What outdoor activity takes up very little space, keeps children and teenagers exercising whilst having fun for hours, and can be relatively inexpensive? The trampoline of course!
Trampolines are a great way to get your children outside and into the fresh air without them even realising they are exercising. They also help to improve coordination and balance and if you choose the right one it will last for years.
So how do you go about choosing one for your family?
Think about who will be using it the most and then consider the weight and any age limitations of the trampoline. It is best to get a safety net, most have them as standard but watch out in case you need to buy it as an extra.
Check for padding over the springs or at least rust-resistant springs and whether you can buy spare parts.
Here’s what we recommend:
Not your usual type of trampoline but great for teenagers who probably wouldn’t want to join in with their younger siblings on a standard one. It uses bungees as springs and comes with several fitness aids, including weights, resistance bands and a stability bar as well as a DVD to show you how to use it. Indoors or outdoors use, there’s a handy carry bag for transportation.
Apart from the reversible color pads and two separate foam sets, what we like are the safety features on this trampoline. It has a patented design to keep jumpers away from the springs and the rounded enclosure poles mean you get a much bigger jumping space. Available in four different sizes.
If you are after a trampoline that will stand up to the elements, then consider the Space Zone 11. Everything about it has been designed to be weatherproof, including the galvanized steel frame, the zinc-coated steel springs and the thick weather-protecting foam pads that cover both the springs and frame. There’s also a patented galvanized steel bracket covering the joint between the frame and legs, which stops rust and strengthens the frame.
For those who have smaller gardens, this trampoline is the perfect alternative to standard round ones as it can be placed in a corner and won’t stick out like a circular model. There is a maximum user weight of 150kg (23 stone) and an optimized spring count for lighter jumpers to get a better bounce. Standard safety features include padding over the springs and frame and a 2.5m safety net.
This is one of TP’s best-selling trampolines but it has been revamped and smartened up for this year. A glossy black paint now covers the stainless stain and there is a bright blue finish on the padding, top rim, and poles. A new safety feature includes the no zip entrance, instead, children crawl through a tunnel to get onto and out of the trampoline. There are three sizes available.
These inground trampolines are becoming more and more popular with parents who do not want huge great fixtures dominating their gardens. There is a little work to be done with this one, you have to dig out a hole first and then place the trampoline inside. You get a vented jumping mat that reduces airflow and creates better bouncing. When choosing where to put it, go for a good patch of earth that does not get waterlogged or too dry in the summer. Available in three sizes.
This trampoline was only launched last year but already the futuristic-style dome shape has got everyone talking. The round safety net is said to allow more room for jumpers to bounce and the design means that it is very easy to put together. There are two sizes available: 12ft and 14ft.
Another inground trampoline that comes in various sizes and shapes including round and rectangular sizes. Again there is an air vent system in place for a good bounce and with this one there are many additional options, such as corner nets, full nets, lighting and basketball loops.
Getting onto the higher price brackets now, so what do you get for the extra money? The BERG Champion includes their Twin Goldspring springs, which provide optimum safety and longevity, it also has an extra-wide and thick protective edge which helps to prevent accidents. You also get the BERG Deluxe Safety Net included which gives this package one of the highest safety standards of all our trampolines.
Springfree designed the first trampoline without springs, making it the safest in the world, as most accidents are caused by landing on the springs. This one works via Bluetooth to your smartphone and can track movements thanks to the four sensors on the trampoline’s mat. You can incorporate this data into competitions and games or improve your skills. There are many sizes and shapes available of this model.