How to Choose a Water Trampoline for Your Kids and Family

water trampolineA water trampoline has a large inflatable ring instead of legs. The jumping mat is fitted in the center of the ring using springs in the same way that a normal trampoline does.

There is no safety enclosure provided, as an over-energetic bounce will just dump you in the water.

Water trampolines tend to be large. Water bouncers should not be confused with water trampolines.

They are smaller and have the jumping mat fitted directly to the inflatable ring. The terms, however, are often used interchangeably.

Water trampolines offer even more fun than a land-based trampoline. They often come with added features that let your kids do lots of tricks and stunts.

Water trampolines are usually more expensive than ordinary trampolines, so it is important that you consider all aspects before buying one.

Buying Guide: Things to Consider

Things to Consider

Material

Water trampolines need to be made from tough materials as they will have to endure demanding conditions. The ring has to be made from a resilient waterproof material like PVC. Choose the best quality PVC that you can afford.

Size

The smallest water trampoline available is a 10ft version. This is intended for just one person to use at a time. If you want more people to bounce at the same time, then bigger trampolines are available.

Anchoring

A water trampoline needs to be anchored when in use. Most water trampolines have anchoring points fitted, so that they can be tied up to a dock, jetty, boat or pontoon. It is possible to use an anchor or weight to hold a trampoline in place, too.

Pump

You will need a pump to inflate the ring. Don’t try blowing it up using just your lungs! These water trampolines need serious inflating, so a compressor is likely to be your best choice. Some manufacturers supply hand pumps with their trampolines, but it will take a long time to inflate the ring using one of these.

Warranty

A warranty is an important feature when buying a water trampoline. One-year warranties that cover manufacturing defects are normal, but for an extra fee, you can purchase a lifetime warranty. This is a good idea if you intend to use your water trampoline frequently.

Extra Features

Extra Features

The fact that your water trampoline will be floating opens up a lot of new opportunities for fun. Some extra features are available that will turn your water trampoline into a water playground!

Slide

A water slide can easily be attached to a water trampoline, and often they can be moved to any position around the ring. A slide gives you a brilliant way of leaving your trampoline, plus adds to the games that can be played.

Ladder

The inflatable rings that form the biggest part of a water trampoline are quite high and difficult to climb on to. A ladder will make getting on the trampoline much easier.

Boarding Platforms

These are flat padded boards that can be fitted to the side of your water trampoline and they will then float alongside. Climb on to the platform and then up onto the trampoline. These platforms can also form part of the fun and games.

Ropes

Ropes can be fitted that dangle over the side of the trampoline and into the water. Use then to climb on board, or as part of games.

Some Top Tips for the Best Use of Your Water Trampoline

  • A water trampoline needs to float in at least six feet of water. You might be lucky and have a large pond, swimming pool or even a private lake.
  • Make sure it is deep enough that anyone falling off the trampoline won’t hit the bottom and hurt themselves.
  • Proper storage is important when your trampoline is not in use. Deflate it and keep it in a dry, airy place. This will prevent mold from developing.
  • Top up the air in the ring at regular intervals. The PVC might stretch a bit and sag.
  • A trampoline cover may not be such a good idea on a water trampoline. It might trap moisture between itself and the PVC of the ring. Result: mold. Keep your trampoline clean, and a cover won’t be necessary.

6 Best Water Trampoline 2021

1. Happybuy Inflatable Water Bouncer

Happybuy Inflatable Water Bouncer

Made from strong PVC with sound seams and tear-resistance.

Very easy to inflate and holds the air well, so very little chance of accidental deflating.

10ft diameter so good for younger children although not multiple adults.

Colorful pattern and a ladder can be easily fitted.

2. Surfmass Water Trampoline

Surfmass Water Trampoline

Made from durable, tear-resistant material but is nevertheless supplied with a patch repair kit.

At 10ft diameter this is a great trampoline for a few young kids to enjoy time on the water.

The unit also comes with an electric pump to inflate the ring and this takes about 3 minutes.

3. SportsStuff Funstation

SportsStuff Funstation

The Funstation comes in two sizes – 10ft and 12ft. There is a boarding platform included which makes climbing aboard easier.

Also easy is the inflating of the ring.

SportsStuff have created the ring as a single chamber so making inflating quick and fuss-free.

There is also an anchoring system included to ensure stability and that the ring does not float away.

There are molded handles around the ring so that some kids can hang on while others are bouncing. The padded collar around the edge adds to the safety of this trampoline.

4. Island Hopper Water Bouncer

Island Hopper Water Bouncer

Island Hopper water trampolines come in 13ft, 17ft, 20ft and 25ft sizes. This gives you choice when size matters.

The largest sizes would need to be floated on a lake or very large pool. Island Hopper trampolines are reliable, durable and constructed to commercial specifications.

The outer edge of the mat is padded for extra safety. The mat is fixed by nylon webbing rather than springs which also adds to the safety of the unit.

A ladder is supplied. The 25ft Island Hopper is the biggest water trampoline available at this time.

5. Rave Bongo Bouncer

Rave Bongo Bouncer

Available as 13ft, 15ft and 20ft options. Another reliable manufacturer that is well-known in the world of water sports.

The Rave Bongo bouncer is octagonal and colored blue and yellow. Commercial standard PVC is used in construction.

The mat is fixed to the ring with a nylon rope that is interlaced to give a strong durable fit.

6. Aquaglide Super Tramp

Aquaglide Super Tramp

The Aquaglide boasts powder-coated springs which give a great bounce.

At 14ft diameter, the Aquaglide is not the biggest water trampoline available, but it is one of the most durable. Aquaglide suggests that the Super Tramp is ideal for floating on the sea.

Great if you have access to a seaside location.

Conclusion

Water trampolines are made to exacting standards and are generally larger than ordinary trampolines. Expect to pay more to purchase one. Prices in excess of $1000 are quite normal.

ERWIN Wilson
Hi, I am Erwin. I'm 29 years old and am a giant sports fanatic. I play lots of different sports like gym, basketball, regular soccer and I do the occasional run. In my spare time, I try to help others become the best in their sports by providing tips and tricks.