Trampoline buying guide: How to buy the best (and safest) trampoline for your kids.

Compare trampolines from Vuly, Oz Trampolines, Plum and more.

How many of your fondest childhood memories involve a trampoline and that joyous feeling of weightlessness as you bounced up and down for hours at a time? If you want your own kids to experience the same feeling, and get plenty of exercise at the same time, you're probably considering buying a trampoline.

But modern trampolines are a different beast to those of days gone by, so choosing the right trampoline can be quite complicated. This guide will take you through the different types of trampolines, the safety features they offer, and how to buy the best trampoline for your kids.

Compare some of the best trampolines

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Diameter/Width (ft) Type Safety net Maximum user weight (kg) Purchase today
Plum Space Zone 8ft
Plum Space Zone 8ft
$349.95
8
Spring
Yes
75
Plum Space Zone 8ft is a compact trampoline that is designed to fit in the modern backyard.
Lifespan Kids 8ft HyperJump 2
Lifespan Kids 8ft HyperJump 2
$360
8
Springless
Yes
100
Lifespan Kids 8ft HyperJump 2 is a compact version of the 14ft HyperJump 2.
Oz Trampolines Summit Round 6 ft
Oz Trampolines Summit Round  6 ft
$449
6
Spring
Yes
120
Oz Trampolines Summit Round 6 ft is an easy to install UV-protected trampoline that comes in three colours.
Lifespan Kids 14ft HyperJump 2
Lifespan Kids 14ft HyperJump 2
$499
14
Springless
Yes
140
Lifespan Kids 14ft HyperJump 2 is a springless trampoline with elastic straps for enhanced safety, a large play area and a patented design for greater stability.
Vuly Ultra Small
Vuly Ultra Small
$639
6.71
Spring
Yes
150
Vuly Ultra Small provides a secure enclosure with strong, no-gap netting suitable for high UV and wet weather.
Oz Trampolines 8 x 12 Oval Shaped Rectangular Summit
Oz Trampolines 8 x 12 Oval Shaped Rectangular Summit
$799
12
Spring
Yes
200
Oz Trampolines 8 x 12 Oval Shaped Rectangular Summit has curved edges that offer better bounce.
Plum 12ft In-Ground
Plum 12ft In-Ground
$844.95
12
Spring
No
125
Plum 12ft In-Ground is specifically designed for safe, free and open play without nets or steps.
Vuly Lift 2 Medium
Vuly Lift 2 Medium
$1,019
8.4
Spring
Yes
150
Vuly Lift 2 Medium has a long-lasting powder-coated frame with a UV-resistant enclosure designed for safe bouncing in Australian weather.
Vuly Thunder Pro Medium
Vuly Thunder Pro Medium
$1,749
12
Springless
Yes
150
Vuly Thunder Pro Medium is made from leaf springs that enhance safety and bounce.
Oz Trampolines 10 x 14 Rectangle In-Ground
Oz Trampolines 10 x 14 Rectangle In-Ground
$1,999
14
Spring
No
200
Oz Trampolines 10 x 14 Rectangle In-Ground is an in-ground trampoline made with commercial grade springs and patented frame pads for noise elimination.

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Why buy a trampoline?

If you're wondering whether or not you should buy a trampoline, ask your kids what they think. Chances are most younger children will respond with a resounding yes.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons why buying a trampoline could be a good idea:

  • Trampolines are fun. This point doesn't really need any explanation, but we're sure you can agree that the sheer joy of launching yourself skywards on a trampoline is hard to beat. It can even act as a form of stress relief for adults.
  • Trampolines help kids stay active. Bouncing on a trampoline can be so much fun that your kids won't even realise they're getting exercise. Instead of sitting around in front of a TV or iPad all day, they'll be outside burning off their excess energy and getting some fresh air.
  • Trampolines help develop coordination. Kids (and adults) can improve their coordination and balance by jumping on a trampoline and adjusting to their constantly shifting centre of gravity.
  • When you shouldn't get a trampoline

Trampolines are expensive and kids' attention spans are notoriously short, so think carefully before splashing out big bucks on a top-of-the-line trampoline. There's a chance your kids will jump on their new toy for five minutes and then tire of it and let it rust.

The other main drawback is that trampolines can take up a lot of space. Some of the largest circular models can have a width of around five metres, so if you've only got limited backyard space to work with, buying a trampoline simply may not be a viable option.

What types are available?

Before you start shopping for a trampoline, get to know the different types on offer:

DescriptionProsCons
Trampolines with springsThis is the design most people are familiar with. It features a bounce mat linked to a galvanised steel frame by metal coil springs.
  • Cheapest option
  • Australian models come with a safety enclosure to stop people falling off
  • Padding reduces the risk of injury from colliding with the frame or springs
  • Less safe than springless models
Springless trampolinesThese models use flexible fibreglass rods or leaf springs instead of metal coil springs to provide bouncing power. These rods/leaf springs and the frame are positioned below the jumping surface to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Increased safety compared to models with springs
  • Higher cost
In-ground trampolinesIn-ground or sunken trampolines are semi-permanent outdoor fixtures that are installed directly into the ground, similar to an in-ground pool.
  • More aesthetically pleasing/less of an eyesore
  • Reduced risk of high falls
  • Less widely available
  • Most expensive
  • Difficult to install
  • Installation may take multiple days depending on soil conditions

How to compare trampolines

Trampoline prices vary greatly depending on the size, brand and design of the trampoline. You can pick up a basic 10-foot model from a department store for around $150, but most brand-name models start at $300. Springless trampolines cost more than those with springs and it's possible to pay the best part of $3,000 for a top-shelf model. Finally, don't forget to double-check whether the cost of delivery is included in the price tag or whether you'll need to pay an additional fee.

Which trampoline offers the best safety features for your kids and is the best fit for your backyard? To find out you'll need to compare the following factors:

Safety standards

The Australian safety standard for trampolines, AS 4989:2015, isn't mandatory. However, there are several manufacturers that endeavour to meet this standard, so check the fine print to find out whether any model you're considering is compliant.

Look out for the following safety features:

Safety padding
  • Make sure the trampoline comes with padding for the frame and springs to prevent injuries such as arms and legs getting stuck between springs. How thick is the padding? Is it a contrasting colour to the bounce mat to help the jumper determine the boundary of the jumping area? However, note that springless models with rods or leaf springs located under the jumping mat don't require a padded edge.
Safety net
  • Safety enclosures are essential on above-ground trampolines to prevent jumpers landing on the ground, colliding with the frame or impacting the springs. In-ground trampolines are usually sold without safety nets. Check the net to make sure it's strong and durable, and that it provides a reliable barrier while at the same time still allowing easy entry to and exit from the bouncing mat when required. Has it been UV treated to ensure that it stands up to the harsh Australian sun? Does it securely attach to the frame and the net poles to prevent kids jumping or rolling out?
  • The net poles are similarly important as they need to be sturdy but also flexible enough to move with the net. Check that the poles won't pose a collision hazard in their own right.

Which trampoline is best for me?

The best trampoline for you depends on your budget, the size of your yard, who will be using your trampoline and how much importance you place on safety. Once you know all the key features you need in a trampoline, you can then start comparing the available products to see how they stack up.

If you need an example of how to do this, check out our comparison of the pros and cons of five popular trampolines in the table below:

The goodThe bad
Oz Trampolines 8 x 12 Oval Shaped Rectangular Summit
  • 200kg weight capacity
  • Anchor kits and ladder included
  • A little difficult to assemble
  • Plastic hooks that connect safety enclosure prone to breaking
Vuly Thunder Pro Medium
  • Springless design
  • Tall safety net
  • Plenty of positive reviews
  • Not cheap
  • Short lifespan of shade cover
Vuly Lift 2 Medium
  • Easy to assemble
  • Excellent safety features
  • There are cheaper alternatives
  • Disappointing shade cover
Lifespan Kids 14ft HyperJump 2
  • Big jumping surface
  • Springless design
  • Anchor kits not included
Plum Space Zone 8ft
  • Affordable
  • Compact size
  • Some negative customer reviews
  • Issues with springs coming away from mat

8 tips for safer jumping

Trampolines have come a long way since the days of those exposed-spring death traps many of us remember from our youth, but that certainly doesn't mean they're risk-free. In fact, with more than 3,000 trampoline-related injuries reported each year in Australia, and 1 in 6 children reported to have sustained a trampoline-related injury, they're still a whole lot more dangerous than many people realise.

To help combat these risks, follow these eight simple safety tips:

  • Check the condition of the trampoline regularly to ensure that the mat and springs are intact and securely attached, that the frame is not bent, and that leg braces are secure.
  • Place the trampoline on a level, grassed area.
  • Make sure there are no hazards around the trampoline, for example walls, garden furniture or clotheslines.
  • Ensure there is at least eight metres of overhead clearance from ground level.
  • Only let one child use the trampoline at a time.
  • Supervise children when on the trampoline.
  • Jump in the middle of the trampoline.
  • Climb off the trampoline when finished, don't jump.

By following these simple safety precautions, you can help your kids safely enjoy all the fun a trampoline can provide.


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