Buying a trampoline is a great decision. However, the wise purchaser will do their homework before parting with their hard-earned dollars.
The following looks at all the considerations when choosing the right model for your needs.
Defining your trampolining needs
Before you even begin researching the many types of trampolines available, ask yourself these questions:
- Who will be using it? Big people, little people or both? While you might think you’re only making a purchase for the kids to use, we guarantee that virtually every grown-up will want to embrace their inner child when it arrives. Being as bounce training – also known as rebound training – is one of the most effective cardiovascular workouts you can do (68% more effective than running, to be precise). This makes it one of the most valuable exercise tools you can have at home.
- How much space do you have? Tramps come in all shapes and sizes. This means that however large or small your garden, you’ll be able to find a model to suit.
- What safety features do you require? If you’re buying a small trampoline for adult workout use only, then you might not need a safety net (although it’s always preferable for an above-ground tramp). If children are going to use it, then a safety net is virtually essential.
- What’s your budget? This, of course, is one of the most important elements of the purchase. But remember that get what you pay for. Sure, you might be able to pick up a huge tramp for what seems like a good price. But if it can’t withstand the elements (think the harsh Aussie sunshine) and needs replacement parts within a year or so, then it’s not such a good buy, You also don’t get such a good bouncing experience from sub-standard trampoline mats and springs. The best advice is to go for the highest quality model you can – even if it means buying a slightly smaller one to do so.
Once you’ve determined your needs, then it’s time to start seeing what’s on the market.
Understanding the common types of trampolines available
Trampolines are defined in three main ways:
- In or above-ground
The three types come in all different combinations, such as 8ft, round in-ground or 10ft x 15ft rectangle/oval above-ground.
When it comes to determining the size that you need, consider the following:
- A 6ft/8ft round model or a 7ft x 10ft rectangular one would be suitable for a single user (child or adult) or 2 small children to use together.
- A 10ft/12ft round trampoline or 8ft x 12ft rectangular will suit a single user or up to 3 small children.
- A 14ft/16ft round or 10ft x 15ft trampoline is big enough for a group of children to use at the same time or a couple of adults.
Some people say that in-ground models are superior to over-ground, but that’s certainly not the case with today’s advanced trampolines. If you don’t want a model with a safety net, then going for an in-ground option provides a safer bouncing experience.
The weight capacity of the trampoline is also important. If larger adults are planning on using it, then be sure to pick one that’s up to the job. Good quality adult-use tramps come with a weight limit of at least 200kgs. This is important to remember if you’re planning on a bunch of people getting big air at the same time…
Most modern, high-quality trampolines have covered spring or are no-spring types. This is an essential safety feature that dramatically reduces the risk of injury when bouncing.
A word about accessories
Other considerations when buying a trampoline include accessory choices. You can also upgrade over time, if necessary. For example, you have kids and need a safety net enclosure or wheels if you need to move it.
Trampoline accessories include:
- Pole padding: to protect the poles from the elements and users from banging against the poles.
- Safety nets/enclosures: look for those with triple stitching and double thickness for optimal safety.
- Ladders: to make getting on the tramp easier.
- Covers: to protect the trampoline from the elements.
- Rubber matting: to protect the floor beneath the trampoline. A must for hard or concrete surfaces.
- Wheels: to make moving the trampoline around easy.
- Trampoline cleaner: Sprays designed to keep the whole unit in great condition.
- Trampoline surrounds: a place to store shoes and clothing when using the tramp.
It’s highly advisable to speak to a reputable trampoline supplier to ensure you purchase the right model for your needs. Be sure to also ask about warranties (expect these to be of a generous length and specifically for the Aussie weather – we have a lot of sun!) and replacement parts.
Buying a trampoline is a big purchase, so take your time and do your research. The best providers will be happy to walk you through all the options to ensure that you’re 100% delighted with what’s likely to be one of the best decisions of your life…