A Round-Up of The Best In-Ground Trampolines (2023)

This article will help you choose the best inground trampoline for your family.

In-ground trampolines look great and have a low profile in your yard. They are safer to get on and off as you don’t need a ladder, which is important to younger kids and those with mobility challenges. They will also stay in place in the wildest weather as it is difficult for the wind to get underneath them and send them flying.

However, there’s also no doubt that inground trampolines sit at the higher end of the price range for trampolines. A good in-ground trampoline with a net ranges from around $1,500 to $3,000, excluding any excavation or installation costs.

If you’re not sure if an inground trampoline is right for you, I’ve written a good article that outlines all of the pros and cons of inground trampolines, and even a rough and ready guide on installation.

If you already know that you’re after an inground trampoline, read on the discover the upsides and watchouts for the different brands in this category.

Overall Round-Up of In-Ground Trampolines

There are now only two well-known inground trampoline brands for sale on Amazon. These are Berg and the Capital Play brand. Both brands manufacture above ground regular trampolines, as well as the inground trampolines.

Our recommendation for a good quality inground trampoline that will meet most families’ needs is Berg 14’ In-Ground Trampoline.

RankNameBasisPrice rangeLink to Check Price on Amazon
1Capital Play 14’ In-Ground TrampolineGreat bounce, higher-range price and the best warranty$$$ Check Price
2Berg 14’ In-Ground trampolineRelatively lower price, great bounce and good warranty$$$ Check Price

For more detail about the winning specifications of each of the brands, let’s go through the details below.

The Winner – Berg 14’ In-Ground Trampoline

Types of In-Ground Trampoline – Flat Profile vs. Slightly Raised Profile

There are two types of profiles for in-ground trampolines, sitting just above the ground or sitting completely flush with the ground.

I recommend that you look at a trampoline that sits a couple of inches above the ground. It will still be easy for little kids to get on the trampoline, and really help with the air transfer needed for a good bounce.

This is important, because if the air can’t get out and in again quickly, it will severely lower the effectiveness of the bounce. If air underneath the trampoline is trapped, it acts just like a giant pillow and makes bouncing much more difficult.

Even though each of the brands has ‘special’ features to help the air transfer, having the trampoline sit just above the ground is more important than any ‘special’ feature.

Both brands, Capital Play and Berg have a range that sits flush with the soil. Capital Play designed to sit just above the soil, but strongly suggests that the surrounding soil is built up in as “a ramp” to help prevent water flowing in.

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
Above GroundYesNo
In-Ground (2-6” above ground)Yes (InGround)No
Flush with groundYes (FlatGround)Yes

Country of Ownership, Manufacture & Production

I had a good look at where each brand is headquartered (and designed), and where the trampoline is manufactured. In some cases, where the country wasn’t published on the brand’s webpage, I contacted them directly to find the information.

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
Head OfficeNetherlandsUK
Made InChinaUK

Berg is headquartered in the Netherlands. Their trampolines are manufactured in China. They also manufacture Go-Karts, and they proudly say that some are made in Europe, but are conspicuously silent about the others.

Capital Play is headquartered in Surrey in the UK. They claim that they use the finest European design and manufacturing, with German steel and Italian springs. However, I couldn’t find exactly where their factory was. It’s run by two brothers, Andrew and Paul Jameson.

I did find a small video showing the Capital Play inground trampoline being jumped on. You can see how flush it sits with the ground, and the clear patented TDU vents that help with bounce and air flow. It’s a family intro video, but if you can look past the surprisingly good looking and happy family…!

Bounce Quality

For in-ground trampolines, bounce is basically a function of springs, shape of the trampoline and the quality of the mat, with some help from the protective pad.

The Berg trampoline comes first. They have 112 x 8.5” TwinSprings which are arranged in a V-shape around the trampoline. This orientation puts the springs at a diagonal, which allows the mat to be marginally bigger.

Capital Play trampolines claim that their bounce quality is the best as their airflow is superior. The vents in the pads

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
SpringsTwinSprings 8.5″Italian 8.5″
MatAirFlowPolypropylene

Warranties for In-Ground Trampolines

A warranty tells you how much the company believes in the quality of their products.

Like all trampolines, these are exposed to the weather. But given that the frame on an in-ground trampoline is below the surface of the ground, there is an added risk that there will be higher levels of humidity and dampness. The soil will release moisture, and the rain may drain slowly.

For in-ground trampolines, Berg is ahead, based on the terms of frame warranty. I would have expected Capital Play to step up a bit given their recent launch into the US and at least match the market leader. There’s a slight advantage from Capital Play for the jump mat, with a 5 year warranty, but it’s not enough to bring them up to the top of the chart.

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
FrameLifetime10 Years
Pad2 Years2 Years
Jump Mat2 Years5 Years
Springs5 Years5 years

Maximum jump weight

The maximum allowable weight for the various inground trampoline brands varies a great deal.

IGT has the highest weight rating at 450lbs for their 15’ inground trampoline. Avyna has a weight rating of 352lbs for their 14’ inground trampoline, and Berg has a weight rating of 265lbs for their 14’ inground trampoline.

Whilst all trampolines suggest that only one person bounce at a time, reality is that a second (or third) kids will sneak on when you’re not looking.

Both Avyna and IGT inground trampolines have a high enough weight range for three 115 pound kids (around 11-14years on average).

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
14’265lbs (14ft)264lbs (14ft)

Price Range for In-Ground Trampolines

There’s no way around it, in-ground trampolines are an investment. The Berg and Capital Play in-ground trampolines come with or without safety nets.

The Capital Play trampolines only have the flush profile trampoline.

In-Ground TrampolinesBergCapital Play
InGround 14’$$$
InGround 14’ w/ net$$$
Flat Profile 14’$$$$$$$
Flat Profile 14’ w/ net$$$$$$$

Depth of hole to be dug

The last area to consider is the excavation. This is where you have to dig a hole underneath the trampoline, so that when the jumping mat depresses, you don’t hit the ground suddenly.

The installation instructions have a complete description, but broadly, the jumper will depress the mat more in the center than they do at the edges of the mat.

If you’re looking at the flat profile versions, these typically need to be dug to 3’3” or 3’5” in the center.

If you have particularly hard or clay soil, you may want to hire an excavator bobcat or contractor (or both!) to dig it out for you. You can see the (w)hole process here in this article (pun intended!).

In-Ground TrampolinesBergAvyna
InGround 14’2’6”
Flat Profile 14’3’5”3’3”

In Summary

I found it fairly tricky to find good information online comparing these expensive inground trampolines. I hope this helps you choose the right inground trampoline for you. Our tip, for most families, the Berg 14′ will give the right balance of performance and safety, with the best warranty.

Go Forth, Kids!

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