Why does every good trampoline out there have to cost hundreds of dollars?
When you think about it, a trampoline isn't a very complicated. It's a steel frame with an elastic pad stretched out by some springs. That's all it is, and it shouldn't cost manufacturers more than a couple of bucks.
If you’re in the same boat I was, this article is for you.
Fortunately, there are some good trampoline options out there. Of the options, the Super Jumper Combo Trampoline stands out.
So before you go out and dump hundreds of dollars on what is essentially no more than a few pieces of necessary material, read the following.
The super jumper comes in one of 5 options.
The biggest is a 16-foot diameter trampoline. This model will cost you somewhere in between two and three hundred dollars. It has a weight limit of 330 pounds. Next is the 14-foot model. It will cost you the same as the 16-foot model and has a weight limit of 286 lbs.
The next model is the 10-foot trampoline. It's almost a hundred dollars cheaper than the previous models. There is no maximum weight listed, but my best estimation is that you shouldn't fit more than 200 pounds on it. The 6-foot option is a few bucks cheaper and is meant for just one person at a time.
The final and most affordable option are a little short of the one hundred dollar mark. It is the 4.5-foot option and is best used for small kids only. No one more than 90 pounds should get on this trampoline.
All of the models come in a robust galvanized steel frame. This is pretty much the standard when it comes to trampoline frames. It comes with safety pad to cover the springs, so no one will be getting damaged from landing on the springs. Around the springs, a safety net is included to catch people from falling off.
The jumping pad is UV-resistant so that it will last longer sitting out in the sun.
Super Jumper Combo Trampoline is one of the cheapest trampolines you will find at a price, so know what you are getting into.
I think if your trampoline is there for tiny children, this model will do just fine. The problem is the support isn't as strong as listed. So the point is to buy a larger model than you think you may need. This will compensate for any of the lack of support that may occur with these trampolines.
The smaller models also have some utility, though. They are small enough to be used inside, which isn't the case with most trampolines. The two smallest models could easily be set up in the basement.
It includes some spring tools, so installation was very easy. No drilling or complicated steps were required. Total installation time was just around 30 minutes, and besides lifting some of the frames, you can do everything by yourself. If installation sounds too complicated for you, you can purchase expert installation for around the one hundred dollar mark. I wouldn't recommend this, though, as installation is quite essential.
The trampoline could be dangerous the way the springs are set up. Do not forget to use the safety pad over the springs.
It has a pretty good bounce. It's not the best bounce in the business, but it's certainly big enough to put a smile on yours and your kid's faces. What you should know is that you get what you pay for here.
Most trampolines of this nature will cost you around a thousand dollars. For paying a fraction of the price, you are coming away with a pretty sweet deal.
There are some things to look out for, though.
For starters, the net support may not be as tight as I had hoped. The beams supporting the net are flimsy. If you find yourself crashing into them, they will slowly weaken. The first few dozen net will be fine, but the more people bump into the frame of the net, the worse. It slowly starts to bend, and if it gets bad enough, it may even snap off.
It’s just not as heavy duty as you may have hoped. In fact, there are some complaints that the jumping mat develops holes in it after a while. Though this seems to be mostly a user created problem, it still may be cause for worry.
Chances are, your trampoline will be okay. It's not meant to withstand a bunch of weight, and it's not heavy duty, but it is a great bargain. The welding isn't very strong, but it's good enough if you are responsible.
The best place to purchase the Super Jumper is Amazon. Trampolines are always marked up in stores. Just their sheer size forces retail stores to up the price to compensate for all the storage room.
Most other online stores happen to sell this same trampoline for over three hundred dollars. I'm not sure why, but Amazon can beat all these prices. You may as well buy the additional cheap spring loading tool because the one included is pretty cheap and prone to breaking.
In conclusion, you're not getting the best trampoline in the world. Sure it's not all that bad, but there are some things to look out for.
Check if your springs are all there, if the pad has holes in it, and if your net frame is upright.
You won’t find a full sized trampoline for cheaper. It’s a fantastic bargain. If you have wild children who will be using this trampoline, maybe reinforce the net a little bit. But if you wanted a smaller model for inside the house, this is the perfect trampoline for you.