All trampolines are made of a rugged frame, a bounce mat, springs, safety padding and a safety net. This might make you think that all trampolines are very similar, but that is not the case.
So buying a trampoline is no simple task. But you just need to take your time and be persistent. This will allow you to study all the most important qualities of the various types of trampolines and think about what you really want and need.
Like any other major purchase, you have to take certain factors into account that have a significant effect on your choice of trampoline. Here are a few tips that will make your decision much easier.
1. Consider the age of the jumpers
Do you want to buy a trampoline just for your kids, or do you want to have fun with it as well? This is one of the first questions you should ask yourself, since this will affect both the size and the weight limit of the trampoline.
In general, a small trampoline is enough for small children and toddlers, while models with a larger jumping surface are recommended for teenagers and adults. The same applies to the weight limit. It is recommended that trampolines for adults have a weight limit of at least 130 kg. This will allow adults to use the trampoline safely, increase its durability and provide the best rebound characteristics of the trampoline itself.
2. Choose the right size trampoline
As stated above, the age group of the jumpers will have a strong impact on your choice of trampoline, but most of all you have to make sure that it fits into the space in your garden. Can you imagine buying a trampoline and then discovering that it’s too big to set up in your garden?
Trampolines measuring 3,6 metres are currently among the most popular, as they offer a sufficiently large jumping surface but do not take up too much space.
If you have a smaller garden, it would be reasonable to buy a smaller trampoline, measuring between 2.4 and 3.0 metres, particularly considering that you will need to have extra space around the trampoline. If you have a large garden, there is no problem with a larger trampoline, up to 4 metres or more.
3. Choose the right shape trampoline
There are many different trampoline shapes currently available, including round, rectangular and multi-sided trampolines. The choice depends to a large degree on the size and shape of your garden, and also on the level of experience of the jumpers.
Round trampolines are among the most popular and versatile, as they are the easiest to set up in a garden, as they do not require much space. Meanwhile, rectangular trampolines can be set up in tight corners or narrow spaces in your garden, on patios, or next to fences.
4. Consider the skill level of the jumpers
Round trampolines are the most popular design for recreational and backyard trampolines, and are therefore among the most widely available on the market. Round trampolines allow the most optimal distribution of springs, which gives them optimal rebound characteristics. This also makes them the most versatile trampolines, as they can be used safely by inexperienced jumpers.
Rectangular trampolines are the best choice for professionals and experienced jumpers. Rectangular trampolines are very compact, and have unique qualities that offer a higher bounce.
5. Should I choose a free-standing or in-ground trampoline?
When choosing what type of trampoline to buy, you should also think about the space where you intend to install it. It has to be installed on a level surface and have enough space around it, and you have to take account of obstacles such as trees.
From this perspective, you can choose between a free-standing or an in-ground trampoline.
Free-standing trampolines are available with four or six legs, which provides increased stability. You should choose this type of trampoline if you have a level surface and no trees in your garden.
If you do not have a level surface, it is better to install an in-ground trampoline. You will have to do some earthworks in preparation, but your garden will look a lot better, as the bounce mat sits at ground level. This is a further advantage, as it is easier to get on and off the trampoline.
6. Pay attention to quality
A high-quality trampoline is distinguished by the quality of its bounce mat and springs.
The bounce mat should be made of the highest-quality and certified materials that do not contain any toxins and offer a high level of durability and weather-resistance. It should be fire and UV resistant, and correctly hung on its springs so that it is equally tensioned.
High-quality springs are made out of durable materials which provide a suitable level of elasticity, low noise and increased rebound, with minimal effects on the body. This means that the springs have to effectively absorb the landing, which significantly reduces adverse impacts on joints.
7. Pay attention to safety
Providing adequate safety is the key to avoiding injuries. Therefore it is extremely important to surround the trampoline with a high-quality safety net, which will absorb the impact in the event of a fall, and also prevents jumpers from falling outside the trampoline area. Although this will slightly increase your costs, it is unquestionably an invaluable and worthwhile investment.
High-quality safety pads that cover the springs also add increased safety. They must be of sufficiently high quality to prevent injuries in the event of an awkward jump or fall.
8. Pay attention to your budget
Many factors affect the price of a trampoline, and therefore the prices vary widely. Therefore, when buying a trampoline it is smart to start with a maximum amount that you are prepared to spend on a new trampoline.
You should remember that round trampolines are more affordable, while rectangular trampolines are slightly more expensive. When buying, you should check whether the safety net is included in the price, as it is a very useful feature, but one that can add to your cost.
Buying a trampoline is a serious but worthwhile investment. Before you take the final step, you have to make sure that you have done enough research and taken account of all of the factors that could affect your decision. We believe that if you take all of this advice into account you will find the right trampoline for yourself and your entire family.