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What are the Best Tramps and Trampolines for Kids
Choosing the right Trampoline for Kids
Being a mom of three little boys, sometimes I just need a place that my little guys can go and work out some of that excess energy! Jumping on the trampoline is a great aerobic workout, but so much fun that your kids won't even realize that they are exercising.
Trampolines do need to be used with proper safety precautions however, because they can be dangerous when used incorrectly. First consider the space that you have available. Do you want a trampoline for indoor or outdoor use? Whether in or out, measure the space you have, and remember you need to make sure you have a little extra room on all sides.
Look at the weight limit of the trampolines you are considering, and if possible purchase one that gives you enough room to grow that your child can enjoy it for a few years to come. If you are purchasing a large trampoline, it is a very good idea to get one with a full enclosure netting, which reduces the risk of injury. Also remember that young children should never be alone on a trampoline without adult supervision, and that it is safest if you only have one child jumping on the trampoline at one time. Having a spring cover that completely covers the springs also helps reduce the risk of injuries.
I guess I should knock on wood before I say anything like this, but we have had endless hours of fun on our trampoline, and have never had any injuries while using it. I attribute that to buying a good quality sturdy trampoline and setting (and following!) safety rules, and I think that if you do the same a trampoline will be something that you and your family will love for years to come.
Diggin JumpSmart Trampoline
First we'll look at a few smaller trampolines with handles, perfect for younger children and indoor use. I think having one of these has saved my couches, whenever my boys get too rambunctious I love having a place that they use that love of jumping appropriately without breaking our furniture and beds! If you don't have a lot of space, the Diggin JumpSmart Trampoline is one of the smaller trampolines I reviewed.
The handles on this trampoline are different than the other ones I've seen; instead of a bar it is more like the handles on a bicycle. This trampoline also has 5 electronic games that teach counting, music, memory and rhythm as your little one jumps. The handles are 32 inches tall, are not adjustable, and the maximum weight is 80 pounds, but because this is one of the smaller trampolines it's really geared towards younger children anyway, so that shouldn't be a problem.
When it comes to assembly, I was pretty scared because I had read so many reviews that said it was really hard to put together. Then I read one review that recommended using zip ties, first you start by loosely zip tying the mat to the frame, and then tighten them until it is even, and then you can just weave the bungee through. It was a brilliant idea, and I highly recommend it!
Fold & Go Trampoline
Another compact trampoline is the Fold & Go Trampoline. It is 36", and although it's called "Fold & Go", you actually have to unscrew the legs and handle to take them off for storage, but when they are off it is very easy to slide it in the back of the closet until you want it out again.
This trampoline comes with the mat already attached to the frame, which is usually hardest part of assembling a trampoline, so this trampoline is much quicker and easier to assemble then most. This trampoline also has one of the highest weight limits I've seen on these small trampolines, 150 pounds. Do keep in mind though that trampolines with higher weight limits tend to be a bit stiffer, so it may not be as easy for really little ones to bounce really high on this, but they can still have fun.
Bazoongi Bouncer Trampoline
If you want a larger trampoline, the Bazoongi Bouncer Trampoline comes in several fun colors and patterns; my favorite is the blue robots. This tramp has galvanized metal springs, which last longer than bungee cord style springs, and these ones are completely covered for safety so you don't have to worry about fingers getting pinched or anyone falling through the springs.
I also like how the cover is securely attached, so it's not constantly sliding off as the kids are jumping on and off. The handle is adjustable, so as your child grows you can raise the bar. One thing I will say about this trampoline, it is delivered unassembled, and assembly is not that easy (I mean, you are wrangling a whole bunch of springs, so I'm sure you can imagine), so if possible I would plan on having two people when you are setting it up, but it's not impossible to do alone. This trampoline is a 48" circle, and has a weight capacity of 110 pounds.
AirZone Outdoor Tramp
Next we'll look at trampolines with enclosures. On the smaller side, we have the AirZone 4-1/2 Foot Kids First Outdoor Band Trampoline with Mesh Padded Perimeter Safety Enclosure. The enclosure net is permanently attached to the trampoline frame, and kids climb in and out through a zipper door.
I like that the support bars for the enclosure are padded, so when my kids jump against it, I don't have to worry about bumps and bruises. This uses a bungee cord suspension, and comes with the mat already attached to the frame, so that helps assembly go a lot faster.
My First Indoor/Outdoor Trampoline
If you have more space, look at the My First Indoor/Outdoor Trampoline Combo with Enclosure - 88". At just over 7 feet, this trampoline has a lot more room for jumping around and somersaults and the like. The springs on this trampoline are completely covered, and the steel poles on the enclosure are all padded all over.
Although it says indoor/outdoor, it will last much longer if kept indoors, the foam padding and mat don't seem to hold up to the sun and weather outside long term very well. The legs on this one are a sturdy plastic instead of metal like on many large trampolines, which I think is nice for indoor use.
Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure
Another option that's very similar in size to that one is the Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure, 7.5-Feet. I like that this trampoline has zipper entrances on both sides, and Bazoongi also makes really cute trampoline tent enclosures that go with this trampoline, the circus one is really cute but my favorite was the tree house one.
One thing that's important to note when you are assembling this one, as you are putting the frame together make sure that you position all the T shaped pieces with the holes facing out, otherwise you have to take the whole thing apart and start over, which is very discouraging when you have little kids waiting anxiously to get jumping!
Skywalker Round Trampoline with Safety Enclosure
For an even larger trampoline, there is the Skywalker 8-Feet Round Trampoline with Safety Enclosure Combo. I like that this trampoline is low to the ground, so it's easier for young children to get on and off it. I was very impressed with the quality of the frame for the price, it seems very sturdy, and even when my husband who is at the very top of the weight limit jumped on it, it seemed plenty sturdy for him.
I think if you want an outdoor trampoline for younger children and want something that isn't too hard to move around for mowing the lawn and such, this trampoline is the perfect size. If you have older children and teenagers, you may want a full-size trampoline, but I decided for our family we will get this for while the children are young, and then upgrade later, and enjoy the benefits of a smaller trampoline while we can. I like how the net on this one connects to the tramp so there aren't gaps, and the springs are completely covered and inaccessible from inside the trampoline.
Pure Fun Trampoline and Enclosure Set
Another 8 foot trampoline option is the Pure Fun 8-Foot Trampoline and Enclosure Set. I like that the assembly on the trampoline is pretty easy, and the design of the legs that are made for added stability, but I was really disappointed in the quality of the safety enclosure frame poles.
They bent very easily, and didn't last very long at all, and once broken I felt they were a safety hazard. I did read that one person solved this by buying thick dowels when they bought the trampoline and putting them inside the poles so they wouldn't bend, and they said that worked for them, so if you do decide to try this trampoline maybe you could try that.
© 2013 David Heinz