Three best swing sets

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If you choose a wooden swing set, you might need to treat the wood every few years to avoid damage from wet weather.

Most of us have fond memories of playing on a swings and slides as children. You can bring the fun right to your backyard if you buy your own swing set.

When looking for the best swing set for your kid, you must consider a wide range of factors, from the features it offers to its stability. It can be tough to pick the right one, and you don't want to disappoint your child by purchasing a dud.

At BestReviews, we've done all the vital research so you don't need to. Simply read our guide below and you'll soon know how to select the perfect swing set for your yard.

Considerations when choosing swing sets

Weight limit: All swing sets have a maximum safe weight limit. It's worth checking this before you buy, especially if you have older kids, because some swing sets are designed with small children in mind.

Your child's age: A preschooler might be content with a simple swing set with a small slide, but older children are likely to soon get bored with this kind of setup. If you're trying to cater to elementary-age children, look for something with more features, such as a trapeze bar or even a clubhouse.

Safety: Of course, your child's safety is of paramount importance to you, so make sure you choose a swing set that's safe and sturdy. Many swing sets, especially lightweight options, require some form of anchoring.

Ease of assembly: Basic swing sets are quite easy to assemble, but the larger and more feature-rich the set, the more challenging it will be to set up. Make sure you have help and any tools that you need for assembly.

Swing set features

The following are some of the most common features you can expect to find on a swing set.

Swings: It wouldn't be a swing set without swings! These are usually standard belt swings, but the set can also include swing gliders and large "flying saucer" swings designed for multiple users.

Slides: If you choose a swing set with a slide, make sure it's large enough to accommodate your child.

Trapeze bars: Kids love to hang from these bars with handles on the ends.

Other common features: You'll find swing sets that include monkey bars, a mini trampoline, a climbing wall, and/or a clubhouse.

Swing set prices: Basic swing sets start at around $150 to $200, but the very cheapest options might not be very durable. Expect to pay around $400 to $500 for a decent mid-range set that will stand the test of time. High-end wooden swing sets with lots of extras can cost over $2,000.

FAQ

Q. What's the best surface for setting up a swing set?

A. It's best to put your swing set on grass rather than a hard surface like pavement because your child will be less likely to get hurt if he or she falls off. Alternatively, you could create a designated playground area with rubber mulch or wood chips.

Q. Are there any swing sets that cater to younger and older children alike?

A. You can find some swing sets that feature both belt swings and bucket swings. Young children can start on the bucket swings, while older kids enjoy the belt swings and any additional features.

Q. Are swing sets safe to use in wet weather?

A. Swing sets can become slippery in the rain and might not be safe to use, especially the extra features like climbing walls or slides. Always use common sense when deciding whether or not your little ones should use the swing set in wet weather.

Swing sets we recommend

Best of the best: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Set 

Our take: Much more than just a swing set, you also get a slide, clubhouse, climbing wall, and monkey bars -- an active kid's dream!

What we like: The wood construction is solid and stable, and it has enough features to entertain children for hours.

What we dislike: It takes a lot of work to assemble.

Best bang for your buck: Sportspower Mountain View Metal Swing Set 

Our take: This swing set offers exceptional value for the money, especially when you consider the number of features, but it can be a challenge to assemble.

What we like: Includes two standard swings, a swing glider, a slide, a mini trampoline, and a two-person "flying saucer" swing.

What we dislike: Some of the features might be too small for older children.

Choice 3: Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set 

Our take: It might not have many bells and whistles, but if you're looking for a simple, sturdy swing set, this is just the ticket.

What we like: We love that it offers a fun trapeze bar in addition to two belt swings. Plus, it's suitable for kids up to age 12.

What we dislike: You can find sets of the same quality that include slides and other features for a similar price.

Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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