In this section, I share my 5 criteria for choosing a quality rebounder. You would find that unless you have an unlimited budget, there are trade-offs that have to be made in weighing up your choices.
You can buy a rebounder anywhere from tens of dollars to more than a thousand dollars. Pick one that suits your budget while meeting the rest of the criteria below.
This simply means that the rebounder should minimise pain or injury to you and because of this important factor, it would be ideal to either have the chance to test a rebounder yourself before buying or do a lot of research on product reviews. There are various factors here to look at:
- Stability – as you are jumping, it is important to make sure the rebounder does not collapse, buckle or wobble. Some key things to check are that the design of the rebounder is stable and does not tip off easily. Some rebounders have curved legs which are wider than the jump bed for added stability. Also, watch out for foldable rebounders to ensure that the spring-loaded folding mechanism is easy to open and close as well as does not snap shut easily while in use. Another key safety tip is to check the design around the jump bed to make sure that you do not easily fall through any holes or uncovered areas as you jump, and would not land on any sharp parts such as springs.
- A bigger jump bed is more suitable for beginners or those with balance issues as there is more area you can move on and lowers the likelihood of falling or stepping off if you lose your balance.
Quality – check that there is solid and lasting construction using quality materials such as the type of bungee cords or springs, Permatron mat.
Comfort – this is really a personal choice that stems from a combination of jump bed area, mat comfort, design and material of the skirt or padding around the jump bed, height of the legs, noise levels of the rebounder and even whether the rebounder shifts while you jump due to being too light or not having legs with good grip.
Purpose or Suitability – does the model of rebounder fits your specific needs in terms of cost, portability, versatility, weight capacity, exercise goals. For e.g., check if the trampoline is fit for your weight and those of other family members who will be using it. And if your goal is oxygenation and lymphatic movement, you should look for a rebounder which offers a deep and high bounce or at least 3G. These are typically bungee cords rebounders which are more elastic. If you are planning to do high intensity workouts to build both aerobic and anaerobic endurance, stamina and cardiovascular endurance, spring-based rebounders which offer a lower and faster bounce may be more suitable. In fact, I have actually found that some types of workouts like HIIT and Tabata are more challenging on a bungee cord vs spring rebounder because it is much harder to move quickly with precision while bouncing deep and high.2