Adding a trampoline to your garden is a great way to encourage children to exercise and spend more time outside – not to mention, they’re seriously fun!
Trampolines come in all sizes – from small bouncers designed for toddlers, to large trampolines suitable for adults – so there’s one for every size of garden. You can use them just to bounce, to work out, or to practice your tricks.
As an adult, trampolines can sometimes seem dangerous – but most modern trampolines come with safety netting to prevent your child from falling off, as well as padding to cover the springs, so you don’t need to worry.
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If you and your kids are ready to bounce your way to fun and fitness, check out our pick of the 5 best children’s trampolines available, based on their size, quality, ease of assembly, and value for money.
Our best children’s trampoline is bouncy, sturdy and can be used by adults too
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This Ultrasport Outdoor Trampoline Set is our top pick of the best children’s trampolines on the market. It has a diameter of 183cm (jumping mat diameter 146 cm), and a maximum user weight of 100kg, so it’s suitable for many adults too. Larger sizes with higher weight limits are also available.
The trampoline has a sturdy, galvanised steel frame, and a durable polypropylene jumping mat with UV protection, to make it last longer. It is quick and easy to put together, and can also be easily dismantled if you want to move it or put it in storage over winter.
For safety, the trampoline has thick padding to cover the springs, padding on the poles, and a high-quality net around the outside. It’s easy for kids and adults to enter through the zipper closure.
The trampoline doesn’t come with a ladder or any kind of anchoring system, but as the mat height is lower to the ground than many other trampolines (46 cm), it’s not too difficult for younger children to climb on. This also means it doesn’t get moved by the wind as easily.
Overall, this trampoline offers excellent quality for a very reasonable price – you and the kids won’t be disappointed.
- Strong, galvanised steel frame.
- Durable polypropylene jumping mat with UV protection.
- 10mm thick padding and high-quality net make it safe to use.
- Sturdy zipper for easy entry.
- Easy to assemble in approximately 45 – 90 minutes.
- Suitable for children and adults up to 100kg.
- No ladder or anchors included.
Our best value option is a great introduction to trampolining for younger children
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This Oypla 55” Kids First Trampoline has a smaller jumping mat diameter and a maximum weight capacity of 45kg, so it’s only suitable for younger children up to around the age of 7, and definitely not adults.
Putting aside the fact that your children will outgrow it sooner, the smaller size is beneficial for those with smaller gardens, or who don’t want a trampoline to dominate their outside space.
As a smaller version of the larger and more expensive models on the market, this trampoline includes most of the same safety features, including padding to cover the springs, foam to cover the posts, and a safety net enclosure.
It is a little fiddly to put together but still shouldn’t take you more than an hour. It has to be said that this isn’t the best quality option on the market, and the netting feels a little flimsy – but it’s still fully functional, and if it’s only young children that will be using the trampoline, this offers unbeatable value.
- Includes thick pads to cover the springs and frame, to prevent injury.
- Enclosure net for safety.
- Suitable for smaller gardens.
- Highly affordable.
- Low 45kg weight limit and small size means it’s not suitable for older children or adults.
- Awkward to assemble.
- Not the best quality.
This tiny indoor trampoline is perfect for toddlers
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For tiny tots who don’t want to miss out on the fun, this KidActive Toddler Trampoline is the perfect way to safely introduce them to the joys of bouncing.
With its padded edge and soft-grip handle, this one is safe and comfortable for toddlers to use. Although there’s no safety enclosure, it’s very low to the ground, and the feet are non-slip, so it shouldn’t move around when in use.
The obvious drawback is the small size (58 x 58 x 59.5 cm), which means it’s only suitable for toddlers, aged 12 months+. Older kids and adults won’t be showing off their tricks on this one. However, this does mean it takes up very little space and can be easily moved into storage, or into the garden on sunny days.
This is the least expensive option on our list, so if you’ve got a little one who loves to bounce, you really can’t go far wrong.
- Takes up very little space.
- Ideal for toddlers – low height and padded handle.
- Suitable for inside and outside use.
- Cheapest option on our list.
- Not suitable for older children or adults.
- Small jumping mat and not very bouncy.
- Difficult to assemble.
A colourful trampoline that will appeal to children of primary school age
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If you’ve got slightly older children, this Plum 7ft Junior Jumper is recommended for age 3 – 10 years. It has a maximum user weight of 50kg, so again, is not suitable for teenagers or adults. The manufacturer also specifies that only one person should use the trampoline at a time.
This one should particularly appeal to children due to the brightly coloured trimmings on the enclosure net, and the plastic mouldings which cover the legs of the trampoline, making it even more colourful. These are available in a choice of pink and purple, or blue and green.
The trampoline doesn’t just look good; it’s also practical and sturdy. The frame is made from strong, galvanised steel, whilst the durable jumping mat is UV protected. There’s a padded spring cover, and foam pole covers, for safe use.
At 213cm in diameter, this is our widest trampoline yet – although this is reflected in the price. If you want a colourful trampoline to brighten up your garden and get kids excited about exercising, this is the perfect option.
- Frame made from durable galvanised steel.
- Plastic mouldings over the legs add colour and stability.
- Padded spring cover, pole covers and enclosure net offer safety.
- Low height (40cm) makes it easy for little ones to get on and off.
- Not suitable for adults, or children over 50kg.
- Pricier than others.
A well-designed, budget trampoline with extra features
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This Kanga Premium Trampoline is available in a choice of 4 sizes, so you can choose the best one for your garden. The smallest option, 6ft, is similar to the Ultrasport, but has a considerably lower price tag.
In contrast to the Ultrasport, this one also includes a ladder and anchor kit – however, the maximum user weight of the 6ft trampoline is only 50kg, so unlike the Ultrasport, it’s not suitable for older children and adults.
It does have many of the same desirable features common to most of these trampolines, including a padded spring protector, foam-padded poles, and a safety net. The curved design of the poles also minimises the risk of children bouncing into them.
Ultimately, this is an excellent value children’s trampoline, that might not be the best quality, but has lots of extras, and is designed with safety in mind.
- Durable, galvanised frame.
- Thick 14mm padding and enclosure net for safety.
- Curved poles reduce the risk of injury.
- Includes ladder and anchor kit.
- Assembly instructions could be clearer.
- Quality is not the best – pre-drilled holes for assembly are sometimes in the wrong place.
Is Trampolining Good Exercise?
Trampolining is great exercise; it offers an aerobic workout that exercises your entire body. Here are 6 direct health benefits of trampolining:
As trampolining is a vigorous aerobic exercise, it increases your heart rate, strengthens the muscles of your cardiovascular system, and improves blood and oxygen circulation around your body.
Improves strength and fitness
Any aerobic exercise will increase your overall cardiovascular fitness level. Regular trampolining can also help to build muscle, particularly in your legs, and improve your core strength and abs.
Improves your coordination
All that concentrating on staying on your feet, moving in the air, and landing in the right place, will help to improve your balance and hand-eye coordination.
If you’re trying to lose weight, trampolining is a fun way to do it. One study by the American Council of Exercise found that trampolining burns the same amount of calories as running at 6mph, for an equal amount of time. It’s also a much lower impact and puts less strain on your bones and joints.
Keeps your lymphatic system healthy
The transition from double gravitational force to weightlessness as you bounce can help lymph fluids to move through your body up to 30 times faster than usual, reinforcing your immune system.
Improves your mood
As with all exercise, trampolining causes your brain to release endorphins, which can make you feel happier, and reduce stress levels.
How To Put Up A Trampoline
When assembling a trampoline, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, to allow for variations between products. As a general rule, these are the steps you can expect to take when putting up a trampoline:
1. Check your parts
The first step in putting together a trampoline is to lay out all the parts, identify them, and check them against the instructions to make sure you’re not missing anything.
2. Prepare yourself
Gather together any tools you will need, such as a screwdriver and rubber mallet. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the springs.
3. Assemble the frame
Once you’re ready to begin, lay out the pieces of the metal frame in a circle, and slot them together to form a ring.
4. Attach the legs
Next, attach the legs of the trampoline to the metal ring. Do this by slotting them into the brackets on the frame – you may need to use a mallet to get them in. Secure the legs and frame using a drill or screwdriver and the screws and bolts provided.
5. Turn the frame over
Once the legs are secure, it’s time to turn the frame over to stand on its feet. This is a job for at least 2 people. The frame should be placed on level ground and should feel sturdy.
6. Install the mat
The next step is to attach the trampolining mat. To do this, insert a spring into each hook on the edge of the mat, and use a spring pull to stretch it to the slot on the metal frame. As it gets tighter, you will need to use a rubber mallet to knock the springs into place. Do this with a partner, each installing opposite springs at the same time, to keep the tension in the mat evenly distributed.
7. Put on the pad
Once the mat is fully installed, place the protective mat around the outside, to cover the springs, and secure it using the included ropes or Velcro straps.
8. Attach the enclosure net
Assuming your trampoline comes with a safety net, the next step is to install this. Do this by slotting together the posts, then cover them with the included safety foam, and secure them to the trampoline. Slide the netting over the poles, and use the bungee cords at the bottom to attach it to the frame. Tie the top of the netting to the top of the posts.
9. Anchor to the ground
Once your trampoline is assembled and the net is installed, it is a good idea to anchor it to the ground, to make sure it doesn’t move in the wind, or whilst you’re bouncing.
10. Test it out
Check that your trampoline feels stable and secure. If it does, it’s now ready to be used – enjoy!
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.