In this guide we’ll take a look at the best trampolines for kids!
I’ve compared build quality, safety, size and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the best trampolines for kids!
What is the Best Trampoline?
In a rush? Here's my top choice...
Safe and extremely fun trampoline for children and adults alike!
This Kanga Premium Trampoline is suitable for ages 6 - Adult with lots of safety features: a secure perimeter net, secure access ladder, and anchoring system. The safety enclosure is 1.8 m tall, and diameter of the jumping area is 2.63 m. It's made from quality materials and meets all EU safety regulations, with a maximum load capacity of 120 kg.CHECK PRICE →
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More Detailed Trampoline Reviews
Ultrasport Garden Trampoline With Safety Enclosure Review
Trampolines are supposed to be fun, but putting them together can be an absolute nightmare. Not only does this make for a bad start to an enjoyable activity, it can also make the thought of assembling the trampoline again the following year extremely off putting.
If you want to make sure you get the most out of your trampoline, year after year, so that it doesn’t lie, unused, in the corner of the garage, this Ultrasport Garden Trampoline is one of the best trampolines for easy assembly, taking around 2 hours to put together.
It’s pretty intuitive to build, and can actually be constructed by one person – although two makes things easier. The main benefit, in my opinion, of having something that goes together easily is that you don’t have to fear taking it down for winter – it’ll be simple to put up again the following year. This means you’ll also protect your investment over the winter too by storing it away.
During summer days, this trampoline can be left out without fear of weather damage (no matter which type of ‘UK summer’ we’re experiencing) – the galvanized-steel frame and springs are rust resistant, and the mat is made from polypropylene which has a protective UV-resistant coating
It stands at 90 cm (with the safety net adding an additional 180 cm to reduce the risk of accidents), which allows children to scramble on without the use of a ladder (which is just as well, as one doesn’t come included). With a maximum capacity of 150 kg, and a jumping sheet of 414 cm, this is a particularly large trampoline that can handle several children at once.
There are no anchors included, which means they need to be bought separately. As a result, this trampoline doesn’t offer as good value as some others – with no ladder or anchors – so it depends how much you value easy assembly over having to make additional purchases.
- Suitable for several family members at a time thanks to its 150 kg weight capacity
- Lower in height than some trampolines, at 90 cm off the ground, so most kids can get on and off safely
- Can be assembled within two hours
- Both rust and UV resistant so can be left out in bad weather as long as it's anchored down
- Does not come with anchors included, so they will need to be purchased separately to make the trampoline more secure
- Attaching the springs takes a fair amount of strength
- The zip for the netting is not the best quality and may break if not used carefully
We R Sports Trampoline With Safety Enclosure And Ladder Review
In the UK, the weather is often our enemy when it comes to outdoor activities. But, if you want to make sure that your kids can get out on the trampoline as much as possible, even if the sun isn’t shining all day, buying a model like the We R Sports Trampoline can help, as it comes with a rain cover.
Sure, we can’t control the weather, but we can at least prepare for it so that play can resume post-shower! This 10 ft trampoline has a fitted cover that attaches with Velcro, so as soon as the rain starts, the cover can go on. Then, when it stops, there’s no that reason the kids can’t take off the cover and get straight back out there – just as well in our squally climate.
As well as a rain cover, there’s a netted enclosure and ladder to help make the trampoline safer for younger jumpers.
It has a maximum load weight 120 kg, and the structure is made from galvanized-steel poles, so, whether it’s the kids bouncing, or you having a sneaky jump around yourself, you can be reassured that the construction is sturdy. It does not, however, come with anchors, so those will need to be bought separately.
A 12 mm pad goes all around the edge, securely covering the springs to make sure they don’t trap any fingers or cause any bumps if anyone lands on them accidentally. Plus, the placement of the netting also makes for a roomier experience – seeing as it goes around the trampoline’s circumference, and not just on the inside of the padded area like with some other models, there’s a lot more space on the inside.
- Available in a range of sizes suitable for any size garden
- Strong and sturdy - suitable for daily use
- Fairly straightforward to put together although it will require 2 people
- Many customers feel the instructions lacked detail
- The plastic clips that attach to the bottom of the net are not particularly resilient
- The cover has a tendency to come loose, exposing the springs
Plum Kids Magnitude Trampoline With Safety Enclosure Review
Whilst some trampolines with safety nets find their jumping-area encroached on by the net, this 10 ft Plum Kids Magnitude Trampoline has a cauldron shape which keeps bouncers away from the net, springs and poles without losing out on bouncing space.
The nets on most trampolines curve inwards, which limits the arm-span that can be achieved on the trampolines. Having more space inside, by having a net that goes out instead of in, is particularly useful for encouraging more kids to play together, or try out different tricks and games.
With a maximum weight capacity of 100 kg, most adults can also get involved with a bit of jumping when they get a chance – great news, as it’s pretty good exercise!
In terms of assembly, two adults can get this trampoline together in around two hours, so it isn’t one of the more difficult models to put together; however, attaching the net can take a further hour as it’s a bit of a long process, looping a rope around to ‘sew’ the net to the trampoline. On the plus side, there’s also a pole that goes around the top of the net, to hold it taught, which isn’t featured on a lot of trampolines.
As seems to be the norm, there are no anchors included with this trampoline which means they need to be bought separately. Given that this is already a relatively pricey model, it’s a little disappointing that not everything comes already included.
- The ‘cauldron’ design gives kids more space to move and a lot more arm span than some models
- Can be assembled in around two hours by two adults
- An upper bar is included to keep the netting taught and reduce the chance of accidents
- Specially designed ‘bracket’ included to secure leg to frame joint, making structure more stable
- The zip needs to be treated with care as it can break relatively easily
- There are no anchors included so these need to be bought separately to secure the trampoline
- Attaching the net to the trampoline may take an additional hour after assembling the main unit
Things to Know Before Buying a Trampoline for Kids
In the age of video games, gadgets and smartphones, getting your kids outside for some fresh air isn’t easy…
However, trampolines are exciting enough to persuade even the most reluctant teens to spend some time in the garden. They provide kids with hours of fun and exercise (plus, who are we kidding, they’re an exciting purchase for us adults too!).
There are a range of trampolines on the market and, of course, safety should be your number one priority. If you’re considering purchasing a trampoline but you’re not sure where to start, the following tips will help inform your decision:
Besides the fact that trampolines are extremely good fun, there are a lot of other benefits to using them at home.
Having a trampoline in the garden is extremely convenient; you’ll be surprised how often you and the kids end up outside on it – it’s a great excuse to be out in the garden.
When your kids have friends round (or even when you have friends round, for that matter!) they’re sure to spend a lot more time outside than they would have done previously.
Not only is trampolining fantastic exercise, it can also improve balance, coordination and strength. Trampolines can be used by kids of all ages, making it a great sunny-afternoon activity for siblings.
For adults, trampolines offer a great low-impact cardio workout. Trampolining is much kinder on the knees than running, and there are a lot of different workouts you can do using a trampoline.
For both kids and adults alike, using a trampoline can help strengthen core, leg and back muscles. Having more developed muscles helps with a variety of life’s activities, and also helps prevent injury when doing day-to-day tasks.
Plus, spending a few hours on the trampoline is a great way to bond with your kids. What’s more, you might even develop a new hobby yourself!
Safety is by far the most important thing to consider when it comes to a trampoline for kids.
- The frame needs to be well built and protected with padding on the poles and springs. This stops kids from jumping into the poles by accident, or pinching themselves on the springs.
- You should ideally look to purchase a trampoline with a tall safety enclosure net. These enclosure nets help minimise risk by reducing the chance of children falling off the trampoline. If the net has a top bar to hold it taught, it may offer more protection.
- The importance of using an anchor kit with your trampoline should not be overlooked. There are two main types of anchor kit:
- Kits that contain U-shaped hooks that go over the trampoline’s stand and push into the ground, securing it in place.
- Kits that contain auger anchors and straps which push into the ground and attach to the frame of the trampoline (like guy ropes).
- Four-legged trampolines are a lot more stable than those with three legs, and you should ensure that you assemble and maintain your trampoline according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you aren’t confident about assembling the trampoline, you can often pay extra to have an expert do the assembly for you.
- Buying a cover can prevent the mat getting wet and slippery. A cover can help make the trampoline safer to use after rainfall. If the mat was kept dry using a cover, it shouldn’t be slippery. Always check the conditions of the trampoline before kids get on.
Most trampolines state that they are built in accordance with all European safety standards; however, this is of course always worth checking when looking at a specific model.
The best trampoline size for you and your family will depend on two primary factors: the size of your garden, and the age of your kids. The maximum weight capacity of the trampoline should also play a part in your decision.
Most trampolines have a diameter of between 2.4 – 4.2 m. 2.4 m is 8 ft, and 4.2 m is 14 ft.
Smaller trampolines, of around 2.4 m (8 ft), are suitable for children between 5 -10 years old.
3 m trampolines (10 ft) suit children and teens from around 10 – 16 years old.
Larger trampolines, with a diameter of 3.5 m + (13 ft +) are best suited to older teens and adults.
These sizes are estimations, based on the average size of children in each age group, to ensure they have enough space to jump around without being too near the edge.
Space in the Garden
Trampolines take up a lot of space – not only do you need room for the trampoline itself, but you should also to leave at least a 2-3 m parameter between the trampoline and any obstacles.
The trampoline also need to be positioned on level ground. If you have any slopes in your garden you will need to measure to see if there is enough of a flat area to accommodate it.
Measuring out the space should be done before buying a trampoline. It’s an annoying and time-consuming mistake to realise, too late, that the trampoline won’t fit!
Maximum Weight Capacity
Trampolines vary when it comes to their maximum weight capacity. This figure isn’t always directly proportional to their size either.
Whilst most large trampolines (10 – 14 ft) have a higher weight capacity than smaller trampolines (8 ft and under), this shouldn’t be presumed or taken for granted.
Checking the specific weight capacity of the trampoline that you’re looking at is the only way to know for sure.
Smaller trampolines can have as low a weight limit as 50 kg, whilst larger trampolines can go up to 150 kg.
If you want to use the trampoline yourself, or know that other adults in the family will want to use it, take your weight into account and opt for a higher weight capacity.
Also, if you suspect that more than one child may use the trampoline at a time, this needs to be factored in to which weight limit you choose.
Bear in mind that, if you have young children, they will still want to use the trampoline as they grow older. Therefore, the weight capacity that you choose (as well as the size of the trampoline) needs to reflect this.
As mentioned above, some trampolines don’t come with anchor kits included. These need to be purchased separately to ensure the trampoline is secure.
Not all trampolines come with a netted safety enclosure either, so if you want one, either buy a trampoline with an enclosure included, or make sure that you can add an enclosure to the trampoline that you purchase.
A ladder is a great option for younger kids, allowing them the independence of climbing onto the trampoline unassisted. Some trampolines come with these, whilst others require them to be purchased separately.
Finally, a protective cover can help protect the jumping mat from getting wet, as well as stop the frame getting too much exposure to the elements.
Kids' Trampoline FAQs
You can use U-shaped anchors which are a bit like large tent pegs made of solid steel. You simply place these over the flat part of the legs and hammer them into the ground. Check the pegs are secure each time, before the trampoline is used, as they can come loose over time.
The second way to secure your trampoline is using a tie-down auger system.
A standard auger kit can be bought online and contains 4 steel augers and 4 adjustable nylon straps. You screw the augers deep into the ground at four equidistant points around the trampoline. You then attach one end of each strap to the trampoline and the other end to the auger (not unlike guy ropes on a tent).
These auger-style anchor kits are very secure. They prevent the trampoline from moving as a result of repeated jumping and also protect it from being blown around and damaged by high winds.
A safety net makes a trampoline much safer and limits the risk of injuries from falling off the trampoline.
Always use a safety enclosure and check that it is closed before you or your child starts bouncing. Even when using a safety net, children should be supervised at all times.
Standard trampolines are suitable for children aged six and over. Younger children should only be allowed to play on a trampoline that is designed for younger children. These have a bar that children can hold onto while bouncing.
Trampolines are great for improving health, flexibility and coordination; however, there have been some safety concerns over their use. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents suggests adhering to the following safety precautions to keep your children safe while using trampolines.
- Never allow more than one person on the trampoline at the same time.
- Children under six years must only use trampolines designed for their age range and size.
- Always supervise children.
- No somersaults – go to a properly organised club if you want to try more complicated moves.
- Never allow the use of bouncing to exit the trampoline.
- Consider models that have safety netting as part of the design or purchase a safety cage when you buy the trampoline to reduce the risk of your child falling off.
- If your trampoline includes a ladder, be sure that this does not allow small children unsupervised access to the trampoline.