I am researching trampolines or rebounders these days. That’s because I am interested in buying one myself and I want to make an intelligent decision so that I will be happy with what I have. At this point I’m not sure what I want: a mini trampoline, a rebounder or a ‘regular’ trampoline – meaning one that is large and sits out in the back yard. I’m not even sure of the difference between a mini trampoline and a rebounder. Or maybe there IS no difference? Obviously, I am a long way from choosing.
Why I’m Interested In Rebounding – And Why Maybe You Should Be, Too
The main reason I’m interested is because it’s supposed to be an excellent antidote or preventative for osteoporosis. My mom had that horrible disease and she suffered terribly. Two great things to prevent the osteoporosis scourge are rebounding and weight bearing exercise. I’ve got the second one covered. Well, to be honest, I have it covered most of the year. In this recent heat I haven’t been doing much of anything except staying inside where it’s sort-of cool.
Secondly, trampolines are easier on your joints than any other exercise. My left knee bothers me sometimes and jogging or any kind of strenuous sport is out of the question.
Thirdly, any kind of rebounding boosts our metabolism and makes it easier to stay thin.
If anything we buy is going to please us and fulfill our needs we need to know what to look for before buying. Here are features we mini trampoline buyers need to think about.
Rectangular or Circular Rebounder?
I thought that all trampolines were round but they’re not. Circular ones are more popular though because they’re safer. Apparently you can jump higher on a rectangular trampoline, but the circular ones force the jumper to the center, so (d)he’s less likely to fly off onto concrete. Ouch.
Mini Trampoline or Big Dog?
To answer this question, you need to consider who will be jumping on your new baby. If you have a passel of kids, there’s no question that you need the bigger ones which can be as large as 16 feet. Not only do they need space but the larger they get, the more room they will need. But if it’s just you, then a mini trampoline may be perfect. They’re as small as six feet in diameter which is plenty of room for one person.
Also, consider location. In your back yard, room may be ample. But if you want to jump inside then your size options are limited. Bashing your head on the ceiling is not a Good Thing!
You’ve Gotta Have Sturdy Support For Your Air-obatics
Jumping vigorously into the air – and having the darned thing collapse beneath – you would be quite unsettling, if not damaging to your poor little body. So you must have a strong frame. There are two things to watch out for:
What metal is in the frame? You want thick, heavy, solid galvanized steel. Cheaper frames are made of "powder-coated steel". Wikipedia says: Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder." OK, whatever. All I understand about that is that it’s of lesser quality, meaning more likely to disintegrate. Plus, it’s more vulnerable to rust and chipping.
Another concern is whether the pieces are welded together or whether the manufacturer has used joints. Welds are second choice and if the rebounder or trampoline is welded, make sure they’re substantial.
Tough Springs A Must
It goes without saying that we want substantial springs. Trampolines held together by rubber bands are not what we want, for sure.
The "Bounce Mat" On Your Trampoline
I never knew what the thingie was called that we jump on, but it’s a "bounce mat". Recently, I noticed a neighbor’s trampoline covered with children – and the family dog. I don’t know for sure but I’m guessing the dog had his claws out, so we know that these pieces will get a lot of hard wear.
Further, if/when we fall, the mat shouldn’t scratch and rip at our skin so it needs to be relatively smooth.
And lastly, if your trampoline will be outside, be aware that a a UV-resistant bounce mat will help preserve your treasure for a longer time.
How Long Will Your Trampoline Be Around?
When doing my research I discovered that warranties are generally five years in duration. You don’t want to have to buy another one in a couple of years so pay extra for quality.
Of course, when buying anything, you want to know how long it will last. Most trampolines are made to last for several years and you want to make sure it lasts much longer than that.
My Trampoline Reviews
I’m really serious about my rebounder or trampoline choice so I’m going to review the following machines (not necessarily in this order):
Half Fold Cellerciser Rebounder Kit
Needak Mini Trampoline
Needak Platinum Rebounder
ReboundAir Half Fold Rebounder Mini Trampoline
Pure Fun 14-Foot Trampoline
ReboundAir Half Fold Rebounder Mini Trampoline
Alex Little Jumpers Trampoline