Rebounder Buying Guide: Updated

Buying a rebounder based on your weight:

This is when it gets extremely difficult to gain enough g force on certain rebounders. The springs on rebounder that aren't tapered or have any tiers will use the entire spring and if someone is very lightweight, they don't utilize all the coils. For doing lymphatic rebounding, the best rebounder I choose for the 100-120 pound weight class is the Cellerciser Pro as it uses just the belly of the spring, the middle part to give the g force after the belly slowed down to prevent jarring. The 2nd choice is the Lymphaciser. It utilizes the entire spring and the springs are very tiny and have smaller coil counts and lower diameter so the entire spring is utilized. This does have the most bounces per minute of any rebounder I reviewed but about half the G force of a Needak or Cellerciser.

When doing the lymphatic Health bounce, at this 120 to 140 pounds, the springs on rebounders springs under 90 grams tend to be less jarring for people in this weight range. The Urban and Lymphaciser all have very lightweight springs and it doesn't take much to yield the spring. But with jumping higher, these short coiled, lightweight springs expand to its maximum tension and it can be jarring. If a small spring has a tensile strength of 180 Newtons and you are are are forcing 200 Newtons on the spring, this is when the springs lose their yield strength and lose their tension. If just doing the just Health bounce only, the Reboundair and the Lymphaciser are my two top picks. Depending how high someone is going to jump out of the mat will determine which of these two is better.

This is when nearly half the springs are utilized. The Needak rebounder feels great for people in this range as it gives all the G force from the spring without bottoming out. The Cellerciser will use the 1st and 2nd tier in this weight range. The Urban Rebounder is definitely out. This is when most of my customers complain of jarred ankles and knees. The Lymphaciser also has a great feel in this range. With the bungee rebounders in this weight it will take slightly more effort to jump (and get free bounces). Most people in this weight range start leaning towards the smaller mats. At higher weights than 160 pounds it starts to decelerate more and cone in and invert the ankles. For doing lymphatic bouncing, my favorite 2 picks are the Lymphaciser and Cellerciser.

This is the most popular weight range of people that use a rebounder for lymph drainage. This is when there is just enough weight to give enough G force in the springs but to be careful of jarring or inverting the ankles as the rebounder yields more at this weight. The problem in the 160 to 180 pound weight range is often inversion of the ankles as people jump in the sweat spot. My favorite 2 picks are the Needak and Cellerciser in this range. The Needak gives fewer bounces per minute and slightly deeper flushes while the Cellerciser gives more bounces per minute but shorter flushes. The Cellerciser rebounder with its third tier giving that boosted acceleration wins in this weight range. If you try both rebounders side to side in this weight class it is easy to tell the differences. The Lymphaciser feels very hard for for those in this weight class. The Reboundair feels a little harder at the bottom of the bounce.

​This weight range in rebounding is where it is harder to get it just right. To get the Health bounce, I recommend a spring rebounder with tensile strength high enough that the springs can't fit evan a toothpick between any spaces in between the coils while standing on the rebounder. On rebounder with very low carbon springs even if the same size spring as a high carbon spring, on some of the rebounders with 200 pound people standing on the mat, the springs allow a toothpick to go in between. If after a few months the springs allow that toothpick to go between, then you know you probably have low carbon springs that have higher tensile strength at first but as the coils open and close the minimum tension gets lower and the original maximum tension is about half gone.

This is when I only use a high carbon spring, especially when doing the Health bounce. A tapered spring or a triple tiered spring would be best as the belly of the spring will lose its initial tension and the tiers would keep the integrity of the bounce for many years. The belly of the spring holds most of the weight. My top pick for a rebounder in the 210 to 220 weight range would be the Cellerciser or the Jumpsport (shortest mat model) with adjustable bungees and setting it at the highest tension level. The Lymphaciser has a bottom out feel when jumping high but is is OK for doing the Health bounce only as long as you aren't jumping too high out of the mat. The Needak is my second favorite with this weight range.

The 106 gram high carbon steel Cellerciser Pro is my only pick for doing the Health Bounce in this range. The yield strength of the third triple tier really is utilized in this weigh range. This is when many people find they need to bounce near the edges of the mat to avoid the mat bottoming out to the floor at 220 to 240 pounds. Although many other rebounders can hold the weight in the beginning, the 80 to 90 gram spring rebounders, unless they are high carbon steel, probably won't last as long. I would either get a harder bounce rebounder or get a spring that has 106 grams like the Cellerciser in this range. The springs never really break but they lose their responsiveness so you don't accelerate with the same G force like with new springs. The Needak is still my 2nd favorite. Based on my tests, I got fewer flushes per minute doing the Health bounce.

This is when many people bottom out on their rebounder. The Needak Hard Bounce although it is really made for people over 300 pounds gives a much better Health bounce but a little firm for doing high bouncing in the 240 to 280 pound weight range. The Cellerciser gives the best bounce for people up to 300 pounds and uses most of the 3rd tier of its spring. The Cellerciser spring can actually hold up to 400 pounds. It's simple math, if you go over the newtons the spring is capable of, the spring gets damaged. In the 240 to 280 pound weight range, I choose the Cellerciser as my favorite.

​280-300+ POUND PEOPLE
At this range, the Needak Hard bounce is my favorite for doing the Health Bounce. I like the Cellerciser but for doing exercise that requires jumping higher out of the mat, the Needak Hardbounce is my favorite choice. Since many people are not just going to be doing the Health Bounce, I pick the Needak Hard Bounce Rebounder as my favorite in this category. If doing multi purpose bouncing then I would favor the Cellerciser. If someone is 350 to 400 pounds then definitely the Needak Hard Bounce.

Over all, the higher carbon springs of that the Needak and Cellerciser have are the rebounders that are my top picks for doing the Health bounce and multi purpose exercise. The Cellerciser gives the most even bounce of all the rebounders. The Lymphaciser is my favorite rebounder if only doing the Health Bounce for lighter weight people. The Lymphaciser gives the most bounces per minute with the most G force of its kind (those that have short springs that don't have much bounce) but I do not recommend it for doing any other type of bouncing. The springs are too short and too low mass to keep up its tension.

Note: picking out a rebounder based on weight range is based on using the bar and landing 100% of the heels.

​Picking out a mat: Permatron is the way to go. It has no VOCs. I make sure that the mat has polyester stitching, not nylon so there is no off gassing. Some mats stretch and if not Permatron it makes it harder to land in the same foot position each time and the acceleration slows down. If the springs have lost their tensile strength it can make the bounce uneven and make the feet invert and can throw you up at an angle causing pain. The latest rebounder mat trend is to cross stitch the mat. You will see little x's around it.

Low carbon springs need to be changed every 2 years unless you want to bounce with nearly half the tension when it was new. High carbon springs, especially those that have been treated with silver alloy tend stay cooler and they don't need to be changed. Having high carbon USA steel that has been coated should last about 20 years instead of 2 years. If under 120 pounds it is usually ok to buy low carbon springs. I prefer self adjusting springs. If I want to bounce really high I can bypass the 2nd tier and the 3rd tier springs me back up. With tapered springs the 2 tapers on the end act as a 2nd tier. With single tier springs there are no tapers and when the spring stretches out is when it can feel jarring. If you are going to take your rebounder outside or plan on hosing the sweat of a smelly mat, make sure the springs are 
Passivated screws: At hardware stores the passivated screws are always more expensive. They don't rust.

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​Frame Comparison
Some frames are really light and don't feel as grounded. The average frame is around 15 to 25 pounds for a 39 inch rebounder. The USA steel rebounders are much heavier. The best rebounder frames are robotically welded and is the latest way to mold the frame. This helps make the shape uniform. The Needak is the 2nd heaviest frame and the New Cellerciser pro bi-fold has a 39 inch frame (the Trifold is heavier). A higher gauge steel frame will usually not make a much noise. The most durable rebounders are made of USA steel and not imported steel. The rebounder frames that have 13 Gauge steel or higher are the most stable and grounded.

​Wobble legs: The latest trend is wobble legs that help the rebounder move in any direction the person is jumping. A 360 degree wobble allows this and when the legs move as a person jumps the person doesn't feel the legs wobble. Note: an unstable wobble makes the rebounder feel shaky. So when you jump to the left you feel the rebounder slide to the left. This is usually from the hinge type legs. A 360 degree wobble also helps save the feet from the metal leg from eating through

Go with polyester threading. Nylon is not as resistant. Polyester threading has no VOC emmissions which for chemically sensitive people will appreciate. The latest trend in stitching is cross stitching the mat. Over the years if not cross stitched when one tread gets broken the entire threading can slowly start coming off and spring attachment can fall off. Cellerciser now has a 7 layer stitching and a cross stitch which I don't think anything will ever come apart. Also, sweat wont hurt polyester stitching. 

Rebounder Comparisons
​I've reviewed nearly every rebounder on the market and it can be very confusing to pick out the right rebounder since there are so many brands and so many claim they have the best one. There are rebounders that are good for the Health Bounce only while others are good for toning and cardio only that don't allow enough G force for low bouncing.
The Lymphaciser, Lympholine and ReboundAir are made for low bouncing. The Bellicon gives really high bounces but the cords must stretch out to give G force. Just bouncing 2 inches above the mat has a totally different g force than a spring rebounder at 2 inches. I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANY BUNGEE FOR THE HEALTH BOUNCE. The cords can be doubled up on each hook that provides more G force but still doesn't give that "pop" that a spring gives.

​For heavier people the Lymphaciser can feel jarring but for lightweight people it is one of my top recommendations. Just don't jump high on it or it can feel very jarring.

Comparing the New Zealand Lymphaciser to a Cellerciser Pro, both are the top 2 lymphatic rebounders that don't invert my ankles and don't jar me me. The Cellerciser Pro has slightly less bounces, although on the Cellerciser I can jump high on it and do toning exercises that I can't do on the Lymphaciser with its low number coil springs. If someone has a back or knee problem, the Cellerciser is my better choice. The Needak Rebounder is the 2nd softest rebounder I've used, but the Cellerciser has the even bounce and doesn't invert my ankles. Both the Cellerciser and Needak feel very similar to me the first 2 years until I have to change the springs to keep up the initial tension like when it was new. The Cellerciser has high carbon steel springs and I have never had to change out a spring in the 7 years I have had mine.

Hexagonal Bungee Rebounders: The newest bungee rebounders are now hexagonal. These have much lower inversion than the round type. When bouncing high and the deceleration of the mat it can cause more inversion the higher the bounce. These feel different than the round bungees but still not made for the Health Bounce.

Rebounder Mats: Look for Permatron only. There are 2 types on the high end rebounders. One is the older type and the latest mats are laminated. The non laminated mats are porous and allow air to flow through the mat like a potato sack. Burn holes are the main reason for a mat ripping over time.

This can be just as bad as rebounding and getting jarred. The rebounder has a gravitational force that pulls toward the center. The higher the bounce the more inversion on certain rebounders. Some rebounders have less pull than others. The Cellerciser has the least inversion of all the spring rebounders I tested. The bungee rebounders have the most inversion out of all the rebounders I tested. The Lymphaciser, Rebound Air and Lympholine are rebounders I wouldn't jump high on in the first place over 2 inches so they don't apply to my test. 

How to pick when you haven't tried them.
If only doing the Health Bounce only and never planning on jumping higher the Lymphaciser, Lympholine and ReboundAir are the 3 I would choose from. If not planning on doing the Health Bounce then the Bellicon, Jumpsport, or the latest Hexagonal bungee rebounders are what I would go with. For multi purpose bouncing the Needak is good and the Cellerciser with the 3 tiered tapers is my favorite pick.

​Feet: Rubber offgasses. Polymer feet don't. You can exchange the rubber feet for Polymer feet on most standard 39 inch rebounders. Polymer feet cost 4 dollars each. rubber costs 50 cents to a dollar each but if the smell bothers people I suggest the Polymer material.

​Polymer feet - this are polymer feet that don't smell like rubber.

Health Bounce
If the main reason is dong the Health Bounce the decision most people make is to have more bounces per minute with less G force or higher G force with fewer bounces per minute. Although more bounces per minute gives more lymph turns the deeper flushes on a spring rebounder gives more flush per turn. The Cellerciser has fewer bounces per minute than the Lymphaciser or Lympholine but can drain more per minute. The Needak has even deeper flushes on the Soft Bounce model but even fewer bounces per minute on the rebounder that I tested. I like the Needak better when doing high bouncing and for low bouncing I like the Cellerciser better. If the goal is mostly for jumping high then the Needak wins, for low bouncing the Cellerciser wins. The Needak uses a larger coil count in the belly of the spring so it give a softer bounce when jumping higher. The Cellerciser uses fewer coils until the 2nd tier kicks in sooner than the tapers on the Needak rebounder kicks in.

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Passivation: This is an acid treatment used on stainless steel that helps removes iron deposits and helps improve corrosion resistance.

hinge type leg
foot damaged by the metal legs - usually most common on screw in types.

Make sure your rebounder is cross stitched if you don't want the threading to come out. Polyester threading is the strongest and has no off gassing.
I have now found other rebounder companies that cross stitch their mat. The picture on the right has polyester threading. It does not start fraying like Nylon threading. For those that have the nylon threaded mat that do have VOC emissions a polyester mat can be replaced on almost any 39 inch standard size rebounder. My cost is 90 dollars on the Permatron mats with the polyester threading and cross stitching.


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