The Fundamentals of Purchasing a Trampoline What brings back childhood memories faster than playing in the backyard? A few years ago, as the warmer weather approached, I decided purchasing a trampoline for our family was a great idea so we could spend time together...playing! Like most mom’s, I did some research and became “an educated consumer.” A worried mom is a better investigator than the FBI! As I searched via Google and then Amazon for trampolines, I was overwhelmed to find more than 5,500 results. You can probably guess which trampoline company I put my trust in since I write for them now! But even before I started writing for their blog site, JumpSport Trampolines answered all my questions and made me a believer. JumpSport Trampolines sets itself apart from the competition by delivering excellent products, backing them up with real warranties, and employing friendly customer service agents who know everything under the sun about trampolines. They also offer articles on trampoline safety and children's exercise. These are the key elements I found helpful when researching and what eventually led to my purchase. I hope they help you too!
- Frame height and material - Having the frame height be at least 35” off the ground allows for deeper bouncing than when the frame sits lower than that. Plus, the frame should be made of “cold rolled steel” which according to different metal websites, “increases the strength and hardness” of the frame. (I did tons of research...can you tell?)
- Springs - This component affects not only the day-to-day usage but also the longevity of the trampoline. The most durable and long-lasting springs are those made of zinc-plated steel and should be at least 8” long. This ensures a forgiving bounce, one that’s easy on the joints. Short springs produce a tight bounce and a harder jumping surface which could add up to injuries. I appreciated finding a trampoline that had over 80 springs around a 12’ diameter jumping mat too - a higher ratio than many trampolines on the market today.
- Spring and mat connection - If you do some research, watch out for trampolines where the springs are connected to grommets in the mat. Not good! The best I found have looped straps and steel V-rings connecting the springs with the mat, creating a safe and long-lasting connection, one less-likely to tear.
- Frame pad – Padding was something I didn’t think much about until I started comparing options. There is a difference, so check closely. Look for durable materials that completely cover the springs and frame; find out the type of padding used and if the material has a UV shield. Inexpensive materials deteriorate quickly.
- Beyond the trampoline - I wanted a safety enclosure, adding a safety feature and allowing everyone, young and old alike, to join in the fun. As with the numerous trampoline options I found plenty of safety net options, but it seemed easier to zero in on the one that worked best for us because:
- The poles were flexible, made of steel, and had shock-absorbing padding
- The engineering and design prevented the net from collapsing
- The overlapping entry system prevented people from falling through the opening, plus there were no clips or snaps to forget to open or close