8ft or 10ft Trampoline? What is the best size choice

One of the questions I get asked a lot is to do with what size of the trampoline is the best choice for me and my family. It’s a tough decision as there are so many different sizes and shapes of trampolines available.

Is an 8ft or 10ft trampoline a good choice for a trampoline? An 8ft trampoline is suitable for ages 4-12 years old, while a 10ft trampoline is suitable for ages 5-16 years old.

Firstly, why is it so hard to find the answer to what’s the best choice between these two trampoline sizes, and why is it so difficult to find the dimensions of an 8ft trampoline or the dimensions of a 10ft trampoline. It seems like retailers often fail to make these dimensions public which can get really frustrating when you are trying to find out if a trampoline is going to fit in the garden or not.

I’ve been working with trampolines for a number of years, so it’s easy for me to suggest a particular size over a different sized trampoline. The choice really comes down to a number of different questions.

8ft or 10ft Trampoline?

So you have come here looking to explore the differences in an 8ft trampoline against a 10ft trampoline. The main difference, obviously being size, but there are other differences that you should be aware of when making your trampoline purchase.

When researching the differences between these two trampoline sizes I looked at a number of trampolines on the market and compared 10 of the most popular 8ft trampolines against 10 of the most popular 10ft trampolines. This approach allowed me to gather enough data to provide concrete analysis instead of just an opinion on should I choose an 8ft Trampoline or a 10ft Trampoline?

The difference in size between an 8ft trampoline and a 10ft trampoline

What size is an 8ft Trampoline (Dimensions Listed)

The average 8ft Trampoline with Enclosure has a diameter of 243 cm (2.43 m). A jumping area of 201 cm (2.01 m). The average height of 233 cm (2.33 m). It can often hold a max weight capacity of between 75 KG and 100 KG – This can be as low as 50 KG or higher than 100 KG, it simply depends on the manufacturer’s testing regime. An 8ft Trampoline has between 48 springs and 62 springs. I found that cheaper models of 8ft trampolines tend to have smaller spring counts.

Padding on an 8ft trampoline is usually thick and provides the needed protection for tumble and falls. It is around 20 mm thick but can vary from 14 mm to 21 mm on this size of the trampoline.

What size is a 10ft Trampoline (Dimensions Listed)

The average 10ft Trampoline with Enclosure has a diameter of 305 cm (3.05 m). A jumping area of 260 cm (2.6 m). The average height of 256 cm (2.56 m). The max weight a 10 ft trampoline can hold varies from as low as 75 KG to 120 KG on some premium models. A 10ft Trampoline has between 52 springs up to 72 springs. This depends on the model and manufacturer of the trampoline.

Padding on the 10ft trampoline is often around the same thickness as other models as this doesn’t vary much from one size of trampoline to another. You are looking at the padding to be between 14 mm and 21 mm. Obviously the thicker the trampoline padding the more protection it’s going to give.

What age is an 8ft trampoline vs. 10ft trampoline suitable for?

So now you know the dimensions of each trampoline lets have a look at what sages each trampoline size are aimed at or suitable for.

With the 8ft trampoline, you would be looking to buy this for younger children from the ages of 4 years old up to the age of 10 years old.

However, with that said, you would not buy this size of a trampoline for an 8 or 9-year-old, Why? Well, in a couple of years you are going to have to upgrade to a larger size as with proper care and maintenance a trampoline can easily last 5 years.

With the 10ft trampoline, you would be looking to buy this for children between the ages of 5 years old up to 16 years old.

A 10ft trampoline usually has a number of upgrades over 8ft trampolines that allow it to be used by a larger range of kids at different ages, increased space means more movement which is usually the most restricting part of purchasing a smaller trampoline.

Increased max weight capacity easily allows for children and kids up to a more considerable max weight (75 KG on the lower end to 120 KG on the higher end) and spring count means it’s suitable for older children in addition to younger children.

What else to consider?

I never suggest more than one person use the trampoline at any one time. But if you are going to allow that then you need to take this into account when purchasing a trampoline. As well as if two different aged children would be regular users of a trampoline.

For example,

You’re looking to purchase a trampoline for your kids, you have three. Archie, Bella and Chris. Archie is 6 years old. Bella is 9 Years old and Chris is 12 Years old.

What trampoline would be suitable?

So I’d have a look at the ages of the trampoline users, Bella, and Chris is either on the cusp of becoming too big to use an 8ft trampoline or too big already. Archie is still within the suitable age range for an 8ft trampoline. You want to be using this trampoline for at least 5 years in which Archie would be 11 years old, Bella would be 14 years old and Chris would be 16 years old.

It’s going to be the 10ft trampoline as a choice for being more suitable, it’s within the supported age ranges of the children who will be using it and can provide adequate safety and protection.

How much space do I need for an 8ft Trampoline vs a 10ft Trampoline?

Quite often one of the limiting factors, of which trampoline size you should get between an 8ft trampoline and a 10ft trampoline is the location you want to put the trampoline in.

So in order to place any trampoline safely in the garden, you need to ensure that you have enough space to place that trampoline, ensure there are no surrounding objects and obstacles that could cause harm, these could be trees or rocks. A path or a fence. The trampoline should be based on a soft grass surface not concrete or gravel and allows enough space to enter and exit the trampoline safely.

I’ve actually written a guide called is an 8ft trampoline big enough? If you want to find out more in-depth information.

So the space you need for an 8ft trampoline will be the size of a 10ft trampoline, 300 cm (3 m) minimum and you will need to make sure you have at least 3m clearance from the ground up to. This is to protect kids from washing lines / ledges or tree branches.

For a 10 ft trampoline, you will need to make sure you have the space required for a 12ft trampoline, that’s at least 365 cm (3.65 m) and a height clearance of 3.65 m (365 cm also.) This space also must be free of any objects or obstacles.

How much does an 8ft Trampoline Vs 10ft Trampoline Cost?

I know cost is often the driving force between certain large purchases and a trampoline is certainly one of those types of expenditures, You know, the one’s where you want it to be cost efficient but safe and secure at the same time.

And that’s doable!

So how much does an 8ft Trampoline cost vs a 10ft Trampoline? Well, you’re going to be looking at a difference of £50 – £100 between the two. An 8ft trampoline can be priced from £90 – £120 for a budget version, while a 10ft Trampoline can be priced between £120 – £200 for a budget model.

It all depends on where you shop and what features you’re looking for.

Should I get an 8ft or 10ft Trampoline? Final Thoughts

In this question round up I answered what the best choice between an 8ft trampoline or a 10t trampoline was. I discussed the sizes and diameters of each trampoline as well as the trampoline jumping mat dimensions and spring counts. I did not go into features by trampoline sizes as they are dependant not on size but on trampoline manufacturer.

I hope this has managed to answer what size trampoline should I get, an 8ft or 10ft trampoline and the differences between the two sizes.

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