Trampolines are a familiar sight in plenty of backyards across America. They are one of the best ways of merging fun and entertainment with physical activity. Not only are they good for children but the whole family can join in – including the adults. You can jump on them and will away your stresses and tensions or use them for trampoline-specific exercises and workouts. You can also play a variety of fun games to play on the trampoline.
However, if you are in the mood to get a trampoline, the only question that remains is what sort of trampoline should you get? Should you buy an 8ft trampoline? Or a trampoline of any other size? Size is not the most important consideration though. Instead, the most important thing is the type of trampoline you get. Previously there used to be only conventional above-ground trampolines but now in-ground trampolines exist as well. In-ground trampolines are situated or built into a dug up hole in the ground.
There are multiple arguments for why above-ground trampolines are still better and they still present convincing advantages. On the other hand, some people prefer to have fun on the in-ground trampoline. Let us examine some pros and cons of the two types and see which one comes out superior.
- Above-ground trampolines are generally less expensive than in-ground trampolines. This is due to a number of reasons. You can just buy one and set it up without any special installation or preparation costs.
- When the above-ground trampolines are no longer wanted, it is easy to sell them off and recouped some of the initial investment you made into buying them. Buying an above-ground trampoline is most likely a one time expense.
- They are much more convenient to set up and use. There are no dedicated installation or preparation mechanisms for setting up an above-ground trampoline. You just have to assemble it once and you’re all done. They are also easier to move around your lawn in case the need arises and can be adjusted as desired.
- Maintenance is also simpler for above-ground trampolines. You can spot problems like rusting or other issues on the metal frame quicker since it is in your sight. These trampolines are built to bear weather conditions so they are sturdy and durable.
- The main disadvantage of above-ground trampolines is that they disturb the aesthetic sense and beauty of your lawn. You can, of course, attempt to mitigate that by setting flowers and potted plants around the metal structure but generally, it is an eyesore out in the open like that.
- The second noteworthy disadvantage of above-ground trampolines is that since they are above the ground with a considerable height, the risk of damage from a fall is much higher. However, this is mitigated in almost all modern models with safety nets.
- In-ground trampolines fit in much more naturally with the aesthetic beauty of your garden or backyard. Your line of sight won’t be broken down by a contraption jutting a few feet into the year and allow you to enjoy the view. This a great advantage, especially when you have a beautiful garden.
- In-ground trampolines are safer on the whole than above-ground trampolines since even if the children fall off the trampoline, the fall is not from that much height and is more like a bumpy landing.
- In-ground trampolines can be easily accessed even by toddlers and younger children thus they can be used by younger age groups too. This can make them the perfect sort of fun playpen setting, perfect for children while the mothers hang around and talk— all the while maintaining a watchful eye.
- The most significant and off-putting disadvantage of in-ground trampolines is the cost associated with installing them. You have to account for and prepare a lot of factors before you can have your own in-ground trampoline. You have to get a hole dug and get the walls lined.
- You need to ensure that there is a proper drainage and ventilation system in the pit. This is so that water does not collect during rains and there is proper airflow. Airflow is required to preserve the bounce otherwise the trampoline will not function properly.
- Maintenance of an in-ground trampoline is oftentimes a hassle and chore. You have to lift it up and check for any collecting water, pests or insects living under it. You also have to periodically clean the underside of it thus a lot more work is required.
- Once you get an in-ground trampoline, you are stuck with it. You cannot move it around in case you want to remodel your garden, at least not without going through the costly process of installation all over again.
- You will also have to take it out and cover it up in case you plan on selling the house since potential buyers might not appreciate a pit in the garden.
In the end, we see that despite looking like they offer the benefits of modernity, in-ground trampolines are actually more of a hassle and pain to acquire and maintain than the conventional and humble above-ground trampolines.
The practical advantages and cost savings associated with the above-ground trampolines are just too much to ignore. However, if you are rooted in your house and do not plan to relocate anytime soon then an in-ground trampoline can be considered as a permanent fixture for your backyard or garden.
Bec is a wife and mother of two who works part-time in the childcare industry. Bec has over 20 years in childcare and a real passion for helping children develop their motor skills. Being a busy mum, Bec is always looking for new outdoor activities to keep her and her family entertained and is a big fan of teaching children & using trampoline of different sizes, like 10ft trampoline, rectangular trampoline, etc