Trampolines are a great addition to your back garden providing hours of activity and fun for all of the family. But with so many different types of trampolines available, all with different levels of safety, doing your research is important before making your decision.
To help improve the ease of this process, we’ve put together this in-depth guide, so you can buy your new trampoline with confidence.
|Types of Trampoline||Price Ranges|
|Size and Shape||Best Trampolines|
|How to Choose a Trampoline||Trampoline Safety|
|Building an Above-ground Trampoline||Other Buying Guides|
Types of Trampolines
Trampolines can be divided into two categories; above-ground and in-ground. Both have similarities and differences that may or may not work for you.
Above-ground trampolines tend to be easy to set up yourself. Usually, you’ll need help from another adult to construct it safely and securely, but the good news is that you’ll save money on installation costs.
These trampolines come in a range of shapes and sizes, making them a great option for most households and age groups.
You can buy a variety of accessories for above-ground trampolines or are included with them, like enclosures and ladders. These trampolines are ideal for those who want a piece of equipment that offers a higher bounce and a better performance.
The installation of an in-ground trampoline is more complicated and can be expensive if you don’t have the skills or equipment to do it yourself. However, these trampolines blend nicely into the landscape and are much more secure, especially if you live in a windy area.
In-ground trampolines are perfect for young families. They’re a safe option as they’re close to ground level (preventing big falls) and typically come with a sturdy safety enclosure.
Just like above-ground trampolines, in-ground trampolines come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, so you’ll be able to find something to meet your preferences. Accessories are included with these trampolines, but they don’t need as many as above-ground ones due to their safety and ease of access.
Above-ground vs In-ground Trampolines
Both above and in-ground trampolines have pros and cons. We’ve listed these below so you can compare their suitability for you. While both have different properties, they also have a range of similarities as well.
|Type of Trampoline||Pros||Cons||Similarities|
|Above-ground||Has more bounce and better performance.Cheaper and easier to install||Look bulky and stand out in the garden. The height increases the risk of injury.||Both cost around the same to purchase.|
Both can have accessories installed to improve safety.
|In-ground||Safer as it’s closer to the ground.Better for young/small children. Blends better into your landscape. More secure.||Landscaping increases costs dramatically. Takes longer to install without professional help. Can’t be moved around easily.||Both come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours.|
Safety precautions are the same for both.
Size and Shape
The next step to choosing the right trampoline for you is to find the right size and shape for your garden and circumstances.
Round trampolines are the most popular shapes, as they offer a large area to bounce without taking up too much space in your garden. They have strong structures and often provide the best value. They’re available in a range of sizes and the spring tension in round trampolines makes it easier to bounce in the middle – making this shape perfect for beginners.
Rectangular trampolines are often seen at gyms and sports centres, so most people associate them with professional use. However, this shape has recently become widely available for home use too. The shape makes them a neat addition to small and angular gardens, as they offer space without dominating the lawn area. Square trampolines have similar properties.
Oval trampolines offer the best properties of both rectangular and round trampolines in one. The large surface area makes them a great choice for families with more than one child, or for people who know that it’ll be used by multiple children at the same time. Just like round trampolines, oval varieties save space in your garden.
The 2 level trampoline is a unique addition to the range of oval trampolines. It incorporates two bounce zones for double the fun and is ideal for both beginners and advanced jumpers. The additional level delivers exceptional bounce performance, creating an epic bounce every time.
While not as popular as some other shapes, octagonal trampolines present a range of benefits to the user. If you’re looking for a trampoline that has a higher weight capacity, then an octagonal trampoline can offer more support compared to a round trampoline. They also provide more bouncing surface and a higher bounce, while being safer when used by multiple people.
|Small 3-6ft trampolines||Perfect for smaller outdoor spaces. They’re great for families with young children under 6 years old. They’re a good and safe size for beginners, especially if they’re in-ground.||3ft trampolines|
|Medium 7-10ft trampolines||Ideal for small to medium-sized gardens. Often found in suburban gardens. They can safely fit 2-3 young children on them at a time. Offer a good amount of space to exercise and jump around.||7ft trampolines|
|Large 11ft-14ft trampolines||This size is suitable for medium gardens. Can fit 2-3 older children at the same time. They offer lots of room to bounce, which can make them good acrobatic trampolines. However, acrobatics should never be performed unsupervised or without professional training.||11ft trampolines|
|Extra Large15ft+ trampolines||Best for medium to large outdoor spaces. They have enough room to comfortably fit a mixture of 2-3 children and adults, more or less depending on their age and size. In-ground versions would definitely require a contractor or machinery to install.||15ft+ trampolines|
How to Choose a Trampoline
The price of a trampoline itself isn’t really determined by whether it’s in-ground or above-ground. The size, style and shape of the trampoline will influence the cost, but with so many choices starting from under £100, you’ll be able to find something that suits your needs and your budget.
When you add installation costs into the picture, an above-ground trampoline is much cheaper and easier to build, so is a more budget-friendly option. Unless you have the time and equipment to dig a big enough hole and safely install an in-ground trampoline, of course.
In-ground Trampoline Requirements
When installing an in-ground trampoline, the two most important things you’ll need to consider are:
– The depth of the hole
– The drainage system in the area where you’re planning to install it
Poor drainage puts the hole beneath your trampoline at risk of flooding and becoming a breeding ground for vermin, so a functional drainage system is essential for health and safety.
In addition to the hole, a wall has to be put in place around the trampoline to secure it in position. Dirt and mud won’t be strong enough to do the job. There should also be ample ventilation for the hole which can be provided with flexible pipes running from the hole to the surface. Good airflow will reduce the compressed air in the hole, making it easier to bounce.
Your Outdoor Space
Trampolines can come in sizes of as little as 3ft to as large as 15ft or more. The first step to finding the right size trampoline for you is to measure the area where you’re planning to install it. This includes width and height. Once you know the size you can go for and the best shape for this area, you’ll be able to compare different models with your requirements.
As well as the area for the trampoline, you should consider the space around it. This can improve ease of access, privacy for your neighbours (if the trampoline will be near a shared fence) and supervision, which is important for children of all ages. You’ll also need to consider room for accessories, like a safety enclosure and a ladder to enter and exit the trampoline.
The land you plan to install your trampoline on will influence the right type and style of trampoline that’s best for you.
Owned vs rented land
If you don’t own your property, then an above-ground trampoline will be the best option for you, as you’ll most likely need written permission from the landlord to dig a hole and install an in-ground trampoline.
If your outdoor space is on sloped land, then you’ll have to dig a trench to support an above-ground trampoline, or you’ll need to even up the ground before installing an in-ground trampoline. This is essential for the safety of anyone who uses your trampoline.
If you live in rented accommodation, be aware that it could be difficult to get permission from the landlord to dig trenches in the grass and to make the land even. Ask in advance before choosing your trampoline.
With the wide range of trampolines available, it can be hard to determine a specific price. However, you can get a rough idea of the costs with the collection we have available.
Trampolines can start from as little as £44.95 for a toddler’s trampoline and can rise to as high as £899.95 for a 2-level above-ground trampoline with an enclosure or £659.95 for an in-ground trampoline. The brand, style and size of the trampoline will influence the overall cost.
While purchasing the equipment itself doesn’t increase the cost of an in-ground trampoline, installing one is often harder work and more expensive. You may need to think about hiring a contractor, landscaper or trampoline installer to help you.
Even though all kinds of trampoline assembly can be a DIY job, you may need the help of a handyman or contractor for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re not good at building things, you’ve chosen an in-ground trampoline or you simply don’t have the time, finding a trampoline installer near you could be the easiest option to get your trampoline built quickly and securely.
If you choose to hire a handyman, it’ll have a big influence on the overall cost of your trampoline. However, the installation will be quick and done to a professional standard without you having to put in any effort. If you’re up for the challenge, don’t have the money to spare or you can’t find a handyman near you, then check out our in-depth guide on how to install an in-ground trampoline or check out our tips on installing an above-ground trampoline below.
Building an Above-ground Trampoline
If you’re planning to build your trampoline by yourself or with the help of friends or family, here are some pointers on how to assemble and install one in your garden.
In most cases, trampoline assembly will require at least two capable adults. You should never build a trampoline in rainy or stormy conditions, especially if there are any signs or predictions of lightning.
Before you start assembling your trampoline, you should make sure you have all of the parts and accessories listed in the manual provided. All trampoline parts will be subject to compatibility based on the type and variation purchased.
There are three types of trampoline support structures to be aware of:
– Poles – The more poles your trampoline has, the more stable it’ll be.
– Arches – Will be used to link the poles together for additional strength.
– Fibreglass – This structure will have a ring on top and will tie all the poles together for a clean finish.
Digging a Trench on a Slope
You can install and use a trampoline on a slope or on uneven ground. However, this slope should have less than a 15% gradient and you’ll need to dig a trench to level out your trampoline. It can be hard work, but it’s a job that you can do yourself if you’d rather not spend the money on a contractor.
Digging a trench for a trampoline is a traditional and effective way to level the ground. It works by inserting the legs into a hole in the ground to even up the surface. The depth and the height must be equal – a level can be used to measure an accurate depth. The size of the trench will be determined by the gradient of your slope and the size of your trampoline.
Having spares for your trampoline will improve its safety and longevity. Whether you use your trampoline often or once a fortnight, there’s a chance that something will break or need to be repaired in the future. Fortunately, you can shop a wide range of trampoline spares, such as springs and jumping mats, instead of having to replace the entire piece of equipment.
Adding accessories to your trampoline can make it last longer, safer to bounce on and easier to use. Here are some accessories you should consider adding to your trampoline:
– Anchors – Anchoring down a trampoline will make it safer for use and allow you to make the most out of it, especially if you live in a windy area that experiences high-speed winds.
– Enclosure net – Protects jumpers from falling off the trampoline and injuring themselves. The easiest way to get a safe and secure enclosure net that fits your trampoline perfectly is to buy a trampoline that has a net included. Nets are also important for in-ground varieties.
– Frame paint – Technically not an accessory, but this paint will prevent rust and erosion caused by the elements.
– Ladders – This makes entering and exiting above-ground trampolines much safer. They can be removed when the trampoline isn’t in use to prevent young children from using the trampoline when adults aren’t around to supervise them.
– Protective sleeves – Used to cover trampoline poles to protect the metal from weather damage and reduce the risk of injury, as the hard metal will be soft and padded.
– Shoe bags – Shoes shouldn’t be worn on a trampoline. To keep your outdoor area clutter-free, a shoe bag can store your shoes while you bounce.
– Trampoline pads – Spring covers/protective padding which goes over the frame of the trampoline to prevent the user from coming into contact with the springs. Also important for in-ground varieties.
– Weather covers – Protects your outdoor trampoline from various weather conditions which will prolong its life and improve its safety when in use. Also important for in-ground varieties.
You can save money on accessories for your trampoline by getting an accessory kit that includes a weather cover, ladder and anchor kits for a reduced price. Measuring the height and/or size of your trampoline is the best way to find the best fitting accessories listed above.
Whether you have a specific reason for wanting a trampoline or you’d like to know more about which trampoline would be best for your situation, here are the best trampolines for the following.
Best Trampoline for Toddlers
The TP Toys Early Fun Trampoline is a small and safe option for your high-energy toddlers. They can learn how to jump and support their balance with the built-in detachable handle with a soft easy grip pad. This can be removed in the future to help them develop further.
Best Trampoline for Gymnastics
Please note that for health and safety reasons, people who aren’t receiving training or aren’t a professional in gymnastics should not attempt to perform stunts on their trampoline.
However, if you need a trampoline to practise outside of your lessons, then the best one to go for is the Evostar 8ft x 12ft Rectangular Trampoline and Enclosure. The sturdy steel frame and the 64 responsive stainless-steel springs make it a strong and stable piece of equipment, while the enclosure provides additional safety.
Best Trampoline on a Budget
While you can get smaller trampolines for less money, if you want one that’s suitable for children of all ages, then we recommend the Evostar II 6ft Trampoline and Enclosure (Green). The trampoline is of great value for its quality, it’s a decent size and the safety enclosure provides additional protection.
Biggest and Safest Trampoline
The BERG Favorit 420 14ft Green In-Ground Trampoline and Safety net is the largest and safest trampoline we have to offer. In-ground trampolines are inherently safer as they’re closer to the ground, and the enclosure provides additional protection if people bounce too far to the edge.
A trampoline is a fun way to spend time with the family while getting fresh air and exercise, but it can be dangerous if you don’t stick to the following safety measures.
Using a Trampoline Safely
Using a trampoline safely relies on both the use and the appearance of the trampoline. When it comes to the use of a trampoline, people should:
– Install the trampoline with adequate space around the perimeter
– Allow one jumper at a time unless the trampoline is a safe size for multiple users.
– Avoid doing stunts or gymnastic exercises, like flips or somersaults.
– Stick to bouncing in the middle of the trampoline.
– Remove their shoes and jump bare feet, to reduce damage to the jumping mat.
– Never jump on a wet trampoline and only use it in appropriate weather conditions.
– Keep an eye out for rusty springs and wear and tear on the mat.
– If either of the above is noticeable, use should be avoided until these parts are replaced.
Ensuring Child Safety
There are several things you can do to keep your children safe on a trampoline:
– Whatever their age, always supervise children when they’re using the trampoline.
– Use covers and safety nets (discussed below).
– Teach children how to enter and exit (don’t bounce on or off) the trampoline safely.
– Advise children to bounce in the middle and stay away from the springs.
– Make sure the user weight isn’t exceeded.
– Don’t let children sit underneath the trampoline when it’s in use.
– Take away ladders or chairs used to get on or off the trampoline when it isn’t in use.
Nets and Covers
Trampoline enclosure nets can be used to stop people from falling off the edges and injuring themselves. They often come with the trampoline (if stated) and are easy to install. A trampoline cover is also recommended to prevent damage through sun and rain exposure.
First Aid Procedures
Ensuring you and your family members are aware of First Aid Procedures is highly recommended. Signs can be used to keep the most important information visible at all times and you should have an easily accessible first aid kit just in case of emergencies.
Buy the Best Trampoline for You
Now you know everything from choosing and budgeting for your trampoline, to building it and using it safely, the next step is to browse through our wide range of trampolines and choose the right one for you and your family.