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9 best trampolines for kids

Children love trampolines and having one in the garden can be a great way to keep them entertained – as well as ensuring they get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Read on as we reveal the best trampolines to buy in 2022, as recommended by parents.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jun 27, 2022

Child on trampoline

Quite possibly one of the best outdoor toys you can buy, a trampoline is a reliable option for families with some sort of outdoor space, whether you have a small patio or a large sprawling garden.

If you’re on the fence as to whether to invest in a trampoline, here are a few benefits to consider: 

  • increases cardiovascular fitness 
  • enhances coordination and gross motor skills
  • improves balance 
  • boosts mood 
  • offers a fun way to use up energy 
  • strengthens muscles and improves bone density 

In fact, bouncing on a trampoline has so many benefits for children that studies show it’s one of the most frequently recommended sensory-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.

So if you're after a trampoline for your kids that'll last for years to come (and not prove too much of an eyesore for neighbours), you've come to the right place. To get you started, we’ve investigated the best models on the market, taking special note of the trampolines our trusted community of Mumsnet users rave about, especially those that have additional safety features. 

From trusted brands like Plum to JumpKing, Springfree and TP Toys, you’ll find the very best trampolines for kids in our roundup. 

How we chose our recommendations

Opinions from real Mumsnet users 

We’re lucky to have a wealth of experience at our fingertips from  millions of Mumsnetters who have bought products and services and share their first-hand feedback. We headed straight for our forums to find out which trampolines Mumsnetters had bought and would recommend and any that they had doubts about.

Honest consumer reviews 

Next, we trawled through pages of reviews sites to see which brands had won awards and accolades and we also scoured consumer websites to find out their thoughts, taking special note of trampoline features such as sturdiness, durability, ease of use and safety features such as protective netting, pads and poles.

We also spent time researching the best trampolines on the UK market, enlisting the help of parents on the Mumsnet forums as well as consulting online bestseller lists and brand scores from reputable review sites such as Which?.

Expert guidance 

A trampoline is a big investment but also one with which safety is paramount, so we also reviewed the latest safety guidelines, as laid out by experts from organisations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), to make sure that every product we were recommending met or exceeded European safety regulations.

We collated all this information to draw up a longlist of products and then whittled it down to our top nine – not only the most popular, but a selection that we think offers something to parents  with children of all ages, and gardens of all shapes and sizes.

So whether you're after an in-ground trampoline or one fit for gymnasts in the making, the verdict is in.

Here are the 9 best trampolines to buy for kids in 2022.

What are the best trampoline for kids?  

  1. Best overall trampoline for kids: TP Genius 10ft Round Trampoline
  2. Best budget trampoline for kids: Sportspower 8ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline
  3. Best trampoline for small spaces: Plum Minions 4.5ft Trampoline With Enclosure
  4. Best trampoline for larger spaces: JumpKing ZorbPOD 14ft Trampoline
  5. Best luxury trampoline for kids: Springfree Large Square Trampoline

1. Best overall trampoline for kids: TP Genius 10ft Round Trampoline

TP Genius

Price: £450  | Buy now from Amazon

“Our 10 ft trampoline has been a godsend particularly over lockdown. The kids love it. We have considered changing it for an 8 ft which would fit better in our garden, but if space wasn't an issue we would definitely keep the 10 ft.” RebeccaCloud9

This all-rounder is ideal for children of different ages, so you won’t need to replace it as they grow, and teens will be able to use it just as well as pre-schoolers.

At 10ft, it’s a generous size, but provided you have a reasonably sized garden, it won't take over. We like the non-zip opening as younger children sometimes find a zip tricky. Instead, trampoliners enter through an igloo-like tunnel.

The trampoline also has lots of great safety features, including padding on the top bar in case of high, side-impact bumps, and the springs are completely enclosed. We also like that it’s designed with a secure bounce-back system to keep jumpers safely planted on the trampoline.

It’s also tested to guarantee it’s good for more than a million jumps so you should get years of use from it.

Great for

  • Longevity
  • Children of all ages

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 305cm x 305cm x 256cm
  • Also available in 12ft and 14ft

2. Best value trampoline for kids: Sportspower 10ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline

Sportpower

Price: £140 | Buy now from Argos

“We have the 8ft sports power one from Argos. It was great during lockdown. My children range from teenagers down to pre-school age and sometimes three younger ones go on together, it holds up to 100kg in weight so if you take care of it, it should last a while.” Imsayingnothing

This sturdy outdoor trampoline from Sportspower is worthy of its title as most reviewers agree that it’s great value for money. This large model is for children aged six and above, making it a versatile choice for families with older children.

While it does take a while to assemble (approximately two hours), the trampoline's galvanised premium steel frame has a rust-resistant finish, offering maximum durability for long-lasting use. The steel poles are also simple to secure and lock in place with straightforward knobs that rotate and close. A great safety feature is the additional clip that closes over the zip to ensure it stays tightly closed while your kids are bouncing.

As well as strong springs for optimum bouncing, the Sportspower also boasts an enclosure, which can later be used as a cover to protect the trampoline when its safely folded away.

This model is also available in different sizes (8ft, 12ft and 14ft) and comes with a 305cm safety mat.

Great for

  • Those on a tighter budget
  • Big gardens

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 250 × 305 × 305cm

3. Best trampoline for small spaces: Plum Minions 4.5ft Trampoline With Enclosure

Plum Minions

Price: £140 | Buy now from Amazon

“We’ve had a plum trampoline for maybe 8 years and it’s still in great condition, we’ve replaced the net and the pad around the springs as they were looking worn and were torn in places but the bed of the trampoline and the springs are perfect.” Yubaba

Plum trampolines are popular with Mumsnet users and, with this fun blue and yellow Minions-themed model (ideal for younger children) you can see why.

Firstly, it’s sure to keep your kids entertained for hours thanks to the cute design and eight different Minion sounds that are emitted through a hidden battery powered sound box as they jump on the mat. This is sure to encourage any reluctant first-time bouncers to just give it a try.

The lower height frame makes it easy to get on and off the trampoline and this model’s enclosure adds an additional layer of safety, which is ideal for little ones needing that extra bit of reassurance. The weather-resistant safety pad covers the frame and spring and we like that it’s extra wide and more robust than other models. The frame itself is made from galvanised steel for a longer lifespan and protection against rust, while the weather-proof coating increases durability.

Another bonus feature is the model’s tall, simplistic design which will work well in any small garden or outdoor space. If you’re using this trampoline on a hard surface, be sure to use a soft, cushioning floor mat underneath. 

Great for

  • Younger children
  • First-time bouncers
  • Small gardens

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 180 × 140 × 140cm

4. Best trampoline for larger spaces: JumpKing ZorbPOD 14ft Trampoline

Jumpking

Price: £700 | Buy now from QD Stores

“I've got a large one and two boys - they were 6 and 7 when I bought it and they're now 10 and 11. It was expensive but it has been absolutely money well spent - they are out there all the time, even in the near darkness/rain. They play football on it these days (not sure what the game is but I think they take turns being goalie or something). They are now old enough to go to the nearby park to play footie but for a few years, the trampoline in the garden was their favourite way to play together…” hereiamonmnagain

JumpKing is the biggest trampoline manufacturer in the world and the brand is rated very highly by Mumsnet users for being safe, reliable and robust.

This 14ft ZorbPOD is one of their more innovative designs with an enclosure that's higher than most standard trampolines, giving bouncers the feeling of being inside a giant globe. It also offers 40% more bouncing area within the trampoline, compared to smaller models. 

We like the curved zip opening which makes it easier to get in and out and the poles curve out a little which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to save on space, but the aim of this design is to provide safety and stability on any ground surface. 

A statement piece that takes a fraction of the time to assemble than other trampolines such as the Sportspower 10ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline, the JumpKing also comes with a 10-year guarantee on the frame and a five-year guarantee on the bed and springs.

Great for

  • Older children who need more space on a trampoline 
  • Larger gardens

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 320cm x 365cm

5. Best luxury trampoline for kids: Springfree Large Square Trampoline

Springfree trampoline

Price: £1,450 | Buy now from Springfree

“We have a Springfree and it was our first trampoline. It’s definitely been worth paying extra for.” Molly357 

“My neighbours have one and they rave about it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one myself.” Poppins2016 

“Springfree trampolines are absolutely amazing. We had ours for 12 years, and it just kept trucking.” mbosnz

The Mumnset consensus on Springfree trampolines? If you can afford one, get one. While nobody is denying the hefty price tag, you won't hear any quibbling about quality either – so much so that you’ll probably end up enjoying this trampoline as much as your kids.

Springfree's Large Square Trampoline is made according to the highest safety standards, which we’ve highlighted in the buyer’s guide, and it offers a soft bounce. Its 11ft jumping surface is equivalent to that of a 14ft square trampoline with springs, allowing your child to maximise his/her jumping surface while saving you valuable garden space. Plus, it comes with a 10-year guarantee. The only downside? Accessories like the ground cover, anchor kit and ladder are sold separately. 

Great for

  • Active jumpers
  • Those looking for a low impact bounce (thanks to the deep, soft bounce of the trampoline)
  • Those with a decent budget looking to invest in a great quality trampoline

Need to know

  • Age: Not stated
  • Size: 280 × 335 × 335cm 

6. Best trampoline for younger children: Chad Valley 6ft Trampoline with enclosure

Chad Valley 6 ft

Price: £100 | Buy now from Argos

“6ft is a great size for little ones. They can climb on and off themselves, the bounce isn’t too massive so they don’t go too high and it’s pretty difficult to get more than one on at a time so easy to enforce the rules when others come over.” LooksLikeImStuckHere

For slightly younger children just starting out, the Chad Valley 6ft Trampoline is a brilliant choice as it offers a safe, gentle introduction to bouncing and moving about on a trampoline.

With a tough bounce mat, weather-resistant padding and a steel enclosure top ring for added safety, plus a sturdy frame that sits low to the ground, this compact trampoline can be moved around easily, works well in smaller outdoor spaces, and it won't break the bank either. 

Another bonus is that the springs with the cover sit outside the enclosure and the zip has an additional safety clip, further minimising the risk of accidents. 

Great for

  • Younger children
  • Those on a budget
  • Those with smaller garden spaces 

Need to know

  • Age: 3+
  • Size: 195 × 183 × 183cm

7. Best in-ground trampoline for kids: Evostar 12ft In-Ground Trampoline

evostar

Price: £297 | Buy now from All Round Fun 

“I have a sunken one and it's great. 3 kids under 5, and it's easy for them to walk on and off it, no chance of falling off (it's still netted though). Impossible to blow away in high winds, doesn't bother neighbours with privacy issues etc.” Tessaraqt

If you're after a trampoline that sits almost at ground level so as to not compromise on space or garden aesthetics, look no further than the Evostar In-Ground Trampoline.

Seamlessly blending into a garden of any size, the Evostar has UV-treated padding that overlaps its jumping mat (made of heavy-duty mesh), providing extra safety for jumpers.

While it may not have an enclosure as seen on above-ground trampolines, this in-ground solution is ideal for open play for children aged six and above.

Great for

  • Those who want a trampoline that'll blend in well with the design of their garden
  • Older children

Need to know

  • Age: Not stated
  • Sizes: 12ft, 14ft

8. Best indoor trampoline for kids: Chad Valley 3ft Indoor Kids Trampoline

Chad Valley 3ft Indoor Kids Trampoline

Price: £45 | Buy now from Argos

If you don't have a garden and need a trampoline that's lightweight and compact so your little one can burn off energy in a fun, safe way then the Chad Valley 3ft Indoor Kids Trampoline may be just what you’re looking for.

With a Stretch-Tech material that distributes weight evenly, the Chad Valley will encourage active play and keep your child entertained for hours indoors. It also has padded edges for safer bouncing and a sturdy support bar with additional foam padding to encourage better balance and coordination whilst bouncing. At only 4.3 kilograms, this trampoline is light enough to carry for use indoors or outdoors. 

Great for

  • Young children
  • Flats or small houses
  • Those who don’t have time to assemble large trampolines 

Need to know

  • Age: 3+
  • Size: 85 × 87 × 87cm

9. Best 8ft trampoline for kids: Kanga 8ft Hi-Power Trampoline

Kanga

Price: £210 | Buy now from Trampoline Warehouse

8ft trampolines are the most popular size. They’re not so big they take over a small garden, but they still offer enough space for a decent bounce. This model from Kanga gives children all they need for a fun, safe bouncing experience. It has a sturdy, UV-resistant safety net, covered springs and comes with a ladder and anchor pack at no extra cost.

Although it's fairly easy to put together with the help of a YouTube video, it does take some time (around three hours). However, compared to other models, it’s a great price for a trampoline that should fit into most outdoor spaces. Another bonus is that it’s solid enough for adults to bounce too. 

Great for

  • Big and small gardens
  • Independent bouncing

Need to know

  • Age: 3+
  • Size: 202 × 202 × 165cm

Trampoline safety – what you need to know

Trampolining can be an exhilarating activity for children, but safety should always be the number one priority regardless of the type of trampoline you choose.

RoSPA states that garden trampolining isn't suitable for children under the age of six as they are not sufficiently developed to control their bouncing. They also advise that children using a trampoline be supervised by an adult at all times.

So while many of the outdoor trampolines we've recommended have a three-or-over age range, we'd recommend that you follow safety guidelines as set out by experts.

Rebounders are a good option to use indoors with older children, but indoor trampolines with a safety bar will be suitable for little ones. .

Common outdoor trampoline injuries include sprains or fractures caused by awkward landings, many of which occur when two or more people are using the trampoline at the same time (it should always be one at a time).

As such, it's important for parents to lay down some ground rules. Tell your children to bounce sensibly – no somersaults or back-flips – and, if they do misbehave, don't be afraid to ban trampoline time if they don't take your rules seriously.

Not all parents enforce this, but children are much safer bouncing alone. Having more than one child is not only more likely to end in the odd bumped heads incident, but children of different weights bouncing at the same time can cause injuries too. Most trampoline accidents happen on the trampoline rather than through falling off.

When it comes to buying a safe trampoline, look for models with safety pads that cover the springs and frame, or enclosures (ie netting) that should prevent children from bouncing off the trampoline.

Outdoor trampolines should be placed on a soft lawn or similarly cushioned surface with a safe zone of 2.5 metres. If you do place the trampoline on a harder surface, such as concrete, always use a safety mat.

If you aren’t buying a trampoline that's sunk into the ground, you want to look for one with surrounding nets that will prevent your child bouncing off it. You’ll also need anchors to keep the trampoline steady.

All trampolines should comply with European safety standard EN71-14:2014.

How do I pick the best trampoline?

Before you begin, you need to know where you’re going to put your trampoline. Then you can start to consider the shape, style and size.

Measure your back garden to find out how much space you have to play with and opt for a part of the garden that's clear of slopes and branches.

Look for materials and components that look like they’ll last. It’s also well worth paying a little extra for decent padding on the frame and covering the springs. Accidents do happen, but a bit of padding goes a long way.

Brands that offer access to easy replacement parts are also a good bet. You’re likely to have the trampoline for a few years so being able to easily replace the nets if they get mouldy, or the padding if any of it splits, is a good plan. That way you won’t have to shell out for an entirely new trampoline.

What is the best size trampoline to buy?

What size trampoline you buy will ultimately depend on how much space you have, but ideally, you'll want to get the biggest trampoline you can to allow your children to grow into it (a 10ft or 12ft trampoline is a good choice in this sense). Although you might not want the entire garden taken over.

An 8ft trampoline is ideal according to parents on Mumsnet. It’s also the most popular size to go for. As one Mumsnetter says, “We have an 8ft trampoline and I think it’s big enough. I wouldn't want it bigger in our garden.” 

What is the best shape for a trampoline?

Consider a rectangular or oval trampoline if your garden is on the smaller side, as they fit neatly into a corner. Rectangular trampolines also tend to be bouncier and give you a bit more control in the bounce too.

Round trampolines are the most common, however, and offer a light bounce, while octagonal ones are a bit more interesting and give a good vertical bounce.

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 model  when purchasing – some of them are pretty hefty.

Should I buy an in-ground or above-ground trampoline?

When it comes to space, aesthetics (no spoiled view) and safety (less distance to fall), in-ground trampolines are a popular option.

You should be able to set the trampoline into the ground yourself by digging a big hole, but you'll need to know about retaining walls, drainage and such. Might be one for the professionals unless you're very handy.

Above-ground trampolines are easier to assemble, but larger ones could take up most of your garden and potentially irritate the neighbours.

As this Mumsnetter explains, “I have a sunken trampoline and it's great. 3 kids under 5, and it's easy for them to walk on and off it, no chance of falling off (it's still netted though). Impossible to blow away in high winds, doesn't bother neighbours with privacy issues etc. It's great.” 

Can trampolines be left out in winter?

Most trampolines are robust enough to be left outdoors, however, as with any outdoor accessories like patio furniture and tables, it’s best to cover them with a sturdy weatherproof cover – to offer protection against rain, frost, and snow. (The size of the cover will depend on the size of your trampoline. It’s also worth checking whether the trampoline you purchase comes with a cover).

If your trampoline feels particularly light, it’s a good idea to anchor it into the ground using an anchor kit. This will reduce the risk of it flying through the air and into your neighbour’s garden should there be a storm.

A sure-fire way to protect your trampoline from the elements in winter is to dissemble it and store it away in a garage or shed. Although this could be cumbersome, it’ll go a long way towards ensuring your trampoline stays in tip-top condition for longer. 

How much should I spend on a trampoline?

Trampolines range in price from approximately £30 to over £1,000 but you can get a decent one of a good size for around the £250 mark.

As with anything, the most expensive product won't necessarily be the best, so consider your budget as well as how much outdoor space you have before you buy.

The bigger you go, the more expensive, generally. It’s definitely worth buying a trusted brand here, like any of the trampolines we’ve featured. Now is not the moment to be scouring the middle of Lidl for a bargain.

Which trampoline brands stand out?  

Parents and experts alike rate brands like Springfree, Plum, Jumpking, Sportspower and TP very highly, however most of their products can be pricey.

More budget-friendly (but still good) brands include the likes of Chad Valley, which is typically stocked by Argos.

What is the best trampoline on the market?

Based on extensive research and after considering countless reviews from real parents who have personally used the product, we believe that the best overall trampoline for kids is the TP Genius 10ft Round Trampoline. Despite its competitive price point, this model is made from good-quality materials and gets a thumbs up for its numerous safety features including a non-zip opening that closes securely, additional padding on the top bar and enclosed springs.

It's also a decent size, not too big or small and is suited to most children above age 6. 

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