Trampoline Buyers Guide & FAQs
The purpose of this Tramopline Guide is to help you with choosing the right trampoline for
your family. Below you will find plenty of useful information in our FAQs section, advice on trampoline exercises
Did you know that the first recorded form of trampoline play was enjoyed by the Eskimos? They would toss their friends in the
air, using a simple device made from Walrus skin. It was not until 1935 that the first real trampoline would be created by
George Nissen. From then on, the sale of trampolines has launched a worldwide
interest in this engaging pastime. From Olympic gaming to hours of active fun in the sun, the trampoline is
an outdoor toy that is here to stay.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I look for when buying a Trampoline?
A High Quality Frame
One of the most important aspects of your purchasing decision should be to ensure that the trampoline for sale has a high quality frame. The gauge of steel and the quality of the connections between the pipes are the most important things to look out for.
Gauge of Steel
The gauge represents the thickness of the metal in question. The smaller the gauge gets, the thicker the metal gets. Always look for the lowest number - this indicates that it has thicker steel! Most trampolines on the market have a 17 or 16 gauge, while Smyths offers a 12 and 15 gauge depending on the size of the trampoline (please refer to our specifications page). For example:
- 15 Gauge = 1.449mm (This is the gauge of our 6ft, 8ft, 10ft and 13ft Trampolines)
- 18 Gauge = 1.0mm (This is the gauge of our 55inch Trampoline)
Connections between pipes
Trampolines with welded metal are often hazardous and should be avoided. Our trampolines now feature a patented T-section joint which completely eliminates welding from the design. Fitting inside the leg of the trampoline design, the T-section will not rust as it is galvanised on both sides.
A Thick Trampoline Pad
Make sure that it's thick enough so you don't feel the trampoline frame underneath. Experts recommend that your trampoline pads be at least .5" to 1" thick. Thick pads are well worth the extra cost; do not settle for anything less! Accidents and injuries can and do occur from hitting the spring or frame. Smyths' trampolines have padding that ranges from .75 to 1 thick depending on the size of the trampoline (please refer to our specifications page.
High Quality Springs
It's not just the length and the trampoline spring count that gives you the best bounce. It's the resiliency (the recoil) of the spring. All of our trampoline springs have a resiliency that is designed for a fantastic bounce.
A Good Trampoline Mat
All of our mats are highly robust and made in the USA.
A Safety Enclosure That Fits Outside The Perimeter of the Trampoline
Unlike most trampolines, our enclosures are designed to fit outside of the trampoline's perimeter and won't take up any extra play space. This is why we advertise our trampolines as having 64% more play space than our competitors, as they feature the safety enclosure just inside the perimeter of the mat.
- What are the main safety precautions that should be taken when using the trampoline?
A safety enclosure must be used at all times. Using a safety enclosure will prevent the bouncer accidentally falling off the trampoline or jumping off when dismounting. Without the trampoline enclosure, any adult supervising is not going to have time to run around the outside of the trampoline to catch a child falling off the opposite side. Smyths Toys has a strict policy that a safety enclosure must be bought with every trampoline to ensure the safety of our customers.
Only one person may use the trampoline at a time.
Only use the trampoline under adult supervision.
Never attempt somersaults, this can lead to serious neck injury.
Inspect the trampoline before each use. Make sure the padding is correctly and securely positioned. Replace any worn, defective or missing parts.
- What trampoline accessories are available at Smyths Toys to increase the safety of the trampoline users?
Since the trampoline mat is raised off the ground, there is a risk of falling when exiting the trampoline improperly. Trampoline ladders are available for sale separately to guard against this. They also help smaller users to gain entry safely rather than by climbing up.
These prevent anyone or anything from going under the trampoline while in use and also provide handy storage pockets for shoes and any other loose items.
Tie Down Kits
These are advised to in order to secure the trampoline during play.
- Are your trampolines easy to assemble?
Yes. It is advisable for two people to carryout installation due to the bulky nature of the components. Allow about 20 minutes to read the instructions, 20 minutes to erect the trampoline and about 20 minutes to attach the safety enclosure. Don't forget to use the included spring clip tool as it will save plenty of time, struggling and blisters.
- Do I need to pack my trampoline set away in the winter?
We would recommend if you can you should pack it away. If this is not an option the trampoline is designed to be durable and can be left out all year round. However, it is advisable to remove the safety enclosure during the bad weather months and tie down the trampoline for extra security.
- What weight will each trampoline take?
Each of our trampolines has been tested and is certificated and suitable for a total user weight of 100kg (approximately 16 stone). Always investigate this before purchasing a trampoline; you will see that Smyths' trampolines have a higher user weight to other trampolines on the market.
- What are the physical benefits from using a trampoline?
Aside from being plenty of fun, using a trampoline also has some seriously beneficial health advantages for the whole family!
The aerobics associated with jumping on a fitness trampoline strengthens the heart in the same way as other cardio exercises like running and jumping rope. This increase in cardio rate encourages energy use and weight loss. Spending five to eight minutes doing trampoline exercise is like running a mile, only with less time, effort and strain on joints.
Muscle Tone and Cellulite Prevention
Trampoline exercise tones muscles in the lower half of the body. The legs, thighs, hips, stomach, and abdomen are all used when exercising on a fitness trampoline. Cellulite is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits. Jumping up and down on a trampoline can pump these fatty deposits out of the lymphatic nodes, ridding your body of cellulite. In approximately two weeks, you should notice that your legs, buttocks and ankles are becoming toned and those cellulite deposits are smoothing out.
Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis
Recent studies have shown that weight-bearing exercises practiced in childhood and adolescence significantly increase bone mass, reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Do your trampolines have safety certificates?
Yes. All of our trampolines hold GS/RWTUV certification, and have been cadmium tested and conform to the relevant standard EN71.
- What warranty is included?
The framework is covered by a five year warranty against failure due to rust or defect. This does not include the springs. The warranty does not cover damage due to misuse or by not following the manufacturer's usage instructions.
- Do you sell spare parts?
Yes. We know that your trampoline is going to be very popular and will get an enormous amount of use. Eventually, springs will stretch or break and beds will need re-stitching or replacing. It may not happen for a few years but when you need us, we plan to be there for you.
- What different trampoline sizes are available?
We stock 6ft, 8ft, 10ft and 13ft trampolines.
Our 8ft Trampoline is perfect for helping you improve your fitness.
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What is trampoline fitness? If you were told that bouncing up and down on a trampoline was a better form of fitness than
running, your brain would have a hard time accepting that concept. One of the best parts of trampolines is that fitness
comes as an afterthought, as no one expects to ever discover an exercise as engaging as the trampoline. Before you
embark on this new regime, always consult with your doctor to ascertain if this is the correct form of exercise for you.
If you are a beginner to trampoline fitness, then a quick warm-up is required. Simply bounce up and down until your heart
is beating at a moderate pace. For the purposes of our example exercises, a mini trampoline (also known as a rebounder)
will be the required fitness equipment:
Begin with a bounce: You can vary the degree of difficulty, in accordance with your fitness levels. Ensure that your feet remain on the trampoline and bounce up and down until you have found your natural balance.
Walk or jog to raise your heart rate. Swing your arms as per normal. No not lift your toes off the trampoline.
Another fantastic exercise to try is the standard jumping jack, only within the confines of the rebounding device. This is ideal for those who suffer joint pain during a normal jumping jack exercise routine.
Once you have kicked up a real sweat, start an advanced workout such as the heel to toe bounce. Place yourself in the middle of the mini trampoline, feet together. As you begin to bounce, raise your left foot forward, ensuring that your heel touches the surface. As this happens, quickly lift your left arm in front of you when your heel touches the surface. Repeat for the right hand side.
The few simple routines that are outlined above are merely an inkling of what can be accomplished with a trampoline. Invest in a decent model and enjoy a lifelong obsession with one of the world's safest and most exciting devices. We would also recommend that you invest in knee pads or shoulder pads for safety's sake. Enjoy your trampoline exercises and get fit in the process!
Trampoline Buying Guide
When choosing a new trampoline, be it a 13ft trampoline, a mini-trampoline or anything in-between, your option should be swayed towards your plans for your trampoline. Are you looking for an exercise device, or a massive trampoline for the whole family? If this trampoline is for exercise, will it be portable, or are you looking for a model that can be installed in your garden? Whatever the issue, whatever the query, we have found some solutions for you. For a quick reference though, remember that the cheaper you buy, the more hazardous your trampoline experience could be. Always invest in the best you can afford to buy.
Trampoline quality exists in three forms, that of high-end, mid range and budget. The high-end trampolines are very strong, and have been engineered to produce masterful bouncing dynamics. There will also be padding that runs around the edges of the trampoline. A trampoline enclosure is generally fitted for extra safety. Mid-range incorporates a few features of the high-end trampolines, while still maintaining a price that is more acceptable for those looking to trade up from a budget model. The budget models have flooded the market and a savvy consumer should think twice before spending money on an option that seems too good to be true. A budget trampoline could even be a cause for concern, as the springs, material and connecting parts that are used in the production could fail at anytime. Set your sights on a mid-range model for peace of mind.
What is the most important part of the trampoline? We say, the spring. When you are searching for a fairly large trampoline, the springs should be of optimum thickness. It is not about the number of the springs that surround the material, but the quality of the springs themselves. Also ensure that you check the pads themselves that cover the springs. The pads should be filled with lightweight foam and coated in a sturdy vinyl material. The rest we leave up to you; pick a colour, select a size and ensure that your choice of trampoline matches what you have in mind – be it family fun or outdoor exercises.
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Trampolines are loads of fun, a great way to exercise in the sunny outdoors and a group activity that all can enjoy. Sadly, accidents can happen. Therefore if you wish to truly enjoy this engaging activity, stick to our safety tips for maximum fun:
More than two thirds of all trampoline accidents occur when two or more people are on the trampoline. Even if a child is very young, they should bounce on their own, with the parents or family assisting on the sidelines. Neck and head injuries can occur when the trampoline becomes too crowded.
When you decide to purchase a trampoline, you will need to closely inspect the different models for their levels of safety, as indicated by quality stamps on the side (most models should have a stamp or insignia of some sorts), this is a sort of warranty on the parts and references of actions to avoid on your trampoline.
All models that have safety pads that cover the frame, springs and hooks are more than ideal. If your trampoline does not contain these pads, then you need to purchase them and tie them over the exposed parts. Other models have inclusive safety nets that cover the exposed springs and such.
Decide where your trampoline will be placed. The area that you have selected should be clear of all hazards. The degree of bounce may impact tall objects such as washing lines, fences, garden hedges, even telephone poles!
The trampoline should be placed on a soft spot that easily absorbs energy; this is for above ground models. Your garden lawn, a sandpit or otherwise are perfect examples of energy absorbing spots. Avoid concrete, bricks and hard ground until you have placed safety netting around your trampoline. In cases such as this, there should always be a safe zone to fall in, so ensure that your safety zone is always kept clear, keeping toys away from the trampoline.
Each and every time that you decide to use your trampoline, you should check it for damages. Inspect for holes, check the frame for rust and ensure that the braces are locked in place.
You know the rules for safety, but younger children should be taught the dos and don'ts of the trampoline. Get some guidelines in place such as always bounce in the middle, do not jump high in order to bounce off, and do not use the trampoline with your friends. Create more rules to suit your specific situation.
If it can scratch you, take it off. This includes jewellery, chains; watches and so on. These items could get caught in your hair or the springs of the trampoline.
Other general rules include: no somersaulting (this is best left to the experts); no children under five - Smyths stocks trampolines for toddlers; always use a ladder to get into the trampoline and the number one rule – always ensure that there is only one person on the trampoline at a time.
Smyths would like to advocate the safe use of trampolines for bouncing enthusiast of all ages. Your safety is our first concern, which is why we only stock quality models that are suitable for all needs. Get to your local Smyths store today and select a trampoline for you and your family.