Quality is the most important consideration in this category. Even an entry-level mini trampoline must meet a minimum quality standard. Otherwise, the product could be dangerous to your little jumper and those around them.
To ensure that you’re purchasing the best possible mini trampoline, there are several key points to look for in each trampoline review or trial report.
- Bounce. The quality of the jump a child receives is based on the quality of the springs being used. You want something that falls into the “Goldilocks Zone” for a bounce with younger kids. The jump mat shouldn’t be too soft, but it shouldn’t be too hard either. That will take pressure off the child’s joints while providing a balanced jump.
- Spring Quality. Even though most of the trampolines in this category are highly affordable, you’ll find that the quality of the springs being used can vary by a wide margin. A low-quality spring will lose its shape very quickly. When that happens the balance of the jump will be altered. If a spring bends too far out of shape, it may even detach from the frame.
- Jump Mat. A jump mat should have an extremely tight weave to support the activity of a jumper. Children can be rough on equipment. A tight weave will stand up to the wear-and-tear better and prevent the trampoline from sagging over time. The jump mat should be high enough off the floor that it doesn’t bottom out as well.
- Spacing. Mini trampolines are usually 36–48 inches in circumference. Virtually all will be a round shape, but there is the occasional oval trampoline in this category. Because they are almost all exclusively used indoors, the main space consideration is your floor-to-ceiling height. The last thing you want is to have your child smash their head into the ceiling. Unless you have a 7-foot ceiling, you should be fine here.
- Assembly. The best mini trampolines are easy to assemble. Just attach the legs and springs to the frame and you’re ready to go. Be careful with the cheaper models in this category, especially if they are designed to fold up for storage. Not only can the assembly process cause an injury, but so can the storage process.
- Storage. For children, if something is out of sight, then it is out of mind. To keep them happily bouncing, you’ll want a trampoline that can work with your space and stay out all the time. Most are small enough that they can slide under a bed or fit into a toy closet if you need to put it away.
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