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Trampolines are great fun for all the family as well as being great exercise. There are lots of very affordable trampolines which you can buy to put in your garden or small trampolines to use indoors.
From traditional round trampolines and larger oblong ones, the latest spring-free trampolines, in ground Trampolines, and the smaller fitness and kid's indoor trampolines.
Many are available with surrounds for extra safety and come with their own protective cover. You can also choose one that fits in with your garden, so whether you have a huge garden or just a little tiny outdoor space, there is a trampoline that will suit you.
If you are thinking about buying a trampoline for the kids (and let's face it, probably adults too) your first thought will be the traditional round trampoline, used with a safety net to stop anyone from bouncing off. They come in a variety of sizes to fit your garden, usually ranging from 10ft to 14ft, however some styles range from 6 ft to 16 ft.
Most can be bought in a package which includes the safety net along with fitted pads to cover the springs, frame and hooks, such as this popular TP Genius Round Trampoline.
If you have a larger garden you might be able to condsider an oblong trampoline. These can also be bought with all the appropriate safety equipment.
This shape is the choice of the more serious gymnast; you are not pulled towards the centre of the trampoline when you land, because not all of the springs are used each time that you jump. One of the best sellers in the UK is the solidly built JumpKing Rectangular Trampoline which comes in two sizes, 12ft x 8ft and 14ft x 10ft.
The latest thing in trampolines is the Springfree Trampoline. One of the biggest causes of trampoline accidents is the springs (hence the need for pads to cover the springs). So this innovative design makes it the safest in the UK at time of writing.
It can be ordered directly from Spring Free Trampoline.
Another idea in the world of home trampolines that is really taking hold is in ground trampolines. The are sunk into the ground so they don't spoil the view of your garden.
These are a more permanant piece of equipment than the traditional trampoline for your garden - you have to dig a hole to sink this into the ground. Some people choose to forgo the safety net as the user won't fall off the edge, however for younger children you still might want to consider one. The Plum® In-Ground Trampoline shown here is designed to be sunk.
If space is at a premium but you still want to work off some energy, a small fitness trampoline could be what you are looking for. The PLENY Indoor Mini Fitness Trampoline with Handle allows you to bounce for fitness while the handle ensures that you don't bounce to high or fall off. If children are going to use a fitness trampoline, choose one with covered springs.
A small dedicated children's mini trampoline can be used indoor or taken outside and will aslo have a handle for safety. The Early Learning Centre Junior Trampoline is a very good one where the springs are covered (we had an earlier version of this one when my kids were little and it was very popular).
Last but not least is the latest development in the world of trampolines; the TP Toys Infinity Leap 2 Level Trampoline whaich has two linked horizontal bounce zones with a unique dual suspension solution. It comes with it'as own YOYO enclosure. YOYO is the only trampoline enclosure that just one adult can erect, take down & put away in seconds and it has a zip free entry through the IGLOO tunnel door and a jump safe design.
Available at TP Toys.
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