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Fitness trampolines (or rebounders, as they’re also known) are designed for at-home workouts that burn calories and put a smile on your face. As a health writer who’s tested various trends over the years, I was particularly keen to find the best fitness trampoline to add variety to my current running-based routine. In particular, I wanted to know if they could provide the same sweaty benefits as a 5K, with less of my typical knee pain.
What do they do for you, exactly? The benefits of fitness trampolines range from improved heart health to better balance, according to Diana Van Heerden, Head of Fitness at London’s Frame workout studios, which hosts regular Rebounding classes. "Fitness trampolines provide really effective cardiovascular exercise and strengthen your lower body muscles at the same time," she says. "A trampoline also forces you to engage your core, helping improve your balance and coordination, while strengthening your pelvic floor muscles as an added bonus."
There's more advice from Diana on how to use rebounders at the bottom of this feature, below my reviews. But if you're in a hurry, here's a quick look at my top five:
Which are the best fitness trampolines in 2023? At a glance
- Best overall Bellicon
- Best value fitness trampoline Boogie Bounce
- Best exercise trampoline Bounce
- Best rebounder Fit Bounce Pro II
- Best budget fitness trampoline Opti
What to look for in a fitness trampoline
There are a few things to look out for when choosing which fitness trampoline to buy, Diana says. “A good quality rebounder will have a mat that’s thick, but not so tight that you can’t jump on it. These days, most are made with material bungees, as opposed to regular metal springs – which I would avoid, as they can hurt to accidentally step on.” Diana also advises checking the size of your space before ordering one, as they can be quite large – although the best rebounders for home use are usually foldable for storage.
How I tested the best fitness trampolines
I tested the Bellicon, Opti and Boogie Bounce trampolines at home, using workout videos of around 20 minutes each from their respective training platforms (a Youtube video for the Opti). I attended a 45-minute ((Bounce)) class near me in order to try out its own trampoline. For the Fit Bounce Pro, I enlisted Sarah Weston, who teaches her own PopJump Wimbledon rebounder classes using the trampoline, to share her thoughts.
For each of the fitness trampolines I was looking for quality of construction, usable size and weight, ease of storage (some fold, some don't) and extras including workout guides. If you're working on your fitness, by the way, you might want to read our guides to the best fitness trackers, the best running shoes, the best gym leggings, the best water bottles, the best exercise bikes and the best protein powders next.
Best fitness trampolines
Best overall, 10/10
We like: Super stylish design and fully customisable to your needs
We don’t like: Considerably more expensive than its counterparts
- 35cm height, 112cm diameter (100cm and 125cm frames also available), 13kg weight
- Max user weight 200kg
- Foldable version is £80 extra
- Added extras: 30-day training platform free trial
When the Bellicon arrived at my front door, I initially worried how I was going to get it through. While super slim (with legs folded in, it measures a mere 8cm across), I was testing a larger model than the others on my list and it made for quite a sight.
Nevertheless, once inside, the ease at which I was able to set it up greatly outweighed any initial doubts. Uncomplicated compared to some of the other trampolines with their various nuts and bolts to screw on, the Bellicon slipped straight out of the box legs already attached. All it took was folding them out again and it was ready to go (note: these folding legs are an £80-worth added extra).
What initially struck me was how good it looked. With a matt black base and stainless steel legs, the perimeter was adorned with bright, multicoloured bungees that brightened up my living room.
I put it to work with a dance cardio video from Bellicon’s own extensive online training platform (a 30-day trial membership to which is included with your purchase, then costs £89 a year or £9.90 monthly). I found the larger size to be very accommodating to my size 9 feet and made it easy for a beginner like me to get to grips with bouncing up and down without worrying about falling off.
The mat itself felt strong enough to have my legs definitely putting in work as I pushed down hard with every jump. The resistance was calibrated exactly to my weight and fitness goals during the ordering process and having chosen ‘Boost fitness’ as my aim, the bungees definitely felt strong.
All in all, the customisability is what really sets the Bellicon apart. From the colour of the mat and bungees, to the resistance, size and add-ons (you can choose a handle if you’re worried about feeling unsteady), you can build it however you want. However, the price of all these can definitely add up.
2. Boogie Bounce
Best value fitness trampoline, 8/10
We like: All the accessories you might want are included
We don’t like: Not the most stylish
- 27cm height, 120cm diameter (frame), 9.2kg weight
- Max user weight 127kg
- Added extras: T-bar handle, gripper socks, carry bag, spare parts, workout DVD
The Boogie Bounce took a little longer to set up, as the legs needed to be attached. That said, no screwdriver was necessary - with a bit of leg-twisting and a hard yank to unfold the mat, it was up in a few minutes. A little smaller than the Bellicon, it fitted really nicely in my living room, but the overall look was somewhat less chic.
One of the best things I thought about the Boogie Bounce were the accessories that came in the box. Along with grippy socks and a workout DVD (for lack of the appropriate disc drive, I used the app instead), the trampoline comes with a t-bar handle, which I definitely needed for the first few minutes at least. Bonus points for the height adjustability as my 6’4” boyfriend gave it a go and managed to use it comfortably, too.
The Boogie Bounce’s portability definitely stood out for me. It feels relatively light and the way it folds in on itself makes it compact to take around, plus it comes with its own carry case. I’m not sure where I’d be taking a trampoline with me, but it’s good to know the option is available.
The mat itself was sturdy and secure. The bungees felt quite strong with not loads of give when I bounced, but I quickly got used to it and it made for a good workout as your feet really have to push down hard. It’s good to know that if you need any extra workout tips, you can always attend one of their many classes across the country.
Best exercise trampoline, 8/10
We like: Easy to fold away and store
We don’t like: Slightly smaller than others
- 27cm height, 101cm diameter (frame), 12kg weight
- Max user weight 125kg
- Added extras: None
Speaking of classes, I got to attend a ((Bounce)) class near me in order to try out their own offering. One thing that really sunk in here was the camaraderie of the trampolining community. Our teacher Melissa, someone who had attended classes regularly until deciding to teach it herself, told me how she’d made some of her best friends in that room.
The trampoline itself felt sturdy and had a mat strength similar to the Boogie Bounce - I felt I really had to dig my feet in hard to get a good bounce out of it, which translated to a good burn in my calves and glutes by the end of the workout.
The ((Bounce)) trampoline was really easy to put away after class was over. The legs fold inward quickly and with minimal effort, leaving it a good size to hide away in the corner or a sizeable cupboard at home.
Its manoeuvrability is one way in which its relatively smaller size of the ((Bounce)) was a bonus. Otherwise, there were times where I personally felt like my feet could have done with a little more room to work with, as I nearly fell off at times. That said, I’m sure I would be more in control once I’d had a bit more practice.
4. Fit Bounce Pro II
Best rebounder trampoline, 9/10
We like: Its sturdiness and very quiet bounce
We don’t like: Not as stylish as others of its price range
- 33cm height, 99cm diameter (frame), 9.9kg weight
- Max user weight 150kg
- Added extras: Lifetime access to online workouts, DVD, carry bag, ‘bounce counter’
Rebound fitness instructor Sarah Weston uses the Fit Bounce Pro II. She says: “I absolutely love it. The bungee tension provides the perfect bounce, the mat is non-slip and I like the fact it’s slightly higher off the floor.
“It comes fully assembled and is very easy to store or travel with, as it folds in half. The spring-loaded legs collapse and it has a sturdy carry bag with handles.99cm is the standard size, but it does come in an XL which allows for a higher maximum user weight.
“Fit Bounce is a UK-based company and as a result, they provide excellent customer service, with spare parts available on request. It feels a very robust product compared to others I’ve used in the past. All in all, it’s the best I’ve used and it provides me with an efficient, all over body workout.”
Best budget fitness trampoline, 7/10
We like: A great budget option
We don’t like: Doesn’t fold away
- 22cm height, 91.5cm diameter (frame), 5.5kg weight
- Max user weight 100kg
- Not foldable
- Added extras: None
I wasn’t expecting to feel such a big difference when trying the Opti compared to the higher-priced trampolines, but it definitely felt like something was missing as I started to bounce. Owing to the fact it uses springs instead of the others’ cord bungees, the bottom of the bounce feels a little flat.
This is particularly obvious when bouncing straight down hard into the mat like many of the workout videos ask you to do - I found it much more difficult to do this on the Opti. There is also a slight squeaking sound, which isn’t present on the other models.
All that said, the Opti does do the job and if budget is a constraint, it’s not a bad option at all. It is simple to set up by just screwing the legs in (no screwdriver necessary), but isn’t able to fold up afterwards. The mat has no loud branding on it and the cover around the edge means feet or clothing can’t get caught in the springs. This might make it a good option if you’re planning to let any children give it a go.
What’s the difference between a trampoline and a fitness trampoline?
Unlike the children’s variety, fitness trampolines are designed to live inside the house. “They are generally quite small in diameter and they come with short legs that attach to the bottom of the mat,” says Diana Van Heerden. “You should be able to carry them, but foldable models tend to be much lighter than others. You can set them up in your living room or elsewhere. Just make sure it’s on a non-slip surface to keep it safe. Most come with rubber caps on the bottom for this purpose.”
How do you exercise on a trampoline?
There are plenty of videos of classes to try on YouTube. Meanwhile, Diana’s Frame Workout Studios offer on-demand classes of their own via their website. She recommends building up the length of your sessions by five minutes at a time, up to 45 minutes.
"I would start with a basic bounce, with your feet hip-width apart and knees soft, pushing your toes down into the mat,” Diana says. “After this, I’d recommend some static squats, to learn how to distribute your weight on the trampoline. You can try some jacks, where you’re jumping your feet out and in, as well as heel digs with your toes flexed and heels in contact with the mat. Once you’re more experienced, I’d add in some tuck jumps, too.”
How many calories does a trampoline burn?
“The number of calories you can burn with a fitness trampoline depends on a variety of factors such as your weight, your muscle mass and your metabolism,” Diana says. “So while I can’t tell you a set number, you’ll burn the same calories in a 30-minute trampoline session as in a 30-minute run.”