Burning calories while having fun is the best kind of exercise, don’t you agree? Up, down, having fun! What are we talking about? Trampolines, of course!
Trampolines have become a huge hit in family circles because they give you the best cardio while also letting you fly.
Did you know that astronauts sometimes use trampolines in their space training? And you can have the same exercise in your backyard!
So, do you have a trampoline at home for your teenage daughter or son?
If not, and you are searching for fun ways to engage your kids in physical activities, you can think about buying them a trampoline.
Don’t worry. It is not as difficult as it might seem, especially since you have come to the right place.
Here you will learn everything you need to know before buying the best trampoline for your teenager.
We’ll kick start by exploring some of our picks that might suit your teenager.
Detailed Reviews of 10 Best Trampolines for Teenagers
01. Marcy Trampoline Cardio Trainer
The Marcy Trampoline comes with a balancing bar and is one of the prime examples of a fitness trampoline.
Keeping your arms firmly holding the bar, you can jump around and twist and turn to exercise most muscle groups in your body.
Since this is a mini trampoline, you can keep it inside your house or outside. You can also fold it to carry it around for accessing it anywhere!
- Cardio trainer with handlebar
- The handlebar adjustable up to 3”
- Protective covering for the springs
- 6 legs for stability
- Weight capacity is 250 lbs
- Not to be used by more than one person at a time.
02. N1Fit Mini Trampoline
Being a sturdy trampoline at 40 inches, the N1Fit Mini is ideal for kids and adults. The smaller kids can use it as a normal trampoline while older ones may use it for workouts.
Its frame is sturdy with rust-resistant powder coating and can be folded for easy storage.
There are specific instructions on how to assemble this trampoline. So if you do buy it, make sure that you follow the instructions to the point!
- Useful for teenage or adult weight training
- Easy storage by folding it
- Weight capacity of 250lbs
- Protective PVC covering for the springs
- Ultra-low noise with 36 springs
- Not for more than one person at a time.
03. ATIVAFIT 40” Trampoline
The highlights of the ATIVAFIT trampoline is its adjustable handle and higher weight capacity.
The handle can be adjusted from 35 to 43 inches, and the weight limit is 330lbs. This makes it ideal for height groups from kids to teenagers or even adults.
The sturdiness of the ATIVAFIT is to be emphasized, with 6 steel legs ending in anti-slip rubber shoes and rust-free steel springs. The mat is made of high-quality polypropylene.
- For kids, teenagers, and adults alike.
- Easy storage by folding it.
- Weight capacity of 330 lbs
- Adjustable handlebar with 35-43 inches height range
- High-quality materials are used for each part.
- Only one person can use it at a time.
04. Zupapa Outdoor Trampolines
This is the first trampoline on our list that is specifically designed for outdoor use. As such, it comes with all the necessary accessories that are needed, like the enclosure and the ladder.
Zupapa trampolines come in sizes varying from 10 ft to 15 ft, with weight capacities of 375 lbs to 425 lbs.
These are no-gap trampoline designs, meaning that there is no space between the bouncing mat and the spring cover.
By eliminating the gap, the Zupapa has ensured better safety, since a large gap can trap a jumper’s feet or hands if they fall back awkwardly.
- An outdoor trampoline of large size (10, 12, 14, and 15 ft)
- High weight capacity makes it ideal for more than one user at a time
- Hot-dip galvanizing technique for the sturdy frame
- Frame tubes are 1.5mm in thickness rather than the usual 1 mm
- Galvanised springs, anti-UV jumping mat, and 8.9ft enclosure height
- The larger size of the trampoline requires a larger backyard with enough safety margin and an even ground.
05. ORCC Trampoline
This is a safety-first trampoline that coats itself in padded material from the spring system to the poles.
The woven fabric of the waterproof jumping mat is UV and fade resistant, and the poles that keep the 6t enclosure together are covered in 10mm foam.
The enclosure itself is made with high-quality polyethylene netting to keep your kids from falling out. Even the 7-inch galvanized springs are covered in a Blue PR+PVC foam pad.
The amount of care that went into the making of this makes it one of the best trampolines on our list for teenagers.
- Outdoor trampoline with added padding even to the poles
- Galvanized springs and steel frame
- Weight capacity of 400 lbs
- Great bounce on the UV and fade-resistant waterproof mat
- W-shaped legs and U-shaped wind stakes as well as enclosure and ladder provided
- Does not come with a canopy or tent.
06. Stamina Folding Trampoline
With the Stamina, we come back to mini-trampolines that are highly portable and easy to store.
Unlike the other mini trampolines, this one is only 36 inches but provides a stable jump for an easy workout. It is a foldable model.
Since it takes up less space and weighs less, it can be carried around more easily as well.
The point to note here is that the Stamina trampoline works on tension bands, and not on springs. This means that there will be a balanced, not over-the-top bounce, giving you an ideal workout.
The purchase of this mini trampoline gives you an automatic subscription to 3 streaming workout videos so that you make the best use of your trampoline.
- Mini trampoline with 30 tension bands
- At 36 inches, a compact and foldable trampoline
- Balanced bounce for an ideal workout
- Subscription to workout videos bundled with the purchase
- Weight capacity is 250 lbs
- There can’t be more than one person using it at a time.
07. Maximus Life Bounce and Burn Rebounder
Another mini trampoline, this one is quite easy to assemble with an automatic locking system for the frame. It is foldable for easy storage, but let’s first see what makes it ideal for your teen’s workout regimen.
Even if your kid is a lounger, this one is sure to get him off the couch, because the trampoline comes bundled with a DVD for fun workouts. Besides, if you get him a trampoline, who will resist moving?
This is one of the more affordable fitness trampolines on our list, with a weight capacity of up to 260 lbs.
- Mini trampoline, making use of bolt connectors to attach the spring system into the frame
- 32 large springs supporting up to 260lbs
- Comes bundled with a workout DVD
- 3 months of free membership for online workout videos
- Foldable into four, so that it is stored easily.
- Other accessories, including the balance bar, have to be bought separately.
08. SereneLife Mini Trampoline
With a weight capacity of 220 lbs, this is another affordable mini trampoline with all the required features.
The jumping mat made of heavy-duty polypropylene adds to its durability as much as the coil springs do.
Its balance bar has a height range of 35 to 46 inches, making it ideal for pre-teens to adults. The bar is padded, to protect the jumper’s hands while keeping them firmly inside the trampoline.
This bar also ensures a wide variety of jumping exercises, while protecting against any sort of injury or accidents.
- A mini trampoline of 40 inches in total diameter
- Padded handlebar with a height range of 35 to 46 inches
- High quality jumping mat
- Easy to assemble and durable in use
- Foldable trampoline for easy storage and portability
- Not for permanent outdoor use
09. Newan Silent Trampoline
This is a special one, in terms of its shape. While we have discussed round trampolines so far, the Newan Fitness Trampoline is hexagonal in shape, and we love it! There are a lot of things going for this one.
Firstly, the oval tube frame of this trampoline is held by 40 bungee ropes instead of springs. The immediate effect of this rope design is the silence with which this trampoline operates.
This also makes it quite lightweight, while not compromising its quality. In fact, this mini trampoline has a weight capacity of 330 lbs!
Each corner of the hexagon is supported by a leg, and together, this is one of the sturdiest trampolines in the market.
It is also a favorite among professional athletes, so if your teen is into sports, this is an ideal gift for the next Holidays! (or birthday, whichever comes first!)
- Mini trampoline bungee rebounder
- Weight capacity of 330 lbs
- Ideal for athletes, with a joint-friendly bounce on the strong PP mesh
- T-shaped handlebar with 5 adjustable heights
- Noiseless and effective trampoline for working out
- Assembling the bungee rebounder is a heavy task, but it will be worth it once done
10. BCAN Mini Trampoline
The last item on our list is again a heavy-duty fitness trampoline, 38 inches in size.
Why do we call it heavy-duty if it is so small?
Because the high-quality build of this trampoline gives it a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs! Also, this is a 360 degree covered trampoline with no safety issues to speak of, so there you go.
BCAN mini is also quite user-friendly.
Foldable into a quarter of its actual size, the trampoline can be carried easily or stored away. The waterproof PP material of the jumping mat is easily cleanable to always keep it as good as new.
- Mini trampoline 38 inches in size
- Commercial quality steel frame and PP material jump mat supports up to 330 lbs
- Extended 360-degree pad covers the springs and the jumping mat to avoid gaps
- Each spring’s hook is attached to the mat through commercial quality steel rings
- Anti-slid rubber caps for the legs
- There is no handle provided
So, that was our list of 10 best trampolines for teenagers. Now, let’s walk you through the key aspects to take stock of while shopping for a trampoline for your teen:
How to Choose the Best Trampoline for Teenagers
Before going further, let’s first learn a few basic things about the trampoline.
These devices have a frame where many coiled springs support a bounce mat. The mat itself has no elasticity.
When you jump on the trampoline mat, the springs stretch, causing the mat to cave down. Then the spring comes back to its resting position, bringing the mat back to horizontal.
The force with which it comes back throws the jumper into the air.
There are several factors to consider while deciding on a trampoline. These are given below.
1. Which Shape is Best?
The shape of the trampoline is linked to its bounce capacity.
There are mainly four shapes: the safer round shape, the professional rectangle shape, the square, and the oval. There is also the hexagonal shape which is rarer to see.
Let’s see what each of them offers.
The round trampoline is the most common one, because they are cheaper than the other shapes, with a greater assurance of safety.
The jumper tends to gravitate towards the center so that there is no risk of falling off the trampoline.
It also offers lesser bounce than some other models, which reduces the chance of accidents.
The rectangular shape is what you see most often in gyms because they are designed with greater bounce.
They provide the professional gymnast the space to maneuver in the air and on the trampoline.
But often, the range of the bounce might be dangerous for anyone but a trained professional, so the rectangular ones are not recommended for casual home use.
The square ones are less bouncy than the rectangular ones but are spacier than the round ones.
But they cost a bit more than the round trampolines and provides a little bit more bounce experience, evenly all along the jumping mat.
Oval shapes combine the round and rectangular ones’ plus points and offer one bouncing center each at the two ends. They are costlier and bulkier than the round ones, though.
But if you have more than one person jumping at the same time, oval-shaped ones might suit your needs better for home use.
These offer great stability in terms of structure, and better space utilization than rectangular ones. However, these are not commonly found.
2. Weight Capacity
When we talk of a trampoline’s weight capacity, there might be a huge temptation to see it as how much weight per each jump that the trampoline can handle without breaking.
But the weight capacity of a trampoline goes way beyond that.
The quality of the materials used in making the trampoline determines what weight the device can bounce with and how high.
For example, a 50kg person jumping on a trampoline meant for someone weighing 100kg simply will not bounce as high as a 100 kg person. Get it?
And contrarily, a heavyweight person jumping on a lightweight trampoline will bottom it out, not getting a bounce at all, and maybe even injuring themselves (and the trampoline, for sure!).
Therefore, adherence to the weight limit is directly linked to the durability of the trampoline and the bounce it can produce.
This is why it is important to make sure that your trampolines weight capacity is ideal for you.
These are the factors affecting the weight capacity of a trampoline:
Whether or not the springs are heavyweight or lightweight will decide how high the trampoline will throw you. Lightweight springs will be ideal for a person weighing less and vice versa.
- The Frame
The thickness and durability of the frame determine whether or not the trampoline will withstand the heavier jumps. The frame of a lightweight (meaning meant for a lighter person) trampoline might buckle under the weight of a heavier person, causing accidents.
- The Bounce Mat
Most trampolines use a waterproof canvas or a polypropylene mat. How close the mat is woven will determine its weight limit: the closer the weaves, the stronger the mat.
3. Age and Size of Trampoline
Trampolines can vary in size, from 8ft to 16ft. According to the number and age of children (or adults), in your household, you can increase the size. It also depends on the size of your backyard.
In general, children under 12 years can make use of 10 ft trampolines pretty well. Teenagers’ trampolines, however, should be larger.
The quality of the trampoline depends on all the factors that were mentioned above, so sometimes even smaller sizes can give you the perfect fit.
But as your trampoline itself gets older, its springs might lose their bounce, or wear down, to cause accidents.
Therefore, caring for your trampoline as it gets older is quite important for your own safety.
Although the round trampolines are safer than any other shape, you can’t go wrong in installing safety measures like nets and handles to contain the jumper.
Smaller trampolines may not need the enclosure or the ladder and anchor kit, but regardless of size, there are certain safety measures that all trampolines must adhere to.
These include the safety recommendations of the concerned authority in the country. The USA has its Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recommendations, as the UK has several tests to prove the safety of trampolines, like EN71, CE testing, etc.
When you install the trampoline, make sure that the surface on which you set the trampoline is even and soft, so that there will be no displacement when your teen is getting their exercise.
The safety measures you can adopt at home are given in the section “Trampoline Accessories”.
Types of Trampolines
Trampolines can be categorized in a variety of ways, and so far we have seen shape and size-based categories. Also, we only saw trampolines with springs. There are other types as well.
- Classic Trampolines
Not to be redundant, these are what we have been talking about up until now.
They work on springs and a bounce mat, with a sturdy metal frame guarding the trampoline. This type is what you think about when you hear the word trampoline.
There could be an enclosure net around the classic trampoline, inside or outside the padding the frame. More on that later.
- Water Trampoline
These are essentially trampolines that are used in large water bodies, like a lake or a big pool.
There are water trampolines with spring or water bouncers without spring, and you can choose either with more or less the same effect.
But they differ from the land-based ones in terms of safety. Since they float on water, the jumpers can go higher and perform wild acrobatics.
If you fall, then you fall either on the bouncing mat or in water, in which case you can use the water trampoline ladder to get back in.
(Make sure you have ample water space around the trampoline, and is not limited like in the case of a pool.)
The mini-trampoline is used more for calorie-burning than for mere fun jumping. For this reason, they are also called fitness trampolines or rebounders.
They are smaller than other types of trampoline, often fit for only one person at a time.
A mini trampoline might offer the added stability of a balance bar that you can grip when you are getting your workout done.
- Trampoline Enclosures
The trampoline enclosures are essentially safety nets, connected to padded or unpadded trampoline poles.
They cover the entire perimeter of the trampoline, on the inside or outside edge of the trampoline’s frame.
The nets close using zippers in many trampolines. This means that they are inaccessible to very small children, unless under the supervision of someone older.
Also, the enclosures are fixed in such a way that maximum jumping space is retained.
- Canopies and Tents
There are also trampoline accessories for protection against the sun and other elements.
These come in the form of canopies or tents. Thus, apart from the surround nets, there can also be roofs for your trampoline, if they are large in size.
Usually, all enclosures are protected against the UV rays of the sun.
Roofs are also waterproof, like the bounce mat of your trampoline.
The trampoline roof tents guard against rain, but there are also camping style tents that protect all sides of your trampoline from the weather outside.
The tents are usually made of fabric, and come in a variety of colors.
In addition to protecting the jumpers when they are having fun, the tents and canopies also protect them when they are taking a rest in between.
This means no UV, no rain and no bugs, and an easy relaxing time.
Since trampolines are set on heights above ground, there are ladders to get on to them. That is if your trampoline is big enough.
These are rather simple structures that can be bought separately. But for mini trampolines, you would not need a ladder to get on.
- Trampoline Covers
You can either use a waterproof tent for your trampoline or a separate cover for protection against the weather. Using a tent will be ideal because it will protect both the user and the device at the same time.
A cover can extend the life of your trampoline since water and other natural elements are blocked.
The fall season will give you more leaves than you could tolerably care to remove from the trampoline without throwing up your hands in despair.
Therefore, a cover will be a good idea beforehand.
Care and Maintenance
Caring for your trampoline is not just about extending its life span. It is also about protecting your loved ones from an injury that you could have easily prevented if you had maintained the device properly.
So what to do?
Check for holes or tears in the padding regularly so that you are aware of any negative developments early on.
To extend the mat’s life, make certain that all jumpers go in barefoot.
You should also keep in mind the weight limit of your trampoline. If it is for just one person, then only one person must use it at a time.
Also, clean the trampoline mat and padding regularly. Any leaves or other things that fall into the mat despite your best efforts must be removed immediately.
You can use a stake set to the ground to keep your weather cover in place, thereby protecting the mat when not in use.
If you do find the padding or the mat torn, do not allow anyone to use it till you get it fixed. Safety first is the motto.
Again, clean, check for tears and add repair as soon you as you find something not up to the mark. If the enclosure is somehow beyond repair, do replace it before using the trampoline again.
Check regularly for the quality of the zippers and zipping line, so that there isn’t an accident involving a hit and miss.
To protect the enclosures against the elements, a staked down weather cover can be used.
Checking whether the trampoline is installed correctly goes a long way in care and maintenance.
First of all, the frame should be set on soft, level ground so that your trampoline is not displaced when you use it.
The place where you position the trampoline is important also because if it is outside the influence of sun and rain, the trampoline frame and mat will live longer.
Still, having some doubts? Let’s move on to some questions that we were forced to ask ourselves while preparing this article.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What are the best trampoline springs to buy for my teenager’s trampoline?
Ans. Gradual wear and tear of trampoline springs are one of the most annoying things to deal with in taking care of your trampoline. Don’t worry, let’s quickly look at replacements for them.
You can either buy replacements from your trampoline’s company or look for these companies:
- Trampoline Pro heavy-duty trampoline springs
- Skybound best trampoline springs
- Koval Inc. 7” Galvanized replacement springs
These are only a few with good ratings, but there are others of equal merit. It is all about good research, and patience.
2) What is the best trampoline size for my teenager?
Ans. For teenagers, a 12-14 ft trampoline will be okay, but 16 ft will be ideal. This is in the case of outdoor trampolines.
In the case of mini-trampolines, around 40 inches is ideal.
3) Should the safety enclosure be on the outside or inside of the safety pad?
Ans. The fact is that it could be on either, when the trampoline is for your teenager. But for good measure, keep it inside the safety pad so that the kids do not sprain their ankles falling onto the safety pad.
But if you keep it outside, there will be more jumping space overall.
The jumper can bounce, hit the enclosure, and safely land by pointing his feet inside the mat. This is okay for teenagers because their coordination is better than younger kids.
But you know your kid best, and from what has been said above, you may decide for yourself.
4) How much space is required for a 12 ft trampoline?
Ans. Assuming that we are talking about a round 12ft trampoline without a safety mat, around 24-30 ft is needed as a safety margin. But if you plan to use an enclosure as a safety measure, then this space can be reduced considerably.
The thing to note here is that as the size of the trampoline increases, so does its bounce. As you go higher in size, make sure you measure at least twice that number around the trampoline as a safety margin.
The ground inside this safety margin should be devoid of anything that could hurt the jumper if at all the person falls outside the jumping mat.
5) What do I do if it rains or snows? Will too much sun ruin my trampoline?
Ans. Like anything left out in the open, trampoline too can wear down if left out in the elements. Fortunately, there are protective measures you can adopt to increase the life of your trampoline.
The first among them is choosing a high-quality trampoline with UV and fade resistant mat and rust-free or galvanized steel frame.
The next thing you can do is buying a canopy or a camping-style tent to cover your trampoline to keep it away from the elements.
Also, make sure that you check your trampoline for wear and tear often if you live in adverse weather conditions.
And here we are at the end of this buying guide. Were we able to deliver on our promise of a composite guide on how to choose the best trampoline for your teenager?
Did our top 10 picks give you your best fit? We hope so.
If not, at least you know enough about trampolines now to find your own picks, and we are excited that we could help you out!
Happy times, people!
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