Wondering whether you should get a spring or springless trampoline? Read on to learn about the differences and see which one is better suited for your family’s needs.
Trampolines come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and compositions. When buying a trampoline, you’ll need to consider whether you want a springless or ‘regular’ spring model. Whereas spring trampolines have been widespread for many years, the springless variation is a newer product that comes in different types and designs.
Although both versions offer loads of fun time for kids, there are some areas of difference to be aware of. So, let’s dive right in!
What are spring trampolines?
A ‘traditional’ or spring trampoline uses steel and rust-proof springs to achieve a bounce. If you grew up with a trampoline in your backyard, it was most likely a spring-based model, as the springless version is a recent innovation.
What are springless trampolines?
As the name suggests, springless trampolines are unique in that they’re designed without the steel springs that are traditionally part of a trampoline. Instead of coil springs, the springless model uses elastic mats or high-tension rods to create bounce. The intention behind the design is to provide a safer option for kids, even though both spring and springless trampolines are perfectly safe to use with the correct installation and appropriate precautions.
Comparing spring vs. springless trampolines
How do they work?
A traditional spring trampoline uses steel springs in order to ‘store’ mechanical energy and release it every time you jump. This is what creates the exciting bounce we all know and love.
High-quality steel trampolines should have safety padding above the springs to reduce the risk of potential injuries. As well, they should have an enclosure around the surface to prevent kids from falling out of the trampoline.
On the other hand, springless trampolines use flexible rods or elastic bands instead of springs to create a responsive bounce. In some models, the frame is hidden under the jumping mat which makes it highly unlikely for kids to fall on the frame. These springless trampolines typically have a larger jumping area because of their design.
Kahuna’s Twister springless trampoline uses soft elastic bands (stitched onto the mat) that are covered with safety padding. The trampoline has fewer metal components overall, making it a particularly good choice for young children. In addition, the enclosure surrounds the entire trampoline, including the mat, so that kids are completely safe inside and have more space for playing.
First and foremost, it’s important to know that both spring and springless trampolines are safe to use. The main difference is that there’s more peace of mind that comes with springless trampolines due to the absence of springs — which tends to be a concern for parents of younger children.
In short, springless trampolines have the following safety considerations:
- Flexible rods or mats that won’t catch clothing, toes and no pinched fingers
- Protection on the edge of the jumping surface
- A safety enclosure
High-quality spring trampolines are designed with much more consideration than before, with plenty of safety features installed. In fact, most injuries are caused by improper installation or misuse, and not the design itself. To prevent pinching or clothing from getting caught in the springs, there are protective coverings, such as safety pads and netting, which also prevent clothing from getting caught.
In short, spring trampolines have the following safety considerations:
- Springs that are covered for protection
- Durable springs that won’t break
- A high-strength trampoline mat
- A safety enclosure
Whether you’re going with a spring or springless trampoline, it’s also important to be aware of the trampoline safety rules you and your kids should follow.
While both spring and springless trampolines offer plenty of bounce, there is less resistance with spring trampolines, making it easier to achieve a big bounce. The rods or elastic bands found in springless trampolines require more force, weight and effort to bounce. This can make it a bit more challenging for lighter kids to get a high, thrilling bounce.
The reason for the lower bounce with springless trampolines is partly due to the material, but also because spring trampolines have gone through decades of manufacturing upgrades to achieve the product we see and love today.
Keep in mind that size (relative to user weight) also plays a huge role in how bouncy your trampoline will be. Some parents choose a smaller trampoline for a bigger bounce, while others intentionally go with larger models to ensure smaller, safer bouncing. It’s all up to you and your family’s needs!
In summary, here are the differences in bounce between spring vs. springless trampolines:
- Springless trampolines require more effort to achieve the same bounce.
- Steel spring trampolines make for an easier and higher bounce.
- The jumping experience will vary based on a few factors — the bounce can be firmer or bouncier based on the trampoline, the person’s weight and effort put in while jumping.
If you purchase from a reputable retailer that offers high-quality trampolines, durability shouldn’t be much of an issue. That said, you should know that steel spring trampolines generally last for many years with an easier maintenance process and fewer replacements required. This is because steel springs are incredibly tough and have low wear and tear.
On the other hand, the materials used in springless trampolines can wear out quicker, especially if your kids use the trampoline regularly. This means you might need to replace the jumping mat more often (compared to those on spring trampolines).
The solution to this is to purchase spare parts when needed, and also to make sure that your trampoline retailer and/or manufacturer does indeed sell spare parts (since not all of them do).
At Kahuna, we sell replacement springs in packs of 10 to refresh well-loved bouncers. For our springless Twister trampolines, we also have spare mats that can be purchased if you need to replace the mat at some point.
Price plays a large factor for many parents looking to purchase a trampoline. Since spring-free trampolines are a newer innovation, they tend to be more expensive, with prices ranging from $569 to over $999 for the smallest models only.
Spring trampolines can range anywhere from $289 to over $999, depending on factors like size, shape and durability.
At Kahuna, we offer trampolines with price points that suit every budget, starting with our mini trampoline which retails for $289. We also offer high-quality and durable springless trampolines that start at $569.
Should I get a spring or springless trampoline?
At the end of the day, both spring and springless trampolines are great options that your kids will love. Parents with younger and more carefree children may purchase springless trampolines for added peace of mind, but they may also re-consider them because of how lighter-weight kids will have a more challenging time bouncing on springless trampolines.
Parents with older and more careful kids tend to purchase spring trampolines as they provide an easier and higher bounce, not to mention less worry about safety given that the kids are older.
Whatever you choose, it’s important to discuss and follow trampoline safety rules with your children. You should also consider your budget, your kids’ ages and how often you expect them to use the trampoline.
Shop Spring and Springless Trampolines at Kahuna
Parents and families have different needs and priorities when it comes to purchasing their trampoline. Whereas some prioritise a more fun and thrilling experience for their kids, and trust that their kids will take the right precautions, others would rather take the extra step to purchase a springless trampoline.
If you’re looking for a springless trampoline, we encourage you to look at our Twister model, which uses high-strength elastic bands sewn into the jump mat to provide a great bounce.
If you’re leaning more toward a spring trampoline, see our high-quality classic collection that features thick safety padding, sturdy legs, an anti-graze mat and a fine mesh enclosure. Available in round, rectangular and oval sizes, and in a variety of exciting colours, these trampolines are sure to bring endless excitement to your yard!
At Kahuna, we cater to all of our customers’ desires, with plenty of options to choose from. Whatever you need, we have it, so be sure to check out Australia’s best trampoline collection to find your newest backyard addition!