Springless vs Spring Trampolines: Which is Best?

We compare these two popular types of trampoline to help you make the best choice.

Springless and spring trampolines are very similar in their purpose and design but there are some key differences that make them more suitable depending on your situation.

Below, we lay out everything you should consider when deciding between the two.

The aim is to help you decide whether a springless trampoline is right for your family or whether you’re better off with the regular version.

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What is a springless trampoline?

At the risk of stating the obvious, a springless trampoline is a trampoline with no springs.

Because there are no springs for children to put their hands in, or land on, they are generally considered to be safer than spring-powered trampolines.

Instead of regular springs, they use one of the following:

  • heavy-duty elastic straps
  • flexible composite rods
  • leaf springs

Each of these has its own pros and cons. Some are more expensive while others don’t offer as good bounce as a regular trampoline.

What brands make springless trampolines?

In Australia, there are four main brands that manufacture springless trampolines:

  • Springfree
  • Vuly
  • Kahuna
  • Lifespan Kids

Frame design

An important difference in the design of springless trampolines is that the frame is usually (e.g. on the Springfree and Vuly Thunder models) located well below the bouncing surface.

This makes them safer than conventional trampolines because bouncers are less likely to come into contact with the frame.

Springs

As mentioned earlier, instead of springs, springless trampolines use heavy-duty elastic straps, flexible composite rods, or leaf springs.

This reduces the risk of kids landing on them or putting their hands into the springs when others are jumping on the trampoline.

Leaf springs on the Vuly Thunder.

Depending on the design, no springs can also mean that you don’t need safety pads around the outside of your trampoline. This results in a bigger jumping surface than most traditional spring-powered frames.

Safety

Safety is a key selling point for springless trampolines

They are considered safer than regular frame trampolines because they don’t feature springs that can injure children.

Keep in mind that nowadays most regular trampolines do come with safety nets that protect the jumper from the springs, so the risk is lower than in the old days when the springs were exposed.

Cost

Springless trampolines are generally more expensive than the traditional spring-based models.

This is because they’re often made with new materials like flexible fibreglass rods. This is in addition to the research and development costs that have gone into bringing these new products to market.

There are, however, a few budget springless models on the market that use heavy-duty elastic straps instead of springs.

Bounce

When comparing a springless trampoline to a regular frame bounce, it’s generally considered that the former has an inferior bounce.

Whether this is a deal breaker for you will depend on the specific model you choose along with the weight of the people who will be using the trampoline (often the inferior bounce is more noticeable with smaller children).

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Assembly

Assembling the frame of a springless trampoline can be challenging, and can require some strength to insert all the rods into their respective holes (depending on the model).

If you have any concerns about your ability to do this, or if you don’t have anyone else available who could help you out with this task, then we recommend going for a traditional model with springs instead.

FAQ

How much weight can a Springfree trampoline hold?

The structural load capacity of a Springfree trampoline ranges from 600kg to 700kg. The maximum user weight limit ranges from 80kg to 100kg.

What are Springfree Trampoline rods made from?

The springs on a Springfree trampoline are made from fibreglass. This material is designed to withstand years of use and abuse, while still providing a smooth, even bounce for the user. The rods can be covered by a 10 year warranty against manufacturer defects and failure caused by normal wear and tear.