How to Compare Trampoline Quality

By Nick Mann
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Trampolines can be an appealing addition to a backyard and a fun way of getting exercise for children and adults. But with so many brands and options on the market, choosing the right trampoline can seem like a daunting task. It is possible for most people to understand the components that make for a quality trampoline when following a few steps.

Look for a trampoline that has the strongest frame possible. This is probably the most important factor to take into account when weighing your options, because a stronger frame means more longevity and less susceptibility to bending. Trampoline frames are measured by gauges ranging from 10 gauge to 16 gauge. Ten gauge frames are the thickest at 2.5 mm while 16 gauge are the thinnest at 1.2 mm. Therefore, it's best to choose a product with the lowest gauge and thickest metal. Lower quality brands will be thinner than their higher quality counterparts. Look for a galvanized frame because it helps prevent rusting.

Look for 96- by 8.5-inch springs for a 14-foot trampoline and 80- by 8.5-inch springs for a 12-foot trampoline. These are the ideal sizes for springs because they provide good bounce.

Find a product with pads covering the springs that are UV coated and between 1 to 1.5 inches thick. This ensures protection from the sun's rays and provides safety from the springs. Lower quality products will have thinner pads which can be dangerous.

Inspect the trampoline for cracks, rust or any bends in the frame. Never purchase a product with any of these problems.

Try to find standard trampolines which are 12 feet or 14 feet to make it easier to replace individual parts. Buy from a reputable supplier to ensure higher quality. Research the credentials of the manufacturer by looking online for reviews on forums and the manufacturer's website.

About the Author

Nick Mann has been a writer since 2005, focusing on home-and-garden topics. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.