Vuly vs Springfree: What’s the Difference?

We compare Australia’s favourite springless trampolines.

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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 Springfree.

Trampolines used in this comparison

Vuly Thunder
Vuly Thunder Pro

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

This includes both of Vuly’s springless trampolines along with the equivalent trampoline in the Springfree range.

Size and weight

The table below compares the various size and weight attributes of the three trampolines (size Medium).

Size & WeightThunderThunder ProSpringfree
TypeSpringlessSpringlessSpringless
ShapeRoundRoundRound
Trampoline width300cm367cm380cm
Jumping mat width250cm253cm300cm
Total height282cm300cm270cm
Assembled weight106kg168.9kg96.6kg
Max user weight150kg150kg100kg

While we don’t think it’s worth dwelling too much on these (because choosing a different size from either brand will get you a bigger or smaller trampoline), here are our key takeaways:

1. Jumping mat width vs overall width

Despite the Springfree having a slightly larger overall width, it does have a significantly bigger jumping mat area than the Thunder Pro.

If we divide the jumping mat size by the total overall size we can see the percentage that consists of the jumping surface:

  • Vuly Thunder: 83%
  • Vuly Thunder Pro: 69%
  • Springfree: 79%

All this means is that the Thunder Pro takes up more space than the other two trampolines to get the same amount of jumping surface. This may be a consideration if you have a small backyard.

2. Assembled weight

At almost 170kg, the Vuly Thunder Pro weighs significantly more than the other two models.

We attribute this difference to the extensive lower frame on this trampoline, that covers the area from the jumping surface down to ground level.

While a heavier trampoline is almost always going to feel more sturdy, it also comes with potential tradeoffs relating to assembly and transport.

3. Max user weight

The Vuly trampolines both have a max user weight of 150kg while the Springfree trampoline is 100kg.

Keep in mind that this rating doesn’t relate strictly to the strength of the frame or trampoline. The rating relates to how heavy an individual can be before they risk touching the ground when jumping.

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Features

Here we take a look at the various safety and construction features of the trampolines to assess whether there are any stand-out differences.

FeaturesThunderThunder ProSpringfree
SpringlessYesYesYes
Edge to edge bouncingYesYesYes
Spring typeLeafLeafFibreglass rods
No contact designYesYesYes
Superfine meshYesYesYes
Self-closing entryYesYesNo
Full-length entryNoYesNo
No underside accessNoYesNo
Galvanised steel frameYesYesYes
Powder-coated steelNoYesYes

1. Spring type

It’s clear from looking at the products that the two brands employ different technology in their springs.

Vuly uses leaf springs, which were originally used in vehicle suspension. They have proven themselves to be able to withstand very heavy loads over an extended period.

Leaf springs on the Vuly Thunder.

Springfree uses fibreglass rods which they say are 3 x stronger than steel.

Vuly claims that leaf springs are better because they provide more vertical bounce, which can reduce tension on joints.

They also say that fibreglass rods “may still deteriorate and become unsafe within a few seasons of weather exposure”.

Read the full article here: Spring Free & Springless Trampolines – What You Need to Know

Springfree says their rods are “designed to work in unison, bending inwards as a jumper bounces. The mat movement is negligible and has no effect on jumpers.”

We’re not going to claim to know which of these is better, and as far as we can see there hasn’t been any independent testing comparing the two technologies.

2. Self-closing entry

Vuly trampolines have a self-closing entry which makes it quick and easy for kids to enter and exit the jumping area.

Springfree trampolines have a zippered entry. While this is potentially less convenient, according to Springfree it ensures jumpers cannot fall through the opening.

3. Underside access

A stand-out feature of the Vuly Thunder Pro is that it completely blocks access to underneath the trampoline.

This is a great safety feature that prevents young children from coming into contact with the bottom of the jumping surface while others are jumping.

4. Powder-coated steel frame

All models in this review are made from sturdy and weather-resistant double galvanised steel.

However, the frames on the Thunder Pro and the Springfree are also powder coated.

Powder-coated frame on the Thunder Pro

This provides an extra protective barrier against UV and corrosion. 

The powder-coated finish also generally looks a lot more premium than uncoated steel.

Important:

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

Safety standards

Both brands state that their products pass the Australian trampoline safety standard AS4989:2015.

Vuly’s trampolines also pass the USA standard ASTM F2225 and the Thunder passes Europe standards EN71-1:2014, EN71-2:2011+A1, and EN 71-14:2014.

Warranty

While the Vuly warranties appear reasonable, Springfree is the clear winner here, with a full 10 warranty on all models.

WarrantyThunderThunder ProSpringfree
Warranty (frame)10 Years10 Years10 Years
Warranty (jump mat)5 Years5 Years10 Years
Warranty (safety net, pads, springs)1 Year1 Year10 Years

Accessories

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

AccessoriesThunderThunder ProSpringfree
Shade coverYesYesYes
Tent wallYesYesNo
Jumping mat coverNoNoYes
Basketball hoopYesYesYes
WheelsYesYesYes
Anchor kitYesYesYes
LevellerYesYesNo
Water misterYesYesNo

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.

Vuly also offers a levelling kit with their Thunder and Thunder Pro trampolines, so you can set your trampoline up on a slope and retain a flat jumping surface.

On the other hand, only Springfree offers a mat cover to protect the jumping surface while not in use.

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Shipping

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

While we’ve included this comparison for completeness, we don’t think the differences will sway anyone one way or the other.

Delivery timesVulySpringfree
Sydney1-6 days1-3 days
Melbourne2-7 days1-3 days
Brisbane1-5 days1-3 days
Canberra & ACT2-5 days2-7 days
Adelaide & SA4-7 days2-7 days
Hobart & TAS7-8 days2-7 days
Perth & WA4-12 days2-7 days
Darwin & NT4-12 days2-7 days
QLD Other1-5 days2-7 days
NSW Other1-6 days2-7 days
VIC Other2-7 days2-7 days

Customer reviews

Vuly and Springfree generally both receive very positive user reviews.

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

  • Vuly Thunder: 4.2 from 399 reviews
  • Vuly Ultra: 4.5 from 77 reviews
  • Springfree: 4.7 from 834 reviews

Company and manufacturing

Company and manufacturingThunderThunder ProSpringfree
Australian ownedYesYesNo
Made inChinaChinaChina

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.

Springfree was founded by New Zealander Dr Keith Vivian Alexander of Canterbury University.

After noting the three major impact zones on a traditional trampoline (the springs, the steel frame, and the ground), he decided to re-engineer the trampoline to improve its safety.

The first versions of the Springfree trampoline were sold in 2004.

Price

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

While we have listed the RRPs of each model below, price comparison between these products is quite difficult due to the fact that Vuly trampolines are often heavily discounted.

PriceThunderThunder ProSpringfree
RRP ($AUD)$1,699$2,449$1,999

Visit the Vuly and Springfree websites to check the current prices.

Conclusion

There’s a reason these are two of the most popular trampoline manufacturers in the country.

They both offer innovative design, industry-leading safety features, and a wide range of accessories.

They also both meet the Australian trampoline safety standard AS4989:2015.

You can, however, see that there are a number of minor differences between these trampolines that may sway you one way or the other, such as:

  • Leaf springs vs fibreglass rods
  • Max user weight
  • Warranty period
  • Access to underneath the trampoline
  • Accessories
  • Price

Whichever way you go, you’re sure to end up with a high-quality product that will provide your kids with entertainment for years to come.

Vuly Thunder
Vuly Thunder Pro

FAQ

Are springfree trampolines better?

Springless trampolines offer a range of benefits over traditional trampolines, mostly relating to safety. They reduce the likelihood of jumpers making impact with either springs or the steel frame, as it is located well below the jumping surface.

What are the downsides of springless trampolines?

Springless trampolines are usually much more expensive than traditional trampolines. There are also concerns about them not being as bouncy as traditional trampolines. However, Vuly says their springless Thunder and Thunder Pro are the bounciest trampolines they make.

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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 up for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking delicious meals from fresh produce picked from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.