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Who doesn’t remember the joys of swing sets? From the fun times had with a simple swing or a slide to the big adventures that we imagined while playing inside a wooden fort, these things were and still are a source of pure entertainment for kids. They’re called swing sets or playsets, both are acceptable, although in recent times a playset is often used to describe the more complex structures while a swing set is used for the classic ones. There are a lot of them to choose from but on this list you’ll only find the ones that I personally consider to be the best swing sets and the best playsets I’ve tested throughout the years.
All of these are durable, well priced, meet or exceed the safety standards and most importantly – they’re a lot of fun! Let’s start by taking a look at the comparison table so you get a quick overview of all the swing sets and playsets.
Best Swing Sets
These are, in my honest opinion, the best outdoor playsets and swing sets for sale on the market, thoroughly compared for your convenience.
|Playset||Lifetime Adventure Swing Set||Swing-N-Slide Grandview Twist||BD Skyfort II Cedar Wood Swing Set||Lifetime Big Stuff Playset||Lifetime Adventure Tower Deluxe Playset||Mountaineer Cedar Play and Swing Set||Tree House Swing Set||Malibu Treasure Trove II Swing Set|
|Special Feature||Extremely Durable||Great Bang for the Buck||Low Maintenance||Low Maintenance||Beautiful Wood + Great Price + Sturdy||Very Large + Great Design + Sturdy||Insanely Big + Looks Fantastic + Sturdy|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||10 Years||10 Years||10 Years|
Swing Set Reviews
Here you can read in-depth reviews of all the units shown in the table above. This will ensure that you know exactly what they have to offer and how they standout from one another.
Strong, simple and affordable. This great swing set by the American company Lifetime delivers a big amount of fun at a small price. While it doesn’t have the more advanced features of others, it still offers a big platform with a lot of different activities, excelling at delivering them with quality and simplicity. Due to its sheer sturdiness and safety, I also personally consider it one of the best kids swing sets ever. At around 18 feet of length and 14 of width, it has enough space to fit 3 swings, a monkey bar, a fireman’s pole, a trapeze bar and finally a wavy slide. The variety will keep the kids entertained and most importantly, due to the attention to detail, safe. Every hard edge is rounded or covered, the swing chains have a soft rubber casing and due to the galvanized steel body it will last for years on end. It’s also powder coated to prevent rust and available in two color variations – primary (pictured) or earth tone. The assembly is also fast and easy to follow. All of this coupled with a great price and a 5 year warranty make for an excellent swing set.
The “Grandview Twist” is likely the most affordable wooden playset on the list and while the structure could be sturdier, it manages to offer a great amount of value with its large set of diversions, good looking design and attractive price tag. It’s durable and meets all the safety regulations such as rounded corners and safety bars but due to the somewhat thin and soft wood, it can get shaky when a lot of kids, especially if older or heavy, get on it at the same time. The activities are diverse and consist of all the classics such as swings, monkey bars, a climbing wall, and two slides – including the popular tube slide. When it comes to looks it’s pretty handsome in both design (the tower looks great!) and structure, with the beautiful wooden frame blending in nicely with the outdoors. The assembly is straightforward although I recommend that you get a friend to help out as it makes things progress much faster. It comes with a great warranty, giving you 1 year on the roof, a lifetime on the slides plus climbing wall and 5 years on overall defects. Overall the “Grandview Twist” is a playset that punches above its weight, successfully delivering a fun experience at a very competitive price. It’s also made in America which is always a welcome bonus.
Backyard Discovery hits a home run with the Skyfort II playset, resulting in one of the best bang for your buck units ever made, in my opinion. With so much quality at such an attractive price, it’s easy to see why it’s popular. The design is a step above the rest, featuring a picnic table below and even a balcony on top, and offers a fantastic amount of activities and playing spots while also looking beautiful on your outdoors. This is in part due to the well thought out and classy looking construction but also because of the cedar wood. The wood itself, even if quite soft when compared to real American cedar, does a good job at giving a solid structure to the whole playset and the heavy duty brackets keep everything sturdy. As expected it meets all safety regulations, has rounded corners and safety bars as well. The activities consist of a classic swing set with a glider, “rock” climbing, monkey bars and a wavy slide. Overall the play set is 22′ long and around 16.7′ wide, with all of it being resistant to weather, including the plastic components. Assembling the set, even though the instructions are clear, can take quite a while and requires patience. There are a lot of parts and screws, even if labeled, which makes things a bit more complex than the usual. If you have a couple of friends to help and methodically separate things into their respective categories before starting though, it turns into a breeze. It comes with 1 year of overall warranty against defects and 5 years on the wood. The Skyfort II will make the day of any kid and it is easily – in my opinion – among the best wooden swing sets you can get in terms of sheer bang for your buck.
The American made Lifetime swing sets and playsets are known for their durable quality and the “Big Stuff” model is no exception – it stays true to the brand’s name and will last a lifetime of use. Trading wood for an all steel and plastic construction, it effectively makes for a resistant, low-maintenance and long lasting unit that’s as easy to use as it is to assemble. Its 14 feet wide and nearly 16 feet long, allowing it to offer a nice variety of activities such as: a swing set, a trapeze bar, rock climbing, a cargo net and a great 9′ wavy slide. All of these are entertaining and super safe, there are no sharp corners and even the swing chains are covered with soft rubber. The steel’s powder coated to prevent rust and the high-density plastic is equally as resistant to the weather. Assembling this playset is fairly easy and quick, taking around 5 hours with 2 people. With 5 years of warranty to boot, this is one of the sturdiest, most effective units out there and with a great price to match, it sits – in my opinion – among the best playsets you can get.
The Adventure Tower Deluxe playset combines the excellent quality and durability we’ve come to expect from the brand with a fuller, more developed activity set that is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours on end. Just like the previous model, it has an all steel and plastic construction, giving it great resistance against use and weather which leads to a very long life. Measuring around 24’x24′, it’s got a lot of space to play in and features a large variety of activities including: a classic swing set, a wavy slide, a trapeze bar, a monkey bar, a fireman pole, a curved ladder and 2 climbing walls, all of which are as safe as can be. The assembly is easy to follow and on par with other units of this size, taking around 10 hours to complete with 3 people. It also comes with 5 years of warranty, giving you more peace of mind, although I doubt you’ll ever need to use it. If you want a big, fun and well priced playset that will last a years on end, this is it.
The Mountaineer, by the excellent Gorilla Playsets team, encapsulates the kids’ favorite activities in a beautiful, durable and well-built package – making it, in my opinion, one of the best backyard playsets I’ve ever tested. It’s sized at 15’x21′, offering a lot of activities throughout the area such as a swing set, a wavy slide, a rock climbing wall, a rope ladder, a tube slide and many more. The structure itself is also a playground, featuring a picnic table underneath and a nice cabin on top. It’s extremely well constructed and brings the quality up a notch when compared to similar options, this is noticeable in the swing design for example – it uses thick, solid beams of wood that are reinforced in the joints, allowing the swing to endure up to 800lbs of weight. The cedar wood looks great and is very resistant against use and weather, especially due to the brand’s trademark Timber Shield (a protective green poly coating) that makes the wood virtually maintenance free. It’s great in visual terms as well both in structure and materials, making for one of the best looking playsets out there as well. The assembly time and ease is equal to other wood units, taking around two days with two people working on it. It comes with a 10 year warranty on the overall structure and 1 year on the smaller components. It’s good looking, strong and loaded with activities – this wooden playset is sure to provide years of safe fun and strikes a great balance between price and quality. There’s also a similar model available called the Pioneer’s Peak (on the same page) that trades the tube slide for another wooden cabin connected by a wooden bridge.
True to its name, the “Tree House” playset is something out of a kid’s dream. It has all the activities children could possibly want and best of all, the structure itself is a wonderful playground filled to the brim with entertainment. From the wooden bridges that connect the top cabins to all the little decks they can play in, there will be no shortage of fun. The quality is top-notch as you’d expect from Gorilla Playsets, ensuring that the unit is super safe to use, good looking and durable enough to withstand years and years of use and weather. The cedar wood looks fantastic and just like in the model shown above, it features their Timber Shield as well which extends the structure’s life even longer. All of these activities make for a big playset – the unit measures 19’x27.6′ and stands at 13′ of height. It’s got a classic and handsome design that blends well with its surroundings, making having a playset this big on your outdoors a delight instead of an eye sore. Name an activity and this thing’ll have it – swing set, huge wavy slide, tube slide, rock climbing, rope ladder, picnic table and more, amounting to at least 15 different fun filled things to do. The assembly is straightforward although it’ll take a while due to the sheer size of it, I recommend that you have at least 3 people to help out or if you prefer, have a professional team to assemble it. Once it’s up it’s rock-solid, hefty and strong enough to take on a legion of kids at once. It features the brand’s big 10 year warranty on the structure and 1 year on the smaller components. It’s big, it’s fun and it delivers a truly high quality experience. If you’ve got enough space for it, I highly recommend it.
And finally this, the cedar wood “Malibu Treasure Trove II”, touches on the whimsically ridiculous and delivers a gigantic playground of fun that’s bustling with entertainment and leave any kid, and even you, in awe. It’s similar to the model shown above but adds yet another roof, more deck area and an extra super long slide on the sides. You’ll need a lot of space to fit this one in, considering its size is 27’x27.5′ (WxL) and stands at 13′ of height. It’s insane in the best possible way, delivering a commercial grade experience that’s like a tiny world of joy just by itself. Couple that with the unending amount of activities, the fantastic playing spaces available throughout all of the structure and a child’s imagination and you’ve got yourself a never-ending source of fun. The level of safety and quality are next to none, just like the other models from the brand, and both the materials used and type of construction ensure a super long life and good looks for years on end. The assembly time and ease is quite similar to the model seen above although due to having more pieces and parts, it takes a little longer. If you don’t have at least 3 people to help out it can be a good idea to pay for a professional assembly. It has a 1 year warranty on the small components and a 10 year warranty on the overall playset with the bonus of superb customer service. This is what kids’ dreams are made of and if you’ve got the space and possibility to get it, you can go ahead with confidence – it’s excellent.
With one of these in your backyard, there will be no shortage of fun! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and that you’ve found your new swing set.
If you’re looking for a more affordable option, be sure to take a look at the affordable swing sets list – you can still get a great unit at a very low price.
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