Inground Trampoline Buyers Guide - Is an Inground Trampoline right for you?
So you are thinking about buying an inground trampoline kit? You are in good company, as this is one of the fastest growing trends in trampolines in recent years, with more people choosing to put their trampoline “inground.” These systems have many advantages that families like:
- Inground trampolines remove the concerns of users falling from an above-ground system. Most above-ground trampolines are at least three feet high, which is why we always recommend a safety enclosure for above-ground trampolines.
- It may seem silly, but putting a trampoline inground helps the environment as homeowners will no longer need to water that patch of lawn. For example, a 14’ foot round trampoline replaces about 150 square feet of lawn. That’s a lot of water saved over even just one watering season.
- It looks good. We hear this a lot as well. Some homeowners prefer to see their trampoline blend into the backyard and not be the first thing people notice or see.
- Wind resistance For areas with strong seasonal weather, an inground trampoline is a must! Putting a trampoline inground will reduce the chance of it ever becoming airborne during periods of high wind.
Things to consider before buying an Inground Trampoline:
- We recommend that you contact a landscaper or professional excavator to install the inground kit. A typical installation will require the removal of almost 500 cubic square feet of dirt – that’s a lot! The installation is very straight-forward, but digging the hole should be done by someone with experience.
- Make sure that you have enough room for the trampoline system. We recommend a border of at least six additional feet surrounding the trampoline, unless you put an enclosure on the inground trampoline.
- We definitely recommend also buying the vented frame pad for your trampoline system if you are purchasing a 14-foot model. When users jump on a trampoline, the force of the jump creates “suction” which lifts a typical, non-vented jump mat, creating additional noise. For a quieter jump, the vented pad is a must!
- Are you moving soon? If you are, we don’t recommend an inground trampoline, unless you want to include it as a positive selling point to your home. Once your system has been put in place, it’s meant to stay there and becomes a part of your backyard.
Different types of Inground Trampolines:
We’ve seen just about everything on the market. The most common types are:
- Corrugated Round Steel – very strong and built to last. It is heavier though and will require some strength to be able to lift and put in place. This is a very durable and long-lasting solution.
- Railroad ties – these are very heavy pieces of wood. We do not recommend these because water will eventually weaken and expose the wood which is buried in the ground.
- “All-in-one systems” where the trampoline is part of the actual retaining wall system – there are a few of these on the market. They look nice but the concern we have is that if there are issues anywhere on the “all-in-one-system”, the entire system may have to be replaced.
- Hole with no retaining wall – yes, we’ve actually seen this where a homeowner stretches the trampoline across an open hole, and removes the legs of the trampoline. We definitely do not recommend this approach as the pressure of the trampoline will eventually cause dirt to erode, making the stability of the trampoline unsafe – and creating a mess in your backyard!
The two inground kits we like the most:
--- The Inground Trampolines Down Under System
- It's designed by professional landscapers who have seen and worked with just about every inground system on the market.
- This system is specifically engineered for being inground and easily adjusts to the size of the trampoline that you have.
- The kit is relatively light-weight and easy to work with, but extremely strong once installed.
- The vented pad offered by TDU is truly one of the kind! It makes jumping quiet while still creating plenty of safety cushion around the trampoline.
--- The All American Inground Kit
- This is about as strong as system you will find on the market. 100% corrugated steel -- it's tough and meant to be the last inground system you will ever need.
- It's free floating which means it does not have to attach to the trampoline. This is good because attaching your trampoline (drilling holes) may often break the warranty on your trampoline.
- Installation is fairly straight-forward as you are dealing with just a few pieces.
If you have any other questions about any of our inground trampoline kits, don't hesitate to call us at 844-USA-JUMP.