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Trampolines have entertained children and adults alike since becoming a backyard staple in the mid-20th century.
They can serve as a fun energy burner for children, an exercise platform for adults and a boost of joy for all. But since you’re here, you must be wondering about the ultimate question: “How much does a trampoline cost?”
You won’t be surprised to know that the cost of a trampoline will depend on multiple factors, such as size, design and quality. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to address the “Cost” question directly, though.
At Springfree Trampoline, we get asked a lot about cost. Because we pioneered the world’s safest trampoline, our products tend to cost more than traditional trampolines.
Because of this, we keep a close eye on pricing in the trampoline industry and are as qualified as anyone to give you a true sense of how much a trampoline costs.
In this article, we will explore the key factors that impact the total cost of a trampoline, as well as provide general price ranges so the questions above are answered thoroughly, honestly and transparently.
After reading this, you will feel confident in knowing the factors that go into the cost of a trampoline and price estimates for how much you could expect to pay for one.
We will also dive into other areas of trampoline expenses, such as the cost of trampoline accessories, installation and maintenance.
Let’s jump into it!
4 Factors that Go Into the Cost of a Trampoline
Here are the four main factors that influence how much a trampoline will cost:
Type of Trampoline
The number one factor that affects the cost of a trampoline is the type of trampoline you’re talking about. Here are some of the different types of trampolines with typical price ranges:
Above ground traditional, spring-based trampolines: $200-$1,500+
Above ground springless trampolines - $800-$4,000+
Inground Trampolines - $1000-$5,000+
Mini trampolines (rebounders): $30-$200+
Indoor trampolines (think gymnastics): $500-$5,000+
Water trampolines: $300-$3,000+
Since our expertise lies in backyard trampolines, we’re not going to go into detail about mini trampolines, indoor trampolines or water trampolines. However, we made sure to put price ranges in the list above for those that are considering purchasing one of those types of trampolines.
While we provided the price ranges for all the trampolines above, let’s dive deeper into the subject by comparing traditional vs. springless trampoline costs.
Traditional Spring-Based Trampoline Cost vs. Springless Trampoline Cost
In the price ranges listed above, why were springless trampolines more expensive than traditional trampolines?
The answer: Springless trampolines have proven, via independent testing, to be the much safer and highest quality type of outdoor trampoline.
There are many reasons for this, but the main ones include:
Most springless trampolines use flexible composite rods instead of springs, which can trap feet or toes.
The composite rods are made from material that is stronger than steel but more flexible, which helps eliminate the most common cause of trampoline injury—falling injuries.
Springless trampolines have a longer life span because the rods are more resistant to rust and general wear-and-tear than metal springs.
Springless trampolines also tend to be more comfortable to jump on than traditional trampolines, since you’re landing on the metal springs when jumping on a spring-based trampoline.
Composite rods instead of springs are the reason springless trampolines are more expensive. Springs are typically not expensive.
For all of these reasons, you should expect to pay more for a springless trampoline. Most of the time, cost is the deciding factor for why consumers choose a spring-based trampoline over a springless trampoline.
As a general rule: If you go with the traditional, spring-based trampoline, you will save some money but increase the chance of injury/shorter product lifespan. If you choose the springless trampoline, you will get the safest and highest quality trampoline but will be paying more for it.
Springfree’s Advice: Set your goals and establish your budget for a trampoline before purchasing. These factors will guide you to your ideal outdoor trampoline.
A traditional, spring-based, trampoline (photo courtesy of Academy):
A springless trampoline (Springfree):
Above Ground Trampolines vs. Inground Trampolines
Another key factor that affects the cost of a trampoline is how you want to install the trampoline: Either in the ground or above the ground.
Because inground trampolines are being installed in the ground, it requires a larger investment in money, time and space.
See the picture for an example of an inground trampoline installation (via Trampoline Holes):