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Do I choose an in-ground trampoline or a trampoline with legs?

You need to make a number of choices before buying a trampoline. In this article, we'll discuss an important choice: the placement of the trampoline. Will you get a buried trampoline, also known as an in-ground or ground-level trampoline, or will you get a trampoline on legs? There's quite a bit of difference between these 2 types of trampolines. In this article, we'll explain the pros and cons.

In short

For which placement do you choose? In-ground/ground-level trampoline Trampoline on legs
You want to use the trampoline all year round. Yes No
You do not want to spend too much time building the trampoline. No Yes
Your children have a lot of experience with trampoline jumping. No Yes
You do not want the trampoline to stand out too much in your garden. Yes No

How often do you want to use the trampoline?

Use throughout the year

Use throughout the year

No matter the weather, your child loves jumping on the trampoline and would even prefer to try new tricks on its favorite plaything at night. If you use the trampoline year-round, we recommend an in-ground or ground-level trampoline. That way, you can turn your trampoline into a fixed part of your garden. Keep in mind that the trampoline will be in the garden for several years and that you won't be able to move it. On the upside, you do keep more space in your shed for your bikes or garden furniture, for example.

Jump occasionally

Occasionally jumping is enough

It is sunny and your children want to play in the garden. A trampoline on legs is ideal for these days. This specimen is suitable for irregular use. Especially the foldable variants are useful because you easily set up and break them down again. You store these trampolines in the shed or garage after use. A trampoline on legs can thus be moved to a convenient location. Then he is not in the way when you want to mow the grass.

Do you want to use the trampoline immediately after purchase?

Digging takes time

Digging takes time

Admittedly, the burial of an inground trampoline is a precise and time-consuming task. Allow for at least 2 hours of work. We recommend that you do this in pairs. Measure the available space in advance and see how big the hole must be that you have to dig. Check before you start the job with what kind of surface you have to deal with. Some soil types (clay soil) hold a lot of water. This can make the job heavy and you should consider installing a drainage. Sandy soil, loess (combination of sand and clay soil) and sand (coarse sand) are easier to work with and allow more groundwater and rainwater to pass through.

Impressive jumping pleasure

Immediate jumping pleasure after purchase

After purchasing a trampoline your child can not wait to jump immediately. If you do not want to spend too much time on the installation of a trampoline, we recommend buying a trampoline on legs. But unfortunately you do not assemble most trampolines on legs within 1 minute. Read the manual carefully beforehand and watch instructional films to assemble the trampoline in the right way. To ensure that the trampoline stands firm, we recommend an anchor set. With this you fix the legs of the trampoline with pegs. You do need a soft surface for this because you turn the pegs in the ground.

Are your children experienced jumpers?

Low step

A trampoline with a low step

Of course, jumping on a trampoline should be done safely. Is this your child's first time jumping? Then an in-ground trampoline is a good option. Thanks to the low 20cm step, children can easily climb onto the trampoline. Don't want a step? Get a ground-level trampoline. You dig it in until it's level with the ground. To make the use even more safe, it's wise to use a safety net.

Trampoline with high step

A trampoline with a high step

For the experienced jumpers, a trampoline on legs is a suitable option. These trampolines have a high step, but can be used in combination with a ladder. Because the trampoline is higher above the ground, the use of a safety net is a requirement. In addition, trampolines on legs generally have a high bearing capacity, which means they can handle higher jumps

Can the trampoline stand out in your garden?

A fixed part of your garden

A fixed part of your garden

You'll also want something to look at. Are you attached to your view and don't want your trampoline to take away the view? Get a buried model. Since the trampoline itself is often only 20 centimeters tall, you won't notice it. With an in-ground version, the trampoline is even less noticeable, since you bury it level with the ground. Both trampolines are lower than a trampoline on legs, so your neighbors won't be bothered by your child jumping higher than the fence.

Jumping fun

In sight

A trampoline on legs is more visible. Especially a trampoline on legs with safety net catches the eye. The advantage of this is that you as a parent keep a close eye on your child. Moreover, it lets your child realize again and again what kind of beautiful jumping device he or she has at his disposal. And that is not entirely unimportant of course. However, the trampoline is a bit high so that your jumping child may end up above the fence. Maybe your neighbors are not here to jump.


An in-ground trampoline or ground-level trampoline becomes a fixed part of your garden and is outside year-round. Thanks to the low step, or the lack of any step, an in-ground or ground-level trampoline is suitable for less experienced jumpers. Your child can use a trampoline on legs whenever it wants, since it's easy to store. The time needed to assemble it differs, but it's generally shorter than that of an in-ground or ground-level trampoline. Once you're made your choice, you should take a few things into account. Consider any heads protruding above the fence and any noises made by the trampolines. That's why you should inform your neighbors beforehand to stay on good terms with them.

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