When you’re buying a trampoline, you need to set a budget just like for everything else. It’s like any other purchase, in that the price is often a major factor in what you decide to buy.
So to help you out, here are some basic price guidelines on what you can get for your money:
- $50. These are the models designed for children and used mainly for outdoors. The good ones come with lots of bright colors, cute designs, and whimsical illustrations. For safety, they often come with a handle so that children don’t jump too high and they stay at the center of the jumping surface instead of landing outside the frame.
- $80. This is the average price for exercise trampolines. Some are markedly less expensive, but others can go past $100. That’s because they may have some special features and categories. For example, you may be able to fold them easily so storage isn’t a problem when you’re done with your workout. Accessories may include booklets or even DVDs that show you the types of exercises you can do with your jumping equipment.
- $200. This usually marks the starting price of a modest-sized outdoor unit. These often measure less than 8 feet in diameter. You can add to the price, however, when you get a reputable manufacturer. At this price point, you can still expect that it comes with a safety net.
- $600. This is a normal price for quality outdoor models that measure up to 15 feet in diameter. This is a full-fledged model with all the necessary safety features, high quality materials, and other advantages.
- $2000. If you’re flush with cash, then you can go for those top end brands that utilize bounce technology that doesn’t use springs at all. These luxury brands don’t just have safety nets, but the frame is even tucked safely out of the way underneath the jumping surface. So no springs, no frame, and (with the safety net) no ground to land on. For larger models that go up to 13 feet in diameter, you may have to shell out $2,600.
What Affects the Prices?
One model or unit is more expensive than another for various reasons. Here are some factors that influence the prices:
- Size: The bigger the diameter is, the more expensive it is. Find any brand you like, and the price always goes higher the bigger it gets. That’s because bigger units use up more materials for its build.
- Technology: This mainly explains why the units that don’t use springs are more expensive. They use new technology that offers a safer alternative to springs, and that means you need to pay for high tech. The same goes for designs that hide the frame under the jumping surface.
- Quality of materials: For outdoor units, you want to check that the frame is made from steel and not materials like aluminum (which is weaker but lighter). You want jumping fabrics that can resist tearing. You need springs that won’t fail, and padding that’s thick enough to minimize the severity of injuries. So for example, you can get a frame made from 16-gauge galvanized steel.
- Resistance to the elements: Galvanized steel is great for outdoor items, as the galvanizing process coats the steel with zinc that makes it resistant to rust. You also want some UV protection as well. You also need accessories that can help secure the equipment against being blown by a strong wind.
- Durability: There are three ways to check this out. First you can find out about the weight limit—a higher weight limit often denotes enough strength to last longer. So if you weigh less than 200 pounds, it may still be better to get one with a 250-pound weight limit. It may be a bit more expensive, but it can last longer.
You can also read about the warranty. If it’s just for a few months, then that unit may not last as long as another that comes with 1-year (or more) warranty. A long warranty signifies a company’s confidence in the durability of their products.
Finally, read the best trampoline reviews. It’s best that you buy models that were introduced several years ago, so you can read reviews from buyers attesting to how long their units lasted with them.
Eventually, you get what you pay for. Don’t sacrifice your safety just so you can save a few bucks. And take note of durability, because this saves you money in the long run. When it comes to buying trampoline, the best price comes with both safety and long years of use.