Good design goes a long way in preventing injuries.
We assessed trampolines based on the Australian standard, AS 4989:2015. A voluntary standard, revised in 2015, it covers soft-edge (“springless”) and traditional trampolines. We test round trampolines, 10-12 feet in diameter, and enclosed with a net.
Overall score breakdown
Overall score is based on performance (70%) and ease of use (30%).
Performance is based on the number of major and minor safety failures found with the trampoline.
Ease of use score is based on:
Set up instructions (30%)
About our test
Our main test is a shock test of the padding or soft-edge system. We assess if they would adequately protect a child falling head first on to the pads. We also observe if the pads suffer permanent damage. We assess the structural integrity of the frame, mat and enclosure. Finally, we look for strangulation hazards or places where fingers or limbs could get trapped, pinched or crushed around the enclosure and the edges of the trampoline.
To be recommended, a trampoline must have no major safety failures. These show that a trampoline is as safe as it can be for a jumper. Major failures include frames that break or bend, hard surfaces that can cause impact injuries, gaps between springs and other parts that could trap a head or limb, and padding that isn't durable enough.
Minor failures are less serious, but could still result in minor injuries. These include sharp edges that can cause minor cuts, places where fingers can be pinched. Many are accessible only to someone outside the trampoline.
Two testers assembled the trampolines, following instructions provided by the manufacturer. We checked out how easy the trampoline was to assemble, and how good the instructions were. We also looked at how relocatable it was once assembled, and assessed ease-of-access through the doorway in the enclosure.