6 Reasons Why Trampolines Are So Expensive
Trampolines are a blast for people of all ages! There’s nothing quite as fun and freeing as the feeling of bouncing the day away on a trampoline or playing trampoline games like “Crack the Egg” or “Musical Bounce” with loved ones. However, if you’re a trampoline enthusiast, you may have noticed that they can get pretty pricey.
Here are six reasons why trampolines are so expensive:
Keep reading for more details about why trampolines can put a serious dent in your wallet! The average cost of a trampoline is $436, but there are many factors that can make that price vary. Without further ado, let’s hop to it! (pun intended).
1. Trampolines Are Designed for Safety
One of the most expensive trampoline brands, Springfree, is costly because they have designed their trampolines with an emphasis on safety. Their trampolines have eliminated 90% of product-related injuries, and they’re built from the ground up with safety in mind.
One of their innovations is that their trampolines are made with no springs. Springs are some of the most common causes of trampoline-related injuries. Instead, Springfree uses flexible rods that provide the same bounce level as springs without the high injury risk.
Another safety measure Springfree has taken is issuing the frame outside of harm’s way—no matter how hard the jumper lands, they won’t land on the frame. Landing on the frame is the number one cause of trampoline injury, so this is no small feat.
Furthermore, the SoftEdge mat eliminates the hard edges at the jumping surface, if a jumper is flung away from the jumping mesh, their landing should be soft and absorbent.
Because of all these safety measures and high-quality materials, the price of Springfree trampolines and other trampoline brands that emphasize safety is higher than some other trampolines on the market.
You can buy a 13 Foot Jumbo Round Springfree Trampoline from Trampolines Ireland. It comes with a FlexrHoop, a Shifting Wheels accessory, a FlexrStep accessory, and a ground anchor. Trampolines Ireland also sells several accessories for Springfree trampolines, including shifting wheels, sunshades, and covers.
2. Transport Costs Are Raising the Price
Because of port congestion and container shortages, larger outdoor toys, including swings and trampolines, will be more expensive for the foreseeable future. Demand for Chinese goods has risen globally, so there is a strain on shipping capacity, meaning that in some cases the cost of freight is more expensive than the product itself.
To offset this extra cost, trampoline manufacturers will have to charge more for the product.
3. The Trampoline Is Big or Rectangular
A bigger trampoline requires more materials and resources, which will make it more costly than smaller models. Moreover, round trampolines and rectangular trampolines of approximately the same size won’t have the same price. Rectangular trampolines are generally more expensive.
Round trampolines move the jumpers towards the middle because of their shape. This even weight distribution makes the frame less expensive to manufacture. Rectangular trampolines have more jumping space, and because of this, the weight is not evenly distributed.
As a result, rectangular trampolines require more springs and a stronger frame, which costs more for the manufacturers. This extra cost will make its way into the final cost of the trampoline.
Furthermore, rectangular trampolines are designed to support a higher weight capacity. Most rectangular trampolines have a weight capacity of 500 pounds (226.8 kg), whereas most round trampolines hold approximately 330 pounds (149.69 kg).
You can buy rectangular trampolines at Trampolines Ireland, including the BERG Ultim Elite Rectangular Regular Trampolines. These trampolines are equipped with the Airflow jumping mat and Twinspring springs. The Airflow jumping mat enables jumpers to bounce higher. The trampoline also comes with a ladder, so you don’t have to buy one separately.
Here are some further differences between round and rectangular trampolines to help you determine which one is best for you:
- Rectangular trampolines offer a higher bounce than round ones.
- Wherever you jump on a rectangular trampoline, your bounce will have equal height and power as if you’d jumped somewhere else.
- Springs on rectangular trampolines go through less stress, so they will last longer.
- Rectangular trampolines are best for athletic purposes, while round trampolines are best for recreational purposes.
- Rectangular trampolines are typically easier to fit neatly in the corner of a yard or on the side of your home. In contrast, it can be difficult to find sufficient space for a round trampoline.
- Rectangular trampolines are typically easier to store than round ones.
Even though rectangular trampolines are more expensive than round ones, they might be the best choice for you!
4. The Trampoline Is Made of High-Quality Materials
Higher-quality materials that are more durable and more likely to last a long time are going to cost more. Many materials go into making a trampoline, and if you get the best type of each, the cost of the trampoline will go up.
Trampoline mats are made with a tight weave of polypropylene and nylon fibers. If these fibers are high quality, that means they’re strong, smooth, UV-resistant, and mildew resistant. If the trampoline manufacturer skimps on this material, then the trampoline will be cheaper but won’t last nearly as long as a trampoline made with higher quality materials.
The springs of a trampoline can also be made from different materials. The first option is elastic, which gives you bounce but isn’t very strong or durable. Most larger trampolines are not made with elastic springs, and typically, only smaller trampolines used for exercise purposes use this material.
The material used most often for springs is galvanized steel. Galvanized steel doesn’t rust quickly, which is essential, as trampolines are kept outside and constantly exposed to the elements. Furthermore, this steel can hold a lot of weight, which is safer for everyone trusting these springs to keep them up and bouncing!
The frame of high-quality trampolines is also made of galvanized steel. Frames have to hold a lot of weight and are exposed to the elements, so the same reasons why steel is a good material for springs makes it a good material for the frame.
Cheaper trampolines are made with other materials, such as aluminum, which isn’t as strong and won’t last as long as steel.
Trampoline accessories should also be made with high-quality materials. If you do not have a springless trampoline, you’ll need safety pads to cover the springs and the frame to avoid injuries. These safety pads should be made with plush foam and covered in vinyl to provide a soft landing and last in any climate conditions.
Safety nets are typically made from two different materials: Polyethylene and polyester. These products are similar in quality and cost.
You can buy a BERG Safety Net from Trampolines Ireland. This net improves the safety of a trampoline by adding twin springs and thicker pads.
In summary, if your trampoline is not a bit expensive, it’s probably because the trampoline manufacturer used the cheapest materials available. While this will be good for your wallet at the moment of purchase, the trampoline likely won’t last very long and won’t be as safe. You’ll either have to spend more money later to purchase another trampoline, or worse, you’ll have to pay expensive hospital bills because of an injury.
5. Improved Technology for Jumping
Some fancier—and therefore more expensive—trampolines have refined their technology to improve the jumping experience. For example, StagedBounce technology makes jumping on the trampoline smoother, bouncier, and offers a more forgiving landing.
This technology includes a V-ring mat that allows for a mix of high tension and low tension springs. This design also allows for more pieces of springs, which leads to more bounce and more fun.
6. The Trampoline Comes With Additional Accessories
There are a variety of accessories that can improve a trampoline. If a trampoline seems particularly expensive, there’s a good chance that it comes with one or multiple of these accessories, which increases the price.
One accessory that your trampoline may come with is a basketball hoop. Basketball hoops add to the fun of a trampoline, as people can practice their dunking or just casually shoot some hoops. Not only is this fun, but it also improves your balance and coordination!
Basketball hoops designed for trampolines often don’t have hard edges that could cause an injury, and they’re also usually made of soft materials.
If your trampoline didn’t come with a basketball hoop, but you’d like one, you can get a Universal Trampoline Basketball Hoop from Trampolines Ireland. This hoop is easy to mount on the pole of a safety net. It also comes with a soft foam ball to use, so no one gets hurt.
Another accessory that could increase the price of a trampoline is a sunshade. If you live in a sunny area, this may be an essential accessory for you. Trampolines Ireland sells a Springfree Trampoline Sunshade that filters 99% of UVA and UVB rays, protecting jumpers from sun damage while having fun on the trampoline.
If you don’t want the sunshade, or it’s a windy or snowy day, you can pack it away in its storage bag.
Some trampolines may come with a slide, making the trampoline even more fun for younger jumpers!
Trampolines may come with an anchor kit to help you secure your trampoline to the ground. This is a smart accessory to have if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to see your trampoline flying down the street instead of staying securely put in your yard!
Weather covers are another common accessory. These accessories are designed to protect your trampoline from extreme weather conditions.
Most trampolines come with ladders to access the trampoline, which are especially useful for young children. If your trampoline didn’t come with a ladder, you could buy one at Trampolines Ireland. I recommend the FlexrStep Springfree Trampoline Ladder if you have a Springfree trampoline. This ladder allows easier entry to the trampoline. It also comes with a lock, which gives you the option to restrict unsupervised jumping.
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