What is the safest trampoline for your backyard?
Trampolines are not something that is traditionally thought of as safe. In generations previous to this one, the most stringent of safety standards had not been applied and there was no shortage or sketchy trampolines in any number of backyards. Poor materials, shoddy builds, a complete lack of care taken in construction all added up to something you wouldn’t want your or anyone else’s kids jumping on.
Fortunately, things have taken a turn for the better and safety has now become a primary concern for those building modern trampolines. With kids of our own, it’s something we think about quite frequently as well. Having that peace of mind goes a long way in being able to go about your own business while your kids are having fun.
Today’s trampolines have focused on safety to the extent that you now don’t have to watch your kids every movement while they’re jumping around. While that may not seem like a quantum leap in quality, we can assure you that it is. There have been two major changes, amongst smaller ones, that we’ve determined have made the greatest different.
The first is the near universal adoption of the net enclosure that surrounds the trampolines. This, simply put, keeps everyone on the trampoline and eliminates the risk of anyone falling off. In years past, a few rambunctious jumpers could throw damn near anyone in their orbit off of a trampoline. This could obviously result in major injuries; no more is this a concern.
The second major change in safety us the adoption of quality parts. Traditionally, whatever has been cheap and readily available is what goes into the construction of the trampoline, but now more care has been given to the makeup and parts. It may seem like a small change, but this keeps things in operation for a significantly longer time as well as stops you from having to replace parts or get a new trampoline altogether.
These two things working together have created a whole new class of trampolines that are significantly safer and longer lasting than those made 20 years ago. We decided to review three of our favourites from this class and discuss why we like them so much and what makes them so safe. In our review, we have included two for general backyard use that will work in almost any yard, as well as one that’s smaller and geared towards smaller children.
Each of these trampolines brings something a little different to the table all at slightly different price points. Almost all trampolines out there these days are safe, but these are from brands we trust and think they offer something a little more unique than most others.
What is the Safest Backyard Trampoline
With all of that said, here’s what we have determined to be three of our favourite safe trampolines on the market and what it is we like so much about them.
The first trampoline we wanted to take a look at was this number from Skywalker. Skywalker, as you know by now, has become one of our favourite companies and one who we’ve come to trust. There’s many reasons for this, chief among them is that they’re making high quality products for very reasonable prices.
As these are among the tenets for which we choose our products, it’s should come as no surprise that this is a company that we keep coming back to. With that said, this particular model, the 15-footer with a basketball hoop attachment and safety netting is no exception.
In addition to the aforementioned safety netting, this model is constructed with galvanized steel t-socket construction, a patented no-gap enclosure system so as to avoid any nasty finger pinching, a UV-protected spring pad to avoid burning, and rust-resistant springs.
There’s a lot to unpack here, but you can rest assured that all of this goes towards building a superior product that is built to withstand time and the elements. Not much else needs to be said about this company and their offerings, other than if you’re in the market for a safe and quality trampoline than this should be the first one you think about.
The second trampoline in our safety reviews we wanted to talk about is this model from Zupapa. Once glance at one of their many models (for consistency’s sake, we chose to go with the 15’ model here) and you can tell that safety is the primary focus. Once you start to dig a little deeper in to what it is they’ve offered then you really begin to see how safe these models actually are.
First off, all of their trampolines are TUV certified. TUV is a German governing body that work to validate the safety of any number of products across a number of different fields. What this amounts to is that a third party has rigorously tested the product and given it their stamp of approval. This counts for a lot to us and once you’ve put this through your own stress testing, you’ll see that it is exactly as advertised.
Moreover, this trampoline is built with heavy-duty steel frame, rust-resistant and galvanized steel is used all over, and the mats are UV-protected. What all of this means is that this is another well-built, quality trampoline that you should not hesitate to throw into your backyard. If you’re looking for a nice 15’ trampoline, you’ll have a hard time deciding between this and the Skywalker, as both are built to last.
My First Trampoline 84"
The last offering we wanted to discuss is this one from Sportswear. While it comes in at a decidedly diminutive 84”, it’s built for younger children to be able to have fun but do so safely. Although it doesn’t come with galvanized steel and some of the other higher-end features, this little guy is built to and often exceeds all the safety standards set out by the ATSM. It still boasts UV-protected mats as well, so you don’t have to worry about your little guy or gal getting burned by the mats.
Again, this isn’t the largest trampoline out there but it exceeded our standards and comes it at a very reasonable price of just over $100. If you have a little one out there and you’re looking for a way to keep them safe and active, this is as fine a trampoline as you can find.