A round trampoline or a rectangle trampoline? It is somewhat one of the most asked questions among trampoline lovers. You may also come across such a concern while buying a trampoline for your kids. What shape of trampolines is better, rectangle or round? What's the differences between them? Let’s check all those out in this ultimate guide!
Rectangle VS Round Trampoline Differences
Round trampolines refer to all those trampolines with circle mat and frame, whereas rectangle trampolines boast rectangle-shaped mat and frame. When it comes to differ rectangle trampolines and round trampolines, the most standout differences between them is, of course, the shape. Followed by the shape are the ranges of size, weight limit, bounce level and price.
What shape trampoline is the best? Round trampolines are considered to be more friendly for beginners and the most jumpers, because it is said to guide the jumpers toward the middle after bouncing. Wherever they jump, they will land in the middle of the mat, making round trampolines safer for young children and beginners.
Except that, everyone has their own preference. It is hard to point out which shape trampoline is the best. It is all up to you. However, no matter which shape you choose, please do remember to guarantee your backyard has at least 2 feet of space on each side of the trampoline. The more space you leave, the better, because the less likely the jumper is to hit the fence, which means the safer it is.
Round trampolines are believed to be safer than rectangle trampolines, because their springs are positioned uniformly around the frame. A round trampoline with enclosure to safeguard the jumpers is also safer than a rectangle one with a net.
Size & Space
The common size range of a rectangle trampoline, no matter the in-ground or above-ground ones, varies from 7x10ft to 8x12ft, 9x14ft, 10x17ft and 14x16ft, while that of a round trampoline varies from 6 FT to 8 FT, 10 FT, 12 FT, 14 FT, 15 FT and 16 FT. The larger the size, the larger the jumping space.
7x10ft, 8x12ft, 9x14ft, 10x17ft and 14x16ft
6 FT, 8 FT, 10 FT, 12 FT, 14 FT, 15 FT and 16 FT
The weight limit of a round trampoline varies from 300~500 lbs, while the maximum weight limit of a rectangle trampoline may reach up to 700 lbs. This is one of the reasons why gymnasts prefer rectangular trampolines. However, for most family uses, round trampolines are adequate. Even an 8 FT trampoline is enough for a family with one kid or so, and a 15 FT Trampoline is perfect for a family with 5~6 kids or 3~4 teens.
Rectangle trampolines, which are also known as gymnastic trampolines, are considered to be bouncer than circle trampolines. The better bouncer makes higher jumping on rectangle trampolines than on the circle ones, making them better choices for gymnasts and advanced jumpers. If there is a future gymnast in your family, you can choose a rectangle trampoline for her or him to practice professional tricks. However, if you are going to enroll your kid to the gymnastic classes, a round trampoline as an alternative option in your home is also enough, because the training center offers tons of rectangle ones. The better bounce also indicates higher risk in accidents. It is better to let your kids use the rectangle trampolines under supervision of professional coaches.
Rectangle trampolines usually change higher much than the round ones. For a trampoline with the similar size and quality, a rectangle trampoline may be $100~500 higher than a circle trampoline. It is also one of the reasons why a round trampoline is more price friendly for families.
Which is Better for Doing Tricks, Rectangle or Round Trampoline?
Both rectangle and round trampolines are good for jumps, tricks, flips, while a rectangle one is better when it comes to a combination of all of them together. Families with older children or teen group may pick a rectangle one, while most of the other families prefer the round ones. Teens are more skilled in trampoline tricks. Younger children and beginners need a round trampoline to get started, because such a unique circle shape allows them to land back to the middle of the mat after every jumping.
Which Shape to Choose?
Now that you’ve got a basic understanding of the rectangle trampolines and round trampolines, which shape to choose for your family?
Who Is a Rectangle Trampoline for?
A rectangle trampoline is more experience than a round trampoline, but it offers a slightly better bounce for professional gymnastics practice and continual flips. Therefore, it is more recommended for those who don’t care about the price and has future gymnasts in your family.
Who Is a Round Trampoline for?
A round trampoline fits every family. It offers a wider range of trampoline size, and safer bounces for younger kids and teens. Its price is also better than a rectangle trampoline. No matter you have only one kid or 6 kids in your family, you can find a size to meet your need. The best size choice is a 12 FT Trampoline for 2 kids, or a 15 FT Trampoline for almost all families.
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