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As parents, you want the safest and best quality of everything for your kids, right? When you start looking for a trampoline you can be overwhelmed with information.
With so many different trampoline models available, ranging from inexpensive to premium quality, you can be left wondering, which trampoline is right for your family? What size should we choose? What model trampoline would suit our needs? How can we be sure it's going to be safe enough?
To start your research, these 6 considerations will help you make your 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 (f the space you have isn’t level, the recommended rise/gradient is 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. 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. You can learn more about the difference between spring-based and Springfree trampolines, here.
Step 4 – Trampoline Safety Features
When it comes to finding a trampoline for your family, safety should definitely at the top of the list. Thankfully, trampolines have come a long way since we were kids. They are now much safer, with some trampolines designed with safety top-of-mind.
Dr. Keith Alexander, inventor of the Springfree Trampoline, has gone so far as to re-design the trampoline from the ground up to make jumping safe! 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 you'd be wanting a trampoline is to get the kids outside and active. There are so many games you can create as a family with a bit of imagination (or 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?
Living in Australia where we have more harsh sun than anything else you 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. There is also a 10-year warranty on EVERY PART because we stand by our 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!