Because most of us have fond memories of laughing and playing on a trampoline either at our own house or at the house of cousins, friends or neighbors, we often consider passing along that fun to our own children. Times have changed since we were kids and so have trampolines. How much do trampolines cost? Answering that question isn’t quite as simple as it once was.
Our buyer’s guide can help answer this question by examining the different variables that affect the cost of trampolines, the various types of trampolines, the safety equipment used and the cost of various accessories. Once you have narrowed down what you are looking for and what best fits your needs, you will have a much better understanding of the range of prices to expect when it comes to selecting a trampoline.
What variables affect trampoline costs?
The wide variety of trampolines, materials and safety equipment used and various designs add to or take away from the value built into each trampoline. Consequently, the price range can also vary from a little under $100 all the way up to a little over $2,000. Let’s take a closer look at the different variables involved in trampoline costs:
Style and Size
In general, the bigger the trampoline, the more expensive it is. Because a larger trampoline uses more materials in its construction, this stands to reason. However, another factor involved is connected to the style of trampoline. Style makes a difference because different styles have different purposes. There are three basic styles of trampoline:
• Round trampolines tend to be for recreational use at home and are typically more economically priced, because of a more competitive market.
• Rectangular trampolines tend to be used in professional or commercial capacities and therefore are more often higher priced.
• Oval trampolines are also used for recreational use and are somewhat harder to get your hands on, so supply and demand figures into the equation as well.
There are also square and octagonal styles on the market, but their novelty is similar to oval trampolines and this novelty tends to drive the price up as well.
Quality and Durability
Where size and style are definite factors, they are not the only considerations in what affects the price of a trampoline. Quality and durability also play a role in cost of materials, which is reflected in the price of the finished product.
Quality of Materials
Stronger materials in the frame are a major contributor to the price. Aluminum is a lighter material that is sometimes used to make a lighter weight and less expensive trampolines, but it is weaker than steel. A steel frame is heavier, more durable and more expensive. However, price variations exist between heavier gauge steel frames, which are more expensive and lighter gauge steel frames.
Besides the frame, the quality of the springs and the quality of the fabric using in the jumping pad are also contributing factors to cost. The quality of the materials used in safety pads, safety frame and safety netting also has to be taken into consideration when looking at cost variables as well.
Durability of the Construction
Durability is related to how well the trampoline is built. There are three factors that demonstrate durability at a glance. Let’s take a quick look at each one:
• Weight capacity is one way of knowing the durability of a trampoline. Less durable trampolines are going to have a weight capacity of less than 250 pounds. Trampolines over a 250 pound weight capacity are good indicators of a more durable build.
• The number of legs or pairs of legs, on a trampoline is another indicator of durability. Trampolines with four pairs of legs are not as durably built, where trampolines with six or more pairs of legs are more durable. This difference is typically reflected in weight capacity as well.
• Weld quality is another durability factor to keep in mind. Smooth welded frames without any gaps or rough welds are more durable.
It stands to reason that a more durably built trampoline is going to have a higher price as more of an investment was put into the construction process.
Resistance to the Elements
Another factor related to quality and durability and adds to the price of a trampoline is the resistance of the materials when it comes to exposure to the elements. Frames, legs and springs that are made of galvanized steel, which includes the presence of zinc in the coating of the steel, are more resistant to rust and corrosion. Materials that resist moisture and wind cost more. In addition to resistance to these elements is resistance to UV damage. Jumping pads, safety pads, and safety net material that are UV damage resistant cost more than materials that are less likely to resist damage.
Technology and Safety
Until the development of springfree trampolines and the use of leaf springs in the construction of trampolines, every trampoline had coil springs to provide bounce. Coil spring type trampolines present safety problems and make injuries more likely. Advancements in technology have hoped to address these safety problems by placing the frame and springs in a position where a jumper should never run the risk of coming into contact with these elements of the trampoline. Let’s examine these two types of technology:
• Springfree trampolines make use of metal rods placed below the jump matt and connected to a steel frame below the rods.
• Similar to the springfree design, a leaf spring trampoline places the jump matt on top of leaf springs that extend up from a steel frame that is located below the jump surface.
Both of these designs add more safety, but because they are new designs and make use of new technology, they also increase the price tag attached to trampoline. In addition to these technological advances geared toward safety are the various forms of safety nets and safety pads. Build quality and durability of these products and the frames and attachments that secure them in place are additional factors when it comes to determining overall price as well.
Typical Price by Shape
As discussed earlier, various types or shapes of trampolines are more or less expensive than others. Part of what will help you to determine how much you are going to pay for a trampoline is going to be related to the shape, size and weight capacity of the trampoline. Let’s take a closer look at the various shapes and their typical price ranges.
The market for round trampolines is extremely competitive because they are in high demand as home, recreational units. This is both good and bad news depending upon what you are expecting from your trampoline. Round trampolines have a different kind of bounce which tends to direct the jumper back toward the center of the trampoline. They really aren’t designed for use in the same way that rectangular trampolines are and they can be manufactured out of less costly materials. In general you can expect to pay somewhere within the following range of prices depending upon the size of round trampoline you purchase:
• 8 foot and under: less than $250
• 10 foot: $250
• 12 foot: $350
• 14 foot: $450
• 15 foot and larger: $500 plus
These figures do not reflect round trampolines with advanced safety technology like springfree and leaf spring types. For trampolines with this type of technology, you can expect to pay between $1,200 and $2,200. Though these are well above the others in price, the factors of safety and peace of mind are part of the value you are purchasing.
Older generations are more familiar with this style of trampoline. This style has some advantages because of the way it is built. It tends to allow for a greater weight capacity and for allowing multiple users at the same time. Rectangular style trampolines are preferred by those who do trampoline gymnastics and are used in the Olympic games and other competitive trampoline sports. Those used in commercial or competitive capacities tend to have more durability and quality built into them. For home, recreational use, you can expect to pay a little less, but more than you will pay for a round trampoline. Here is a sample price range:
• Lower end trampolines 7’ x 10’ to 8’ x 14’: under $500
• Better Quality 8’ x 14’ and 9’ x 15’ trampolines: $1,000 to $2,000
• Lower end Olympic Size 10’ x 17’: $900 to $2,000
• Quality Olympic Size 10’ x 17’: $2,500 to $4,000
• Larger than 10’ x 17’: $3,000 and up
Springfree and leaf spring technology does not extend to rectangular trampolines, so there are no price variations for the addition of those technologies. However, when it comes to the purchase of competitive or commercial grade trampolines, which are often used in trampoline parks, prices can exceed $6,000.
Oval Trampolines are similar to round trampolines when it comes to usage. They tend to be used as home, recreational trampolines and not in competitions. They are typically designed around the same concept as round trampolines, so their costs tend to lean more toward that end of the range of prices. Here is a sample of what you can expect to pay for an oval trampoline:
• 7’ x 10’ oval: $300
• 8’ x 12’ and 9’ x 13’ oval: $550
• 10’ x 15’ oval: $750
• 14’ x 17’ and up: $1,000 plus
Springfree and leaf spring options do come in oval styles and you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 for these safer oval trampolines.
In Ground Trampolines
Most trampolines tend to be set up above ground, but there has been a trend toward in-ground trampoline installation. The rationale behind in-ground installation is in relation to avoiding injuries caused from falling off of the trampoline and added distance from the surface of the trampoline to the ground. An additional reason for this type of installation is related to aesthetics. In-ground installations can be accomplished by do-it-yourselfers who prepare a pit in which to lower a standard trampoline or they can come as specially designed in-ground trampolines. The former tends to be less expensive than the latter, but either is going to increase the cost of trampoline installation. At the low end of this type of installation, you can add $300 to $500 to the cost of your trampoline. Other considerations related to water drainage, retaining wall construction and trampoline foundation can add additional costs. Be sure you know what you are getting into with an in-ground trampoline installation.
Various styles, sizes, quality, durability, weather resistance, safety and technology all contribute to the costs of building a trampoline and that cost is passed on in the price tag of the model you purchase. Though safety equipment is typically included in all of the models you purchase, there are additional items that can add to the ultimate price when you make your purchase. These items add value to your purchase and can sometimes be the difference when it comes to choosing one model over another when all other features are equal. Here are some common accessories that might be included with your purchase or that you might want to add on when you purchase you trampoline:
• Games (i.e., basketball hoop)
• Tie down stakes
• Surrounding mat
If these accessories are not included with the purchase of your trampoline, then you will have to decide which ones you really must have and which ones you feel are not necessary.
Because there is such a wide variety of styles of trampolines and there is pretty tough competition when it comes to home, recreational type trampolines, prices can range from competitive to pricey. How you intend to use your trampoline will ultimately determine which style you choose, what size will fit the space you have available, and what level of quality you prefer. Those factors can have a major impact on the range of prices you can expect when purchasing a trampoline. However, after using our buying guide, you should be well informed concerning what to expect.