strong cells through exercise. Cells renew themselves faster Through faster cell renewal, organs are also strengthened. Stronger cells are created throughout the body
Cardiovascular system When you jump, you use all your muscles. Your cardiovascular system is stimulated you build up more power reserves and burn calories. Your cholesterol level is lowered, fat is burned and high blood pressure can be regulated.
Lymphatic system By jumping you achieve a high cell pressure change. This keeps the lymphatic system circulating the system can more easily get components such as food or oxygen from the blood and transport them to the cells.
Muscles Trampolining is therefore a very effective muscle-building workout. All muscles are strained and therefore become stronger training all muscles leads to more strength, stamina and endurance. The muscles themselves also get bigger and their efficiency increases.
Bones Jumping strengthens the cartilage tissue in the joints. The number of red and white blood cells, as well as the number of collagen fibres is also increased Regular trampolining strengthens the bone structure. Sufficient muscle tension puts less strain on the bones than, for example, jogging.
Joints The soft suspension on the trampoline minimises the pressure on the joints. The joints are stimulated to produce lubricating fluid, which keeps them well "oiled" and prevents them from drying out. In this way you can prevent joint pain.
Intervertebral discs A straight posture is necessary on the trampoline. Your back muscles become stronger and your spine is better supported. The alternation of tension and relaxation stimulates the metabolism and massages the intervertebral discs.

What is trampoline fitness or jumping fitness?

Jumping sport is a training method for the entire body and also a cardiovascular workout. Trampolining is one of the most effective endurance sports, activating more than 400 muscle groups. For example, jumping fitness is 68 percent more effective than jogging. The training mainly takes place on the surface of the trampoline. That's why even beginners are guaranteed quick success.

By jumping on the trampoline, you not only improve your endurance and strengthen your balance, but also prevent back problems. Through this efficient training, your body releases happiness hormones and serotonin and you leave the stress of everyday life behind. So it's the perfect recipe for having fun!

Which trampoline is suitable for Jumping Fitness?

Special fitness trampolines are best suited here, as they are usually equipped with a handle. This is helpful for some exercises on the trampoline. Alternatively, you can also use a mini trampoline.

What previous experience is necessary?

Your weight, age and current fitness level are not important at first, as this sport programme can be learned by anyone. Some manufacturers supply a short list of exercises that you can do on your trampoline with their fitness trampolines. As this is not very exciting in the long run, we recommend YouTube or other video platforms. There you will find a variety of exercises and sometimes even complete workout videos.

Many of these exercises are in English, but they are also helpful if you don't speak the language well. In general, you have to be very orderly in the execution of the individual exercises. Correct execution is necessary to protect your muscles and joints from incorrect stress. If you feel unsure of how to perform the exercises, we advise you to take a trampoline fitness course. Jumping classes offer you the opportunity to train in a group and learn how to perform individual exercises correctly and efficiently.

What do you do in jumping fitness classes?

Generally, this workout consists of a combination of fast, sprint-like and slow movements. Several types of exercises and stretching are mixed with single aerobic steps to complete your workout. The training programme varies depending on the provider. Many providers offer group classes. Group training is great because you can motivate each other. If you are hooked on jumping, you also have the option of becoming a jumping instructor yourself. To find a trampoline fitness class near you, it's a good idea to use the Internet.

How long has the trampoline been around and who invented it?

A precursor of trampolining was, of course, bouncing on mattresses. The trampoline was first popularised in the mid-1930s by George Nissen and Larry Griswold. The idea for it has its roots in the circus. There, acrobats would drop into safety nets after their performances, which bounced similarly to trampolines. In order to use this suspension for a separate show, the safety nets were further developed into trampolines.

Did you know that in North Wales you can jump on huge underground trampolines? With such spectacular projects, the company "Zip World" tries to lure adrenaline-hungry tourists to the Snowdonia National Park.

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