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After years of saying we wouldn't get a trampoline and hearing how the smallest child in the group is always bounced into outer space, we finally decided to buy one as the kids always had such a lot of fun on other people's trampolines and another mum told me it's guaranteed exercise even when the weather's not too good - that swung it for me!
I was slightly daunted when it arrived as it was a lot bigger and heavier than I'd expected, but it was quickly and fairly easily constructed and then the bouncing began!
The kids absolutely love it and it's become a real fun garden with friends and neighbours coming over to use it! Even in the winter I've been able to chuck the kids out for a bit of exercise in the garden which is obviously a godsend!
The net enclosure is high and safe although the kids do tend to lean on it so the little closeable doorway is sagging a bit. It is a good idea to close the little net doorway to prevent any backwards tumbles out of the hole! We also needed a small step to let little ones climb up and get down again.
The obvious safety concerns are not to let too many kids on at the same time as then it can be a pile of bodies! Also there is a green plastic 'skirt' around the inside which kids' legs can slip down if bouncing round the very edge of the trampoline, so be aware of that.
The bouncing surface is great and I have even had a go, although I didn't stop wobbling for several minutes after! The trampoline sometimes needs a sweep to get rid of leaves and debris but get the kids to do that!
I bought it for around £100 in a sale and it's been one of those items you can truly say has been worth every penny!
A few months ago it was my goddaughters birthday and i really didnt have a clue what to get her. After a conversation with her mother i found out she had been going on about trampolines after going on one at her friends house. So thats when i had a look for one and came across this fine trampoline. At the time there was an offer on and i got it for £99.99 which is a cracking price. I have seen the usual price is around £199.99 and to me thats definately worth it.
Just a warning, you do need a medium sized garden for this as you will find out when setting up, luckily the garden i put this up in there was just enough room. The instructions do advise 2 people are needed to put this up and i would say take that advise. I attempted to put it up alone but struggled at times so gave up and got another man in to help get the job done. Not only is it then quite easy to set up, it shortens the time it takes massively. Try it, you will find out.
Once set up and the position is set, its time to test it out (just to make sure its safe for the kids of course). Its a great piece of equipment and can easily handle me a 6ft 2, 15 stone man, so adults you can have fun on this too.
Then it was time to let the kids go on it. The enclosure is sturdy and very safe, i kept an eye out at the start as 4 young kids bounce around on it, they had a great time and it was very safe. My goddaughter absolutely loved it and i was in the good books (best present ever apparently).
Its heading towards winter now so will be used less frequently. It is disappointing that there is no cover or anything with it, so i have taken the enclosure off and secured the trampoline and covered it up myself. If we have a good day and the kids want to go on it, it is simple to put back up.
Overall i think this is a great product, the kids will love it (as will most adults), its very safe and the price is reasonable. So buy this trampoline have some fun and keep fit. Enjoy.
** What is it? **
The Plum 8ft Trampoline is a trampoline for home use and at 8ft is a good size for families with a medium to large garden.
The trampoline comes with a 3ft enclosure (a net around the outer edge for safety) meaning that this can be placed in the corner of a garden.
** How much does it cost? **
The Plum trampoline costs £199.99 at a range of retailers including Mothercare, this is inclusive of delivery, and can be ordered online or over the phone.
This is about average for an 8ft lesiure trampoline, though it can be found slightly cheaper when bought using discount codes or in 10% off sales, when available. Overall though, £199.99 is fairly standard and by no means excessive.
** Looks **
It's a fairly standard looking trampoline styled in black and dark green which makes it suitable for all ages, sexes and looks good in the garden (no neon eyesores!) The mesh net is black and the tubular steel legs are silver.
It's 8ft in size with an overall height of approx 5ft including the enclosure net.
** Use **
It's lots of fun! Not only that, due to the size, it's more than capable of supporting adults and is great not only for play, but for keep fit too. It's spectacularly easy to set up and get going.
It's sturdy and well made and in the six months we've had it, including rain, snow and strong sunshine, has never faded, worn or rusted.
It's easy to transport, too, should you move house or simply want to move it to another part of the garden.
** Criticisms **
I would have hoped that for £199.99 which is at the upper end of what the average person would spend on a garden toy, that the trampoline would come with a cover (as in a winter or storage cover) and some steps, but these need to be purchased separately. Personally I don't think you can manage without them, to keep your trampoline in good order and to allow smaller bouncers to access the trampoline!
** Overall **
If you're thinking of getting a trampoline for your garden I'd highly recommend it - good looking, easy to use and set up, hard wearing, and lots of fun - but do buy the cover and steps at the same time to save hassle!
Lauren's birthday falls just after Christmas and as she is the first grandchild, I have found that as she gets way too much for Christmas, people have now started giving her money for her birthday.
I normally put this away in her savings account and use it later in the year if we decide to buy her something big.
Last year, we went away to Newquay and while we were there visited an outdoor play area which had some trampolines. I was a bit weary at first but Lauren really wanted to go on them. She absolutely loved it so when we returned we decided to buy her one.
Tesco and Asda at the time has special offers on trampolines for about £100 but there were brands that I had not heard of, we then spotted this at Argos for £99.95 + £5.95 delivery. Although I had to pay for delivery, I didn't mind as I was purchasing a brand I knew and also, I then did not have the hassle of picking it up from store and trying to fit it into the boot of a Focus or Corsa (I have made that mistake before!)
I immediately purchased and arranged a Saturday delivery.
The item arrived in two huge boxes which we quickly taken into the back garden by my other half to start building.
Assembly was quite time consuming, the instructions do say it requires two men to assemble however I was hung over and 'dying' on the settee (from my works end of year party) and my other half managed to assemble in about 2 hours (with Lauren watching and 'trying to help') on his own. The trickiest part was the hooking of the springs.
Once assembled and positioned, we were ready to go.
The product comes withe the netted enclosure but does not include the steps or cover, these can be purchased directly from Plum's website or Argos however it can work out as much to buy these as it did the trampoline. We purchased a non-branded set of steps from Ebay for £15 including postage and they do the job perfectly.
Initially, Lauren was a little cautious of climbing up and down the steps on her own but now she is fine, she climbs up and knows the zip up the safety enclosure after her.
Its a great form of exercise, Lauren likes someone to go on with her and do really big bounces so it makes her fall on her bum, after about 10 jumps you can really feel you have been doing it!
She also loves to take her babies on and holds there hands while the jump together.
We only have a small back garden and I was worried having seen some built up in the shops it may take up too much room, however once we had moved it into the corner, it didn't look too big.
Plum recommend the product from the age of 6 upwards, however Lauren has been using it from the age of three and a half and as long as she is supervised, I cannot see any problems.
I must say, this is one of the best things we have brought, although initially it may seem expensive, every time we go in the garden, Lauren always goes go.
Plum guarantee all the products for the lifetime of the child it was purchased for and I can see why, we did not buy a cover and it has been left out for nearly 12months now and still looks like new (Its made from galavanised steel so there is no rusting, discoloration etc)
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I would recommend to everyone and buy again, its going to be in my garden for a long time!
When we saw this trampoline on offer recently in Argos, reduced to £99 from £149 last year, we decided to snap it up! We already had a small one-person trampoline that we won in a competition a few years ago and which my daughter loved but this was now getting a bit tatty from where it had weathered from being out in the garden all this time. And with the good weather now here, and hopefully here to stay for awhile, it made sense to get something that would help keep our little girl occupied whilst playing in the garden.
This trampoline stands at 8 ft and is made from galvinised steel, thus stopping it from rusting and meaning that it weather much better than our last one! It is entirely enclosed, preventing your child from bouncing off and doing themself an injury, and thick foam pads cover the springs and frame ~ cushioning them from doing themself any harm when they are bouncing around and letting themselves get carried away as all children are prone to do.
The legs lock securely and firmly into place and the whole rest of the trampoline is likewise very easily put together in a very short amount of time. It will take the weight of anyone up to and including 75 kg but is designed only for one child sat a time so if you have more thanone or people over, they will need to take turns! Be advised though, this is not recommended for children under 6 years old and is for outdoor use only so don't be putting it up inside your house!
My daughter loves this and we have to literally prise her off it most days when the wether is warm and sunny. It does take up a fair size of room so if you have a smaller garden, then this probably isn't for you! But, apart from that, we are overly satisfied with this product and it seems to be very well designed and constructed with your child's safety firmly in mind!
These trampolines have been popular now in average gardens for over 10 years. In fact you can barely pass 5 houses without seeing one of these huge contraptions! I just wish they had been around when I was a kid. The best we got was a tiny little one with dangerous exposed metal on the outside. What a long way they have come!
This trampline is circular in shape and 8ft wide. This is an average size - you can get 10ft and 12ft trampolines pretty easily too. It comes fully boxed but once you get it out of the box you have no chance of folding it to fit it in again - believe me, we've tried!
Setting up is relatively easy with an easy to follow instruction manual. It took us around 40-50 minutes from start to finish. Once up again if you want to take it down it takes about 30 minutes.
At just under £150 this is a great buy and comes with the enclosure as well. We looked at a number of trampolines with enclosures before choosing this one. Some were dangerous with gaps between enclosure and trampoline (a small foot could easily slip down and be broken. Some were too flimsy and some enclosures didn't seem strong enough to hold the weight of a child. I would be very careful when choosing this kind of product, there are a lot of substandard ones on the market at the minute.
This trampoline can be used by the whole family which is great. You can fit 2 adults and 2 children quite comfortably on this. When bouncing, even with a few children or adults on the base stays sturdy and doesnt move around. The bounce is great and as the children have proved you can do all kinds of flips.
Overall I would recommend.
Our grandson had outgrown his little 4.5ft trampoline and so we looked to the Argos website for a bigger one. Our garden isn't all that big, so what we wanted was about a 6ft trampoline really. We could have got one in that size, but only if we'd paid more money! So for that reason, we opted for this 8ft trampoline by Plum Products.
The retail price from Argos is around £150 for the 8ft version (with safety enclosure), or you can get the same trampoline 2ft bigger for around £200, or 4ft bigger (a huge 12ft!) for around £300. All three sizes come in the style pictured above with safety enclosures included. Argos also regularly offer money off on all three sizes so look out for special offers. We paid £125 for our 8ft trampoline, and it's currently on sale for £135. For a trampoline of this size and quality, complete with safety enclosure, these prices are very reasonable compared to similar products on the market at present.
This 8ft trampoline was available for us to collect and take home from Argos ourselves in the car. The larger versions are only available for home deilvery. The trampoline came flatpacked in two rather large boxes that were extremely heavy to carry, so I'd recommend two people for this job. Assembly was relatively straightforward once I'd got to grips with the instructions. They come in two versions, one for assembling just the trampoline, and one for including the safety enclosure. I'm not sure why since Argos only sell it with an enclosure, but that's the way it is. I got a bit confused trying to work out where to end one set of instructions and start on the other, but after a bit of head scratching, I got it worked out using a bit of common sense. If you lack common sense - please get help and don't try to follow the instructions exactly as they're printed, otherwise you won't get very far with this.
Once you get passed the confusion, and work out how the items are supposed to go together, it's really not too tricky to get this assembled. The screws and washers slot together fairly easily, the enclosure poles slide into the net, and there are some push-button joins that go into this too. The ties at the base of the net slip under and tie together pretty easily, and getting the surrounding bumper mat in place was straightforward too. Once I worked out where everything went - I found the actually assembly process quite easy. A word of warning regarding fixing the trampoline mat on though, you need a good deal of brute strength to achieve this. There is a tool included so that you don't get your fingers trapped (as happened to me a lot with the first trampoline we bought!), but you still need to use your whole body weight to pull the mat taught and get it hooked onto the base.
Once assembled, this is a fantastic little trampoline. There's plenty of space for the grandson to bounce standing up or down onto his bottom or knees, and while the safety advice is 'once child at a time', we did have three little kids on here together on one occasion without any problems. For general energetic bouncing, one at a time is best for obvious head-bumping reasons though! Getting in and out of the net is easy, and we've got it set up so that the net is always open half way down for easy access, but facing slightly up-hill on our sloped garden so that the grandson is very unlikely to ever fall out of it. If he was bouncing standing up, he'd hit the top of the net. If he was sitting down, he'd fall down hill - not up.
We've had this trampoline for about a month now, and so far it still looks brand new. The grandson has been bouncing away on it for hours at a time and we've not had a single hook or net attachment come loose. It looks quite smart out in the garden with its dark green and black colouring, so it's not been the eye sore that the last (bright blue and orange) trampoline was either. All in all, I'm giving this four stars and a big thumbs up. It was hard to get home and the instructions baffled me for a while there, but once I got underway, it wasn't too hard to assemble, it's given the grandson hours of fun, it looks alright in the garden and I feel it's good value for money too.