I got the big 12 foot one as well when DS was only 1... Bit of an impulse purchase but its been money well spent as there's hardly been a day he hasn't been on it! He loves it and so do I! We bounce together daily.
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09-01-2013 18:29 #21
09-01-2013 18:42 #22
We've had an action brand one from big w for 4 years now and it's still in perfect condition and the kids use it daily! For $200 it was a bargain!!
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09-01-2013 19:01 #23Senior Member
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09-01-2013 19:09 #24
We had one from Toys R Us I got it for DS xmas '11 by June it was falling apart the net was brittle and the springs rusted (we live in Metro Melb not near a coast) it was poorly made. Spe we brought a springfree for xmas last year for DS. Cost us 2k but it is amazing! We both get on it and bounce around.
09-01-2013 19:15 #25Senior Member
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I think the springfree one is a little bit safer, but dont think the risk of a normal one is as great as it is made out to be - if the children are educated on safe practices when using it.
One of my daughters slipped on a normal trampoline and chipped a tooth. That is one incident in about 15 years of using it - and that wasn't using really safe practices - at the time the children were playing a game with four of them jumping on the trampoline, and two on the ground throwing balls for the jumpers to dodge.
I've also heard the argument that the springfree ones encourage unsafe behaviour because the person is protected - and when a larger child tosses themselves repeatedly at the protective netting, one day it might give way and they fall through and get severely injured.
09-01-2013 19:27 #26
We have an 8 ft tramp from Toys R Us - is 3 years old and is still in perfect condition. Bought when DD was 3, and she has never had any issues with it. Mats, net and net are all still great. It is exposed to the weather, but under a shade sail, so not full sun.
The springfree trampolines certainly got a better safety rating from choice ... but the tests that they did were completely ridiculous - didnt actually tell me anything about the safety of any trampoline. (they took the nets off as they said 'not everyone puts them up' and then tested basically the thickness of the padding over the edges/frame)
anyway - I know a few who do have springfree ones, and love them - but I just didnt see value for money.
10-01-2013 10:58 #27
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10-01-2013 11:10 #28
I don't think the toy store tramps are cheap, I think the spring free tramps are ridiculously expensive.
We had a huge Kmart tramp that had the net on the inside of the springs so kids jumping has no chance of jumping on springs when net was up.
Also I'm pretty sure the net is there as a safety feature to stop kids accidentally falling not for constant jumping on.
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lol maybe its just because im 'poor' but i dont find $250-$400 cheap at all.
10-01-2013 11:23 #30
We bought a $150-200 one from Big W. 5 years old and still like new, and my 2 year old loves it. The net has been fantastic. I find myself wondering how we ever survived as kids without the net.
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