The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide – Rectangle Trampolines
Posted by Nolan Harris on February 26, 2019
The search for the best rectangular trampolines has increased immensely in the recent past because of one major reason: these models offer the perfect combination of bounce (lots of it) and jumping area.
However, keep in mind that unlike round tramps, rectangular trampolines don’t naturally control bounce, and this, coupled with their high bounce diminishes safety especially if the jumpers can’t control their placement well. We’ll discuss the issue of safety and other important features that you need to check out for later in this article.
Meanwhile, let’s take you through our picks of the best rectangular trampolines for sale this year.
- JumpSport AlleyOOP VariableBounce Rectangle Trampoline
- Acon Trampoline Air 16 Sport HD
- JumpKing Rectangular Combo
- Skywalker Rectangle Trampoline
- Summit Rectangle Trampoline
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|JumpSport AlleyOOP VariableBounce Rectangle Trampoline||
|Acon Trampoline Air 16 Sport HD||
|JumpKing Rectangular Combo||
|Skywalker Rectangle Trampoline||
|Summit Rectangle Trampoline||
JumpSport AlleyOOP VariableBounce Rectangle Trampoline
AlleyOOP- a sister brand to Jumpsport- has really kicked the ball out of the park with its VariableBounce 10’’by 17’’ bouncer. This model is among the priciest spring-based tramps out there, but that’s because it’s also one of the best rectangular trampolines in the world. Rectangular rebounders are highly-rated for their bounce, but this manufacturer boasts a few patented innovations that send the jumpers ever higher without the risks of breaking bones upon landing on the mat. The most notable technology here is the Variabounce system that- without getting too technical- involves alternating v-ring lengths that optimize the shock absorption rate to minimize impact landings. This trampoline also offers the best bounce thanks to its 164 10-inch zinc-plated steel springs and the polyethylene jumping bed that has been cross-sewn 10 times. But what makes it unique from its competitors is that the bounce can be tuned for different skill levels- a feature that makes it the best rectangular trampoline for large families. Other great features here include a high-quality enclosure net with a hard-to-forget overwrapping doorway, 295-pound single-user weight rate, and a lifetime warranty.
- High-quality materials
- All weather-proof
- Highest bounce with low impact landings
- Lifetime warranty
- Costs top dollar
Acon Trampoline Air 16 Sport HD
For those who are not ready to spend over 2k on a trampoline, our runner-up pick has a lot to offer without compromising so much on bounce and safety. The primary feature that attracted us to the Acon Air 16 is that it has no weight limit per single user (although the manufacturer admits that over 800 pounds at a go might be too much). All in all, we could say that you are getting a much stronger tramp here at half the price of the AlleyOOP above. Although we don’t advocate for it, this unlimited weight capacity is also a guarantee that up to 4 adults can jump on the tramp without any safety issues. It’s also a telltale of the quality of the frame and mat used in its construction. The Acon is as big as the AlleyOOP Variabounce above at 10ft by 17ft. Its rig is crafted from galvanized tubes boasting a thickness of 1 inch and a diameter of 2.4 inches and it has also been coated to give you a terrific trampoline that you can keep up year round. This jumping mat, on the other hand, is made from polypropylene- a material that is much stronger than the polyethylene used for the AlleyOOP- and has also been cross-sewn 10 times for maximum rigidity and durability. The Acon Trampoline Air 16 Sport trampoline comes fully packed with an enclosure net to keep the jumpers inside. We also like that the enclosure support frames are heavily-padded to keep everyone out of harm’s way. Is it bouncy? Yes, it is. However, it is a no match for the AlleyOOP considering that it (Acon) has 138 springs.
- No single-user weight limit
- Heavy-duty frame structure
- Heavily sewn mat for rigidity
- All-weather friendly
- Springs aren’t as heavily padded
JumpKing Rectangular Combo
What we have next is a much cheaper model and a great alternative for homeowners who are in the market for a cheap rectangular trampoline for backyard. The JumpKing is 3 folds cheaper than our first 2 picks, but you should also expect a few sacrifices especially in terms of jumping area and performance. Safety first: the JumpKing trampoline did meet all our requirements for a safe rebounder and actually performed even better than the AlleyOOP and Acon Air 16 at several fronts. For instance, although this trampoline’s net enclosure is made from the same material that is used for our first 2 picks (polyethylene), what’s unique is that it interlocks with the jumping mat as opposed to attaching outside as it’s the case with the 2 trampolines above. This means that the jumpers will never land on the springs no matter the type of tricks that they are trying. On the same note, we are great fans of this trampoline’s net support posts that nicely curve outwards to minimize any chances of being hit at high speed- none of the 2 high-end tramps offers this. At 10ft by 15ft, the JumpKing is 2ft smaller than the AlleyOOP and Acon Air but it’s still huge enough even for the most experienced gymnastics. The biggest compromise, however, is that the amount of rebound that this model offers with each jump is much lower. This is because of its lower number of springs (108) compared to the 164 and 138 springs that we saw with the AlleyOOP and the Acon respectively. On the same note, JumpKing uses much shorter springs measuring 7 inches and this affects the bounce even further. You might not realize this though especially if this will be your first rectangular tramp. Lastly, this trampoline’s frame is crafted from a galvanized steel frame and comes with a 1-year warranty. Although marketed as heavy-duty, we can’t compare it to the market leaders, but it’s still strong enough for its recommended 220-pound single jumper weight limit.
- Relatively affordable
- Easy to assemble
- Safety net attaches inside
- Lower warranty for the steel rig (1 year)
Skywalker Rectangle Trampoline
You were right: any list of the best trampolines reviews would have to include the Skywalker rectangle trampoline with enclosure 15 feet. This is hands down, one of the most popular tramps on the market today and it would have taken our third slot only that it uses fewer springs that slacken its bounce. If you are not after the bounciest model, however, this might be a worthy investment especially considering the reputation that its manufacturer has built in terms of durability and safety. This 15-foot rectangle trampoline falls in the same price range with the JumpKing and also features a similar netting enclosure system: the net interlocks with the jumping bed to eliminate gaps and the support frames are curved to minimize contact. The Skywalker boasts a heavy-duty galvanized steel frame that has been treated to make it weatherproof. Similar to other models from this manufacturer, this rig includes reinforced T-sockets that boost its structural integrity and stability and it’s also easy to assemble and disassemble thanks to the included spring-pulling tool. As we told you before, this tramp isn’t the bounciest of the lot considering that it uses 76 springs only. On the upside, these springs are 7.5 inches longer (0.5 inches longer than what JumpKing uses) and are, therefore, not so badly off. They might also retain their elasticity for a long time provided you don’t exceed the stated 250-pound weight limit.
- Heavy-duty stainless steel construction
- Easy to assemble
- Slightly smaller for small lawns (15’ by 9’)
- Uses fewer springs (76)
- Short warranty (1 year)
Summit Rectangle Trampoline
Summit is not a name that we come across every day when comparing trampolines, but it’s actually a brand of Skywalker and a sibling to the Skywalker 15’ Trampoline above. These 2 rebounders are quite similar in a number of ways including the galvanized stainless steel frame with T-brackets assembly and the patented no-gap enclosure system that features a propylene net and curved support posts. The major difference, however, is that the Summit rectangle trampoline is notably smaller at 14×8 feet. There are 2 ways to look at this: first, it means that the jumping surface is much smaller than what you’d get from the 15-foot Skywalker trampoline above. With a jumping area of around 12’ by 6’, most parents argue that this trampoline can accommodate only 1 child at a time. This might be a deal-breaker if you would like to have at least 2 kids trampolining together, but remember that this isn’t always so safe. On the other hand, this trampoline’s small size makes it the best for small yards. So, if space is your biggest concern, this model might be what you need. The Summit trampoline does not lose on all fronts though, for instance, this tramp boasts 84 springs which are slightly higher than what the Skywalker 15’ trampoline uses. And this means that the Summit offers a little bit more air than its big bro. This might also be the reason for its slightly higher price.
- Higher bounce than other models in its price range
- Small size fits in tight backyards
- Netting enclosure interlocks with the jumping bed
- Notably pricier for its size
- Too small for more than 1 jumper
Having made up your mind to go with a rectangular shaped tramp, the next thing that you’ll need to think over will be the size of your target trampoline in relation to the available space at your backyard.
Rectangular bouncers come in all sizes ranging from 6ft x 9ft to larger competition-style models that get as big as 10’’ by 17’’. Bounce increases with size and huge rectangle trampolines tend to have higher weight limits and can also accommodate several jumpers at a go. However, you don’t want to get a large trampoline that can’t fit in the available space in your backyard.
Speaking of space, it’s also important that you leave 2-6ft of clearance along the perimeter for the safety of anyone who falls out of the net.
Trampolines can get really expensive, so it’s important that you get a model that gives you good value for your money not only in terms of performance but in durability too. The problem with getting a cheap rectangular trampoline is that you’ll end up spending more money on repairs and replacement than you actually spent on the initial purchase.
The frame is the most important component of the tramp, and it can also be the most expensive to replace. So, you really don’t want to skimp on it. Frame tubes are crafted from an alloy of galvanized steel and they come in different gauges. Usually, the heavier the gauge, the longer the frame is bound to last besides accommodating higher weight capacities. In addition, if you intend to keep the trampoline up throughout the year, consider whether the frame has been coated to weather-proof it.
Also known as the trampoline bed or jumping bed, this is the most abused part of a bouncer and the most susceptible to failure too. When determining the quality of the mat, consider the material used, the number of stitches (the more, the better), and how good the v-rings have been stitched into the mat.
Depending on the manufacturer, the jumping bed may be made from an array of materials including canvas, nylon, plastic, and high carbon polypropylene fabric. We always advise our readers to insist on mats made from polypropylene since this material is strong and durable, flexible, and resistant to UV and mildew.
The chances are you are hunting for the best rectangular trampolines with enclosure net. The good news is that most manufacturers now include these safety accessories in the package thereby eliminating the hassle of purchasing them separately.
Worth noting, however, is that the material used for the net and its quality also matters big time. You don’t want a net that a jumper will plunge through in case a trick goes wrong. Polyethylene (PE) makes the best enclosure net for trampolines credit to its excellent resistance to moisture and dust, and this means that they are the most durable too. As we did mention in our other review of TOP-10 Best Safest Trampolines in 2019, polyethylene nets also have a little give compared to polypropylene (PP) and Polyester nets and they are, therefore, less prone to ripping.
A rectangular trampoline is a great investment if you are an athlete especially a gymnast who wants to perfect some tricks and flips. It also makes a superb outdoor fun tool for the entire family and has a lot to offer in terms of health.
The main benefit that makes these models the best trampolines for gymnastics compared to their round alternatives is the large jumping area coupled with their higher bounce. In addition, long tramps such as the AlleyOOP and the Acon Trampoline Air can accommodate several jumpers (albeit not recommendable) at the same time which adds into the fun as far as the weight limit is not exceeded.
Small rectangular trampolines, on the other hand, fit the bill where large round tramps won’t suffice, and most of them are also considerably inexpensive. So, consider all the variables (budget, available space, and size) and get the best rectangular trampoline for your family’s needs.