Shape and Size:
trampolines are designed to keep the jumper in the center of the
apparatus and are mainly used for backyard jumping.
trampolines are usually
purchased by people interested in gymnastics. The springs are also
more flexible, so the jumper can enjoy a higher bounce.
How much weight
the trampoline will support while jumping on it is a good measure of
quality. Look for the rating on the box, the lower quality
models won't list this.
round frame that
is built of heavy galvanized steel tubing. The better quality
frame will have a lower gauge number of steel tubing and a larger
rectangular frame that is built of structural grade tubing with a
powder coat finish for a long durable rust free life.
wide safety pads that cover the springs as well as the
A jumping mat
constructed of polypropylene permatron trampoline material for a
smooth, durable, long lasting mat. Sewn with UV protected
thread. Also the number of times the mat is stitched around
the perimeter is important. Minimum is 4, the best will have
up to 11 rows of stitching with a protective layer of sunscreen
webbing sewn over the stitching.
Springs that are
galvanized to prevent rust. The
number of springs is important, from 80 up to 114 (the more the
A longer spring is better. (a 9"
spring is stronger than a 6" spring)
Compare warranties. If a
trampoline is as great as the company says, it should be backed up
by a great warranty.
minimum of 24 feet of overhead clearance is required.
clearance of at least 2 feet all around the trampoline must be
maintained from objects and possible hazards including electric
power wiring, tree limbs, recreational structures and fences.
on a level area.
extra features you may want to consider:
mesh enclosure -- wraps around the trampoline to provide more safety
trampoline cover--designed to protect the trampoline from the sun,
rain and other inclement weather.