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Essential Trampoline Buying Guide (Australia 2024)

Trampolines are a terrific way to keep your kids entertained for hours while also providing them with some important exercise.

If you have kids, trampolines are one of the best additions to your backyard.

However, not all trampolines are created equal. Some are better quality than others and there’s a lot to think about when purchasing one.

To help you in your search, we’ve rounded up the best trampolines in Australia and assessed them on important features such as durability, safety features, and price.

Our top pick: Vuly Ultra Trampoline

Vuly is well known for making high-quality trampolines, and the Vuly Ultra is one of their most popular models.

You can find this trampoline in thousands of backyards across Australia.

So, what makes it so great?

The reason this trampoline is so popular is that it delivers on all the basics:

  • Safety enclosure with curved poles and tight netting which means jumpers don’t make contact with the poles.
  • Springs that are completely external to the trampoline enclosure.
  • Strong frame made from sturdy and weather-resistant double galvanised steel that resists rust.
  • Extra thick safety padding.
  • Good, consistent bounce for a range of user weights.
  • Passes Australian and USA safety standards.
  • Reasonably affordable.

Even if you don’t end up going with the Ultra, it’s worth checking out just to use as a base to compare against other models.

View the Ultra Trampoline at Vuly.

Runner up: Springfree Round Trampoline

Springfree trampolines are also very popular and are a safe option for young children.

Flexible composite fibreglass rods sit under the rim of the trampoline instead of being hooked at the sides like springs, so children can’t get injured or snagged on them.

The frame is sturdy and the rods are located underneath the enclosure so jumping kids will never come into contact with them.

The amount of bounce is good, although springless trampolines are generally considered to be less bouncy than traditional spring trampolines.

Important:

Whichever trampoline you choose, we highly recommend also purchasing an anchor kit, which will secure your trampoline to the ground.

Best for younger kids: Lifespan Kids 7ft HyperJump Trampoline

The Lifespan Kids HyperJump is the perfect trampoline for your little one.

It’s a great entry-level trampoline for young kids, and it’s affordable.

This trampoline has a low frame height along with a ladder for easy access and a smart zipless entry.

It features reinforced safety netting, a high-quality safety mat, and a sturdy alloy steel frame. All materials are UV-stabilised so they can withstand harsh Australian weather conditions.

Also great: JumpFlex FLEX100

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JumpFlex was launched in New Zealand in 2009 by brothers Matt and Stephen Tubbs. Their goal was to create a trampoline that delivered both functionality and minimalist design.

Their Flex100 is a great mid-size trampoline with curved safety net poles, external springs, and a Zinc galvanised frame.

Our favourite thing about JumpFlex trampolines is their lifetime warranty on all models.

Best value: Everfit Trampoline (8ft – 16ft)

The Everfit Trampoline is our pick in terms of best bang-for-buck.

It features a heavy-gauge steel frame, UV-tested and stabilised materials, 20mm thick padding, anti-graze mat and safety netting.

It even has an included basketball hoop and basketball!

The Everfit Trampoline is great for kids over six years old and can support 120kg – 150kg depending on the size you choose.

What size trampoline do I need?

Size is one of the first considerations when buying a trampoline.

Here are the basic sizes:

  • Small: 2.7m (8ft)
  • Medium: 3.2m (10ft)
  • Large: 3.8m (12ft)
  • Extra Large: 4.3m (14ft)

These sizes are based on Vuly trampoline sizing but are fairly standard across the market.

If you have plenty of space (and the budget for it), then go big! A larger trampoline can accommodate more people at once and has more room for them to jump around without fear of bumping into each other.

Even if your trampoline will only be used by one person at a time, more space is generally more fun and safer.

But if your backyard is small or shaped oddly, you might want to consider a smaller model.

It’s also important to consider how many people will be jumping on the trampoline at any one time—if it’s just going to be used by one or two young kids, then maybe you don’t want something too large that could make your yard look cluttered.

Springs vs Springfree trampolines

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Springfree trampolines are fairly new to the market. They use fibreglass rods or leaf springs instead of regular springs.

These are considered safer for the following reasons:

  • Jumpers cannot come into contact with the springs (although modern trampolines have nets that mean springs are external to the safety enclosure).
  • The frame is underneath the springs, meaning jumpers can’t come into contact with it (no need for safety padding).
  • Children not on the trampoline can’t put their hands in the springs.

However, spring free trampolines are more expensive than spring-based models.

Other downsides of springless trampolines include:

  • Can be more difficult to assemble
  • Lighter weight kids struggle to get a good bounce

If you decide a spring-free trampoline is right for you, check out the following models:

Trampoline weight limits

All trampolines should come with maximum weight specifications, so it’s important to read the manufacturer’s recommendations when you’re shopping for a new model.

In general, the recommended weight limit for a smaller trampoline will be lower than for a larger one.

Think about how many people you expect to use the trampoline at once and how many years you expect to use it.

How do I assess safety features?

When you’re checking out trampolines, safety is critical. Here are some tips for assessing safety features:

  • Check reviews—Look for particularly positive or negative customer reviews on the product. You can use this information to get an idea of what issues (if any) real users have experienced with the product.
  • Look at quality materials—Look for things like safety netting with a no-contact design, extra-thick safety padding, and a strong, durable frame.
  • Check safety certifications—In addition to meeting Australian Safety Standards, manufacturers will often list the certifications their products have received from governing bodies like ASTM International. These certifications indicate that the product has been tested and proven safe for children within certain age limits.

What can I add to my trampoline to improve safety?

Buying a high-quality trampoline from a reputable manufacturer is the best step to making sure your kids have a safe area to play.

However, there are a few other things you can do to reduce the chance of accidents.

You can add safety pads around the edge of your trampoline to protect against falls (especially if you don’t have a safety net). You can also add a ladder so kids don’t have to jump down from their bounce area on a regular basis.

It is also good practice to position your trampoline away from trees, fences and other obstacles that could interfere with its function or cause injury if they were hit by an errant jump or fall off the trampoline.

Finally, all trampolines should be anchored to the ground to reduce the risk of them blowing away in high wind.

Should I choose a round or rectangular trampoline?

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There are two main shapes to choose from: round and rectangular.

Round trampolines are the most common, as they’re usually cheaper and they direct the jumper back toward the centre of the trampoline.

This is generally considered to make them safer, although this can also result in collisions between multiple jumpers.

Rectangular trampolines provide a higher bounce because there are multiple sweet spots on the surface area that will provide the maximum bounce.

Strength and durability

To determine a trampoline’s strength and durability, it’s important to look at the materials and construction.

Good quality materials and craftsmanship will ensure that your trampoline will withstand the test of time.

Look for frames that are made from galvanised steel instead of regular steel. This means the steel has been coated in zinc which protects it against rust.

Try and read user reviews for the trampoline you are looking at – do people report signs of wear and tear after a few years?

It’s also worth checking what type of warranty comes with your purchase: good warranties typically cover all parts for up to 5 years or more.

Regular vs in-ground trampolines

Your choice between a regular and an in-ground trampoline depends on how much money you’re willing to spend, and where you plan on putting the trampoline in your backyard.

Regular Trampolines are much more common because they are less expensive and don’t require you to dig a big hole in your backyard.

They’re also easier to assemble and take apart if you ever move them from one spot to another.

However, these models are slightly less safe than in-ground tramps since there’s farther to fall (less of an issue now that most trampolines have safety nets).

In-ground trampolines are also less of an eye-sore, so are a good option if you have a nice view you’re hoping to preserve.

How much does a trampoline cost?

The price of a trampoline can vary greatly depending on the size, type and brand.

A good quality mid-range trampoline will cost around $400-$1,000, but budget models can be purchased for $100-$400.

High-end trampolines can cost from $1,500 and up.

Trampoline FAQs

Which trampoline is the safest to buy?

Round trampolines are generally considered to be the safest due to their natural inclination to lead the jumper back to the centre after each bounce. Safety features such as a high-quality safety net and padding around the springs and frame are also important.

Are springless trampolines safer?

The jumper colliding with the frame or springs is one of the most common trampoline injuries. While safety netting has helped to reduce this risk, springless trampolines eliminate the springs entirely and the frame is usually located further from the bouncing surface.

How long does it take to assemble a Vuly

Vuly states that it takes approximately 1 hour to assemble the Vuly Ultra however some users report taking 2-3 hours. Vuly has a series of video tutorials that describe the process.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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