How to buy the best trampoline

Expert advice on what to look for when buying a trampoline, so you can get one that’s safe, durable, and the right fit for your garden.

When choosing a trampoline that’s best for your family, you’ll want one that’s the right size, won’t be too difficult to put together, will be able to withstand the elements, and is safe for your children to use again and again.

How much do I need to spend on a trampoline?
Trampoline prices vary significantly, depending on the type and size you’re after. Prices start from around £80 for a 6ft trampoline, up to £600 for a 14ft model. The brand Springfree is more expensive because of the design of its trampolines, which are made without springs, and the premium materials used. They range from £800 to about £2,000. Because it’s important to get a trampoline made from quality materials, it’s worth doing some investigation and looking into reputable brands before you go for the cheapest option.

What size trampoline should I buy?
Trampolines come in standard sizes: 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, 13ft and 14ft. The size options are different for Springfree trampolines. It’s worth noting that the size tends to be measured by the diameter of the actual jumping surface, and excludes the surrounding springs and padding, so take that into account when measuring what size you can fit into your garden.  In a June 2020 survey of parents who owned a trampoline, the most popular size is 10ft, closely followed by 12ft.
The other thing to note is that the wider the trampoline, the higher the netting and base tend to be.

What should I look for when buying a trampoline?

The thickness of the padding
The surrounding padding that covers the springs helps to protect your children from getting caught in the springs or hitting themselves on hard metal.

Foam quality

The foam padding needs to be resilient in the rain. Open-cell foam will soak up water and rot, while closed-cell foam will retain its integrity for longer.

Quality of the PVC covering
The plastic covering needs to be resistant to UV light, as prolonged exposure to it could increase the risk of it perishing.

Quality of the metal frame

The trampoline base and frame will be constructed from hollow steel poles. The thicker the walls of the poles, the stronger they’ll be – but they will also be heavy to carry and put together. Also, if the poles aren’t galvanised both on the inside and outside walls, they will be susceptible to rusting.

Spring-based vs Springfree trampolines

Springfree is a brand that manufactures trampolines with fibreglass rods instead of springs – see the image above. Springfree claims its trampolines are safer, as they eliminate the impact areas that can cause injury. It’s also the only brand on the market endorsed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). However, they cost a significant amount more than regular spring-based trampolines.