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Brand Name v Store Brand Trampolines

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#1 GGMum

Posted 25 June 2014 - 10:48 AM

We are thinking of getting DD1 and DD2 a trampoline for Christmas, probably a 12ft.

Have been looking at various places (e.g. big w, toys r us etc) and most offer some brand name ones and also some "no brand/store brand" types. The price differences are massive though (even between ones that are the same brand!) and I was wondering, what should I be looking for? Does $$$ more = better?

We were given a kmart swing set 18 months ago for dd1 and its already falling to pieces and we never even got to use it so I'm a bit wary of the cheap/store branded products!

Just don't want the mat/enclosure part to be falling apart in 12 months time. Any suggestions or experiences?

We don't need a particularly high weight limit, although I suppose there is a  chance all their friends will pile onto it at parties etc.

#2 HRH Countrymel

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:00 AM

The very best trampoline I have ever seen was at the home of a family my nephew is friends with, there were about 5 kids on it bouncing like mad things.

When I said "That is a great trampoline!" I was told "Ah, yeah... it's a professional one.  We (husband and wife) met when we were both circus performers.  We wanted something the whole family could use!"

#3 ~J_F~

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:04 AM

We had a kmart 12ft one. It was still going strong after 4 years in some serious winter conditions and we sold it when we moved and they people that brought it were really happy with the condition it was in.

#4 CaSPer79

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:09 AM

We bought DD a 8ft one from Big W 6 yrs ago now. It's onto it's second set of pads and net. Besides that the frame is still in excellent condition and so is the mat.

#5 Walkers

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:10 AM

We bought one last Xmas for the kids and were tempted to go cheap. I did a fair bit of research and there were so many bad reviews for the cheapies we decided to go with something better. We bought a Vuly which is mid range and are really happy with it so far.

#6 lamarque

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:23 AM

A search of tramps will give you a bonanza of threads/information OP.

We got a Springfree - no regrets.  The simple fact is get what you want/can afford and do your own research about safety etc.

#7 eboyd

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:46 AM

We went a Vuly one and love it. We have had it two years now, it gets loads of use and still looks great. Their customer service is fabulous as well, any problems sorted straight away.

I have had a few friends with the store brand cheapies and while some (very few) have lasted a couple of years before needing to replace pads and nets etc most have needed to get replacements after 1 year. The other thing with Vuly is that replacement parts (mats, nets etc) are 1/2 price for the life of the trampoline. Where as with some of the cheaper ones once the mat etc goes you might as well buy a whole new tramp for the price it costs for replacement parts.

I would def look at getting one that has the net inside the springs, much safer than the ones with the net outside the springs. Also one that the entrance through the net fully closes via zip or something. My friends one the entrance to the tramp is just a flap of the net material and my 3 yr old nearly went head first out the tramp when they were all on it playing.

#8 Guest_JaneDoe2010_*

Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:55 AM

VULY!! Vuly all the way.

#9 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:03 PM

We love our thunder... I love the huge weight limit because I can be on there with both the boys..

#10 Baroness Bubbles

Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:17 PM

Ive had an Action one from toys r us, net disintegrated in under 12 months.

Now we have a Target branded one. Still in perfect nick... except where someone who shall not be named slipped with the whipper snipper and managed to nick the foam over the poles, lol.

No, I dont know how the hell I did that either

#11 mummytob

Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:31 PM

we have a Vuly tramp as well. have had it almost a year now still looks brand new.

#12 RainyDays

Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:36 PM

I also have an 18 month old Action one, but it's still in really good condition.

#13 50ftqueenie

Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:45 PM

18 month old Vuly here and it still looks great. Have known others with the same trampoline to have theirs for 4+ years with minimal wear and tear.

#14 LittleMissPink

Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:45 PM

Topline here, http://www.topline-trampolines.com.au/

Great customer service, have replaced the pads due to a fault, no questions asked. And you can get replacement parts, which you cant for the cheapy kmart et all ones.

#15 JG130

Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:50 PM

We have a Vuly (was trampoline australia) and it is good option - great after market service as we had to replace the net.  Is much sturdier than a store brand one, but less than 1/2 the price of a Springfree.

#16 mycrazylife

Posted 25 June 2014 - 06:55 PM

is it a co-incidence that the ad at the top of this page is for vuly trampolines?

#17 Greatmum

Posted 25 June 2014 - 07:32 PM

We have a spring free that is 12 years old and going strong. Definitely worth the money.

#18 Phascogale

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:14 PM

If I could I would've bought a brand one.  I would've gone a Vuly because a springfree was out of our price brand.

In the end we got a Big W one that was a third or less of the cost of a Vuly.  The mat and frame are in excellend condition after 18 months of usage.  It's gone through a really really hot summer and a freezing cold winter.  And it's out in the open with no shade at all.

But the mats are falling apart and all the colour from the mat and pole covers has faded terribly.

My kids are not huge trampoline users and they prefer to roll around on the mat and talk (they are a bit older now).  So it was probably worth getting the cheaper one rather than spending larger amounts of money.

But you do get what you pay for.

#19 TinCat🐱

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

We have a Target 15ft. 150kg weight rating. So far so good. Still looks like new after 18 months in the weather.

#20 fouronthefloor

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:28 PM

We bought a spring free trampoline 5years ago- the biggest one in their range. It is still going strong and that is after enduring 4 snowy winters then being pulled apart and reassembled in Australia earlier this year. Am a lifelong spring free fan but do appreciate that they are the most expensive ones out there ( divided by 4 kids and their friends we thought it was worth it).

#21 StringArt

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:34 PM

Our $200 toys r us tramp is perfect 2.5 years on. No complaints here. Very happy to spend the money that would have gone on a more expensive tramp on other things (like treehouse & flying fox) for our yard.

#22 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:34 PM

I can't remember what brand ours is but we bought it in Rebel Sport. It was still doing well after about 4 years, then the mats disintegrated but it was still fine otherwise up to about the six year mark at which point the stitching on the mat started to perish. The kids kept using it for another year or so but it's now reaching 8 yrs old and I've banned then from it for safety (we need to get rid out it).

#23 Manicmum

Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:48 PM

The first one lasted 18months. This time I bought a LifeSpan off ebay, 2 years and looks new. We live in high wind conditions.

#24 KACM

Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:23 PM

We have a Vuly. So far have had to replace the net and the pads. And the net has degraded AGAIN - so will need to get another one. Yes, replacement parts are half price, but the postage is expensive (I think they ship from Queensland). We've had ours for 4.5 years. I really wish we had splurged on the Springfree. I know people who have had their's a lot longer than we've had ours and have never had to replace a thing.

#25 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 25 June 2014 - 10:31 PM

We had a small action one for 5 years.

In that time we had one bad accident where the net split while jumping, new net, and new pads x2. Poles wore out. All up maybe $400 plus $200 parts?

Finally I put it on hard rubbish and splurged on a springfree. We got it today. They are very expensive though. Twice the price but twice the size? I'm hoping it lasts ten years.

My neighbours have a vuly and it looks worn, and one trampoline salesman actually said they went much better than the cheap ones he put me off a bit....

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