So, now that you’ve read through our top ten picks for trampoline anchor kits, it’s now time to make sure that you’re fully clued up on everything you need to know before you commit to the purchase. In this section, we list the key information that you should know about anchor kits for trampolines.
Ease of installation
Simple but clever in design, an anchor kit for trampolines is very easy to install. First, locate where you want your trampoline to go in your garden (or if you already have a trampoline that’s not fixed to the ground, make sure to reposition it exactly where you’d like it before you start anchoring). Next, secure the trampoline to the ground by screwing the galvanised metal mounts into the soil/grass. If the ground is particularly hard, or if your garden soil is clay-like, you may need a drill to assist you in this process. Some of the anchor kits in this guide have straps for extra security, but don’t worry, these are also still very simple to install. Make sure to check any instruction manual that comes with your anchor kit
Durability is perhaps the most important factor when considering purchasing an anchor kit for your trampoline. You need to ensure that the kit is made from good quality materials that are made to last. Thinking about why you’d need to purchase an anchor kit in the first place, it’s sole purpose is to keep your trampoline attached to the ground – therefore buying something made from strong, durable materials will mean the kit will be far more effective at keeping it in place during even the strongest weather conditions.
U-shaped or spiral shaped anchor kits: which is better?
Anchor kits for trampolines are available in two different types: u-shaped wind stakes and spiral shaped mounts. In order to know which anchor kit is better, we need to understand everything that both types of anchors offer to secure a trampoline properly.
U-Shaped: The u-shaped trampoline anchors usually come as a set of 4 or 8 stakes, which are often made of galvanised steel with angled ends. The angled ends make them simple to insert into the ground with an ordinary hammer. If you have rocky or clay-like soil in your garden, you may struggle to install u-shaped anchors – so this might be something to keep in mind when choosing anchor kits for trampolines. TOP TIP: If you want to maximise the security and safety of your anchor kit, add some cement in and over the wind stakes.
Spiral: The spiral or corkscrew shaped trampoline anchors are also called augers. They are shaped like a drill to ensure they form a tight grip to the soil. We recommend wetting the ground before you install a spiral shaped anchor kit for trampolines, as the ground will be a lot easier to work with that way. If your garden soil is quite hard or clay-like, you may need a drill to help you get the mounts into the ground. These anchors come as a set of 4 augers and 4 straps. To fix them to the ground and trampoline, insert the mounts tightly into the ground and tie down the straps to connect trampoline legs to the augers.
What we think: Our experts have checked both the u-shaped and spiral anchor kits for trampolines and found that both perform well in their own individual way. We noticed that the spiral mounts are easy to install, and also create a tighter grip into the ground, perform well, and work instantly – but only if the attached straps are strong. These straps add security, but they need to be in place for the anchor kit to work to the best of its ability. However, the u-shaped anchor kits for trampolines don’t require any straps and can function perfectly all the time. They lack the added stability from the straps, and don’t grip as tightly to the ground, but you aren’t reliant on anything to stay in place for them to work well. So, it all depends on what you prefer and need from your anchor kit. If you live in an area where winds are stronger and are more likely to experience heavy rainfall, perhaps a spiral shaped anchor kit is for you. On the other hand, if you’re not too worried about extreme weather conditions, the u-shaped anchor kits for trampolines should suffice.
Should a trampoline be anchored?
If you experience extreme weather conditions in your area, your trampoline can move or flip in your garden. Especially when considering the damage that strong winds can cause, you’re likely to lose out on a lot of money if you let the weather wreak havoc on your trampoline. That’s why its recommend anchoring your trampoline with an anchor kit, so you can be sure your it won’t be moving anywhere. Anchor kits for trampolines are guaranteed to protect your trampoline during high winds and heavy rainfall (during storms) and increase its usage life.
How many anchors do you need for a trampoline?
In order to secure your trampoline, you usually need four anchors depending on the size and scale of your trampoline. Some brands offer 4 U-shaped anchors, while some offer 8 U-shaped anchors. Other brands that sell spiral shaped anchors often provide 4 corkscrew shaped anchors along with 4 straps. Purchasing heavy duty anchors will ensure your trampoline is fully protected from high winds and severe weather conditions.