“ Manufacturer: Beanstalk / Age: 3-6 Years / Type: Kids Trampoline „
We got this for the grandson because we didn't feel the little one with the handlebars was safe for him anymore. The ground in our garden isn't especially flat, and everytime he bounced on his little open-top trampoline he looked like he was going to turn the whole trampoline over forwards - and take himself with it. So we wanted one with a safety net around the outside, but one that also wouldn't take up too much space. We were expecting to pay around £80 - £100, but Argos came up trumps with this for only £33.50 on sale! Even if it wasn't on sale, this is the one we'd have bought.
This trampoline, like most of Argos's stock, came flat packed for home assembly. Now for some reason, let's go with 'naivety', I thought that would entail assembling the external structure only, and that the trampoline would surely have to come ready made. Oh no, that is not the case at all. I had to assemble the entire trampoline, which was far, far more difficult than I could have ever anticipated it would be.
In all it took me about two hours just to get the trampoline mat secured to the frame. I had to pull with all of my strength these elasticated hoops which went through the mat and then around the frame. They don't secure to the frame though, they have to be looped through themselves around the frame. So not only do they have to be stretched around (which is more difficult than I can ever describe) but they have to be hooked back through themselves to secure. This was the bit that really got me, and took the skin off several fingers in the process. When you try to hook them through, you have to release the (extremely taught) elastic and let it cling into place - then get your fingers out from where you were holding the elastic open at the other end. I wound up getting the nail removal end of a hammer to do the hooking part with in the end. This was just as difficult physically but it saved a few layers of skin.
The reason it took me two hours was that I kept having to stop and plaster up my bleeding fingers. The rest of the assembly process was an absolute doddle thankfully. Assembling the metal frame was easy, as was slotting in the polls which go around the edge of the trampoline and securing the safety net to them. The safety net went on so easily that I wasn't convinced it was terribly safe in fact, but on testing it, it is more effective than it looks.
Onto the good part, using this trampoline. I have to say that I felt all the blood and sweat was worth it on seeing the grandson having a good bounce. There is plenty of space for the recommended age range (3-6yrs) and I'll bet that a slim child will happily use this up to 7yrs or 8yrs even. It's definitely a one-at-a-time trampoline, but if you've only got one child of the right age to use this then that doesn't matter.
The trampoline has a really good spring to it, which would explain the immense difficulty in securing it in place! The grandson looks like he's jumping on a proper trampoline mat when he bounces on this, as opposed to some saggy el cheapo number which requires a lot of effort. The safety net is easy for him to let himself in and out of, though a child 3yrs or only just turned 4yrs might need a bit of practice with that bit.
All in all this was a great purchase for the price. Yes assembly was really difficult, and no I don't recommend this if you're lacking in the muscle department. But if you don't mind putting in a bit of effort, then it will pay off with this trampoline. It's an ideal size for the recommended age range, it looks really good set up in the garden, it doesn't take up too much space and it's really good quality - and fun.