The best trampoline for your family will of course depend on how many kids you have, who will be jumping, their ages, their weights and how much space you have. There are certain safety to considerations as well, says Cathy Pedrayes, safety and security expert. The first stop should be a call with your insurance company, as many won’t write a homeowner’s policy if there’s a trampoline involved.
“Opt for a round trampoline versus a rectangular one, make sure the trampoline is enclosed with high safety nets and uses shock-absorbing safety pads that cover the springs, hook and frame entirely,” she says.
Take a close look at the models you’re considering when you buy a trampoline, as Pedrayes says that the newer designs tout better safety using composite rods instead of finger-pinching springs, but there aren’t enough studies yet on whether this design actually reduces trampoline injury.
“Most of the injuries happen on the mat itself,” she says. For extra safety measures, she suggests placing it on a softer surface like sand. Additionally, she says a family should come up with a set of rules, such as one jumper at a time, and that adults should always supervise children on trampolines.
The best trampolines for kids 2023
Serene Life Trampoline
The Serene Life Trampoline is safety-certified to the American Society for Testing and Materials standards. It’s 12 feet in diameter, has four L-shaped legs for stability and comes with a safety net. Made from galvanized metal and reinforced plastic, it’s durable, rust-proof and weatherproof and able to stand up to heavy-duty jumping.
It holds up to 352 pounds total, which means it can hold multiple adults and children (ages six and up) at once. It weighs 130 pounds and requires minimal assembly, which means your family can be up and running in no time for summer jumping fun. If you have active kids, this one easily doubles as a fitness trampoline.
- 12-feet in diameter
- Has four stable L-shaped legs
- Comes with a one-year warranty
- Excellent price
- Parts might be difficult to line up in the assembly