Outdoor trampolines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Two of the more popular shapes are rectangle trampolines and round trampolines. Round trampolines are easily the most popular shape you’ll find and is what most people think of when they think of a backyard trampoline. Although the round models are the most popular, rectangle versions have been increasing in popularity over the years. Each type of trampoline provides different benefits. Depending on your circumstances, one type may be more suited to fill your needs. For example, searching for the best trampoline for your teenagers may be different than finding one for your aspiring gymnast. Below you will find some of the differences in what to expect when comparing rectangle trampolines vs round trampolines. Additionally, you can read our accompanying article detailing how to properly measure round and rectangle trampolines.
The frame of the trampoline provides a solid structure and is the base that supports the mat for jumping purposes. Overall, rectangle trampolines generally have a thicker frame to support higher bounces and take more abuse. You will often find frames on a rectangle trampoline to exceed 2.5mm, while round trampolines are more often found in the 1.5mm or less range. Rectangle trampolines provide a higher bounce and are often used for competition purposes. The thick steel frame of these models allows the mat and the trampoline to engage in the higher performance requirements for these purposes. Additionally, rectangle trampoline frames can take more abuse from natural disasters (i.e. high winds) than their round counterparts.
One of the primary reasons that round trampolines are easily the most popular shape of trampolines is due to their price. Overall, these versions are considerably cheaper than other shapes. Rectangle models offer higher bounces, are made with stronger materials, and often have longer warranties. The increase in price is often around 50% – 100% more than a comparable round model. The additional cost of rectangle trampolines naturally makes the round models more attractive for families. Another reason that rectangle trampolines often cost more is due to supply and demand. It can be more difficult to find these models, which brings in a scarcity factor that can sometimes drive the price up compared to round. If you’re interested, read about our choices for the best rectangle trampoline to get a better idea of the price for these models.
The bounce of the trampoline is one of the main differences often mentioned between these two shapes of trampoline. Rectangle trampolines are often found in gymnastic competitions due to their high bounces and soft landings. Rectangle trampolines alternate jumper’s weight load evenly on the trampoline. This enables weight distribution in a wider area and not on one area as it happens with a round trampoline. Additionally, performance springs are more commonly found in rectangle models, which are typically longer and more prone to providing a better bounce. Round trampolines naturally push the jumpers toward the middle of the trampoline while they can jump anywhere on the rectangle trampoline and get the same bounce. The best bounce on a round model is found in the center of the device with slightly less performance on the sides. Additionally, rectangle trampolines give more surface area and room to jumpers. Combined with their higher weight limits, the performance of a rectangle trampoline far outshines that of a round version.
Rectangle trampolines are focused more on gymnasts and experienced users. Round models, on the other hand, usually are intended for families, children, and beginner jumpers. The higher bounces and larger jumping areas of rectangle versions can lead to injury, without taking the proper precautions. Round trampolines force jumpers to the middle, whereas rectangle models provide the same bounce, even on the edges. This can be tempting for younger or more daring jumpers, which can be dangerous if they lose control during a jump. Regardless of the shape of the trampoline, accessories such as mesh safety nets and spring padding are essential to improve the safety of the trampoline.
Round trampolines are commonly preferred for families with young children or teenagers who just want to have a little fun without getting too crazy. The bounce offered by round trampolines is obviously affected by the brand and quality of the trampoline, but overall, they offer plenty of performance for most families. If the jumpers are more focused on gymnastics or just love the exceptional bounces, a rectangle would be more in line to suit your needs.
Rectangle trampolines can withstand greater weights than round trampolines; most of them can withstand weights between 300 and 450 pounds (at the low end). Some models can reach up to 800 lbs. weight limits. Round trampolines weight capacity varies depending on the size of the trampoline, but is usually between 200 – 350 lbs. The weight distribution on the springs in rectangle trampolines enables them to take on extra weight. When someone jumps on a rectangular trampoline, only some springs get pulled which translates to less stress and allows the trampoline to support higher weights. However, in a round trampoline, all springs get pulled in equal measure whenever there is a jump, which places more stress on the springs. Learn more about how much weight trampolines can hold.
The place where you intend to place your trampoline is another important factor to consider. A round trampoline requires more space due to its shape, whereas a rectangle trampoline’s shape allows it to be placed in a corner or near walls. Depending on the amount of space in your yard, a rectangle trampoline may be a requirement.
In summary, the shape of your trampoline you decide to buy will depend on individual needs and considerations such as the age of kids/jumpers, space available for the trampoline, budget, and how the device is intended to be used. Rectangle trampolines offer numerous benefits over round models, but expect to pay more for the higher quality, better performance, and longer lasting trampoline. Round trampolines are just fine for families who don’t need the additional performance offered by their rectangle cousins. You will save quite a bit of money and have the additional safety inherent in round models.