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How Much Does A Trampoline Cost?

As a 30 something trampoline aficionado with two kids who clearly take after their parent, I often am asked. “so … how much does a trampoline cost”. At this stage, I could probably give a TED talk about it. From size to accessories to safety features to above ground to ground level- this is my answer to the question I never get tired of talking about – How much does a trampoline cost?

The first thing you should know is that trampolines vary hugely in price depending on whether it is above ground or inground, and dependent on the size, safety features, and accessories.

The Bottom Line

Backyard Trampoline prices range from $500 to $1,000, at least for well-known brands. You can find a safe backyard trampoline for $700. Mini trampolines and kid trampolines run from $50 to $200. Below we run you through all the price ranges and considerations for buying a trampoline. If you want to skip the research phase and just jump into our recommended backyard trampoline, feel free to skip to our trampoline comparison post.

Now:

Let’s start with the most significant decision, Above Ground vs. In Ground Trampolines.

Above-Ground vs. In Ground Trampolines

The decision to go above or in-ground trampoline is mostly an issue of personal preference. In terms of fun and safety, there are very few really big differences. Which i’ll get to later in the post.

The Considerations

This is what you should consider before you start:

  1. Do I have enough space?
  2. Do I want to have more fun than I can imagine?
  3. How much does an above ground trampoline cost?

The Above Ground Trampoline

This is the most commonly available type of trampoline. This type of trampoline can be assembled wherever you want it, and more importantly, it can be moved around as you see fit. Here’s our post on how to put together a trampoline

The Cost

The cost of an above ground trampoline depends on the size of the trampoline

For example, the cost of a mini-trampoline is about $35 – if that’s what you are looking for here’s our full guide

From there you should expect the trampoline price to increase as the circumference increases:

For example A 10 foot: $250 to 12 foot: $350, 14 foot: $450 ,16 foot: $550.

For the rectangular trampoline the prices start slightly higher:

14 X8ft: around $600

15X 9ft: $700

17ft X10ft: $990

– I’ll discuss why there is such a price discrepancy between the circular and rectangular later in this post.

The In Ground Trampoline

Aesthetically this one is more pleasing, it sits flush with the ground and can easily be hidden or made into a garden feature.

But here are some things you should consider before you start:

  1. Make sure that the area can be drained easily; there is nothing worse than turning your inground trampoline area into a mosquito filled swamp.
  2. Make sure you have enough space, this is not just for the hole you are going to dig but also as a safety precaution around your chosen area. Despite the proximity to the ground, airborne kids can still fall off land on something dangerous. I think that a border of about 6 ft around the trampoline is a good starting point.

Unless you are a DIY magician, and I mean Dumbledore level magician, you should consider getting an in-ground trampoline professionally installed, honestly its an issue of safety and peace of mind.

The Cost

You can expect to pay between $1000 and $2000 for the trampoline, depending on whether you buy it with the in-ground installation kit or not. I have seen them for as low as $900 but a trampoline that cheap raises red flags concerning testing of materials and the quality of the metal parts- specifically the springs.

Many people make a mistake in thinking that an inground trampoline is necessarily safer than its above-ground alternative, after all, because it sits on the ground kids falling off have less distance to drop. This is only half true, and here’s the kicker without the safety net, kids can still bounce onto hard surfaces and more dangerously onto the metal frame and springs. And what kind of certifications it has can also affect the price point. Safety concerns have led to higher levels of safety certifications and companies willing to invest in the testing of springs and materials, in return, these trampolines come with a higher price tag. Here’s my full guide to trampoline safety. A trampoline that has these certifications is worth the extra buck. In the end; as with most things in life – you get what you pay for.

Trampoline Accessories

I think that accessories fit into two categories. The must have and the nice to have:

Manditory Accessories

Coming first in the must-have category

Safety mats and spring cover

getting your foot caught in the spring is not just painful, its also can turn out to be a trip to the ER. Depending on the size of your trampoline expect to pay between $49 and $90 for mats.

Safety nets

These nets are expensive. But are worth the investment. These nets act as a barrier to keeping people in and on the trampoline. This is important because combined with the safety mat they form the basis of your safety mechanism. For the safety net and expect to pay between $96 – $230 including poles. Be cautious when purchasing online not all kits come with the poles.

Many larger brands are including these safety accessories as standard; however, you should not automatically assume that these accessories will come with the trampoline you purchase, especially if it is suspiciously cheap.

Many super cheap trampolines, especially if you buy directly from China won’t necessarily come with safety features standards. These cheaper trampolines often hook in unwitting bargain shoppers who often find that they are required to buy the safety items separately, which means that not only are these not a great bargain but when you take into account the headache of measuring and shipping- you may end up paying more than you expected. This is something, as the consumer should be wary of. Moreover, poorly fitting safety nets and mats are just an accident waiting to happen.

Bottom Line: Nets and Mats are safety accessories that are worth investing in.

Optional Accessories

Here are some accessories that are nice to have:

Games: For example, slides, hoops, bounce boards or plastic balls, we have a complete list here.

Ladder: this will help smaller children get in and out of the trampoline safely

Trampoline cover to keep your investment safe from the elements.

Shoe pouches. A nice add-on to keep your trampoline area nice and neat.

Bottom Line: These nice to have are like the sprinkles on the cake- they’re cute but shouldn’t be what sways your decision making.

Round Trampolines vs. Rectangular

Here’s something I didn’t know. Square or rectangular trampolines are generally more expensive because they are considered gymnastic or professional trampolines. Whereas circular or round trampolines are usually regarded as appropriate for home use, and this is important for you as the consumer because the price point on round trampolines are going to be lower as more brands are competing fiercely to corner the recreational market.

Trampoline With Springs vs. No Spring

The top of the line trampolines continues to innovate with new developments in trampoline technology: the spring free trampoline.

What most parents, manufacturers and I’m guessing ER doctors have realized is that the riskiest part of the trampoline are the springs, and metal frame accounting for about 30% of injuries. So, some manufacturers have started manufacturing trampolines without the metal frame, instead of replacing it with a plastic fusion frame. Whilst this trampoline is the gold standard in safety; its high price point can make it prohibitively expensive for most consumers. For this higher priced trampoline, you should expect to spend between $1000-$2500 for a basic model.

Not ready to invest in a trampoline, but the kids are jumping out of their skins? Check out our blog post on the best trampoline park.

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