We all need to let off steam sometimes and on those days a bounce on a good trampoline can’t be beaten! When looking for the best kids trampoline for your garden there’s quite a few things to consider so you’ll want to bear in mind a few things:
- how much space you have and whether you’ll want or need to move the trampoline
- the age of your kids and also how many you have
- whether you want a safety net or not
- your budget
Now thankfully that last one isn’t such a huge issue any more and many of the items I’m looking at in this trampoline review are really reasonable. Obviously the bigger the trampoline you get the more expensive it will go! Price doesn’t always equate with good quality trampolines and there are certainly some great items out there on a budget.
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Finding the best kids trampoline
What is the best size trampoline?
Of course the answer to this depends on a few variables, not least what I mentioned above. If you have a toddler then getting a huge 14ft monster in your garden might not be the best plan of action! Similarly, if you’ve older children then a small 4ft trampoline that is suitable indoors and out might not give the best value for money as they grow.
as a guide the following sizes are:
toddler size – self explanatory!!
smaller than 8ft – these sizes might have limited room for long term value, but again check the specs to see what ages and weights they’re suitable for. Some very small trampolines are also good to bring indoors.
8ft – good for younger children and small gardens. Check weight limits if you’re hoping it will last until teenage years.
10ft – good for older children but still a reasonable size for smaller gardens. A good size to get if you have a small garden but want a long lasting trampoline to get the best value.
12ft – is good if your garden is a little larger and again can be a good long term investment as it will be suitable even when teens.
14ft and larger – depends on the size of your garden!
Oval trampolines – also worth considering if you have a long narrow space, although they tend to be slightly more expensive.
What’s the safest trampoline?
All trampolines should conform to basic safety standards and if you buy new you should have no issues with buying a safe trampoline. Of course there are risks with any of these outdoor toys, but thankfully there are ways to make them safer.
The risk of falling off can be mitigated by the purchase of a safety net for the outside. Often these will come as part of product, but if it’s not consider getting one as they are an inexpensive way to ensure peace of mind.
Make sure that the springs are covered by a pad so that no injuries occur from those. One of the best trampolines for safety is said to be the spring free ones like this one. If your budget will allow, that could certainly put to ease some worries in your mind!
It’s also worth making sure you have some rules in place for playing on the trampoline too – having more than one child on at a time might be feel ok on larger trampolines, but it’s not so good on smaller ones and of course on any size it can increase the risk of injury.
When looking for a safe trampoline check out the reviews and buy from reputable brands. It’s tempting to buy second hand, especially if you’re on a budget so if you do that again stick to well known brands and of course make sure that all pieces are there!
Best 10ft trampoline
10ft is the size that is often thought of as the best garden trampoline size. It’s great for a variety of gardens and should suit kids right through to being a teen. It’s also not so big that it makes the price shoot up! These are my favourite trampolines in this bracket but bear in mind they also make them in different sizes too so click on any of the links to see the range.
The first contender for the best trampoline for kids, and my top choice is the Kanga Premium trampoline (see my more in depth review of it here).
It’s a really reasonable cost and it’s available in different sizes – 6ft, 8ft, 10ft and 12ft.
What makes this one a bit more value for money than the Ultrasport I mention below is that it not only comes with a safety net, but also comes with the ground anchors, the ladder AND a cover for winter. This means that it really does come with everything you’ll likely need.
All of these trampolines are great options and come from good companies, but this one is my favourite due to the fact you get the extra accessories included as standard.
Another great option with fantastic reviews is the Zero Gravity Ultima 4 Trampoline which is a really high quality brand, with high safety specs.
What I really like about these trampolines is the safety net that it has which is quite unique. If you’re at all worried about your kids using it while you’re not around and you’ve set the rule that you always use it with the net you can take the net down really quickly when it’s not being used. This is not only good in that sense, but also if it’s really windy it can be taken down easily which makes sure it’s not damaged in bad weather. Especially good when you spend a lot of money on it.
The Zero Gravity trampolines are available in 6ft, 8ft, 10ft, 12ft and 14ft sizes and they also come with a ladder.
My last choice for a big garden trampoline is the Ultrasport Children’s trampoline Uni-Jump:
It’s a reasonable price and you get a lot for your money I feel. It’s also a well established brand and the reviews of this product speak for themselves. If you’re on a budget and want the best value trampoline you can get for your money then this is the one I recommend.
It comes in a variety of sizes – 6ft, 10ft, 12ft even up to 15ft. You also get with it a safety net as standard, so no worries about adding that to your budget.
If your garden isn’t level there’s also an option to get an anchor set to go with it which will make it really sturdy and not fall over.
Best trampoline for toddlers
TP Junior Trampoline
Finally, if you’re looking for a small cheap toddler trampoline then this one from TP is an excellent buy.
The TP Junior Trampoline is small but still very robust. It’s suitable from the age of just 12 months and will no doubt still be used right up until about the age of 5.
Because there’s a handle to hold on to it really helps little ones to get and keep their balance while bouncing and of course makes it useful even while they’re in the wobbly toddling stage.
You can use this mini trampoline both indoors and outdoors and the size of it will mean it won’t take up too much space.
Find out more about this toddler trampoline and check out more reviews here
Trampolines are such an excellent way to get outside and get a bit of exercise in to your kids lives, if you have room for something then it’s a great investment and something I really encourage you to get as it will really last for years of fun. I hope this article has given you some help in choosing the best kids trampoline for your needs.