3 Best Vertical Jump Mats In 2022 (For Vertical Jump Testing)

When it comes to vertical jump testing, it doesn’t get much better than using a vertical jump mat.

I wrote an earlier article which discussed the various vertical jump measurement tools and today I’m doing a deep dive on the mats.

Compared to using a vertec, a vertical jump mat is far easier to use, way more portable, and just as accurate (see end of article for more info regarding accuracy).

My Top Pick:

Just Jump Mat

BEST VALUE VERTICAL JUMP MAT

POWER SYSTEMS

Click here to learn more about how I compiled this list of recommendations.

While there are some pretty expensive options, there’s also extremely high quality products that are slightly more affordable than a vertec as well, making jump mats the most cost effective way of measuring a vertical jump.

In this article I’m going to run you through what I believe are the three best vertical jump mats on the current market, how they differ, and I’ll help you decide which one is right for you.

Let’s begin!

Best Value Jump Mat

Just Jump Mat

Just Jump Mat

By far the most popular vertical jump mat is the Just Jump mat which is a remarkably simple yet deadly accurate device that has been around since the beginning of time.

Best Value Vertical Jump Mat

When it comes to vertical jump test mats, it’s really hard to go past the Just Jump mat for three reasons: it’s extremely simple to operate, it’s remarkably accurate, and it’s significantly more affordable than other options on the market.

How It Works

You simply stand on the mat, press the on button on the hand held controller, and then jump!

Once you land, the controller will display your vertical jump height in inches as well as hang time.

The Just Jump System, just like all vertical jump mats, is able to calculate vertical jump height by measuring the time taken between toe off and landing back on the mat (i.e. hang time).

Accuracy

There’s a good amount of literature on the accuracy of vertical jump mats as well as the Just Jump System specifically.

One such study found the Just Jump System would slightly overestimate vertical jump when compared to force plate testing, but the difference was very minor.1https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311064883_A_Correction_Equation_for_Jump_Height_Measured_Using_the_Just_Jump_System

A different study compared the Just Jump mat to the traditional method of vertical jump measurement (vertec) and found the results were extremely similar.2https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18076265/

The main thing is that the Just Jump mat is consistent, which means it’s a highly reliable way to track vertical jump development over time.

Features & Usage

The primary use case of the Just Jump mat is to measure standing vertical jump.

It also has a ‘4 jump mode’ which measures the ground contact time between 4 consecutive jumps to determine your reactive strength index (RSI). This is a measure of overall plyometric explosiveness (i.e. how ‘springy’ you are as an athlete).

It also has a ’60 jump mode’ which determines how well your body deals with fatigue by measuring jump height decrease from the first 15 jumps to the final 15 jumps. It’ll then display a fatigue factor rating which is a useful metric for athletes to track over time.

Why You Should Choose The Just Jump Mat

Being battery operated, the JJM is ultra portable which makes it ideal for almost any use case.

Vertecs, on the other hand, are extremely not portable and are quite difficult to store, which is why the JJM is a far more practical option.

Other vertical jump mats take a lot longer to setup, often requiring you to set up Bluetooth integration and connect to software/apps in order to get the data.

The JJM is an analogue system which sets up in less than 3 seconds and immediately outputs the data so you can quickly record it and move on.

Unless you’re regularly doing extremely detailed testing of a number of athletes, the JJM is going to be far easier and more seamless to operate than other devices.

In terms of price, the Just Jump mat is significantly cheaper than any other vertical jump mat on the market and also cheaper than buying some vertecs!

Recommended Use

Great, budget option for anyone who wants to track their own vertical jump progress and values portability. Not suitable for athletes concerned about tracking running vertical jump performance.

The Good

This is one of the most affordable vertical jump testing devices on the market!

Incredibly portable, great for traveling trainers.

Accurate and consistent.

The Bad

These devices sell out really quickly! Stocks are very limited at the moment.

You can’t test running vertical jump with these.

*Note: I’ve determined that both SimpliFaster as well as Power Systems stock the JJM at the most affordable rates, and they’re trustworthy and reliable vendors that have been around forever. Use other retailers at your own risk!

Best For Elite Athletes

EZEJump

EZEJump

If you’re looking for a more high tech vertical jump mat, the EZEJump from Swift Performance is one of the best ways for coaches to efficiently test and track the progress of multiple athletes.

Best Vertical Jump Mat For Elite Athletes

The thing that separates the EZEJump from the rest is the incredible app you get access to which displays all the data you could possibly need.

The amount of different tests you can design and track using this device are practically endless.

Physical Design

This vertical jump mat is less of a mat and more of a plate as it’s made out of solid stainless steel.

It’s 33% larger than the Just Jump System and is significantly less portable since it’s made of solid steel and won’t fold or roll up like the JJS.

You can however get a carry bag (as well as wireless charger) for an extra $140.

The system is cordless and connects via Bluetooth to either an iOS or Android device which is where the outputs are displayed.

Data Tracking

The app itself is free and allows coaches to store and manage data pertaining to each individual athlete, making this a great option for sporting programs which take athletic development and performance seriously.

Annual subscriptions to advanced tracking features and analytics can also be purchased for those who want to get the absolute most out of their EZEJump.

As far as data collection and reporting goes, the EZEJump does it all and will integrate via API with existing athlete management systems.

Who Is The EZEJump Ideal For?

The EZEJump is probably going to be the best option for professional sports organizations, college level strength and conditioning programs, and sports performance researchers.

It’s about 3 times the price of the Just Jump System and is a very serious piece of equipment for elite level athletic development.

That said, it’s still significantly cheaper than a full blown force plate and has a lot more functionality than the Just Jump System for programs looking to track the jumping/movement ability of their athletes.

And it’s a whole lot cheaper than the next item on this list!

Recommended Use

This is a great option for college or professional sports organizations who want the ability to track detailed information about their athletes. If you’re after data and analytics, this is a fantastic choice.

The Good

The EZEJump is able to provide coaches comprehensive athlete management, data tracking, and analytics.

Super versatile – you can do a lot more than just measure vertical jump with these devices!

Relatively affordable compared to other products offering data tracking and analytics.

The Bad

This device is about 3x the price of the Just Jump mat.

Since this mat is actually quite a large metal plate, it’s not as easy to move around as the JJM.

*Note: The SimpliFaster store is the quickest and easiest place to buy these from. They’re also available on the Swift Performance website but you have to ‘request a quote’ which requires a bit of back and forth before you can make a purchase.

Also Decent

Vald SmartJump

Vald SmartJump

Another decent option worth considering is the SmartJump system by Vald Performance which also allows for advanced tracking of jump performance via a mobile app.

Another High Tech Jump Mat Option…

Originally developed by Fusion Sport and recently acquired by Vald Performance, the SmartJump is another super solid vertical jump mat which gives coaches access to a full range of performance data and analytics.

Complex Design

The SmartJump is more like the JJM in the sense that it’s an actual mat and not a steel plate, but it has to be connected to the ‘SmartHub’ which is a controller unit on a tripod as you’ll see above.

This controller then connects to your mobile device which is where you can view the results.

I’m unsure why a separate tripod mounted controller unit was completely necessary and personally I think it just takes up unnecessary space and adds to the setup time while reducing portability.

The benefit of this setup however is that it allows you to run and track data from multiple jump mats concurrently, which could possibly be useful for some very niche needs.

Very Expensive

The price is a pretty big limiting factor here.

The SmartJump alone costs about $1.5k but needs to be integrated with either a SmartSpeed Dash system ($1.5k), SmartHub ($3k), or SmartSpeed Pro ($8.8k) for it to function.

Basically you could pay anywhere from $3k to $10,000 to use the SmartJump system!

Recommended Use

This is a great option as an addon for sports performance organizations already using Vald Performance hardware.

The Good

Comprehensive access to a wide range of data analytics.

The Bad

Really expensive!

Must be connected to a bulky tripod controller for it to work.

Final Verdict?

For individual use or for use with small numbers of athletes, I think the Just Jump mat is easily the best option on this list.

It’s ultra affordable, super easy to use and portable, and does exactly what most people will need it to do.

For professional organizations working with a larger number of elite athletes who are interested in detailed tracking and analytics, I’d strongly recommend the EZEJump mat which provides access to a wider range of analytics and proper athlete management tools.

My Vertical Jump Mat Review Process

I always make it my mission to be as comprehensive as possible with these product reviews so I can be as helpful as possible to my readers.

Unfortunately, I’ve not yet been able to personally test any of these vertical jump mats, as getting products imported into the Kingdom of Thailand (where I’m currently based) can be a very slow and arduous process…

How Do I Know What I’m Talking About?

Having trained full time in an elite development program as a volleyballer for a number of years, I’ve tested my vertical well over 100 times in my life, so I have a lot of experience in this area, although mainly with vertecs and force plates.

So in the interest of full transparency I can’t yet speak about any of the products in this article from first hand experience.

I do have plans to eventually get my hands on a Just Jump mat and will update this article once I have more to report.

Research Process

I spent a good couple of days finding out as much information as possible about each of the vertical jump mats discussed in this article.

I read all the reviews I could find and I also had several email discussions with manufacturers to confirm details about things like price and availability.

Continually Updating With New Products & Information

As I gain more experience with these products, I’ll be updating this article so that you know exactly how my feelings towards each product evolve over time.

I’m also constantly on the hunt for new vertical jump mats that can offer value to the marketplace for inclusion in this article.

Feel free to read more about my product testing standards and review process.

Vertical Jump Mat Price Guide

Below I’ve tabulated the rough prices for the jump mats I’ve discussed in this article.

Vertical Jump MatRough Price
Just Jump Mat$750
EZEJump$2,250
SmartJump>$3,000

Do note that prices will fluctuate so, while doing your research, it’s worth double checking the price by clicking on the links above.

How Do Vertical Jump Mats Work?

Vertical jump mats are able to calculate your vertical jump height by measuring the time spent in the air (hang time) between your jump and when you landed.

A mathematical formula involving the gravitational constant can be used to pretty accurately determine how high you jumped based on how long you spent in the air.

Vertical Jump Mat Vs Force Plate

Unlike the vertical jump mat, force plates measure not only hang time but also the force generated when jumping and the rate of force development.

Vertical jump mats are basically just glorified force activated stopwatches and don’t actually calculate anything to do with force output.

Is A Vertical Jump Mat Accurate?

How you land on the vertical jump mat is quite important.

Since your feet are virtually flat on the ground when you start the jump, you need to also land with your feet flat for the jump mat to make an accurate assessment.

If you’ve landed on the balls of your feet, you should probably retake the jump test and remember to land flat footed.

It’s also been proven that if you have an overhead goal/target when performing a vertical jump, you’re likely to jump higher.3https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7839008_Use_of_an_Overhead_Goal_Alters_Vertical_Jump_Performance_and_Biomechanics

Since there’s no overhead target when using a jump mat, you might expect slightly lower overall results when compared to something like a vertec.

Each method of assessing vertical jump performance has its own biases and imperfections, so it’s impossible to get a perfectly accurate measurement anyway.

Overall, the research indicates that vertical jump mats perform fairly well in terms of accuracy.

The main thing is that they’re very consistent, which means tracking progress over time is very reliable if you’re using a jump mat each time.

Harvey Meale

About Harvey

I've dedicated my life to increasing my vertical jump and helping others do the same. I created Jump Stronger to share what I'm learning and to help others on their own vertical jump journey.