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Spring Free Trampoline Models & Springless Trampolines - What You Need to Know

Posted on
Jun 18, 2011
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We all remember bouncing on traditional trampolines as kids.

You know, the rectangle ones with springs around the edges that inch their way from one end of the yard to the other with every bounce. Though they provided hours of fun, there is now an increasing demand for a safer, more stable trampoline design. Thankfully, modern Spring Free Trampolines do just that.

Vuly Play's springless trampolines Thunder and Thunder Pro, have been designed with cutting edge features from safety to design.

Springless trampoline diagram

With our spring free trampolines, we have mastered lateral bouncing that involves no twisting and produces our bounciest trampoline to date!

Purchase a Springless Trampoline today!

How Do Spring Free Trampolines Work?

Most springless trampolines on the market provide the rebounding effect in one of two ways:

  • By using a type of rod that sits under the rim of the jumping area. These rods flex under the pressure of the user and when combined with the flex of the jump mat, give the user a steady bounce.
  • With elastic bands that are used in place of traditional coil springs. These bands are usually made of thick material and are difficult to stretch by hand.

Our new Thunder and Thunder Pro are different - they true heavy duty trampolines. It's the first soft-edged trampoline in the world to use Leaf Springs instead of coil springs to power your bounce.

Traditionally used in heavy truck suspension systems, the three-leaf spring system absorbs the impact of force to provide a bounce that is even better than that of a traditional spring trampoline. These leaf springs help Thunder and Thunder Pro achieve the spring free trampoline experience!

Leaf spring close up

Why Do People Buy a Trampoline Without Springs?

There are several reasons why a springless trampoline is an attractive option. 

  • Safety Concerns
  • Aesthetics

We've listed a few below, but be sure to also check out our trampoline buying guide.


Safety Concerns

It used to be far too easy to land on a trampoline's springs, which would then pinch your skin or quickly burn you on contact if they'd been in the sun all day.

So, many people are now seeking a safer alternative for their children – one without the hazardous springs they remember. Here at Vuly, we have made safety the primary concern of all Vuly trampolines. We use the best technology for both our spring and springless trampolines, minimising impact, protecting joints and ensuring bouncers are fully enclosed. The spring free trampoline experience is much better!



The rust, wear and tear, and missing springs on products of old were unsightly and made people despise the haphazard look of their backyard trampoline. It seemed as though the logical remedy to this situation was a trampoline without springs, but there have been many advancements in backyard trampolines to combat these issues.

The Thunder and Thunder Pro are steps above the expected standard of springless trampolines. With a sleek design and beautiful features, it will be the envy of your friends and neighbours!


What Should You Know About Buying a Springless Trampoline?

Bounce Method

Many users have found that trampolines made from rods are difficult to bounce on. The rebound benefits of this trampoline design are much lesser than those of traditional spring trampolines as they require a much higher amount of force to produce a strong rebound effect. For this reason, it may be difficult for children to use some models without springs; they just don't have the bodyweight to launch from.

Strict designs in some springless trampolines often cause a low rebounding height. They're unable to be modified easily because of their design confinements, unlike trampolines with springs that can be easily tweaked to improve performance.


The components of springless trampolines are often less durable than conventional spring designs. Most companies are third-party importers who don't regularly keep replacement parts in stock. Both Thunder / Thunder Pro and Vuly parts are covered under warranty and offered at half price for life.

Elastic band trampoline components are often damaged by the sun, which makes them brittle and leads to breakage. Broken bands may cause instability and make the trampoline imbalanced, and may produce a whipping motion that injures either the jumper or those nearby. It's crucial for springless trampoline owners to monitor the condition of the elastic bands to ensure that they're operating at the optimal level.

Similarly, fibreglass rod components are subject to the same sun-related damage. Though they are proven to be more durable than elastic bands, the rods may still deteriorate and become unsafe within a few seasons of weather exposure. A snapped rod may cause the trampoline to shift unexpectedly and launch the user off of the trampoline.


Trampolines without springs eliminate the possibility of spring-related injuries, but some designs pose more risks than those with traditional spring designs. Fibreglass rods may cause serious damage, both to the user and inquisitive onlookers. The rotating motion of the rods can put a strain on the jumper's limbs, and hands or limbs placed between the rods while someone is jumping can be seriously injured. You should ensure that users and onlookers around the springless trampoline are managed at all times to avoid injuries.

Unlike designs that use safety pads to protect users from the metal hardware, trampolines without springs don't have safety features to protect users from the rebounding components. The fibreglass rods and elastic bands are exposed to children and pets at all times. Please carefully monitor your loved ones to ensure they don't end up with an injury caused by a trampoline.


Finally, while springless trampolines tend to have lower shipping costs, many trampolines without springs cost more than those with metal hardware.

Their complex manufacturing costs result in a very costly investment for most buyers.

Victor Volynski
Article by
Victor Volynski
Content marketer with expertise in innovative play equipment, Vic is always following the latest trends and developments in this area and trying to find the best options for maximum fun! Vic is also an ex-gymnast with 20 years of experience and holds a science degree, making him an authority on trampolines, monkey bars, and swing sets.
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