What is the difference between an in-ground trampoline and a flatground trampoline?
Trampolines come in many different shapes and sizes. So you have oval, round and rectangular trampolines and you can also choose between an upright trampoline, an in-ground trampoline and a flatground trampoline. Nowadays, the choice is so vast, that you can’t see the forest for the trees. What we’ve seen in the last few years is that the in-ground trampolines are increasingly popular. The design of the garden becomes more and more important and an in-ground trampoline seems to be preferred by many people because it minimizes the view in the garden. Today, we’ll delve a bit deeper into the in-ground trampolines, because what’s the difference between an in-ground trampoline and a flatground trampoline?
The biggest difference between an in-ground and a flatground trampoline is actually very simple. An in-ground trampoline still rises about 30 centimeters above ground level, while a flatground trampoline is completely level. Despite the fact that this answer is short but powerful, there are still quite some snags and catches. The legislation concerning in-ground trampolines has changed since January 2021.
That’s because, as already mentioned, in-ground trampolines stick out just above ground level. Because of this, these kinds of trampolines are seen as ‘upright trampolines’. The fall that a child can make from such a trampoline can result in ugly fractures. Especially the long bones are in danger – think of the forearm and the shinbone. That’s why it is mandatory, as of January 1st, 2021, to sell these in-ground trampolines, just like upright trampolines, with a trampoline safety net. Because of this, you’ll see that in-ground trampolines without a trampoline safety net are hardly available anymore. A stroke of luck: stock that companies still had was still allowed to be sold. That’s why Etan Trampolines could still offer some in-ground trampolines without a safety net.
With a flatground trampoline, the situation is different. According to the law, trampolines that are fully floored do not yet need to be sold with a trampoline safety net. The committee is still busy discussing this. The consumer also sees this as a great advantage. The trampoline is less conspicuous in the garden and does not obstruct the view. However, the consumer is responsible for a shock-absorbing surface along the trampoline. All this is to reduce the risk of unsightly injuries.
Within Etan Trampolines, this means we now have to sell our in-ground Etan Sky-Flyer trampolines and in-ground Etan Premium trampolines including a trampoline safety net. We can offer our Etan PremiumFlat and Etan UltraFlat trampolines without a net. Something for everyone.
Besides the trampoline safety net, there are still some differences. For example, with an in-ground trampoline, the trampoline frame is placed on the edge of the pit, while with a flat-to-the-ground trampoline, the frame is also buried. Besides, the airflow is different. With an in-ground trampoline, the air is pushed away at the side – that is the part of about 30 centimeters, which is caused by the frame being placed on the edge of the pit. With a flatground trampoline, the air has to be pushed out through the trampoline jumping mat. The jumping mats of our flatground trampolines have an open structure. This way, the air that is pushed away by the jump can still go somewhere!
Through this blog entry, we hope to have informed you well about the differences between in-ground trampolines and flatground trampolines. Do you have any more questions? Our customer service is ready to answer all your questions!