The best trampolines 2019 - according to Mumsnetters
Children love trampolines and having one in the garden can be a great way to keep them entertained for hours on end – as well as ensuring they're getting plenty of exercise. Heck, you might even want to jump on yourself and bounce away your own concerns for a few precious moments.
On the other hand, plenty of parents have concerns about safety when it comes to trampolines. That's understandable – accidents happen – but, as long as you're careful and establish rules, you can reduce the risk of bumps, bruises and worse. Here's our guide to the trampolines that Mumsnetters swear by.
Things to consider when buying a trampoline
Think long and hard before buying a trampoline. Do you think they're safe? Ask around other parents who've had them (and read our forums), listen to the conflicting views, then trust your judgement. If having one is going to make you anxious then perhaps it's simply not worth the nerves. After all, you're the one who'll be supervising them when they're on it.
If you think your child can enjoy a trampoline safely, and you will be able to relax and let them bounce away, then go for it and just be cautious. The thing you definitely need is an enclosure. No ifs, no buts – it's just not safe for kids to bounce without a secure net. Seek out one with an external closure if you've got little ones who might squeeze through the opening when your back's turned.
Before they start using the trampoline, lay some ground rules. Lots of Mumsnetters say there should be no more than one child on the trampoline at once. That's easier said than enforced, perhaps, but it's also what's recommended by most manufacturers. Tell your children to bounce sensibly – no somersaults or back-flips – and, if they do misbehave, don't be afraid of banning trampoline time if they don't take your rules seriously.
You'll want to get the biggest you can fit to allow kids to grow into it – an 8ft round one or bigger is ideal, according to Mumsnetters. Bear in mind, though, that really big ones can end up with lots of children on at one time, and that's the most common cause of accidents (as Mumsnetters quoted below explain).
Consider a rectangular or oval trampoline if your garden is on the smaller side, as they fit neatly into a corner. They are also bouncier.
If you're concerned about your lawn, and are planning to move the trampoline regularly to avoid dead patches in the grass, then consider the weight of the thing when purchasing – some of them are pretty hefty.
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“We dug our trampoline into the ground at the back corner of the garden. It has green cushions (padded edges) and you can't see it now from the house which is good. Trampolines definitely need an enclosure in my view and should be at least a couple of metres from hedges or fences.”
One option that helps with space – and safety (less distance to fall) – is to set the trampoline into the ground. You can DIY this with a hired mini-digger – but you'll need to know about retaining walls, drainage and such. Might be one for the professionals unless you're very handy.
What Mumsnetters say about trampoline safety
“I think if they have a net around them, they're pretty safe and it's great exercise but your children should obviously be careful – not trying to do flips or bounce on their head.”
“Only let one child on the trampoline at a time.”
“We got an outside trampoline with a net last year and I had the same worries. My kids love the trampoline – it is good exercise if you can't be bothered to go out with bikes, walking, or swimming – and the net has kept them in it and on it. I would set some rules though such as: one at a time; only use it under supervision; no crazy moves (you shouldn't land on the knees apparently, and clearly the head wouldn't be a great idea). Always follow the set-up instructions properly.”
“Octagon-shaped trampolines are safer than round ones, because you gravitate less to the centre and land where you take off. We have one that my son and daughter can go on together. The shape means they don't meet in the middle and avoids the risk of clashing heads, which is the main cause of low-level accidents. Ours has a safety net.”
“We have a big trampoline with a safety net. If you can limit it to one child at a time, as the manufacturers recommend, then probably it's safe enough. In practice, it's quite difficult to enforce, but I do insist there are no more than two on ours at a time and if things get a bit wild then I close it down.”
Plum Trampoline 10ft, £179.99
Plum trampolines are popular with Mumsnetters and, with this stylish 10ft model in black, you can see why. Its Springsafe enclosure separates the jumper from the springs, so you don’t have to worry about your child catching themselves on them. The frame is made from steel and galvanised inside and out for additional rust protection and a longer lifespan, while the metal top rim also adds durability. The safety padding covers the frame and springs giving protection as they get on and off the trampoline.
“For about four years now, we've owned an 8ft trampoline by Plum and it has been good. The thing I liked about the Plum one was that you can replace the parts. Over the four years, I have replaced the pad which perished (it is left out all winter, often without the cover on) and we have also replaced the net (which ripped when we moved house). But we've had no problems with it at all, and ours gets used a lot!”
“We’ve recently bought a 10ft Plum trampoline which seems great.”Buy it now from Amazon
B&Q 12ft Trampoline & Enclosure, £175
A predictably sturdy 12ft trampoline and enclosure from B&Q for children aged six years and above. The galvanised premium steel frame is strong and offers maximum durability. The enclosure net should keep bouncing children away from the frame and springs and, if you want to put it away, it can be folded for easy storage. The frame padding provides extra comfort and protection, while the bounce is smooth and consistent. It also comes with an allen wrench, instruction manual and spring loading tool, plus two year guarantee.
“We bought a cheap B&Q one (12ft) about six or seven years ago – it's still getting lots of use now and we haven't had any problems with it. The only down-side to not buying a more expensive make is that it didn't come with any accessories (you have to buy the safety net separately) but we didn't care about that.”
“We have the 10ft one from B & Q which came with the safety net. We have it on bark, so we don't have to keep moving it round the garden to avoid yellowing grass.”Buy it now
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Springfree Large Square Trampoline, £1,295
The Mumnsetters’ consensus on Springfree trampolines is that, if you can afford one, then you should get one. Nobody is going to deny that they’re pricey but neither will you hear much quibbling about their quality, so much so that you’ll probably end up enjoying it as much as your kids will. This large square trampoline has a soft bounce and its 11ft jumping surface is equivalent to that of a 14ft square trampoline with springs. So it allows you to maximise your jumping surface while saving valuable garden space. And it comes with a 10 year guarantee.
“We have a large rectangular Springfree. It’s the safest trampoline in the world. It has spring loaded rods instead of the usual metal springs. It doesn't have a central sweet spot but a more even bounce. Also you don't bounce as high so it's less dangerous.”
“We have a Springfree one. It's much better made, has a humongous weight limit and the safety net is impenetrable – even if you run at it at top speed. It's just so much better quality than all the others.”
“We have a Springfree and it is fab. I would never get anything else. We've had ours coming up three years and it is very well used (five kids, all year round) – it is still in perfect condition.”Buy it now from Spring Free
TP Toys 12 ft Genius Round Trampoline, £419.99
With its stylish black paint finish and igloo entry, this 12ft trampoline, which also comes in sizes 10 and 14ft, will look cool in any garden. It has a super safe bounce-back system to keep jumpers on the trampoline and a zip free tunnel for them to crawl through. The safety enclosure ensures the jumper cannot come into contact with the springs and the frame rail is padded to protect users from side impact. Comes with trampoline ladder and cover.
“Ours is a TP trampoline, with the surroundsafe net. It means the springs are totally enclosed by the netting bit. We stick to one child at a time, so not having the pads for one to stand on while the other jumps was a bonus.”
“I have a 14ft TP trampoline and it was a great investment. My kids are nearly five and six and have never fallen off.”Buy it now from Amazon
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Sportspower 10ft Trampoline and Enclosure from Argos, £120
Sportspower offer you this budget option from Argos. The galvanised steel frame is durable, while the safety enclosure should be easy store when you fold it. “Super strong spring and amazing bounce,” are what the manufacturer promises. Includes 305cm safety mat. This model is also available in sizes eight and 12ft. Whatever size you go for, it should be easy to assemble, disassemble and take with you if you move, as one of the Mumsnetters below explains…
“We have an Argos 10ft one with safety net and it's been fab. I got it about 18 months. Don't know how different one would be, but for us the Argos trampoline is great.”
“We also have the 10ft one from Argos. We’ve had it six months and no problems. In fact, we just moved house and it came apart and went together quite easily too.”Buy it now
Supertramp 12ft Trampoline, from £199
Get past the name and Supertramp are a first class trampoline manufacturer. The zinc-plated hook springs make for a great bounce and, along with the frame’s protective coating, show this one's built to last. Safety? The enclosure is fastened at the top and middle by elasticated loops with the bottom of the net secured to the trampoline bed, so your kids can’t reach the springs. The high quality frame pad and extra thick pole foam covers add to the sense that this is an ultra-sturdy option.
“We've had a 12ft Supertramp one for about five years. It has been great. My two are on it a lot, and I've been on it many, many times. I would recommend.”
“Agree that Supertramp are great. We tried out several and settled on a 14ft Supertramp. Well worth the money.”Buy it now
Jumpking 14ft Trampoline with Enclosure, £477
Jumpking are the biggest trampoline manufacturer in the world, with more sales than any other brand. But what do Mumsnetters think? Pretty good, and you can see why with this swish product that takes a fraction of the time to assemble than some other models do. On top of this, Eurospring’s over and under configuration reduces stress on the frame, increasing durability and optimising the jumping performance. Comes with 10 year guarantee on the frame and five year guarantee on the bed and springs.
“We have a 14ft round JumpKing one with the net that is sewn in all around the bottom. I got it a year ago for my two-year-old (and me!) and it's fab. It has been in the garden all year with no cover and looks as good as new still. Has a great bounce and is really safe as there is no way the kids can fall out or get caught in the springs. My son absolutely loves it.”
“Jumpking – just about the best you can get.”Buy it now from Amazon