Whether you are planning to buy a mini exercise trampoline for yourself or a garden one for your children, purchasing a trampoline is undoubtedly one of the best investments you can make this summer. However, if you have never bought a trampoline before, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices. Also, you will want to ensure that you are getting a trampoline that will pass the test of time as well. To get the best bang for your buck, you should pay attention to the following factors.
This is arguably the most important element of every trampoline. Typically, standard frames are made from galvanized steel, with the more advanced ones having galvanized protection on both sides of the tubing. When making your purchase, remember to be on the lookout for these, and avoid the ones that are powder-coated. Even though powder-coated frames are cheaper, they are less durable and provide less protection against rust.
Spring padding and bounce mat
When it comes to the spring padding, look for the trampolines that have polyester, which will ensure a longer lifespan. Paddings made from PE material will be quite vulnerable to bright sunlight and have a reduced lifespan. A bounce mat should be durable and strong. Additionally, it should also be smooth, so as to ensure the safety of the user/s. In this case, you should look for permatron polypropylene mats, which are UV resistant, comfortable and highly durable.
In this case, you should pay attention to the number of springs. Of course, larger trampolines will have a larger number of springs than smaller ones. But, when comparing trampolines of the same size, keep in mind that the one with the largest number of springs is not necessarily the best one. In most cases, the number of springs should be related to the user’s weight, If a trampoline has a large number of springs, young children may find it very hard to use it. If you are unsure about the number of springs, you should check with your retailer, or visit this Trampolines Co YouTube channel for more info.
Now, let’s focus on some of the key accessories your new trampoline should have
1. The enclosure
To ensure the safety of all those who are going to use the trampoline, make sure it features a safety trampoline. There are a plethora of safety enclosure designs on the market these days. However, as long as your trampoline has safety padding over the springs, any decent net will do the job.
2. The ladder
Next up, for an easy and convenient access, your trampoline should also have a ladder. This is especially important if you have young children, who will be much less likely to jump off when exiting the trampoline and risk injuring themselves. Since these ladders are quite convenient, you could also take them away and prevent very young children from accessing the trampoline. When checking out various types of ladders, look for the ones that feature flat steps, instead of tubular ones, as they can be quite uncomfortable for the children when they are not wearing any shoes.
3. The cover
Last, but not least, you will want to protect your trampoline as well. For that matter, make sure to purchase a cover that goes over the entire surface of the mat and protects it from harsh weather, bird droppings, and leaves. The best covers will typically have a hole in the middle, so as to allow water to enter.