Top 14 Swing Set Reviews, for Toddlers and Older Kids
It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to my swing set review website! All my 3 kids simply love playing on swing sets, and I love them too because they keep my kids active and occupied.
I have done a lot of research for myself to find the perfect swing set for my backyard, and now I have put all my findings together on this website to help people like you who want more information on the best swing sets on the market. There are 14 reviews as well as several informational articles to answer all your questions, so let’s get right into the reviews …
Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Play Set
Wow, this adventure play set from Lifetime is a winner. In my experience, the overall quality of the Lifetime products cannot be beat so on that alone, I would give their products a try. Now, this is a high end play set, there’s no getting around that, but you do receive value for money with all the features that are included.
Loaded with Features
This play set has the usual elements which would be the slide, two swings, a trapeze bar, and a climbing wall. Instead of the usual glider though, they have included a propeller swing as well as a cargo net and an activity board.
This unit is very sturdy and is of commercial grade, but yet is built for the backyard. Therefore you know that there is no way your kids will be able to wear this one out. It comes with the standard safety features of rubberized chains and rubber grips and the surfaces are made not to get too hot in extreme heat, so the kids won’t get burned. This massive unit will require a lot of yard space, but it can accommodate so many kids at once that it’s worth the space used. While it does take a while to assemble, anywhere from 6 hours to two days by reviewers accounts, it is easy to assemble but just time consuming. Again, though, with the joy that this brings to the kids, it’s worth the money, the space, the time, and the effort.
The unit is UV coated to reduce fading or discoloration so it won’t look old and worn as these sets sometimes do. It’s also unlikely to rust, peel, or crack. The powder-coated galvanized steel poles are heat resistant, so when it gets very hot during the summer, your kids won’t get burned by the poles or other surfaces.
Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Set
This swing set is great for those on a budget, but still want their kids to experience the joy of having a swing. However, despite its lower price point, it is just as sturdily made as the other higher priced units, with your child’s safety in mind.
Maintenance Free Posts
The best thing for me is the fact that the unit is maintenance free. With wooden swings you usually have to stain or refinish them every so often. However, with this unit you don’t have to worry about any of this as the posts are coated with Woodguard, which protects them from the elements and and also protects against splintering, warping, or decay.
This set reminds you of the ones you used to enjoy as a child. It’s simple in design, but has all that it needs to make any child’s day ( and yours too!). It has two comfortable seats that will safely support up to 115 pounds and it also has a ring and trapeze unit which I know the kids will find multiple ways to enjoy. It’s very easy to assemble, and while working with a team is always more fun, if you have to put this up on your own, it can be done.
Flexible Flyer “World Of Fun” Swing Set
If you want a fun activity for your kids and for their friends when they come over to visit, you can’t go wrong with the Flexible Flyer “World of Fun” Swing Set. It really is a world of fun with this one. It can accommodate up to ten kids at once.
The kids will never be bored here as there are six different activities for them to choose from. It features a wave slide, two molded Super Fun swings, a Rocket Rider which seats two, a trapeze swing, a see saw, and an air glider that can accommodate two. So your kids will feel like they are enjoying something new every day as they go through each ride, and by the time they return to the first one they tried, it would be like trying it for the first time. All seats and the slide are in a lovely lime green which adds to the fun element.
You will not need an engineering degree to put this swing set together. Quick assembly gym set design allows you to assemble it a couple of hours, however, you might need help to do this. A nice safety feature that it has is that the chains are vinyl covered, so there is little chance that it will pinch your kid’s fingers as they have fun. The chains are also adjustable in height so you can modify them as your child grows older.
Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Swing
Your little ones need not miss out on the fun of a swing set because of their size. Little Tikes has provided the Hide and Seek Climber and Swing for them to have loads of fun climbing and sliding. Suitable for kids between 1 to 2 years old, the set features a swing, slide, and climbing wall. As your toddlers learn to master their mobility skills, this set will be invaluable in helping them to become confident as it allows them learn and practice new skills.
Easy to Assemble
This climber and swing set is very easy to assemble and one person can put it together without problems. It’s made with a sturdy plastic so it feels safe and can withstand the activities of very small children. It can be used indoors or outdoors, however my personal preference was for indoor use. However, if you do want to use it outdoors it’s no problem and you can easily move the unit from one place to the next.
Loads of Fun
At this age, it does not take much to entertain the kids and I find that the slide, swing, and tunnel under the slide is more than enough to keep them occupied. It can be used by more than one child at the same time too. You can place one in the swing while the other uses the slide, or have one use the slide when one is using the tunnel under the slide. The rock climber may be a bit challenging for the younger kids, but the older ones will manage it just fine; that’s the beauty of this unit – it’s small but has activities for kids across the age range it’s made for.
Equinox Swing Set Review
This set is one to go for if you are not looking for “bells and whistles” but a unit that gives you a fantastic experience on a swing. After all, while the other customary features are good to have, for kids, if they have a good swing, that is all that they need.
Wood Guard Finish
It’s made of wood, and many argue that wooden swings are sturdier that ones made from metal. However one may feel about that debate, there’s no denying that this is a well-built swing that is very sturdy with the wood, giving it that secure feel that provides us parents with the peace of mind that we need when our kids are on a swing. The wood has been encapsulated in Woodguard, which protects it from the weather and parasitic element. Therefore, while it is prudent to periodically inspect any apparatus that your kids are using, you will find that you will not have to repair or replace any portions of the wood due to environmental damage.
The unit is very easy to put together. All that you need is provided in the box, so simply set aside a few hours to get it done. Parents say that the thing that they really appreciate is how well the swing anchors to the ground, and that you needn’t worry about the swing moving out of place, or worse. Depending on your individual circumstances, you can consider switching things up a bit by ordering a different kind of swing – one for a toddler, for example – and attach that one.
Lifetime Monkey Bar Best Adventure Swing
Lifetime has become known for its sturdy, well-made products and their Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set continues that trend of high quality products. This heavy duty set is really sturdy and well made. It uses high density polyethylene for the slide and seats so they are really strong and can take the beating that the kids will give it. Yet, the seats and slide are comfortable and don’t feel overly hard when riding on them.
The set has three belt swings, a fire pole, monkey bars, a trapeze bar with gym rings, and a HUGE nine foot slide. It’s a fairly large unit so older kids will have fun with this one. If fact, some parents tell me that they do use the swings themselves when the kids aren’t looking! The unit is easily assembled by two or more people and one of the best features is its sturdy support bases which allow it to sit securely on the ground without the need of having to cement it down. So if you need to change its location that will be no problem at all.
Step2 Naturally Playful Playhouse Review
This play set is built with younger kids in mind, as toddlers are generally too small for regular swings. What you will love about it, though, is how sturdy it is. The unit is made from a hardy plastic that exudes quality.
The play set has the customary swings, two of them as well as a 5-foot slide. What makes this great for the little ones is the “secret” play house with its own door and crawl-though openings. I like that this is located on the lower part of the unit, so even the smallest kids can explore the playhouse and make use of all the surfaces designed for climbing. For the kids that are a little older, it has a balcony on top of the play house with a rail for their safety. This is reported to be one of the easiest to set up; there seems to be no major issue with putting this unit together.
Several reviewers have let us know that the unit not only looks sturdy, it is sturdy, as they have been using them for a number of years and they are still going strong. The main issue seems to be with color fading; but to be fair, if you’ve had the play set in your backyard through all kinds of weather for more than five years, a little color fading seems to be a small price to pay.
Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Playset
This play set has everything a child could possibly need from a play set. Its swings, slides, and ample clubhouse will provide hours upon hours of fun for your kids. The skyfort concept is one that includes a balcony that the kids can actually use, and you can get extras like a telescope for the balcony to make it even more fun.
Although it’s a big unit because of the number of features included, I find that this unit is suitable for kids up to about 8 years old; but boy, will they have fun! If you have one of these, I guarantee that the kids will be occupied for hours because there is so much to do. The slide is ten feet long with a wave-like design. The swing segment has two belt swings as well as a glider. To cater the climbers there is a monkey bar as well as a rock climber that can take you back to the top of the swing. The clubhouse is roomy, with bay windows providing that much more room for the kids to play in. The balcony provides an area where the kids can feel that they have their own little house. Beneath the clubhouse there is a four-seat picnic table and a sandbox as well.
We have to say that this unit does take a while to put together. The instructions are clear and the parts easy to identify but it can take a few days to put this up. However you will be rewarded with the sheer joy it provides for your kids and grandkids, so it’s well worth the time and effort.
Flexible Flyer Play Park Set with Slide and Swings
If you want your kids to have the playground experience, but from the comfort of home, you may consider giving the Flexible Flyer Play Park Swing Set a try. This multi-feature unit is guaranteed to provide the kids with lots of fun, while you can relax because you are at home.
Great Price Point
It’s not often that you come across a unit with five activities for the kids being offered at this price, but the cost is a big seller. The multi-activities mean that several kids can use this at once; up to ten kids at a time according to the manufacturer. But I am always conservative and lower that number to about 7 or 8 max. With this kind of capacity and number of activities, the cost of the unit is low when compared to similar ones on the market. Despite the lower cost, however, reviewers say that it’s very sturdy.
Easy To Assemble
The ease of assembly or level of difficulty involved is a huge selling point for play sets, as no one wants to order one that they have problems setting up and no parent wants to run the risk of incorrect assembly endangering their kids. Neither do you want to shell out a few hundred more dollars to pay someone to come in and assemble the kit. This unit is said to be easy to put together provided you follow the instructions, and it is always better to have an extra pair of hands or two to help you get the job done.
Swing-N-Slide Cedar Brook Play Set
Made with premium lumber, the Cedar Brook Play Set is a stylish unit that will lift any area that it is placed in. The unit comes with two swings, a glider, a rock climbing wall, monkey bars, and a sidewinder slide. When the kids tire of that level of fun, they can move to the clubhouse that features a high roof, so bending will be at a minimum. There is also a picnic table where they can enjoy a snack.
Kids Love It!
I had my son and the neighbor’s son try out the unit at a mall where it was being displayed. They absolutely loved it. They told me it was because they could do “so much cool stuff”. The glider was a big hit with them; I’m assuming it was the teamwork element that attracted them to that, but I’m not certain. I was there for more than an hour to give them a feel of the play set and it was hard to pull them away when it was time for them to go.
Made in the USA
One thing that is important to me is to buy goods that are made at home. This set is made in the USA and for me, that usually indicates that is of high quality and made to pass tough safety standards. This is not to say that all of the other fantastic units out there are not strong and safe, but I sometimes like to support local economies.
Best Choice Products Swing Playground with Slide
In my quest to bring you the best swings available, out there I sometimes come across little gems and this one from Best Choice Products is one that I think we should look at. The greatest pulling point here is the price relative to the features that the playground set offers.
It is made from weather-resistant, powder-coated steel so it has a sturdy look to it. The fun features include two swings, a glider, and a wavy slide. The swings are adjustable and features ropes rather than chains for the swings. The advantage with this is that you child’s fingers will not be nipped or pinched in the chains.
Five Person Capacity
The swing set is for kids between the ages of 3 to 10 years, but given the total weight restriction of the slide, I would perhaps lower the upper age to about 8 years. The set has a total shipping weight of 88 pounds, which is far lower than that of many others out there, so it ought to be easier to handle during assembly. I would give this unit a try because it’s so cost effective and yet you get more than one feature.
Backyard Discovery Somerset All Cedar Wood Playset
If you need a multi-feature play set for a smaller backyard or space, this is the unit for you. It has several features to keep the kids happy. Made of cedar, the unit is a very sturdy one and you will not have any safety concerns here.
The set has two belt swings, a trapeze swing, and an eight foot slide. But it also incorporates a side unit that has a covered outdoor clubhouse as well as a play area below that has a snack stand and a built-in bench. Of course, a ladder is included so the kids can get up there. While that’s more than enough to keep the kids occupied, there is also a nice rock climbing wall that will challenge the older kids.
Most moms will worry that with a wood finish, it is likely that there will be splintering that could harm the kids with tiny splinters. The finish on this set minimizes the chances of that happening so the kids can slide happy, and you don’t have to worry. Because the unit is so sturdy, it can bear a lot of weight. Hubby and I made sure to test the upper deck of the unit as well as the swings and found that there was not even a hint of buckling under the weight. The unit is easy to assemble but will take the better part of a day to do so. Just make sure that you sort and group the parts before you start assembly.
Sportspower Mountain View Metal Swing Set
There are many benefits that your kids will get from using a swing set. It provides them with a great opportunity for exercise, while it does not feel as if it’s a gym class. There are also the benefits of assisting with social development as it promotes playing with and sharing with others. With these objectives in mind, getting your kids a Sports Power Mountain View Metal Swing Set will give your kids hours of fun while providing physical and social development outlets.
The set features a flying saucer and a jump swing trampoline, which are unique offerings with swing sets, so you may consider going with the unit because of these features. Otherwise it has the usual dual swing, glider, and slide to provide your kids with hours of endless fun.
The swing set uses a steel frame and hardware that has been coated to protect them from the elements. For the price relative to the features you are getting, the unit provides the best value for money. It’s fairly easy to assemble and can be done in a matter of hours.
Flexible Flyer “Triple Fun” Swing Set
The Flexible Flyer Triple Fun Swing Set is guaranteed to please both the kids, because of the fun features, and the adults, because they didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to acquire this super fun unit. It features three swings with adjustable chains as well as a slide and a see saw; for the price, it will be hard for you to find a better unit. It can accommodate up to six kids at any one time, so it’s good to have when you have friends or family over.
Its frame is one of steel that has been coated with a powder coat finish, and the ivory uprights with the blue seat add a surprising soft touch to the backyard. I was a little skeptical about the ivory finish, but the color does hold up well, due in large part to the UV coating that has been used to combat color fading.
The swing is sturdily built and does feel secure when the kids are using it. Another plus is that it is easy to assemble. So many units require so much time and effort to put together, but this one is a breeze and can be put together by one person if necessary.
There you have it, my top picks for the best play sets and swing sets on the market today. Take the time to go through them and see which one would be best for your home. A swing set is a considerable investment for most people and so you should make sure that this is one purchase that you get right the first time. If you are still not sure which set to buy you can check out my buying guide for more information on what you should look out for in your search.