What to buy a trampoline tent for
There are several reasons to buy a trampoline tent. These handy accessories give your kids some shade on a hot summer day, making it more enjoyable to jump on their trampoline. If this area is shaded, then your kids can use it even when they’re tired of bouncing. They can play with toys, read, visit with friends, or even take a nap outside without worrying about a nasty sunburn when they’re ready to go inside.
Trampoline tents come in a few varieties, from a simple cover to a full tent. The latter option adds a bit more versatility, giving your kids a private place to relax and even a handy fort for sleepovers outside with the family or their friends.
Features to consider when choosing trampoline tent
When choosing a new trampoline tent, there are a few features you may want to consider. This will ensure that you’re getting the right model for your current trampoline or the one you’ve got your eye on.
The height of a trampoline tent will determine how high the roof will sit when you have it in place on the trampoline. This is important because you want it to be high enough for your kids to jump beneath it comfortably. The lower the tent, the smaller the kids jumping and the shorter the jumps need to be. For instance, the Acon Trampoline Tent is 4.6 feet high. Though the smaller members of the family likely won’t come near the top when they are jumping, the teenagers and adults won’t be able to use their trampoline as intended with this tent in place.
The Propel Trampolines Trampoline Club House Cover has a height of 6 feet, sitting right on the top of the enclosure poles, so it will be much more accommodating to those who are a bit taller, making it easier for the whole family to join in.
The diameter of the trampoline tent cover needs to fit the diameter of the trampoline itself, otherwise, it won’t fit properly, depending on the type of tent you’ve purchased. The Propel Trampolines Propel Shade Cover is a good example of this since it is designed to fit over the enclosure poles on a 12-foot trampoline. If you tried to put it on a smaller one, it would be too loose, while the cover wouldn’t fit at all over a larger model. It’s recommended to go for at least 8 ft trampoline to get more room.
Those tent covers with ties or bungee cords securing them in place could be used on larger trampolines if you can extend the length of the ties or cords somehow, though this would limit the usable space on the trampoline itself.
Which trampolines it’s compatible with
Another important feature worth looking at is which trampoline the cover is compatible with. Trampolines can be different shapes, like hexagon, round, or square, depending on the brand and the type of trampoline you’re buying. This means that not every trampoline tent will fit on every trampoline. That’s why many manufacturers list the type of trampoline you can use their tent cover with. This isn’t just to keep you buying all their products and accessories, it is determined by the style of the trampoline and how the tent will fit on it.
The design of the tent cover could either be just the cover or a full tent piece with sides and a doorway for entry. Some of these look more like circus tents, like the Propel Trampolines Trampoline Club House Cover, while others resemble the type of tent you would use on a camping trip. The design you choose will depend on what you plan to use your tent for.
If you just want to give your kids some protection from the sun, a simple roof cover is fine. This should be a much better option than a bounce house since the latter offers no cover. One with mesh sides adds some bug protection while still allowing the breeze to cool down those on the trampoline. A full fabric tent covers both of those areas, plus adds some privacy and gives you the option of using it for an outdoor sleepover.
Windows and doors
If your trampoline cover has fabric sides, you’ll likely want some windows so the kids can still see what’s around them. These should be mesh, to add some airflow, though you may want covers as well to protect from damp weather. The doors should have quality zippers to keep them working smoothly. If they can be tied open, this is a bonus.
The materials used to make the tent cover should be high-quality to ensure they will last through the whole trampoline season and maybe a few more. Many manufacturers add in reinforcements on the high-stress areas, plus they add some weather and UV-resistance for some extra protection to the trampoline tent.
If there are ties, bungee cords, poles, or brackets used, these should also be made well to ensure they won’t break after a few bouncing sessions or on a windy day.
If it comes with a trampoline
Most of the trampoline tent covers in our reviews are sold on their own, so you need to already have a trampoline or purchase one along with the cover. There are a few exceptions on the market, like the Jump Zone My First Trampoline with Tent Top Combo. This comes with the trampoline, the poles, and the tent cover included, so you don’t need to buy any separate pieces. These models are extra convenient since they come with everything you need, saving you trips to the store to buy everything you need separately.
The warranty for any product will cover any damages that were caused during the manufacturing process. The trampoline tent covers are the same, each with a warranty that covers the cost of repairs or replacement. Some models only have a 90-day warranty, so it is best to open up the cover and check it for issues right away. Other models have longer coverage of up to a year. There could also be different warranties for different areas. The Jump Zone My First Trampoline with Tent Top Combo is one of these, offering a 90-day warranty for labor and a 1-year warranty for parts. Be sure to check out what is covered and for how long before purchasing these products.