Product Type: Argos Outdoor Toy
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Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline
Member Name: abbadabbado
Argos Kid Active Junior Trampoline
Advantages: well made, sturdy
Disadvantages: spotted some rust forming after the winter
Wherever we go, and whatever we're doing, my daughter will hunt out something she can bounce on. We really wanted to get a trampoline for the garden, but realistically we just don't have the space, or we would almost fill it with an enclosed trampoline.
For a while we settled with a small exercise trampoline in the garden, but I always worried that my daughter would fall off it if she got too excited. In the end we compromised and bought a junior trampoline with a handle from Argos. It was £24.99 which was an average price from looking around.
I have been dubious about this style trampoline in the past due to hearing horror stories of children over bounding and the trampoline going forwards, taking the child with them if too much weight was placed over the handle area.
Putting my over protective parenting fears to one side, I watched my daughter like a hawk the first few times she was on it.
We had to assemble this at home as you may expect. In all honesty I found it easier to do than my husband, but I did let him have the pleasure of tightening all the bolts at the end. I didn't want to be responsible for it falling apart with our daughter playing on it. Far better to let Dad have that responsibility!
Once built, we could see straight away the trampoline was sturdy in its own right. With four decent girth metal legs which are short enough to be low to the ground, but at the same time high enough for a child to get a good bounce without touching the ground.
The elastic that attaches the frame to the weaved bouncing area was doubled up which I liked. Extra strength for extra peace of mind for parents. With an 80cm area approximately for bouncing, the trampoline provides some good space for wobbly children.
The trampoline in its assembled frame is very lightweight and I was quite surprised by this. This is probably what made me worry the most about it tipping over. My husband told me I was being silly, and even tried to wobble the frame to prove to me how strong it was.
You can use this trampoline indoors and out, but ours stays in the garden on the grassed area. As my daughter has gotten older, we have seen a difference in how she bounces in it. She has no fear at all and will jump using the handle, sometimes without the handle, and she'll also jump off onto the grass. I have relaxed a lot more around her as I see her confidence with the trampoline, and I don't want to install my fear into her.
The handle itself on the trampoline arches around the whole of the width of the frame which does help make it sturdy. There is a cushioned are in the centre at the top which is designed to be held when bouncing. By staying central, also helps keep the weight in one place.
I can honestly say I have never seen it topple once when any child has been bouncing on it. My nephew goes on it occasionally, but we have just started to stop him as you can tell he is getting too heavy for it at eight years old. The maximum weight recommended for the trampoline is 35kg.
Overall I have been pleased with the purchase and it makes up for not having a large enclosed trampoline in the garden. It has worn well over the winter months, but I would keep it under cover if possible to prevent rust forming despite its protective layer on the paintwork.
Summary: a well priced trampoline for small gardens