Safe Trampolines to Protect What Matters Most

When it comes to our families, there is little we want more than for them to be safe and healthy. While there are tremendous benefits to trampolines, any movement carries inherent risk. Some trampolines are safter than others. So what makes a trampoline safe? Are in-ground trampolines safer than traditional trampolines? And what trampoline is right for your family? With more than 16 years in the industry and as parents ourselves, here’s what you should know:

What Makes a Trampoline Safe?

The two most common injuries from trampolines come from a stiff bounce and falling off of a trampoline.

So, when you are looking at a trampoline, here is what makes it safe:

  • A smooth, forgiving bounce (springs and jumping surface matter here)
  • For above-ground trampolines, an enclosure that doesn’t require kids to close it (like our AlleyOOPs)
  • Piano wire or commercial-grade springs
  • A high-end jumping surface, which is the other component of a smooth bounce

These are the reasons we carry the brands that we carry. The AlleyOOP DoubleBounce has two jumping surfaces, which acts like a giant air cushion. All of the AlleyOOP trampoline have piano wire springs and VariableBounce Technology. This means that each spring engages a fraction of a second after the others, creating a buttery bounce and mitigating the kickback of other trampolines like JumpFlex, Acon and Springfree. The Capital Play In-Ground trampolines have commercial grade springs and vented pads, creating a fantastic bounce in the world of in-ground trampolines. 


Are In-Ground Trampolines Safer than Traditional Trampolines?

In short: No. In-ground trampolines do reduce the risk of falls, but being in-ground doesn’t make them inherently safer. They are more accessible for jumpers who struggle with gross motor skills. Capital Play offers a safety enclosure to customers who choose it, though most do not. While cheap traditional trampolines tend to blow away with each gusty storm, high-quality trampolines with an anchor kit will stay securely in your yard, just like your in-ground trampoline. At the end of the day, the safety has far more to do with the quality of the trampoline than whether it is above ground of in-ground.

young girl jumping on a trampoline

Which Trampoline is Right for You?

When it comes to deciding which trampoline is right for you, here are some things to consider:

  • Is seamless integration into the yard important? If so, in-ground is a better option.
  • Is an incredible bounce your top priority? AlleyOOP Trampolines (above-ground) are the best of the best. You can even add the PowerBounce which allows for an adjustable bounce and even better perimeter bounce with multiple jumpers.
  • Do you have a family member that struggles with gross motor? In-ground trampolines offer better accessibility, with the same fantastic rebounding benefits for strengthening gross motor skills
  • Is cost a driving consideration? AlleyOOP above-ground trampolines don’t require any excavation (though we can help you level it if needed), so they take the cake on this one. And while our Capital Play trampolines are engineered to be DIY, if you’re looking to have a company do it, plan on $2000-3000 to complete the dirt work. Read more about that here.

At the end of the day, in-ground and regular trampolines both have incredible benefits for the whole family. Choose quality like Capital Play and AlleyOOP, and rest assured that your kids are safe, and your investment is protected by a fantastic warranty.

Still not sure which one is right? Call/text today for a free yard evaluation in the Denver Metro area. Not in Colorado? We are still happy to consult to discuss the best trampoline for your family.

Check out our favorite backyard trampolines here. And remember, if we wouldn’t put it in our yard, we won’t offer it for yours.

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