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The 7 Best Swing Sets & Playsets Reviewed For 2018

One of the best ways to get kids outside and away from cell phones and video games is to give them something fun to do in the yard.

A swing set offers that fun as well as inspiring imagination and staying active.

Here, we review the best swing sets currently available and help you determine which one is right for your kids in our buyers guide.

Don’t miss our answers to the top swing set FAQs as well as our safety tips for swing sets.

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Quick Answer: The 7 Top Rated Swing Sets For 2018

  1. FITNESS REALITY KIDS ‘the Ultimate’
  2. Swing-N-Slide Outing Playset
  3. Flexible Flyer Play Park
  4. Backyard Discovery Skyfort II
  5. Ironkids Kids Outdoor Playground
  6. Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset
  7. Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Swing Set

Here is a feature overview of my top 3 overall picks. Our guide and comparison table of the top rated swing sets will help you choose the right one for you.

Best Swing Sets

 FITNESS REALITY KIDS Swing-N-Slide Outing PlaysetSwing-N-Slide Orbiter
editors choice
Activities:8 activities7 activities2 activities
Ages:3 to 8 Years3 to 11 Years3 to 8 Years
Frame Material:SteelWoodSteel
Warranty:2 Years5 Years5 Years

Swing Set Reviews

The 7 kids swing sets we’ve reviewed offer everything from a basic set with a few swings to the ultimate in backyard play experiences. Ready to find out which were our favorites? Let’s jump into it…

#1 Fitness Reality Kids – The Ultimate

Fitness Reality Kids – The Ultimate Swing Set

Fitness Reality Kids – The Ultimate Swing Set at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Trampoline, Flying Saucer, Slide, Glider, Monkey Bars, Swing, Basketball Hoop with Basketball, Soccer Goal with Net and Ball, Air Pump
  • Appropriate Ages: 3 to 8 Years
  • Material: Steel
  • Assembled Dimensions: 158” x 108” x 72”
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty on Frame, 6 Month Warranty on Other Parts

This kids’ swing set is miles from the definition of one. There are 8 accessory stations so your kids can enjoy everything from swings and a slide to a glider and monkey bars, and 4 other fun ways to enjoy time outdoors.

This allows up to 9 kids to play all at the same time. This Ultimate Swing Set meets all standards for the American Society for Testing and Materials, also known as ASTM, as well as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, or CPSIA.

This Fitness Reality Kids outdoor playset is covered by a 2-year warranty on the frame and 6 months on other parts. The metal frame is made of 2” tubular steel that has been powder coated for a longer life.

There is an 80-pound limit on each feature accessory, so it is recommended for kids ages 3 to 8. The safety features of the Ultimate Fitness Reality make this the best swing set to get your kids out of the house and staying active!


#2 Swing-N-Slide Outing Playset

Swing-N-Slide Outing Play

Swing-N-Slide Outing Playset at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Play Fort, Rock Wall, Climbing Rope, Wave Slide, 2 Belt Swings, Trapeze Bar, Sandbox
  • Appropriate Ages: 3 to 11 Years
  • Material: Wood
  • Assembled Dimensions: 168” x 132” x 120”
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

The Swing-N-Slide Outing Play Swing Set features several play activities such as a sandbox and a climbing rope making it one of the best outdoor playsets on our list.

If your kids are active the play features of this wooden swing set is just what they need. It is constructed of 4” x 4” wooden beams that give it a total weight capacity of nearly 800 pounds.

The peninsula beam for the swings is an astounding 4” x 6”. These wooden construction pieces are treated to resist insect damage and decay.

If you are worried about constructing a large playset like this, the included step-by-step instructions make it a breeze. Given the weight of the wood beams, you will want to have a friend or two around to help.

You can even prevent pinching from the swing chains with the plastic coating. This play set, made by Gorilla Playsets, is meant to get your kids active and having fun. When used in a residential setting, this play set is approved by the ASTM.


#3 Flexible Flyer Play Park

Flexible Flyer Play Park Swing Set

Flexible Flyer Play Park at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Wave Slide, Glider, Lawn Swing, Trapeze, Belt Swings
  • Appropriate Ages: 3 to 8 Years
  • Material: Steel
  • Assembled Dimensions: 200” x 96” x 72”
  • Warranty: 6 Month Manufacturer’s Warranty

This steel constructed play set has an A-frame construction to give it stability while the steel has been powder coated for protection against the elements.

The complimentary colors give it a classy look while giving your kids the fun experience they need. The chains for the swings are adjustable so you can have them at the proper height for your child’s height, weight, and age. They are also covered in a vinyl coating, preventing pinching and rusting.

With enough play features to keep up to 10 kids active at once, your backyard might just be the new “go to” for the neighborhood kids.

The assembly of this metal swing set, the Flexible Flyer Play Park, is easier with detailed instructions. Have your kids enjoy everything from a wave slide that is 6 feel tall to a trapeze.


#4 Backyard Discovery Skyfort II

Backyard Discovery Skyfort II Play House Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Skyfort II at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Clubhouse, Playdeck, Belt Swings, Glider, Slide, Sandbox, Monkey Bars
  • Appropriate Ages: Not Listed
  • Material: Cedar Wood
  • Assembled Dimensions: 263” x 201” x 148”
  • Warranty: 5 Year on Wood Frame, 1 Year on Parts

Backyard Discovery is known for designing some of the best backyard swing and play sets. The Skyfort II is of wooden construction, 100% cedar, with T-Fuse hardware that makes it sturdy and easy to assemble.

This makes it extremely resilient when it comes to insect damage and the elements. A couple of features that make this playset stand out from the others are the monkey bars as well as the sandbox.

There are 2 traditional belt swings as well as a glider meant for two.

Have your kids challenge themselves on the rock wall or relax for lunch at the shaded picnic bench that seats four. The wave slide of the Backyard Discovery Skyfort II is 10 feet tall making it more suited to kids that are a bit older.

However, many features of this backyard playset make it great for a range of ages. The raised clubhouse is the perfect place for enjoying friends while staying out of the sun making this the best wooden swing set on out list!


#5 Ironkids Kids Outdoor Playground

Ironkids Kids Outdoor Playground at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Trampoline, Swings, Slider, Monkey Bars, Sunshade
  • Appropriate Ages: 3 to 8 Years Old
  • Material: Steel
  • Assembled Dimensions: 168” x 84” x 72”
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty

The Kids Outdoor Playground by Ironkids has 7 different play stations from a trampoline to 2 belt swings. Have the kids gather their friends to help them get the most out of this play set.

What sets this outdoor swing set apart is the sports equipment to keep kids active in whole new ways. Play some basketball or a game of soccer right in the backyard without any extra equipment needed, it’s all included in this Ironkids playground.

The sunshade keeps kids out of the sun while they are playing in the backyard. The height of the structure allows kids to learn to be comfortable with that height, while still playing safely.

The various features of this outdoor playground keep kids active while also having a lot of choices as to how to do that. Four play features keep up to 6 kids active at once.


#6 Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset

Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset

Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Playdeck, Belt Swings, Trapeze, Slide, Canopy
  • Appropriate Ages: Not Listed
  • Material: Wood
  • Assembled Dimensions: 130” x 157” x 114”
  • Warranty: 5 Year on Wood Frame, 1 Year on Parts

Spark your kids’ creative imagination with a balcony and feed their active bodies through a fun snack window. This DIY kit will create a solid, wooden construction, play structure.

The clubhouse is big enough to allow several kids to play in shaded safety. Just like the other Backyard Discovery play set featured above, the wooden structure is fastened together with Safe-T-Fuse locking nuts and sturdy brackets.

The wood used to construct this Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset is treated to repel insects and resist decay over time.

As with all Backyard Discovery play sets, this outdoor playset is ASTM compliant to give you peace of mind when your children are playing.


#7 Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Swing Set

Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Complete Wooden Swing Set

Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Swing Set at a Glance:

  • Play Features: Swings, Trapeze
  • Appropriate Ages: 3 to 8 Years
  • Material: Woodguard Treated Wood
  • Assembled Dimensions: 113” x 96” x 84”
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

This Orbiter Wooden Swing Set by Swing-N-Slide is constructed with Woodguard wooden beams.

The wooden beams are treated and then coated in a UV-stabilized plastic specially engineered to surround the wood, making it more resistant to insects and more resilient in the elements than even treated lumber.

It also helps to prevent splinters. These Woodguard treated beams are easy to assemble into a sturdy play set with instructions that feature photos.

Due to the Woodguard treatment, this backyard playground is sturdy and will last many years, even with constant play. The weight of the Woodguard treated beams can be much stronger than metal sets similar to this one.

You can enjoy a 5-year warranty from this Swing-N-Slide Orbiter play set. It also meets or exceeds the ASTM standards established for safety.


Swing Set Comparison Table

Swing/Playset Play FeaturesAgesFrame MaterialRating
Fitness Reality Kids – The Ultimate8 activities3 to 8 YearsSteel4.3 / 5.0
Swing-N-Slide Outing Playset7 activities3 to 11 YearsWood4.0 / 5.0
Flexible Flyer Play Park4 activities3 to 8 YearsSteel3.8 / 5.0
Backyard Discovery Skyfort II7 activities3 to 11 YearsCedar Wood3.9 / 5.0
Ironkids Kids Outdoor Playground4 activities3 to 8 YearsSteel4.2 / 5.0
Backyard Discovery Peninsula Playset4 activities3 to 8 Years Steel3.0 / 5.0
Swing-N-Slide Orbiter Swing Set2 activities3 to 8 YearsWood4.2 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Swing Set –  Buyers Guide

After seeing 7 very fun but very different swing sets, it is important to know what you and your kids need and want out of a backyard swing set. Here, we discuss factors you should consider before choosing the right one.

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Photo Courtesy of Swing-N-Slide

Location

It is important to look at the size of the assembled swing set. Remember that you will need plenty of room around the playset to allow the kids to run and play without getting hurt.

If you have a smaller area set aside for a backyard swing set, make sure you find one smaller. If you have plenty of room, however, feel free to choose the biggest on the list. But location shouldn’t be the only factor you consider.

features

Out of the swing sets we’ve featured, we have shown you one that has as few as 2 play accessories and ones that have up to 10. If you have one or two kids that will be using it regularly, you may not need something with quite so many play areas.

However, you might want to take into consideration that your kids will be bringing friends over to play as well. You may need something that will keep more that a couple kids entertained.

Material

Most backyard swing sets are either made of steel that has been powder coated or of wood that has been treated to resist decay and also damage from insects.

The wooden play structures are usually much larger and may have more height to them. Metal swing sets are typically smaller and with fewer play features.

Structures made of treated wood may also deteriorate faster in certain climates and metal can rust over time. It is important to look at which would be better for your area.

Age and Weight

Some play sets are made for children of certain ages. This means the play features are made for the size and weight of children of those ages.

Some backyard swing sets can be too tall for smaller kids and some could be too small for older kids.

Installation

Metal play sets can typically be assembled with just one or two people. However, the weight of wooden swing sets can make it difficult without more help.

Most swing sets, both metal and wooden, come with very detailed instructions to make assembly much easier. There may even be videos available to assist you with assembly.

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Photo Courtesy of Swing-N-Slide

FAQs For Kids Swing Sets

As a backyard swing set can be a big investment, you will want to have questions answered before you push the “buy” button. Here are several questions that many people have when looking for a play set, and our answers to them.

Q: What maintenance is required?

A: With both metal and wooden swing set structures, it is important to check that setup on flat ground. Check it regularly as the ground can shift over time. You also want to regularly tighten all brackets to keep it stable while it is being used. As wooden structures are treated, there is no need to re-stain or paint regularly.

Q: Is the weight limit the same on every accessory?

A: While a swing may have a weight limit of 80 pounds, the slide may be able to handle 120 pounds. For each swing set, no matter what type, that has different play features you will need to read the product manual for the weight limit on each accessory so you can keep the kids safe.

Q: Can an adult safely use a swing set?

A: This depends on the weight limit of each play structure. Just like researching for kids’ weight for each feature, you will need to research whether it will hold your weight safely. Typically, wooden structures are more likely to be able to hold the weight of an adult.

Q: How should I anchor the swing set?

A: Metal swing sets will always need to be anchored securely to the ground as they can tip with higher swings or strong use of gliders. Usually metal stakes are used to secure metal swing sets to the ground. Wooden swing sets have the weight to hold themselves to the ground but you may want to add anchor bolts into the ground as a precaution.

Q: What safety rules are important?

A: There are many tips to keep your kids safe when it comes to using a backyard swing set no matter what play types are available with it and whether it is made of metal or wood. To make things a little easier, we are featuring 7 of the most important safety tips for the use of backyard swingsets.

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Photo Courtesy of FITNESS REALITY KIDS

Outdoor Swing Set Safety Tips

As promised, we list 7 safety tips for playground equipment here. We want to make sure that play time in the backyard is safe for all involved.

Tip #1: Never Let Kids Play Unsupervised

There should always be adult supervision when children are playing on any type of backyard swing set. Be sure to stay active with the kids as well so you can change unsafe behavior before it causes an injury.

Tip #2: Establish “No-Zones”

There are certain areas in and around a swing set that should be avoided when other kids are playing. Kids should be taught not to walk in front of or behind a swing and to stay away from ladder and rock walls while another kid is playing on them in the event of a slip or fall.

Tip #3: Dress Kids Appropriately

Kids should never play on a backyard play set with loose clothing. They can trip over pants that are too long for them and baggy shirts can get caught in the chains of the swing or in other areas of the swing sets. Be sure to have them wear clothing appropriate to the weather as well.

Tip #4: Using Swings Appropriately

Kids shouldn’t swing too high, as it increases the risk of injury. Kids should also not walk in front of or behind someone else who is swinging. Swings should only ever go forward and back, not side to side. And kids should never stand on top of a belt swing.

Tip #5: Keep the Area Around the Swing Set Clear

There should be extra space around the swing set to allow for kids, and even adults, walking around it. Swings need extra room as well. You will also need to have plenty of room to provide regular maintenance to the play set.

Tip #6: Regular Safety Checks of the Equipment

As mentioned, your swing set needs to be checked regularly. Tighten all bolts so brackets don’t loosen. You should also check all anchor points to make sure they are secure. Swing chains should be checked for kinks and to make sure any protective coating is intact.

Tip #7: Teach Proper Use of Each Feature

There should be rules established for the use of each play feature, whether it is a trampoline or a rock wall. These safety rules should be used by every child who uses it and there should be adult supervision in place to make sure these rules are always being followed.

Get Kids to Play Outdoors with a Backyard Swing Set

A backyard swing set can help draw the kids away from cell phones, tablets, computers, and video games. With a lot of options for fun and imaginative play, a swing set might even be the active play they need outdoors to stay healthy.

Be sure to have their friends over to enjoy the fun as well. Are you ready to choose the right swing set for your backyard?


I hope this guide was helpful for finding the best swing sets to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a playset I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.

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