Garden Trampoline Buying Guide
There’s lots of good reasons to add a trampoline to your collection of garden toys.
Bouncing on a trampoline provides kids with the opportunity to burn off some energy; work out the frustrations of the day; strengthen muscle tone; and develop balance and co-ordination.
But with literally 100s of models to choose from, how do you go about deciding what trampoline you need, where to buy it, and how much you should be budgeting.
Considerations before you buy
Size of your garden
Royal Society Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recommends the trampoline is placed on a soft springy surface, like the lawn or bark covered area, not concrete or patio, and that there is a 2.5m all the way around the trampoline, clear of obstacles, toys and hard ground.
Size and age of your kids
Not just now but in the future too. All trampolines have a maximum weight limit (for one person) so consider how long you will be likely to use the trampoline for, what maximum weight will it need to go up to. ROSPA recommends only one person at a time is ever allowed on the trampoline, which is why trampoline manufacturers do not provide combined maxiumum user weight guides.
How much of a bounce do you want
The type of springs and number of springs, will all have a bearing on how springy the trampoline is. Heavier, and older users will need more bounce power, but young kids will not appreciate a forceful bounce which may make the trampoline difficult to use.
The size and layout of your garden may dictate the shape of the trampoline you need to buy. Traditionally trampolines were rectangular was this spring layout gave a more powerful reaction to the bounce. However, modern trampolines are usually round as this design gently guides the user back to the centre if they start to bounce near the edge. You can buy octagonal tranpolines which combine the best of both worlds.
Don’t scrimp on saftety
Look for a trampoline with good padding over the springs and a secure enclosure. Buying the trampoline and enclosure together will be cheaper than buying separately and will ensure you get a good fit.
Where’s the best place to buy a trampoline
However, a trampoline is a serious, and costly piece of sports training equipment, and you will be able to make a much more informed choice if you shop with a specialist supplier.
For example check out UK Sports Imports detailed buyer’s guide which provides expert help for choosing your trampoline. And take a look at the detailed product information provided by Sport and Leisure UK, at the bottom of the page, offering far more information than you would expect to see from the major retail websites, who usually provide just a basic description and measurements guide.
For more information on the safety considerations of owning a trampoline, check out this helpful guide from RoSPA.
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