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Last updated: 19 December 2017

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.

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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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Based on testing to the Australian standard AS 4989:2015, covering structural strength, impact safety and checks for entrapment hazards in the trampoline frame and enclosure. The more failures, the lower the score. A score of 80% indicates the model has only very minor failures while 100% means no failures at all.

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Based on the quality of the supplied instructions for assembly and use; ease of assembly; the ease of using the entry/exit to the net enclosure; and how easy the trampoline is to move to a different location once assembled. 

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Major failures include any failures to the standard tests for structural integrity; failures for impact testing, which test whether the pads and enclosure can safely absorb the energy of a user landing on them without making the impact too hard, or getting damaged; and head and limb entrapment hazards inside the play area.

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