Look, you might well not want to hear this so I will say it our loud right now and you can click away if you want to.
Buying cheap trampolines is a waste of money… they just do not last and they just are not as safe as the higher priced one.
Sorry but it’s true.
Over 20 years of watching my kids bounce their way through four trampolines, I’m here to say that the Springfree ones are best.
They are very very expensive… but you can find them secondhand and a second hand one is better than a brand new cheap one.
Check out the ones I think are best here and then the reasons why.
- Mat size: 2.4m by 3.4m
- Mat area: 7.3m squared
- This is the Australian best seller
- Mat width: 3.4m by 3.4m
- Mat area: 10.5 m squared
- Total height 2.7m
- Mat width: 3.9m diameter
- Mat area: 12.6 m squared
- Total Height 2.7m
Our Old + Hopeless Cheap Trampolines
The fist trampoline we got was from a well known kids toyr store and it had no nets. This trampoline has springs with mats covering them. It lasted about three years and then rusted away. My kids are wild and did have several falls, but luckily no broken bones.
The next trampoline we got was also from a toy store and cost again a few hundred dollars. It did have a net but this lasted less than a year before falling apart. This one has springs with mats covering them. It lasted about two years only.
We then moved house and switched to a Springfree Large Round Trampoline.
All foru of my kids jumped on it for 8 years before parts of it wore out. They gave it a HUGE workout almost every day. It was worth the considerable expense.
I remember saying to my husband: ‘Yes, it’s expensive, about the same cost as 10 trips to the psychiatrist.. and that’s at least what we will save.’
1. Springfree make the hardest wearing trampolines
They last much much longer than the other brands. They just do.
2. They are safer
The Springfree has flexible composite rods below the jumping kids. The net is firmly attached to the trampoline all the way round. With a Springfree, you simply cannot fall down the sides the way the kids did on one of our old, cheaper ones. And it lasts the life of the trampoline.
3. You can mix technology and exercise outdoors
The new Smart Trampolines have sensors on the mat which detect movement and connect to an iPad or other tablet. The tgoma app has all sorts of games which kids can play.
4. You can bounce higher!
Seriously, the kids and I feel so safe inside the Springfree that we really go for it. We can see into the neighbour’s garden if we jump really high with all our might.
5. The Springfree Trampoline takes up less space
Because they don’t have springs adding extra width all the space is for jumping. You still need a good amount of space around them, of course. This is important for safety with any trampoline.
6. You can leave the trampoline outside rain or shine, hail or blistering heat
You don’t need to cover it up. Ours lasted through ten Aussie summers before the net needed replacing and some of the frame rusted a bit. Not bad going at all.
7. It will wear out even the most active kids
My kids are super busy and physical, the trampoline is a great way to really wear them out… at least for a short while. The trampoline has always made the backyard an appealing place for them to be. They love the adrenaline rush of jumping.
8. There are long warranties
If you register your trampoline, the net and mat have a two year warranty, the frame and rods have eight years. If a component wears out or your trampoline gets damaged in a storm, Springfree can help with finding spare parts. Our Springfree easily lasted for eight years of being well-loved and jumped on all the time.
9. Adults can keep fit too
It doesn’t take more than two or three bounces to get my heart racing. Even a few minutes at a time has got to be really good for we adults. Using the tgomaFit for a longer workout is, of course, even better.
10. It’s family time outside
Often that means me watching the kids whilst they jump… they’re much more active than me@
My last top trampoline tip? Pay for an expert to set the trampoline up for you – it’s totally worth it.
Have you tried a Springfree?
What’s your trampoline top tip?
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