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.
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.
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 can feel like a full-time job!
A trampoline will 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 for kids but you’re not sure where to start, the following tips will help you make the right decision:
Besides the fact that trampolines are extremely good fun, there are other excellent benefits to using them at home.
Having a trampoline in the garden makes it extremely convenient to use. As a result, you’ll be surprised how often you and the kids end up outside on it. When they 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 low impact cardio workout, 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.
- You should also ideally look to purchase a trampoline with a tall safety enclosure.
- The importance of using an anchor kit with your trampoline should not be overlooked. There are two main types of anchor kit: 1) Kits contain U-shaped hooks that go over the trampoline’s stand and push into the ground, securing it in place. 2) Kits contain auger anchors and straps which push into the ground and attach to the frame of the trampoline. Whichever you choose, it’s extremely important to use anchors.
- Four-legged trampolines are a lot more stable than those with three legs, and you should ensure you assemble and maintain your trampoline according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Buying a cover can prevent damage to the frame being caused by the weather.
Ensure your trampoline meets all European safety standards and I highly recommend spending little more on a better quality model.
The appropriate size will depend on the age of your kids.
Most kids’ trampolines have a diameter of between 1.5 and 4 m. The smallest trampolines are best for toddlers and children under 5 years old.
4 m trampolines are best suited to kids over 10 and adults.
Remember that even small trampolines can take up a lot of space, so ensure that it’ll fit in your garden before you commit to the purchase. Nothing worse than the disappointment on the children’s faces when a new item arrives and you have to say they can’t use it!
I’ve already mentioned purchasing a trampoline with a safety enclosure and anchor kit, but there are a range of other accessories to choose from.
A ladder is a great option for younger kids, allowing them the independence of climbing onto the trampoline unassisted.
A nifty mesh storage net offers the perfect place to put shoes while your kids bounce!
I highly recommend purchasing a protective cover; if the frame is exposed to the elements it is more likely to deteriorate which can ultimately be very dangerous.
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More Detailed Trampoline Reviews
Ultrasport Garden Trampoline With Safety Enclosure Review
This Ultrasport Garden Trampoline also comes with a safety net enclosure but does not include a ladder or anchor kit. However, the frame is a little lower than many products of this size meaning that little ones can often get on and off without needing a ladder.
The frame and springs are made from galvanized steel for durability and all seem well made and sturdy. The jumping mat itself is made of polypropylene and has a protective UV-resistant coating. As a result, you can be sure it won’t degrade from too much sun exposure.
A lot of the construction is well padded: the frame, springs and net poles are all cushioned to avoid bumps. The net enclosure is accessed with a zipper opening to keep children safe inside while bouncing.
The trampoline took around 2 hours to assemble with two people and only required the tools provided in the kit. It is suitable for children and adults and has a maximum load capacity of 100 kg. The total height is 200 cm.
I would recommend purchasing an anchor set for extra stability.
This is a safe trampoline that is nice and bouncy and has been built to last. It is one of the best trampolines for adults and children and offers good value for money. The reason it misses the top spot is because it doesn’t come with an anchor.
We R Sports Trampoline With Safety Enclosure And Ladder Review
This We R Sports Trampoline comes with a netted enclosure, ladder and rain cover. It is sturdily constructed, and the springs and legs are galvanized. It has a maximum load weight of 150 kg making it ideal for all the family.
The trampoline meets all European safety standards so you can use it with confidence.
Once again, everything is well padded and protected from the elements with a UV-resistant cover.
The ladder is well constructed and makes it easy for small children to get on and off.
This was one of the more difficult products to construct and took quite a while to put together. However, once built it seemed sturdy and robust. The rain cover is handy; however, you have to remove the safety enclosure to fit it, so it’s not always the quickest of tasks.
I would also recommend purchasing an anchor kit for extra stability.
This is a robust and sturdy trampoline with great bounce. It can cope with a higher maximum weight than some similar sized products making it one of the best trampolines for all the family!
Plum Kids Magnitude Trampoline With Safety Enclosure Review
The innovative curved ‘cauldron-shape’ design of this Plum Kids Magnitude Trampoline keeps bouncers away from the springs and net poles without losing out on bouncing space.
The frame is made from galvanised steel for increased strength and durability. It also features 60 high-quality zinc-coated springs and a durable, super bouncy jumping area.
The springs and frame are well protected by thick padding covered in weather-resistant plastic.
In terms of assembly, it was also really straightforward to put together. However, like others on this list, this trampoline doesn’t come with an anchor kit and I would recommend purchasing one for extra stability.
This is a really good quality trampoline that is nice and bouncy and actually looks pretty cool in the garden.
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 each time you use the trampoline 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.
These auger-style anchor kits are the most effective way to steady a trampoline. They will prevent it from moving as a result of repeated jumping as well as protecting it from being blown around and damaged by high winds.
You should never use a trampoline without a safety net as falls can cause quite serious injuries such as broken bones and back and head injuries.
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.