The Bellicon is better than I had expected and my expectations were high. At first I was a little disappointed as I was expecting something that bounced me really high like a trampoline. When I realized that it would be dangerous and not good for exercise I fell in love with my Bellicon. It is extremely well made and almost completely silent when using it. I have it above my son's bedroom and frequently use it at night when he is asleep. There is no noise at all. It is something my whole family is enjoying and it has been helpful in building strength for skiing. We have it out by the desk all the time so can hop on, have a bounce and then back to work. Yes it is expensive but when I received it I could see why as everything is very well made. Quality doesn't seem to come cheaply.