Trampoline vs Pool: Which Is Safest and Best For Your Kids


I always wanted to have a trampoline while I was growing up.

We had friends who had a pool and I always wanted to be over their house because it was so cool.

Trampolines looked fun, but I didn’t think they were as fun as pools.

If we compare a trampoline versus a pool, the pool wins because of its durability, fun factor, cost, and how many people you can keep entertained all at once.

Read on to see if you agree with my reasoning.

Why the debate

Everyone grew up knowing someone who either had a pool or a trampoline in their backyard.

The one with the trampoline had a few people over at a time, then you’d played on the trampoline for a while and go inside and have some treats.

Usually, by then, you’re too tired out to go on the trampoline again or your stomach was too full.

Your friend with the pool would typically have everyone over in the summertime.

There would be food by the pool and everyone could come in and out of the pool to eat as much as they would like.

Somewhere between 10-20 people would be there and you’d be out in the sun all day, or at least until your body has gotten so red from sunburn you could barely move anymore.

So, it is a pretty valid question which one is better for your kids and why.

Safety

The pool has a few safety concerns that you should consider before purchasing.

First, you need to protect your kids from going into the pool without proper parental oversight.

At a moment’s notice, one of your kids could jump into the pool, even if they don’t know how to swim.

So you might consider putting some fencing around the pool to keep your kids out when they shouldn’t be in there.

Second, it’s a safety concern if your kids jump headfirst into the shallow side of the pool.

Diving headfirst into the shallow side of the pool can lead to serious brain and final cord damage.

We’ve heard of more than one story of someone getting seriously injured doing this, so be aware and make rules to ensure the best you can that this doesn’t happen.

A trampoline has safety concerns as well.

If someone is being careless jumping on the trampoline or multiple people are jumping at the same time, someone could end up on the ground seriously hurt, either their arm or their leg.

If someone jumps incorrectly, they could end up jumping or landing on a spring and injuring their ankle.

It is rare for someone to die from an injury sustained on a trampoline.

Advantage: Trampoline.

Maintenance

According to Lowes.com, here are some of the maintenance items you should perform on your pool on a regular basis:

Using a leaf skimmer to remove leaves and other debris in the water

Brushing the pool walls, steps and ladders to loosen any hardened debris

Vacuuming the pool to remove debris that sits on the pool floor, as well as the walls and steps

Checking and cleaning the filter

Keeping the water circulating to help filter and prevent bacteria and algae growth

Checking the pool’s chemical balance and pH levels

Shocking the pool to raise the free chlorine level and destroy bacteria and algae

Adding algaecide to slow down algae growth

https://www.lowes.com/n/how-to/swimming-pool-maintenance

So maintaining your pool is not an easy task.

The most important items being removing leaves and other debris from the pool and also making sure that the pool pH level is correct.

This could take time each day or once a week to make sure your pool is up to snuff.

So either you are spending that time or you are paying some to do it for you.

A trampoline, on the other hand, doesn’t take as much effort to maintain.

Yes, you need to walk around the trampoline every once in a while and check the nuts and bolts to make sure they are still intact, and then tighten as necessary.

You also have to keep an eye on the trampoline mat and safety net and patch them if they get holes or replace them if the holes get too big.

The springs are also something to monitor.

But overall, the effort to maintain a trampoline isn’t nearly what it takes to maintain a pool.

Advantage: Trampoline

Cost

Of course, during this discussion, we haven’t been talking about kiddy pools.

While those pools can be fun for your kids, they don’t last nearly long enough to even have a discussion like this about them.

No, we are talking about the kinds of pools that are going to last you a few years above ground or permanent ones below ground.

There is a wide variety of costs you can look at for these pools.

For an above-ground pool, you can start off by spending around $400 (pricing at the time of this posting) off of Amazon here.

You can go a little more expensive to get a little wider pool here.

Keep in mind you need to be safe with these pools or they could easily break.

According to Homeguide.com:

The average cost to install an inground pool is $35,000 with most homeowners spending between $28,000 and $55,000. The additional cost of pool ownership for basic maintenance, increased utilities, and repairs add $2,500 to $5,000 every year.

https://homeguide.com/costs/inground-pool-cost

So if you are looking for an inground pool that is going to last you a long time and will not break easily, you can easily spend upwards of $28,000.

A trampoline, on the other hand, doesn’t get nearly that expensive.

A very basic trampoline, without a safety net, can start as little as $300, while the most expensive trampoline I’ve seen can cost upwards of $2,000.

So the cost for the trampoline doesn’t vary as much as the pool does.

But besides you can get so many different shapes and varieties for different costs on the pool, I’m going to give this category to the pool.

Advantage: Pool

Setup

Your trampoline can be set up pretty easily by yourself or a couple of friends.

All it takes is a few hours and some tools including a screwdriver, work gloves, and a spring pull tool.

After a few hours, the trampoline should be ready to use for you and your kids.

The pool is a little different.

If you get one of the blow-up tools from a local dollar store, you spend some time blowing it up.

If you get steel, above ground pool, this takes a bit more time and energy, and more tools, to set it up.

Then you spend some time filling up the pool with water before it is ready to use (and bleach if you want to use the pool appropriately.

The inground pools are going to take the most time, and you probably won’t be able to set it up all by yourself.

This typically takes knowing how to pour and level cement, as well as other things, to get it completely set up.

So you will find yourself paying a crew to install the pool and a week or two before it is ready for you to use.

Advantage: Trampoline

Fun factor

Both a pool and trampoline come with different fun factors.

Depending on the size of the pool, you can get a ton of friends together, get some food and have a blast all day swimming in your pool.

If you’ve got a big enough pool, jumping off the diving board is always a ton of fun, and if you don’t have a huge pool, you might still have something you can jump off of.

Marco Polo is a game everyone likes to play.

Or you could just get an inner tube and you want to chill in the pool while you are “soaking up the sun’s rays”.

You could get a basketball hoop and play some basketball with your friends while sloshing around in the pool.

There are so many things you can do to have fun while hanging out at the pool.

A trampoline can be a ton of fun as well.

You can get a basketball hoop attachment to your trampoline and you and a friend or two can play some basketball while jumping.

Or you could come up with some of your own games.

Our kids use to have one kid laying down on the trampoline, while the other kids would try to jump over him/her without being tripped.

There is also the “crack the egg” classic where one kid sits down on the trampoline, crosses their legs, and holds on tight while the rest of the kids try to get them to let go of their legs and uncross them.

But overall, the pool is more fun because you can get more people involved and you can play more games.

You can also spend more time by the pool playing than you could on the trampoline.

Advantage: Pool

Durability

Depending on the type of pool you get, you could have a pretty durable one.

The inground pools are going to last you quite a while (anywhere between 20 to 50 years) depending on how you take care of it (if you do).

The above-ground pools you need to be a little more careful with. The small kiddy pools are made of plastic and could rip and tear pretty easily.

These are mostly short-term pools.

Say, for instance, you were having a bunch of kids over for one of your kid’s birthday parties.

These kiddy pools are a great option because they are cheap and by the time you are done with the party, the pool is done too.

The more expensive pools have steel outside, so they last a bit longer, but you still have to be rather careful.

Someone could easily slip into the pool and put a big hole into it, thus making the pool no longer useable.

Trampolines can have their own problems with durability as well.

Trampolines will come with a mat, which is made of a tough fabric, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get ripped.

If someone jumps on the trampoline with their shoes on, that could cause the mat to rip.

If one of the springs gets knocked off, that could cause the mat to rip as well.

The frame and legs of the trampoline could end up getting bent from overuse or if too many people are jumping on the trampoline at one time (trampolines are typically made for weights ranging from 250lbs to 1000lbs).

And this is true for most trampolines, no matter which kind you buy.

So in this case, pools get the advantage over trampolines.

Advantage: Pool

Tie-breaker

Usually, when you are considering something for your backyard to keep your kids entertained, you are looking for something that will entertain more than one kid at a time.

And while a trampoline can have more than one person, it isn’t recommended, or someone might get hurt or the trampoline might get broken.

The pool, on the other hand, is made to have more than one person to use it at a time.

Also, during the summer, a pool is going to cool you down, while the trampoline is going to make you sweat.

So for this tie-breaker, I am going to put the pool over the trampoline.

Advantage: Pool

Summary

Pools and trampolines are both great options for your kids, to keep them entertained and busy outside.

But overall, the pool is better for your kids because of the durability, the fun factor, and the cost.

Bill Lantz

Bill Lantz is a database analyst by day and a weekend warrior by... weekend. He's currently building up his own miniature homestead in Central Utah with his wife and six kids. Some of his interests include knowing random trivia about films, reading history books, and playing video games with the boys.

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