If you’re considering buying a trampoline your main considerations
· Who will use the trampoline?
· Where will the trampoline be located?
· How much should I pay for a trampoline?
Trampolines range in size from 8ft all the way up to 16ft. The most popular
sizes, accounting for over 85% of all trampoline sales are 10ft trampolines
(20%), 12ft trampolines (30%) and 14ft trampolines (35%) with mini trampolines
and other sizes making up the remainder.
Who will use the trampoline?
As a rough guide a 10 ft trampoline would be suitable for a single child, or
two small children, with occasional adult use. A 12ft trampoline would be a
good choice for a couple of children and regular use by adults and a 14ft
trampoline would allow regular use by two or more children and adults. The
larger the trampoline the higher the maximum trampoline jumping weight.
Big Round Trampolines – Trampoline Buyers Guide: Where will the
trampoline be located?
Before purchasing a trampoline carefully consider the space available in
your garden and bear in mind a 12ft circle measured out on the ground seems
considerably bigger when it’s a real trampoline standing 3ft off the ground!
Allow a clear area of at least 3ft around the outside of your trampoline so
if children do topple off then they are likely to have a safe landing. For
example, if you are considering purchasing a 12ft trampoline you need a space
of approximately 18ft diameter with no overhanging branches where the
trampoline can stand.
How much should Ipay for a trampoline?
The old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ applies. Even taking into account
special offers and marketing flexibility if you buy a cheap trampoline it is
highly likely that trampoline cost less to manufacture and this will show in
terms of quality of materials, quality of finish and the trampoline guarantee.
A trampoline is much more than just something to bounce on and in our
experience is enjoyed as much by teenagers as little kids. Apart from something
to bounce on trampolines become a popular place to chill, do homework, chat
with friends, sunbathe and sleep so bear this in mind and buy a quality
trampoline with a decent guarantee.
If you’re confused by the jargon and obsession with specifications on many
trampoline websites check out our trampoline comparison chart and
refer to the key trampoline features we believe should influence a trampoline
buying decison below.
Key Trampoline Features
Trampoline frame thickness: This is typically stated using
the imperial British SWG (Standard Wire Gauge) measurement. The lower the gauge
number the thicker the metal so 14 gauge (2.03 mm) is thicker and heavier than
16 gauge ( 1.63 mm) – most people incorrectly assume 16 gauge is preferable to
14 gauge because it’s a larger number! Since all our trampolines comply with
all relevant safety standards the thickness of the frame is not a key factor.
Trampoline anti-rust treatment: There are two popular anti rust treatments.
Galvanised steel is better than ‘Zinc Powder Coated’ steel.
Trampoline assembly: Most trampolines (certainly all our
trampolines) slot together without needing any tools. The larger the trampoline
the longer it will take to assemble, we give a rough estimate alongside each
Most trampolines stand approximately 3ft above the ground. Any trampoline
which stands lower than than this may well indicate that trampoline is not as
bouncy as our trampolines.
Be warned, there’s a LOT of mis-infomation around!
The bouciness of any trampoline is determined by its springs. Spring
performance is dependent on many factors (the material the spring is made from,
the diameter of the wire used, the diameter of the spring coil and the overall
length of the spring) so without getting into the science and bearing in mind
all our trampolines conform to all relevent standards you can rest assured all
our trampolines are bouncy enough to provide fun without launching anyone into
outer space or creating impact craters on your lawn.
We do not see the number or length of springs alone as key factors however
we would not recommend any trampoline with 5” or shorter springs or trampolines
which use elastic or rubber bands instead of springs.
Virtually all jump beds are now woven polypropolene mesh with a UV resistant
coating which ensures the trampoline beds can withstand direct sunglight for
extended periods. Because trmapolines beds are made with a fine mesh water
seeps through and falls onto the ground below.
Two sorts of foam are used in pads and there are two popular shapes.
Cheap budget trampolines tend to use wedge shaped trampoline pads which
taper from around 20mm on the outside edge down to 5mm on the inside edge.
Trampoline pads are often the first trampoline component to wear out so buying
a cheap trampoline and having to purchase replacement pads a year later could
be false economy. Better quality trampolines (including our Jumpking
trampolines, Hi-jump trampolines and Pro Sport trampolines) use flat pads
throughout and vary slightly in thickness from 25mm upwards.
We believe closed cell foam (sometimes called impact foam) 25mm or thicker
provides sufficient protection for children. Closed cell foam is designed to
absorb impact so a trampoline with 25mm closed cell foam pads and is likely to
perform better than a trampoline with thicker pads using traditional upholstery
foam. We would not recommend buying a trampoline which doesn’t use closed cell
Trampoline pads are usually covered in vinyl which can vary in thickness and
quality. Our popular trampoline models feature 20oz vinyl compared to budget
trampolines which use lighter weight vinyl or only partially cover the pad with
vinyl leaving the underside covered with mesh. As trampolines have become ever
more popular the marketplace has become more competitive and the specifications
have improved so what was once acceptable is now considered below standard.
Pro Sport Trampoline pads attach using duffle-coat style toggles and feature
a small 50mm (2″) valance or skirt which help keep the padding postioned
perfectly. As far as we are aware other trampolines are usually tied on and no
not feature a valance.
Trampoline covers are not designed to be waterpoof!
Most models include a hole or fine mesh in the centre which allows water to
escape down through the bed to the ground underneath. During a heavy downpour
it is preferable to remove the cover otherwise the trampoline may turn into a
swimming pool and it is not good for the springs to be kept in tension for
Trampoline covers are designed to minimise UV degradation to the trampoline
bed and pads from direct sunglight and to keep leaves and bird droppings off
the trampoline. Although trampoline covers are not necessary are a useful and
inexpensive extra and they are included free with some trampoline models.
Trampoline ladders make it easier for younger children or disabled people to
get onto and down from a trampoline. However this also means unattended younger
children could play without your supervision.
Safety nets AKA “fun rings”
Brilliant! No one can fall off and hurt themselves which is one less thing
to worry about. Unfortunately they are seen as an expensive extra. We
especially recommend anyone with younger children (aged 5 or under) or anyone
with a disability that affects their ability to use a trampoline gives serious
consideration to purchasing a safety net. Children tend to topple off a
trampoline rather than flying miles through the air before crash landing so for
older children it’s not such a clear cut decision.
It is important that the ground is level and that all trampoline legs are
touching the ground. If this is not the case the trampoline will suffer stress
where it is not supposed to and this will affect its durability and safe usage
– it’s also more squeaky! If the ground on which the trampoline legs stand
slopes by more than a few inches over the length of the trampoline we would
advise digging a shallow trench where the higher ended legs stand – effectively
levelling the trampoline bed.
Round or Rectangular trampoline?
Round trampolines are designed for fun. The lift is approximately 3ft from
bed to bottom of foot and the impetus of the bounce is upwards and towards the
middle which leaves plenty of room around the user. For these reasons round
trampolines are generally considered safer than rectangular trampolines.
Rectangular trampolines are only suitable for use by single users. The
impetus is upwards and along the trampoline and the bounce is higher.
Rectangular trampolines are generally best suited to anyone involved in
trampolining as a sport.
On the hunt for a “Trampoline” or anything else associated
I hope you’ll find “Trampoline-Review.com” to be of great help to
you… we’ve spent a great deal of time hunting down information on trampolines
and reviewing the different types of trampolines on the market.
If you’re involved with kids at all…you know from experience that
trampolines are a great way to keep kids active. Not to mention kids love
trampolines. I know they love trampolines…cause I’ve got four great kids
Trampolines are well worth investing in (my opinion), but you also want to
make sure you’re getting quality products, because quality fits in with safety.
As you know, safety is a big concern with trampolines…you nor I want anyone
So take a good look around, and I hope you’ll find some great information tp
help you on your hunt for a trampoline.
Here are some of the things you need to consider when buying a trampoline:
(Not an all encompassing list, but should get you thinking in the right
What age group will be most often using your trampoline?
If you have young kids that will be using the trampoline, no point in getting a
heaving duty trampoline that’s used for competition. You may want to look at
getting a trampoline that’s only a foot or two off the ground, with an enclosure
attached to the trampoline. Another thing to consider is the weight rating on
trampolines. If you have young kids you can use a trampoline that doesn’t have
a high maximum weight guide, this may mean not having to spend as much on a
trampoline. If you want the trampoline around for a few years, then you need to
consider the fact that kids grow, and what is good for today…may not be good
in 4 years, cause the kids have grown and weight more.
Are you buying your trampoline for home or an organization?
Often times if you’re buying a trampoline for home, you’ll be looking for a
trampoline that may be slightly smaller in diameter, etc. Just so the
trampoline doesn’t take up your entire yard. On the other hand if space isn’t
any issue, bigger is likely the way to go (my opinion), less chance of anyone
What skill level are your trampoline users going to be?
If you have beginner users, I’d definitely look to get a trampoline with an
enclosure. Some may argue with me on this, because they feel that sometimes
people rely on the enclosure to much and don’t learn to jump responsibly. Some
would go as far to say that enclosures have increase the number of injuries.
The reason injuries happen on trampolines with enclosures is because, to may
people are allowed on the trampoline. If proper rules are established, there is
no reason why enclosures shouldn’t reduce the number of injuries.
Do we get a round trampoline or a rectangular trampoline?
People I’ve talked to or read there opinions about this topic, would say that
rectangular trampolines give a more powerful jump. This means that the person
using the trampoline has to worry more about control…keeping in the center.
So if you’re looking for a trampoline as a recreation item, I’d go for a round