Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping For The Right Trampoline
Maybe you’ve noticed them recently: the ads popping up everywhere for Christmas gift ideas. It’s that time of year. Pretty soon, you are going to be bombarded with TV commercials, billboards and magazine spreads, all vying for your attention, all claiming that their product is the best product. It can be tough to cut through the noise sometimes.
From what I’ve seen in my social media feeds over the last couple of years, one of the most common family gifts is a backyard trampoline. It is something the whole family can enjoy, whether it’s the kids bouncing on it for fun, or the parents looking to get a quick workout in the backyard. But, oftentimes, a trampoline is an investment, and knowing which one to choose isn’t as simple as pointing to the first ad you see in a magazine.
Looking to buy the right trampoline for your family this holiday season? Here are three main criteria you should consider when shopping for a trampoline, and a break down of what to look for in a trampoline!
The size of your trampoline will ultimately depend on two things: the amount of room you have in your backyard, and who will be using the trampoline. For small yards, obviously a smaller trampoline will be appropriate – just make sure you measure in advance and allow for at least a meter and a half clearance on all sides to avoid injury.
If adults (such as yourself) will be jumping on the trampoline, make certain that the maximum user weight can support them, and opt for a trampoline that is a little more spacious. Additionally, if you know you are going to use it for a specific purpose, like basketball (yes, there are trampoline hoops available!) buy an appropriately large size.
When it boils down to it, in my opinion, safety is the most important criterion. As much as you want everyone to have fun bouncing and playing, no amount of fun is worth risking injury.
From what I’ve seen, of all the trampolines in Canada one of the safest trampolines is undoubtedly the Springfree trampoline. Instead of sharp springs at the trampoline’s edge, this trampoline employs composite rods that are beneath the jumping surface; it has a flexible, sturdy enclosure to prevent jumpers falling off; and its edge mat is made of soft, shock absorbing material.
Of course, as with any activity, bouncing still carries some risk of injury, but at least with a safe trampoline you can cut down drastically on the possibility.
If you’re being honest, there is no way your kids will wait until the spring to jump on their new holiday gift. They will want to bounce right away.
To that end, look for a trampoline that is rust-resistant and can withstand the tough Canadian winters. This is also important because, with an investment like a trampoline, you want it to last a long time. Read reviews before you purchase to make sure your trampoline of choice is built to last.
This holiday season, use this gift guide to get the perfect trampoline,and make you whole family jump for joy… literally.
Do you have other suggestions as to what to look for when shopping for the right trampoline? Share your thoughts below!