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As told by our number one dad, Derek.
If you're like us, when you have kids, you want the safest and best quality of everything, right? When we started looking for a trampoline for the kids, we were overwhelmed with information.
With so many different trampoline models available, ranging from inexpensive to premium quality, we were left wondering, which trampoline is right for us? What size should we choose? What model trampoline is best for the family? How can we be sure it's going to be safe enough?
As we started our research, it was these 6 things that helped us with making our final decision.
Step 1 – How Much Space Do You Have?
This is step 1 because you pretty much need to do this before you do anything else. Measure your yard and find out how much space you have. Trampolines range in sizes, from as small as 2.5m and as large as 4.5m.
Look for a section of your backyard that is flat and even, clear of branches, debris, fences and slopes, and measure the space to see how much room you're working with. Don’t forget to allow for additional safe clearance space around the trampoline.
Here are our recommendations to find the best space for your trampoline:
- Flat and even (if the space you have isn’t level, the recommend the rise/gradient be no more than 3 degrees across the whole space. We don’t advise installing where the slope is greater than that).
- Safe lateral clearance space of 1.5m on all sides of the trampoline is highly recommended.
- Minimum height clearance of 6m from the ground is highly recommended.
- Clean and free of obstacles or debris.
Step 2 – Who Is Jumping?
Let's be honest mum and dad - do you think you'll sneak in a jump or two when the kids let you? Or is it just going to be the kids jumping?
For older jumpers and energetic families, trampolines with a larger surface area can be lots of fun, and provide plenty of jumping room.
There's this 'trampoline maximum user weight' which can help make your decision easier.
The Maximum User Weight is based on how heavy you are and how high you jump. It is about ensuring jumpers can't 'bottom out’ (touch the ground when jumping) when jumping vigorously and at a height (guilty!). Each trampoline should have a specified safe user weight, and depending on who will be using it you may want to opt for a larger trampoline over a smaller one.
Step 3 – What Type Of Trampoline Do You Want?
There are two types of trampolines on the market – the traditional spring-based trampolines and newer springless trampolines.
Springless designs completely remove springs from the equation – like Springfree Trampoline. Instead of springs, Springfree uses these flexible composite rods that are underneath the jumping surface and out of harm's way - how cool is that? You can learn more about the difference between spring-based and Springfree trampolines, here.
Step 4 – Trampoline Safety Features
And so it is we're at Step 4. When it came to finding a trampoline for our family, safety was definitely at the top of our list. Thankfully, trampolines have come a long way since we were a kids
They are now safer, with some trampolines designed with safety top-of-mind.
Dr. Keith Alexander, inventor of the Springfree Trampoline and my new hero, has gone so far as to re-design the trampoline from the ground up to make jumping safe - such a legend! This revolutionary design removed all the impact points that caused 90% of all product-related trampoline injuries. As a parent, I am super grateful for Dr Keith. Thanks to his genius, our kids play safely for hours and we have complete peace of mind while they play (just wish he could've built in a tantrum killer - maybe in the next generation model, eh Keith!).
Step 5 – Outdoor Games For The Family
One reason we wanted a trampoline was to get the kids outside and active. There are so many games you can create as a family with a bit of imagination or find online resources, to offer a fun physical challenge to the entire family, while increasing the family time in the backyard. The kids (and you) will have the best time playing these 'games' while getting a great workout and/or learning in the process! Does it get better than that?
Step 6 – Can I Keep It Up All Year?
We live in Australia where we have more harsh sun than anything else. So we really needed to look for a trampoline that's built to withstand our tough conditions.
Choosing a trampoline that is UV-resistant and UV-treated, as well as tested against harsh conditions is important as is looking for rust resistance on the frame. Springfree tests their trampolines more than any other manufacturer and always tests beyond the standard. They're also the only trampoline that offers a 10-year warranty on every part so they stand by their quality.
Is A Trampoline Right For You?
At the end of the day, folks, aside from all of the above considerations a big part of choosing the right trampoline comes down to personal preference. Do you like the look of the square models the most or maybe the oval? Is safety a priority? What about quality and longevity? How much jumping space would you like? Answer these questions and you're on your way to a lifetime of memories with the family - can't beat it!