How Much Is A Trampoline
How much is a trampoline? The cost of a trampoline is one of the most important factors that will influence your decision when buying one. Trampolines can cost anywhere between $50 for a small toddler’s trampoline up to a couple of thousand dollars for larger, heavy duty ones.
Finding the perfect trampoline that will fit your needs, your house, and, most especially, your budget can be a little bit confusing. Before you set sail on this journey of looking for the right trampoline, we’d like to give you a general idea of how a trampoline’s standard features affect its cost so you would know what to expect come shopping time.
Trampoline Quality and Durability
The quality of a trampoline primarily comes from the quality of the materials that it is made from. Trampolines consist of four basic elements: the jumping mat, springs, tubing, and safety pads; each component made out of different materials.
The frame and legs of a trampoline is made of galvanized steel, iron, fiber, or other materials, while the springs are usually built from steel, fiberglass, or electric straps.
The jumping mats are made of either natural woven fibers or artificial fibers like polyethylene or nylon, while safety pads are made of vinyl-covered foam.
A trampoline made from any other materials than the ones mentioned may still work for you, but being able to enjoy this type of trampoline for a long time may be quite questionable.
For example, there are trampolines made of aluminum, a lighter and cheaper material, but they are weaker than steel.
Price variations are also seen in steel frames, wherein the difference lies in the gauge or thickness of the steel. Heavy-gauged steel frames are not only more durable but are also more expensive than light-gauged ones.
Trampolines with high-quality materials not only provide a better bounce but are generally easier to maintain and, more importantly, last longer. This heightened level of quality in the materials always comes with a price, greatly distinguishing a normal trampoline from a premium model.
Durability, on the other hand, is dictated by the weight capacity, the number of legs, and the weld quality.
A trampoline with a weight capacity of over 250 pounds is a good indicator of its durability. Alongside this feature, expect a trampoline with 6 or more pairs of legs to be more durable than one with just 4.
The weld quality comes from the manufacturing end of the trampoline. Trampolines made with high-quality materials involving high-quality manufacturing processes are naturally going to have a higher price as more effort was put into their construction.
One other very significant factor, and one you must consider very thoroughly, is the resistance of the materials to exposure to the elements. Frames, legs, and springs made of galvanized steel that are more resistant to rust and corrosion, plus materials that resist moisture, wind, and UV damage, will drive costs even more.
The best way to evaluate cost vs durability is to think about how long you expect you’ll be using your trampoline. If you have younger children, they’ll probably want to use the trampoline for many years to come, so it will probably be worth paying more for a better quality one that will last.
Alternatively, if your children are in their early teens or are likely to loose interest in the trampoline after a while, it might be worth getting a less durable one and saving yourself a couple of dollars.
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Trampolines traditionally had coil springs to provide bounce. They are quite effective but can present safety problems and injuries. Until the advent of springfree trampolines and the use of leaf springs in the construction of trampolines, that is.
Springfree trampolines make use of metal rods which are placed below the jump mat connected to a steel frame below the rods, while leaf spring trampolines put the jump mat on top of leaf springs extending up from a steel frame located below the jumping surface.
These advancements in technology have adequately addressed the safety problems by placing the frame and springs in a position where a jumper would never run the risk of coming into contact with these elements of the trampoline.
In addition to these technological advances, various forms of safety nets and safety pads are also available, adding to the safety level, and the price, of the trampoline.
Our recommendation is to never cheap out on safety features. Trampolines that have poor quality or sub par safety features can become a serious risk and can cause injuries. It is always worth investing a little bit more to ensure the safety of every jumper.
Trampoline Shapes and Sizes
Trampolines vary in size, ranging from 6 ft to 16 ft. One general rule is the larger the size, the costlier, just like in most other things that we usually buy. This is due mainly to the increasing quantity of materials and work required to build a trampoline relative to the size increase.
There are three basic shapes of trampolines: round, rectangular, and oval.
Round trampolines are typically for recreational home use and tend to be more economically priced.
Rectangular trampolines are used in professional or commercial capacities and are more often priced higher.
Oval trampolines are also designed for recreational use, but are somewhat harder to get your hands on, so the price is usually dependent upon supply and demand.
Square and octagonal styles are also available on the market, but they are usually very similarly featured as oval trampolines. The novelty of these shapes, however, tends to drive the price up as well.
Choosing what is best for your family may be easier if you follow this age-old adage: Look before you leap. Do your research, compare prices, brands, and features. Decide on where you will put the trampoline. Do not forget to look at the warranties. Most important of all, choose the one that will give you and your family all the fun and happiness that you deserve.
If you’re still unsure which trampoline is right for you, or how to find one that suits our needs, check out our trampoline reviews and buying guide