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The best and safest trampolines for toddlers and children

Section: Toys & Education
Toddler on trampoline

With the summer months approaching fast, there are (hopefully) plenty of sunny afternoons in the garden to look forward to. If you’re looking for a way to keep your little ones active and pass the time, trampolines provide hours of fun for the whole family.  

Are they safe?

When buying anything for your children, safety is naturally your number one concern so there are some factors before purchasing your trampoline. Firstly, if you have a child under the age of six, we typically recommend steering clear of typical garden trampolines over 6ft. Safety guidelines issued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents state that trampolining is unsafe for children of these age guidelines as they are unable to control their bouncing. That said, there are several products on the market designed especially for toddler play and development so your little one doesn't have  to miss out on the fun.  

Which do I go for?

Trampolines come in various shapes and sizes to suit the needs of both toddlers and older children but, with so many to choose from and design features to consider, which are the best trampolines for kids? Realistically, the size of your garden will mostly determine which trampoline you go for. You'll want to allow yourself grassy space around the trampoline of about 1.5m on all sides in case your child does fall, meaning she'll have a soft landing. 

While you will have more choice with a bigger garden, bear in mind that the larger the surface area of the trampoline, the bigger the bounce. One way to put your mind at ease could be to select a design with built-in cushioning. If you have a smaller garden to work with, there are plenty of compact choices you can look at. Alternatively, an in-ground trampoline which can be embedded within flat, grassy areas of the garden. 

Typically, trampolines come in oval, round and rectangle shapes. An oval trampoline is ideal if you have a narrow garden while rectangle is great if you've got a mini gymnast in the family. While some trampolines are for just for one bouncer, others are suitable for more people, perfect if you've got more than one child or they have friends who will want to play too. Look at the maximum user weight too if you're planning on joining in too, even if you tell yourself you're not going to... 

What should I look for?

When choosing your trampoline, it may be tempting to go for a cheaper model but if it seems too good to be true, it may well be, so be sure to check that the quality can withstand some serious bouncing. Look for brands that offer long warranties or trampolines made from tough materials that will deteriorate less quickly and last longer. Depending on the age of your youngster, you may want additional security measures such as a spring free trampoline or a safety net. 

Can I leave it up all year?

Large trampolines can be very difficult to take down and store, so if you want a trampoline you can put up and forget about whatever the weather, you'll want to invest in one which has rust-free materials. It's also worth thinking about things like a winter cover to protect it from the elements.

Regardless of your preferences or garden space, we've done all the research to produce an extentive list of the best trampolines for kids you can buy now.  

Get your little ones loving trampolining from an early age with this nursery version and its fun tortoise design. The cover is padded for comfort and the handle is easy for little hands to grip. With screw off hands and folding legs, this trampoline can be quickly stored away without taking up much space. Playing on this trampoline, indoors or outdoors, will encourage your little one's physical confidence, plus developing coordination and balance. You'll need two people to assemble this toddler trampoline. 

British company Galt has been creating toys for children for more than 180 years so you can trust in their design and quality. 

  • Suitable from 12 months
  • Maximum weight 20kg (44lb)
  • Weighs 3.5kg 
  • Size: 60cm from floor to handle; 70cm diameter frame.

Your little one will bounce away all day long with this colourful trampoline which can be used both inside and outdoors. There's a bar for your toddler to hold onto for extra security, and the handles are soft for easy gripping. The edges of the trampoline have padded edges for safety and are also stitched in to prevent little feet from becoming trapped.

  • Weighs 3.85 Kg
  • Size: 8 x 32 x 100 cm
  • Suitable from 12 months 

Suitable from 12-18 months, you can use this indoors or outdoors for ultimate toddler fun. It has a soft grippy handle, and non-slip feet, plus a padded safety mat too – and it’s good and low to the ground for those first bounces. Reviewers say don't try to build this one on your own!

  • Weighs 2.6kg
  • Size: 58 x 58 x 59.5 cm
  • Recommended from 12 months

This 55inch/4.5ft trampoline can be used both indoors and outdoors and is available in two colours. Safety features include thick foam padding with vinyl covering over the extra heavy-duty bands. Lightweight and simple to build, it won't take up the whole garden and is ideal for one child to bounce. 

  • Maximum weight 45kg
  • Weighs 12kg
  • Size: Diameter 4.5ft (140cm); Height: 122cm
  • Recommended for ages 3-6 years 

Although a pricey choice, an in-ground trampoline will blend seemlessly into your garden, especially with the green pads. The strong frame is made from 2mm thick galvanised steel and a vented safety pad allows airflow through the pad meaning there's no annoying 'pad slap' noise as your child enthusiastically bounces. You'll recieve everything you could need with the complete in-ground trampoline kit which includes the trampoline, retaining wall and clear instructions. While the in-ground trampolines are designed to be installed yourself, you'd be looking at around a weekend to finish the job.

There's also a 10 year warranty so you can be confident that the quality will last you for years of bouncing. 

  • Maximum weight 100kg
  • Size 10ft - heavy duty 275gsm galvanised 42mm diameter, 2mm thick steel frame
  • Suitable from two years

 

 With a full safety enclosure, this one person trampoline will let your little one bounce around safely and securely, giving you peace of mind as she plays. Made from rust resistant powder coated steel frame, the enclosure is made from a UV resistant mesh fabric with elastic net straps sewin in. 

  • Diameter: 4.5ft - 55" - 140cm
  • Maximum weight 100lbs
  • Height 120cm

This best-selling trampoline is easy to assemble and has a sturdy and durable design. It ensures the highest safety and stability for children and teenagers (definitely one for the bigger kids in the family). 

  • Size 266 x 305 x 305cm
  • Maximum weight 105kg
  • Suitable from 6 years 

It may come with a higher price tag but this trampoline is award-winning for its safety features and provides plenty of jumping room. Ideal for smaller gardens and soft bouncing for little jumpers. It's innovative in its design with no springs, meaning while there is a smaller bouncing area, it actually gives you more stability to bounce all round - unlike normal trampolines where you can't bounce near the edge. There's also a safety net enclosure to keep your child secure while playing.

  • Diameter of mat 2.5m (8ft)
  • Maximum weight 80kg
  • Total height 2.3m
  • Total space required 3.4 metres / 11ft x 11ft

This award winning Zorb trampoline certainly has the wow factor with its modern and innovative design. The unique interlocking frame ensures there is no movement on the legs during jumps for maximum safety. Suitable for ages six and up. The net sits inside the pad to avoid trapping fingers and toes for ultimate safety. 

  • Size 14ft 
  • 2-year warranty on the net 
  • Maximum weight 19 stone or 120kg
  • Suitable for ages 6 years and up 
  • Requires 17.6ft garden space with a clear space of 2.5m on all sides of the trampoline

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Sophie Athawes is a Content Writer at Bauer Media, working on titles such as What’s the Best, Yours and Mother&Baby. Sophie is a self-confessed cinephile and can usually be found at the cinema (having seen over 3000+ films), working on her blog or posting on her Instagram. 
 

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