Congratulations! You are ready to take the next step – buying a trampoline! I’ve seen many trampolines and reviewed many of them in my time. So before you invest your hard earned money in a trampoline, here are a few guidelines to follow to make a good purchase.
#1. Do I need a round or square trampoline?
A good question.
Square or rectangle trampolines give the best bounce. But it comes at a cost. Namely, it will not re-center the jumper after each bounce. That is why they are used in gymnastics or cheerleading.
For just “jumping around” for fun, I recommend a circular trampoline. They will re-center the jumper. They also have a gentler bounce with softer landings. Plus circular trampolines let you jump in a fun pattern!
#2. What are important parts of a trampoline?
When buying a trampoline after reading trampoline reviews, you will find there are three important pieces. The frame, the mat, and the springs.
The frame should be sturdy and thick. This means the trampoline will last longer and be safer.
The mat should be Grade A Permatron. This means it will resist damage better. It should also use V rings to attach to the springs, and be UV resistant.
Finally the springs are important. Long springs are best – they provide good lift. As important as length though, is the term resiliency. Resiliency is a measure of how well will the spring return to tightness. High resiliency springs are the best.
#3. Do I need a safety net.
If this is your children’s first trampoline – Yes.
Safety enclosures have been found to reduce the number of accidents in beginners. Do not skimp here.