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Vuly vs Kahuna Trampolines: What’s the Difference?

While Vuly trampolines do cost more, they also come with a better warranty period and meet the Australian Trampoline Safety Standards.

Featured Image: Vuly Ultra

There is an increasing number of trampoline brands on the market, which makes it easy to become confused when trying to find the right one for your family.

To help narrow the selection process, we’ve created a detailed comparison between two of Australia’s favourite trampoline brands: Vuly and Kahuna.

Trampolines used in this comparison

In this article, we’ve compared the following models:

Vuly Flare | Trampolines
Vuly Flare
Vuly Ultra | Trampolines
Vuly Ultra
Kahuna Classic | Trampolines
Kahuna Classic
Kahuna Blizzard | Trampolines
Kahuna Blizzard

This includes both of the round trampolines from Kahuna with the exception of their Springless trampolines and their “Jumbo” oval and rectangular trampolines.

The Flare and Ultra are Vuly’s entry-level and mid-range models. They also make a more premium trampoline called the Lift 2, as well as two springfree models, the Thunder and Thunder Pro.

Size and weight

There is little that differentiates the different trampolines in this match-up in terms of size and weight. We’ve summarised the key differences below the table.

Size and weightVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
Frame width305cm314.5cm305cm305cm
Mat width262cm267cmNot statedNot stated
Mat height78.1cm91cm65cm65cm
Trampoline height272.3cm281cm245cm230cm
Assembled weight50.3kg75.5kg56kg70kg
Max user weight100kg150kg100kg100kg
Coil spring count56646464
Spring length13.7cm13.7cm13.5cm13.5cm

Mat height – The mat height on the Vuly trampolines is higher than on the Kahuna models, most significantly with the Vuly Ultra which is 40% higher than the two Kahuna trampolines. This goes hand-in-hand with the higher weight limit on the Ultra (150kg vs 100kg) as it means the jumping surface is less likely to touch the ground.

Trampoline height – The higher jumping surface of the Vuly trampolines means they also have a greater total height. They also have higher safety nets, which contributes to the overall height.

Max user weight – As mentioned above, only the Vuly Ultra has a maximum weight limit above 100kg. While many users may never intend to reach this maximum, it can be a good indication of the sturdiness of the trampoline and how vigorously it has been safety tested.

RELATED: Vuly Ultra vs Lift 2

Features

FeaturesVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
Curved safety net polesYesYesYesNo
External springsYesYesYesNo
Superfine meshYesYesYesYes
Self-closing entryYesYesNo (zip)No (zip)
Galvanised frameYesYesYesYes
Powder coated steelNoNoYesNo

Curved poles – The curved poles and hour-glass shaped netting on the Flare, Ultra, and Classic mean that jumpers cannot make contact with the poles.

External springs – Likewise, the Kahuna Blizzard is the only one of the four trampolines that doesn’t feature springs that are completely external to the trampoline enclosure. This popular safety feature reduces the risk of kids coming into contact with the springs while jumping and is found on many modern trampolines.

Powder-coated frame – All models are made from sturdy and weather-resistant galvanised steel. However, the frame on the Kahuna Classic is also powder coated. This provides an extra protective barrier against UV and corrosion. The powder-coated finish also generally looks a lot more premium than uncoated steel.

Safety standards

Vuly states that their products pass the following voluntary safety standards:

  • AUSTRALIA: AS4989:2015 (the Australian trampoline safety standard)
  • USA: ASTM F2225

As far as we can see, Kahuna trampolines haven’t met these standards.

In a review conducted by Choice, they award the Kahuna Classic a 36% “Expert Rating” and state that the trampoline “Fails safety tests, with two serious safety hazards: the padding isn’t durable enough; and the trampoline has entrapment hazards between the mat and the enclosure net, accessible to a child jumping on the mat.”

Important:

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

Warranty

Vuly is the clear winner when it comes to warranties, with 3 and 5 year warranties on the frame, springs, and jumping surface.

WarrantyVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
Warranty (frame)3 Years5 Years1 Year1 Year
Warranty (springs and mat)3 Years5 Years1 Year1 Year
Warranty (safety net and pads)1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year

However, it is worth keeping in mind that Kahuna trampolines are generally in a lower price bracket, which tends to go hand-in-hand with the warranty period.

Accessories

Both brands offer a wide range of trampoline accessories that you can purchase to add another element of fun to your trampoline.

AccessoriesVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
Shade coverYesYesYesYes
Tent wallYesYesNoNo
LadderYesYesYesYes
Basketball hoopYesYesYesYes
Anchor kitYesYesYesYes

One standout accessory that is available only from Vuly is the tent wall. Combine this with the shade cover and the whole trampoline enclosure can be turned into a tent for backyard camping.

Shipping

Shipping times and costs generally vary based on where in the country you are located.

ShippingVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
Shipping costVaries by locationVaries by locationVaries by locationVaries by location
Ships fromBrisbaneBrisbaneMelbourneMelbourne

Vuly customers across the country should receive their trampolines within the space of one week, with the exceptions of Tasmania, WA and NT.

Kahuna doesn’t provide guidance on their website regarding delivery times. However, they are the only trampoline brand that we have seen offering same-day delivery.

This express delivery service is available for the Melbourne Metro area only but may be a good option for parents looking for a last-minute gift.

RELATED: Oz Trampolines vs Vuly

Customer reviews

On Product Review the trampolines have the following ratings (at the time of publishing):

  • Vuly Flare: 4.6 from 188 reviews
  • Vuly Ultra: 4.5 from 126 reviews
  • Kahuna Classic: 4.0 from 57 reviews
  • Kahuna Blizzard: n/a

Company and manufacturing

Vuly was founded in 2007 by Joe Andon, and is based in Brisbane. The company has been at the forefront of global innovations in trampolines for many years.

In addition to trampolines, Vuly makes swing sets, kids’ bikes, and other backyard play equipment.

Kahuna is owned by the Klika Group, one of Australia’s biggest e-commerce companies.

RELATED: Check out our comparison of Springfree vs Vuly trampolines.

Price

Perhaps the most important factor for many people will be the price.

PriceVuly FlareVuly UltraKahuna ClassicKahuna Blizzard
RRP ($AUD)$699$1,049$549$499
*Price valid at the time of publishing.

As you can see, the Kahuna models are definitely going to be the better option for people on a budget.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that Vuly trampolines are often heavily discounted which can bring prices a lot closer to those listed for the Kahuna models. Check Vuly’s website for current sales.

Conclusion

While these are both high-quality and popular trampoline brands, there are a few things that do differentiate the two.

Athough the Vuly models do tend to cost more, they also come with:

  • Better warranty period
  • Meeting of Australian Trampoline Safety Standards

Further, the Ultra features a higher max user weight rating and the mat is higher off the ground.

This makes it better suited to older kids who want to jump high, practice tricks, and push the limits of the trampoline.

Vuly Flare | Trampolines
Vuly Flare
Vuly Ultra | Trampolines
Vuly Ultra
Kahuna Classic | Trampolines
Kahuna Classic
Kahuna Blizzard | Trampolines
Kahuna Blizzard

FAQ

How long does it take to assemble a Vuly Ultra

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.

How long does a Vuly trampoline last?

Vuly says their trampoline frames should be replaced every 10 years. The frames are made of galvanized steel, a durable material that is resistant to rust and corrosion. But just like with any steel product, over time the strength will diminish, especially with exposure to water, sun, and other elements.

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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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