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Choosing a trampoline – real life owners experiences

by Clare Mansell
Choosing a trampoline – real life owners experiences

Buying a trampoline is likely to be one of the more expensive purchases that most parents make, but how do you decide how big to go both with size and budget and what are the factors you should take into consideration when you choose which one to buy.

I talked to four families in different parts of the world with very different budgets and found out about their experiences.

Naomi who blogs as Tattooed Mummy lives in East Sussex with her husband, their teenage daughter and their Border Terrier. They paid £300 for their trampoline.

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Is this your first trampoline?
Yes, we had a climbing frame for our daughter when she was younger, when she outgrew that (aged about 9) we bought a 12 ft trampoline.

How long have you owned it?
We bought it in 2010 and are still using it now.

How did you decide how much to spend on your trampoline?
While we didn’t want to spend too much (who does!) we were looking at slightly better than a bargain trampoline but also didn’t want to be ‘ripped off’ I think there is always a worry that while ‘you get what you pay for’ there can be an upper limit, beyond which it’s just profit for the company, so I searched for a long time for the right trampoline. I don’t think we would have spent more that £300

Have you had any problems with it?
Not really, this last year some of the padding is finally starting to look tatty and some of the nylon straps that hold the netting and padding on have broken, but the main trampoline is still fine.

Have you had to replace any parts?
No.

How much use do your children (or adults) get out of it?
At the beginning it was used daily and friends came to play too – now that my daughter is a teen it gets used more sporadically, maybe once a fortnight. It’s been a good buy and we have had value but I think it’s starting to be a bit of a space hogger in the garden…I fear its days are numbered!

Do you have any regrets about your choice of trampoline? (either size, model or how much you spent)
No I’m really glad we bought a 12ft one. I’ve seen lots of 10ft and even 8ft ones but they feel tiny after bouncing on the 12ft. I would always buy the biggest one I can fit in the garden!

How has your trampoline stood up to being outside since you bought it? Is there any visible wear and tear?
As I said before the nylon straps and some of the padding are failing now but they’ve lasted well. We have taken down the net and covered the trampoline (with the cover we bought when we got the trampoline) against leaves etc each winter though.

What advice would you give other parents looking to buy their first trampoline?
Safety and size are paramount. You really must have a secure net and good padding. The largest you can afford/fit in your garden is a good idea. Extras we didn’t have but I would quite like are a skirt to stop kids running under it while it’s in use (there is always one!) and maybe some shoe storage and an all weather mat at the base of the ladder. Trampolines are excellent fun.

 

Pam & Damian live in Dorset with their two daughters Olivia and Alexis. They own a TP trampoline which cost £600

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Is this your first trampoline?
Yes

How long have you owned it?
Since April 2010

How did you decide how much to spend on your trampoline?
The budget was based on the level of safety the trampoline offered. The trampoline we chose (TP 12ft star) was innovative for its time. It offered a large number of safety features not seen on other trampolines.
If I’m honest budget didn’t really factor in our decision! Although I did shop around to get the best price, a little over £600-.
We decided we would ideally only like to make one trampoline purchase to last our children therefore went for a better quality trampoline in hope it would last.

Have you had any problems with it?
We had a few cracked poles replaced under warranty early on.

Have you had to replace any parts?
None other than above

How much use do your children (or adults) get out of it?
Daily before the children started school. now 3-4 times a week

Do you have any regrets about your choice of trampoline? (either size, model or how much you spent)
None, I still love it

How has your trampoline stood up to being outside since you bought it? Is there any visible wear and tear?
The net had fabric sections which faded slightly in colour due to the sun. We no longer use a net now.

What advice would you give other parents looking to buy their first trampoline?
Buy the best quality trampoline that you can afford with a reputable brand if you want it to last for a decent amount of time

Helen & Andy live in Scotland with their two sons. Their trampoline cost £600 and unusually was a pre-kids purchase!

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Is this your first trampoline?
Yes

How long have you owned it?
11 years

How did you decide how much to spend on your trampoline?
I looked at size and the weight it could carry – we wanted one that could take two adults without damaging it, price was secondary

Have you had any problems with it?
No

Have you had to replace any parts?
No

How much use do your children (or adults) get out of it?
We used it a lot when the kids were younger as we could bounce with them which they loved, the kids still use it daily in dry weather and have made up all kinds of games using it

Do you have any regrets about your choice of trampoline? (either size, model or how much you spent)
No none despite the whole thing costing around £600! The surrounding safety netting and pads all remain undamaged and we’ve been fortunate enough so far not to have incurred any injuries

How has your trampoline stood up to being outside since you bought it? Is there any visible wear and tear?
There are small areas of surface rust on the metal legs but you definitely get what you pay for, ours has stood the test of time. It survived being blown across the garden in a storm before we moved it to a more sheltered spot and staked it into the ground properly. Our neighbours have lost two trampolines in half the time we’ve owned ours. In the winter we can take our netting off and put a proper cover on it too

What advice would you give other parents looking to buy their first trampoline?
I would recommend spending a fair bit more on one that’s good quality, the padding around the edge needs to be thick because there will be times when your child falls on it, the same applies to the netting around the trampoline, the zips shouldn’t rip and the netting needs to be substantial enough to stop your child falling off. Also think about a set of rules for the children too so that they don’t damage it or themselves! Plan too to sink it in the ground or install with substantial stakes in the ground because in a gale they are like giant frisbees

 

Gill and Garry live in Alberta, Canada with their two daughters Kenzie & Maycee. They own a Springfree trampoline which cost $1800 (approx £1050)

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Is this your first trampoline?
No. We had a small (6ft) Dora the Explorer one from Canadian Tire first. That lasted just over 4 years – initially only used by a 2 year old, ended up being used by a 6 year old and a 3 year old.
Decided it wasn’t big enough for the two growing children and upgraded to a 14ft one, purchased from German eBay, we left it behind when we emigrated although there was nothing wrong with it.

How long have you owned it?
About 18 months.

How did you decide how much to spend on your trampoline?
Grandparents clubbed together and bought it for the kids when we moved here…. we saw that one and told them how much it was!

Have you had any problems with it?
Nope, only erecting it was a complete pain!

Have you had to replace any parts?
Nope. It still looks new.

How much use do your children (or adults) get out of it?
LOADS!! I haven’t been on there (pelvic floor muscles aren’t what they used to be!!) but Garry goes on there with the kids.

Do you have any regrets about your choice of trampoline? (either size, model or how much you spent)
Not one bit – it was an awesome purchase and that’s despite it taking up up a HUGE portion of our garden, we know it’s not forever (right?!!)

How has your trampoline stood up to being outside since you bought it?
Really well. No damage and this is pretty important….it doesn’t squeak!!

Is there any visible wear and tear?
None at all – we’ve had 2 fairly mild winters since we got here (winters in Canada can routinely have temperatures of -40c) so it’s not really been tested in extreme weather but so far so good.

What advice would you give other parents looking to buy their first trampoline?
Never underestimate the size your kids will need – even if you only have one child, they will inevitably want their friends to visit and play and always buy the safety net (can’t believe how many people don’t!!)

This post was written as part of our collaboration with Springfree trampolines who we are borrowing a trampoline from for a couple of months, all opinions of the featured trampoline owners are their own.

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