Why Buy a Trampoline?
A trampoline can help you to burn off those extra calories in your body, improve your heart rate and provide a wide range of exercise for you.
What’s more, is that the trampoline can provide great benefits for the body like an increase in shoulder’s mobility, flatten stomach and better sleep.
A pair of Trampoline in the backyard can help to increase the kid’s athleticism as they strive to maintain their balance while running or bouncing.
If you’re battling with your kids hours of screen time, then you need a new trampoline. This is a tested and proven technique.
You can buy a trampoline from Hypermarket, Online Retail, Specialty Stores, or aDepartmental Store.
Who Will Use It?
Trampolines are simply for people that want to become physically fit without following the boring way of working out. It’s for those who want to have fun while getting fit.
They are also for those who are not physically capable of doing heavy deadlifts, back squat, and kettlebell swing.
Knowing who will be using the trampoline will help you decide in which exact trampoline to buy. The trampoline for kids may not necessarily work for adults. If you want to get one for the whole family then you need to now decide which will best fit.
These people are divided into three main groups:
- People with joint problems (Adults)
- Young professionals (Adults)
- Elderly people (Adults)
- College students (Adults)
1. Kids: These are the group of people that will mainly benefit from using a trampoline. Why? Because the trampoline can help to increase their adrenaline and provide a fun avenue to stay in shape and health.
What’s more is that it keeps super busy and physical at the backyard, so that they don’t end up running and yelling in the house.
2. Adolescents: Adolescents are not left out too! If you notice that your adolescents don’t like to get out of the house, or they have poor social skills, then it’s time to get a trampoline for them.
3. Adults: Trampolines are not just meant for kids; Even adults too can get physical fit using a trampoline without having to acquire expensive gym equipment, or paying a monthly membership at a local gym.
Types of Trampoline
There are 5 major types of Trampolines. Knowing them will help you choose the right one as you go shopping for one.
- Rectangular trampolines: These kinds of trampolines are designed for professional athletics that’s why they’re built to provide immense impact and safety.
There are the following sizes to choose from: 7×10ft, 8×12ft 9×14ft 10×17ft, 14×16ft.
They can give whoever is bouncing on them more power and air propulsion.
You are able to perform all kinds of twists and somersaults with them.
They also come with added landing mats and safety padding to prevent the from falling on the ground and injuring themselves.
If your kids are aspiring to become acrobats, skiers, divers, or Olympic competitors, then this set of trampoline won’t be a bad idea.
2. Round trampolines: These trampolines are generally used for recreational purposes. They are great for kids to relax and exercise.
There are 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, 14ft and 15ft Round Trampolines you can choose from.
They don’t have much impact as the rectangular trampoline, but they make a great plus to the back garden.
They are mini trampolines that can enclose into a small space in the house garden. They’re lightweight and portable too.
3. Square trampolines: They are a combination of the round and rectangular trampoline. If you have plenty of room for recreational activities then you might want to consider the square trampolines.They’re best used during summer time.
4. Mini trampolines: If you don’t have any space for recreational activities, then mini trampolines is the best fit for you. They’re meant to be used indoors and they still provide the same benefits like every other trampoline.
5. inflatable trampolines: Have you ever thought about what it’ll feel like to bounce on top of water? Looks impossible right?
Inflatable trampolines has made it possible to be able to bounce on top of water. Instead of springs, they make use of inflatable tubes to prevent them from sinking into the water. However, they’re more expensive than the rest.
Features of a Good Trampoline
A trampoline provides a fun way for kids to play, but they also pose severe injuries to the kids, if you don’t buy a trampoline with the right kind of features.
I’ve seen many people rush out to buy a trampoline without carrying out adequate proper research, and they end up buying broken trampolines.
So before you hand money over to the cashier, you should check the trampoline for the following features.
If you’re ordering online, then you need should call or chat with their customer care and ask them if the trampoline comes with the following features.
- Well-Padded Springs and Bolts: Springs and locks work together to create a safe jumping experience.
So it’s advisable for you to look for a trampoline that uses tension rods that can allow you to bounce on the mat without getting injured.
For better spring protection, only buy trampolines that have uses composite rods in the place of a metal coil.
2. Well Designed Frame: The frame should be placed beneath the jumping surface and not above it. A well designed frame will be able to prevent any impending injuries, should the jumper mistakenly misses his or her step
3. Well Padded Trampoline: The trampoline padding is the foam that’s found at the edge of the trampoline. Look for trampolines that come with a foam pad installed in it.
The foam pad should be at least 1-inches.
The bigger the padding, the more safety it’ll be able to provide. The padding should be made of materials like polyethylene.
If the trampoline has poles around it, then they should have paddings around those poles.
4. Ease of Installation: Before you buy a trampoline, you have to consider how easy it is to dismantle and install it back again.Some trampolines are easy to set-up while others are difficult.
Also, you need to check if the trampoline needs to be assembled, if so then you should read the installation guide.
5. Durability: Before you buy a trampoline, you need to check if the frames of the trampolines are sturdy. The only way, you can check if it’s durable is by reading other customers reviews.
Choosing the Right Trampoline
- Size: Trampolines comes in different sizes. There’s no perfect size for everyone.
The perfect size for you will depend on the size of your backyard, the number of your kids, and your budget.
The best size, in my opinion, for a medium-sized family with 2 or 3 kids, is a 12ft rectangular trampoline.
They are portable, and they don’t occupy a lot of backyard space. However, they can be expensive sometimes.
So if budget is your problem, then I’ll suggest that you opt for an 8ft or an 8 x 10ft trampoline.
Though they only permit one kid at a time, they still provide a great bouncing experience.
- Cost: The 8ft rectangular trampoline costs between $200 – $500 while the 12ft
rectangular trampoline cost between $700 – $1200.
- Safety: Only opt for trampolines with safety pads and nets. The safety pads are
meant to cover the hook, the frame and the steel frame.
Also, the safety net is meant to enclose the trampoline so that the kids don’t accidentally bounce off the sides of the trampoline.
- Durability: In the case of sustainability, you want to go for trampolines with loose and
wobbly frame. Also, you want to check out the bed before buying the trampolines.
The bed is usually the first thing that wears out in the trampoline, so ensure that you’re getting a trampoline with a big sturdy bed made up of high-grade polypropylene with a vinyl hem around the edge.
- Warranty: Trampoline has many parts and pieces which can quickly get smear,
smashed, broken or torn.
So a good warranty should be able to cover you up in case of any damaged or broken parts during its first year of purchase.
- Spare parts: A trampoline that doesn’t have spare parts is not worth buying. The
lack of spare parts means that you’ll have to buy a new one should in case any part gets broken.
- Technical elements: Though a trampoline comes with the needed mats, pads, nets
However, if you want to make your trampoline more enjoyable, then you should shop for technical elements like enclosure pole, spring pulling tool, and mat V-rings and add to it. They’re all under $20.
- Wright Limit: The 8ft trampoline is suitable for kids at ten years old. The max weight
is 150 pounds.
The 12ft trampoline is suitable for older kids and adults. The max weight is 300 pounds.
- The type of spring: The spring type can be the difference between a bouncing
with injuries and bouncing without injuries.
In many cases, a springless trampoline is far better than a spring-based trampoline. Here’s why:
They have metal coil springs that can cause injury.
They have a hard surface jumping area, which can result in more lacerations, fractures and head injuries.
The pads on the spring have a short life span. They lose their shock absorbency after the first impact.
They make use of steel piles
They use flexible composite rods underneath the surface to prevent harm.
The trampoline frame is hidden beneath the surface.
The spring free trampoline soft edge is much better than the pads found in the spring-based trampoline.
They have flexible net rods to prevent falls.
In conclusion, always do your research before buying a trampoline.
Don’t just read reviews, or ask a friend or two about their opinions, but do your in-depth analysis about it.
This article will serve as a useful guide in helping you decide on which trampoline to buy.
Terkura Vincent is a Trampoline Safety Advocate and CEO of Casdale Trampoline Safety Centre. Our passion is to see families enjoy trampoline with utmost safety. You can help us do this by sharing the articles with other families that use trampoline.
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