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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 exercise. Read on as we reveal the best trampolines to buy in 2021, as recommended by parents.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 8, 2021

Child on trampoline

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

So if you're after a trampoline that'll last for years to come (and not prove too much of an eyesore for neighbours), you've come to the right place.

We 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 in addition to brand scores from reputable review sites such as Which?.

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.

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

Here are the best trampolines for kids to buy this year.

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

Price: £571.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“We went for the 10ft in the end and are very happy with the size for our three-year-old. It's early days, but it seems like a hit.”

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.

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
  • Different aged children

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 305cm x 305cm x 256cm

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

Sportspower 10ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline

Price: £160 | Buy now from Argos

“We have a Sportspower 10ft trampoline with a safety net and it's been fab."

“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.”

This sturdy outdoor trampoline from Sportspower is for children aged six and above.

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.

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 trampoline

Price: £142.95 | Buy now from Amazon

“For about four years now, we've owned a 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!”

Plum trampolines are popular with Mumsnet users and, with this blue and yellow Minions model, you can see why.

Its enclosure adds an additional layer of safety, which is ideal for children needing that extra bit of reassurance. The frame is made from galvanised steel for a longer lifespan and protection against rust, while the weather-proof coating increases increase durability.

The weather-resistant safety padding also covers the frame and springs, giving protection as children get on and off the trampoline.

It even makes eight different Minions noises through a hidden battery powered sound box as they jump, which should encourage any reluctant first-time bouncers.

Great for

  • Kids needing a confidence boost
  • Small gardens

Need to know

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

4. Best trampoline for larger spaces: Jumpking ZorbPOD Trampoline

Jumpking ZorbPOD Trampoline

Price: £499 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have a Jumpking trampoline with a net that is sewn in all around the bottom. I got it a year ago for my son (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.”

Jumpking is the biggest trampoline manufacturer in the world and the brand is rated very highly by Mumsnet users.

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.

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

  • Bounce
  • Large gardens

Need to know

  • Age: 6+
  • Size: 320cm x 365cm

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

Springfree trampoline

Price: £1,445 | Buy now from Springfree

“We have a large rectangular Springfree. It has spring-loaded rods instead of the usual metal springs, and 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 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's still in perfect condition.”

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 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. Plus, it comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Great for

  • Active jumpers
  • Those with a large budget

Need to know

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

Price: £1,445

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

Chad Valley trampoline

Price: £90 | Buy now from Argos

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

For slightly younger children just starting out, the Chad Valley 6ft Trampoline is a brilliant choice.

With a tough bounce mat, weather-resistant padding and a steel enclosure top ring for added safety, this compact trampoline will work well in smaller outdoor spaces – and it won't break the bank either.

Great for

  • Younger children
  • Those on a budget

Need to know

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

7. Best in-ground trampoline for kids: Evostar 14ft In-Ground Trampoline

Evostar trampoline

Price: £329.95 | Buy now from All Round Fun

“We've had an in-ground trampoline for years."

If you're after a trampoline that sits almost at ground level so as to not compromise on space or garden aesthethics, look no further than the Evostar 14ft 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
  • Size: 426 × 23cm

Price: £329.95

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

Chad Valley 3ft Indoor Kids Trampoline

Price: £71.95 | Buy now from Amazon

“This trampoline is great. My niece has one.”

If you don't have a garden and need a trampoline that's lightweight and compact, the Chad Valley 3ft Indoor Kids Trampoline may be just the ticket.

With a Stretch-Tech material that distributes weight evenly, the Chad Valley will encourage active play and keep kids entertained for hours indoors. It also has padded edges for safer bouncing.

Great for

  • Young children
  • Flats or small houses

Need to know

  • Age: 3+
  • Size: 85 × 87 × 87cm

9. Best 8ft trampoline for kids: Kanga 8ft Premium Trampoline

Kanga trampoline

Price: £179.99 | Buy now from Amazon

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. It has a sturdy safety net, covered springs and it comes with a ladder and anchor pack.

It’s easy to put together with the help of a YouTube video, and is available through Amazon so you could go from click to first bounce in a couple of days. A great price for a trampoline that should fit into most outdoor spaces.

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.

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'uns.

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.

“My kids love the trampoline. It's good exercise if you can't be bothered to go out with bikes, walking or swimming – and the safety net has kept them on it. I would set some rules though such as: one at a time, only use it under supervision and no crazy moves. Always follow the set-up instructions properly.”

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 – though 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.

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 thing 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.

“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.”

How much should I spend on a trampoline?

Trampolines range in price from approximately £30 to over £1,000, but you can get a very decent one of a good size for around the £200 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.

What is the best brand of trampoline to buy?

Parents and experts alike rate brands like 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.

How we chose our recommendations

We’re lucky to have a wealth of experience at our fingertips in the form of the millions of Mumsnetters who have bought products and services and can give first-hand feedback, so we headed straight for our forums to find out which trampolines Mumsnetters had bought and would recommend and any that they had doubts about.

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.

A trampoline is a big investment but also one with which safety is paramount, so we also consulted safety organisations about what to look for.

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

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