There comes a point when, as a parent, you can’t resist anymore. Your children have been begging you incessantly for a trampoline, and you are finally willing to cave. The good news is that you are making the right decision; not only is a trampoline a fun pastime for kids, but it is also a great form of exercise. There are, however, certain considerations to keep in mind when hunting for the perfect trampoline. How safe the trampoline is, whether it can hold up against the elements without rusting and breaking… these are key considerations.
This article has complied a few of the crucial question you should ask yourself before deciding on a trampoline, as well as criteria you can look for to ensure you get the best bounce for your buck!
Is It Safe?
The number one concern when shopping for a trampoline is – and ought to be – the safety of those who use it. It could be you, your children, or even your children’s friends. But what does a “safe” trampoline look like? Isn’t there always the potential for someone to fall off, or get their ankle twisted in the springs?
There have, in fact, been great strides made in the safety of trampolines, and leading those strides is Springfree Trampoline; if you want to know what a truly safe trampoline looks like, check out their website. They forego dangerous springs in favor of flexible composite rods under the jumping surface, and surround each trampoline in a FlexiNet, which prevents bouncers from going over the edges.
How Durable Is It?
A trampoline is an investment, and while safety always gets the top billing, priority-wise, you also want to know that your investment will last. Depending on what state you’re from, the winters can be icy and harsh, or the summers can be scorching and rainy – in either case, you want a trampoline that is tested against extreme weather. Look for one that has both rust proof protection and a mat that can withstand prolonged sun exposure. You want your kids to get as much use out of the trampoline as possible, so do some research into the durability of your chosen trampoline.
Is It The Right Size For Your Family?
Trampolines come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You will find three basic shapes – oval, round and square – each in a variety of sizes, from very small to jumbo-sized. There is a helpful thread over at Mumsnet where the question of size is discussed, and you are encouraged to check that out. Basically, it boils down to how many people will be using the trampoline, how much yard space you can sacrifice, and whether there are specific activities (i.e. gymnastics flips) the trampoline will be used for.
Beyond those three big considerations, look for the ironclad indicator of quality: the online review. Make sure the trampoline company you are buying from has good reviews from other parents, and check for mentions of safety and durability. Happy bouncing!