Though obviously different in shape and appearance, round trampolines and rectangular trampolines greatly differ due to safety, price, use, and the overall experience. Before choosing a trampoline, we recommend considering three important factors: safety, weight limitations, and price. Read along to find out why.
What’s the difference?
Round trampolines and rectangular trampolines differ in many ways. Their shape is the most visible, which is an essential factor. It affects the bounce quality a jumper experiences as you tend to get lower bounces with round trampolines. Rectangular trampolines are more suited for athletes or professional jumpers as it offers higher bounces with better surface area for stunts. Additionally, rectangular trampolines are made up of more steel. But we’ll explain more as we go along.
Round Vs. Rectangular
Due to their shape, round trampolines pull you towards the center when you jump. Rectangular trampolines don’t. Their surface is much larger and doesn’t direct you to the center, which allows for higher bounces and more stunts and tricks if that’s your aim.
However, if you are an athlete or an experienced jumper and enjoy doing tricks and stunts, a rectangular trampoline with the added safety of a net may be the best option.
The size of a trampoline affects the amount of weight it can safely handle.
For round trampolines:
● An 8-10 ft trampoline can handle 200-250 pounds.
● A 12ft trampoline can bear 250-300 pounds
● A 14-16 ft trampoline can take 250-400 pounds.
On the other hand, Rectangular trampolines can handle around 300-450 pounds, regardless of their size.
The weight limitations are a result of their shape. A round trampoline
engages all the springs in the mat when the jumper is in motion; a rectangular trampoline only engages the springs closest to the actual jump point.
Round Vs. Rectangular Price
Round trampolines are the cheapest to make. They are more commonly purchased, which is one of the reasons why they’re usually more affordable. Aside from those is their size. They’re generally smaller and require less material than a rectangular trampoline. Rectangular trampolines are also more expensive to make because they take a longer period and require added steel support.
Trampoline shape really comes down to your preferences for both use and the shape of your backyard. Round trampolines off a bounce that pulls the user to the center of the mat. We recommend trampolines
with a safety net attached. Rectangular trampolines have a higher weight threshold in comparison to round trampolines. Round trampolines are more affordable than rectangular trampolines as they are more readily purchased, require less material to manufacture, and don’t take as long as rectangular trampolines to make. For all your
needs, check out our wide array of round and rectangular trampolines.