The Ultimate Trampoline Buying Guide
You would like to buy a trampoline, but you do not know what a good trampoline is for your garden and your child because of the wide range. A round or rectangular trampoline and do you dig it in or is the trampoline on legs? To help you on your way, we answer the most frequently asked questions below so that you can quickly determine which trampoline is best for you.
A Round or Rectangular Trampoline?
Do you choose a round or rectangular trampoline? Both trampoline shapes have their advantages and disadvantages. You can choose a particular shape because you like one more than the other, but before you buy a trampoline, you should pay attention to several other differences in properties:
Do you have a large garden with ample space for a trampoline? Then choose an excellent large round trampoline. Also, a round trampoline is generally a bit safer for small or inexperienced jumpers.
With a round trampoline, the springs are all tense shortly so that you, as a jumper, are drawn to the middle. As a result, you do not end up on the side or next to the trampoline so quickly. Round trampolines are available in several different diameters, so you always have a wide choice of trampoline size.
With a rectangular trampoline, you use the space in your (minor) garden more efficiently. Rectangular trampolines can be placed more towards the corner than a round trampoline. In addition, a rectangular trampoline is popular among experienced jumpers.
In contrast to a round trampoline, where you are ‘pulled’ to the middle, this is not the case with a rectangular trampoline due to the spring tension and the decisive frame. Some jumping experience with (small) children is desirable to prevent unsafe situations from arising.
What Is a Safe Trampoline?
The quality and safety of the trampoline depend on several components:
Frame: the safety of the trampoline is already determined by the frame, the frame of the trampoline. A reasonable frame has a tube thickness of 1.6 to 3 millimeters thick. In addition, the frame must be made of (stainless) steel. When the frame starts to show rust spots, it loses strength and, therefore, safety.
Springs: The springs determine how well a trampoline bounces when jumping. The longer the springs, the better the power of the jumps can be absorbed.
Trampoline edge: the trampoline edge is attached over the springs. If your child unexpectedly jumps too far to the edge and ends up on the springs, the safety edge serves to protect the trampoline springs.
It prevents painful feet for the children—the thicker and more comprehensive the safety edge, the better the protection. The safety edge of the trampoline is also available in different colors.
Safety net: A safety net prevents children from falling off the trampoline. A safety net is required for trampolines on legs.
Jumping mat: a jumping mat often lasts for years. However, you have to handle it well. Jumping with shoes or taking pets on the trampoline is not such a good idea.
When holes appear in the jumping mat, its safety deteriorates. In addition, you can protect the jumping mat and the safety edge of the trampoline against the weather by covering it with a trampoline cover.
How Long Does a Trampoline Last? – 4 Tips
The question of how long a trampoline will last is not so easy to answer. The more intensively a trampoline is used, the sooner it (or parts) needs to be replaced. And: the better the quality, the longer the trampoline will last.
As with the rest of the garden interior, a trampoline will last longer if properly maintained, both during jumping and afterward. Four tips to ensure that you can enjoy your trampoline for as long as possible:
1. Do not jump with shoes on and take pets, toys or other objects on the trampoline. This can cause damage to the jumping mat, reducing its lifespan.
2. Clean the trampoline regularly. This is a simple job; you can remove the trampoline with a (clean) cleaning cloth and water. This prevents dirt from getting stuck between parts of the frame. It is preferable not to use (aggressive) cleaning agents.
3. Protect your trampoline from winter. If you know that your children will not jump in the cold in the winter, it is best to break down the trampoline. If this is too much work or if you have an inground trampoline, you can quickly and easily cover the trampoline against rain and snow using a trampoline protection cover.
4. Replace Parts. Should it unexpectedly turn out that the springs start to rust or that the protective edge starts to become thin? Do not panic. Many parts can be ordered separately. This way, you don’t have to replace your entire trampoline.
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Are you considering buying a trampoline, but after reading the above advice, you are not sure which trampoline is the best for you? Contact our customer service and they will be happy to provide you with appropriate and non-binding advice!