What are the Essential Points to Consider When Purchasing a Trampoline?

If you want to buy a trampoline, then you will of course first orientate yourself.

  • What size do you want?
  • What kind of brand do you want?
  • Who’s going to jump on it?
  • Do you want to dig your trampoline?

All the questions that you must keep in mind when purchasing. It is therefore very convenient to buy a trampoline over the internet because you can compare the entire plus and the negative points with each other.

how to choose the best trampoline

1. A good trampoline features a solid frame

The frame must not be too thin and not too light in weight; otherwise, the trampoline will soon feel unstable. The most important thing is the frame. If the trampoline frame is not solid enough, the whole trampoline is not safe.

A-frame must be at least 30 mm thick (for trampolines up to 213 cm) or at least 38 mm for the trampolines from 244 cm. The thickness of the steel used must be at least 1.5 mm thick.

Anything less than 1.5 mm is not suitable for a trampoline, and therefore the trampoline is unsafe. Take good care of this, preventing severe accidents

2. Excellent Protective edge

Trampolines of good quality have a protective rim that is thick enough and weatherproof. The sand is a vital part of the safety of a trampoline.

The trampoline guard rim must be made of sturdy material, and of course, it must be of sufficient thickness to protect the jumper against the trampoline springs.

Good trampoline sand is made of “Coated PVC” and has a long service life. The PVC should, therefore, have a minimum thickness of about 0.35 mm. The best filling for a protective edge is closed cell foam. This is the foam that stays long and not powdered, such as cheaper foam.

With the more inexpensive foam, the trampoliner sand loses all its firmness and fatigue after one year, which can cause accidents again. The minimum thickness of the trampoline sand should also be 2.5 cm. Thinner edges are a danger to the trampoline user.

3. The given warranty on a trampoline

A trampoline must be provided for a minimum of 2 years, even on the trampoline tire and the safety net. The better brands also give a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 10 years. If only one year warranty is provided, you can assume that it is an invalid trampoline.

4. Not unimportant is the maximum loadable weight of the trampoline

Beforehand, remember who wants to jump on the trampoline. If you are trampolining more than the trampoline, the trampoline’s life expects to slow down.

A good trampoline of 183, 200 or 213 cm must have at least 120 kg single lap weight and a total load weight of at least 400 kg.

A 244 cm trampoline must handle at least 150 kg springer and must have a maximum spring weight of 750 kg. If a trampoline has a jump or spring weight of 100 kg or less, you already know that inadequate, cheap materials are used, and the trampoline is unsafe and has a short lifespan.

5. Brand

There are many brands fewer trampolines available on the internet, but these are often unsafe and unstable. Also, cheap trampolines are usually not intended for digging and are not weatherproof.

Therefore, choose reliable brands such as Berg, Exit or Salta. With a well-known brand, you often also have a good warranty on the product. If there is something broken or faster wear than usual, a new item will be delivered, or you can get your money back.

Types of Trampolines

Types of Trampolines

I remember when I was young and always wanting to go on the trampolines, secretly I still do. They offer outside fun for people of all ages.

They are an excellent form of outdoor exercise and can be used for competitive sports (my favorite being slam-ball), and cross-training. If you ever have a need to have your own personal trampoline you are going to need to know the different types that exist.

There are many types to choose from. The so-called type mostly comes down to the shape, size, and placement of the trampoline.

All of these types are used by people with different interests, the biggest one being air time. We all love the feeling of jumping high with little effort. With all the types out there the most common is the round one.

Round

This type appears in many sizes, most famous being the 8 feet one. It’s big enough to get some of your tricks in and small enough to fit in most backyards. Of course, there are smaller and bigger ones. Bigger going from 9-13 feet, where the 14+ feet are expensive and used mostly by professionals.

They can even get as small as 2 feet. The placement of this type, and any other for that matter, can either be off the ground or parallel to the ground. The in-ground one can be dangerous if there is not sufficient padding added next to it. They are still safer than the others because the distance from the ground is minimized.

Pros

  • The shape of the trampoline. This shape adds to the bounciness, the most bouncy part being the center.
  • No angles. With the lack of angles, the jumper is steered towards the center.
  • Cheap. Most of them are low cost.
  • Numerous. They are easy to find.

Cons

Harder to control out of the center.  The only con of this type is that you will get less bounce and less control away from the center. Thus making it easy to lose balance and fall forward.

Rectangular

This type is usually found in the 4′ 6″ by 6′ range, or in the 10′ by 17′. The shape of this trampoline is regarded as better (size-wise), because of the way they are able to fit better in the space presented.

This shape provides a bigger jumping area and more bounce, this one is mostly used by people who enjoy gymnastics. Personally, for me this one is the most appealing. I love it when I can move around the given space, giving me the ability to fool around with friends. Most of the same pros apply to this shape, the difference being that they add more control.

Square

This type ranges from 8′ square up to 15′ square. In many parts this type appears very similar to the rectangular type, the main difference being the bounciness. You get less air time with the square shape, other than that the same pros and cons apply.

Mini Trampolines

These little guys don’t give you so much air, but they do save a lot of space. You can store them anywhere you like, some of you can even fold, and place them into a bag. This makes them portable. So if you like to travel a lot, this is the best type for you.

You can just place them anywhere you like and use them. These usually range in the 32″ mark to the 50″ mark, with the most common one being 40 inches.

Shape

We covered the most common trampoline shapes (Round. Square, and Rectangular), keep in mind that there can be as many shapes as there are angles.

Size

We covered the different sizes depending on the shape that was given and how they can save us space. The most convenient one being the mini, sufficient and portable.

Placement

It was said that the placement is really important. You can either make them ground level or off the ground. The main difference between them is the chance of injury.

That’s pretty much it, I hope this has helped you make a difference between the types, and help you in your decision of getting one, either for you or for somebody you know. Stay safe and have fun.

Conclusion

Trampoline is all you need if you are looking for a fantastic way to exercise. Consider what you will be using the trampoline before actually deciding on the one to buy. The above guide should help you in making the best decision in the selection of the best trampoline.

Lauren Malm
Hi, my name is Lauren Malm. I'm a mother of two, and I like to buy new and useful kitchen items and write about after use experiences. It’s also containing my opinion of these products based on the experience of several people’s and mine. I already have several products. They are satisfying me. However, there are a few things you need to know before making a purchase of several products.