How to Buy a Trampoline
If you’re wondering how to buy a trampoline, perhaps you’re also wondering WHY? Firstly, trampolines are fun. Look at anyone, young or old, bouncing on a trampoline, and the smiles will say it all. But more being used simply for fun, but they can also be a great form of exercise.
When it comes to buying a trampoline, there is so much choice available, it can be difficult to choose the best one. Finding a trampoline that is good quality, robust, and provides good value for money can be challenging.
How Much Does a Good Trampoline Cost?
As with most things, the cost of a trampoline will, to some extent, reflect the features and quality.
There are very high-end trampolines, and these are strong with very good bounce dynamics and feature extremely durable padding around the edge.
There are also mid-range tampolines, which provide a nice balance between affordability and quality. While there may be some slight differences between the different price ranges, in general, most of the nid to high end trampolines are very good, and whichever model you buy will be great.
You will also find some very low budget trampolines on the market. While some of these are very poor quality, there are also some great budget options available, so the key here it to try to read as many reviews as possible from other buyers, and also check out things like the manufacturer’s warranty. Something to consider with the cheaper models is that the springs and materials may wear out quicker than the more expensive models, so replace costs may end up making a cheaper model less cost-effective over time. Spare parts may also be difficult to find for some models of trampoline. If you’re buying in the UK and they’re manufactured in the UK, that’s even better.
What Trampoline Features Should I Look For?
There a few features that are worth examining when you are comparing different models of trampoline:
- Springs: Look for trampolines that have a good number of springs, and avoid models with springs that are very short. It is also possible to have too many springs, which bring no real benefit. As a rough guide, more than 80 springs on a 12ft trampoline is too many.
- Spring Pads: The quality of the pads that cover the springs is not necessarily indicated by the thickness. Cheaper, lightweight foam covering may look thicker but actually provide less protection and may not be as hardwearing. Pads are usually covered in vinyl, and ideally this should be a heavyweight vinyl, which is resistant to damage from UV rays if outdoors for long periods of time.
- Legs: 4 leg frames are usually more common, which can make it easier to source replacement parts.
- The “Bed” or Jumping Mat: This is one part of a trampoline which is fairly universal across all models. Whether you buy a high or mid range trampoline, the actual bouncing mat will be more or less the same.
- Frames on most models will be galvanised to resist rust, and in the mid to high range trampolines, frames should be very strong and robust. With lower price models, they may not be so well constructed so again, it is worth reading independent reviews if you’re considering a cheaper model. Most frames will be guaranteed for a long time (often 10 year guarantees), mainly as these tend to be the most robust components of any trampoline.
Overall, the key things to take away from this are that you should look for a trampoline with the correct number of springs for its dimensions, four legged designs can be easier to source parts for, and if you are considering a lower cost option, read as many independent user reviews for that model as possible before you buy.
Does Colour Matter?
While some pad colours may give the vinyl a slightly better resistance to UV light damage, this is negligible, and the main reason for colour choice is often to blend in with other things in the garden. A trampoline with a green frame and green pads may look a little more subtle in the garden. Ultimately, the quality of the materials and construction should be the primary consideration when you’re buying a trampoline.
How do I Choose The Best Trampoline For My Needs?
Once you understand the different features, and models available, you can narrow your choice of trampoline down by thinking about how you plan to use it. Consider if your trampoline will be used only by children, or if it also needs to be suitable for teenagers and adults. It’s worth also thinking about whether it will be used simply for fun, or if it will also be used for training e.g. gymnastics. If you are thinking of a more sport type of use, it may be better to go for a rectangular trampoline. Also consider the skill level of the bouncer, as higher bouncing can put a greater load on the springs and mat. If this is a consideration, a slightly larger trampoline may be the best choice.
Trampolines will often come with age and weight guides, but remember that these are only “guides”, and you also need to take into account that if a trampoline is going to be used for several years, your trampoline my need to cater for growing children (as well as other friends and family who may want to use the trampoline).
You may also want to choose between round or oval shaped trampolines. Round trampolines tend to be the most popular, and have a really nice and even bounce from anywhere on the mat. Oval trampolines retain some of the predictablility of bounce you get with a round trampoline, but have additional mat surface area to bounce on and can often be a better shape for the space you have available.
You may also decide that you want a safety net enclosure for your trampoline. This enhances safety by lowering the risk of accidentally bouncing off the trampoline. There are many aftermarket safety nets that you can retro fit to your frame,however some of the newer trampolines come with a safety net enclosure built into the actual frame. These integrated designs prevent the need for fixing brackets and can look much tidier.
In terms of the bouncing mat itself (or “bed”). Some types such as a “string” bed will dry quicker after rain and gives less air resistance meaning higher bounces. It does however have a slightly rougher surface so can cause grazes and mat burns. Alternatively you can have a polyproylene bed, that will offer less bounce and no real elasticity, but has a smoother surface so less chance of causing grazing.
Finally, as we’ve mentioned already, make sure the trampoline you’re going to buy comes with a good guarantee or warranty, for peace of mind.
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