We have tested trampolines and name Berg Favorit as best in test. It has a winning combination of high build quality, clever design and excellent bounce at a reasonable price. Even if the price point is higher than a budget trampoline, it is a better purchase in the long run as it will last longer and since spare parts will be available for many years to come. The more expensive sibling model Berg Champion is the best premium trampoline, with a great performance and an excellently robust and thought-through design.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. We retain the models that perform well for longer-term testing, in many cases for several years, and continuously add updates to the reviews. In our assessment we have focused on the following areas:
Ease of use
How clear are the assembly instructions? How easy is the trampoline to assemble? Do you need two or more people to assemble it? Does it include the tools required for assembly? Are the boxes that the trampoline's components come in easy to handle? Is the trampoline easy to clean? Is it easy to remove dirt from between the jumping mat and the edge protection? Does the trampoline dry out quickly after rain? Does the edge protection absorb water? Do algae grow easily on the edge protection? Does the edge protection tolerate being washed with a pressure washer? Does the jumping mat give a good grip that's neither too slippery nor too firm?
Does the edge protection absorb impacts sufficiently? Does the edge protection cover the frame, the springs and the spring attachments properly? Is the safety net opening self-closing? If you bounce hard off the safety net, can it cope? Are the safety net's posts sufficiently well padded? Can children (wrongly) squeeze out between the edge protection and the safety net? Can children walk on the outside of the safety net? Is it easy to remove the ladder so that small children can't climb up without supervision? Is the trampoline stable when in use? Can the trampoline be tipped over? Can it blow away in a storm? Are there any protruding metal parts (e.g. nuts) that children can injure themselves on? Are there small parts that children can remove and swallow?
Quality and design
How well built is the construction? How solid is the frame? How thick is the frame? Is the frame galvanised both on the inside and outside? How well executed are the weld joints? Is the edge protection made of high quality material that will resist sun, wind and water for several years? What quality level is the safety net? Is the safety net streamlined and elastic? Will the safety net opening last for several years' use? What quality level are the springs? Do the springs have a substantial diameter? How thick is the spring wire? Is the spring steel of high quality? How long are the spring cylinders? How many springs are there? Are the edge seams well made?
Can you get the trampoline delivered to your home? Is it easy and affordable to get hold of spare parts? Will there be spare parts for the trampoline in a few years?
We have scored each trampoline according to its value for money; in other words how good it is in each area in relation to its price tag. We thus have higher expectations of an expensive product than a cheaper one, and vice versa.
Today, the outdoor trampoline is pretty much an essential garden feature, enjoyed by children and young people but also adults. Many children beg and plead with their parents to buy them a trampoline and there are numerous variations of trampoline available. So it can be difficult to know which trampoline you should select and why, particularly when consumers often find it difficult to determine what makes a good trampoline and which models represent good quality. Many discount stores and supermarkets sell cheap trampolines, but what’s the quality like – and are they really good value for money? To find out, we have tested a range of different trampolines.
Most of the trampolines sold today are low price trampolines, because this is what consumers demand. This isn’t surprising, because if you’re not familiar with the market it can be difficult to know what you really get when you spend the extra money for a more expensive trampoline. Our tests show that, although a quality trampoline has a higher purchase price, the total cost after a few years of use will paradoxically be lower than for a cheaper "low price" trampoline. The reason is the quality trampoline's better durability and hence the reduced need for spare parts.
Many parents are worried that trampolines are dangerous and that their children might be injured. But if used correctly, a properly constructed trampoline is no more dangerous than a bike or a swing. At a time when children spend less time outdoors and exercise less, you should also be aware that bouncing on a trampoline has a series of strengthening benefits, especially for children. The trampoline is first and foremost an extremely effective tool for training the child's sense of balance. Even a one-year-old child who has barely learned to walk can improve their balance by walking or crawling on the trampoline. In addition to balance, a trampoline also improves motor function, muscle strength (especially in the legs and back) and overall fitness. Moreover, trampoline jumping is a fantastically efficient calorie burner, and for many people it’s much easier to motivate themselves to use the trampoline than, for example, to run on a treadmill. If you take these health effects into account, a trampoline can be a very positive addition to your garden.
Just as you use a helmet when cycling, you should use a safety net when jumping on a trampoline. The safety net is there to prevent you from landing on the edge or outside the trampoline. But while it’s obviously important that the trampoline is safe, the safety net must also be of high enough standard to provide adequate protection. We therefore strongly recommend that you also invest in a high quality net if you buy a trampoline.
More and more people are discovering the advantages of making their purchases of large, bulky products - such as trampolines - online and receiving them via home delivery. Three clear advantages are:
Low prices: The prices in online shops are very difficult to beat. On the one hand, they keep costs down by purchasing large volumes from the manufacturers. On the other, they often have little or no costs for retail rent and so on. There’s also tough price competition between online shops.
Superior selection: Online, you will mostly find cheap "low price" trampolines that are most commonly sold. However, you can also find quality trampolines that are hard to come by in normal shops, even in large cities. This is probably the single most important advantage for the quality-conscious parent who is willing to pay extra for better safety, durability and functionality (such as better bounce).
Home delivery: If you buy the trampoline online, delivery is often included, which means you don’t have to worry about how to get the trampoline home. This advantage shouldn’t be overlooked, as a proper trampoline with accompanying nets and ladders is a difficult item to transport. The trampoline itself can weigh more than 100 kg, and in addition to the weight, the packages are cumbersome and don’t fit in the boot of most vehicles. To transport a trampoline home from a normal shop is therefore often a lot of trouble; hiring a van, driving it to the shop, loading the trampoline, driving home, unloading the trampoline and then returning the van.
The springs, together with the jumping mat, enable the user to bounce up and down by extending and stretching. The springs used for trampolines are tension springs of cylindrical coil type. These are normally a galvanised steel wire tightly wound into a cylindrical spiral. The springs affect the trampoline in terms of their number, length, material quality, the thickness of the steel wire and its diameter. The larger the diameter of the coil, the easier it is to extend. Likewise, a spring of thinner wire is easier to extend than a thicker one and a longer spring is easier to extend over a certain length than a shorter one. The more springs a trampoline has, the less burden there is on each spring, which tends to give better bounce and durability.
Cheap trampolines are characterised by small and hard springs that provide a short and muted bounce. They also tend to be fewer in number than on quality trampolines. Meanwhile, quality trampolines are characterised by the springs being larger, longer and more numerous, which provides a deeper and more vigorous bounce. But even though a cheap trampoline usually has poorer springs, they rarely break. They can, however, be overstretched if exposed to excessive forces.
The shape of a trampoline has a major impact on the bounce, but also on other aspects of the trampoline. By far the most popular shape for family trampolines is circular. This shape provides a symmetrical force distribution if you bounce in the middle of the mat, and a more asymmetrical distribution the farther from the centre you bounce. There are also rectangular and oval trampolines, though these are mostly used by adult professional jumpers, as they can provide a deeper, more controlled bounce. An advantage of circular trampolines is that they tend to shift the user towards the centre and thus prevent you from falling off the trampoline. Another important reason for the circular trampoline’s complete dominance of the market for family trampolines is that they don’t require the same sturdy frame as trampolines with other shapes. This is because the circular shape is completely symmetrical and therefore distributes the force evenly across the frame. A less powerful frame requires less material, which means a lower production cost. These cost savings are then passed onto the end customer in the shape of a lower price tag.
The characteristics of the jumping mat affect the trampoline in several ways. The jumping mat should be made of a durable and UV-resistant material such as polypropylene fabric. This will help prevent the mat from becoming sun-bleached and makes it last longer. In addition, the fabric ensures that the jumping surface has sufficient friction. If the friction is too low, it’s easy to slip on the mat, which increases risk of damage. The risk of slipping is the greatest when the mat is wet, for example after rain or in the morning when dew can cover the fabric. If the friction is too high, you will get burns instead, as you slide on the mat. This is common with cheaper jumping mats that use fabric of cheaper material. The reason why polypropylene mats are so popular as premium mats for family use is that they meet all these requirements and they are also maintenance-free. However, there are also different qualities of polypropylene mats, where the cheaper variant is coarser than the more expensive.
The job of the edge protector is to prevent the jumper from landing and hurting themselves on the frame and springs. This makes the edge protector the most important aspect of the trampoline from the point of view of safety. Together with the frame, the edge protector is the most expensive component on the trampoline. Good edge protection costs a lot to produce, so this is where producers of cheap "low-cost" models generally cut corners. The result is unfortunately that these types of trampoline often provide inadequate safety levels. In addition, cheap edge protection wears out quickly, mainly from the sun's UV rays, which means that they often must be replaced after only a couple of summers. High quality edge protectors are made of materials like EPE and EVA. This makes them very resistant to weather and wind. Even these edge protectors do finally wear out, but they will usually have had a significantly longer service life. More importantly, high quality edge protection provides very good safety levels that effectively protect the user from injury.
The safest type of edge protector covers the frame, springs and spring brackets well, even on the outer edge. It’s also sufficiently well secured and fixed, efficiently preventing it from moving during jumps or in high winds. The edge protector should also be sufficiently thick and shock-absorbent so as not to give way if you inadvertently land on it. A thickness of two centimetres is a good benchmark for good edge protection. In addition to hitting the frame, it is common for the user to end up with a foot between two springs, with the edge protection being unable to withstand the pressure and breaking as a result.
In cheaper trampolines, the foam inside the outer casing is often made of polyurethane foam, which is cheap but not sufficiently shock-absorbent. Furthermore, the material absorbs water – such as rain – allowing the foam to eventually rot and break.
Even the outer casing material is of great importance as it must withstand both wear and UV light. In the worst-case scenario, cheap trampolines have outer casing of reinforced PE plastic, which is the same material that cheap tarpaulins are made of. A better material is reinforced PVC which is also used in rainwear and bags.
Regarding edge seams, you can generally say the more, the better. In addition to this, it’s also important how well made and how heavy the seams are. If the edge seams are too few and of low quality, they can easily break over time. But this isn’t really a problem, as other parts of the trampoline normally break before then.
The frame of the trampoline can be said to be its skeleton, as the frame holds up the entire design. Even on cheap trampolines the frame is normally strong enough not to collapse under excessive load. On the other hand, a cheap and slim frame easily bends with time. The frame is normally made of galvanised steel to prevent rusting. The steel should be at least 1.5 mm thick to withstand damage over time. It is also important that the frame is galvanised both inside and outside to prevent rust. It is equally important that the welds between the leg and the ring are cleaned thoroughly after welding so that the anti-corrosion protection is durable. Otherwise the welds become the weak point of the frame, where the rust can occur first. A frame with thick weld thickness isn’t only stronger than a thinner frame, but also more stable. For obvious reasons, it’s also heavier. It can therefore generally be a good rule of thumb that a heavy frame is a good thing. As a benchmark the frame of a trampoline with a diameter of 4.3 m should weigh at least 80 kg.
A good after-sales service is especially important when buying a trampoline. Partly because it’s an expensive product that costs a lot, and partly because it’s very heavy and unwieldy, making it troublesome to take it back to the shop. So it’s important that the shop you bought it from is quick to answer any questions about installation and can send extra parts – within a reasonable time and at a reasonable price – if anything breaks.
The availability of spare parts is particularly important in the long term if you intend to keep the trampoline for several years. A major problem with low-cost trampolines is that they are relatively often replaced with new models from new manufacturers. If you’re unlucky, this may make it impossible to get a spare part for a low-cost trampoline that’s only a year old. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that cheap trampolines often break and therefore have a greater need of spare parts. Renowned quality brands often have a completely different continuity in terms of their range, and thus the manufacturers are able to supply spare parts long after you originally bought the trampoline. This helps to extend the life of the quality trampoline in comparison with low cost ones.
The size of a trampoline affects not only jumping space available, but also the type of bounce it gives. The larger the trampoline, the heavier the user must be to get a proper bounce. If the user weighs too little in relation to the trampoline size, the jumps become sluggish and you are unable to start a decent bounce. This is because the air under the trampoline is constantly pushed in and out as the jumping mat moves up and down. This air movement sucks the kinetic energy from the bounce, and the user must compensate for this either by being sufficiently heavy or by jumping high enough. In other words, unless you have legs like a frog, you simply have to be heavy enough to use your body weight to squeeze out enough air during each jump.
That the largest standard size for family trampolines is 4.3 meters (14 feet) in diameter is no accident, but simply because this size is enough to give you plenty of room to jump, while even children - with their low weight - can get a good bounce. For children under approximately 20 kg, a trampoline of 4.3 meter can be sluggish and for example a size of 3.8 m provides a better rebound at as low weight. At the same time, you should think long term if you intend to keep the trampoline for several years, and even at 4-6 years of age, a trampoline of 4.3 meters will no longer feel especially sluggish. Due to its smaller size, a trampoline with a diameter of 3.8 m is also less suitable for two people to jump on at the same time.
The fact that the largest standard size for family trampolines is 4.3 metres (14 feet) in diameter is no accident, but simply because this size is enough to give you plenty of room to jump, while even children – with their low weight – can get a good bounce. For children under about 20 kg, a trampoline of 4.3 m in diameter can be sluggish and, for example, a size of 3.8 m provides a better bounce at low weight. At the same time, you should think long term if you intend to keep the trampoline for several years, and even when the user is 4-6 years of age, a trampoline of 4.3 m will no longer feel especially sluggish. Due to its smaller size, a trampoline with a diameter of 3.8 m is also less suitable for two people to jump on at the same time.
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