Let’s take a look at what makes a good trampoline.
The bounce is the most important factor. Why? What is a trampoline that doesn’t bounce? Originally, every trampoline in the market utilized springs. But many manufacturers have tried to use different technologies to overcome the cost and safety issues associated with a typical spring.
The truth is that nothing beats a spring-based trampoline. The bounce is simply unmatched.
And there are different springs that are available:
- Short springs.
- Long springs (6-inch+ length).
Generally speaking, long springs are the absolute best. These springs allow for the highest bounce possible, and the more springs, the better. But you’ll also find many trampolines that have shorter springs. Short springs reduce the bounce, and there’s a good reason that manufacturers choose these: their frames cannot withstand the bounce provided by a long spring.
Shorter springs mean that the frame is inferior.
An inferior frame may be suitable for small trampolines, or a single person trampoline. For younger people, a smaller spring will do just fine (maybe you don’t want your child bouncing extremely high, and that’s fine). But if you want a trampoline that has the best possible bounce, go with a long spring model.
There are a lot of injuries that occur every year on trampolines. Children jump with their friends, and all of a sudden, they hit the edge of the frame and become injured. There’s also a possibility that the child will hit a spring, which is very painful, and can leave cuts, bruises or even cause a concussion.
First, the springs that we were talking about earlier offer a certain level of safety.
You’ll find that the actual hook of the spring should be very long, almost a full circle, to allow for the utmost in safety. But you also want to look for:
- Padding: Ample padding should cover the springs as well as the frame to prevent contact injuries.
- Enclosures: An enclosure will protect the child from falling out of the trampoline, and these may be several inches from the actual frame to avoid frame-related injuries.
Enclosure padding should have a covering over it to ensure that it lasts for more than three months.
There needs to be major consideration with the frame itself. There are different types of steel, such as galvanized steel, and a big concern that is often overlooked is the thickness of the frame. You don’t want to choose a frame that has a wall thickness of less than 1.2 mm.
You can literally bend these frames over your knee. The biggest question is: do you want your child jumping on a frame that you can bend over your knee?
You’ll also want to look for:
It’s also very important to look at the covering material on the trampoline. You don’t want the blue material that looks like a tarp – it’s not durable. If you live in an area that has hot weather, you want a trampoline that has been UV treated. With UV treatments on the padding and material, you can expect a lifespan of 2 to 3 years or more, depending on the climate and if you take further measures to protect the trampoline.