What You Need To Know Before Buying A Trampoline
The subject of trampolines can make for a controversial topic of conversation—especially after independent, non-biased agency CHOICE® tested 8 of the most popular trampolines on the market, with pretty frightening results. They concluded that all but one of the models had serious safety failures, so despite them being a great way of exercising, playing and blowing off some much-needed steam, a lot of families are reluctant to get a trampoline in their back garden.
Here’s what you need to know before buying one.
Space Is Important
Of course, the size of the trampoline you get is going to depend on how much space you have. Springfree recommends laying out your garden hose in the shape and measurements of the trampoline so you can get a visual idea of how much room it’s going to take up. If your children are still growing, it’s probably worth getting the largest size trampoline that your backyard can accommodate.
Choice recommends that trampolines should be placed on a level surface that's free of hazards such as furniture, and the area around the trampoline should be covered in soft, impact-absorbing material like rubber mats, lawn, pine bark, wood chips or sand are good. Having a direct concrete or paved surface poses a much greater risk of injury if a child falls.
Springfree offers free yard assessments, so if you're concerned about slopes in your yard, how much space you have (or don’t have!) or how much clearance around the trampoline you need, their yard assessment service is way more than just a tape measurement and is super handy in making your decision.
‘Cause when you’re making a big purchase like a trampoline, you want to make sure you’re covered if something breaks! The warranty for Springfree trampolines is what really sets them apart on the market; it covers every component for a full 10 years, which is a real rarity in the industry as a lot of other trampolines have reduced warranty periods on many of the trampoline components.
Safety Is Everything
As we mentioned, in Choice’s survey of 8 popular trampoline models, only one was found to meet with safety standards. This was the Springfree Trampoline Medium Round, which received a performance score of 100% and an ease-of-use score of 76%. You can try them out at their showrooms in Gladesville, Sydney or Oakleigh South, Victoria—or keep an eye on their website for pop-up events that they regularly host at different locations.
They're Not Just For Kids
As well as being an excellent way to keep kids occupied for hours on end, trampolines are also a great way for adults to get more exercise. According to Springfree, they can be used to reduce stress and you can turn it into an outdoor activity for the whole family—so why not set family challenges to find out who can do the most jumps in a minute or who can do the most seat drops?!
A trampoline can be a great way to engage the entire family in spending some time outdoors in the backyard, and they’re such a good way to increase fitness—as well as being low-impact, detoxifying, great for the cardiovascular system and an excellent pick for gymnasts!
Set Up Is A Breeze
Want a trampoline you can set up in your backyard with a friend? Springfree is for you! Their installation guide manuals offer a fuss-free approach to get your family bouncing in no time.
Great For Kids With Disabilities
Thanks to their spring-free design, Springfree trampolines are an excellent choice for the sensory-sensitive, and completely safe in order to provide a secure environment and peace of mind for parents. The brand has been welcomed by autism, cystic fibrosis and Downs syndrome communities as a fun and safe way that children can exercise and receive therapy.
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Apr 17 2019
Have never owned a Trampoline but have heard they are awesome and the whole family gets involved being active and being outdoors