Best Trampolines & Expert Trampoline Reviews (available in Australia)
A new trampoline season is right around the corner! With the advent of hotter and brighter days, it’s time to whip out older trampolines or upgrade to newer, safer and better models. However, unlike a choice between a summer cocktail or a cold beer (you cannot go wrong), choosing the right trampoline is sadly not such a straightforward affair.
You might have noticed this if you have already tried doing some research on your own. The enormous selection of models, sizes and shapes is enough to deter even the most determined of shoppers. Luckily for you, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the research for you – to save you both time and money. Below you’ll find a list of the best trampolines for the 2021. Whether you’re after a best-buy unit or want top of the line gear, we’ve got you covered.
But first, it’s time to give you the quick rundown on the basic parts of the trampoline and things to watch out for. Even though we stand behind our reviews, we encourage everyone to understand the inner workings of trampolines in order to reach an informed decision. Trampolines can be scary and even a bit dangerous, but only if you buy the wrong ones or don’t follow the manufacturer advice.
To help you out, we’ll start with the basics
Trampolines 101 – the Weakest Link
When looking at trampolines, bear in mind that the trampoline is as good as its weakest link. A killer mat is no good if the springs are unresponsive and prone to rust. A tall enclosure is a letdown when the poles holding it are all flimsy. Believe us – it happens, and there are unscrupulous manufacturers banking on this lack of information, as most casual shoppers aren’t really aware of what to look out for.
We always point out these issues in our reviews, as this may not be apparent at first. Some trampolines look simply fantastic but are a real disappointment under the hood with shoddy welding and horrible quality control – and we want to help you avoid it.
What to Look Out for?
Regardless of the shape and intended use of your trampoline, you should first check if the rated weight is enough to support you (or whoever will use the trampoline). Add at least 10 to 20% additional safety margin just to be sure.
Then, check if the frame is galvanized. Galvanization is a good way of preventing rust (and failure) of metal parts. This is particularly essential if you don’t want to use covers or plan on leaving your trampoline outside all year long.
After that, look at the accessories. Do you have smaller kids that would have trouble getting on the trampoline? Then you need a ladder. Perhaps they’d like to play some trampoline games? Consider buying trampolines with a hoop or something similar.
Bounce is often subjective, but generally when it comes to springs – the more the merrier. This rough rule of thumb will rarely let you down, but pay attention to the length as well. Lengthier springs make for a more comfortable but also higher bounce.
Oh, and don’t forget the enclosure. It should be tall enough that you shouldn’t be able to bounce over it. If it is, you either need another trampoline or you’re a pro who knows what they’re doing.
Trampoline Size & Type
Trampolines come in a variety of sizes. Some are super tiny (think up to 4 feet), while some range up to 16 feet in diameter. Obviously then, there’s a huge variety of trampolines and use cases for a variety of sizes.
Despite a large array of sizes, trampolines can roughly be categorized into indoor (smallest) and outdoor (larger) trampolines. Kids’ trampolines occupy the middle ground at about 6-8 feet or so and can be used both indoor and outdoors. Anything bigger than this would fit right within “outdoor trampolines” category. If you want to learn more, check our guide about Types of Trampolines.
These trampolines mostly come in 10 to 16 feet sizes, with 12 and 14 being the most common options. The number of choices here is extraordinary, from bottom of the barrel, unsafe units to decked-out pro equipment. And the price range? Well, it might shock you – but you can spend literally as much as you want. Yes, there are pro units that cost as much as a new car – upwards of A$10k! (but honestly, you don’t really need them in your back yard).
But before you get the case of sticker shock – we must reassure you that you shouldn’t worry. Good, safe recreational trampolines can be bought for as little as A$400 if you aren’t too fussy about the looks or don’t have any particular demands.
As name suggests, indoor trampolines can be used inside the house. They generally do not have steel legs (if they do it’s enclosed into rubbery plastic so won’t damage the floor). If you plan to use trampoline inside closed spaces then do it wisely – floor height should be at least several feet more than actual height of a trampoline, as bounce it might provide will catapult you in the air. Don’t forget that! If you are looking for a indoor mini trampoline or smaller kids trampoline, then you’ll be all right, as bounce height can’t be threatening.
Smaller trampolines are usually suitable and rated only for indoor use. They aren’t indented for use by children (even there are some specific models for children and toddlers); instead, mini trampolines – or rebounders, as they are called – are used as proper exercise equipment. Rebounders are usually small and foldable to facilitate easy transport to and from your gym or storage when not in use. Rebounding is a set of exercises with plenty of benefits and burns calories very efficiently (in fact, this has been proven by NASA research).
Basic rebounders can be found quite cheaply (two-figure amounts) and are thus a fantastic way of finding out what rebounding is all about. Once you’ve decided whether you’re up for it, you’re free to upgrade. Even then, the more advanced rebounders aren’t too expensive and there are good trampolines at medium price points that will last you for years. Most cost as little as a few months’ gym membership, so they make for a very cost-efficient purchase.
When purchasing mini trampolines, pay attention to the extras that come with it – these are handle bars, resistance bands, workout programs, carrying bags etc. The handle bar is essential for most exercises as you can jump faster when you hold on to the bar and burn more calories. Workout programs have become largely obsolete when you can easily watch them via YouTube, but they could still be more convenient for some.
Cheaper models come with rubber band springs that tend to sag if the jumper is heavy. Look for coil-based springs if you are overweight as they will last longer.
And when the time comes to have some more fun on the trampoline as well, take a look at the outdoor trampolines which the whole family can enjoy.
Best Backyard Trampolines in Australia
Springfree Large Oval
Weight limit: 115 kg
The 2.4×4m springless oval trampoline is the cream of the crop in many ways – both technological and aesthetic. The first thing you’ll notice on this trampoline is its sleek look with its curved lines – and the fact that there are no springs!
The frame can handle structural load of enormous 1100 lbs, which is more than 500 kg. Double layer of powder coating on pregalvanized steel ensures that rust will never appear on this trampoline. We guarantee that even after several years not just the frame, but complete trampoline will look just as same as new one.
Without standard steel springs, there is great looking 60 composite rods. As you might think why would anyone use fiberglass on trampolines, well, there is perfect reason to do so. Not only it looks cool, it greatly reduces chances of injury (as much as 35%, according to research about injuries involving frame or springs). Yes, the trampoline works with the help of fiberglass rods provides a safer and more consistent bounce. The beautiful part about these rods is that they are situated completely under the mat. There is no need for any pads to protect the jumper, as it’s simply impossible to land on them and this lets the net be as close as possible to the edge of the mat
The mat is made of polypropylene, and there is 92 sq. ft. (8.5 m2) of jumping space, which equivalent 10 x 15ft oval trampoline with springs. It is very shock absorbent and bouncing on it is really pleasant. Regarding bounce, we have nothing bad to say as it is close to being best among recreational trampolines, but still not so high as with mid-class rectangle trampolines, such as ACON Air 16 Sports HD or AlleyOOP PowerBounce.
Regarding safety. there’s hardly a safer trampoline on the market. Plus, it’s oval and there’s not many of those on the market. Springfree trampolines are in general one of the best-quality trampolines on the market, and it shows in this case too. They will cost you, and this one is no exception. But if you can afford it – go for it.
Vuly Lift 2 Trampoline
Weight limit: 330 lbs
The Lift 2 is a step up from the Vuly Ultra and Lite and contains a bit more bells and whistles. Design-wise, the electric yellow and blue mat (just flip it over to change color) looks fresh and eye catching (stick to the yellow version). Frame has an additional layer of powder coating making it pleasing to the eye – while preventing rust and salt damage at the same time.
In a nutshell, it comes with a tightly woven enclosure, exceedingly durable mat, additional safety features and an improved two-tiered spring system. If that sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo, it shouldn’t – all the features greatly improve the usability of the trampoline and aren’t there just for show.
Well, except for the Vuly HexVex. It is an interesting “game” that essentially consists of icons printed onto the mat. It wouldn’t even be that bad in an of itself, but the printing is quick to wear off. Even during the review, it already showed some slight signs of wear.
The netting truly is good with super tiny holes. It’s as safe as they say: digits cannot get stuck in there. There’s also the UV resistance, which is something we cannot really verify, but there is no reason to distrust the manufacturer at this point.
The enclosure is self closing, so there is no fiddling about with Velcro straps or zippers.
The springs themselves aren’t that long in fact, but the two-tiered system helps stabilize the bounce and improve responsiveness. They are a bit wider than the competition, and the metal is thicker as well. The mechanism basically consists of two rows of springs, where one row is slightly below the other. If you weigh more, you’ll get a strong push from the bottom row too instead of a single slam onto the mat.
A plus: a basketball hoop is available, which can greatly enhance the fun. It’s not even that difficult to set up. The assembly doesn’t include nuts and bolts. Watch out for special promo sales as they often provide their tent, ladders, shades and similar accessories free of charge, so you’ll get it extra with a trampoline. Have in mind that Vuly offers all replacement parts with 50% discount, if that spin can be called like that (only customers without trampoline would pay full price (basically consumers aren’t getting any discount and wholesalers are charged double).
Fun Games to Play on Trampoline
Do you like an idea of having fun and exercise in the same time? Everybody does!
As with every toy they probably had, which they used to play for several hours or days and then ditch into some corner of the room, we have to say that it is no different with trampolines. But, as there is whole bunch of fun game ideas to play we may say that your kids will surely find something they like.
Among 20 games we described here some of them are not really aligned with trampoline safety guidelines, especially when it comes to number of people jumping simultaneously, but we strongly feel that games will be played under constant supervision so no problems or issues should occur. So if you need game ideas then check our top list of fun trampoline games.
Trampoline is not a kindergarten and never forget that. Constant supervision of jumpers, especially kids, is required at all times. Having a safety enclosure does not change a thing, so please do not leave your children without supervision.
If you are really worried about safety issues trampolines might represent, try to get over it as health benefits greatly surpass possible downsides. Keep up to the safety guidelines, determine some rules and you’ll be fine…