Trampolines are the best, right? When you were a kid, you got super excited seeing a trampoline. Now that you’re a parent, that feeling might be more like fear and concern.
Trampoline safety has come a long way since the open metal frames of the eighties. Back then, everything was open. One good windstorm might send your trampoline flying across the yard, and you’d be lucky if it came to rest somewhere without hitting the house or a car. Now that we use nets to help keep kids safe, this scenario is even more likely.
You need a trampoline anchor. Anchors help protect your investment and prevent damage to your or other people’s property if there’s ever a storm. There are a couple of different anchor types you can choose and a few things to consider before you buy. We’ve put together a list of our top picks for trampoline anchor. Plus, we’ve answered a few questions you might have about how to choose the right one. Let’s take a look.
Here are our top picks for best trampoline anchors
JumpSport Trampoline Anchor Kit
Our first anchor kit is a corkscrew style anchor with heavy-duty nylon tethers. There are four screws and the tethers loop up around the trampoline where the mat attaches. They’re about a foot long, and once you get them into the ground, they aren’t easy to get back out.
We’d like to see six anchors instead of four, so we have more coverage, but a standard round trampoline should be fine with four. The straps are comfortable to loop around and adjust. Set up takes about 15 minutes or less.
It might be an investment for some, but compared to the cost of replacing a broken trampoline, they’re certainly worth it. The buckles have a tendency to rust after long periods of exposure to weather so they might be difficult to remove from the anchors after they’ve been out for a while.
-corkscrew stakes are easy to install
-nylon material is very durable and weatherproof
-buckle attachments tend to rust
Get Out!! Extra-Large 12” x 2-3/4” Inch Outdoor Trampoline Safety Ground Anchor Galvanized Steel Wind Stakes 4-Piece Kit
Get Out’s stakes are U-shaped stakes that fit over the legs of the trampoline and bury into the ground below. They’re straight, so we don’t recommend them for areas with genuinely severe winds. However, if you live in an area with moderate winds and need to satisfy homeowner’s insurance requirements, these might be a good choice.
They’re nine millimeters galvanized steel, and the hook is extra wide to fit a wide variety of trampolines. They’re easy to install. Use a heavy mallet or another blunt instrument to hammer the stakes into the ground over the legs of the trampoline.
It includes four stakes (again, we’d like to see more) and this method should hold a trampoline well in a protected area or in places without high, extreme winds. They’re also suitable for anchoring a trampoline that has to be regularly moved for lawn services or other reasons.
-easy to move the trampoline to a different place
-easy to install
-only suitable for moderate winds
Cajun Tie-Downs Trampoline Anchor Kit
This heavy-duty kit is another anchor suitable for areas with extreme winds. The twisted anchors hold to the ground and are difficult to displace once you’ve gotten them in. The flexible straps are durable nylon that’s UV protected, and each loops up to where the mat connects to create the anchor.
The anchors twist about six inches into the ground. While it may not hold in tornados or nor’easters, they certainly hold in most inclement storms where weather may be an issue for U-shaped anchors.
-UV protected tethers
-six-inch anchors may be easier to twist into the ground
-anchors may not be long enough for genuinely extreme weather
JumpKing Trampoline Anchor Kit
JumpKing’s anchor is another set of twist anchors that safely hold onto the ground and tether to the trampoline on four different sides. The anchors are about a foot long. The straps are plenty long enough for multiple styles of trampoline.
There are only four tie downs, but the clips are easy to fasten, and the tethers should last for a few seasons at least. They do have some stretch which might be useful for severe winds. They aren’t very easy to move out of the ground so you might want to put the trampoline in a place you don’t have to move often. Otherwise, you could just unhook the tethers and move it temporarily.
-foot long anchors
-tethers unclip easily and resist rust
-the strap material may not last as long as others on the list
SkyBound Heavy Duty Trampoline Anchor Kit
This set uses heavy duty stakes to sink deep into the ground. They’re black coated metal, which helps reduce rust by not leaving the metal exposed to the elements. They’re 15 inches total in length, meaning they can get further into the ground for heavier wind conditions.
The straps are extra long so they’ll fit a variety of trampoline styles. They’re nylon, which withstands a variety of weather conditions but has a little bit of stretch for extreme weather.
You might need to use a lever of some kind within the top triangle to get some leverage to twist them into the ground.
-coated metal resists rust and other weather-related wear and tear
-15-inch stakes twist further into the ground
-might need leverage of some kind to screw them all the way into the ground. Some put a rod or lever through the triangle hold at the top.
Do I Need To Anchor My Trampoline?
The short answer is probably. Depending on the size of your trampoline, it may be more or less prone to blowing away, but all trampoline sizes do have reports of wind displacing them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
That said you could consider the location of the trampoline. If it’s protected on all four sizes from wind and weather, then you might be able to keep it unanchored without too much worry. Only the strongest winds would swoop into a protected area to move a trampoline.
Another consideration is if your area is prone to high winds at all. If it is, an anchor is a necessity to prevent damage to your trampoline and worse, damage to your property or your neighbor’s. An improperly anchored trampoline could be a liability for property damage if it blows into the next yard over and causes damage.
What Kind Of Anchor Can I Get?
There are a couple of different types of anchors. The first is something called a wind stake. They’re buried in the ground in a cement block or pour and provide a very permanent solution to your trampoline wind problem.
This style is the most secure, of course, but if you plan to move or just feel uncomfortable securing a trampoline with cement, it might not be the right one. If you know you’re staying and you’re going to play with the trampoline for a long time, you wouldn’t have to worry about wind or storms ever again.
A less permanent option is an anchor that drives into the ground. Then, you tie your trampoline to these rods with rope, or preferably chains. These might still pull out in truly severe weather, but they’re a less permanent option that can handle the most inclement weather.
Two types of these anchors are augers and U-shaped anchors. U-shaped is often more comfortable to get into the ground, and they fit directly over the feet of the trampoline. If you frequently have to move your trampoline and you experience only moderate winds, these are a good choice.
Auger style anchors twist into the ground like a corkscrew. They have attachments at the top that allow you to attach a tether. The tether goes from the secured auger to the trampoline frame. You can’t move them as quickly, but they can withstand much more severe weather than U-shape. If you live in a place with frequently extreme winds, this style is your choice.
How Do I Choose?
Pick a kit that has plenty of coverage for your trampoline. If your trampoline is large, you don’t want just two anchors. You’ll need one for each of the feet and possibly more if your area is particularly prone to high winds.
You’ll also want stakes that are twisted or screw into the ground. Straight stakes won’t help at all in winds high enough to move a trampoline. You need something that will grip the compacted earth and stay put.
The tether materials should be heavy as well. Try to use chain material rather than rope because ultimately, the rope can fray and give way under enormous pressure.
Trampoline safety is an important issue. You want your kids safe, so you use the net. The net makes it more likely you’ll see your trampoline tumbling across the yard during lousy weather.
Anchors give you better control over your trampoline and prevent accidents. Even if you don’t experience high winds, we still recommend anchoring your trampoline somehow. Not only is it a safety issue, but you don’t want a nasty surprise on your homeowner’s insurance notification.
Once you get the trampoline anchored, it’s safer. Wind and weather won’t be an issue, and you’ll know it’s stable for jumpers even if there are multiples. Until trampoline manufacturers get smart and start including some sort of anchor with the trampoline itself, the ones on our list are durable, reliable, and won’t break the bank.