Trampolines have fast become the most popular garden toy for summer, but which should you buy?
There’s been a surge in the number of trampoline brands. Some of these, such as Springfree or Jumpking, are trampoline specialists.
Or you could choose from popular children’s play brands that include trampolines as part of their wider range, such as Plum and Chad Valley.
Big brands, including John Lewis and Tesco, also sell trampolines.
We asked 1,628 parents with at least one child under 12 years old to rate their trampoline for ease of assembly, durability and value for money to help us compile a list of the best trampoline brands.
See our round up of the best trampoline brands.
The best trampolines have:
- Good quality, thick foam padding to cover the springs
- A sturdy metal frame
- Durable and well-positioned netting (ideally the springs should be on the outside of the netting)
- They should also be easy to assemble.
Trampolines come in standard sizes: 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 12ft, 13ft and 14ft. Springfree trampolines come in different sizing options.
The size tends to be measured by the diameter of the actual jumping surface, and excludes the surrounding springs and padding, so take that into account when measuring the size you can fit into your garden.
The wider trampolines get, the higher their netting and base tends to be.
For more tips on what to look for when buying a trampoline, read our guide to how to buy the best trampoline.
Five trampoline safety tips
Nobody wants to be a trampoline killjoy, but following these tips should keep the spring (!) in your step as well as your child’s whether you’re trampolining at home or at a trampoline park:
1. One child at a time
Yes, this is a hard one to police, but the risk of someone getting injured will increase as soon as multiple children start bouncing on a trampoline.
2. No children under six
Children under this age lack the required strength and co-ordination to be able to land well. They should stick to toddler trampolines which are smaller and have less bounce.
3. Never leave your child unsupervised
It can be tempting to leave the kids to it, but it’s vital you’re close by in case of an accident. In fact, RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) states that more than half of all trampoline accidents occur while under supervision, so it’s even more important to keep an eye on things.
4. Secure your trampoline to the ground
High winds can lift up a trampoline and blow it across the garden, into greenhouses or onto a roof, so use the anchor kit (sometimes sold separately) to fix it down. Never let children jump on an unsecured trampoline in high winds.
5. Watch out at trampoline parks
The growth in popularity of trampoline parks now means you don’t even need your own trampoline to start bouncing. However, a report by the BBC in 2018 claimed that ambulances were called out to 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England – more than three a day – during 2017. Make sure you and your child attend the safety briefings offered and follow rules specific to that park.
Read our guide on trampoline safety for more tips.