Trampolines are a great piece of equipment to have in your backyard, it will be used for many 1000’s of hours and should last for many years, but with so many trampolines on the market today it is confusing to find what trampoline would best suit you and your families needs and wants. These top 10 tips will help you find the right trampoline for your active and healthy family.
Shape Of Trampoline
Round Trampolines are ideal recreation trampoline for your backyard, round trampolines are safer option as the jumper is directed to the centre of the mat, the safety net around the trampoline makes the trampoline a safer option. Round trampolines are more stable and harder to put on thier side
Rectangle will give you a better bounce on a normal coil spring trampoline and provides a higher bounce, this will benefit professional jumpers as most times the weight limits of the jumper can be higher
In Ground Or Above Ground Trampoline
Above Ground Trampolines are an easy to setup and a far more flexible trampoline, the trampoline can be easily maintained when above ground. Above grounds with a quality net are a very safe option because if the jumper falls over to the side the net will protect them not like the in ground where the jumper will come into contact with the ground
In Ground trampolines will make your backyard look nice and can be landscaped into the area around the trampoline, they are easier to use because there is no need for a ladder. In Ground trampolines will be expensive to fit as you need to dip a deep enough hole, have correct drainage and air flow to reduce the risk of rusting and deterioration and not to mention once it is there you can’t move it
Size – Area required around trampoline, kids ages
Trampolines come in all sizes ranging from 6 foot (1.8m) to 16 foot (4.8m). Most trampolines measure the trampoline size from the outer edges of the frame not the matt so you need to make sure want size matt you are after. Choosing the size of your trampoline will depend on 2 factors size of the area you have in your backyard and ages of the children. You need to allow 2m either side of the trampoline to allow for a fall zone so if the children fall off the trampoline there are no solid objects to fall on and get injured, Also make sure there are no tree branches or roof lines above the trampoline as this could cause injury if hit or branches fall onto trampoline. The other factor is age but always remember the grow up very quick, the most common trampolines are the 10 foot or 12 foot sizes as this caters for most ages but if you have older jumpers or more experienced jumpers the bigger the trampoline the better
Coil Spring or Leaf Spring (Spring Less) Trampoline
The 2 main differences between a typical coil spring trampoline and other forms of Springs or even Spring less trampolines in safety and bounce. The Spring less trampoline is a safer option as it takes away the issue where children come into contact with the springs and cause injuries, the other safety issue it the metal frame which is connected to the springs and if the child falls onto the frame it could cause injury. Please note that some trampolines avoid this issue as the safety net around the trampoline is inside the spring which means the jumper can’t get hurt because they can’t access the springs. The leaf spring (Spring Less) trampolines offer a perfectly upright higher bounce and you get the same bounce doesn’t matter where you bounce on the trampoline. Leaf Springs trampoline also offer a better bounce without strain.
Price Of Trampoline
Prices of Trampolines can vary so much from $200 to $4000 so it is important you get the best value for your money and most importantly you want a very safe trampoline that your budget can afford. You have to look at each trampoline brand and determine what factors make up the price these factors will include but not limited to – Steel – Galvanised or not galvanised, Powder coated, thickness and shape. Springs (Coil and Leaf) – Length, tapered coils, How many coils per trampoline, design of springs, springs testing and what springs are made of. Matt – Quality of matt, material and thickness of matt. Net – Durability, Feel rough or smooth, type of material used, UV Protection and tightness of net for safety of the jumper. Pads – Durability, type of material used, drain points and reversible or not. Remember you pay for what you get with most trampolines Safety and durability and you only want to purchase 1 trampoline so being able to be spare parts is a must
Safety Net – A Safety net is the most important safety feature of any trampoline as 80% of accidents occur on trampolines are from not having a safety net or not having a quality made safety net. Safety nets should have an entry that can be closed with ease or better still on with a entry that doesn’t require the jumper to zip or close the access point. The Net should be very durable and tight so when the jumper hits the side of the net it shouldn’t come into contact with any fixed poles or springs. The safety net is better to be next to the Jump matt so it stops the jumper coming into contact with the trampoline springs.
Padding – Padding is the soft cushioning cover the coil springs on the trampoline, this padding must be a quality product and must last for many years because you don’t want the jumper to come into contact with the springs and fall in between the springs or get fingers and toes caught in the springs or better still get a trampoline that has the net inside the springs so the jumper cant come into contact with the springs. Padding should also meet the current Australian standards AS 4989
Trampoline Limits Weight, Age
Weight limits are an often overlooked but very important factor to consider when purchasing a trampoline. Are adults going to be using the trampoline? Multiple children/people at one time? Having a decent weight limit can also increase the safety with use on your trampoline, as you don’t want to put unnecessary stress on the springs, mat and frame making them wear faster. You need to consider the weight limit not just for today but the future, as you children and family grow. Having a higher weight limit and stronger frame also increases the age limits for trampoline use. A light lower weight trampoline is often designed for use by children only, but who says trampolines are for the kids only? Having higher weight limits and stronger frames means parents can jump on with kids or by themselves and get in a fun and easy workout. Did you know a study carried out by NASA found that 10 minutes bouncing on a trampoline is a better cardiovascular workout than 33 minutes of running. The report said “for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.” Bouncing on a trampoline also stimulates the flow in a way that helps rid the body of toxins and waste.
Frame Thickness, Galvanised, Powder-coated?? These all affect the quality and life of your trampoline. Choosing a trampoline with a sturdy frame made from quality materials is extremely important. The frame of your trampoline should have a much longer warranty than all other trampoline components. Having the option to anchor your trampoline to the ground also helps provide extra safety and security for the life of your trampoline.
After Sales Service
Does the brand of trampoline your considering purchasing offer any – accessories, support, a decent warranty, free products?? Help extend your childs play and enjoyment with accessories made specifically for use with the trampoline. Or even accessories for the function of the trampoline i.e. anchor kits. Look at the warranty of the product, for the money your spending are you getting a warranty that guarantees a good amount of time and life from your trampoline, can you replace parts on the trampoline?
How many boxes does the trampoline come in? Can you pick up locally or will you have to pay for shipping. How simple will the assembly of the trampoline be? Are there nuts and bolts, lots of small parts? Does the trampoline come with all tools required for assembling the trampoline. If you are unable to assemble the trampoline yourself is there the option to pay for installation. These are all questions you should ask because the last thing you want is the trampoline to be installed incorrectly.