Vuly Thunder Review

Seeking a trampoline that marries innovation with safety? The Vuly Thunder might just be the answer. With its unique springless design, the Thunder steps away from traditional trampolines, aiming to provide a safer, more durable bouncing experience. 

This review delves into the build quality, materials, safety features, and overall value of the Vuly Thunder, offering a comprehensive look at what sets it apart from its counterparts and where it might fall short.

Whether you’re a concerned parent prioritising safety or simply seeking the best bounce for your buck, join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Vuly Thunder, from its robust frame and innovative leaf springs to its assembly challenges and customer service experiences.

Before diving in, we recommend you check out this guide on Vuly’s blog, which outlines the key differences between each model: Choosing a Vuly Trampoline – Which Model Suits You?

Why Trust Us

In this review, we combine feedback from real customers with insights from our trampoline assembly expert. He’s assembled many thousands of trampolines all over Melbourne and has extensive experience working with a range of popular trampolines, including the Vuly Thunder. His work assembling, dismantling, and even helping with repairs, provides a unique insight into the various pros and cons of each model.

Build Quality & Materials

Our Score: 7/10

Constructed with a galvanised steel frame, the Thunder is strong and durable. The frame supports a weight capacity of 150 kg, and the assembled weight of the trampoline (size L) is a substantial 122.2 kg, underscoring its robust construction.

However, it does not feature a powder-coated finish, which could have provided additional protection against the elements. For context, this feature can be found on both the Thunder Pro and also Springfree models, the two most premium springless trampolines on the market.

The leaf springs used on the Thunder in place of traditional springs eliminate common safety concerns relating to pinching and entrapment. In general, these springs appear to work well, however, our expert has observed that these springs “can crack and snap from normal use.”

He also has a big issue with this trampoline’s tiny feet, which are prone to sinking into the ground, creating uneven support and putting more stress on the frame.

This issue is made worse when trying to move the trampoline for maintenance or lawn care, as “the tiny feet will sink into tan-bark and most lawns.” He notes that when you lift the legs of the trampoline out of the ground the plastic feet can remain buried and can’t always be retrieved, compounding the issue.

Finally, while the safety net is high-quality and durable, the warning label states that it should be replaced every year, something that often surprises new customers.

Safety Features & Standards

Our Score: 9/10

The Thunder’s design is focused on safety and ease of use. In addition to the springless design, features like curved safety net poles and a 180 cm tall superfine mesh net contribute to a safer bouncing environment by minimising the risks of falls or contact with the frame.

The design effectively keeps users within the safe confines of the trampoline while jumping. Our expert appreciates how the net attaches directly to the mat and a skirt covers the leaf springs, further reducing the chance of injury. In his view, “this trampoline is one of the safest on the market.”

It Adheres to both Australian and European safety standards, including AS 4989:2015, EN71-1:2014, EN71-2:2011+A1, and EN 71-14:2014. 

Important

One of the best features of the Thunder is its shade cover, which keeps leaves and other debris out while also protecting your children from the sun. Unfortunately, the shade cover isn’t included in the basic package and must be purchased separately.

Bounce and Performance

Our Score: 7/10

The bounce quality of the Thunder is tailored to provide an enjoyable experience for a wide range of users. Though the absence of traditional springs may affect the bounce feel, particularly for lighter users, the design is optimised to ensure a satisfying bounce across all weights. 

Our expert notes that “larger jumpers will get a better bounce than toddlers but the bounce is very good,” indicating a versatile performance despite the springless design.

Ease of Assembly

Our Score: 5/10

The assembly process for the Thunder is a point of contention among users. “As with all Vuly models, the feedback from customers is the instructions aren’t very helpful and make things harder than should be,” our expert critiques. Vuly’s assembly videos are a good place to start with the assembly process.

He also notes that “the Leaf Spring tool that you get with the trampoline is poorly designed and bends the spring away from the mat just when you are getting close to attaching them together.”

Many users do end up hiring a professional to install the Vuly Thunder. Note that Vuly also offers their own installation service.

Value for Money

Our Score: 6/10

Springless trampolines don’t come cheap, and the Thunder is no exception, retailing for over $2k for the Large model.

While this price point may seem steep, especially when taking into account the challenges associated with assembly and certain design flaws, it’s important to weigh the value added by its innovative design. This premium reflects the advanced safety features and unique construction that set it apart from conventional trampolines.

Despite this, we still recommend keeping an eye out for one of Vuly’s sales if you’re considering purchasing the Thunder.

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Additional Features & Accessories

Our Score: 8/10

The Thunder supports a range of optional accessories, including a shade cover, tent wall, and basketball hoop, allowing for customisation. You can even purchase wheels that allow you to raise and push your trampoline to a new location. While a ladder is not included with the Thunder, the frame itself provides easy access for older kids.

Our expert praises the self-closing entry on the Thunder which means there is no zip to break, noting that the entry overlaps to keep jumpers safe. He also likes the included trampoline skirt which protects children from putting their hands through the leaf springs.

Customer Service

Our Score: 6/10

Customer service experiences are mixed, with some users reporting challenges in resolving issues or obtaining replacement parts. This inconsistency in service can detract from the overall customer experience, especially when dealing with the durability issues that some have encountered.

Our expert says the plastic feet that commonly get lost in the ground are not available to buy on Vuly’s website and you will speak to someone just to find out the price.

Warranty

Our Score: 8/10

Vuly offers a competitive warranty package on the Thunder, with a 10-year warranty on the frame, 5 years on the jump mat, and 1 year on the safety net, net poles and leaf springs.

Note that Vuly does offer an extended warranty on the Thunder which extends the warranty period on the Safety Net, Poles, and Leaf Springs out to 3 years.

Conclusion

Our Overall Score: 7/10

The Vuly Thunder trampoline excels in safety and innovative design, offering a strong and durable construction with a good bounce quality. However, challenges with assembly, customer service issues, and concerns about the trampoline’s feet sinking into the ground slightly mar its overall appeal.

Our Overall Score7
Build Quality & Materials7
Safety Features & Standards9
Bounce and Performance7
Ease of Assembly5
Value for Money6
Additional Features & Accessories8
Customer Service6
Warranty8

The Vuly Thunder trampoline presents a mixed bag of exceptional safety features and innovative design elements, contrasted with a challenging assembly process and questionable customer service. There’s also the potential for spring damage and issues with the trampoline’s small feet sinking into soft ground.

Despite these issues, its springless design, tall and secure safety net, adherence to safety standards, and robust construction make it an appealing choice for families prioritising safety and durability.

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