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Tips for Buying a Trampoline

Everyone knows that jumping on a trampoline is fun but when it comes to choosing the right trampoline for you, the choice can be a little overwhelming.  There are different shapes and sizes, colors, in ground or above ground and the list of options goes on and on.  The following tips will help you make the best decision on which model is right for you.

Who is going to use it?

Who will be using the trampoline?  You?  Your children?  All the neighborhood children?  Think realistically about how many people will be using the trampoline.  Are you children toddler or teenagers?  All these factors will determine the best trampoline for you.

Circle or rectangle trampoline?

Circular trampolines are great for families but if you are looking to get some serious air for lots of tricks then the rectangular trampoline will be best for you.  The rectangular trampolines offer more bounce due to the number of springs and this corresponds to more airtime.

What size trampoline should I buy?

Firstly measure the area you plan to place the trampoline.  You need a minimum of 24 feet of overhead clearance from the ground.  You will also need a horizontal clearance of 6 feet around the trampoline.  Ensure the 6 feet is clear from fences, trees, bushes, and the house.

  • 8 Feet Trampoline: ideal for one to two people
  • 12 Feet Trampoline: ideal for one to three people
  • 15 Feet Trampoline: ideal for one to four people

How much should I spend on a trampoline?

You will need to consider your budget, how long you expect the trampoline to last and the environment the trampoline will be in.  Weather conditions such as the salt air and cold winters can be harsh and rust the frame.  Generally speaking, more expensive models will last longer.  Do your research and make an informed decision.

Safety

A netted enclosure helps prevent falls from the trampoline and we strongly recommend you purchase a trampoline that has one.  The metal frame and springs should be padded to avoid injuries should a child fall and hit them or slip through the springs.  The safety pads should be a contrasting color to the mat of the trampoline. This helps define the edge of the mat more clearly.

Maximum Weight Limit

All trampolines come with a maximum weight limit.  Check to ensure the model you want will be able to handle the number of jumpers and their weight.

These buying tips will help you make a more informed decision when purchasing a trampoline.  Generally the more expensive the model the better quality it is and the longer it will last.

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