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Last updated: 12 August 2019

We put trampolines through expert testing to find the models that are safe, durable and easy to use. Of the eight models tested, all but one had major safety failures.

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Our test is based on the Australian standard for trampolines, AS 4989:2015. It covers key structural and safety tests, including:

  • structural integrity: how well the trampoline holds up to stress tests on the frame and enclosure
  • impact test: how well the padding and enclosure absorb the impact of someone colliding with them; they need to safely absorb the energy of the impact without becoming damaged in the process
  • head entrapment hazards, and pinching, crushing or shearing hazards in various components accessible to a child
  • marking and safety information.

We also assess how clear and comprehensive the instructions are, how easy the trampoline is to assemble and move around, and how easy it is to enter and exit the enclosure.

Update August 2019: we have updated the data and profile for the Vuly Thunder Medium in light of recent advice from the manufacturer. A netting skirt to cover the leaf spring area is now supplied as standard, which addresses some of the safety failures we found in our original test.

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    "Spring" means the trampoline has the traditional set of springs and padding around the mat edge. "Springless" models have a different mechanism such as vertical rods or leaf springs around the frame edge, lower than the jumping surface, so they are much less likely to cause injury. This also gives a somewhat different feel to the bounce of the mat; the bounce is more focused in the centre and there's relatively little bounce at the mat edge.

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