Best Swing Set

We spent 36 hours researching and testing out 10 different types of swing sets and found that construction materials, ease of assembly, and cost were most important. The Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set scored high marks in every category making it our top pick. There is so much to love about this swing set. It had plenty of activities to choose from and was super durable so we weren’t worried about the it tipping over even when the adults were “testing” it. The porch and cabin have real wooden roofs for protection from the sun and the two person glider is a favorite as well.

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Top 10 Swing Sets

PictureSwing Set
Material
Swings
SkyfortWood
2

Triple Fun
Power Coated Steel
3
Santa FeWood
3

Lifetime
Power Coated Steel
3
Fun TimePower Coated Steel
2

Cedar SummitCedar2

World Of Fun
Power Coated Steel
2

Sportspower
Power Coated Steel
2
Swing N GlidePower Coated Steel
2

Backyard Fun
Power Coated Steel
2

1. Skyfort

Best Overall Swing Set

5/5 Product Rating
If you have the space, then owning an outdoor, iconic swing set is a smart thing. This will become your kid’s favorite space, and this charming raised clubhouse play fort is the best of the best, offering your children a wooden roof, gabled entry way and balcony, and numerous other features for hours of playtime. From the crow’s nest your children can look out onto the horizon, then they can race to the monkey bars and swing set on the three-position swing beam that dislodges the 2-person glider. There’s a solid rock wall and standard ladder which are perfect for climbing, and the new 10’wave slide brings them down to earth to start the whole adventure over again.

There are so many possibilities with this play set, and the deluxe upper cabin area is ample in size, measuring 59”x 50”, with a separate porch and sun deck adding even more play areas. You will also enjoy a wood roof on both the porch and the cabin. What kids are really raving about is the newly improved two person glider that can be used by multiple children, and leads to hours of fun and excitement. Constructed of 4”x 6” cedar, the play set features a heavy duty iron swing hanger, and all entry and exit points feature a curved arch to keep little heads from getting bumped. There are also arched entry points throughout the set, and four metal handrails to give a helping hand when needed. Enjoy a lower deck area which includes a picnic table with bench set. All in all, this is one of the most comprehensive play sets you’ll find on the market, and that’s why it’s top rated.

2. Triple Fun

Best Overall Swing Set – Runner Up

4.6/5 Product Rating
This delightful swing set from Flexible Flyer is known as ‘Triple Fun’, and the four leg ivory frame gym set features a 6’midnight blue wave slide and three midnight blue kid comfort set swings with vinyl covered adjustable height chains for hours of delightful play time. There’s also a two child see-saw with midnight blue deluxe seats with handles for adventurous teeter-tottering. This swing set is definitely built to last, with all painted parts and HDPE plastic parts being coated for UV protection. That means that each element of this set will not fade, no matter how harsh the sunlight. Keep in mind there is a weight restriction here of 105 pounds per seat, and it’s suggested that children between the ages of 2 and 10 enjoy this swing set. There’s a bit of assembly required, but all of this is clearly outlined in the assembly guide.

Backed by a 180 day limited warranty, this is a top rated swing set because it’s easy to assemble, fun to play on, and constructed of durable materials, all while coming in at a price that you can afford. Also, this swing set doesn’t take up too much space, and that means that you can put it in your lawn even if you’re a bit limited in terms of dimensions. All children should enjoy the opportunity of owning a swing set in their yard, and this is a wonderful piece of equipment to encourage your children to get outside and get moving. You’re going to see that your kids enjoy hours of effortless play time, while still remaining within the safe confines of your yard.

3. Santa Fe

Best Budget Swing Set

4.5/5 Product Rating
This Discovery Santa Fe Swing Set is a smaller setup that is ideal for yards that have less space. You can climb up the step ladder or the fun wavy rock climbing wall to reach the spacious fort. The set comes complete with a 4’high upper deck and colorful canopy for a whimsical look. If you want to get back to the ground level, you simply speed down the 8’slide, and most kids love to laugh the whole way down. Under the fort deck you’ll find a sandbox area with mesh sandbox cover for even more fun and activities. Once you’re out on the swing beam, you can glide back and forth on the 2 belt swings or take a ride on the 2 person glider. This is a remarkable play set that is suited for ages 3-10.

This is the ideal play area if you have limited space in your yard, but still want your children to feel as though they have a play set that could go on forever! Compact in size but packed with features, this play set will keep the fun going for hours on end. You’re going to see that your children can’t wait to get off the couch and out into the fresh air when this set is available. Setup is easier than you’ll find with other play sets, and it’s built from durable materials so that it can withstand the elements. Bring the fun and adventure to your own backyard with this wonderful play set by Backyard Discovery.

Swing Set Comparison


Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set
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Flexible Flyer “Triple Fun” Swing Set
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Backyard Discovery Santa Fe Wood Swing Set
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Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer Fun Time
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Cedar Wood Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer “World Of Fun” Swing Set
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Sportspower Almansor
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Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III
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Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun
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Wave Slide
(Inches)
10 6 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6
Upper Deck
Dimensions
(Inches)
60 x 80 NA 37 x 38 NA NA 40 x 60 NA NA NA NA
Upper Deck
Height
(Inches)
5 NA 5 NA NA 5 NA NA NA NA
Sand
Capacity
(cu ft)
6 6 6 8 6 6 8 6 6 6
Weight
(Pounds)
800 72 450 435 91 133.9 109 106 60 89
Overall
Dimension
(Inches)
22.7 x 16.8 x 12.5 11.11″ x 10.10″ x 6″ 11.1 x 13.8 x 10 18.5″ x 13.75″ x 9.5″ 120″ x 90″ x 70″ 38″ x 16.2″ x 11.5″ 72″ x 213″ x 120″ 73″ x 154″ x 95″ 72″ x 119″ x 96″ 72″ x 143″ x 130″
Material Wood Power
Coated
Steel
Wood Power
Coated
Steel
Power
Coated
Steel

Cedar

Power
Coated
Steel

Power
Coated
Steel

Power
Coated
Steel

Power
Coated
Steel

Elevated
Club House
(Inches)

59″ x 50″ NA NA NA NA 49″ x 40″ NA NA NA NA
Covered Porch Area
(Inches)

33″ x 31″ 18″ x 16″ 17″ x 15″ 20″ x 18″ 24″ x 18″ 32″ x 30″ 60″ x 60″ 55″ x 50″ 45″ x 55″ 55″ x 65″
Number of
Swings
2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
Maximum
Fall Height
(Inches)

90″  72″ 45″ 70″ 40″ 48″ 72″ 72″ 72″ 72″
Features

Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set
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Flexible Flyer “Triple Fun” Swing Set
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Backyard Discovery Santa Fe Wood Swing Set
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Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer Fun Time
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Cedar Wood Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer “World Of Fun” Swing Set
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Sportspower Almansor
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Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III
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Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun
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Clubhouse  
Look Out
Balcony
Ladders
Wave Slide
Monkey Bars
Rock Climbing
Wall
Multiple Swing
Glider
Picnic Table
Crow Nest
Climber
Trapeze Swing
See Saw
360
swiveling
play telescope 
Space Requirements

Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set
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Flexible Flyer “Triple Fun” Swing Set
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Backyard Discovery Santa Fe Wood Swing Set
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Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer Fun Time
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Cedar Wood Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer “World Of Fun” Swing Set
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Sportspower Almansor
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Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III
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Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun
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Ground Space
(Inches)

22′ 7″ x 16′ 8″ x 12′ 2″ 12.75″ x 9.67″ x 7.89″ 11.5″ x 8.4″ x 6.3″ 8″ x 17″ x 22″ 12″ x 9″ x 7″ 16.2″ x 10.4″ x 8.7″ 80″ x 250″ x 150″ 80″ x 200″ x 100″ 80″ x 120″ x 100″ 80″ x 150″ x 150″
Safe Play
Area Required
(Inches)

34′ 7″ x 28′ 8″  18.5″ x 19.5″ 17.6″ x 14.8″ 25″ x 30″ 24″ x 18″ 28.2″ x 26.6″ x 14.7″ 100″ x 200″ 100″ x 150″ 85″ x 100″ 100″ x 150″
Support

Skyfort All-Cedar Play Set
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Flexible Flyer “Triple Fun” Swing Set
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Backyard Discovery Santa Fe Wood Swing Set
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Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer Fun Time
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Cedar Wood Swing Set
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Flexible Flyer “World Of Fun” Swing Set
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Sportspower Almansor
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Flexible Flyer Swing N Glide III
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Flexible Flyer Backyard Fun
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Warranty 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years 10 Years 30 Months 1 Year 5 Years 5 Years

 

Swing Set Buying Guide

Swing Set Reviews

What is a Swing Set

You’re going to find that there are an infinite number of play sets out there, and they come in a number of different sizes and materials. Whether you’re purchasing a small set from a discount store or ordering a customized set from a builder, you should take into account a number of considerations to ensure the safety and happiness of your children.

Purchasing Tips

  1. Swing Set1

    Consider the Size of Your Yard

You’ll get a good idea of size from the catalog and internet photos of the swing set, but sometimes just looking at the photo isn’t enough. When you buy a swing set in person you can sometimes get an unrealistic sense of size, due to the spacious outdoor showroom.

  • Measurement: You want to carefully measure your yard from fence to fence, to know realistically what you’re working with. Take note of the concrete pathways, patios, pools, septic tanks, trampolines, dog runs, patio furniture, and other features that are in your backyard.
  • Anticipate Growth: Know that when you buy a swing set this year, you may want a pool or other outdoor structure the next year. Always consider furniture when you buy and construct a swing set in the yard. Is there a dog that will be roaming the yard? Are you planning on planting a vegetable garden? You want to leave enough space for your children to run, play catch, ride bikes, or play ball.
  1. Choose Your Features

As a parent you generally know what your children will enjoy most on the swing set, but it’s always a good idea to go to the dealer’s showroom to see what your children are most drawn to. You can also take your children to the park or a friend’s house to see what they like most. There are so many options to choose from, including slides, swings, monkey bars, forts, tires, ropes, tunnels, and sandboxes.

  • Room for Growth: If you have young children then you want to get a baby swing, half-bucket swing, or glider for the swing set. Look out for sets that have special toddler and baby features that can then be converted as the child grows. You’ll also find swing sets that are geared towards older children, and these include tire swings, buoy balls, and sling swings. You need to consider the pros and cons of each of these types of swings. Take for example, tire swings allow many children to swing together at the same time, but tires do collect more rain water and can attract nesting insects, like wasps. Buoy balls are a lot of fun, but children won’t tend to swing on them for long amounts of time because they’re not as comfortable as sling swings.
  1. Compare Materials

You’ll find that most play set manufacturers use plastic or wood for the main materials. Wood is more environmentally friendly and easy to repair, while plastic models tend to be safer and less expensive. Here are the most popular materials that you’re going to find.

  • Redwood: This is a strong wood that is ideal for swing sets. Redwood weathers quite well and is less likely to rot or draw insects. You want to look for a manufacturer that uses high quality redwood. When you have low-end redwood you’ll get more knots, and this can weaken the wood over time.
  • Plastic: If you’re concerned about splinters, wasps, or the constant need for maintenance then you need a set molded from plastic. These models are definitely safer and less expensive, but plastic sets will limit customization.
  • Red, Yellow, and Northern White Cedar: These kinds of woods are considered to be sturdy and quite resistant to rotting. Although, the lack of density will require you to have tools on hand to regularly tighten screws and bolts.
  • Pressure Treated Wood: This material has earned a bad name over the past few years because it has become associated with chromate copper arsenic, or CCA. This has not proven to be a health risk, but the industry has moved away from using this material on play sets.
  • Pine: A couple of generations ago, pine play sets were all the rage, and they are still available in the marketplace. However, pine is now considered to be one of the less favorable swing set materials because it deteriorates quickly. There are some pine play sets that have been recalled due to rotting monkey bars and ladders that create falling hazards for children.
  1. Read Reviews

It’s always important to read reviews when you’re buying a product. With a simple internet search you can read hundreds of reviews on any specific swing set. Doing your homework in this fashion will make it easier to find a set that truly performs to its specifications.

  1. Be Sure Product Meets Safety Guidelines

Swing Set2The most important aspect of any swing set is its safety level. There are always safety recommendations sent to every swing set manufacturer, but they’re unfortunately not required to follow these guidelines. It’s up to you, as the parent, to safeguard your children against poorly made equipment. Here’s what you must look out for:

  • No Openings Less Than 3.5 Inches or Greater Than 9 Inches: This prevents head entrapment for all ages. Be sure to patch any holes that do not meet these requirements.
  • No Exposed Moving Parts that can Crush or Pinch: Any metal hooks or springs can pinch or crush fingers.
  • No Swings Hanging from Monkey Bars: Children on the monkey bars can become entangled in swings when these two are combined.
  • No Metal Slides: Most sets have plastic slides, because metal slides can cause burns in certain climates and pose a cutting hazard for children.

Conclusion

Owning a swing set is a way to get your children off the couch and into the outdoors. We highlighted the top rated swing sets on the market, and these are the sets that are built from durable materials and are safe enough for everyday use. When you have a swing set, you’re going to see that it adds to the overall happiness of your children, and will enhance their physical wellbeing. But you can only enjoy these benefits when you have a swing set that is incredibly safe and built from durable materials.

Resources

  1. Skyfort: http://www.samsclub.com/
  2. Backyard Discovery: http://www.backyarddiscovery.com/
  3. Flexible Flyer: http://www.backyarddiscovery.com/