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Trampolines can provide great fun and fitness and this Trampoline Buyers Guide can help you find the perfect Trampoline for you or your family.
Some of the health benefits from trampolining include coordination, balance, muscle strength, and improved lung capacity.
As with any piece of equipment, it’s always wise to have solid information about what you’re buying before making the purchase. Trampolines are not a one-of-a-kind product and come in quite a few varieties for different uses. Buyers should review a handful of important considerations before buying one.
Doing your homework will help you make the best investment. If you want to skip reading this buyers guide, you can go and see our top 3 recommended trampolines.
Your Trampoline Budget & Price Range
How much are you looking to invest in a trampoline?
It’s always wise to consider your budget and finances before making a purchase. Trampolines come in a variety of sizes and types. Also, you might want to invest in additional features not included with the standard trampoline package. Therefore, setting a budget before shopping will save you time and money.
Trampolines can cost anywhere from $150 to over $1,000. They typically fall into 3 price ranges:
Top Priced Trampolines
The top-notch trampolines are typically rectangular and “heavy duty.” Those who are in competition and sports generally opt for this type of trampoline. These trampolines typically are the most expensive and are usually of the highest quality.
Mid Priced Trampolines
Trampolines that fall in-between the top-notch and budget price range are the mid range ones. These tend to be more popular because the trampolines provide solid performance and good value.
Budget Priced Trampolines
Budget trampolines are often for those not certain whether they will use the trampoline in the long-term or who are on a really tight budget.
7 Important trampoline Considerations
#1 Who Will use The Trampoline?
Trampolines come in a variety of sizes and types to accommodate varying age groups, weights, and needs. Ask yourself:
- Will the trampoline be used just by my kids?
- Will their friends use it?
- Will I or other adults use the trampoline?
Knowing this will help you decide from among the large array of trampolines.
#2 What’s The Purpose of the Trampoline?
- Will the trampoline be used just for fun?
- Will it be used by someone in a competitive sport, such as a gymnast?
#3 What’s the Age Limit?
How old will those using the trampoline be?
Many trampolines come with a variety of recommendations, limits, and restrictions. Knowing the age of those using the trampoline will ensure you buy an appropriate one and avoid wasting money on the wrong one.
#4 What’s the Weight Limit on the Trampoline?
Trampolines, like other equipment, come with weight limits. Always stay within the weight guidelines. This will protect the user and the trampoline.
- What is the weight of the heaviest user?
#5 Where Will you Place the trampoline?
Considering the available space for the trampoline is extremely wise and important. It can be easy to underestimate the space you have available for the trampoline, especially due to the excitement surrounding your upcoming purchase.
The size of trampolines can range from as little as 8 feet to as much as 16 feet. The more common size trampolines are the:
- 10 foot trampoline
- 12 foot trampoline
- 14 foot trampoline
In addition to the size of the trampoline, you must factor in clearance around and over the trampoline. Following are typical clearance recommendations:
- Overhead clearance of 25 feet
- Surrounding clearance of 3 feet
These clearance recommendations apply with or without a safety net.
Making sure you have proper clearance and space for the trampoline is an important safety issue. Also, underestimating adequate space can result in wasted money and time.
# 6 Level Ground
In addition to adequate space and clearance, make sure the ground is level for the trampoline’s placement. If each trampoline leg is not squarely contacting the ground, then it can:
- Damage the trampoline
- Present significant safety issues
#7 Trampoline Safety
Whether you’re considering using an exercise bike, treadmill, or trampoline – safety is of the utmost importance. Following are some tips to consider before and after purchasing a trampoline:
- Thoroughly read the manufacturer’s (owner’s) instruction manual.
- Strictly follow and adhere to the manufacturer’s weight limitations and usage instructions.
- Always abide by the age recommendations or restrictions.
- Some people sink the trampoline into the ground for added safety. Of course, this would be added work, but something to consider nonetheless. Additional details on sinking the trampoline are outside the scope of this guide.
- Different trampolines, rectangular versus round, are designed for slightly different purposes. (Rectangular and round trampolines are discussed in the next section of this guide)
- Never remove the legs from the trampoline.
- Trampoline safety nets as well as padding can be beneficial. (both are discussed later in this guide)
A Round or Rectangular Trampoline?
Trampolines fall into two categories: round and rectangular. The use and purposes of each are quite different.
Rectangular trampolines are built for “performance.” Due to their design, these trampolines provide a lift that is much more powerful than round trampolines. Because of that, they should only be used by one person at a time.
Following are a few more details about rectangular trampolines:
- Higher bounce
- Excellent for competitive training and gymnastics
If you’re looking for fun, then round trampolines is where it’s at. They are built for fun and the whole family can enjoy them.
Here are some additional details about round trampolines:
- Moderate bounce
- Excellent for family fun and use
- Softer and slower bounce than rectangular trampolines
- Considered by some to be safer than rectangular trampolines
- Great value and prices
- Some are capable of accommodating more than one user
Additional Trampoline Features & Extras
Some of the following features are worth considering.
- Bands: Spring or Elastic
- Rust Proof & Year Round Durability
- Trampoline Covers
- Trampoline Frames
- Trampoline Beds
- Trampoline Pads
- Trampoline Ladders
- Trampoline Safety Net
Bands: Elastic or Spring?
The general rule of thumb is that elastic bands are better suited for “fun” trampolines. On the other hand, metal springs are better suited for “competitive” trampolines and users who desire a stiffer and higher bounce.
Rust Proof & year round Durability
Securing a trampoline that is rust and water proof is the way to go if you’re going to leave it up all year round. The alternatives are: (1) store the trampoline during long periods when it won’t be used, or (2) use a trampoline cover to lessen the impact of the weather.
Although trampoline covers can help protect and preserve the trampoline from the weather, they are not waterproof. Trampoline covers help:
- water and rain to drain underneath the trampoline
- minimize damage from the sun’s UV rays, particularly to the trampoline bed and pads
- keep the trampoline free of debris such as leaves
The two main trampoline frame considerations are
- How thick is it?
- Is it rustproof?
You really should not have to worry about the thickness of the frame due to safety regulations and standards. When it comes to rustproof frames, most people recommend galvanized steel to any other.
Although it’s almost standard practice in trampoline manufacturing, you want a bed that:
- Has a coating that resists UV sunlight rays
- Is made of a very fine mesh material that allows rain and water to essentially fall through it instead of sitting on top of it.
Trampoline pads are really important for a family trampoline.
The general recommendation is to purchase quality pads of 25 mm or more as this provides reasonable protection. Many people also recommend what are known as “closed cell” foam pads.
The purpose of a trampoline ladder is to help smaller kids and even people with disabilities access the trampoline. Of course, supervising children on the trampoline is important.
Trampoline Safety Nets
Safety nets help to keep the user, especially smaller children, safe and minimize “crash” landings. Nevertheless, manufacturer guidelines (including clearance) should still be followed.
The typical warranty for trampolines of decent quality is a limited two-year manufacturer's warranty. This generally covers material and workmanship defects.
Customer reviews are always a great way to get user input about a particular trampoline. Look for
- Common positives such as its durability and suitability for different age groups.
- Common negatives such as easily bending frames or broken posts.
- Manufacturer’s warranty and customer service.
A good rule of thumb is to beware of products where the majority of the customer reviews are average to bad.
A Higher Trampoline IQ!
I hope you have enjoyed our trampoline buyers guide and that it has helped with your choice. You’re trampoline IQ is much higher now.
Hopefully, you feel much more confident in selecting the right trampoline for your needs. Congratulations on taking the time to be a much more informed consumer.
Best wishes on your upcoming trampoline purchas – you can see out top 3 recommended trampolines if you want more help.